By Joe McDonald
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
The newest Providence Bruin can attest to that very popular slogan as Julian Talbot made his American Hockey League debut Friday despite being tired and worn down from a brief vacation in Sin City. By his play, however, you would never have known he spent three days there.
In need of a body, Providence coach Scott Gordon, who played and coached in the ECHL, called Alaska Aces coach Davis Payne for a recruit. Payne highly recommended Talbot, a 21-year-old forward.
“One of the things [Payne] told me,” said Gordon, “is he would take 20 Talbots any day. It’s the intangibles he brings from shift to shift. It’s not like he goes out there and waits for his chances. He makes things happen because he’s willing to skate and work hard.”
Talbot notched his first AHL goal at 11:06 of the second period with what proved to be the game winner as Providence defeated the Springfield Falcons, 3-2, Friday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
“I felt a little tired out there,” he said. “It’s a different pace from what I’m used to, but I just wanted to go out there and play my game. It worked out for me.”
He was given the news of his promotion and left his Las Vegas hotel room at 10 a.m. Thursday. Because of the weather in the Northeast the last couple of days, several flights were delayed or canceled. So the newest P-Bruin didn’t arrive here until 4 a.m. Friday and was added to the roster in the afternoon.
Talbot spent four seasons with the Ottawa 67s of the OHL and was playing for the Aces where he recorded six goals and 24 assists for 40 points in 50 games at the time of his call up. Because he came highly recommended, Gordon didn’t hesitate to give him an opportunity.
“You never know what you’re going to get,” said Gordon. “I liked his second efforts and the intensity level he played with. He was in and around the puck all night long. It was good to see.”