Providence, RI – An ugly weekend just turned uglier for the Portland Pirates after they were handed a 7-2 drubbing by the Providence Bruins in front of 3,338 at the Dunkin Donuts Center on Sunday afternoon.
The Pirates once again found themselves in trouble with special teams as they gave up four power play goals including the game winner to Bruins’ defenseman Andy Wozniewski late in the first period.
For the first time this season, the Pirates scored the first goal of the game on the road as Cody McCormick scored his second goal of the season at the 3:00 mark of the first period, but it was a short lived lead as the Bruins battled back only 1:28 later when Vladimir Sobotka beat Pirates’ netminder Jhonas Enroth to tie the game at 1-1.
The flood gates opened for the Bruins as they scored the next five goals, including three while on the power play.
Midway into the third period, the Pirates stopped the bleeding as Tyler Ennis beat Bruins’ goalie Dany Sabourin, making it a 6-2 score. It was the Pirates first power play goal on the road this season.
Kirk MacDonald made it 7-2 when he found the back of the net while on the power play, beating JP Lamoureux, who replaced Enroth at the start of the third period.
Special teams were the story of the day, and so far in the season, for the Pirates as they went 1-for-4 on the power play, while Providence was 4-for-10 with the man advantage.
Portland has allowed 13 goals in 38 attempts, while down a man, translating into a measly 65.8 percent, which is last in the AHL.
The Pirates haven’t fared any better with the man advantage as they are 5-for-40, which includes 1-for-27 on the road, while on the power play.
The Pirates have a week off before traveling to Virginia and Pennsylvania for their third straight three-in-three weekend.
NOTES: The Pirates were without the services of Nathan Gerbe and Joe DiPenta, who were scratched due to injury. Gerbe and DiPenta both played in the 4-0 loss to Manchester and made the trip to Providence.