Maine Hockey Journal

Pirates Deep-Six in Worcester

Worcester, MA – This doesn’t bode well for the Portland Pirates playoff hopes.

The Pirates are slowly falling out of the Atlantic Division playoff race as they again came up empty in the win column falling to the Worcester Sharks 3-2 in front of 5,117 at the DCU Center on Sunday afternoon.

The Pirates jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but couldn’t hold on as the Worcester Sharks scored the final three goals to extend their point lead to five points over the Pirates. The Lowell Devils also won 2-0 over the Hartford Wolf Pack and now are eight points up on the Pirates with 14 games remaining.

The task is becoming more and more difficult as the Pirates fail to find a way to put together a complete 60-minutes for more than one game at a time.

The Pirates stormed out in the first period, holding the Sharks to one shot on goal while being credited for 14 of their own.

Ryan Carter put the Pirates up 1-0 just 2:24 into the first period, driving to the front of the Sharks net, beating goaltender Thomas Greiss. Mike Hoffman and Doug O’Brien were credited with assists on the play.

At 9:16, Brian Salcido, at the left point, sent a wrist shot through traffic, beating Greiss as the Pirates pull out to a 2-0 lead.

In the second period, the Pirates appeared to be a bunch of hoodlums on ice instead of a hockey team as they were outshot 16-5 in the second period. Sebastien Caron made several highlight reel saves for Portland, but Tom Cavanagh would scored his first of two goals on night when he ripped a shot from the left face-off circle, beating Caron on the glove side at the 10:19 mark of the second period.

The third period wasn’t any better for Portland as they were still held to only five shots on goal, while the Sharks continued to pepper Caron. Mathieu Darche would tie the game at 2-2 just 3:29 into the period when Graham Mink beat a couple of Pirates defenseman around the net, before finding Darche at goalpost, waiting for the easy tap-in.

With Mark Hartigan in the box serving two minutes for roughing, Tom Cavanagh scored the go-ahead goal with 8:03 remaining in the game. Cavanaugh completed the cross-ice pass from Garrett Stafford, giving the Sharks a 3-2 lead.

Sebastien Caron played well despite the loss, stopping 28 of 31 shots. Thomas Greiss made 22 saves of 24 shots for the win.

Plank Notes:
– Despite losing the game, the Pirates won the season-series with a record of 6-3-1. Portland also won the first annual Unum Challenge.
– The Pirates return to the road on Wednesday when they travel to the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI to take on the Bruins. Game time is 7:05pm

Three Stars of the Game:
1. WOR – Tom Cavanagh (2G, GWG, +1)
2. WOR – Mathieu Darche (1G, 1A, +2)
3. WOR – Graham Mink (1A)

Shots on Goal:
POR 14-5-5=24
WOR 1-16-14=31

Goals by Period:
POR 2-0-0=2
WOR 0-1-2=3

Power Play Summary:
Portland Pirates PP – 0-for-5
Worcester Sharks PP – 1-for-5

Goaltending Summary:
POR – Caron (L) (11-9-4) 31 Shots/28 Saves
WOR – Greiss (W) (18-13-2) 24 Shots/22 Saves

Scoring Summary:
1. POR Carter, (12) (Hoffman, O’Brien), 2:24
1. POR Salcido, (7) (Melin, Wirtanen), 9:16
2. WOR Cavanagh, (10) (Walsh, Darche), 10:19
3. WOR Darche, (31) (Kaspar, Mink), 3:29
3. WOR Cavanagh, (11) (Stafford, Kaspar), 11:57 (PP)

Penalty Summary:
1 – WOR Armstrong, 14:58 – Hooking , 2 min (PP)
1 – WOR Prudden, 19:23 – Tripping , 2 min (PP)
2 – POR Miller, 1:09 – Interference , 2 min (PP)
2 – POR Amadio, 2:20 – Fighting , 5 min
2 – WOR Mink, 2:20 – Fighting , 5 min
2 – POR Wirtanen, 4:29 – Hooking , 2 min (PP)
2 – WOR Ferguson, 5:17 – Slashing , 2 min (PP)
2 – POR Amadio, 13:48 – Interference , 2 min (PP)
2 – WOR Rome, 16:32 – Charging , 2 min (PP)
2 – POR Miller, 17:42 – Hooking , 2 min (PP)
2 – WOR Armstrong, 20:00 – High-sticking , 2 min (PP)
3 – POR Hartigan, 10:30 – Roughing , 2 min (PP)

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