PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Corban Knight, Wayne Simpson and Sena Acolatse scored, Mike McKenna made 35 saves and the Portland Pirates held on to defeat the Providence Bruins 3-2 Friday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

The win left both teams with 85 points, but the Pirates own the tiebreaker for third place in the Atlantic Division – more wins in regulation and overtime (38-34).

Acolatse picked up his seventh goal at 16:18 of the first period following assists by Wade Megan and Logan Shaw.

Simpson got his eighth goal about two minutes later off an assist from Knight, who scored the only goal of the second period to put the Pirates up 3-0.

Rob Schremp and Simpson earned assists on Knight’s goal.

The Bruins rallied for two goals in the third period.

Brandon DeFazio converted a power play, and Austin Czarnik scored with 44 seconds left.


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