It was quite a memorable game for Portland Pirates forward Jordan Martinook.
The rookie recorded his first multi-point game as a pro as he finished with two goals and added an assist to lift the Pirates past the Providence Bruins, 6-3, Tuesday night in front 3,647 at the Cumberland County Civic Center.
The win pulled the Pirates (32-19-1-1) even with the Bruins (31-18-0-4) for first place in the AHL’s Atlantic Division; however Portland currently holds the tiebreaker with more wins excluding shootout victories than Providence.
Chris Brown also finished with two goals to give him 18 goals on the season.
Rookie goaltender Louis Domingue got his first start, finishing with 32 saves in the victory.
The Bruins began the scoring midway into the first period when Torey Krug’s shot from the left faceoff circle, deflected off Pirates’ defenseman Russ Sinkewich’s stick and into the net.
The lead only lasted for 50 seconds as Martinook scored the first of his two goals to tie the game, 1-1.
Chris Conner carried the puck toward the crease, drawing a pair of Bruins’ defenders, slipping it to Martinook, who ripped a shot by goaltender Niklas Svedberg at 11:46 of the first period.
The Pirates took the lead, 2-1, in the second period with the first of three power-play goals. Portland finished the night 3-for-4 with the man advantage.
Chris Brown scored his first goal of the night at the 3:12 mark of the period, snapping a shot from the right circle past Svedberg, who stopped 17 of 22 shots in the loss.
Less than two minutes later, Martinook added his second goal of the evening with the team’s second power-play goal of the game.
Ethan Werek had the puck in the slot, feeding it to Martinook in the left circle as he snapped a shot over the glove of Svedberg five minutes into the second period.
Kevan Miller pulled the Bruins back to within one, 3-2, early in the third period, but Brown restored the Pirates two-goal lead with a power-play goal as he fired a wrist shot on goal from about 45 feet away that trickled between the legs of Svedberg at 7:13 of the period.
Portland kept the special teams working as team captain Alexandre Bolduc scored his team-leading 20th goal with a shorthanded tally, playing give-and-go with Rob Klinkhammer after intercepting the puck at the blueline and sliding it past the five-hole of Svedberg to give the Pirates a 5-2 lead with 9:26 left in the game.
Bruins’ Craig Cunningham scored on the same power-play, less than a minute later.
Klinkhammer added an empty-net goal with 32 seconds left in the game to seal the victory for Portland.