Hockey: Pirates, Visentin stops Bruins

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PORTLAND — Mark Visentin stopped 48 of the 49 shots he faced to give the Portland Pirates a 2-1 win over the Providence Bruins Wednesday night at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

Visentin’s picks up his fourth consecutive victory and the third straight win for the Pirates. Visentin has allowed just three goals over his four game win streak.

Despite being outshot 18-7 in the third period, the Pirates capitalized on their best chance. Rob Klinkhammer picked up the puck in the neutral zone and found Jordan Szwarz, who scored the winning goal with 3:47 left in the game.

The game remained scoreless until a great individual effort from Providence forward Ryan Spooner. Spooner stickhandled his way through the Pirates’ defense and tucked a shot under the pads of Visentin for his seventh goal of the season at the 8:05 mark of the first period The Pirates responded early in the second period. Andy Miele took a Jordan Szwarz feed in the slot and beat Providence starter Niklas Svedberg blocker side for his 10th goal of the season at 4:09.

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The Pirates improve to 19-11-1-1 on the season, while Visentin stays hot and improves to 7-6-1-1. The Pirates remain in first place in the Atlantic Division and have won nine of their last 10 games.

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