Late Letdown: Five-goal third period dooms Pirates

1:46 AM, Feb 24, 2014   |    comments
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LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - A two goal lead heading into the final period became a three-goal deficit too deep to climb out of as the Portland Pirates suffered their straight loss in a 6-5 defeat to St. John's on Sunday. 

The Pirates led their Atlantic Division rivals 3-1 after two periods when the Ice Caps scored five unanswerd goals, four of them within a 10:19 span to start the period. 

Portland didn't for the first two-and-a-half periods having scored the game's opening goal on Tobias Rieder's re-direction of a David Rundblad slap shot on a power play 11:08 into the first. 

St. John's tied the score with 1:02 remaining in the first with a John Albert power-play tip-in as well. 

The Brandon McMillain gave the Pirates back the lead 3:45 into the second on the power play and Brandon Yip doubled with lead at the 17:33 mark. 

The undoing began just 16 seconds into the third when the Ice Caps Albert tallied his second goal of the game despite being short-handed. 

Kris Brown and Rieder added goals in the final minute to round out the scoring. 

Portland (19-24-2-7) will host Hartford on Tuesday.

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