Bruins AHL Affiliate: Providence Bruins First Round Playoff Update

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By: Tim Richardson | Follow Me On Twitter @TimARichardson

A new week of playoff hockey is upon us and the Providence Bruins are right in the middle of their first-round series with the Charlotte Checkers. After splitting the first two game in Providence, the two teams traveled down to Charlotte, North Carolina to continue the series at the Bojangles’ Coliseum. Game three was a tough game for the Providence hockey club and the Hurricanes’ affiliate took the ever so important 2-1 series lead with game four on Friday, April 26, 2019. The baby B’s hope they can steal game four and push the series to a game five where anything could happen. It’s going to be an exciting finish to the series that you do not want to miss.

First Round Calder Cup Playoffs: Providence Bruins vs. Charlotte Checkers

Game One

Despite the slow start, game one was the one that got away for the Providence Bruins. The Checkers started off hot, less than two minutes into the game Morgan Geekie netted a goal that was assisted by Nick Shilkey and Andrew Poturalski. Then, a little more than two minutes later it was like deja vu all over again when Morgan Geekie netted another goal assisted by Andrew Poturalski and Nick Shilkey to make it 2-0 Charlotte less than four minutes into game one. After this, however, the Providence Bruins would come storming back. Captain Jordan Szwarz got the baby B’s on board netting a goal that was assisted by Anton Blidh. A few minutes later, on the power play, Cooper Zech took a feed from Zane McIntyre and tied the game up at two!

The Bruins would pull ahead less than a minute later when Anton Blidh scored on a feed from Trent Frederic and after the first period, it was 3-2 good guys! The second period was one that Providence would probably like back. was one that Providence would probably like back. It started out with Charlotte’s Tomas Jurco tying the game up at three on a goal that was assisted by Martin Necas and Jake Bean. Later in the second period, Julien Gauthier would put the Checkers up 4-3 on goal that was assisted by Nicolas Roy and Dennis Robertson, and that would be the score at the of the second period.

Now, during my preview one of the stats I pointed out was that the Hurricanes’ affiliate was 38-0 when leading after two periods in the regular season, this didn’t bode well for our boys. The Bruins would show signs of life in the third period, and almost seven minutes the Jordan Szwarz would get his second goal of the game assisted by Kyle Cumiskey and the game would be tied at four. However, later in the period, Bobby Sanguinetti would put the Checkers up for good on a goal that was assisted by Nicolas Roy. Checkers win 5-4 and lead the series 1-0. Zane McIntyre had a rough night in net for Providence stopping 22 of the 27 shots fired his way.

Game Two

Game two was the next day, and the Providence Bruins looked to even the series at one apiece. The Providence hockey club came out hot when Cooper Zech would net his second goal of the series. It was assisted by Jordan Szwarz and Paul Carey and the Boston affiliate took an early 1-0 lead. Then with a little over a minute left in the first period, Jack Studnicka would net his first professional goal on a feed from Lee Stempniak and Ryan Fitzgerald to make the score 2-0 and that would be the score at the end of the first period.

The score remained 2-0 for most of the second period, but with a little over two minutes left Andrew Poturalski would get the Checkers on the board on goal that was assisted by Trevor Carrick and Nicolas Roy. With under a minute to play in the second Charlotte would tie the game up at 2 with a goal from Dan Renouf that assisted by Andrew Poturalski and Morgan Geekie. It would remain 2-2 at the end of the second period. The third period started off slow but ended up being eventful. Almost 10 minutes into the period Peter Cehlarik would put Providence up 3-2 on a goal assisted by Jack Studnicka and Trent Frederic.

It would stay that way until the very end of the game when Chris Breen would add an empty net goal with one second left to make it a 4-2 game. Bruins win and tie the series up at 1-1. Dan Vladar was great in net stopping 25 of the 27 shots he faced. At the end of the game as the empty net goal was being scored a scrum broke out and two Bruins players (Jordan Szwarz and Lee Stempniak) and three Checkers players (Trevor Carrick, Tomas Jurco, and Bobby Sanguinetti) were given game misconducts. This is significant because Bobby Sanguinetti was suspended one game for his role in the scrum and Trevor Carrick has been suspended three games for leaving the bench during an altercation.

Game Three

Both teams packed up and set sail for Charlotte, North Carolina where the rest of the series will be played at the Bojangles’ Coliseum. The Checkers came out strong in the first period and about halfway through Andrew Poturalski scored his second goal of the series which was assisted by Aleksi Saarela to put them on top 1-0. About four minutes later Charlotte would go up 2-0 when Morgan Geekie scored his third goal of the series which was assisted by Jake Bean and Andrew Poturalski and the period would end with the Hurricanes’ affiliate up 2-0. Both teams would put up a goose egg in the second period and at the end of two, it was still 2-0 Checkers.

Again, going back to game one the Charlotte hockey club including regular season play was now 39-0 when leading after two periods. About a minute into the third period Andrew Poturalski would net an unassisted goal his second of the game and third of the series to put Charlotte on top 3-0 and that would go on to be your final with the Carolina affiliate now up 2-1 in the series. Goalie Zane McIntyre was adequate in net stopping 25 of the 28 shots he faced. Something else of note, Dan Vladar was set to start game three but an injury during the pre-game skate forced Zane McIntyre into the lineup.

Who’s hot and Who’s not for the Bruins this series

Hot

Cooper ZechCooper Zech has been great for Providence this series. In the three games, he netted two goals and has two total points. He came over to Providence in March signing as an undrafted free agent after his freshman year at Ferris State. While there, he led the team in scoring netting eight goals and dishing out 20 assists for 28 total points in 36 games. That’s a point per game total of 0.77. In 12 regular season games with Providence, the young defenseman didn’t find the back of the net but did dish out four assists for four total points. That’s a 0.33 point per game total in a limited sample. Hopefully, Zech can keep up his hot play and provide both offense and defense for the Bruins the rest of the series.

Jordan SzwarzThe Captain has been great for Providence this series. In the three games, he has netted two goals and dished out one assist for three total points. Szwarz had another great season for Providence in 68 games he netted 23 goals while dishing out 23 assists for 46 total points. That’s a point per game total of 0.67. The OHL product will need to continue to play well if the Bruins hope to take games four and five in Charlotte.

Not

Zane McIntyre: Zane had a pretty good regular season for Providence. He was 25-14-7 with a GAA of 2.59 and a save percentage of 0.898. This series, however, has been bad for the North Dakota alum. In two games the veteran netminder is 0-2 with a GAA of 4.14 and a save percentage of 0.855. With the injury to Vladar before game three, and the severity of it unknown, the Bruins need McIntyre to pick up his play if they hope to move on to the second round of the playoffs.

Zach SenyshynZach Senyshyn had an up and down regular season. The speedster showed some flashes of being elite, and at times looked a little lost. In 66 games with Providence, he netted 14 goals and dished out 10 assists for 24 total points. That’s a point per game total of 0.36. The young winger did get a call up to Boston and in two games netted a goal for his only point. That was something I was hoping would catapult him into a big playoff series, but in three games against Charlotte he has yet to register a point and if the Bruins want to advance to the next round, they need more offense.

Outlook for the rest of the series

A couple of things I said in my preview for the series that were important were overall team defense and would the Bruins get enough offense to win games. Both points seem to be rearing their ugly head as the team defense in game one as well as game three were suspect, and the Bruins just didn’t get enough offense especially in game three. Providence only had 20 shots on net in the game three loss and that just is not going to cut it and if the baby B’s hope to move onto the second round they need to generate more opportunities.

Before Wednesday night’s contest at Bojangles Coliseum, Providence rookie goaltender Dan Vladar went down with a lower body injury which is rumored to be a hamstring issue. With Zane McIntyre spending time with Boston as the “black ace” third goaltender, another rumor floating around the Boston Bruins organization is B’s goaltending prospect Kyle Keyser “could” get his first AHL start in goal in his first Calder Cup Playoff game. The 20-year-old Keyser recently ended his year with the Oshawa Generals a team who was eliminated in the  third  round of OHL playoffs to the hands of the leagues best Ottawa 67”s.

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I think that the boys in black and gold can win two in a row and still take this series. They proved earlier in the year that they could beat Charlotte on the road. Like I stated earlier game four will be Friday, April 26, 2019, and it will be one you do not want to miss. If Providence can come out on top, then the deciding game five would be Saturday, April 27, 2019. Let’s hope they can take game four Friday night! We will catch up with you next week to let you know how the team fared but feel free to send any questions or comments to me on Twitter. I hope everyone enjoys the series and Go, B’s, Go!

Bruins AHL Affiliate: Providence Bruins Weekend Recap

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By: Sam Fryman  |  Follow Me On Twitter @sfryman20

 

There’s an old saying regarding April showers and what they may bring. For the Providence Bruins, that has meant two things to begin the month. Many goals and many games consecutively to make the team work harder than they ever have before. The first two games of the weekend came against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in a home and away series, giving the Bruins a chance to decrease their magic number to nearly zero.

Friday, April 5, 2019, Providence Bruins vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (Home)

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First Period:

The game started as quickly as one could imagine with Bridgeport’s Grant Hutton getting his first goal of the season just over a minute into the game. The goal came on the power play with Providence’s Jeremy Lauzon getting called for hooking at the 49-second mark. Just one minute later the Bruins would answer back with the gritty play of Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson. JFK made a great play behind the cage of Jeremy Smith that managed to get across the line. The tally also kept his scoring streak intact.

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Another player looking to extend a streak was Paul Carey, and he would get the chance to do so at the 9:40 mark thanks to another Bruins’ power play. The alternate captain sent a great pass from circle to circle where Gemel Smith was waiting to put a one-timer in the back of the net. Thanks to the Sound Tigers second hooking call in as many minutes, the Bruins increased their lead to two with a goal from Ryan Fitzgerald. For Fitzgerald, it was a quick shot from the high slot, given plenty of help from his teammates on the second power-play unit. While Bridgeport would get one back late, the Bruins ended the period outshooting their opponents by a two to one margin.

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Score: 3-2 Bruins

Second Period:

In the second period, the Bruins would prove that when it rains, it pours. At the 3:37 mark, they would start an offensive barrage that would see them score three goals in just under two minutes of playing time. Mark McNeil, Paul Carey, and rookie Bruin Victor Berglund scored in that order. All three exhibited some fantastic dangles on their goals. As they did in the first period; however, the Sound Tigers would battle back and cut the lead back down to two. Otto Koivula and highly touted prospect Josh Ho-Sang were responsible for the Bridgeport tallies.

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Score: 6-4 Bruins

Third Period:

Entering the third, special teams had worked very well in favor of Providence, and they would get another opportunity to prove themselves. With Bridgeport defender Kyle Burroughs in the box for holding, Bruins captain Jordan Szwarz netted his 22nd goal of the season, deflecting a slap shot from Paul Carey. The score left the Bruins three for four with the man advantage, one of their best special teams showings this season. Carey would cap off a four-point night with an empty netter to seal the game after Bridgeport had gotten the Providence lead down to one. The final score marked the most goals the Bruins have scored in a game this season.

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Final: 8-6 Bruins

Saturday, April 6, 2019, Providence Bruins vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (Away)

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First Period:

Coming into the second game of the weekend, Bridgeport certainly wanted to put Friday’s game behind them. The Bruins had the opportunity to decrease their magic number to six, but it was the Sound Tigers who came out with the fire early. Ryan Bourque tipped in a shot to give the home squad a 1-0 lead just 3:29 into the game. After Jakub Zboril was sent to the box for tripping, Oliver Wahlstrom doubled the lead for Bridgeport, and the Bruins were in a hole before the halfway mark of the first period.

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Late in the first frame, the hottest Bruin of the last few games would continue to be hotter than an inferno. Paul Carey was able to walk in and net his 24th goal of the season to cut the lead in half with just about four minutes left in the period. With 42 seconds left in the period, Carey did it again to leave the game tied as the first frame came to a close. Jordan Szwarz picked up an assist on Carey’s second of the night.

Score: 2-2

Second Period:

The second period turned out to be fairly even between the two teams until late. Right after the penalty kill had come up large for the Bruins, Ryan Bourque was able to net his second of the night to give Bridgeport their second lead of the night. Although Dan Vladar continues to come up big, Providence couldn’t capitalize on their man advantage chances, and they ended the second period behind.

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Score: 3-2 Sound Tigers

Third Period:

In the final twenty minutes, Bridgeport was able to get a big insurance goal as Travis St. Denis was able to put a rebound past Vladar to make the lead 4-2. Despite JFK adding a critical tally late, it wouldn’t be enough for the Bruins to overcome and the magic number would stay stagnant going into the final matchup of the weekend against the Utica Comets. After the final whistle, the tempers would get the best of the Bruins as Mark McNeil would get a fighting major as well as a game misconduct for throwing punches after the game was declared official. Providence would also get some needed reinforcements back as Boston announced that Anton Blidh, Trent Frederic, Jeremy Lauzon, and Zach Senyshyn would return to the AHL.

Final: 4-3 Sound Tigers

Sunday, April 7, 2019, Providence Bruins vs. Utica Comets (Home)

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First Period:

Zane McIntyre was back in net for the Bruins as a revamped squad was ready to take on Utica and get their magic number down to one with only a few games remaining in the regular season. All four of the Bruins latest additions from Boston were in the starting five and came out with a solid burst of offense. Just like Saturday’s contest, however, the opponents would get on the board first with Vincent Arseneau netting his 8th goal of the season for the Comets. Providence would get two late power-play opportunities but wouldn’t get the game tied as the first twenty minutes came to a close. The shot total was in favor of the Comets 10-8.

Score: 1-0 Comets

Second Period:

Late in the second frame, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson made it three consecutive games with a goal as he tied the game with a fantastic wrist shot from the near side circle. Zech and Cehlarik picked up the assists at the 16:42 mark. The tally also gave the Bruins a power play tally in each one of their games during the weekend. Utica goalie Ivan Kulbakov remained strong for the rest of the period to keep the game and the shot total even.

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Score: 1-1

Third Period:

In the third period, the Bruins would make it a game in their favor with two more players that had provided offense all weekend long. Paul Carey gave Providence the lead right off of the draw with his 26th tally of the season to give the Bruins a one-goal lead. Anton Blidh then finished off the game with an empty net goal, and the Bruins magic number was moved down to just one. Jordan Szwarz picked up the assists on both third-period goals to give him yet another multi-point game. It was certainly a weekend to remember for Providence, and with a magic number as low as it can possibly be they will play another three in three to close out the regular season.

Final: 3-1 Bruins

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Bruins AHL Affiliate: Providence Bruins Weekend Recap

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By Sam Fryman | Follow me on Twitter @sfryman20

 

William Shakespeare famously wrote that one must “beware the Ides of March,” and the month overall has provided to be a mixed bag for the Providence Bruins. To begin the final weekend of March, Providence had a matchup with the North Division-leading Syracuse Crunch who have already clinched their Calder Cup playoff spot.

Friday, March 29th, 2019, Providence Bruins Vs. The Syracuse Crunch (Away)

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First Period:

Providence started the game with a bang, showing that they wouldn’t be intimidated by the Crunch whatsoever. Providence outshot their opponents 14-3 in the first twenty minutes, but thanks to goalie Eddie Pasquale the Crunch would keep a goal off the scoreboard. As has been the case in previous games, the Bruins had plenty of chances on the man advantage but could not convert to get an early lead.

Score: 0-0

Second Period:

Providence looked to continue their team domination as the second period got underway, and they would need to do so first in the form of fisticuffs. Jeremy Lauzon quickly dropped the gloves with Syracuse center Gabriel Dumont after Dumont gave an extra shove to goalie Dan Vladar after a play was over. Vladar had to continue to make a few more acrobatic saves to keep the tie intact, and it was the veteran Lee Stempniak who gave the Bruins the first goal of the game. Chris Breen was credited with the assist just after exiting the penalty box as well as Jordan Szwarz. The shot total for the period ended 23-9 in favor of Providence.

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Score: 1-0 Bruins

Third Period:

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In the third period, Syracuse would get the game tied up despite being massively outplayed. Off of a Providence turnover, Boris Katchouk scored his tenth goal of the season and for the moment gave the Crunch a big burst of life. Just fifteen seconds later, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson would answer with Lee Stempniak notching an assist for a multi-point game. With a power play just over two minutes later, Gemel Smith would get the go-ahead goal to put the Bruins back on top with a brilliant one-timer. The Crunch would get a goal in garbage time to make this interesting, but Providence would hold on for a big win, they’re third in the last four games.

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Final: 3-2 Bruins

Saturday, March 30th,2019, Providence Bruins Vs. The Hershey Bears (Away)

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As the month of March came to its official close, the Bruins made the trip to the Giant Center in Hershey to take on the Bears for the sixth time this season. It was a critical point swing for the two teams as they still stand third and fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, with Charlotte being the only team to officially clinch in the Atlantic. Providence had only lost once to Hershey this season and looked to continue their domination of the Capitals’ affiliate.

 

First Period:

With just over two minutes gone in the first period, Lee Stempniak continued his hot streak with the Bruins notching his sixth goal of the season. With the veteran forward having played for ten different NHL franchises, it’s been no surprise that the Bruins offense has benefitted with him in the lineup. For the next few minutes, the Bears would have a solid barrage of chances, including Devonte Smith-Pelly just failing to beat Zane McIntyre and sending a shot off of the post, and Tyler Lewington missing a wide open low slot shot.

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Score: 1-0 Bruins

Second Period:

Providence started the second frame on the power play with Riley Barber taking a double minor for high sticking. It was effectively killed off as the Bears began the game going three for three on the penalty kill.  The physicality entered the game a few minutes later with Shane Gersich taking exception to a hit delivered by Providence’s Cooper Zech. The Bears only managed three shots total during the period as they were shorthanded on three different occasions.

Score: 1-0 Bruins

Third Period:

The score was still in favor of the Bruins when the third period began, but it wouldn’t stay that way long. Right off of the opening draw, Devonte Smith-Pelly received a great pass from Jayson Megna and tied the game just seventeen seconds into the final frame of regulation. The Providence offense started to get going a little more after that tally including a power play chance, but a penalty right afterward would cost them. After Kyle Cumiskey was sent to the box for charging, Joe Snively notched his first goal of the season to give the Bears the go-ahead goal. Hershey goaltender Ilya Samsanov would secure the victory as the Bruins would outshoot their opponents 29-19. The battle for the final playoff spots remain tight, and Providence will get a full week break before taking on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in a home and away series.

Final: 2-1 Bears

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Bruins AHL Affiliate: Providence Bruins Game Recap 3/27/19

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By: Sam Fryman  |  Follow Me On Twitter @sfryman20

Coming into Wednesday’s contest against Wilkes Barre/Scranton, the Bruins hoped to gain momentum from two huge pieces of news. For one, they had the opportunity to break a tie with the Hershey Bears for control of third place in the Atlantic Division. The bigger piece of off-ice news for fans is that Providence came to an agreement on a ten-year affiliation extension for the National Hockey League Boston Bruins. Providence has been the exclusive pipeline team for the Bruins since 1992 and in that time has developed over 200 players who have competed for the big club, including Boston’s head coach Bruce Cassidy. Providence was on the road Wednesday to treat the opposing fans to yet another win as the club continues marching towards their 22nd postseason appearance.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019, Providence Bruins vs. Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins (away)

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First Period:

The Penguins have proved to be a very evenly matched opponent for the Bruins, and Wednesday’s contest started out no different. The game began later than usual due to a power outage in Mohegan Sun Arena, but the situation was remedied without a problem. Off of a great zone entry, Jake Luccini notched the first tally of the game for the Penguins, it was just his second goal of the regular season. In what has become somewhat of a theme for returning players, former Bruin Jimmy Hayes was able to pick up an assist on the goal.

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The shots remained even for the two teams through twenty minutes but not without a few extracurricular activities following the whistles. Chris Breen was called for a check to the head in the closing two minutes of the period, leading to a mini-scrum and the Penguins’ first power play of the game. Thankfully they would be unsuccessful as the first twenty minutes ended.

Score: 1-0 Penguins

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Second Period:

With the captain Jordan Szwarz as well as the always aggressive Anton Blidh providing the physicality, Providence was poised to come back in the second period and get the score even. The two teams exchanged power plays around the halfway point of the period, but goaltenders Zane McIntyre and Tristan Jarry made sure none of the shots hit twine. The Bruins picked up the pace in the shot department as well as they held the Penguins to just five in the second period.

Score: 1-0 Penguins

Third Period:

Six and a half minutes through the third period, Wilkes Barre/Scranton was able to get a big insurance goal to double the lead. Penguins center Sam Lafferty kept in a Bruins clearing attempt which led to a great feed from Ryan Haggerty to Sam Miletic for his tenth goal of the season. With that final tally, the Bruins, unfortunately, did not have an answer as the Penguins picked up the victory and Tristan Jarry recorded his first shutout of the season. The win left the Penguins on 76 points, still out of a playoff position and three points behind the Bruins.

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Final: 2-0 Penguins

A few post-game notes: Tommy Marchin made his AHL debut with the Bruins and logged some solid ice time, mostly with Providence’s bottom six. Paul Carey was given a two year, two-way contract extension that should see him in Providence for a little while longer. Boston also announced that Karson Kuhlman had been reassigned to Providence which would certainly give the AHL club an offensive boost with Boston mostly in preparation mode for the playoffs. Next up for Providence will be a tilt with the Syracuse Crunch, who have already clinched their spot in the Calder Cup playoffs.

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Bruins AHL Affiliate: Providence Bruins Weekend Recap

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By: Sam Fryman  |  Follow Me On Twitter @sfryman20

The Providence Bruins celebrated Star Wars weekend at home, and the Force of offense was certainly with them as they looked to pick up four points and further distance themselves from their playoff challengers.

Friday, March 22nd, 2019, Providence Bruins vs. The Belleville Senators (Home)

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First Period:

Throughout the first period, there wasn’t much scoring to be noted or even critical chances. With two minutes to go in the period, defenseman Jordan Murray got whistled for interference, and the Bruins pounced on the opportunity. Trent Frederic and JFK set up Peter Cehlarik in front of the net to give Providence the first goal of the game. With lineup changes affecting all three of those men in recent weeks, it was a wonderful surprise to see that they hadn’t lost any offensive touch.

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Score: 1-0 Bruins

Second Period:

The second period featured a collection of close calls for both teams, but physicality would come to be the story as the score remained the same. In the closing seconds of the period, Trent Frederic received a nasty hit from Darren Archibald, and the team didn’t take to it kindly. While Anton Blidh only received a roughing minor for sticking up for his teammate, Archibald was slapped with a five-minute cross-checking major as well as a game misconduct. Frederic was shaken but thankfully was able to return to the game.

Score: 1-0 Bruins

Third Period:

With the third period getting started, the Senators had racked up almost half an hour of combined penalty minutes. Goaltender Marcus Hogberg kept them in the game with Jedi like reflexes but the offense needed to get one more past the Providence netminder Zane McIntyre. Providence would hold Belleville to just one shot on goal in the final frame and the captain Jordan Szwarz finished off the game with the empty net tally. It was the fourth straight game in which the Bruins collected points. Next up to finish out the weekend was the Binghamton Devils, who simply hoped to stop the bleeding of a long drought.

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Final: 2-0 Bruins

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019, Providence Bruins vs. The Binghampton Devils (Home)

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First Period:

The game began with an unusual amount of stoppages as there were four icing calls against both Binghamton and Providence within the first minute and a half. With the Devils holding on to the final playoff spot in the Atlantic, a road win was critical for improving their chances. Binghamton was also hoping to end a massive losing streak, which has left them struggling to find points down the stretch.

The visitors finally began the scoring with six minutes to go in the opening period. Tariq Hammond delivered a great pass to the far side circle, and Nick Lappin was able to pick up his 17th goal of the year. The goaltenders had put on a good show before then as “Darth Vladar,” and Evan Cormier were the men between the pipes on the backend of Star Wars weekend in the Dunk. The Bruins would also gain some late opportunities with the man advantage, carrying over just short of a full power play to the beginning of the second period.

Score: 1-0 Binghamton

Second Period:

The Bruins wouldn’t capitalize on those chances, but just like the Empire, the Bruins would strike back with just about six minutes gone in the second period. After a great block in the offensive zone by Kyle Cumiskey, a two on one went back the other way, and Jordan Szwarz buried the goal to tie the game.

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As the game went on to the late stages of the second Gemel Smith made a great pass off of another turnover as Paul Carey finished with the goal to give the Bruins the lead. It was yet another multi-point game for Carey in the month of March as he has been the shining star offensively for Providence. The Bruins also vastly improved the shot total in the second frame as they had been trailing Binghamton in that department after the first twenty minutes.

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Score: 2-1 Bruins

Third Period:

The third period started with a penalty that would work in Providence’s favor. A double minor was assessed to defenseman Eric Gryba, who almost couldn’t stay out of the sin bin the entire night. Early in the four-minute advantage, Paul Carey picked up his second goal of the night. Jordan Szwarz and Gemel Smith again picked up assists.

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The victory was clinched with Carey’s stellar performance, and the Bruins now stand seven points clear of fifth place Wilkes Barre/Scranton with nine games left to be played. Providence will hit the road against those Penguins on Thursday, their first of three consecutive road games to end the month of March.

Final: 3-1 Bruins

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Bruins AHL Affiliate: Providence Bruins Recap: 3/20 vs Laval

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By Sam Fryman | Follow me on Twitter @sfryman20

With the season winding down, the Bruins took to the road to face the Laval Rocket for the first time in Bell Place. Laval didn’t have too much to play for apart from pride with 12 games remaining, but that didn’t stop them from giving Providence a significant challenge in their playoff push.

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First Period:

Both teams started the night with some early power plays but could not convert many shots towards the net. At the 11:02 mark of the period, Stuart Percy sent in a great shot for the blue line to give Providence a lead. It was Percy’s third goal of the season and his first as a member of the Bruins. For the rest of the period, Zane McIntyre was instrumental in keeping the lead intact as the Rocket outshot the Bruins 11-5.S

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Score: 1-0 Bruins

Second Period:

The second period began with a great chance from Gemel Smith that was denied in the low slot. Shortly after, Daniel Audette netted his 13th of the season for Laval by backhanding in a loose puck in the crease. Providence wouldn’t let the game stay tied for long. With Alex Alain in the box for holding, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson sniped a shot through traffic to put the Bruins back on top. Cooper Zech also picked up his first career AHL point on the assist.

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Score: 2-1 Bruins

Third Period:

The third period began on the man advantage for the Bruins, and throughout the period they had an abundance of close calls to pull away on the scoreboard. With just under five minutes to go in regulation, Cale Fleury netted a solid backhander to tie the game once again at two. The tally would send the game to overtime with both teams looking to get a critical extra point.

Score: 2-2

Overtime provided some great back and forth action, but only three combined shots registered on net forcing the game to be decided by the skills in a shootout. After an extended eight-round shootout, Hunter Shinkaruk finally ended the game in favor of Laval. The Bruins get a day off to travel and rest back home before they take on the Belleville Senators for the first time this month.

Final: 3-2 Laval

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Bruins AHL Affiliate: Providence Bruins Week 23 Recap

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By Sam Fryman | Follow me on Twitter @sfryman20

Friday, March 15th, 2019, Providence Bruins Vs. The Lehigh Valley Phantoms (Road)

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Since its founding, Pennsylvania has always been known as the Keystone State. Beginning on Friday, the Bruins hoped two key victories against teams in that state would offer them the key to a playoff berth. First up were the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, a team sitting five points behind Providence after just three wins in their last ten games. The Bruins also looked much different than last weekend with Connor Clifton, Trent Frederic, and Paul Carey all up with the big club and five more players out with injuries.

First Period:

The action started just 47 seconds as Zach Senyshyn got a lucky deflection right in front of Alex Lyon. The first shot was set up by Karson Kuhlman who continues his consistent offensive play for Providence. Not even a minute later, the oldest member of Bruins proved he is still a force to be reckoned with. Lee Stempniak made it two goals on two shots and the Phantoms were quickly back on their heels. For the rest of the period, Dan Vladar came up with some huge saves, including a pair of robberies on Mike Vecchione and Justin Bailey.

Score: 2-0 Bruins

Second Period:

Special teams became the story for both Providence and Lehigh Valley as the game got to its late stages. After David Kase out the Phantoms on the board just 56 seconds in the second period with a power play, Lee Stempniak continued his brilliant night early in the third. From a good steal by Karson Kuhlman, Stempniak got the puck unchallenged and easily found the back of the net.

Score: 2-1 Bruins

Third Period:

Two minutes later, the ever aggressive Tyrell Goulbourne got sent to the box for roughing and Gemel Smith made him pay. The Bruins forward picked up his 13th goal of the season to give Providence a 4-1 lead.

As the minutes ticked down in regulation, Lehigh Valley applied a highly aggressive strategy by pulling goalie Alex Lyon with over seven minutes remaining to try to stage a comeback. The plan backfired as Peter Cehlarik put one into the empty net. A couple of garbage time goals from Connor Bunnaman and Greg Carey gave the Phantoms a glimmer of hope, but in the end, it wasn’t enough as Providence walked away with a 5-3 victory to begin the weekend.

Final: 5-3 Bruins

Saturday, March 16th, 2019, Providence Bruins Vs. The Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins

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First Period:

Coming off of a solid win against the Phantoms, the Bruins went a little further up the Northeast Extension to take on the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins. Through the first period of play, there were no goals to talk about although the Bruins held Wilkes Barre/Scranton to just five total shots in the period, many of them coming late.

Score: 0-0

Second Period:

The even battle was finally put to an end late in the second period with Jake Lucchini netting his first career AHL goal. He waited at the side of the net as a great two on one was started by Jimmy Hayes. Before that tally Zane McIntyre had been having one of his strongest periods of the season, turning aside many close chances from the Penguins.

Score: 1-0 Penguins

Third Period:

At the halfway point of the third period, the hard checking pressure for the Bruins finally paid off as they tied the game at one. Tristan Jarry was caught out of position and Ryan Fitzgerald found the puck on the doorstep. A three on two rush got the offense going for Providence and Karson Kuhlman was able to send in a deadly slap shot for his teammates to collect. Jakub Zboril thought he might have had the go-ahead goal with two and a half minutes to go but Jarry denied him with an aggressive, spinning save to keep the game tied.

Score: 1-1

Overtime:

Adam Johnson ended the game just over a minute into the overtime period for Wilkes Barre/Scranton. He lifted a superb forehand to backhand shot top shelf over Zane McIntyre to give the Penguins their 30th win of the season. The Bruins have one more game on the road against the Laval Rocket before returning home on Wednesday, March 22nd against the Belleville Senators. Every point will be on the line and we’ll recap every game!

Final: 2-1 Penguins

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Providence Bruins Weekend Recap: 3/9 and 3/10

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By: Sam Fryman  |  Follow Me On Twitter @sfryman20

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Bruins vs Bears, 3/9/19

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A shootout was needed to decide the first game of the weekend between Providence and Hershey, and the Saturday sequel would not disappoint. Both teams have been swinging back and forth in the Atlantic Division standings over the last few weeks and the weekend was a prime opportunity for one team to gain a solid amount of distance on the other.

First Period:

The defense showed up first and foremost, holding Hershey to just 4 shots through the first twenty minutes and killing off an early power play. Trent Frederic got the scoring started for Providence at the 9:51 mark. After keeping in a clearing attempt on the half wall, Frederic fired a slap shot that Ilya Samsonov was unable to get out of the air. It was Frederic’s eleventh goal of the season.

Score: Providence 1-0

Second Period:

Just like the Friday contest Hershey always seemed to linger, tying the game up just 1:30 into the second period with Riley Barber beating Dan Vladar on a delayed penalty call.

Providence got to show off the special teams to get right back in the game courtesy of Uhro Vaakanainen. It would be the first goal on what ended up being six power plays in the game for the Bruins. Barber would score his second goal of the evening on a breakaway to tie the game again for Hershey 2-2 late in the second period.

Score: 2-2

Third Period:

Jayson Megna gave Hershey their first lead of the night just about halfway through the third period.

A few minutes later, the Bruins were given a good break when Beck Malenstyn was called for tripping. That power play allowed Paul Carey to lift a puck from right in front of the net to tie the game back up for Providence. Connor Clifton also continued to dish out the assists, notching his fourth in the last two games.

Score: 3-3

Overtime:

As fate would have it, Carey’s night was destined to end more dramatically. After a Bruins faceoff win to begin the overtime period, Carey streaked into the offensive zone and ended the game earlier than expected for the crowd at Dunkin Donuts Center. The Bruins would finish the weekend with a contest against the Springfield Thunderbirds, once again in front of a home crowd.

Final: Providence Wins 4-3 

Bruins vs. Thunderbirds, 3/10F

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After picking up two wins in post-regulation against their division rivals Hershey, the Providence Bruins looked to make it a clean sweep of the weekend against the Springfield Thunderbirds, a team that is a lowly 9-14-5 on the road this season. Paul Carey came into Sunday’s contest with 6 points in his last 4 games, and with a few additions back on the Providence, roster looked to keep it intact.

First Period:

With Providence getting their first power play opportunity in the first period, Trent Frederic came off from the bench and made a beautiful two on one pass to defenseman Urho Vaakanainen, his third goal in the last four games.

Springfield looked to get the momentum back in their favor when Jacob McDonald went after Michael Doherty just about halfway through the period, with both receiving matching fighting penalties. The bad blood continued to the very last seconds of the period when all players on both teams gathered in the near side corner of the ice to apply some shoves.

Score: 1-0 Providence

Second Period:

Joel Lowry tied the game for Springfield just 2:17 into the second. After a shorthanded chance by Trent Frederic went off of the post, Lowry went right back the other way with Sebastian Repo and beat Zane McIntyre cleanly. Just a minute and a half later, Anthony Greco continued his goal-scoring streak to give the Thunderbirds took a 2-1 lead. Springfield continues to be ranked in the top ten of the AHL in second period scoring with 73 goals for.

Providence took the deficit and started to fire a flurry of shots towards the Springfield cage. Turnovers lead to great chances by the Bruins forwards but they were all stopped, including an incredibly athletic save by Chris Driedger with just over seven minutes to go.

Score: 2-1 Thunderbirds

Third Period:

With 7:39 to go in the third period, Vincent Praplan scored his first goal as a Springfield Thunderbird after the penalty kill had come up large for most of the period. The forward also had his family in attendance after making a late surprise trip from his native Switzerland. That would be all as far as the Bruins efforts would go as they could not get any more shots past goaltender Chris Driedger. Still, the Bruins managed to get four of a possible six points on the weekend to keep themselves in a playoff position. Providence will rest for the week then be back in action against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, who currently sit just outside of a playoff spot.

Final: 3-1 Springfield 

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Providence Bruins vs Hershey Bears Game Recap 3/8/19

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By: Sam Fryman  |  Follow Me On Twitter @sfryman20

Providence Bruins Lines:

Carey – Szwarz – Kuhlman
Blidh – Frederic – Senyshyn
Fitzgerald – Smith – McNeill
Riley – Koppanen – Pond

Goalie:

McIntyre

Hershey Bears Lines:

Smith Pelley – Sgarbossa – Barber
Gersich – Megna – Walker
O’Brien – Pilon – Malenstyn
Kammerer – Pinho – Whitney

Goalie:

Vanacek

First Period:

The Bruins looked to begin a strong weekend in the month of March against one of their chief rivals in the Atlantic Division. The Hershey Bears came into this matchup sitting just one point ahead of Providence for third in the division standings. It was the first of two games against Hershey as the Bruins looked to prevent the Bears from getting their 8th win in the last 11 games.

With the return of forward Karson Kuhlman to the lineup, Providence was expecting an added boost of offense. Early on the Bruins wouldn’t do so, going 0 for 2 on the power play and not controlling the pace of the game as Hershey could. Zane McIntyre continued his impressive season by coming up with several very athletic saves in the early minutes, notably on Beck Malenstyn, while the Bruins defensemen were making a few passing mistakes.

The Bears got the scoring started with just about a minute and a half left in the first period with Riley Barber receiving a terrific pass from behind the net by Aaron Ness. Despite the slow start on the scoreboard, Providence lead in the shots on goal category 12-8.

Score: Hershey 1-0

Second Period:

Providence applied more of an aggressive forecheck to begin the second period, and the scoring chances were coming much more frequently as were fortunate turnovers. Providence went on their third power play of the game with 13:19 to go in the period due to an interference penalty. Special teams finally yielded a goal to the Bruins via the captain Jordan Szwarz, his third against the Bears this season. After a great point shot by Clifton, Szwarz dived in front of the net to put it past Hershey goaltender Vitek Vanecek. A punch filled scrap between Tyler Lewington and Trent Frederic right after the goal kept the fans very much into it.

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As the physicality of the game picked up it was the job of the Bruins penalty kill to keep the tie intact. They held Hershey scoreless on their two power play chances in the period, continuing their season-long success down a man. After some incredible stick moves by Connor Clifton, the Bruins got yet another power play goal to take their first lead of the games. While he didn’t finish off his highlight reel approach, former Bear Paul Carey received a perfect pass and finished with under three minutes left in the second.

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Score: Providence 2-1

Third Period:

The third period started with a great bounce from Hershey. Their continued zone presence and crisp passing left the Bruins gassed, but the defense and McIntyre were able to fend off all challenges. With some tight back and forth action being applied between the two squads, Lucas Johansson tied it up for the Bears with 4:54 left in regulation. It was his first AHL goal since mid-October. It was an unfortunate one to give up given how much Providence had controlled the puck in their offensive zone. The goal would give each team one point as the contest headed to overtime, but only one squad would walk away with a big second for the win.

Score: 2-2

Overtime was a very even contest but it yielded no winner. The noteworthy highlights were a big couple of denials by McIntyre on Hershey’s Jason Megna, who had been a shot machine all night for the visitors.

Shootout: Hershey has been known throughout the season as a very strong shootout team, but none of their shooters could figure out Zane McIntyre. In the sixth round, Anton Blidh scored to give the Bruins the win which will leave the teams tied in the Atlantic Division standings. Next up for Providence: Another tilt against the Bears tomorrow night at the Dunk, followed by a Sunday matinee contest versus Springfield.

Final: 3-2

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Bruins AHL Affiliate: Providence Bruins Week 19 Recap

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By: Mark Allred  |  Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

The American Hockey Leagues Atlantic Division is tight with five teams in the eight-team division within 4-5 points of each other as they’ll be jockeying their way back and forth toward Calder Cup Playoff Hopes. In that mix is the Providence Bruins who’ve been red hot to start the 2019 calendar year but have come back to earth a little losing two of three during this weekends action.  The last time the team from the State of Rhode Island lost consecutive games was a 3-0 shutout to host Hartford Wolf Pack on Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 and a 6-3 beatdown the Binghamton Devils gave the Providence club on Friday, December 21st, 2018 once again on the road.

With a season record of 27-19-6-1 and sitting in the fourth position in the division and seventh in the Eastern Conference, the playoffs aren’t out of the realm, but it’s not going to be easy and dropping the last two of three in their home barn, and local fan support certainly didn’t help matters. With proper rest and practice schedule, set up by head coach Jay Leach, the B’s should snap out of this small slide in the wrong direction before they face second-place Bridgeport Sound Tigers to start next weekends three-game set on Friday, February 22nd, 2019.

Anyways, below are the ups and downs of the weekend that was for the Providence Bruins and a little better detail of the game’s action highlighted by the B’s offensive numbers. Hope you all enjoy!

Friday, February 15th, 2019, Providence Bruins vs. The Toronto Marlies (Home)

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The Bruins kicked off the weekend’s festivities hosting the Toronto Marlies, and red hot B’s goaltender got the start in goal looking for his 12th consecutive victory. After being down 1-0 to the visiting Marlies team through the first 20 minutes, the B’s got on the board in the second period with a shorthanded goal for recently demoted NHL Bruins defenseman Steven Kampher assisted by another newcomer Lee Stempniak. The veteran Stempniak was signed to a professional tryout last week after spending a majority of the 2018-19 season practicing with the Boston Bruins when the team was in the Boston area as a non-roster player.

Stempniak would get his second point of the evening later in the second period with his first of the year assisted by Gemel Smith to get the B’s first lead of the night. The Providence club would seal the deal with a third-period goal from Anton Blidh who scored his eighth of the season assisted by defensemen Chris Breen and Kampher. The three stars of the night were selected from the players that produced offensively with Kampher with the first, Stempniak with the second, and finishing off the honorable mentions, Blidh with the third star.

Bruins goaltender McIntyre stopped 25 of 26 shots and extended his winning streak to 12 games in the 3-1 victory. He’s honestly been sensational in goal since the start of 2019, and with a season record of 20-8-3 and in his last 17 games dating back to December 15th the former 2010 sixth-round draft pick of the NHL Bruins has gone 14-3-0 with a goals-against-average of 2.06, and .909 save percentage in that timeframe.

Saturday, February 16th,2019, Providence Bruins vs. The Charlotte Checkers (Home)

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This particular game was the start of the weekend troubles for the Bruins team being down 3-0 to the visiting Checkers team going into the third period. The B’s did try and create a spark in the last frame but forward Paul Carey’s 11th of the season assisted by Breen and Ryan Fitzgerald and Jakub Zboril’s fourth of the season a minute later weren’t enough as the Checkers shut down the B’s effort earning the 3-2 victory.

Goaltender Dan Vladar was in goal on this night taking the unfortunate loss.  The rookie netminder is 7-10-4 with a 2.70 goals-against-average, and .903 save percentage in 22 games played. The 21-year-old Czech Republic native has only two wins in his last ten games.

Sunday, February 17th, 2019, Providence Bruins vs. The Springfield Falcons (Home)

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To finish the weekend’s action and the final game of week 17, the Providence club looked to get back on track after losing to the Charlotte club the night before, but that just didn’t happen. For the second game in a row, the Bruins were fighting an uphill battle and again being down three goals going into the third period certainly didn’t help matters at all. B’s captain Jordan Szwarz tried to create a spark offensively in the last frame, but the Springfield Falcons were just too much punching in two more goals to end the B’s effort and second consecutive loss.

Bruins netminder McIntyre got the start in goal on this night looking for his 13th consecutive victory, but it just wasn’t in the cards on this night as he took the 5-1 loss. The 26-year-old McIntyre didn’t exactly have the full support of his teammates in front of him in the loss to the Thunderbirds and will look to get on track this weekend as he’ll presumably get two of the three starts at the end of the week’s action.  He and Vladar have been on a consistent schedule of McIntyre on Friday and Sunday games while the AHL rookie Vladar gets the call on Saturday’s contests.

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