Providence Bruins

Nov 2, 2017


Providence, RI – It was another eventful week of transactions for the Providence Bruins as they sit in a three-way tie for first place in the Eastern Conference. The team has seen three of their star players earn recalls to Boston, though are getting reinforcements from both the NHL and ECHL.

Goaltender Zane McIntyre was back and forth all week from the NHL and AHL as Boston continues to have injuries at his position. The 25-year old was recalled on an emergency basis October 29 and served as Boston’s backup the next day against Columbus. After being returned to the P-Bruins October 31, McIntyre again was recalled on an emergency basis November 1. Though he has yet to play in an NHL game this season, this marks the fourth time he has been recalled to Boston this year. In five games with Providence, McIntyre is 4-1 with a 1.81 goals-against-average and a save percentage of 92.8%.

When Boston recalled McIntyre on November 1, they also recalled Jordan Szwarz on an emergency basis with injuries to David Krejci and David Backes leaving their depth at forward thin. This is Szwarz’s first recall to Boston, but the 26-year old has 45 games of NHL experience with this Coyotes under his belt. He currently leads Providence with five goals and a plus-seven rating while his eight points are tied for second on the team.

Further adding to their forward depth, Austin Czarnik was recalled to Boston November 2 on an emergency basis as well. The 24-year old has played two games at the NHL level after starting the season with Boston. Czarnik leads Providence in scoring with 10 points in five games and is third in the AHL with 2.00 points-per-game.

To make up for the loss of two star forwards, Kenny Agostino was returned to Providence October 31. The reigning AHL MVP skated in five games for Boston in his first NHL stint this season, registering an assist on the power play in his first game with the Bruins. In three games with Providence this year, the 25-year old had two goals and five assists for seven points and is scoring at the second highest rate in the league (2.33 points-per-game).

With Jordan Binnington the only other goaltender on the roster, Dan Vladar was reassigned by Boston to Providence from ECHL Atlanta on November 2. The 20-year old has played one game with the P-Bruins this season, but made the most of that opportunity. He stopped 25 shots and saved all three shootout attempts on October 21 to help Providence win 3-2 against Belleville. He has played three games for Atlanta, going 2-1 with a 3.37 GAA and a save percentage of 89.7% for the Gladiators.

The P-Bruins have a busy weekend ahead of them, as they play their second three-in-three stretch of games. They take on Bridgeport at home Friday at 7:05pm before traveling to Hartford for 7:30pm Saturday tilt with the Wolf Pack. Providence concludes the weekend at home as they again welcome Bridgeport to the Dunk at 3:05pm.

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The Providence Bruins are the American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Boston Bruins, playing their home games at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, RI. Spanning more than 25 years, the Boston/Providence affiliation is one of the longest and most successful player development partnerships in professional hockey history.

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