Maine Hockey Journal

Pirates Feast on Fish, Three Way Tie for Fourth

Worcester, MA – If the Portland Pirates want any shot at making the playoffs, they will want many more performances like they one they had tonight.

The Pirates played a solid, gritty, heart-filled game for a full 60 minutes and the results paid off as they defeated the Worcester Sharks 5-3 in front of 5,292 at the DCU Center in Worcester Mass. on Friday night. The Pirates win over the Sharks combined with Lowell’s 6-1 loss against Hartford means Portland, Lowell and Worcester are all tied for 4th place with 59 points.

“Both teams are playing hard, that was a really hard fought game,” said Dineen. “Tonight there seemed to be a consistent effort throughout the lineup.”

Kent Huskins would give the Pirates a 1-0 lead at 7:27 of the first period. Mark Hartigan skated into the Pirates zone, sending a backhanded pass to the tape of Huskins, who skated to the slot ripping the puck over the shoulder of Sharks’ goaltender Dimitri Patzold.

With Geoff Peters in the box serving a penalty for hooking, the Sharks would respond tying the game at 1-1. Mike Iggulden, standing to the left of the goaltender’s crease, batted the puck by Pirates’ goaltender Sebastien Caron as Graham Mink slipped the pass to Iggulden’s stick from behind the net with 8:30 left in the first period.

The Pirates were significantly outshot in the second period, 15-4, but the Pirates would pull ahead 2-1 as Kent Huskins sent a 110 foot pass to Joe Motzko, streaking into the Pirates zone. Motzko cut across the slot, sending a quick snap shot, beating Patzold stick side.

“It was a one goal game right through out,” said Dineen. “It really see-sawed. It was one goal, it was tied. I was just proud that [the team] kept coming back.”

Again, the Sharks would tie the game late in the period as a scrum ensued around the Pirates crease, Caron couldn’t corral the loose puck before Graham lifted it over a sprawled out Caron with 4:08 left in the period.

Much like the first and second period, the Pirates scored the first goal of period. While on a power play as a result of an altercation at the end of the second period, Geoff Peters scored his fourth goal of the season just 1:59 into the period. Matt Keith at the top of the slot fired a shot toward net, but Peters intercepted the puck and slid a backhander past Patzold, giving the Pirates a 3-2 lead.

Riley Armstrong pulled the Sharks even at the 10:51 mark of the third period, walking in on Caron from left face-off circle and stuffing the shot to the far side.

Pirates’ center Joe Motzko gave the Pirates the lead for good in the third period as he let slapshot go from the slot, beating an unsuspecting Patzold just 1:43 later, putting the Pirates up 4-3.

Sebastien Caron stopped 26 of 29 shots, but none where more spectacular then in the closing seconds of the game as Josh Prudden fired a shot from the top of the crease, Caron was out of position, but was able to get a piece of the puck only to have Tomas Plihal take a swipe at the puck before Caron could get his glove on it at the goal line.

What was even more amazing was the fact that Caron played all 60 minutes despite being incredibly ill.

“For some reason I didn’t feel that sharp tonight, the guys [stood] up with me and we got the win,” said Pirates goaltender Sebastien Caron. “I was really sick, I [fought nausea] between periods. It was not my greatest game, but I didn’t want to give up.”

Simon Ferguson added an empty net goal with 13 seconds left to seal the game for Portland.

Plank Notes:
– The Anaheim Ducks announced earlier today that they have traded forward Shane Endicott to the Dallas Stars for Future Considerations. In nine games with the Pirates, he scored one goal, two assists for three points and four penalty minutes.
– The Portland Pirates have recalled forward Trevor Gillies from the Augusta Lynx of the ECHL. In 30 games with the Pirates this season, Gilles is scoreless with 94 penalty minutes.
– The Pirates have also recalled forward Garett Bembridge from the Augusta Lynx of the ECHL. In 15 games with the Pirates, he’s scored three goals, two assists for 5 points and 34 penalty minutes.
– The Binghamton Senators and the City of Binghamton have been awarded the 2008 All-Star Classic. The game will take place at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton, New York. Dates for the game have yet to be determined.

Three Stars of the Game:
1. POR – Joe Motzko (2G, GWG, +1)
2. POR – Kent Huskins (1G, 1A, +1)
3. WOR – Graham Mink (1G, 1A)

Shot on Goal:
POR 12-4-14 = 30
WOR 7-15-7 = 29

Goals by Period:
POR 1-1-3=5
WOR 1-1-1=3

Power Play Summary:
Portland Pirates PP – 1-for-5
Worcester Sharks PP – 1-for-4

Scoring Summary:
1. POR Huskins, ( 3 ) (Hartigan, Wilson), 7:27
1. WOR Iggulden, ( 20 ) (Mink, Darche), 11:30 (PP)
2. POR Motzko, ( 18 ) (Huskins), 9:40
2. WOR Mink, ( 14 ) (Cavanagh, Plihal), 15:52
3. POR Peters, ( 4 ) (Keith, Rome), 1:59 (PP)
3. WOR Armstrong, ( 15 ) (Kaspar), 10:51
3. POR Motzko, ( 19 ) (Wilson, Salcido), 12:34
3. POR Ferguson, ( 5 ) (Carter, Hartigan), 19:47 (EN)

Penalty Summary:
1 – WOR Stevenson, 0:55 – Hooking , 2 min (PP)
1 – WOR Stafford, 2:35 – Boarding , 2 min (PP)
1 – WOR Prudden, 7:41 – Interference , 2 min (PP)
1 – POR Peters, 10:27 – Hooking , 2 min (PP)
1 – POR Peters, 16:23 – Hooking , 2 min (PP)
2 – POR Huskins, 0:19 – Major – High-sticking , 5 min (PP)
2 – POR Weinrich, 6:45 – Tripping , 2 min (PP)
2 – WOR Darche, 16:56 – Hooking , 2 min (PP)
2 – WOR Stafford, 20:00 – Roughing , 2 min (PP)

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