P-BRUINS DROP 5-1 DECISION TO PIRATES
Providence Allows Five Unanswered Goals in Loss
Providence, RI - Jordan Smotherman scored the first goal of the game, but that was all the P-Bruins could muster in a 5-1 loss to Portland at the Dunkin' Donuts Center on Friday night. The Pirates received multiple-point games from three players, including two goals from Maxime Legault, to take the third game of the season-series.
Providence scored first at even-strength, following a two-man advantage early in the first period. Portland was able to kill off more than a minute of 5-on-3 play during that span, and as the second penalty expired, Providence kept the puck in the offensive zone. Andrew Bodnarchuk found Jordan Caron in the left face-off circle. Caron sent it into the slot and earned his first point of the season when Smotherman deposited the pass into the net at the 5:27 mark of the first.
The Pirates answered 3:08 into the second period, when a redirection by Legault beat P-Bruns goalie Michael Hutchinson to the left. T.J. Brennan and Igor Gongalsky each got in on the scoring with assists.
Portland struck again with an unassisted goal at 7:48 of the middle period. Jacob Lagace hustled toward a loose puck to Hutchinson's left, and launched a wrist shot low, making it 2-1.
Like the P-Bruins, the Pirates also scored a goal after a power play expired, but before the puck left the offensive zone. Lagace got his second point of the night when he found Drew Schiestel open. With Hutchinson screened, Schiestel slipped one between him and the right post at 14:06.
The Pirates scored two goals within fifteen seconds in the middle of the third period. At 12:14, Matt Ellis made it 4-1 Portland with a redirected slap shot after a pass from Corey Tropp. Brennan recorded his second helper of the game on the play. Legault then lit the lamp again when Brian Roloff fed him in front of the net at 12:27, giving Portland a four goal lead.
Hutchinson had 30 saves in the game, while Pirates goalie Jhonas Enroth saved 31 shots for the victory. Providence went 0-for-5 on the man advantage, but killed off both Portland power plays.
The P-Bruins will travel to Springfield for a 7:30 p.m. contest on Saturday. Providence will then wrap the weekend up with a 4:05 p.m. Sunday outing at The Dunk for Lip Balm Night, when the Falcons come to town.
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