The AHL Providence Bruins (Boston Bruins affiliate) opened their 2012-13 season this past weekend with two losses: a 3-1 loss on Oct. 12 and a 4-2 loss on Oct. 13.
Jamie Tardif scored the only goal for the home team on Oct. 12, assisted by Ryan Spooner and Maxime Sauve, while the Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles Kings affiliate) put up three for the win.
Tardif and Carter Camper made the most attempts at shooting, putting up four shots on goal. Another P-Bruin made a mark, although not on the scoresheet–Bobby Robins took on Jordan Nolan after putting a big hit on Nolan’s teammate. The fight stayed mostly up against the glass, though Robins did make an attempt to pin Nolan down, and when Robins was ushered to the sin bin, he got the crowd going.
Interestingly, former P-Bruin Andrew Bodnarchuk assisted on one of the Monarchs goals for the evening.
The next night, the P-Bruins hit the road to take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York Islanders affiliate) in their arena. Sauve produced again as he scored seven minutes into the first period, helped out by Spooner and Tardif. However, Bridgeport took over from there until Craig Cunningham added another goal in the third period with helpers from Camper and Jordan Caron. Check out the two goals here–and turn up your speakers, the audio is quiet.
Robins kept his gloves on for this game, though.
This is obviously not the best of starts for the P-Bruins, who are providing hockey-hungry Bruins fans with a fix while the big Bruins are locked out. When the P-Bruins made some big acquisitions over the summer–Christian Hanson, Chris Bourque, Garnet Exelby, etc.–it led me to believe that the team is really trying to improve upon its lot from last year. (They missed the playoffs for the third straight year and finished fourth out of five in the Atlantic Division.)
The new guys are already making waves, though: Exelby has been in the starting lineup for both games, for example. His years of NHL and AHL experience may provide some help for young guns like Spooner and his good friend Jared Knight as they learn the ropes.
Of course, a two-game losing streak to start the season isn’t the worst fate in the world and doesn’t mean that this season will be a repeat of 2011-12, but the P-Bruins do need to shape up in future games. If they can’t do so, then at least there’s the 2013 AHL All-Star Game, with Providence as hosts, to look forward to, right?
Their next chance to shape up and show out is against the Monarchs on Oct. 19 in Manchester, followed by a visit to the Springfield Falcons (Columbus Blue Jackets affiliate) on Oct. 20. The P-Bruins won’t return to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center until Oct. 26 to face the Falcons.