Providence Bruins

Jan 27, 2017


Providence, RI – The Providence Bruins beat to the Hershey Bears Friday night 3-2 in a shootout. The P-Bruins got goals from Wayne Simpson and Tommy Cross while Zane McIntyre earned the start after being sent down from Boston earlier in the day.

Hershey got off to a fast start, scoring just 3:03 into the game. Travis Boyd took the puck behind the net and sent a centering feed to Jakub Vrana who beat McIntyre for the game’s first goal. It was quickly 2-0 Bears at 6:57 when former P-Bruin Chris Bourque found Christian Djoos open on the power play. A wrist-shot high glove side flew past McIntyre as Hershey doubled its lead. The P-Bruins answered at 8:21 as Simpson deposited a rebound in the crease for his 13th goal of the season. Peter Cehlarik and Jordan Szwarz picked up assists on the play as Providence entered the intermission down 2-1.

That score looked like it would hold into the third, but Providence capitalized on a power play with just 32 seconds left in the second to tie the score 2-2. Simpson and Szwarz made beautiful passes to find Cross all alone near the left of the net. The P-Bruin captain buried his career-best seventh goal of the season and the teams headed to the break tied at two. Colby Williams thought he scored the game-winner as the third period clock expired, but the puck did not cross the goal line until after the horn sounded. The game head to overtime and eventually a shootout.

Cehlarik, Alex Grant and Szwarz were the three skaters that had opportunities in the shootout. Cehlarik started it off by beating the goalie low glove side, but Hershey responded with a goal from Djoos. Grant and Szwarz each found the back of the net and McIntyre did the rest as Providence won 3-2.

McIntyre stopped 32 of 34 shots while Vitek Vanecek stopped 37 of 39. McIntyre pushes his personal win streak up to 10 games and is 11-0-0-0 on the season. Providence was 1-2 on the power play and 2-3 on the penalty kill. The P-Bruins head to Hartford for a 7 pm faceoff with Wolf Pack to finish up their pre-All-Star break schedule. The team begins the second half at Dunkin’ Donuts Center Friday at 7:05 pm when the team takes on the Springfield Thunderbirds.

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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 20 years, the Boston/Providence affiliation is one of the longest and most successful player development partnerships in professional hockey history.

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