Providence Bruins

Jan 24, 2017

P-BRUINS WEEK IN REVIEW 1/16/17 - 1/22/17

Providence, RI – The Providence Bruins completed their third straight three-game weekend, taking of four of six points while registering two wins. They remain in third place in both the Atlantic division and Eastern Conference with a 24-11-4-3 record and 55 points.

Friday’s win versus Rochester came in exciting fashion during a wild final three minutes of action. After two scores with goalie pulled for the Americans tied the game with under a minute left, Chris Casto scored his first goal of the season with 3.6 seconds left to give Providence a 4-3 win. The team’s win Saturday in Lehigh Valley came in much more decisive fashion as they netted a season-high nine goals for their largest win of the season 9-1. A slow start Sunday versus Hartford led to Providence dropping their final game of the weekend 5-2.

Rookie Peter Cehlarik continued his strong first half with four goals over the weekend, extending his team lead to 18. His six points gave him 30 on the season, moving him into a first place tie with Jordan Szwarz for leader on the team. It also marks the first time since November that someone other than Wayne Simpson has been Providence’s leading scorer. Szwarz had five points this weekend, and his four assists tied him with Alex Grant for the team lead in that category with 20. Casto posted his best weekend of the season, scoring five points (one goal, four assists) and a team-best +7 rating.

In net, Malcom Subban and Anton Khudobin each earned a win with Khudobin suffering the only loss on Sunday. Khudobin played very well Friday before allowing two late extra-attacker goals and Subban stopped all but one of the 29 shots he faced Saturday. He added 13 saves Sunday after replacing Khudobin in the second period.

The roster saw no one leave for Atlanta or Boston, but the team did receive reinforcements from their parent club. Anton Blidh returned Sunday from his second career NHL stint after 15 games with Boston. He scored his first NHL goal December 20 against the New York Islanders during this time, the only point he scored in his time with the Bruins.

Providence hits the road for a Wednesday faceoff in Bridgeport before returning to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Friday for their only home game of the week against Hershey at 7:05 pm. The team finishes off the week Saturday in Hartford with a 7 pm tilt with the Wolf Pack.

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The Providence Bruins are the American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Boston Bruins, playing their home games at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, RI. Spanning more than 20 years, the Boston/Providence affiliation is one of the longest and most successful player development partnerships in professional hockey history.

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