P-Bruins Beat Penguins to Force 5th and Deciding Game on Sunday

P-Bruins news release…

Wilkes-Barre, PA – The Providence Bruins defeated the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins in game four of the Atlantic Division semifinals Friday night 4-2, pushing the series to a winner-take-all game five. The P-Bruins got goals from Wayne Simpson, Colton Hargrove and two from Jake DeBrusk while Zane McIntyre earned the start between the pipes.

Providence wasted little time jumping out to a 1-0 lead, scoring just 1:55 into the game. Teddy Blueger turned the puck over right in front of his net, losing the puck to Simpson. He buried his first goal of the playoffs, but the team was far from done scoring. Hargrove made it 2-0 on the power play at 9:01, scoring his first career playoff goal. Danton Heinen sent a centering pass to Jordan Szwarz standing in the crease who fought to get the puck on net.

It eventually trickled to Hargrove, who made an off balance poke at the puck to get it through Casey DeSmith’s five-hole. DeBrusk capped off the first period scoring with 44 seconds left, taking advantage of a 2-on-1 up the left side and sniping one top right corner to send the P-Bruins to the break up 3-0.

The rookie DeBrusk scored his second of the game and third of the playoffs at 14:09 period number two. Tommy Cross sent a slap shot on DeSmith from the right blue line, but DeBrusk’s stick forced the puck to change direction. The deflection sent the puck by everyone to the back of the net and Providence went up 4-1. The Penguins were able to get on the board at 17:48 thanks to a Bruin turnover Blueger capitalized on, but the teams headed to the locker room with Providence up 4-1.

The Penguins came out with fire in the third, creating chances with their desperation style of play. Ethan Prow made things interesting at 9:10, scoring to cut the Providence lead to 4-2 with momentum building. However, McIntyre and the P-Bruin defense shut down the comeback attempt to win 4-2.

McIntyre stopped 27 of 29 shots while DeSmith stopped 38 of 42. Providence was 1-5 on the power play and 5-5 on the penalty kill. The P-Bruins will now play a decisive game five Sunday in Wilkes-Barre at 3:05pm with the winner moving on to the Atlantic Division Finals.