Portland drops rematch to Providence; Knock off Bridgeport a day later


Johnson gets the loss and Visentin stays hot with the win in this back to back situation.

Back to back games are hard on the legs. Providence got it’s revenge from 2 nights earlier by a 3-2 margin.  Both sides took little time scoring as Bourque gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead 36 secs into the game. Less than a minute later Bolduc tied it back up 1-1 and the Pirates even took the lead 6 minutes later with a Klinkhammer one timer on the power play. That would be all the scoring for the Pirates as Providence tied it on a Bartkowski goal late in the opening period. Neither team would score until Whitfield put in the game winner late in the third period for Providence as they sent home Portland unhappy, but almost 9,000 of their home fans happy. Pirates goalie Johnson gave up 3 goals on 27 shots.

Ah what a difference a day makes. Tired legs? No problem as the Pirates edged Bridgeport 2-1 on another excellent performance in goal by Mark Visentin. He stopped 39 of 40 shots on goal. Standing on his head was an understatement. All of the scoring occurred in the opening stanza as Bolduc opened up the score sheet with his team high 16th goal of the season just over 7 minutes in from Summers and Rundblad; followed by Andy Miele and a power play goal that would be the game winner late in the first from Stone and Shinnimin.  The Tigers answered with a goal late in the same period but no more scoring after that. A few fights highlighted the night and the home crowd of 5,000 got their money’s worth. Nothing like an old fashion rumble to get the juices flowing eh?

Pirates take on Worcester tomorrow night in front of the home crowd then a back to back this weekend.

Link below of fight seen in pic above.