Wilkes-Barre, PA (NEWS CENTER) - The Pirates again came back from a three goal deficit in Wilkes-Barre Saturday night, defeating the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a shootout 4-3. Mike Lee, playing in his first AHL game in relief of Mark Visentin, picked up the victory for his first career win.
Biddeford native Brian Dumoulin, a defensman for the Penguins, was held pointless.
Trevor Smith would get the scoring started for the Penguins, tipping a Philippe Dupuis shot past starter Mark Visentin at the 5:26 mark of the first to give the Pens a 1-0 lead. Just 44 seconds later, Jason Megna would double the score, tallying his first professional goal to give Wilkes-Barre/Scranton a 2 goal advantage. Pirates Head Coach Ray Edwards would then go to the bench, replacing Visentin with rookie Mike Lee to give Lee his first AHL appearance. Lee would stop all 7 shots he faced in relief of Visentin to finish off the first period, and the Pirates would hit the first intermission down by 2.
In a very chippy second that saw 8 fighting majors and 62 minutes of penalties total, both sides would add goals. The Penguins would strike just after the halfway point, with Riley Holzapfel slapping a rebound through Lee's legs at the 10:09 mark, marking the first AHL goal allowed by Lee. Chris Brown would strike back on a pass from Alexandre Bolduc to get Portland on the board at the 12:12 mark for his 9th goal of the year, and the Pirates cut the deficit to 2. In the midst of the scoring, Andy Miele and Bobby Farnham would drop the gloves, followed by pairings of Darian Dziurzynski and Alex Grant, Joel Rechlicz and Steve MacIntyre, and Bolduc dropping the gloves with Eric Tangradi.
The tide would turn in the Pirates favor in the third. Jordan Martinook would score his first career goal to get Pirates within one at the 4:42 mark of the third, an unassisted strike past Thiesson. Oliver Ekman-Larsson would then tie it up on the power play after Biddeford native Brian Dumoulin was sent off, taking a Michael Stone pass and ripping it past Thiesson to tie the score. Neither team could convert for the rest of regulation, nor in the overtime period, and the game went to a shootout.
Mike Lee, who played a fantastic game in relief of Mark Visentin, stopped all 4 of the Wilkes-Barre shooters in the shootout, while both Rob Klinkhammer and Chris Conner converted their chances to give the Pirates their first shootout win of the year.
The Pirates improve to an 11-10-1-1 record, while the Penguins fall to 13-7-1-1. Mark Visentin allowed 2 goals on 6 shots in the first, but Mike Lee made 26 saves on 27 shots in relief, as well as 4 saves in the shootout, for his first AHL victory. Brad Thiesson would take the loss for the Pens, stopping 30 of 33 and allowing 2 goals in the shootout.
The Pirates return to Portland on December 11th against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.