Tyler Ennis and Marc-Andre Gragnani scored in the shootout while J.P. Lamoureux turned aside all four attempts he faced as the Portland Pirates extended their winning streak to six games with a4-3 win over the Lowell Devils in an American Hockey League game played tonight in front of 5,304 at the Tsongas Arena.
Kyle Rank, Mark Mancari and Kyle Wanvig scored in regulation for the Pirates, who moved to 27-16-5-2 with the win. The Pirates have now won their last five games that required a shoot out and extended their current road point streak to five games (4-0-1-0).
Nick Palmieri (no relation to Joe) paced the Devils with two goals. Nathan Perkovitch scored the other as Lowell dropped to 29-18-4-2.
Palmieri scored the lone goal of the opening period to give the home side a 1-0 advantage. The Pirates responded with two quick goals to start the second to grab a 2-1 lead after two. Rank started the mini uprising three minutes into the period to tie the game at one. Eighty seconds later Mancari gave Portland the lead with an unassisted tally. Wanvig scored early in the third to give the Pirates a 3-1 lead only to see Perkovitch and Palmieri, with his second of the game, scored in a span of three-and-a-half minutes midway through the third to force extra time.
The Pirates out shot the Devils 29-28 in the game.
The Allied Home Mortgage Three stars of the game were all from the Devils. Palmieri was the first, defenseman Matt Corrente (two assists) the second and forward Tim Sestito (two assists) the third.
The next Pirates home games take place this Friday (February 12th) and Saturday (February 13th) at the Cumberland County Civic Center against the Syracuse Crunch and Adirondack Phantoms, respectively.
Friday against the Crunch it is WCYY Guitar Hero and Maine Chevy Dealers Towel Giveaway Night. Come test your Guitar Hero skills and you could make it to the final round and play in front of all the Pirates fans on the scoreboard. The grand prize winner will be taking home concert tickets to the Breaking Benjamin, 3 Days Grace and Flyleaf show being held at the CCCC on Sunday, February 14th. Plus, the first 1,000 fans receive a Pirates towel courtesy of Maine Chevy Dealers.
Saturday when the Pirates meet Phantoms it’s another Labatt Blue Light Hockey Night in Portland. Enjoy pre- and post-game specials at Binga’s Stadium, Brian Boru, Frosty Pint and Spring Point Tavern. One lucky fan could win Salty Pete’s Treasure Chest filled with more than $500 in prizes and Positive 89.3 will present a pre-game concert featuring Johnny Diaz.
Tickets for the games are available by calling (207) 775-3458, visiting the Cumberland County Civic Center Box Office or going on-line at www.portlandpirates.com.