The Portland Pirates bounced back in a big way by winning the 2nd game of a back-to-back against the St. John’s IceCaps, 4-0.
The Pirates lost to the IceCaps on Tuesday 8-7 in OT after leading late. Portland goaltender Chad Johnson gave up all eight goals and had lost all three games he played this season. Johnson saved all 27 shots he faced on Wednesday as he not only earned his first win of the season (and as a Pirate), but got a shutout to boot. Johnson became the first Pirate since David Leggio (2011), to get a shutout.
The Pirates found many different ways to score on the IceCaps. They scored short-handed, on the power play, 4-on-4 and 5-on-5. Seven different Pirates recorded a point in the game. Pirates Captain Alexandre Bolduc scored two goals in the game. Bolduc has scored a goal in each of Portland’s previous four games (five total goals).
Portland forwards Brett Hextall and Chris Conner also scored goals for the Pirates. The Pirates were outshot in the game 27-19.
Portland defenseman Maxim Goncharov got into penalty trouble as he had 16 total penalty minutes in the game. Goncharov took three minor penalties and was given a 10-minute misconduct for unsportsmanlike conduct after he argued with a referee after receiving his 3rd penalty.
Portland defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson was injured early in the game but returned quickly and assisted on Portland’s final two goals.
Portland is now 2-2-1 on the season. The Pirates next game is Saturday at home against the Binghamton Senators.