WILKES-BARRE, PA – Danton Heinen‘s two goals and a 50-save performance by Bruins goaltender Zane McIntyre helped the Providence Bruins pull off the major upset on the number one team overall in the American Hockey League during the regular season. The Providence Bruins will advance to the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs, after knocking off the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 2-1 in a crucial game five.
The Bruins were outshot by the Penguins 21-8 in the first period and were outshot 11-1 in the first three minutes of the opening period, but managed to get on the board a little over 12 and half minutes into the opening period, when Danton Heinen put it past DeSmith for his first goal of the game to go up 1-0.
McIntyre shut down the Penguins scoring chances in the second period and kept the Bruins in the game.
Heinen scored the game-winning goal seven minutes into the third period with his fourth goal overall in the Calder Cup Playoffs. Jordan Szwarz made a centering pass to Henien and scored past the right post to go up 2-0.
The Penguins started a comeback as Jean-Sebastian O’Dea scored on the power play with less than six minutes left in regulation to make it 2-1. The comeback for the Penguins would be short-lived, however, as McIntyre made clutch save after clutch save, 50 in all, to preserve the win. Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith made 24 saves in the loss.
Providence will meet the Hershey Bears will round two with the series to begin on Saturday night at Giant Center.