Maine Hockey Journal

Pirates rebound with strong effort

(PHOTO: Ron Morin)

(PHOTO: Ron Morin)

LEWISTON — Despite losing 4-2 Saturday night against the Hartford Wolf Pack, head coach Ray Edwards liked the way his team played in the second and third periods.

The momentum continued Sunday afternoon as the same two teams met before 2,031 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee where the Pirates came away with the 5-1 victory in front 2,031

“Frankly in the second, third periods we were all over them,” Portland Pirates head coach Ray Edwards said of Saturday’s game. “We had many chances to tie that game up. It wasn’t a good start, but I loved how we played in the second and third periods. I felt we would come out hard tonight and we did.”

The Pirates outshot the Wolf Pack 17-6 in the first period with Brendan Shinnimin’s lone shot of the period finding the back of the net.

He picked up the puck after Lucas Lessio shot went wide, Shinnimin went around the net deked the Wolf Pack goalkeeper David LeNeveu to give the home team the 1-0 lead with 4:30 remaining in the period. Mark Louis also picked up a secondary assist.

“We want to have a good start,” Edwards said of Shinnimin’s first goal. “It always helps when you feel good about the start of the game. It was a hard-working goal. He went to the net and found a rebound.”

Portland picked up the momentum in the second period as Tobias Rieder and Shinnimin scored in a 47 second span. Rieder drove to the net to give the Pirates the 2-0 lead 3:56 into the period with Brandon Yip and David Rundblad picking up the assists.

Shinnimin tip in Randy Jones shot to stretch the lead to 3-0 while Mark Louis notched his second assist of the game.

Shinnimin now has ten goals on the season.

Ryan Bourque put the Wolf Pack on the board with a power-play goal right before the eight minute mark of the second period. Oscar Lindberg and Marek Hrivik were credited with the assists.

The Wolf Pack went 1-for-3 with the man advantage while the Pirates were scoreless on four chances on the power play.

Lessio picked up two goals in the third period.

The first goal was a nice drop pass by Mark Louis to Lessio, whose blast beat LeNeveu through the five-hole 10:19 into the stanza.

“(Louis) is a great player and he can make plays like that. He has the capability,” Lucas Lessio said of his new line-mate. “As you can see he beat the defender and he made a beautiful drop pass to me and I was lucky to put that in.”

The second nearly came three minutes later with the assists going to Andy Miele and Randy Jones.

They were Lessio’s 19th and 20th goals of the season.

The Shinnimin-Lessio-Louis line had four out of the five goals on the evening. Louis finished with three assists on the night.

Pirates’ goaltender Mark Visentin made 23 saves in the victory while LeNeveu turned aside 29 shots.