Providence Bruins

Mar 15, 2017

P-BRUINS WEEK IN REVIEW: 3/8/17 - 3/15/17

Providence, RI – In the midst of a tight playoff race in the Atlantic Division, the Providence suffered their most disappointing weekend of the season by dropping two games within their division. This pushes their current losing streak up to three games, the longest such regulation streak for the team all season. Saturday’s game in Wilkes-Barre Scranton saw Zane McIntyre get pulled after 10 minutes and three goals allowed as the P-Bruins fell 3-2 to the first place Penguins. Sunday’s tilt saw them drop a 4-2 game against Hershey, a team hot on their tails for a playoff spot.

As it stands, Bridgeport, Hershey and Providence are all tied at 77 points apiece, though Hershey has played one more game than the other two teams. With 15 games remaining, Providence is 34-18-5-4 and play Bridgeport three more times before season’s end. Their final game of the year comes in Hershey which is gearing up to be a crucial game in the standings. In addition to the Penguins and second place Lehigh Valley, only four of these five teams will make the postseason.

Alex Grant and Matt Grzelcyk were the leading scorers for the weekend, each recording a goal and an assist for two points. The team leaders remain the same as they have for most of the past three months, as Jordan Szwarz continues to lead in points (48) and assists (31) while Peter Cehlarik still holds the lead in goals (18). Captain Tommy Cross is leading the team in plus-minus at +22, but soon will have the lead in a much larger category. On Saturday, Cross will pass Jay Henderson to become the all-time leader in games played with Providence at 279. The organization will honor him with a special videoboard message in the middle of the first period.

Providence added new players to the roster, but one of them is a familiar face in Taylor Doherty. Doherty was released from his PTO last week with Providence and rejoined the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL. However, he signed backed with the P-Bruins on March 13 after agreeing to another PTO. Providence also added Michael Doherty to the roster (no relation) after he agreed to an ATO on March 15. He had previously played four years at Yale University.

The P-Bruins have a busy weekend ahead at the Dunkin Donuts Center, playing all three of their games at home as part of “Star Wars Weekend.” Their biggest matchup will open the weekend, as they take on Bridgeport at 7:05pm in a game the rest of the AHL will be monitoring. The team is right back at it Saturday at 7:05pm against Springfield for Cross’s milestone game before Jordan Subban (Malcolm’s brother) and the Utica Comets come to town Sunday at 3:05pm.

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