LEWISTON (NEWS CENTER) - The Sharks were just too much to handle for the Pirates on Wednesday night as Portland couldn't hold on and took a 4-2 loss at the Androscoggin Bank Colisée in Lewiston. The loss dropped the Pirates to 5-5-1-1 on the season and the Sharks increased their record to 7-5-1-1.
The Pirates opened up the scoring just 1:08 into regulation, with Rob Klinkhammer opening the scoring. Klinkhammer rushed past the Sharks defense and shot it past Sharks goaltender Alex Stalock for the early 1-0 advantage. Just 2:29 later, however, Stephen Stalberg finished on a power play opportunity that just squeaked by Pirates net minder Mark Visentin, and the game was tied at 1.
The Pirates' second goal was again provided by Klinkhammer 8:27 into the 2nd period on the power play. Mathieu Brodeur and Brendan Shinnimin had a nice give and go that set up Klinkhammer all alone in front of the net for the easy one timer to give the Pirates the lead. Klinkhammer's two goals on the night gave him 5 on the year, and two multi-goal games on the year.
The Pirates would hold onto that lead despite heavy pressure until just about halfway through the third, when the Sharks finally broke through. At 11:05 of the third period, James Sheppard took a Yanni Gourde pass in the neutral zone, and made a circus move past the Pirates defense, beating Visentin to tie the game at 2. Just 1:08 later, Tim Kennedy's trickled in just under Visentin's arm. Kennedy's goal gave the Sharks a 3-2 edge. In the last couple minutes, the Pirates had a power play that extended to a 6 on 4 opportunity with Visentin going to the bench, but Matt Irwin would seal the game with an empty netter at 19:52 of the 3rd period.
Alex Stalock took the victory for the Sharks, stopping 20 of the 22 shots he faced to improve to 7-2-0 on the season. Mark Visentin, who stopped 28 of the 31 shots he saw, fell to 1-2-1 on the year.
The Pirates get back to action on Friday when they visit the Connecticut Whale in Hartford.