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Pirates return to winning ways with 4-1 victory over IceCaps

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Mike McKenna picked up his 20th win of the AHL season

Mike McKenna continues to shine for Portland.
Mike McKenna continues to shine for Portland.
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After dropping their last two games, the Portland Pirates (25-15-1) returned to the win column with a 4-1 victory over the visiting St. John's IceCaps in front of a crowd of 3,718 at Cross Insurance Arena.

MacKenzie Weegar (4) opened the scoring with an even-strength goal at 14:09 of the first period. The assists were credited to Brett Olson and Garrett Wilson.

Rocco Grimaldi (7) notched a power-play goal from Shane Harper 1:49 into the second period to put the Pirates up by two.

Connor Brickley set up John McFarland (14) at 16:33 to put Portland in firm control of the game after forty minutes.

St. John's Nikita Scherbak finally solved Mike McKenna with 4:22 left in regulation to break up the veteran goalie's shutout bid.

Olson (8) picked up his second point of the night with an empty-net goal at 19:43 to complete the scoring.

Zachary Fucale made 34 stops in taking the loss for the IceCaps, while McKenna turned aside 26 shots to raise his record to 20-8-1.

The same two teams will meet in Portland again on Friday night at 7 p.m.