Mark Mancari scored three goals and added an assist as the Portland Pirates snapped their three-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the Providence Bruins in front of 5,222 at the Dunkin Donuts Center on Sunday afternoon.
The hat trick was Mancari’s first since the start of the 2008-’09 season with the Pirates.
Down 1-0 on a power play goal by David Ling, the Pirates responded a little over a minute later as Drew Schiestel found the back of the net with his third goal of the season.
Mancari slid the puck to Schiestel, who sent a blast from the point, beating Bruins’ starting goaltender Nolan Schaefer.
Newcomer Igor Gongalsky was credited with an assist for his first career AHL point.
The Pirates took their first lead in regulation since Nov. 13 against Albany on a goal by Mancari in the closing seconds of the first period.
With Jeff Penner in the box for roughing at 19:50 of the period, it only took the Pirates four seconds to capitalize with the man advantage as Mancari, looking to make a cross-ice pass to Schiestel, fired a wrist shot by Schaefer as Portland took a 2-1 lead with six seconds left in the period.
Portland wanting to keep the pressure on the Bruins added a goal early in the second period as Mancari tallied his second of the game at the 4:32 mark when he rang a shot off the crossbar into the net, giving the Pirates a 3-1 lead.
The Pirates looking to match their offensive output total from their last four games made it 4-1 on goal by Corey Tropp with 3:23 left in the second period when he flipped a shot by Schaefer.
That ended the night for Schaefer as Bruins’ coach Rob Murray brought in Michael Hutchinson in relief.
Schaefer made 15 saves on 19 shots in the loss.
Mancari grabbed the hat trick with 36 seconds left in the game as he wired a shot by Hutchinson, giving the Pirates a 5-1 lead.
Both teams went 1-for-5 on the power play, both coming in the first period.
Pirates’ goalie Jhonas Enroth stood on his head several times in the game as he made 33 saves in the contest for his sixth win of the season.
Portland will now have the week off, which is a good thing considering the injuries that have hit the club over this past weekend. No word yet on the condition of either Mark Parrish (abdomen) or Travis Turnbull (shoulder) as they will be evaluated by the doctors on Monday.