Lewiston, ME - The Portland Pirates used special teams and another solid performance from rookie goaltender Mark Visentin to earn a 2-1 win over the Adirondack Phantoms at the Androscoggin Bank Colisée Saturday night. Visentin stopped 24 of 25 shots while Andy Miele extended his point streak to five games.
The first period saw both teams get their chances on the power play. Mark Louis was called for boarding just 3:52 into the game. Pirates' starter Mark Visentin made a couple key saves on the penalty kill to keep his team from falling behind early. The Pirates also failed to capitalize on an early power play chance, a hooking penalty to Harry Zolnierczyk at 5:59. The Pirates got two more chances on the man advantage but were unable to solve Phantoms' starter Scott Munroe in the 1st. Adirondack finished the period 0 for 2 on the power play.
Special teams were the story of the second period as well, with both teams getting multiple chances again on the power play. Phantoms defenseman Brandon Manning was sent off for a hooking call at 1:28. The Pirates struck just 11 seconds later as Brandon Gormley beat Munroe on the blocker side for his third goal of the year at 1:39. Adirondack was unable to respond on the power play when Gormley was sent off for tripping at 4:52. The Phantoms failed to capitalize on a 5 on 3 power play chance, as Michael Stone was sent off for boarding at 10:55, followed shortly by a Mark Louis boarding call at 12:24. The Pirates were given a two man advantage of their own as the second period was winding down, and they took advantage, as Michael Stone was able to put one over Munroe's shoulder for his fifth of the season at 19:32.
The Pirates' penalty kill was called upon again in the third. Portland killed off an Evan Brophey tripping call at 6:58, and then faced another 5 on 3 late in the third. After a Rob Klinkhammer tripping call, Mark Visentin would send the puck over the boards for delay of game at 17:10. Jason Akeson beat Visentin for his third of the year at 17:23 to get the Phantoms within one and spoil Visentin's shutout bid. The Pirates were able to kill off the remainder of the second penalty. The game would end with a scrum as Andy Miele took exception to a hit put on him by Brayden Schenn. Schenn was called for a double minor for roughing and a crosscheck at 19:58, while Miele was assessed a double roughing minor.
The Pirates improve to 17-11-1-1 on the season, while Mark Visentin won his third straight and is now 6-6-1-0. The Phantoms fall to 13-16-1-0, while Scott Munroe drops to 9-8-0-1.
The Pirates will play their annual New Year's Eve game next at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Monday with a special 5:30 start time as they host the Connecticut Whale