February 14

AHL: Visentin saves day for Pirates

Mark Visentin stops 53 shots in a 3-2 win over the Adirondack Phantoms.

From staff reports

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. — Mark Visentin stopped a career-high 53 shots and Lucas Lessio scored the deciding goal of a shootout in a 3-2 win for the Portland Pirates over the Adirondack Phantoms Friday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center.


WHO: Pirates vs. Adirondack Phantoms

WHEN: 4 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: The Colisee, Lewiston

The Pirates also won the shootout 3-2.

After first-attempt misses by Portland’s Ethan Werek and Adirondack’s Jason Akeson, each team scored on its next two tries, with Tim Kennedy and Andy Miele converting for the Pirates and Petr Straka and Kris Newbury for the Phantoms.

Lessio then got his goal, and Brandon Alderson and Tye McGinn were unable to match it on the Phantoms’ final two shots.

Chris Brown converted a power-play with 18 seconds left in the first period for his 12th goal, and the Pirates headed into the first intermission with a 1-0 lead. Daine Todd and Brandon Gormley earned assists.

Ben Holmstrom answered for the Phantoms 1:23 into the second after Mathieu Brodeur picked up a major penalty and a game misconduct for boarding Tyler Brown in the opening minute.

The Pirates killed the remainder of the penalty and regained the lead at 8:24 when Tobias Rieder notched his 16th goal, one minute into a power play that followed a roughing penalty to Adirondack’s Rob Bordson. Miele assisted on the goal.

After stopping 33 shots in the first two periods, Visentin was peppered with 21 shots in the third. Akeson was able get the tying goal with 3:29 remaining in regulation.

The Pirates outshot the Phantoms 8-1 in overtime and finished with 45 shots.

Visentin is the first goalie in the American Hockey League this season to make more than 50 saves in a game.

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