Maine Hockey Journal

Pirates Continue to Fall

CJ Nordenson, Special to MVN Hockey.

Portland, Maine– Eric Weinrich made his debut in a Portland Pirates’ uniform on Friday night and received the loudest cheer of any player as his name was announced. Portland came into Friday’s game against Providence knowing that they had to play their best to pull out the much needed win.

Unfortunately, the Pirates fell for the fifth straight game as the Providence Bruins went on to the 6-2 win in front of 6,306 fans at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

“If we have any chance to win every guy in here will have to do a good job and I didn’t do a good enough job,” said Pirates’ defenseman Eric Weinrich.

The Pirates came out strong despite the shake up in their line up, missing forwards’ Zenon Konopka, Curtis Glencross and Chris Durno, who were all involved in trades earlier in the day. Portland wasn’t able to contain the Bruins offensively and it would get them into trouble in the first period.

Exactly five minutes into the first period, Petr Kalus scored his sixth goal of the season as he picked up a nice feed from the back of the net by T.J. Trevelyan, putting it past Pirates’ netminder Michael Wall.

At 16:03, Kalus found the net once again off of a rebound to extend the Bruins lead to 2-0. Despite having some good offensive chances, the Pirates were unable to put anything together in the first period.

Portland continued their struggle on offense in the second period and seemed unable to get anything started. Providence would increase their lead to 3-0 at the 12:56 mark. Pascal Pelletier received a pass from T.J. Trevelyan and was able to get by the Pirates’ defense and Wall, giving Providence a more comfortable lead.

Portland answered back about four minutes later to cut the lead back to two. Geoff Peters scored his first of the season as he shot the puck from the harsh mark, lifting it over Philippe Sauve.

“I really felt I was more myself tonight then I have been these last seven games,” said Pirates forward Geoff Peters. “We can’t focus on the past and I think these guys that are coming in are going to be a big help. We are excited about them.”

Portland’s struggle did not end in the second period. They were unable to get it through to the net despite many chances. Mark Stuart scored his third goal of the season at 6:56 on the power play as the Bruins regain their three-goal lead.

The Pirates were not ready to fold as Matt Keith scored his seventh of the season at 9:55 to cut back into the Bruins lead as he skated in on a breakaway, backhanding the puck passed Sauve.

Providence not wanting to take any chances, started to pour on the offense in the third period as Ben Walters scored twice within 50 seconds for the Bruins in the third, putting the icing on the cake as the Pirates fell 6-2.

“Things need to change around here quickly and one game until the All-Star break, said Pirates Head Coach Kevin Dineen. “We need to take that game as a big stepping stone. “We have a lot of issues in our game right now, they have been minor things. If things fall apart like they have in these last two weeks, they become huge.”

Plank Notes:
– Curtis Glencross and Zenon Konopka were traded to Columbus Blue Jackets for Joe Motzko and Mark Hartigan earlier in the day. Hartigan was assigned to Anaheim, while Motzko was sent to Portland. Konopka will report to Columbus as Glencross is expected to be in uniform for Syracuse.
– The Ducks weren’t done making trades as Chris Durno was dealt to the Nashville Predators for center Shane Endicott. Endicott, 25, has played in 26 games with the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) this season, scoring 1 goal, 2 assists for 3 points with 18 penalty minutes. The 6-3, 214-pound center appeared in 41 games in 2005-06 with Pittsburgh (NHL), scoring 2 points (1G, 1A) with 43 PIM. Endicott made his NHL debut with the Penguins in 2001-2002 (four games). In total, he has played in 45 NHL games, scoring 3 points (1G, 2A)
– Motzko will now represent the Portland Pirates in the AHL All-Star Classic. Zenon Konopka will miss the All-Star Classic due to being recalled to Columbus.
– Joe Rullier was in the line up for his first game with the Portland Pirates since being acquired from the Manitoba Moose for Colby Genoway.
– The Pirates are in action next tomorrow when they take on the Lowell Devils at Tsongas Arena. Game Time is 7:05 EST.

Three Stars of the Game:
1. PRO – 9 Ben Walter
2. PRO – 16 Petr Kalus
3. PRO – 31 Philippe Sauve

Shots on Goal:
POR: 9-13-9=31
PRO: 8-5-10=23

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

Power Play Summary:
Portland Pirates PP – 0-for-1
Providence Bruins PP – 1-for-2

Scoring Summary:
1. PRO Kalus, (5) (Trevelyan, Walter), 5:00
1. PRO Kalus, (6) (Walter, Zinger), 16:03
2. PRO Pelletier, (12) (Trevelyan, Walter), 12:56
2. POR Peters, (1) (Salcido), 16:09
3. PRO Stuart, (3) (Krejci), 6:56 (PP)
3. POR Keith, (7) (Wilson, Carter), 9:55
3. PRO Walter, (15) (Versteeg, Reich), 14:34
3. PRO Walter, (16) (Karsums, Packard), 15:23

Penalty Summary:
1 – POR Shannon, 11:14 – Tripping , 2 min (PP)
1 – PRO Kalus, 11:30 – Tripping , 2 min (PP)
3 – POR Carter, 6:47 – Goaltender interference , 2 min (PP)

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