The Bruins’ Providence (AHL) farm club ended a four-game losing streak Sunday Jan. 2 and carried that momentum over to the next weekend.
The P-Bruins were helped out by the return to health of both center Trent Whitfield and defenseman Colby Cohen.
Whitfield, back after an Achilles injury kept him out all season, skated in all three games of Providence’s 1-1-1 weekend, which included a hard-fought overtime loss to East Division-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Saturday night.. He recorded an assist in the lone regulation defeat Sunday against Binghamton.
Cohen, acquired in a trade from Colorado earlier this season, had yet to make his Providence debut prior to Friday night because of a hand injury. He was a plus-1 in Providence’s win over Manchester Friday and a plus-1 for the weekend. He recorded a goal and an assist in the loss to the Senators.
While the P-Bruins still have a steep hill to climb to get out of last place in the Atlantic Division, the return of a crafty veteran and a prized prospect to the lineup healthy gives them more weapons at their disposal.
Zach Hamill is on a six-game points streak with eight assists over that stretch. … Matt Dalton was chased from the game Sunday, but recored a 34-save shutout Friday. … Providence’s other goaltender Nolan Schaefer earned the point against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton by stopping 50 of 52 shots. He them stopped four of five shots in relief Sunday. … Jordan Caron recorded two goals and two assists over the weekend’s final two games.
Winger Max Sauve is point-less in 2011 (five games) and his drought without a point goes back six games. … Forward Dave Ling is goal-less in his last seven games.
Friday, Jan. 14 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Saturday, Jan. 15 at Hartford
Sunday, Jan. 16 vs. Worcester