The Portland Pirates saw their record tying 8 game home win streak snapped, falling 6-1 to the Connecticut Whale Tuesday night. Mark Visentin’s personal win streak of seven games was also snapped, as the 1st place Pirates were defeated for just the 3rd time in their last 16 games
Connecticut’s special teams had mixed results in the first period. The Whale were unable to capitalize on a pair of early power plays, a Chris Brown tripping penalty just 0:17 into the game, and then an interference call to Russ Sinkewich at 5:13. It would be the Whale’s penalty kill that provided an offensive spark. Blake Parlett stopped a Pirates breakout attempt and found Kelsey Tessier in front of Visentin’s goal, who roofed a shot over Visentin for his fifth goal of the season at 13:27.
The Pirates answered back in the second. Mathieu Brodeur’s slap shot from the blue line took a strange bounce off the end boards and then off Whale starter Cameron Talbot before finding the back of the net for Brodeur’s 3rd goal of the year. Kris Newbury responded for the Whale 12:54 into the period, beating Visentin blocker side, ringing a shot off the post and into the net for his 11th of the season. Less than a minute later, J.T. Miller tipped home a Mike Vernace shot from the point for his sixth of the season and a 3-1 Whale lead.
In the third, the Whale put the game out of reach. Logan Pyett took advantage of a turnover at the blue line, and sent a blast past Visentin for his fourth of the year at 4:29. The Pirates would go 0 for 3 on the power play in the final period, surrendering another shorthanded goal in the process. Brandon Segal took advantage of a mishandled puck by Visentin on the Pirates’ power play, burying it for his ninth of the season at 11:33. Kris Newbury would close out the scoring for the Whale, earning his second of the night and 12th of the season at the 12:34 mark. Brett Hextall and Christian Thomas would drop the gloves at the 13:24 mark, but the game was already out of reach for Portland.
The Pirates drop to 23-13-1-1 on the season, while Mark Visentin falls to 9-7-1-1 after stopping 16 of 22 shots. The Whale improve to 16-18-3-1, while Cameron Talbot is now 13-16-0-1 on the season after his 29 save performance.
The Pirates get back to action on Friday on the road when they travel to Providence to face the Bruins. Puck drops at 7PM and the game can be heard on 95.5 and 95.9 WPEI in the Portland area, 92.7FM and 100.7 FM WOXO FM in the Lewiston/Auburn area, and online on the WLOB radio player and AHL Live. Pregame show starts at 6:40 with the voice of the Pirates, Jeff Mannix.