The Providence Bruins took on the Portland Pirates at the Dunkin Donuts center in a Sunday matinee. Malcolm Subban got the start in goal for the Bruins opposed by Mike McKenna for the Pirates. The game started off with both teams trading early chances, but both goalies kept their team in game. Colton Hargrove attempted pass was directed in by the Pirates defenseman, Talbot and Acciari got the assists on the goal. Less then two minutes later the Pirates scored when Kyle Rau redirected the puck in with what looked like a high stick. The play was no reviewed and Dylan Olson and Wayne Simpson got the assists on the goal. The period ended with both teams tied 2-2, with the 8 to 6 in favor of the Providence Bruins.
The second period opened with both teams looking to find the back of the net to take the lead. The Pirates took control of the play in the early going, but the Bruins battled back. The Bruins took control as the period wore on. Neither team could find the back of net as McKenna and Subban stood tall in each end. A scary moment for Talbot as he was tripped up on a break into the zone and crashed into the post. He would leave the game with what looked like a knee injury. The best chance of the period came when a shot squeaked through McKenna and appeared to cross the line before he pulled it back out with his blocker. This time, the play was not reviewed by the officials on the ice, and the goal stood. The period ended with both teams remaining tied at two, with the shots 20 to 9 in the Bruins favor.
The Providence Bruins came back out for the third just looking to get one goal and take over the game. Max Talbot was back on the ice for the baby Bruins and looked to be fine after the collision. It was back and forth during the early part of the period. About 12 minutes in the Pirates found the back of net when Shane Harper scored, assisted by Olson and Cameron Gaunce. But Anton Blidh answered right back assisted by Colby Cave and Garry Nunn. After a hard push by the Pirates the period ended and we were headed to overtime.
After a quick scrape of the ice play resumed with both teams looking for the game winner. The Pirates controlled the puck throughout the entire overtime. Malcolm Subban was forced to come up with save after save to keep the Bruins in it. With both teams tied after over time we went to a shootout. All three shooters were stopped for the Bruins, and Kyle Rau was the only player to score in the shootout.
With the win, Mike McKenna became the third winningest goalie in Portland Pirates history.
Third star Colton Hargrove, who had the first goal for the Bruins and played a solid defensive game. Second star Shane Harper scored the goal to put the Pirates ahead in the third period. First star Kyle Rau, had the tying goal in the first period and the shootout winner for the Pirates.
The Bruins will try again to break the losing streak Wednesday night when they play the Springfield Falcons in Springfield.