Maine Hockey Journal

A Night of Many First as Pirates Play Spoiler

Portland, ME – The Portland Pirates played the role of spoiler on Saturday as they defeated the Lowell Devils, 5-2 before a crowd of 5,954 at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

The Devils needing a win to keep their hopes alive for the final playoff spot in the Atlantic Division found themselves down 1-0 after one period of play.

Brian Salcido threw the puck to the front of the net, but Tim Brent tipped the shot by Devils netminder Jordan Parise at 11:56 of the first period. Bobby Ryan was credited with an assist on the play.

At 3:02 of the of the second period, while on the power play, the Devils tied the game at 1-1 as Chris Minard scored his 32 goal of the season. With Greg Amadio in the box for holding the stick, Ryan Murphy whistled a cross-ice pass to Minard, who ripped the shot under the crossbar.

Drew Miller regained the lead for the Pirates when he blasted a one-timer set up by Bobby Ryan, beating Parise at 10:21 of the second period.

Bobby Bolt scored his first professional goal as he fired a shot through a screen past Parise with 1:55 left in the middle stanza.

At 10:56 of the third period, Matt Christie also scored his first professional goal on an amazing play as he snapped a shot on Parise, but off the rebound, he took a second whacked at the puck while falling to the ice as the puck slid by Parise to give the Pirates a 4-1 lead.

The Devils pulled back to within two goals as he labeled a shot under the crossbar from close range, beating Pirates goaltender David McKee at 15:44 of the third period.

Garett Bembridge added an empty-net goal with 52 seconds left as the Pirates sealed the deal on the victory.

Plank Notes:
– Pirates wrap up the regular season with a game against the Hartford Wolf Pack at the Cumberland County Civic Center. Game Time 4:05pm

Three Stars of the Game:
1. POR – Tim Brent (1G, 1A, +1)
2. POR – Bobby Bolt (1G, GWG, +1)
3. POR – Matt Christie (1G)

Shots on Goal:
POR 15-8-10=33
LOW 6-19-6=31

Goals by Period:
POR 1-2-2=5
LOW 0-1-1=2

Goaltending Summary:
POR: David McKee (5-5-0) 31 Shots/ 29 Saves
LOW Jordan Praise (17-12-2) 32 Shots/ 28 Saves

Power Play Summary:
Portland Pirates PP – 1-for-6
Lowell Devils PP – 1-for-4

Scoring Summary:
1. POR Brent, (16) (Salcido, Ryan), 11:56
2. LOW Minard, (32) (Murphy, Pihlman), 3:02 (PP)
2. POR Miller, (16) (Ryan, Brent), 10:31 (PP)
2. POR Bolt, (1) (Kronschnabel), 18:05
3. POR Christie, (1) (Bembridge, Gillies), 10:56
3. LOW Pelley, (16) (Clarkson, Pandolfo), 15:44
3. POR Bembridge, (5) (Carter, Wilson), 19:08 (EN)

Penalty Summary:
1 – POR Gillies, 6:12 – Roughing , 2 min (PP)
1 – LOW Vrana, 9:04 – Holding , 2 min (PP)
1 – LOW Harant, 9:50 – Elbowing , 2 min (PP)
1 – LOW Pihlman, 13:08 – Closing hand on puck , 2 min (PP)
1 – POR Amadio, 17:54 – Tripping , 2 min (PP)
2 – POR Amadio, 1:27 – Holding the stick , 2 min (PP)
2 – POR Christie, 3:37 – Hooking , 2 min (PP)
2 – POR Carter, 6:00 – Charging , 2 min (PP)
2 – POR Amadio, 7:29 – Cross-checking , 2 min (PP)
2 – LOW Fraser, 10:11 – Holding , 2 min (PP)
3 – POR Blanchard, 20:00 – High-sticking , 2 min

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