01/12/2013 10:00 PM
The Portland Pirates used strong performances from Brendan Shinnimin and Jordan Szwarz en route to a 6-3 victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. The win ties the Pirates for second in the Eastern Conference with the Springfield Falcons and puts the Pirates 5 points clear of the Worcester Sharks for the Atlantic Division lead.
The Sound Tigers would strike first. After an Evan Brophey hooking call, Casey Cizikas took advantage, slapping a knuckle-puck past starter Mark Visentin. Cizikias’goal was his 10th of the season, and came on the powerplay, giving Bridgeport the 1-0 advantage. With just seconds to go in the period, Blair Riley scored his second goal of the year, and his second against the Pirates, and the Pirates hit the first intermission trailing by 2.
The second period was a wild one. Evan Brophey got the scoring started for the Pirates, taking a feed from Chris Brown and slapping it past Bridgeport starter Kevin Poulin for his 4th of the year at the 3:14 mark. Rob Klinkhammer then struck at the 7:51 mark to tie the game at 2. Klinkhammer’s 9th of the year was assisted by Chris Summers and Brendan Shinnimin. Shinnimin played an integral part in the next goal, sending a pass to Jordan Szwarz that he put past Poulin at the 12:26 mark. Szwarz’s goal was his 4th of the year and came on the power play, with Evan Brophey picking up his second point of the night with the assist. Bridgeport retaliated, with former Pirate Matt Watkins getting the game tying goal just 1:20 later. The score remained unchanged until a Bridgeport mistake led to a Portland lead. Phil Lane, who had picked up a penalty with 2:09 left in the period, intercepted a pass intended for Nino Niederreiter and scored on the breakaway with just 1 second left in the second. Lane’s 2nd goal of the year was unassisted and gave the Pirates the 4-3 lead.
In the third, the Pirates extended their lead, as Brendan Shinnimin supplied the offense once again. Shinnimin tallied his 8th of the year at the 3:28 mark of the third to give him a 3 point night, and Pirates’ lead was extended to 2. Jordan Szwarz was credited with the assist. Shinnimin’s goal gave him a 2 goal, 1 assist night for his second straight game. The score remained unchanged until 1:02 left in the game, when Szwarz tallied his second goal of the night, slapping in an empty netter to seal the victory. The goal gave Szwarz a 2 goal, 1 assist night of his own.
Portland improvesto 22-12-1-1 with Mark Visentin stopping to 39 of 42 shots for his 6th straight win. He improves to 9-6-1-1. Bridgeport falls to 17-16-2-2 on the year. The win puts the Pirates 5 points clear of the Worcester Sharks for the Atlantic Division lead, and ties them with Springfield for second in the Eastern Conference.
The Pirates get back to action tomorrow afternoon when they face the Worcester Sharks for the second time in a week. Puck drops at 3 PM at the DCU Center in Worcester. Tomorrow’s game can be heard on 95.5 and 95.9 WPEI in the Portland area, 92.7FM and 100.7 FM WOXO FM in the Lewiston/Auburn area, and online on the WLOB radio player and AHL Live. Pregame show starts at 2:40 with the voice of the Pirates, Jeff Mannix.