PORTLAND, Maine -- There was only about one other thing the Bridgeport Sound Tigers could've done in the offensive zone Saturday night at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

Mark Visentin made sure they only did that once. Visentin made 39 saves and frustrated Bridgeport from all angles in the Portland Pirates' 2-1 win.

"I think we're obviously happy with the chances we created," said Brandon DeFazio, stymied on a couple of them.

"We're not happy we didn't bear down and finish a couple more, myself included."

Bridgeport put 16 shots on goal in the first period and 17 in the third as they tried to come back from a 2-0 deficit.

The Portland goalie didn't give the Sound Tigers a chance, stopping a flurry around his net with about 10 minutes to go.

"In one sense we're happy (with the chances). It's just frustrating," said Colin McDonald, one of three Sound Tigers with five shots.

"We get that many chances, and pucks are just sitting there in the crease, and we just couldn't find a way to get them in there."

Visentin stopped both DeFazio and Blair Riley on breakaways, two of those 15 saves in the first period. Riley did beat him in the final minute from the left circle off DeFazio's setup for his first goal of the year.

"(We had) 40 shots, quality, quality scoring opportunities," Riley said. "There are a lot of positives to take from this. Even the game Friday night (a 5-4 loss at Springfield), these were two tough losses on the road."

Pirates captain Alex Bolduc blasted a shot through a screen from above the left circle, beating Anders Nilsson 7:37 into the game.

The Pirates made it 2-0 eight minutes later on Andy Miele's power-play goal. Nilsson stopped Michael Stone's right-point shot, but Brendan Shinniman moved the rebound to Miele on the left side.

Bridgeport's penalty kill held Portland to one more shot on two other chances, and Nilsson finished with 36 saves.

The Sound Tigers had only two power-play opportunities, generating some chances on the second that just missed. Visentin stopped the two shots that made it to him.

"It's one thing if you know you played poorly and lose. You can say `we'll start over Tuesday,'" McDonald said. "Sometimes these are a little bit harder."

The Pirates welcomed back former player Brett MacLean, who retired this fall at 23 after suffering cardiac arrest during a pickup game July 2.

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3 stars

1. MARK VISENTIN, PORTLAND: Made saves in bunches, 39 in all.

2. ANDERS NILSSON, BRIDGEPORT: Shook off early goal and made 36 saves.

3. ANDY MIELE, PORTLAND: Buried the goal that proved the winner.

UNSUNG HERO: Blair Riley had chances around the net and scored Bridgeport's goal.

UP NEXT: Tuesday vs. Hershey, 7 p.m.


Bridgeport 1 0 0--1

Portland 2 0 0--2

First Period -- 1, Portland, Bolduc 16 (Rundblad, Summers), 7:37. 2, Portland, Miele 11 (Shinnimin, Stone), 15:29 (pp). 3, Bridgeport, Riley 1 (DeFazio, Landry), 19:09. Penalties -- Gallant, Bpt, major (fighting), 2:15; Bolduc, Por, major (fighting), 2:15; Summers, Por (delay of game), 9:11; McIver, Bpt, major (fighting), 12:08; Dziurzynski, Por, major (fighting), 12:08; DeFazio, Bpt (hooking), 14:01; Bolduc, Por (interference), 19:31.

Second Period -- No scoring. Penalties -- Landry, Bpt (high-sticking), 5:43; Sundstrom, Bpt (unsportsmanlike conduct), 17:03; Summers, Por (unsportsmanlike conduct), 17:03; McIver, Bpt (unsportsmanlike conduct), 20:00.

Third Period -- No scoring. Penalties -- None.

Shots on goal -- Bridgeport 16-7-17--40. Portland 9-14-15--38.

Power play opportunities -- Bridgeport 0 of 2, Portland 1 of 3.

Goaltenders -- Bridgeport, Nilsson 7-8-0 (38 shots-36 saves). Portland, Visentin 8-6-1 (40-39).

Attendance -- 4,977. Referee -- Hersey. Linesmen -- Andrews, Bathe.