December 21, 2013

Pirates beat Bruins in shootout

Brandon Yip scores the deciding goal as Portland earns a 3-2 victory.

From staff reports

LEWISTON — Mark Visentin made 45 saves through regulation and overtime, and Brandon Yip scored in the fifth round of the shootout as the Portland Pirates rallied Saturday night for a 3-2 win over the Providence Bruins at the Colisee.

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Daine Todd and Brandon McMillan also converted their shootout chances for the Pirates, while Jared Knight and Craig Cunningham scored in the shootout for Providence.

The Pirates twice erased a one-goal deficit, tying the game for the second time on Andy Miele’s power-play goal 6:55 into the third period. The goal came just 22 seconds after Providence’s Joe Morrow was sent off for slashing.

Providence opened the scoring with a power-play goal by Craig Cunningham at 8:37 of the first period. The Bruins outshot Portland 23-7 in the period butcouldn’t add to their lead.

Portland pulled even at 7:52 of the second period when defenseman James Melindy scored his first career goal on a shot from the point, assisted by Miele and Mathieu Brodeur. But the Bruins regained the lead just over a minute later on a goal by Justin Florek.

Niklas Svedberg finished with 37 saves for Providence.

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