HERSHEY — Zane McIntyre stopped all 28 shots the Hershey Bears threw his way to lead the Providence Bruins to a 3-0 victory on Wednesday night at the Giant Center. The win was the eighth straight for Providence.
The Bruins scored the only goal they needed at 14:54 of the opening period on the power play. Colton Hargrove connected on a great passing play for his eighth goal of the season to make it 1-0 for the visitors. Jordan Szwarz fed a pass from the goal line to Hargrove in the shot. The winger snapped a shot past Hershey goaltender Vitek Vanecek to give the visitors the lead.
The Bears led the shots on goal category 23-12 after two periods, however it was Providence who found the back of the net next. Anton Blidh scored on a two-on-one, one-timing a Hargrove pass into the right side of the net to give Providence a 2-0 lead.
Providence added to the lead at 14:35 as Zach Senyshyn skated around Hershey's defense and knocked his own rebound past Vanecek to extend the Bruins' lead to an insurmountable 3-0 advantage.
Wednesday's game marked the first time Hershey was held scoreless at Giant Center since Bridgeport goaltender Chris Gibson kicked out all 28 shots he faced in a 5-0 shutout victory for the Sound Tigers on Nov. 14, 2015.
Hershey outshot the Bruins 28-20. The Bears were 0-for-4 on the power play, while Providence was 1-for-2.
The two teams will rematch Saturday night at Giant Center at 7 p.m.