Monarchs give up four power-play goals in loss
It was a night when the Manchester Monarchs spent too much time in the penalty box and paid the price.
Portland scored four power-play goals and skated to a 7-5 victory over Manchester in Lewiston, Maine, Saturday.
The Pirates took control by scoring three times in the second period and led 5-3 entering the third. The Monarchs were within a goal, 6-5, when right wing Brian O'Neill scored with 1:40 to play, but the Pirates received an empty-net goal from Brandon Yip with 12 seconds remaining.
Tim Kennedy and Jordan Martinook each scored twice for Portland, which improved its record to 24-32-2-8. Andy Miele and Randy Jones also scored for the Pirates.
Martinook scored two of Portland's four power-play goals. Kennedy and Miele also scored while the Monarchs were short-handed.
O'Neill scored twice for the Monarchs, who secured a playoff berth by beating Worcester 5-1 Friday night. Center Jordan Weal, left wing Andy Andreoff and defenseman Sean Backman also scored for the Monarchs, Andreoff's goal came while Manchester was short-handed and cut Portland's lead to 5-3 with 2:39 to play in the second.
Manchester goaltender Jean-Francois Berube allowed five goals on 13 shots before he was pulled with 3:21 left in the second. Patrik Bartosak replaced Berube and stopped seven of the eight shots he faced.
The loss dropped Manchester's record to 43-18-2-6.
Goals by Weal and O'Neil gave Manchester a 2-0 lead early in the first period, but Portland tied the game when Kennedy scored twice in the period's final eight minutes. The Pirates were held to five shots on goal in the opening 20 minutes.
Portland grabbed a 5-2 lead by scoring the first three goals of the second period.
Matinook extended Portland's lead to 6-3 at 9:02 of the third before Backman made it a 6-4 game with 9:26 to play.
The Pirates received a 23-save effort from Chris Rawlings.