Paul Byron and Mark Mancari each scored once and added an assist to lead the Portland Pirates to a 3-2 win over the Providence Bruins in an American Hockey League game played tonight at the Cumberland County Civic Center.
Nathan Gerbe and Kyle Rank also scored for the Pirates while Mike Weber collected two assists. Vladimir Sobotka and Brad Marchant scored 5-on-3 power-play goals in the first to stake the Bruins to an early lead.
The Pirates improved to 1-2-0-0 with the win. Providence dropped to 2-1-0-0. Providence led 2-0 after one. The Pirates exploded out of the second and scored three times in the opening five-and-a-half minutes to grab a 3-2 advantage, which they carried into the third period. Gerbe started the uprising with his second in as many games, as well as the Pirates first power-play goal of the season, just 1:19 in to the second. Mancari and Byron, with the first of his career, followed in the following 4:09 to give the Pirates a lead they would never relinquish.
The Pirates out shot the Bruins 36-30 in the game as Jhonas Enroth posted the victory.
The three stars of the game were all from the Pirates. Byron was the first, Weber the second and Mancari the third.
The Pirates will complete the weekend Sunday at 4 p.m. when they travel to Lowell to face the Devils. The game can be heard live on News Talk WLOB 95.5FM and on-line at www.portlandpirates.com beginning with the pre-game show at 3:45 p.m.
The next Pirates home game takes place Friday when the Hartford Wolf Pack visits the Cumberland County Civic Center for a 7 p.m. start presented by the Maine Chevy Dealers. Tickets for the game, as well as all other Pirates home games at the Cumberland County Civic Center, are now on sale by calling (207) 775-3458, visiting the Cumberland County Civic Center Box Office or going on-line at www.portlandpirates.com. If you can’t make it to the game you can hear it live on News Talk WLOB 95.5FM and on-line at www.portlandpirates.com beginning with the pre-game show at 6:45 p.m.
Ticket plans for the 2009-2010 season are still available at the Pirates office, located at 94 Free Street in Portland. The Pirates office is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For all the information about the Pirates 2009-2010 ticket plans and 2010 Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic visit www.portlandpirates.com or call (207) 828-4665 Ext. 350 to speak with one of the Pirates account executives. Courtesy Portland Pirates