Maine Hockey Journal

When Bears Attack

By CJ Nordenson, Special to MVN

Portland, Maine – The Portland Pirates have been struggling since the injury bug hit the Anaheim Ducks, their NHL affiliate about a month ago. The effects have trickled downed as Portland has gone 3-5-0-2 in their last ten games. They faced the Providence Bruins on Saturday in a battle for third place in the Atlantic Division. The Pirates looked to get their confidence back after giving up four straight goals in their loss against the Hartford Wolf Pack on Friday.

Unfortunately for the Pirates, the rough seas continued as they fell to the Bruins by a score of 6-4 in front of 6,821 at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

“When it rains it pours” said Pirates’ Center Tim Brent. You look up and we are playing well and we haven’t been in our end for over a minute and we get a few golden opportunities that don’t go in {or} hit a cross bar and then bang bang bang they score three goals. You sit on the bench and go what the heck just happened.”

Both teams came out with a lot of energy in the first, however, Portland’s energy seemed to die about half way through the period. Providence saw this and took advantage of the opportunity. Ryan Carter was called for cross checking at 6:52. Just over a minute into the power play Providence scored. The Pirates turned over the puck in the defensive zone and T.J. Trevelyan put it past Michael Wall’s glove to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.

Providence extended their lead at 14:55 with a goal by Kris Versteeg. Versteeg split the defense, showing off some puck handling skills before putting it passed Wall, who was pulled after letting in two goals on just eight shots.

On the face-off after the goal, Zenon Konopka and Jeremy Riech tangoed at center ice with both receiving five minutes for fighting, but Zenon got his mission accomplished to fire up his team.

Sean Curry was called for cross-checking and the Pirates went on the power play. The Pirates have struggled on the power play as of late. Towards the end, the Pirates crowded the net and kept trying to poke it by Bruins’ goaltender Jordan Sigalet. Finally Tim Brent got his stick on the puck and found Sigalet out of place. He chipped the puck into the open net to get the Pirates back within one goal.

Portland came out fired up in the second period. It paid off at 2:20 into the second period when Matt Keith slipped it by Sigalet for his sixth goal of the year, however, the Pirates flame went out about half way through the second period.

The Bruins scored three goals in a span of 2:20 as a result of defensive collapses in the Pirates defensive zone. Pelletier picked up his 11th goal, Jeremy Reich scored his fourth goal, while Martins Karsums notched his 10th goal.

The Pirates would get some good looks at the Providence goal, but were unable to get anything into the back of the net. The Pirates went into the locker room after the second period with a mountain to climb in the third.

Michael Wall was put in goal for the second time to start the third period. Almost three minutes into the third period, the Pirates scored to pull within two as Zenon Konopka tipped the puck in off the rebound. The Bruins answered with just a goal just over a minute later when Krejci scored on an odd man break to give Providence a comfortable three goal lead.

Simon Ferguson and Sean Curry dropped their gloves with 4:24 to go. Ferguson looked to fire up his team and get them back into the game. The effort by Ferguson was not enough to spark a fire.

Chris Durno scored his first goal as a Pirate with just a little under two minutes remaining to pull back within two, but it was too little too late as the Pirates fell to the Bruins despite almost doubling them in shots. With the loss, Portland fell to fourth place which is their lowest ranking since the affiliation with Anaheim began.

“There are very preventable things that are happening now. I haven’t seen {this} many odd man rushes in a long time and it is a real issue,” said Pirates’ Coach Kevin Dineen.

Plank Notes:
-Nick Kuiper was recalled to the Pirates from the Augusta Lynx of the ECHL. In 20 games with the Lynx, he’s score one goal, four assists for five points with 10 PIM’s. He’s also played four games with the Pirates, going scoreless.
-The Anaheim Ducks have reassigned Curtis Glencross to the Portland Pirates, he wasn’t available for game time. Glencross, 24, was recalled from Portland on Jan. 12th. He scored his first NHL goal in his first NHL game (first shot) Jan. 13th vs. Colorado. He played in two NHL games, scoring one goal. With Portland this season, he has 5 goals, 10 assists for 15 points with 74 PIM’s in 30 games.
– The Pirates are next in action on Sunday January 21st against the Providence Bruins as they travel to the Dunkin Donuts Center. Game Time is 4:05pm.

Three Stars of the Game:
1. PRO – 12 Pascal Pelletier
2. PRO – 10 Kris Versteeg
3. POR – 15 Matt Keith

Shots on Goal:
POR: 17-12-14=43
PRO: 8-9-5=22

Goals by Period:
POR: 0-0-0=0
PRO: 1-2-3=6

Power Play Summary:
Portland Pirates PP – 0-for-4
Providence Bruins PP – 1-for-7

Scoring Summary:
1. PRO Trevelyan, (14) , 8:01 (PP)
1. PRO Versteeg, (20) (Krejci, Pelletier), 14:55
1. POR Brent, (10) (Keith, Wilson), 18:51 (PP)
2. POR Keith, (6) (Brent, Genoway), 2:20
2. PRO Pelletier, (11) (Versteeg, Thompson), 10:07
2. PRO Reich, (4) (DiCasmirro, Thompson), 10:56
2. PRO Karsums, (10) (Trevelyan), 11:41
3. POR Konopka, (11) (Keith, Salcido), 2:56
3. PRO Krejci, (13) (Pelletier, Versteeg), 4:05
3. POR Durno, (5) (Rome), 18:11

Penalty Summary:
1 – PRO Krejci, 1:25 – Holding , 2 min (PP)
1 – POR Carter, 6:52 – Hooking , 2 min (PP)
1 – POR Carter, 12:49 – Cross-checking , 2 min (PP)
1 – PRO Reich, 15:00 – Fighting , 5 min
1 – POR Konopka, 15:00 – Fighting , 5 min
1 – PRO Curry, 17:10 – Cross-checking , 2 min (PP)
1 – PRO Dempsey, 18:51 – Cross-checking , 2 min (PP)
2 – PRO Stuart, 0:10 – Interference , 2 min (PP)
2 – PRO Krejci, 3:52 – Holding , 2 min (PP)
2 – POR Skinner, 6:09 – Interference , 2 min (PP)
3 – PRO Curry, 4:24 – Fighting , 5 min
3 – POR Ferguson, 4:24 – Fighting , 5 min
3 – PRO Zinger, 9:18 – Tripping , 2 min (PP)
3 – PRO Sigalet, 14:05 – Slashing , 2 min (PP)
3 – POR Wilson, 19:45 – Tripping , 2 min (PP)
3 – PRO Curry, 19:59 – Roughing , 2 min
3 – POR Rome, 19:59 – Roughing , 2 min

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