The Providence Bruins got off to a very hot start in their first week of the season, winning three of their first four games. The Bruins were on the road all week this week - Two games against the Laval Rockets and one against the Belleville Senators. The second week of play didn't quite go as well as the first.
Snap back to reality 10/16
On Wednesday night the Bruins took on one of the newest teams in the AHL, the Laval Rockets. This game was quite the highlight reel, for better or for worse.
The Laval Rockets were able to get out to a commanding four to zero lead after the first period. One powerplay goal and one shorthanded goal brought attention again to the Bruins special teams.
The second period was the start of the scoring for Providence. Peter Cehlarik notched the only goal with 8:12 left in the period. Chris Breen dropped the gloves with Michael McCarron after McCarron rammed the face of Peter Cehlarik into the boards. McCarron was addressed a boarding call that was served by Joe Cox. McCarron served the five for fighting.
Things really got interesting in the third period. Captain Paul Carey tallied a goal at the 5:57 mark. The next 11 minutes went scoreless. Peter Cehlarik scored at 17:18, bringing the Bruins to within one. As time ticked down and hope ran out, the goalie was pulled for the Bruins. Brendan Gaunce put the puck to the back of the net with 18 seconds left to send the game to overtime.
No goals were scored in overtime, so it went to a shootout. After six misses by the Bruins, Jake Evans skated to center ice and ultimately potted a goal that sealed the W for the Laval Rockets.
Familiar Foes 10/18
On Friday night the Bruins were back in Laval to play the Rockets again. This one seemed to be a lot like the first one.
The Rockets got off to another two to zero lead in the first period. Before the second goal however, there was a scary scene in Laval. Michael McCarron landed a high hit on Bruins forward Brendan Gaunce while they crossed over the middle of the ice. The puck was nowhere near the hit, but no interference was called. It was a graphic scene, as Gaunce was bleeding profusely from his mouth. McCarron remember, was the guy who on Wednesday night served a boarding penalty for a hit on Peter Cehlarik. As play continued after the incident the Rockets did score another goal to take a two to zero lead. This time the Bruins were able to cut the deficit in half by the end of the period, however, when Alexander Petrovic notched his first goal as a member of the Bruins organization.
The second period featured only one goal, scored by Bruins forward prospect Ryan Fitzgerald. Trent Frederic notched his second assist of the night, and Alexander Petrovic also got his second point of the night on the goal by Fitzgerald.
The game was all tied up going into the third period. The game stayed tied until about halfway through the period, when Ryan Poehling scored his first goal of the season, putting the Rockets up by one, and ultimately giving them the three to two victory over the Bruins.
Back on the right track 10/19
The Bruins headed to Belleville on Saturday night to take on the minor league affiliate of the Ottawa Senators, the Belleville Senators. This one was rather crazy, with 11 goals being scored.
The Bruins were able to get out front first in this one. Oscar Steen and Jakub Lauko kicked off the scoring in the first period. Steen scored first on the power play just 2:37 into the game. Lauko managed to put the puck in the net just thirteen seconds later at the 2:50 mark. The Senators scored two times before the end of the period, both on the powerplay. The game was tied at two at the start of the second period.
Robert Lantosi, Cameron Hughes, and Peter Cehlarik all scored in the second period to give the Bruins a commanding five to two lead heading into the third.
Jack Studnicka kept momentum on the Bruins side as he notched his first goal of the season just over one minute into the final frame. The Senators didn't go down without a fight though. Two goals by Drake Batherson and Michael Carcone brought the Senators to within two goals, but it wasn't enough. Paul Carey scored at the 16:15 mark to drive the final nail into the coffin for Belleville.
Sixteen Bruins were able get a point on the board before the night was done.
The Bruins are on the road to start next week against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. They finish off the week with two home games against the Laval Rockets and the Bellville Senators.