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Tonight featured two games in one. The first 40 minutes clearly belonged to the Portland Pirates. They took a 1-0 lead 18 seconds into the contest and other than the "own goal" they allowed on the power play, really dominated the play.
But the Penguins were up to their 3rd period antics again tonight, stealing a 4-3 overtime win and heading to Hershey with another two points on the line tomorrow afternoon.
It was Brad Thiessen vs. Marc Cheverie in net. Steve MacIntyre, Nick Petersen and Philip Samuelsson were scratched. Ryan Schnell and Cody Chupp were returned to Wheeling.
Thiessen allowed a goal on the game's first shot, just 18 seconds in to put the Pens in a 1-0 hole. Defenseman David Rundblad scored his 4th of the season for the Pirates. Rundblad made it 2-0 about halfway through the first period.
While on a four minute power play, Geoff Walker's pass to Eric Tangradi went off a Pirate defender and into the back of the net, trimming the lead to 2-1 with 1:16 left in the opening period.
Patrick O'Sullivan put the Pirates up by two 1:49 into the second and it really seemed like they would cruise to an easy win.
Paul Thompson was a machine in the third period, assisting on Brian Gibbons' goal to make it a 3-2 game then tying the game with a goal of his own with 1:56 left. But Thompson wasn't done there, he added the primary assist on the overtime game winner with a perfect pass to a wide open Alexandre Picard.
The Penguins make another trip to Giant Center tomorrow for a Sunday tilt against the Hershey Bears.