Maine Hockey Journal

Sound Tigers claw out victory in OT against Portland

The Portland Pirates lost on the road for the ninth time this season, but gained a point after coming back from a two-goal deficit, falling 5-4 to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in overtime in front of 3,337 at the Arena at Harbor Yard on Sunday afternoon.

Portland is looking to build momentum this week as they play five games over the next seven days, and getting back Nathan Gerbe (injury) and Tyler Ennis, back from Buffalo, is a good start.

Gerbe, who has missed the last four games with concussion-like symptoms, assisted on Portland’s first goal of the game, a power play goal from Jeff Cowan at 6:36 of the first period to tie the game at 1-1.

It was only the third power play goal for the Pirates on the road this season, (3-for-43) who rank 26th in the AHL.

With the Sound Tigers up 3-1, Mark Mancari pulled the Pirates to within a goal before the end of the first period, at 16:59.

Bridgeport scored the lone goal in the second period by Brett Westgarth at 11:47 of the period, extending their lead back to two goals.

Cowan added his seventh of the season, second of the night, at 9:00 of the third period, followed by Travis Turnbull just 1:08 later, tying the game at 4-4.

In overtime, the Sound Tigers found the back of the net on a goal by Mark Wotton with less than two seconds to play in the period, giving Bridgeport the victory.

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