Maine Hockey Journal

Pirates make it a clean sweep of the weekend

The third period has proven to be fruitful for the Portland Pirates in the last two games.

The Pirates scored three times in the third period to outpace the Springfield Falcons, 4-1, in front of 2,773 at the MassMutual Center on Sunday afternoon.

In the last two games, the Pirates have scored eight times in the final period.

The game was pushed back an hour to a 2:00pm start due to the New England Patriots playoff game in Foxboro.

Mark Parrish, who missed the last 19 games because of a hip injury, added two goals on day, starting with the game’s opening goal at 16:19 of the first period.

With the Pirates killing a penalty, Parrish picked off a loose puck at the top of the defensive zone, skating on a breakaway and lifting a backhander by Falcons’ netminder Gustaf Wessalu.

Only 64 seconds later, the Falcons responded with their lone goal on the afternoon on a shot by Cody Goloubef, tying the game at 1-1.

Matt Ellis gave the Pirates the lead in the third period with his eighth of the season just 6:53 into the period when he deflected Dennis McCauley’s shot from just inside the circle. Mark Mancari was credited with an assist in the game for his 200th career assists as well as extending his point-scoring streak to seven games with four goals, five assists for nine points.

At 9:30, Parrish record his second goal of the night when he took a feed from Igor Gongalsky, cutting to the front of the net, putting a chip shot by Wessalu, giving Portland a 3-1 lead. Parrish has four points (2G, 2A) in his last two games.

Colin Stuart added an empty net goal with seven seconds left in the game to seal the win.

Pirates’ goalkeeper Jhonas Enroth, making his first start of the weekend, stopped 27 shots including a penalty shot in the second period by Tom Sestito.

Wessalu made 17 shots in the loss.

The Pirates moved to within four points of the Manchester Monarchs, who were idle today, for the Atlantic Division lead. The Pirates have won six of their last seven games, and have gone 6-2-2 in their last 10 games.

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