Maine Hockey Journal

Pirates Playoffs Sailing Away

Providence, RI – It’s slowly the beginning of the end for the Portland Pirates as they try to reach the fourth and final playoff spot in the Atlantic Division.

A poor first period was too much to overcome as the Portland Pirates dropped another disappointing game, 5-3 to the hands of the Providence Bruins in front of 3,277 at the Dunkin Donuts Center.

The Pirates no longer in control of their own destiny after losing three games in a row, make it increasingly more difficult for themselves to make a playoff push. With time running out, inconsistency continues to be a problem for the Pirates and it showed its ugly head once again against the Bruins.

Just 3:24 into the opening period, David Krejci sent a harmless shot on goal, but a deflection off Pirates’ goaltender Gerald Coleman, gave the Bruins the early 1-0 lead.

The Pirates outshot 11-3 in the first period, still managed a goal just as Aaron Downey was about to come out of the penalty box. Matt Keith tipped a shot by Bjorn Melin from the top of the left face-off circle, beating Bruins’ goaltender Hannu Toivonen at 10:13 of the first period.

It wasn’t long before the Pirates were trailing again as David Krejci pulled Coleman out of the net. Petr Kalus was there to stuff the puck into the net just 11 seconds later.

T.J. Trevelyan made it 3-1 at 15:39 of the period, beating Coleman through the five-hole with a fluttering shot from the point.

That would signal the end of the night for Coleman after he allowed three goals on 11 shots. Sebastien Caron replaced Coleman to start the second period.

The Pirates would respond in a big way in the second period.

At 4:17, Drew Miller pulled the Pirates to within one goal, with a backhand shot from the right face-off dot, which slipped by Toivonen on the blocker side.

Geoff Peters would deflate the crowd at the Dunkin Donuts Center as he tied the game, 3-3 at 6:40 of the second period. Peters broke into the neutral zone, scooping the puck up for a breakaway, again beating Toivonen with a backhand shot upstairs.

The Pirates nearly had a chance to score the go-ahead goal late in the third period as Portland sustained pressure in the zone for several minutes. Drew Miller had an open net, but lifted to high over the crossbar.

That would come back to haunt Portland in the third period. Just 1:07 into the period, David Krejci scored his second goal of the game as Jay Leach fired a shot from the top of the slot; Krejci redirected the puck between the legs of the Caron as the Bruins regained the 4-3 lead.
Frustration began to flare up for the Pirates as Greg Amadio was hit from behind by Petr Kalus. Doug O’Brien jumped to the aid of Amadio and it wasn’t long before everyone on the ice had a partner.

O’Brien and Amadio were given misconduct penalties, leaving the Pirates only with four defenseman.

The Bruins extended their lead back to two goals, when Nate DiCasmirro out-waited Caron, in the butterfly, sneaking the puck by him on the near side at 3:56 of the period of the third period.

The Pirates could only muster two shots on goal in the final period, as dissatisfaction was evident on the part of the Pirates. Aaron Rome was called for a 10-minute misconduct, leaving a Pirates defensive core, which was already short, with only three defenseman for the majority of the third period.

Plank Notes:
– The Pirates fall to 8-19-2-3 when giving up the first goal.
– The Providence Bruins have won the last five meeting to take the season series as the Pirates finished 4-8-0 against Providence.
– On Friday, the Pirates will be fighting for their playoff lives as they take on the Lowell Devils at the Cumberland County Civic Center. Game time is 7:05pm.

Three Stars of the Game:
1. PRO – David Krejci (2G, 1A, +3, GWG)
2. PRO – Nate DiCasmirro (1G, 1A, +2)
3. PRO – Mark Stuart (2A, +1)

Shots on Goal:
POR 3-13-2=18
PRO 11-4-9=24

Goals by Period:
POR 1-2-0=3
PRO 3-0-2=5

Power Play Summary:
Portland Pirates PP – 1-for-4
Providence Bruins PP – 0-for-6

Goaltending Summary: (Starters in Italics)
POR – Sebastien Caron (L) (11-10-4) 13 Shots/11 Saves
Gerald Coleman (3-3-0) 11 Shots/8 Saves
PRO – Hannu Toivonen (W) (9-8-0) 18 Shots/ 15 Saves

Scoring Summary
1. PRO Krejci, (26) (DiCasmirro, Packard), 3:24
1. POR Keith, (12) (Melin, Weinrich), 10:13 (PP)
1. PRO Kalus, (13) (Krejci, Bentivoglio), 10:24
1. PRO Trevelyan, (22) (Stuart, Packard), 15:39
2. POR Miller, (11) (Motzko, Hartigan), 4:17
2. POR Peters, (7) (Hoffman, Carter), 6:40
3. PRO Krejci, (27) (Leach, Stuart), 1:07
3. PRO DiCasmirro, (9) (Thompson, Dempsey), 3:56

Penalty Summary:
1 – POR Peters, 5:10 – Slashing , 2 min (PP)
1 – PRO Downey, 8:15 – Roughing , 2 min (PP)
1 – POR Amadio, 10:45 – Tripping , 2 min (PP)
1 – POR Ferguson, 15:41 – Fighting , 5 min
1 – PRO Thompson, 15:41 – Fighting , 5 min
1 – PRO Trevelyan, 17:26 – Tripping , 2 min (PP)
2 – POR Served By Keith, 1:45 – Bench minor – Too many men , 2 min (PP)
2 – PRO Kalus, 8:26 – Hooking , 2 min (PP)
2 – POR Served By Keith, 9:36 – Bench minor – Too many men , 2 min (PP)
3 – POR Amadio, 1:42 – Fighting , 5 min
3 – POR Amadio, 1:42 – Game misconduct – Secondary altercation (47.6), 10 min
3 – POR O’Brien, 1:42 – Instigating , 2 min
3 – POR O’Brien, 1:42 – Fighting , 5 min
3 – POR O’Brien, 1:42 – Misconduct , 10 min
3 – PRO Curry, 1:42 – Fighting , 5 min
3 – PRO Curry, 1:42 – Game misconduct – Secondary altercation (47.6), 10 min
3 – PRO Kalus, 1:42 – Boarding , 2 min
3 – PRO Kalus, 1:42 – Fighting , 5 min
3 – POR Ferguson, 6:57 – Fighting , 5 min
3 – POR Peters, 6:57 – Roughing , 2 min (PP)
3 – POR Rome, 6:57 – Misconduct , 10 min
3 – PRO Zinger, 6:57 – Fighting , 5 min
3 – POR Hoffman, 9:35 – High-sticking , 2 min (PP)
3 – PRO Zinger, 17:53 – Tripping , 2 min (PP)

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