Jordan Caron scored a pair of goals to lead the Providence Bruins to a 5-4 win over the Portland Pirates in an American Hockey League game played tonight in front of 8,871 at the Dunkin’ Donut Center.
Jordan Lavalle-Smotherman, Zach Hamill and Stefan Chaput also scored for the Bruins, who improved to 36-36-3-3 on the season.
Paul Byron paced the Pirates with a goal and two assists while Luke Adam and Mark Parrish collected a goal and an assist each. Portland saw their two-game winning streak end and are now 46-24-6-2 on the season.
The two teams played through a scoreless opening period. The Pirates grabbed the lead early in the second with goals by Parrish and Biega (featuring assists from Eric Baier and Joe Whitney for their first AHL points) in the span of 50 seconds. The Bruins responded with the final three goals of the period to carry a 3-2 lead into third. Smotherman got the Bruins rolling just 1:13 after the Biega goal and Caron netted back-to-back goals to put the home side up by one. Hamill and Chaput struck in the opening seven minutes of the third to build the Bruins lead to 5-2 before Adam and Byron connected to make for an exciting finish.
The Bruins out shot the Pirates 37-30 in the game as David Leggio took the loss.
The Allied Home Mortgage Three Stars of the Game were 1. Caron; 2. Hamill and 3. Byron.