PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Alexander Khokhlachev and Frank Vatrano each had two goals as the Providence Bruins defeated the Portland Pirates 6-4 Friday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Anton Blidh’s slapshot past screened Portland goalie Sam Brittain with 9:21 left gave the Bruins the lead for good, 5-4.

Khokhlachev added an empty-netter in the final minute.

The Bruins went ahead 2-0 in the first period when Colby Cave scored short-handed at 8:24 and Vatrano scored at 11:30 with each team down a skater on coincidental minor penalties.

The Pirates responded with three unanswered goals over the final 6:11 of the period beginning with Chase Balisy at 13:49. Rob Schremp followed at 15:01 and Greg McKegg at 18:32.

The Pirates, who were 0 for 3 on the power play in the first, had a goal waved off in the because of incidental contact with Bruins goalie Malcolm Subban.

After the Pirates killed off three consecutive penalties in the first half of the second period, Khokhlachev redirected a shot by Chris Castro at 10:44 to tie it at 3.

Vatrano, a rookie from the University of Massachusetts, got his 10th goal and sixth against Portland, when he beat Brittain with 5:47 left in the period.

Schremp put in a backhander following a faceoff 3:19 into the third period to tie it at 4. It was Schremp’s fifth goal.

The Pirates held the league’s best power-play team to 0 for 7 after the Bruins entered the game 11 of 30 (37 percent) with the man advantage.

Subban finished with 32 saves, while Brittain stopped 30.


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