The fortunes of an AHL farm club are always controlled by the whims and needs of the parent club.
The Providence Bruins found that out again over the last six days.
After winning last Friday vs. Springfield, the P-Bruins embarked on a three-game losing streak — all on the road and all without second-leading scorer Zach Hamill, who was recalled to Boston Feb. 4. By Tuesday in Charlotte, Providence no longer had winger Jordan Caron, who also joined Boston.
Other players are going to have to step up for however long Hamill and Caron are in Boston. Unexpectedly, tough guys Brian McGrattan and Lane MacDermid stepped into the void against the Falcons with a goal apiece. MacDermid added an assist in one of the losses to the Checkers. Veteran center Trent Whitfield enjoyed a two-goal game in a losing cause.
However, it’s going to fall to more of Providence’s skill players to keep the club’s playoff hopes alive without a couple of its best players. Joe Colborne, Jamie Arniel and Max Sauve, in particular, are going to have to raise their levels — even though two of them are in their first year of pro and Arniel is in his second year — to keep the P-Bruins in the race.
Providence enters the upcoming weekend in sixth in the Atlantic Division, five points out of fourth.
MacDermid has recorded a goal, an assist and plus-2 rating in his last four games. …Antoine Roussel scored his first goal of the season Tuesday (29 games). … Goaltender Matt Dalton posted a .936 save percentage in three games last week.
Sauve was goal-less in last week’s four games and is now without a goal in his last six overall … Arniel is still looking for his first goals since Dec. 28.
In addition to Hamill and Caron’s call-ups to Boston, Roussel returned from a brief stint with Reading (ECHL).
Friday, Feb. 11 vs. Hershey
Saturday, Feb. 12 at Springfield
Sunday, Feb. 13 vs. Hartford