The weekend of the Portland Pirates finished off the way it began on Friday.
With a loss.
The Portland Pirates overcame a three-goal deficit, but Adam Comrie’s goal just 23 seconds after the Pirates tied the game allowed the Worcester Sharks to defeat the Pirates, 5-3, Sunday afternoon at the DCU Center.
It was the last regular season game between the two teams.
The Pirates (33-21-3-2) dropped its third straight (0-1-2-0), remaining four points behind the Providence Bruins in the AHL’s Atlantic Division. They stay four points ahead of sixth place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
The Sharks got on the board first, with James Livingston providing the Worcester offense. Livingston scored his fifth goal of the year at 5:11 of the first to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead.
Jimmy Bonneau and Joel Rechlicz dropped the gloves with 3:25 left in the period in an attempt to energize their teams. While Rechlicz got the takedown, he also picked up an extra penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct and the Sharks would capitalize. Bracken Kearns scored just four seconds into the power play to give the Sharks the 2-0 advantage into the first intermission.
Danil Tarasov extended Worcester’s lead, 3-0, with 14:05 left in the second, scoring his eighth goal of the year.
At 11:14, the Pirates snapped the shutout bid Harri Sateri as David Rundblad, just back from the Phoenix Coyotes, scored a power play goal.
It was the seventh goal of the season for Rundblad as Portland trailed, 3-1, after the second period.
The third period started off with a bang for the Pirates.
Pirates captain Alexandre Bolduc recorded his 21st goal of the year just 43 seconds into the period to bring the Pirates within a goal, 3-2.
Just 51 seconds later, rookie Jordan Martinook, who finished the game with a pair of points, scored the equalizer for the Pirates, beating Sateri for his sixth goal of the year as Portland tied the game, 3-3.
Worcester responded 23 seconds later, regaining as Comrie scored his first goal of the season at the 1:57 mark of the third period.
Bracken Kearns added an empty-net goal for his second of the game with 1:04 left in the game.
Pirates’ goaltender Chad Johnson made 22 saves on 26 shots to take the loss.