Maine Hockey Journal

Pirates Break Out of Rough Seas

Portland, Maine– The Portland Pirates couldn’t afford to lose there eighth in a row as they faced the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Saturday night. This was the second meeting this season between these two teams. Only eight players from the current Pirates roster played in the Sound Tigers 2-0 shut out of the Pirates 2-0 back on November 4th.

The Pirates were finally were able to break their losing streak, beating the Sound Tiger 5-1 in front of 6,657 at the Cumberland County Civic Center

“Tonight was an ideal game and what we need to try to do every night” said Pirates’ center Shane Endicott. “I think a big reason why we did well tonight is because we won a lot of our one-on-one battles. It was a great overall team effort.”

The Pirates played the first period with determination to break their losing streak. Ryan Shannon was missing from the Pirates line up for precautionary reasons. He took a big hit in Providence, but it didn’t phase Portland at all. They poured on the offense, outshooting Bridgeport 10-1 in the first ten minutes.

Pirates scored their first goal of the season against Bridgeport at 4:22. Drew Miller passed the puck to Matt Keith, who was right in front of the net to give Portland a 1-0 lead.

Just over seven minutes later, the Pirates doubled their lead when Keith wrapped around the net and passed to Drew Miller, who tapped it into the wide open net.

Shane Endicott scored his first goal as a Pirate at the 13:39 mark. He one-timed it from the right face off dot. The Pirates took their 3-0 lead into the second period along with 1:11 remaining in a powerplay.

Portland was unable to convert on the powerplay in the second period against the Sound Tigers, who have the best penalty killing in the league (89.3%).

Bridgeport scored their first goal on the powerplay at 14:02. Tim Brent had 12 seconds remaining on his penalty for holding when Sound Tiger’s Brandon Nolan took a slap shot from right inside the blue line, beating Sebastien Caron. It was Caron’s second start with the Pirates this season and his first appearance since he broke his finger when he was up in Anaheim

Tim Brent answered with a goal of his own with 13 seconds remaining in the second period. The Pirates were trying to stuff the puck by Bridgeport’s netminder Wade Dubielewicz. Brent put the rebound pass a sprawled Dubielewicz for his 11th goal of the season.

Portland ended the second period still dominating the game as they had outshot the Sound Tigers 35-13. The Pirates have struggled in the third period all season long and only a week ago lost to Lowell after having a two goal lead. Portland had to come out and play a strong third period to be able to pull off a win.

The Pirates hung on to their lead despite being outshot in the third period. Caron came up with some great saves to help Portland maintain their lead. Caron did not know that he was getting the start till after morning practice.

“I wasn’t even suppose to dress tonight” said Caron. My finger is still broken but I’m wearing protection on it. It didn’t feel that bad.”

At 12:56, Aaron Rome got his fifth goal of the season. He took a huge one timer from Brett Skinner at the blue line to give Portland a little more breathing room.

It was a well deserved win by everyone from the net out. Caron came up with big saves when we needed,” said Pirates’ Coach Kevin Dineen.

Plank Notes:
-Goaltender Sebastien Caron played his first game with Portland after being reassigned
– The Pirates have lost a franchise record 10 consecutive road games.
– The Pirates are in tied for 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.
-Mike Wall hurt himself during morning skate and was forced to miss his scheduled start
– Pirates are in action next on Wednesday February 7 against the Hershey Bears at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA. The game is at 7:05 EST.

Three Stars of the Game:

1. POR – 15 Matt Keith
2. POR – 27 Drew Miller
3. POR – 3 Aaron Rome

Shots on Goal:
POR: 21-9-11=43
BRI: 4-9-11=24

Goals by Period:
POR: 3-1-1=5
BRI: 0-1-0=1

Power Play Summary:

Portland Pirates PP – 1-for-3
Bridgeport Sound Tiger PP – 1-for-2

Scoring Summary:

1 – BRI Mitchell, 11:25 – Cross-checking , 2 min
1 – POR Carter, 11:25 – Interference , 2 min
1 – BRI Berry, 19:10 – Interference , 2 min (PP)
2 – POR Rullier, 4:35 – Interference , 2 min (PP)
2 – POR Brent, 12:14 – Holding , 2 min (PP)
3 – BRI Berry, 9:37 – Cross-checking , 2 min (PP)
3 – BRI Berry, 9:37 – Unsportsmanlike conduct , 2 min (PP)

Penalty Summary:

1 – BRI Mitchell, 11:25 – Cross-checking , 2 min
1 – POR Carter, 11:25 – Interference , 2 min
1 – BRI Berry, 19:10 – Interference , 2 min (PP)
2 – POR Rullier, 4:35 – Interference , 2 min (PP)
2 – POR Brent, 12:14 – Holding , 2 min (PP)
3 – BRI Berry, 9:37 – Cross-checking , 2 min (PP)
3 – BRI Berry, 9:37 – Unsportsmanlike conduct , 2 min (PP)

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