Portland’s opening night win moves their record to 1-0-0-0 overall. The Sound Tigers fall to 0-1-0-0 with the loss.
The Pirates got on the board just 3:03 into the game. Andy Miele’s shot on net was initially stopped by Sound Tigers netminder Kevin Poulin, but Brett Hextall found the rebound in front and flipped it home to give Portland the early 1-0 lead. The Sound Tigers responded just 1:27 later. Trevor Frischmon made a pass from behind the Portland net to Tomas Marcinko in the slot, and the fourth-year Sound Tigers fired a snap shot off the left post and past McElhinney to even the score at one. Bridgeport outshot Portland by a 15-6 margin in the opening frame, but the teams remained tied at one after twenty minutes.
Portland turned the tide in the second and jumped back in front with another early goal. Andy Miele’s shot from just below the Sound Tigers blue line made its way through a screen and past Poulin to give Portland the 2-1 lead at 2:04 of the middle frame. Beaudoin scored the first of his two goals just 3:31 later with a one-time blast from the base of the left wing circle on the power play. The Sound Tigers countered at 15:38 of the second period when Aaron Ness’s shot from the point caromed off of Portland defenseman Tyler Eckford and past McElhinney. It was Ness’s first goal of the season, and the Sound Tigers entered the third period trailing Portland 3-2.
The Sound Tigers had opportunities early in the third to even the score with nearly four minutes of combined five-on-four and five-on-three power plays, but Brent Thompson’s squad could not convert. Portland added an insurance goal when Beaudoin scored on a two-on-none breakaway and beat Poulin with a backhand to the top left corner at 13:22 of the final period.
Poulin made 29 saves in the losing effort, and the Sound Tigers were 0-for-6 on the power play.
The Sound Tigers will look for their first win of the season tomorrow afternoon when they travel to Albany to face the Devils at the Times Union Center. Puck drop is scheduled for 4 p.m.
DiBenedetto – Ullstrom – Wallace
Haley – Frischmon – Marcinko
McNeely – Cizikas – Backman
Gallant – Langkow – Romano
Donovan – Reese
Ness – de Haan
Wishart - Klementyev