Pirates dock for holiday break on five-game winning streak

Portland sinks Providence by 4-2 count for another win on home ice

The Portland Pirates got two third period goals from forward Brett Olson to slip by the Providence Bruins 4-2 at Cross Insurance Arena on Tuesday night. The Pirates have won five straight games to run their record to 15-11-1 and move up to sixth in the AHL's Eastern Conference.

MacKenzie Weegar opened the scoring with unassisted tally just 1:02 into the action before Brandon DeFazio equalized for the visiting P-Bruins at the 12:20 mark. DeFazio's goal was assisted by Chris Breen and Alexander Khokhlachev.

After a scoreless second period, Andrew Cherniwchan bagged his first of the season, from Tommy Cross and Zack Phillips, to put Providence ahead 6:39 into the third.

Garrett Wilson scored a big goal 41 seconds later to quickly pull the Pirates even. Wilson's third was assisted by Weegar and center Greg McKegg.

Olson notched the game-winner at the 14:23 mark, his fourth goal of the campaign, with the assists going to Kyle Rau and Shane Harper before icing the tilt with an unassisted empty-net goal with 1:08 left in regulation.

Mike McKenna made 17 saves to win his fifth straight start. Malcolm Subban stopped 31 shots in taking the loss for Providence.

Weegar now has goals in back-to-back games and has posted 7 points in his last 5 games.

Portland is off until Sunday when they visit the Springfiled Falcons.