Last night the Portland Pirates began their back-to-back homes games against the Worcester Sharks in what many hoped would be less of a blood bath than their meeting last weekend. It came as a pleasant surprise that the Pirates would beat the Sharks on the score board rather than the face in a 4-3 victory.
Tim Kennedy of the Sharks would start the scoring just four minutes into the first period, but halfway through the period the Pirates would start to really show their stuff. Matt Irwin got called for a tripping penalty, sending the Pirates on a power play that would last an entire eight seconds. David Rundblad teamed up with Michael Stone to put the puck past Alex Stalock and tie the game at a goal a piece.
The game would stay tied through the rest of the period and remain that way until Alexandre Bolduc would beat Stalock and break the tie halfway through the second frame for his 12th goal of the season, a team high. Chris Brown would follow the trend and score his own a couple minutes later, giving the Pirates a 2-goal lead, but not for long. A couple of minutes later James Sheppard would score for the Sharks, cutting the Pirates lead to one. Yet once more the Pirates had a rapid reaction and scored again on the power play, instilling a 4-2 lead going into the second intermission.
1:51 into the third frame the Sharks would bite back as Tim Kennedy scored his second of the night, but that’s all they were able to handle as the Pirates held them off to improve to 9-8-1-1 on the season.
The Pirates next game is tonight against the Providence Bruins for their second home game in two nights. Face off is at 7:00PM ET.