Eye on the Pirates: Bolduc, Visentin Starring During Hot Streak

Sunday, 01.06.2013 / 9:30 PM
Dave Vest

GLENDALE -- The Portland Pirates, the Coyotes’ top affiliate in the American Hockey League, just keep winning.

Thanks to goals by captain Alexandre Bolduc and Andy Meile, and 39 saves by goalie Mark Visentin, the Pirates posted a 2-1 win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Saturday night in Portland, Maine.

It was the 10th win in the past 12 games for the Pirates, who lead the AHL’s Atlantic Division with 42 points.

Visentin, a rookie backup who has played his way into a platoon system with veteran Chad Johnson, has won five straight starts and has allowed just five goals in those games; he has stopped 160 of 165 shots during his hot streak.

Bolduc’s goal on Saturday was his second in as many nights and his team-high 16th of the season.

The victory came one night after the Pirates dropped a 3-2 decision at Providence.

Bolduc and Rob Klinkhammer scored power-play goals in the game, which Portland led 2-1 until late in the second period.

The Pirates outshot Providence 33-30 in the loss.

Portland started 2013 with a come-from-behind, 2-1 victory over Providence in a makeup game on Jan. 2. The game was snowed out on Dec. 27.

Visentin stopped 48 of 49 shots in the victory, and Miele and Jordan Szwarz scored the goals.

Notes:

Defensemen Oliver Ekman-Larsson did not play in Saturday’s game. It was the fifth straight game he missed because of a lower-body injury. Ekman-Larsson, who has notched seven goals and 14 assists in 20 games with Portland, is expected to travel to Phoenix to rejoin the Coyotes.

Defenseman Michael Stone is leading the Pirates with 96 shots on goal in 30 games.

Former Coyotes prospect Brett MacLean, who recently retired from hockey because of a heart condition, dropped the ceremonial first puck before Saturday’s game in Portland.

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