Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Portland #Pirates Week in Review 12/14-12/20

The Pirates went 2-0 in their two road games last week. The victories came with a 5-2 win over the Hartford Wolf pack Friday night and a 7-1 win over the Springfield Falcons Saturday night. The two wins extended the Pirates road point streak to nine games (6-0-2-1) and upped their overall record to 14-11-3-2.

This week the Pirates will play three games in five days, starting Tuesday when Portland travels to Bridgeport to face the Sound Tigers to close out a four-game road trip. The Pirates complete the week with home games against the Springfield Falcons on Friday followed by a rematch against the Sound Tigers on Saturday.

Last week’s play began Friday in Hartford where Cody McCormick scored two goals and added an assist to help lead the Portland Pirates to a 5-2 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack at the XL Center. Tyler Ennis, Philip Gogulla and Brad Larsen also scored for the Pirates while Kyle Wanvig and Marc-Andre Gragnani collected two assists each. The Pirates ended a three-game winless streak with the victory. Portland out shot the WolfPack 29-18 in the game as Jhonas Enroth posted the victory. Saturday the Pirates traveled to Springfield where they posted a 7-1 victory over the Falcons. The seven goals represented the Pirates largest offensive output of the season and the six-goal margin of victory was the biggest this year. Kyle Rank scored his first career hat trick and added an assist to pace the Pirates while Derek Whitmore added a pair of goals. Wanvig and Jeff Cowan rounded out the goal-scoring and Mike Kostka supplied two assists. The Pirates played the game without Mark Mancari, who was recalled by the Buffalo Sabres earlier in the day. Springfield out shot the Pirates 32-26 in the game as Enroth posted the victory.

Pirates Notes:
• The Pirates current nine-game road point streak (6-0-2-1) is the longest by the team since running off a 10-game streak from January 29, 2006 to March 22,2006. During the streak of success the Pirates posted a 9-0-1-0 record. The franchise record for consecutive road games without a regulation loss is 11 games (8-0-3) established back in 1994-95.
• Thanks to their current streak of success, the Pirates are now 7-8-2-1 on the road after starting the season 1-8-1-0 away from Portland.
• Kyle Rank registered his first career hat trick and four-point game December 12 at Springfield.
• Derek Whitmore registered his first career two-goal game December 12 at Springfield.

This Week:
The Pirates finish a four-game road trip when they face the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (15-13-1-2) at the Harbor Yard Arena Tuesday night at 7 PM. Friday the Pirates are home to face the Falcons (10-13-4-2) at the CCCC at 7 PM. Saturday night the Pirates finish their week on home ice against the Sound Tigers at 7 PM.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ Bridgeport (Harbor Yard Arena), 7 PM

• Bridgeport and Portland are tied for second (along with Lowell) in the Atlantic Division. All three teams have 33 points.
• Goalie Nathan Lawson ranks tied for eighth in the AHL save percentage with a 92.5 percentage.
• This will be the third of eight meetings between the two teams. Bridgeport was won both with the last meeting resulting in a 5-4 Sound Tigers overtime victory in Bridgeport on November 15th.

Friday, December 18, 2009 vs. Springfield Falcons (CCCC), 7 PM
• Springfield sits last in the Atlantic Division with a 10-13-4-2 record.
• Forward Charles Linglet is ranked fourth among the AHL scorers with 31 points in 29 games.
• The game will be the fifth of eight between the two teams this season. The Pirates trampled the Falcons in their last meeting on December 12th, with a 7-1 victory.

Saturday, December 19, 2009 vs. Bridgeport (CCCC), 7 PM

Recent Pirates Transaction:
12/13/2009 Mark Mancari (RW) Returned on loan from Buffalo (NHL)
12/12/2009 Mark Mancari (RW) Recalled from loan by Buffalo (NHL)
12/09/2009 Nathan Gerbe (LW) Recalled from loan by Buffalo (NHL)
Pirates Practice:
As schedules are subject to last-minute changes please call the Pirates office ahead of time at 207-828-4665 ext. 313 to confirm location and time.

Monday, December 14th – Noon
Tuesday, December 15th – 7:00 PM (Game @ Bridgeport @ Harbor Yard Arena)
Wednesday, December 16th – 10:00 AM
Thursday, December 17th – 10:00 AM
Friday, December 18th – 7:00 PM (Game vs. Springfield @ CCCC)
Saturday, December 19th – 7:00 PM (Game vs. Bridgeport @ CCCC)
Sunday, December 20th – 10:00 AM
Pirates Events:
Friday, December 18th vs. Springfield
$10,000 Dash for Cash & Gritty’s Mug Club Night
Fans (18 years and older) will have the opportunity to win a chance at $10,000 in cold hard cash! Just fill out a form at the Customer Service Table in the Main Lobby before the 10-minute mark of the first period for your chance to win!

Gritty’s Mug Club Members receive special discount tickets courtesy of the Pirates. For information on how to become a Mug Club Member visit www.grittys.com.

Call (207) 775-3458, visit the Cumberland County Civic Center Box Office or go on-line at portlandpirates.com for tickets.

Saturday, December 19th vs. Bridgeport
Treasure Chest Night, Labatt Blue Light Hockey Night in Portland & Student Achiever
Night #2

It’s a Labatt Blue Light Hockey Night in Portland! Join the following friends of Labatt Blue Light and the Portland Pirates to continue your Labatt experience; Binga’s Stadium ($3 Labatt drafts before and after all Pirates games), Brian Boru (Saturday nights $2.40 Labatt drafts), Frosty Pint (Saturday $2.50 Labatt Drafts and Labatt Light bottles) and Spring Point Tavern ($2 Labatt drafts every Saturday night).

The Pirates also welcome the Student Achievers from schools around Maine. In recognition of accomplishments in school and our local communities, the Pirates and Aquafina will be rewarding participating schools and students with FREE TICKETS to a Pirates game!

All hands on deck for Treasure Chest Night. You could win Salty Pete’s Treasure Chest filled with over $500 worth of prizes from the Pirates and participating sponsors. Sign up at the Customer Service Table in the Main Lobby for your chance to win.

Call (207) 775-3458, visit the Cumberland County Civic Center Box Office or go on-line at portlandpirates.com for tickets.




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