PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Providence Bruins scored three goals in the first period, and held off the Portland Pirates for a 3-2 win Saturday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Chris Castro scored 4:10 into the first period, Justin Florek got his fifth goal about 10 minutes later and Spencer Asuchak scored a power-play goal with 3:13 left before intermission.

Portland got two back in the second period when Justin Hodgman and Henrik Samuelsson each tallied their fifth goal.

Hodgman scored from Francis Wathier and Justin Hache with 8:12 left, while Samuelsson put in a feed from Dylan Reese six seconds before the break.

The Pirates outshot Providence 14-12 in the third period, but couldn’t get the equalizer.

Portland backup goalie Peter Mannino stopped all 23 shots he faced after relieving Mike Mc- Kenna following the Bruins’ third goal.

Malcolm Subban stopped 32 shots for Bruins, who are now tied with the Pirates and the St. John’s IceCaps for second place in the Atlantic Division with 28 points.

The Bruins have won four straight, while the Pirates have lost three consecutive games.