Trevor Smiths second goal of the game turned out to be the game winner as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers posted a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over the Portland Pirates in an American Hockey League game played tonight in front of 3,819 at Arena at Harbor Yard.
Mike Radja, Tomas Marcinko and Matt Martin also scored for the Sound Tigers, who ended a three-game losing streak with the win. Bridgeport is now 28-27-3-6 on the season.
Mike Weber, Nathan Gerbe, Marc-Andre Gragnani and Philip Gogulla scored for the Pirates, who dropped to 35-19-5-3 with the loss. Mark Mancari registered two assists.
The Sound Tigers got off to a quick start as Smith gave the home side a 1-0 lead in the opening 90 seconds. Weber quickly answered to even things at one before Marcinko scored an unassisted goal to restore Bridgeports one-goal lead. Gerbe completed the scoring in the opening period with his first goal since January 16th to even things up at two after one. Bridgeport duplicated their early-period success in the second striking in the opening 90 second of the period for the second time in the game as Martin capitalized on the power-play to give the Sound Tigers a 3-2 lead. The Pirates responded with the final two goals of the period, Gragnani tying things at three with a power-play goal followed by Gogullas goal to give the Pirates their first lead of the game, 4-3. Radja tied the score with a shorthanded goal early in the third and Smith potted the eventual game winner midway through the third to complete the scoring.
The Pirates out shot the Sound Tigers 32-31 in the game as J.P. Lamoureux took the loss.
The Allied Home Mortgage Three Stars of the Game were 1. Smith, 2. Radja and 3. Mancari.
The Pirates continue a three-game road trip tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. when they are in Syracuse to face the Crunch. The trip ends Sunday in Buffalo, NY with a game against the Rochester Americans on Sunday at 4 p.m. Both games can be heard live on New Talk WLOB 95.5 and on line at portlandpirates.com beginning with the pre-game show 15 minutes prior to the opening face-off.