Maine Hockey Journal

LIVE! In Game Blog – Portland Pirates vs Manchester Monarchs

Portland, ME – Twenty-five minutes to warm ups, the CCCC crowd is sparse at the moment, but not too worry, it should be rockin next Friday as the Pirates open their season against the Springfield Falcons.

Portland Starters: Brian Salcido, Andy Schneider, Ryan Dingle, Andrew Ebbett, Jason King, JP Levasseur

Manchester Starters: Brendan Buckley, Troy Milam, Matt Moulson, David Meckler, Patrick Jarrett Erik Ersberg

Before the game, the Pirates did a really classy thing by having Lewiston Maineiacs President Matt McKnight in attendance to award former Maineiacs forward Marc-Andre Cliche with is ring from last year’s championship team. Cliche was drafted by the New York Rangers in the second round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded last year to the Los Angeles Kings as part of the Sean Avery trade.

First Period:
0:00 – Pirates win the opening face-off, Ebbett with a nice chance early

0:59 – POR – Matt Christie shot from the left face-off circle stopped by Ersberg

3:13 – MAN Penalty -Hooking by Max Taylor on Bobby Bolt

Andy Schneider has looked good so far, playing the body well….He’s not flashy, but he’s getting the job done.

6:12 – Cliche jabs at the puck as Levasseur stands tall in the crease, making the save
These two have a past as they both played in the QMJHL last season, Cliche played in Lewiston, while Levasseur played in Royun Noranda

8:31 – POR Penalty – Slashing on A. Schneider

9:29 POR Penalty – Joe Callahan is off for hooking, Monarchs on a 5-on-3

9:46Monarchs PP Goal – Patrick Hersley scored on a one-timer, 1-0 Monarchs

10:00POR Penalty – Mike Hoffman off for tripping, Manchester again has a 5-on-3

Pirates killed off the two-man advantage with some great goaltending by Levasseur. Portland is currently being out shot 14 -4

15:05MAN Pen – Lauri Tukonen off for interference, Pirates on the PP!

16:50 – MAN Pen – Trevor Lewis is called for hooking, Pirates have a short 5-on-3

Pirates forward Jason King was tripped by Richard Petoit, he sits for 2 minutes. Pirates have a 5-on-3 for the remainder of the period.

The boo birds are out as the crowd is not happy with the Pirates, too much passing and no shooting.

Mike Hoffman and Drew Bagnall exchange greetings at the end of the period. Both will sit 5 minutes for fighting.

Second Period:
Monarchs buzzing early, several chances on net. Portland is being hampered in getting the puck out of the zone.

Marc-Andre Cliche rings a shot of the goaltender’s best friend. Midway into the period, the Pirates are being out played.

7:44 – POR Penalty – Clay Wilson sits for hooking. Monarchs head to the PP.

9:29 – Monarch Goal – Pat Hersley fires a shot from the point, beats Levasseur. 2-0 Monarchs

Brock Hooton find the penalty box. Pirates will be on the PP. Monarchs change goaltender putting Curtis Darling in net.

10:26 – PIRATES GOAL – Didn’t long as Andy Schneider fires a bullet, beating Darling.

Matt Keith is called for interference at center ice.

Troy Milam isn’t too far behind as he heads to the sin bin for two minutes.

11:20 – PIRATES GOAL – Andrew Ebbett snaps a shot from the hash mark, tying the game at 2-2. Assists from Wirtanen and Rome. Pirates look much better after getting the first goal.

15:26 – POR Penalty – Joe Callahan enters the box again for hooking.

17:27 – MAN Penalty – Trevor Lewis is called for boarding after he crunched Brett Festerling

17:56 – PIRATES GOAL – Shot from the right point by Clay Wilson, beat Darling upstairs. Assists by Schneider and Kieth. Schneider has two points so far in the game (1G, 1A).

19:22 – MAN Penalty – Max Taylor goes off for hooking, Pirates to the PP for the rest of the period

19:32 – MAN Penalty – Brenden Buckley puts the Monarchs down two men as he’s called for high-sticking. Pirates will have a 5-on-3 power play to start the third period.

Third Period:
5:10 – PIRATES GOAL – Clay Wilson scored his second of the game as they build a 4-2 lead. Assists to Matt Keith and Adrian Veiderman.

7:34 – MAN Penalty – Lauri Tukonen is off for interference. Portland is on the power play.

11:03 – MAN Penalty – Brendan Buckley heads to the penalty box after interfering on Matt Christie. The Pirates will go on another PP.

11:27 – MAN Penalty – The Pirates will be on another 5-on-3 after Richard Petiot was called for high sticking.

11:52 – PIRATES GOAL – Clay Wilson finds Aaron Rome who lays a blistering shot on net. Andrew Ebbett finds the rebound and flips it by Darling, giving the Pirates a 5-2 lead.

GAME OVER – Pirates win 5-2

Portland will travel to Berlin, NH tomorrow in a rematch against the Monarchs.

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