Providence Bruins Weekend Recap (3-7-18 to 3-10-18)

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By: Josh B.   |   Follow On Twitter @ToCauseway 

Tl;Dr Recap for those who just want the stats:

3/7/18 Providence (34-19-5) @ Laval (22-28-8) 7:30 PM
Goalies: Dan Vladar, 23 of 26 shots, 0.887 SV%; Michael McNiven 11 of 14 shots, 0.785 SV%, Replaced by: Zach Fucale, 14 of 16 shots, 0.875 SV%

Box Score W/Scoring Summary:

PVD 6-3 Regulation W, Improves to (35-19-5), LAV Drops to (22-29-8)

3/9/18 Providence (35-19-5) @ Rochester (29-15-15) 7:05 PM
Goalies: Jordan Binnington, 23 of 24 shots, 0.958 SV% ;Linus Ullmark 27 of 29 shots, 0.931 SV%

Box Score W/ Scoring Summary:

PVD 2-1 Regulation W, Improves to (36-19-5), RCH Drops to (29-16-15)

3/10/18 Providence (36-19-5) @ Toronto (40-16-2) 4:00 PM
Goalies: Zane McIntyre, 34 of 38 shots, 0.897 SV%; Calvin Pickard, 23 of 26 shots, 0.884 SV%

Box Score W/ Scoring Summary:

PVD 4-3 Regulation Loss, Drops to (36-20-5), TOR improves to (41-16-2)

Game Summaries:

Bruins De Providence @ Rocket De Laval (3/7/18)

In their second and final matchup of the season, Providence faced off against the Montreal Canadiens affiliate in Laval, QC to begin this week’s sequence of games. Starting in net for Providence was a rare sighting of Dan Vladar who usually has starting goaltender duty for the Bruins’ ECHL affiliate Atlanta Gladiators. Zane McIntyre had been held back in New England in the event Tuukka Rask was unable to perform backup duties for the NHL Bruins Tuesday night against Detroit. Providence wasted no time in taking control of the game, with strong forecheck and tight gap control on defense. The result was a lead less than 6 minutes into the game, as Senyshyn fed Colby Cave, who fed Colton Hargrove, who returned the puck to Cave. As the centering feed came in, one of the Laval defense hooked Cave to the ice, however, Colby had the presence of mind to tip the puck past the Laval goaltender for the 1-0 lead.

Despite 3 powerplay opportunities in the first for Providence, they would not convert and headed to the locker room up by one. During the second period, Providence would cash in for 3 goals, including 2 on the powerplay. Early in the 2nd, the Providence powerplay took only a few seconds to strike. Austin Czarnik won the faceoff cleanly, passed out to Hargrove below the goal line, who tapped right over to Jordan Szwarz waiting in the slot for a pass he buried for the 2 goal lead. After being denied a goal earlier, Anton Blidh put the Bruins up by three after what looked like a sloppy zone entry by linemate Adam Payerl. The latter passed out to Blidh in the left wing circle, who beat Laval goalie McNiven from a sharp, seemingly impossible angle. With three goals on 14 shots, Laval elected to pull McNiven in favor of Zach Fucale.

The change seemed to spark the Laval squad, as Chris Terry put one past Vladar a minute and change after the Blidh goal. Providence took this as a challenge and restored a 3 goal cushion at 18:26 of the 2nd period with another powerplay goal. In the final frame, Anton Blidh added insult to injury with his second goal of the night early in the third period. Adam Payerl again made a zone entry, rushed behind the net, close to Gretzky’s office, and passed out to Blidh streaking into the slot for a quick tap in goal past the blocker side of Fucale. Newly minted Canadien property Kerby Rychel struck twice in the third period to bring the Rocket back to within 2 goals, however, a final empty-net goal off the stick of Austin Czarnik iced the win for Providence who opened this week with the same score as they opened the previous week, 6-3.

Providence Bruins @ Rochester Americans (3/9/18)

In their only game visiting Rochester, New York, the Bruins skated against the Americans in a battle of quality defense at both ends of the ice. In the first period, play between the two clubs was an even give and take. Scoring chances were low-danger events, and the only penalty call to Providence was suffocated quickly and efficiently. Entering the period scoreless, the Bruins drew a penalty midway through the second frame, however, Josh Hennessey would negate most of the powerplay with a high-sticking double minor that handicapped Providence for 4 minutes. Energized by the kill, Ryan Fitzgerald finished off a chance that began as a Paul Postma point-blast, putting the Bruins up by one.

Entering the third up by one goal, Rochester turned up the intensity early and were rewarded with an equalizer off a bomb by Sahir Gill. The game remained tied through the third, as Providence regained the momentum and took it to the Amerks, but Linus Ullmark held steady. Finally, in overtime, Providence registered all 7 shots taken in the extra frame, taking it to a gassed Amerks team. As was the case in the second, Postma made the initial shot that was finished off by a Ryan Fitzgerald backhander up over the pads of Ullmark. Ironically, Fitzgerald would be the Providence goal scorer on the Americans’ Irish Heritage night.

Providence Bruins @ Toronto Marlies (3/10/18)

In the only visit to the capital of Ontario, the Providence Bruins ended this weekend on a sour note, falling 4-3 to the AHL’s leader in the standings. Despite an early 2 man advantage for the Providence club, they failed to capitalize on the 5v4 and 5v3against the best PK in the AHL by percentage. Toronto did an excellent job of holding the puck outside the box created by the four faceoff dots in the attacking zone and held Providence to low-danger shots for the duration of the shorthanded bid. The Marlies struck first, on a controversial goal where McIntyre emphatically believed there was goaltender interference.

A point shot came in, and one of two Marlies skaters finished off the rebound while another crashed into Chris Breen in front of the net, knocking into McIntyre. Between Zane and Providence captain Tommy Cross, the Bruins were able to wipe the goal off the board, despite no “challenge” existing in the AHL for goaltender interference. A minute later, however, McIntyre was beaten cleanly, as a sharp angle shot leaked through the five-hole off the stick of Colin Greening and the Marlies took an early lead.

Early in the second, Toronto opened a worrisome 2 goal lead. Timothy Liljegren took a sharp angle shot from the goal stripe reminiscent of his teammates, but McIntyre redirected this shot so well, it almost rebounded out of the zone. Calle Rosen barely held the puck in at the line and skittered a pass out to Mason Marchment in the slot who managed to snap the puck in past McIntyre despite Providence skaters harassing Marchment. Toward the end of the middle frame, Colby Cave took it on himself to storm back and tie the game headed into the third. After Colby Cave crossed the blue line, he left the puck stationary for teammate Anton Blidh a step or so behind him. Blidh threaded the needle with a pass through two Marlies, finding Cave curling into the slot. Evading a defender, Cave went down to a knee to find more leverage as he whipped a short shot side high on Calvin Pickard’s blocker.

Not even a full minute later, Colby Cave and Anton Blidh worked their magic again. Blidh carried the puck into the zone this time, dropping for Cave who fired a changeup shot that slid underneath Pickard. The final period began tied at 2 apiece, but Toronto broke in for a third goal while Providence was killing off a penalty. Kenny Agostino tied the score on his 15th goal of the season while Providence had a man-advantage of its own to retie the score. Paul Postma was guilty of a slashing minor in the waning minutes of the game.

Toronto passed the puck around the powerplay formation, with Ben Smith taking a shot hoping for a rebound. Instead, as McIntyre went down to take away the bottom of the net, he didn’t seal the far (glove-side) post entirely. The puck rolled along his pads as it slowed, but had enough energy to leak over the goal line by the far unsealed post. Providence tried, but failed to mount a comeback with the remaining minute left in regulation but came up short.

Plus / Minus

Plus: + Austin Czarnik went 2G 1A, Jordan Szwarz went 1G, 2A, and Anton Blidh went 2G 0A, during Wednesday night’s thumping of Laval; Friday night, Ryan Fitzgerald earned 2G, while Paul Postma packed on another 5A total to add to last weekend’s outing. Colby Cave earned 3G in 3 nights, while Zach Senyshyn has been snapping out of his cold streak to the tune of 2A.

+ Speaking of Austin Czarnik, his five points this week at one point elevated him to 2nd in league-wide total points. Laval’s Chris Terry edged him out before the week ended, however.

+ Providence opened this week’s games with 2 PPGs against Laval and added another Saturday against Toronto.

+ Providence swept the season series with MTL affiliate Laval Rocket beating them in both matchups this season.

+ Providence fought the AHL’s best club to a draw for 59 minutes, almost forcing overtime. The game had a playoff feel to it, and while they came up short, Providence looked like they could hang with the best.

+ Jakub Zboril made his return to the lineup after a UBI sidelined him the previous week.

+ Dan Vladar, called up from Atlanta, made 23 of 26 saves against Laval for his 2nd win of the season. His only loss this season came during a 1-0 loss where the Providence offense dried up. His career totals in the AHL are a healthy 6-1-3 with a 2.41 GAA, and 0.923 SV%.

Minus: – Providence surrendered a goal against while killing off a Tommy Cross penalty in Laval, and two more while playing against the Marlies in Toronto Saturday night.

– Providence dug an early hole for itself falling behind 2-0 to the Toronto Marlies Saturday afternoon.

– The final goal against McIntyre was ugly, leaking past him when he wasn’t sealed against the post. Had he stopped the shot, the Bruins would have forced OT with a shot to steal a game from the Toronto powerhouse.

– Providence was swept in its season series with Toronto, getting no points out of neither the home nor away game.

– Going into Saturday’s matchup, the Marlies were on a skid, going 4-5-1 in their last 10 games. Providence could have capitalized on that, however, the Marlies were well-rested coming into the contest.

Bruins Prospect Vladar Remains Hot In AHL Starts

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By: Mark Allred   |   Follow On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Boston Bruins goaltending prospect Dan Vladar got the start last night in Laval, Quebec for the Providence Bruins after being recalled from the ECHL Atlanta Gladiators on March 6, 2018. The B’s got the 5-3 road win against the first year Laval Rocket franchise, and 2015 third round selection Vladar was up to the task as he appeared in his 12th career American Hockey League contest earning his sixth career victory. This was the second and last game these two teams will play in the 2017-18 campaign and Providence swept the series 2-0 with one win in either stadium.

With the recent news of National Hockey League starter Tuukka Rask’s minor injury, adjustments had to be made with Providence goaltender Zane McIntyre staying close by in case of emergency to his apparent club, Vladar got the uncommon Wednesday night start and his 12th career appearance. The 6′-5″ 195-pound netminder has developed very well in my opinion in his short time playing in the minor-pro levels of developmental hockey. His ECHL career record of 19-25-2 record, Goals-Against-Average of 3.29, and a .902 Save Percentage in 52 appearances shouldn’t be a knock on his progression in his second season with the Gladiators but shows he can step up to a higher level even though his 12 career AHL games are small sample size. His record this season is not eye-catching at 14-16-0 with his Atlanta team, but his potential is all there even tho the Gladiators struggle with defensive zone coverage.

When called up to Providence, Vladar definitely steps up his game under a better defensive structure and was fed to the wolves in 2016-17 with a plethora of injuries to the NHL Bruins that year, the Czech Republic native had a 4-0-2 record when needed and this season in three games is 2-1-0. What’s very impressive to me for a 20-year-old netminder like him is his numbers at the higher level. In 12 games like I already mentioned in the AHL, Dan has a career 2.29 GAA and an impressive .923 Save%.

Baby B’s other netminder this season is Jordan Binnington who’s on loan from the St. Louis Blues organization and having a fantastic 2017-18 campaign with a 13-6-1 record, 2.02 GAA and .927 Save%. I was not on board with the loan agreement and still believe Vladar was ready enough for the jump up to join McIntyre to make a pretty sick Providence tandem this season. Regardless of my opinion about the Binnington loan situation, AHL Bruins General Manager John Fergerson Jr. and Assistant to NHL Bruins GM Don Sweeney know far more than I when it comes to a hockey franchises sustainability but I would like to see Dan make the jump for a full-time role with the B’s AHL top minor-pro affiliate next season.

Bruins goaltending Coach Bob Essensa has spent a tremendous amount of time with Vladar during the summer sessions such as the mid-year development camp and Rookie Camps held annually in September. With the addition of  Goaltending Development Coach and former NHL’er Mike Dunham who spent ten years with the New York Islanders, the goaltending depth is in good hands when guidance is needed. As for all goaltenders this year in their respects developmental leagues, Coach Dunham makes his rounds all over North America to help and show support for B’s prospects in the crease. Coach Essensa can’t be everywhere and get baffled why this type of coaching addition wasn’t done awhile ago.

McIntyre’s last year of his two-way deal is after the 2018-19 season and would make a fantastic role model and teammate for the young Vladar if that’s what the B’s want to do.  Honestly, cant see the Bruins agreeing to another loan scenario with the Blues keeping Binnington active with Providence after this season so this might be an excellent opportunity to see what Dan has to offer and get a better idea of where he fits in the goaltending scheme of the future when thinking about adding assets from the draft either this year or next.

He’s a big kid with solid attributes and has to be given a shot with luck he’s having in the AHL, but as a B’s prospect guy I will continue to follow him and report wherever he ends up playing.

Binnington’s All-Star Performance In Providence

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By: Mark Allred        Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

When the National Hockey Leagues St. Louis Blues organization ended their affiliation with the American Hockey Leagues Chicago Wolves, the Blues needed to find places for their top minor-pro prospects to get the adequate skating time and continue the developmental process. The Blues seemingly had no interest in continuing to operate or share a minor-league club with new NHL franchise the Vegan Golden Knights who agreed with the Wolves on an affiliation in May of 2017. On October 10th, 2017, the Blues agreed to a five-year agreement with the established AHL club, San Antonio Rampage but that won’t begin until the 2018-19 season. Before the 2017-18 campaign begun the Providence Bruins received Blues prospect goaltender Jordan Binnington on a loan agreement, and the timing was perfect as former Bruins prospect netminder and 2012 first-round selection Malcolm Subban was claimed off waivers from the new NHL franchise the Vegas Golden Knights.

Although, I found the Binnington loan agreement to Providence a bit frustrating as Bruins 2015 third-round selection Dan Vladar remained in the East Coast Hockey League with the  Premier “AA” B’s affiliate Atlanta Gladiators after playing well when recalled to the AHL, it took me awhile to understand the angle Bruins management was going with a move like this. Regardless of my unprofessional opinion, B’s management knows what they’re doing and believe a player like Vladar would benefit greatly with more time at the lower level in his development and wouldn’t doubt he will be in Providence in the 2018-19 season as that will be his last season of his current three-year entry-level contract.

Binnington, who’s now an AHL veteran at the age of 24 was drafted by the Blues in the third-round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft has only seen action at the top-level of the world in one game totaling 13 minutes in the crease for St. Louis in 2015-16. Spending his entire minor-pro career in the Blues organization serving one full season with the ECHL Kalamazoo Wings and the rest of his tenure with the AHL Chicago team, after having a successful junior career in the Ontario Hockey League with the Owen Sound Attack. In his time with the AHL Chicago team, the 6′-1″ 174-pound Richmond Hills, Ontario Canada native posted a career record of 59-41-17, a goals-against-average of 2.74, and .913 save percentage. His best year for the Wolves team came in the 2014-15 season where he compiled a 25-15-4 record with a 2.35 GAA, and .916% with three shutouts.

This season with the Providence Bruins, Jordan is on pace to have a career year, and his efforts after being relocated have been spectacular the far better netminder over B’s developing project Zane McIntyre. In 11 games thus far in the 2017-18 campaign, Binnington is 9-1-1 with a GAA of 1.59 and .938 save% while earning one shutout. In a minimum of 10 games, Binnington’s goals-against-average is ranked an AHL best while his save percentage is ranked second. Former Bruins developing project Michael Hutchinson leads mostly all AHL goaltending categories with a 14-2-2 record with a 1.77 GAA and .947 save%. Leading the way in AHL victories this season is a two-way tie at 15 with Rochester Americans Linus Ullmark and Milwaukee Admirals Anders Lindback.

The 2017-18 AHL All-Star game will be held at the home of the Utica Comets at the Adirondack Bank Arena un Utica, New York and with what Jordan is doing with his new team as a player on-loan, he should get recognized by the many that have the privilege to vote for the ultimate honor. Jordan is currently on a seven-game winning streak passing his career high of five he earned when he appeared in 45 games in 2014-15 in his first full professional AHL season.

The 21-8-3-0 first place Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference Providence Bruins finished up a season-long eight-game road trip last weekend in Belleville, Ontario with a 3-2 loss to the Senators and look to entertain the Rhode Island faithful after spending a month away from the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in two of three games during this weekends schedule.  The B’s host the 13-15-3-3 Hartford Wolf Pack tomorrow night, then make a short trip to Springfield, Massachusetts to play the Thunderbirds on Saturday night. Providence returns to the Dunk to end the third weekend game on Sunday when the Syracuse Crunch, a team the B’s lost 5-3 in the only meeting this season but also a team that knocked out the B’s in the 2017 AHL Calder Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference finals where the Tampa Bay Lightning affiliate won the best-of-seven series 4-1.

Support Your Baby B’s!!!

If you’d like to watch tomorrow’s stars today, I highly suggest you take advantage of the cheap tickets and family atmosphere that’s available at every Providence Bruins home game at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence,  Rhode Island.  You can get ticket information and other great info by clicking HERE to enter the official Baby B’s website.

Also, if you do happen to go and support the team at the Dunk, be sure to stop by the Providence Bruins Fan Club table behind sections 101 and 102. Fantastic season ticket holders and Fan Club volunteers Jenna Labush, Rhonda Labush, and Steven Labush are always there with other valued members to help with any information and questions. You can also use the address below or visit the Official Fan Club page on the Providence Bruins website by clicking HERE. Follow the Baby B’s Fan Club on Social Media!


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PO Box 40963
Providence, RI 02940

Bruins Could Move ECHL Affiliate To Maine


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By: Mark Allred        Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

In early November of 2017, I was reading through one of my favorite minor-pro hockey websites and came across an interesting article at website about the new East Coast Coast Hockey League franchise that’s going to start operations and return hockey to the Portland, Maine area. Cross Insurance Arena in downtown Portland hasn’t seen pro hockey since the American Hockey Leagues Portland Pirates departed in 2016. The article I read was written by Matthew Wiernasz and found it very interesting what was said from former National Hockey League player and now ECHL Maine Mariners Vice President of Hockey Operations Daniel Briere that can be seen below or HERE in the original article by the Sin Bin author Mr. Wiernasz.

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Just for the record, I reached out to the author of this article and editing manager for permission to use a portion of what was written as a continued conversation piece on my thoughts on the franchise moving forward.

PORTLAND, ME –  The Maine Mariners will take to the ice in the ECHL for the 2018-19 season.  The name was revealed back in September.  Daniel Briere is Vice President of Hockey Operations for the Mariners and says the Mariners name reflects well on the area.


Briere is no stranger to the Downeast coast of Maine, having played the first several years of his career with the Springfield Falcons (American Hockey League) and making frequent trips to Cross Insurance Arena. Briere says that when he played here, Cross Insurance Arena’s atmosphere was good, games were well attended by fans and it was a fun place to go play.


There has been a good push of people and fans looking for season tickets before the announcement thinking regardless of the team name, they are ready to support the new franchise and brand of hockey in the City of Portland.


The particular area of the that was most interesting to me was what Mr. Briere had to say at the end of the article and interview that got the wheels turning and racking my brain for over a month was what he mentioned below.

On Briere’s list of things to do before the puck drops at the Cross Insurance Arena in October 2018 is procure an NHL/AHL affiliation. Briere tells The Sin Bin the plan is to have discussions with a few teams as the season continues, but he believes it’s not something that is a must-have in the team’s first season. If they have the chance and makes sense, the team will jump on it but will evaluate all options first.

With reading what’s mentioned above I started to think about what the Boston Bruins organization is going to do when they’re current two-year agreement with the ECHL Atlanta Gladiators is over after the 2018-19 season and with Briere saying an affiliation is not an immediate necessity at least for the first-year of operation, its not hard to put two-and-two together and think about locating “AA” minor-pro prospects closer to where the B’s operations are in the New England area. Now, I have no confirmation or inside information but I believe that before the Bruins organization agreed to another Gladiators affiliation on February 15, 2017, the extension was brought on because a deal with the new ECHL franchise, the Worcester Railers wasn’t going to happen who began operations at the beginning of the 2017-18 campaign.

Now, I have no confirmation or inside information but I believe that before the Bruins organization agreed to another Gladiators affiliation on February 15, 2017, the extension was brought on because a deal with the new ECHL franchise, the Worcester Railers wasn’t going to happen. The Railers started playing as a franchise to begin the 2017-18 season and was heavily rumored that owner Cliff Rucker who is a huge Boston Bruins fan and current season ticket holder was going to make a pitch to not only bring professional hockey back to Worcester, Massachusetts after the San Jose Sharks relocated their top prospects and team closer in proximity. In fact, the now AHL San Jose Barracuda (formerly Worcester Sharks) are so close they play in the same arena as their apparent NHL club.

NHL franchises in the past have uprooted minor-pro teams on the east coast in an effort to save money and have players available within short travel time for immediate coverage instead of traveling a couple thousand miles. This can also be said for when a team like the Providence Bruins need to make a transaction from the ECHL Gladiators die to injury. Now, I understand the affiliated minor-pro leagues operate primarily on a weekend schedule sometimes playing three-straight games, middle of the week call-ups are easy but how about when you need them when in fact the team does play in the riggers of a packed weekend schedule?

Currently the only Boston Bruins prospect in the ECHL is third-round selection Dan Vladar who’s in his second season of professional hockey manning the crease with the Gladiators, so if an unfortunate injury happens at the AHL level with Providences Zane McIntyre or goaltender on-loan Jordan Binnington, Vladar is the guy that has to make the two-hour 1,042 mile flight to Rhode Island. I know that doesn’t seem like much but for a Providence team that spends a majority of its time playing in the New England area, to have a team closer would only benefit both sides greatly regarding cost and time.

I also believe without any confirmed reports or inside knowlege that a move like this could potentailly be an idea to stockpile even more propects than the one they currently have now in Atlanta. The Toronto Maple Leafs are currently doing this type of developing depth management with their ECHL affiliate the Orlando Solar Bears who are based in the state of Florida. An idea like this would be perfect in my opinion for the NCAA Men’s Hockey free agent signings and undrafted Canadian Junior players that the Bruins can place for easy access of scouting so close in proximity to take a more aggressive approach to the demoting and promoting players as they continue to evaluate.

Regardless of this article and it’s topic of what “could” become, I’m happy as a life-long New Englander that hockey is returning to the state of Maine after a long tradition that dates back to 1977 when the Philadelphia Flyers housed their top prospects or when the Boston Bruins came along and had their developing youth in the Pine Tree State in 1987. This is not only a positive move for the state of hockey but the City of Portland and it’s continued effort as one of the United States best places to live and it continued business growth.

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Speaking of business, how about ticket sales with the thought of a Bruins affiliate in the city and the accessibility of public transportation as Amtrax DownEaster Rail Line travels daily from North Station in Boston, Massachusetts making stops in Haverhill, Mass., Exeter, NH, Saco, Maine, and finally arriving in the City of Portland. the distance between the Portland Amtrax Train Station is a 2.3 mile Uber ride or a city bus ride that makes stops at the Arena every 20 minutes.

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Bruins Prospect Update – Week Of Dec. 17th to Dec. 23rd

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By: Mark Allred            Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Bruins Prospect Update – Week Of Dec. 17th to Dec. 23rd

Providence Bruins – American Hockey League

The Providence team played in two games last week to continue the season-long eight-game road trip. The first game of the week had the B’s in Hartford, Connecticut on Friday night December 22nd against the Hartford Wolf Pack and unfortunately lost 6-4 suffering their second loss of the month-long stretch on the road.

B’s goals scored by Justin Hickman who got his second of the season which went unassisted at 12:31 of the first period to tie the game at one apiece. Recently demoted Matt Beleskey got his first goal in his second game with Providence at the 14:52 mark of the first period assisted by Ben Marshall and Josh Hennessy. The only B’s goal in the second period came from Kenny Agostino who scored his 8th of the year just seconds into the middle frame assisted by Colton Hargrove and Austin Czarnik. The final B’s goal and second of the game came from Hickman who scored his third of the year assisted by Emil Johansson and Jesse Gabrielle who got his third point in 20 games and its currently on a career-high two-game-point streak.

Zane McIntyre stopped 34 of 39 shots and got his sixth loss of the 2017-18 campaign. Zane has not been himself in his last three games after going on a five-game winning streak to start the month of December. In the previous three appearances, he has a goals-against-average of 4.63, and .856 save percentage.

The second game of last week was on Saturday night December 23rd when the B’s traveled to Springfield, Massachusetts to play the Thunderbirds before taking the Christmas holiday break. This was an entertaining game between the two clubs that started quickly with the B’s getting on the board first in the opening period with a goal from Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson his 9th of the season assisted by Kenny Agostino at the 1:09 mark of the opening frame.

The Thunderbirds would tie the score at one a little over two minutes later on the power-play. This was a defensive and goaltending juggernaut as both teams failed to put the biscuit in the basket for the next 40 minutes of action leading into the overtone frame where neither team could end the game. JFK got the shootout winner who gave the Providence team the 2-1 victory at the MassMutual Center. Goaltender on Loan Jordan Binnington got the win stopping 23 of 24 Thunderbirds shots and now has a season record of 8-1-1 with a 1.65 goals-against-average and .936 save percentage since joining the Providence team from the St. Louis Blues organization at the beginning of this season.

The Next games for the Providence team is on Wednesday, December 27th when the B’s play game six of the current road trip against the Utica Comets. To finish the long trip the B’s play Utica one more time on Friday, December 29th and they finish with a contest in Belleville, Ontario against the new AHL franchise the Belleville Senators.

Providence is currently in third place in the Atlantic Division when it comes to points (40) and has a record of 19-8-2-0 and is 8-2-0-0 in their last ten games.

Atlanta Gladiators – East Coast Hockey League

The Gladiators played in three games last week and Bruins 2015 third round goaltending prospect Dan Vladar appeared in one of those contests with a victory on Friday night December, 22nd at the North Charleston Coliseum against the South Carolina Stingrays. Vladar helped his Glads team to a 4-3 regulation win while stopping 28 of 31 Stingrays shots for his 7th win of the 2017-18 season. The big, athletic netminder is now 7-7-1-0 on the year with a 3.00 goals-against-average, and .907 save percentage in 16 games played for the Premier “AA” minor-pro affiliate of the NHL Bruins.

Due to the Holidays, there were no Bruins prospect games last week in the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Western Hockey League, or the NCAA collegiate levels. Most of the leagues mentioned will be back in operation starting on December, 27th.

2018 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

This years event will be hosted in Buffalo, New York in two different locations to maximize the number of games played during the week-long event. Games will be played at the KeyBank Center and the HarborCenter with one game being played outdoors at the New Era Field in Orchard Park,. New York featuring team Canada and team USA on December, 29th.

Boston Bruins prospects participating in this year event are defenseman Urho Vaakanainen and forward Joona Koppanen both of Team Finland. Goaltender Jeremy Swayman, defenseman Ryan Lindgren, and forward Trent Frederic all playing for Team USA. Forward Oskar Steen of Team Sweden rounds out the B’s young players involved in this year’s festivities.

Bruins Prospect Update Nov 19th-Nov. 25th 2017

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By: Mark Allred          Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Bruins Prospect Update Nov 19th-Nov. 25th 2017

American Hockey League – Providence Bruins

The Baby B’s played three games last week starting off on Sunday, November 19th with a 4-1 win over the Hershey Bears at the Dunk in Providence. B’s goals scored by Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson (5th) Colby Cave (2nd) Austin Czarnik PPG (5th) Colton Hargrove (4th). Goaltender on-loan Jordan Binnington got the start making 17 saves on 18 shots.

On Wednesday, November 22nd the B’s put together a 2-1 overtime victory on the road against the Binghamton Devils. Bruins got a shorthanded goal by Kevin Porter his first of the season and the extra session winner by Colton Hargrove (5th). Zane McIntyre got the start in goal making 27 saves on 28 shots.

Saturday night the Baby B’s traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina to play the Checkers and failed to show up against a team they haven’t played since 2011 losing by the score of 8-2. Providence goals scored by Ryan Fitzgerald (5th) and a power-play goal scored by Kenny Agostino (4th). Zane McIntyre got the second straight start of the week giving up all eight goals and was far from the focus of blame in the weekend contest making 35 saves on 43 shots.

East Coast Hockey League

Dan Vladar – Atlanta Gladiators

Goaltender Vladar appeared in two games last week starting on Sunday, November 19th against the South Carolins Stingrays losing 3-2 in overtime with the Bruins 2015 third round pick making 30 saves on 33 shots in front of the home crowd.

Wednesday, November 23rd the Gladiators once again played the South Carolina team but this time losing by the score of 2-1 in regulation. Vladar stopped 22 of 24 shots in the home game. Vladar is now 4-3-1 with a 2.86 goals-against-average, and .908 save percentage in nine games this season.

Ontario Hockey League

Jack Studnicka- Oshawa Generals

2017 second-round pick Studnicka has been back on track offensively getting points in all three games last week to tie his 2017-18 season point streak at five games. In 25 games played this season he has 7-17-24 numbers.

NCAA Men’s Hockey

Jeremy Swayman – University of Maine

The 2017 fourth-round selection played in two games last week as he and his Black Bear team played over in Belfast, Northern Ireland for the third annual Friendship Four Tournament. The freshman Anchorage, Alaska native gave up two goals making 34 saves on Friday, November 24th 3-0 loss to Providence College.

On Saturday, November 25th against RPI University, Swayman gave up another two goals making 18 saves for a Black Bear 4-2 victory. In eight games this season Jeremy is now 4-3-0 with a 2.50 goals-against-average, and .921 save percentage.

Ryan Donato – Harvard University

Ryan played in one game last week contributing an assist in a 4-4 overtime tie against the Boston College Eagles. Donato has now notched at least one point in all eight games played this year and has 4-6-10 numbers.

Cameron Hughes – University of Wisconsin

Cameron played in one game last week in a 4-2 win over Mercyhurst College and added an assist to bring his 2017-18 season-high point streak to three games. Hughes has 6-6-12 numbers and is one point behind fellow Bruins prospect and Badgers teammate Trent Frederic (13 Points) for fourth on the team.

Bruins Prospect Vladar Is Streaking In Atlanta

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By: Mark Allred                   Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

The East Coast Hockey Leagues Atlanta Gladiators beat the South Carolina Stingrays last night in overtime by the score of 3-2 giving them their sixth win in eleven games this season and currently on a 6-0-0-1 winning streak as they climb the South Division standings. Also streaking is Boston Bruins 2015 third-round selection Dan Vladar who’s off to his best start in his second year of professional hockey.

In his 2016-17 rookie season, the 6′-5″ 196-pound Czech Republic native posted a 5-9-1-1 record in 18 appearances but this year is off to a good start going 3-1-1 and with a 29 of 31 shot performance in the mentioned 3-2 overtime win last night, earned his first pro three-game winning streak. Vladar took a loss in his first start of the 2017-18 season giving up three goals and although he got the win in his second appearance, giving up five goals to Jacksonville and eight in his first two games was a bit concerning regardless of talent level. His last two games that I’ve seen have been by far his best and seem to be getting into a groove with 1.98 goals against average, and .941 save percentage giving up half the goals from his first two contests.

Here are the video highlights from last night’s Atlanta Gladiators victory:

As injuries and demotions have been an issue the last two seasons, Vladar has played a key role in the developmental levels as he’s traveled up and down the east coast from Atlanta, Georgia to the American Hockey League with the Providence Bruins in the State of Rhode Island. When recalled to the Baby B’s the agile goaltender has shown great promise posting a record of 4-0-1 last season with a 2.62 GAA and .921 save% to a 1-1 record this season and 1.46 GAA and .949 save%. This is definite proof while playing with a better-structured defense at the AHL level he’ll have a good career as soon as he’s a permanent member of the Bruins top minor-pro tandem in Providence in the near future.

Atlanta is back in action tonight with another game at the North Charleston Coliseum against the South division’s third-place Stingrays who the Gladiators trail by only two points and could tie with a regulation win when the puck drops at 7:05. With Bruins prospect Vladar getting the start in last night’s win, look for Glads netminder Matt Ginn to get the nod in goal as the Atlanta team looks to remain perfect through the current winning streak.

Providence Bruins: Why Is Binnington Here?

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By: Mark Allred                          Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

As a person constantly learning about the inner works of how a hockey franchise works no matter what level is always something I love to do as I investigate interesting topics along the way. One particular topic that’s boggled my mind for the past few week’s is the addition of goaltender Jordan Binnington who was brought to the American Hockey Leagues Providence Bruins on loan from the St. Louis Blues top minor-pro affiliate the Chicago Wolves.

Although I do understand the “loan” process when it comes to the developmental scheme of things for the National Hockey Leagues Boston Bruins especially in the crease, I have to wonder with a shake my head moment why that roster spot is being used for a player that’s not even Bruins property? Take for instance Bruins goaltending prospect Dan Vladar who was selected in the third round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft was placed in the “AA” East Coast Hockey League with the Atlanta Gladiators to start this season, a minor-pro franchise that Vladar spent a majority of his first year as a professional last year. Why wasn’t this opportunity given to him at the AHL level?

Vladar’s time in the ECHL has admittedly been an up and down learning curve as written in previous articles about him but you can’t deny his efforts in the AHL when called upon. With concussion issues with starting goaltender Tuukka Rask and developing depth shits that have to be made in the lower organizational leagues, Vladar got his first start of the 2017-18 season with the Baby B’s last weekend and even tho he started off slow he recovered to earn the shootout 3-2 shootout victory over the Belleville Senators to remain unbeaten in the AHL.

Last season in eight games with Providence the 6’-5” 185-pound Czech Republic native went 4-0-1 when called to the American League and showed he can progress at a higher level of professional hockey and impressed the Bruins Brass no matter if it’s was the regular season or offseason B’s camps and workouts. This whole power thinking took a serious turn for the worse when the news of the AHL’s Toronto Marlies loaning goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo came out yesterday.


So, after reading this Tweet above, I had to ask why Binnington who is the St. Louis Blues property wasn’t returned to the Chicago Wolves to fix their goaltending issues? I get that the new NHL Las Vegas Golden Knights franchise shares an American League affiliate with the Blues in Chicago, but it still makes no sense to me why Vladar who is a part of the Bruins future is passed over for a goaltender that’s probably not going to be in Providence after this season?

I know it comes down to playing time and an availability agreement and never claimed to know or be close to whatever goes on behind closed doors when decisions like this have to be made but as a former non-pro netminder myself I have to wonder how a 20-year-old Vladar feels about a situation like this and what it could do to his confidence moving forward. I would definitely understand if Malcolm Subban was still a part of the organization and placement in the ECHL had to happen but this is something that’s intrigued me since the addition of Binnington right before this season started and Vladar was sent down to make room after the Baby B’s training camp.


The Providence Bruins get back to work on the road this weekend with stops in Binghamton, New York on Friday night to play the Devils, then off to Hershey, Pennsylvania on Saturday night to play the Bears. The Baby B’s return home on Friday, November 3rd when they host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the Dunkin‘ Donuts Center to start a three-game weekend.

Bruins Prospect Vladar Gets Start For Baby B’s

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By: Mark Allred               Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Providence Journal Bruins beat writer Mark Divver is rep[orting that the American Hockey League’s Providence Bruins are going to start goaltender Dan Vladar tonight against the Belleville Senators.


The 6′-5″ 185-pound Czech Republic native has had his troubles with consistency in the East Coast Hockey League with the Atlanta Gladiators appearing in 19 career games and posting a 5-10-1 record, 3.84 goals-against-average and .889 save percentage. Some would criticize his numbers in the Bruins developmental scheme but when he’s called upon to the next level of minor-pro hockey you can see a big difference when he dawns the Baby B’s black and gold jersey and competes harder with a better-structured team in front off him.


Last year the Boston Bruins third-round selection in 2015 appeared in eight games for Providence going unbeaten with a 4-0-1 record, aa 2.62 GAA, and .921 save%. With loaned St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington getting the start last nights 5-2 win against the Springfield Thunderbirds, Vladar looks to continue his streak at the AHL level and shoot down the doubters as he shows the Bruins Brass that he belongs in the crease no matter where he plays throughout the B’s organization.


Bruins: Vladar To ECHL Is A Questionable Move?

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By: Marks Allred           Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Let’s start by saying I’m a big fan of researching everything Boston Bruins hockey but never considered myself an expert or insider but a person that takes this hobby seriously while learning on a daily basis. Sometimes when things happen behind closed doors, and fans have nothing to do with certain moves, we have our shake our heads moments and sometimes question the acts and inner works of operating a National Hockey League franchise. One move that happened on October 10, 2017, was one where I tilted my head like a curious dog when the B’s had their American Hockey League affiliate move a goaltending prospect to the East Coast Hockey League.


Now here’s where you’re thinking, prospect in the minor-pro developmental leagues go up and down all the time, and I completely understand that but when a prospect is demoted to make room for another goaltender that has nothing what-so-ever to do with this Bruins organization, that raises a red flag for me and start to ponder the realm of why?

SUNRISE, FL – JUNE 27: Daniel Vladar, 75th overall pick by the Boston Bruins poses for a portrait during the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center on June 27, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

20-year-old goaltender Dan Vladar was selected in the third round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and was the second highest ranked European netminder according to the NHL’s Central Scouting Final Rankings for his draft year. The 6’-5” 185-pound Czech Republic native admittedly needs some more work in the Bruins system there’s no denying that, but he does have great athleticism and potential that can be seen at every level he’s been called to action thus far.


Here’s why I have a serious problem with the youth prodigy and his placement at the “AA” level. On that same October 10th day that Vladar was moved to the ECHL Atlanta Gladiators, the Providence Bruins filled the vacant crease duties with goaltender Jordan Binnington who came to Providence on loan from the St. Louis Blues organization where he was with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves, but there was no room for him to get playing time. Read that one more time if needed to allow that to soak in and hope at least a few understand where I’m coming from.

So, this brings me to some final question about this move? The Bruins Brass think very highly of Vladar and his progression but how can you pass up a roster spot for one of your own prospects but go ahead and accept a player that has never been in the plan in the first place? That my friends is something that I don’t understand. After watching him play in the ECHL during his 2016-17 professional rookie season mostly grinding it out with Atlanta who was a mediocre team at best, Vladar stepped up his game when called up to the Baby B’s and adjusted very well to a better-structured defense. Although only called to the AHL due to injuries at the NHL level, the quick netminder went unbeaten in eight appearances even tho he posted a below average 5-9-1 record in 18 games for Atlanta.

Why wasn’t Gladiators goaltender Matt Ginn offered that spot over Binnington? Matt’s not a Bruins prospect but has had serviceable time in the lower ranks of the organization’s developmental leagues and would think he’d get a look at least for a short time? This whole thing was just mind-boggling and interesting at the same time.

Again, like I mentioned above, I’m no expert but a passionate fan that loves to get the wheels turning on certain topics but passing over one of your own prospects to create ice time for a player on loan was a questionable one. In the developmental scheme, I had Zane McIntyre and the young Vladar splitting the 2017-18 AHL campaign with a spot made available from the departed Malcolm Subban who was claimed on waivers by the new NHL Las Vegas Golden Knights franchise.