Providence Bruins

Feb 3, 2018


Hartford, CT – The Providence Bruins fell to the Hartford Wolf Pack Saturday night 3-1 at the XL Center in the second half of their home-and-home series. The P-Bruins got their lone goal from Colton Hargrove while Zane McIntyre made his 28th start of the season in net.

Despite Providence being on their first power play of the game, Steven Fogarty gave the Wolf Pack a lead with his seventh goal of the season. He stole the puck at the blue line and used his speed to break away from the defense. Deking McIntyre, he slid the puck through his five-hole for the score as Hartford grabbed a 1-0 lead. With just 1:19 left in the period, the Pack doubled their lead thanks to Vinni Lettieri. Cole Schneider fired a shot from the left circle that McIntyre initially stopped, but Lettieri was right there for the rebound. He netted his 14th goal of the season and Hartford brought a 2-0 lead into the intermission.

The P-Bruins came out of the gates firing to start the second, and that led to Hargrove’s 10th goal of the season at 1:55. Rob O’Gara fired a shot wide of Alexandar Georgiev that went off the end boards and caremed right to Hargrove in the left slot. All he had to do was hit the open net as Providence cut their deficit to 2-1. Ryan Gropp quickly regained a two-goal lead for Hartford, scoring his ninth goal of the season at 4:33. The play was set up perfectly by Scott Kosmachuk, delivering a beautiful centering pass that Gropp converted and giving the Wolf Pack a 3-1 lead after two periods.

Georgiev remained difficult to solve, as despite beating him the night before he stopped 48 shots against the Bruins and allowed only two goals. Hartford’s defense played better in front of him, and it showed on the scoreboard as Providence only mustered 17 shots on him for the game. A last minute power play gave the P-Bruins a 6-on-4 advantage with their goalie pulled, but the Wolf Pack shut down their attempt and won by a 3-1 final.

McIntyre stopped 20 of 23 shots while Georgiev stopped 16 of 17. Providence was 0-3 on the power play and 2-2 on the penalty kill. The P-Bruins return to action next weekend when they welcome to first place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to the Dunk at 7:05pm.

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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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