Manchester, NH (NEWS CENTER) - The Portland Pirates recovered from a tough loss against the Providence Bruins by winning a road battle in Manchester 4-0 Sunday at the Verizon Wireless Arena. The Pirates' victory ties the VIP Cup Series at 2 wins a piece, presented by VIP Parts, Tires, and Service. For more information on the VIP Cup, visit www.vip-cup.com.
After a scoreless first that saw Chad Johnson make 11 saves for Pirates, Mark Visentin took over for the Pirates in the second. Rob Klinkhammer would get on the board first, scoring his 6th goal of the season with 9:53 left in the second to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead. Klinkhammer's goal was assisted by Brandon Gormley and Mark Visentin, accounting for Visentin's first professional point.
Klinkhammer would continue his trend of scoring in bunches when he beat Martin Jones for a second time at the 8:07 mark of the third. Klinkhammer's 7th goal of the season, a power play goal assisted by Alexandre Bolduc and Michael Stone, gave him his third multi-goal game of the season. Ethan Werek would seal the victory with an empty net goal with under 2 minutes to play, giving Bolduc another multi-point game with an assist on the goal, and Darian Dziurzynski would add another empty netter as time expired for his first professional goal.
The Pirates improve their record to 10-9-1-1, while the Monarchs fall to 10-9-2-1. Mark Visentin, who came in in relief of Johnson, improves 3-5--1 with his first professional shutout, stopping all 21 shots he faced. Martin Jones, who stopped 19 of 21 shots, falls to 7-8-1
The Pirates get back to action next weekend with a 2 game road trip to Binghamton and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday and Saturday respectively. Puck drop is at 7 PM for both games.