Zane McIntyre and Providence did it again.
The Bruins and their standout goalie managed to stymie the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the playoffs last spring. On Friday night, they ended the Penguins’ eight-game winning streak with a 1-0 win in Rhode Island.
McIntyre stopped all 28 shots against him, and Providence limited Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to just seven in a third period controlled by the Bruins, who broke a scoreless tie in the frame.
Defenseman Tommy Cross’ power play goal at the 11:13 mark of the third came with Zach Aston-Reese in the box for slashing. It was all Providence would need, spoiling a strong night by Penguins goalie Anthony Peters, who finished with 42 saves and had his own personal win streak snapped.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (24-11-2-1) remained tied atop the Atlantic Division standings with Lehigh Valley at 51 points, though the Penguins have three games in hand against the Phantoms. Providence (23-12-3-1) moved within a point of both teams with the victory.
The Penguins came up empty on a pair of power plays, with the second one cut slightly short by a penalty of their own. Still, the game remained scoreless until Cross’ shot from high in the zone beat a screened Peters for the goal.
Penguins coach Clark Donatelli pulled Peters for an extra attacker at the end, but it wasn’t enough to crack McIntyre, who shined in the Bruins’ opening-round upset of the Penguins last season.
Forwards Teddy Blueger, Christian Thomas and Garrett Wilson led the Penguins with four shots apiece.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton returns to the ice at 5 p.m. Sunday at Hartford.
The Penguins made several roster moves before Friday’s game. Defenseman Jeff Taylor and forwards Freddie Tiffels and Cody Wydo were reassigned to the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL); and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton signed goaltender Charles Williams to a professional tryout agreement while releasing Adam Morrison from his PTO. Morrison will also report to Wheeling.
Williams joins the Penguins from the Manchester Monarchs (ECHL), with whom he has a 13-6-3 record, .918 save percentage and 2.54 goals against average in his rookie season.
Williams, 25, hails from Canton, Michigan, and is coming off of one the best seasons by a college netminder in recent years. After transferring to Canisius College for his senior season, Williams posted the best save percentage in the country (.943) and tied for the national lead in shutouts (six). He was named the Atlantic Hockey Association’s Goaltender of the Year, Player of the Year and First Team All-Star.