Maine Hockey Journal

Pirates in Irons

Providence, RI– The Portland Pirates headed down to Providence once again this weekend to face the Bruins. The Pirates came in having lost six straight games, nine on the road, and three straight to the Providence Bruins. Portland hoped that the All-Star break was all that they needed to bounce back

The break did nothing to help the Pirates as they fell to the Bruins by a score of 6-1 in front of 8,740 people at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

The Pirates came out looking strong in the first period, outshooting the Bruins 5-1 in the first five minutes. It would not last long as the Bruins started to pour on the offense. Halfway through the period, the Pirates defense fumbled the puck in their defensive zone and T.J. Trevelyan recovered the puck, beating Pirates’ goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris for his fifteenth goal of the year.

Providence didn’t waste any time in taking a 2-0 lead only 37 seconds after their first goal. Versteeg notched his 22nd goal of the year with assists by Matt Lashoff and Jeff Hoggan.

The Pirates showed their frustration after Versteeg’s goal, taking a rash of penalties to give the Bruins a 5-on-3 man advantage. Providence used the advantage to extend their lead to 3-0.

The Pirates had to find a way to change the momentum in the second period, but the Bruins started where they left off in the first. Less then three minutes in to the second period, Nate DiCasmirro scored his 6th goal of the season.

The Pirates started to show life around the eight minute mark of the second period when Brett Skinner streaked in to the Portland offensive zone, scoring his sixth goal of the year.

The Pirates outshot the Bruins 10-7 in the second period, but were unable to find the back of the net despite some great chances. They ended the second period the same way they ended the first with a three goal deficit.

Just 38 seconds into the third period, Kalus scored his ninth goal of the year. The Pirates defense gave up the puck for the second time in the game and the Bruins regained their four goal lead.

The Bruins salted the Pirates wounds with another goal at 8:27. It came from Jeff Hoggan, his first goal of the season with Providence.

The Pirates were unable to get anything going offensively as their frustration showed. The physicality of the game grew as time wound down and the frustrated Pirates had to wait another day to break their losing streak

Plank Notes:
– Simon Ferguson and Trevor Gillies were reassigned to the Augusta Lynx of the ECHL.

– Goaltender Sebastien Caron was reassigned to Portland

– Pirates forward Joe Motzko leads the team in the top three offensive categories, goals (13) assists (24) and points (37).

– The Pirates have lost their last seven games marking their longest losing streak of the season.

– The Pirates have lost a franchise record 10 consecutive road games. The previous record was six losses from October 30, 1995 – November 24, 1995. The Pirates have lost their last seven road games by just one goal.

– The Pirates are in 5th place in the Atlantic Division; this is the Pirates lowest position in the standings since they began their affiliation with Anaheim on May 23, 2005.

– Pirates are in action next on Saturday February 3rd against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at home. The game is at 7:05 EST.

Three Stars of the Game:
1. PRO – 10 Kris Versteeg

2. PRO – 21 Matt Lashoff

3. PRO – 31 Philippe Sauve

Shots on Goal:
POR: 10-10-4=24
PRO: 9-7-12=38

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

Power Play Summary:
Portland Pirates PP – 0-for-3
Providence Bruins PP – 1-for-6

Scoring Summary:
1. PRO Trevelyan, (15) , 10:03

1. PRO Versteeg, (22) (Lashoff, Hoggan), 10:40

1. PRO Lashoff, (7) (Dempsey, Karsums), 13:41 (PP)

2. PRO DiCasmirro, (6) (Curry, Dempsey), 2:22

2. POR Skinner, (6) (Motzko, Endicott), 7:57

3. PRO Kalus, (9) (Karsums), 0:38

3. PRO Hoggan, (1) (Versteeg, Kalus), 8:27

Penalty Summary:

1 – POR Carter, 11:41 – Unsportsmanlike conduct , 2 min (PP)

1 – POR Wirtanen, 13:17 – Hooking , 2 min (PP)

1 – PRO Zinger, 16:33 – Hooking , 2 min (PP)

1 – POR Keith, 18:45 – Interference , 2 min (PP)

2 – PRO Karsums, 8:56 – Tripping , 2 min (PP)

2 – POR Shannon, 15:22 – Holding , 2 min (PP)

3 – PRO Kalus, 0:42 – Unsportsmanlike conduct , 2 min (PP)

3 – POR Rullier, 9:12 – High-sticking , 2 min (PP)

3 – POR Rullier, 9:12 – Roughing , 2 min (PP)

3 – POR Peters, 15:47 – Fighting , 5 min

3 – PRO Stuart, 15:47 – Fighting , 5 min

3 – POR Carter, 15:54 – Fighting , 5 min

3 – PRO Hoggan, 15:54 – Fighting , 5 min

3 – POR Endicott, 16:17 – Roughing , 2 min

3 – POR Wilson, 16:17 – Roughing , 2 min

3 – PRO Curry, 16:17 – Boarding , 2 min

3 – PRO Curry, 16:17 – Roughing , 2 min

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