Mark Mancari netted the shootout game winner as the Portland Pirates nipped the Lowell Devils 3-2 in an American Hockey League game played this afternoon in front of 5,493 at the Tsongas Arena.
Paul Byron and Nathan Gerbe also scored in the shootout for the Pirates while Jhonas Enroth was a perfect three-for-three against Devils shooters. Philip Gogulla and Gerbe scored in regulation for the Pirates, who improved to 21-15-5-2 with the win.
Michael Swift and Ben Walter scored for the Devils, who sunk to 25-16-3-1 on the season.
Gogulla opened the scoring eight minutes into the game with the two teams playing four-on-four. Swift tied it with 11.4 seconds remaining in the period. Gerbe pushed the Pirates back into the lead with the only goal of the second period, a power-play marker that gave Portland a 2-1 advantage heading into the third. Walter evened things up, and forced an eventual overtime period and shootout, midway through the third as he capitalized on a goal-mouth scramble.
The Devils out shot the Pirates 32-26 in the game.
(Courtesy of the Portland Pirates)