Derek Whitmore scored on the power play with 7.5 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Portland Pirates to a 3-2 win over the Connecticut Whale in an American Hockey League game played tonight in front of 10,872 at the XL Center.
Nick Crawford and Matt Ellis also scored for the Pirates, who improved to 29-14-4-1 with the win.
Jeremy Williams and Brodie Dupont scored for the Whale, who lost their third straight to sink to 22-20-2-5.
The Pirates got off to a quick start as Crawford scored three minutes into the game to give the visitors an early advantage. The lead was short-lived as just over two minutes later Jeremy Williams tied it to leave the two teams even at one after one.
There was no scoring in the second. Ellis scored on the power play in the opening minute of the third period to restore Portland’s one-goal lead. Dupont answered with a power-play goal of his own with just under eight minutes left in regulation to set the stage for Whitmore.
The Whale out shot the Pirates 38-24 in the game as David Leggio posted his fourth consecutive victory.
The Allied Home Mortgage Three Stars of the Game were 1. Whitmore, 2. Leggio and 3. Dupont