Few AHL teams are more Americanized than the Providence Bruins. The way each roster is presently structured, the Baby Bs are in a five-way tie for the most U.S.-born players on their bench with 10.
Only the Albany Devils (12) and aptly named Rochester Americans (11) had more active Star-Spangled skaters as of this weekend. And if not for Josh Hennessy’s call-up to Boston, the P-Bruins would be tied with Rochester for second on this list.
Regardless, six of the 10 American-born P-Bruins made a tangible contribution to the team’s cause as part of a 2-1-0 run through Hockey Weekend Across America. Forward Lane MacDermid and Zach McKelvie were the only two players in question to go pointless and not tack on any plus/minus points over the three most recent games.
As for the others, the man-by-man highlights as follows:
Matt Bartkowski (Pittsburgh, Pa.): A plus-three rating, which tied teammates and countrymen Kyle MacKinnon and Kevan Miller for the best on the night in Friday’s 6-0 win over Hershey.
Carter Camper (Rocky River, Ohio): First professional hat trick in Sunday’s 4-3 win over Connecticut, including the go-ahead, game-clinching strike.
Colby Cohen (Villanova, Pa.): Goal and assist on Friday, including a helper on Jamie Tardif’s icebreaker and eventual game-winner.
Steven Kampfer (Ann Arbor, Mich.): A plus-one rating on Sunday.
Kyle MacKinnon (Walnut, Calif.): Assist in Friday’s win.
Kevan Miller (Los Angeles, Calif.): Goal, assist and a plus-three rating on Friday. Another helper in Saturday’s 4-1 loss at Springfield.
Brad Robins (Peshtigo, Wisc.): Assist on Friday.
David Warsofsky (Marshfield, Mass.): Assist on Friday and a plus-one rating on Sunday.
In summation, five of the P-Bruins’ 11 goals and six of their 17 assists were supplied by homeland hockey talent.