Lewiston, ME- The Portland Pirates trailed most of the way Wednesday night at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee, but a rebound goal for Brendan Shinnimin with less than six minutes left forced the game to overtime and a shootout, where the Pirates triumphed over the Providence Bruins 4-3.
The first four goals of the game, and all three of Providence’s on the night, were scored by defensemen. Ben Youds got things going for the Bruins midway through the first period. That goal at 10:26 was followed by a power play goal by Joe Morrow just 1:43 later to make it 2-0.
Daine Todd scored his first pro goal for Portland with just 4.7 seconds remaining in the first to cut the lead to one goal after one period.
David Warsofsky gave the Bruins a two-goal lead again, but Lucas Lessio tipped home an Andy Miele feed just before the halfway point of the second period to cut the deficit to one goal again.
Then Shinnimin tied the score with just 5:46 remaining to force the game to overtime.
Portland had two power play chances in the OT, but failed to score.
Miele and Brandon McMillan scored on back-to-back shootout attempts to give the Pirates all they would need. Mark Visentin turned away all four Providence shootout chances. He made 28 saves in the game and snaps a personal three game losing streak.
Malcolm Subban made 31 saves for Providence. Craig Cunningham had a pair of assists, while Youds had an assist to go along with his goal.
The Pirates got back to the .500 mark with the win, improving to 9-9-1-3. Providence picks up a point, but drops to 13-8-1-3.
Besides his goal, Lessio assisted on both of the Pirates other two tallies. Shinnimin also added an assist.
The two teams conclude their set of three games this week at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence on Friday night. The Pirates have won the first two games. Game time is 7:05. Broadcast coverage begins with the Pirates Pregame Show at 6:45 on the WPEI Portland Pirates Radio Network and here at portlandpiratesradio.com.
PRO: Ben Youds (1) (Justin Florek, Craig Cunningham)- 10:26 PRO 1-0
PRO: Joe Morrow (3) (PP) (Matt Lindblad, Youds)- 12:09 PRO 2-0
POR: Daine Todd (1) (PP) (Brendan Shinnimin, Lucas Lessio)- 19:55 PRO 2-1
PRO: David Warsofsky (2) (Zach Trotman, Cunningham)- 5:26 PRO 3-1
POR: Lessio (5) (Andy Miele, Brandon Gormley)- 9:15 PRO 3-2
POR: Shinnimin (4) (Brandon Yip, Lessio)- 14:14 3-3
POR: Todd- No Goal
PRO: Seth Griffith- No Goal
POR: Miele- Goal 1-0
PRO: Cunningham- No Goal
POR: Brandon McMillan- Goal 2-0
PRO: Jack Downing- No Goal
POR: Yip- No Goal
PRO: Carter Camper- No Goal
Shots on Goal:
PRO: Malcolm Subban- 31 saves (SOL) (65:00) (4-5-1)
POR: Mark Visentin- 28 saves (W) (65:00) (7-8-2)
3 Stars of the Game
1. Andy Miele- POR: GW shootout goal, assist
2. Lucas Lessio- POR: 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 points
3. Ben Youds- PRO: 1 goal, 1 assist