Maine Hockey Journal

Pirates look to rebound after disastrous weekend

Portland, ME – The Pirates struggled this past weekend, going winless in their recent trip to Massachusetts. In all three games, the Pirates scored first and held leads for extended periods of time before falling victim to defensive lapses, which allowed their opponents back into the game, quickly seizing the game’s momentum and lead within minutes.

“That’s really the issue,” said Pirates’ Head Coach Kevin Dineen. “We’re creating a lot more offensive chances and we’re carrying the play a lot of the time, but when we breakdown we don’t mess around, we breakdown hard and it comes in big groups (of goals).”

On Friday, Portland gave up the lead after the Falcons scored two goals within 31 seconds. Against Worcester on Saturday, Portland allowed the Sharks to score three goals within 2:12 including two goals within 31 seconds apart. Portland regained their composure afterward, scoring another goal to pull within a goal, but by then the damage was done.

To end the weekend, Clay Wilson gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead after one period of play, but within 2:15 of the second period, the Devils established a 2-1 lead on their way to the win.

“We’ve had lapses in our game since going back to the first game of the year, said Pirates defenseman Aaron Rome. “We’re playing pretty well and then we go for a two, three or four minute stretch and not play so well and they (opponents) score a couple goals. Those goals will really kill you, especially if they come in bunches and then you find yourself down.”

King Named Player of the Week:
The Portland Pirates named Jason King as Pirates Player of the Week. King scored a goal in each of his first three games with the Pirates this season and had at least one point in all four games he’s played this season.

The 6-1,195-pound native of Corner Brook, Newfoundland scored a goal and an assist in the Pirates 6-4 loss at Springfield on Friday night. The next night, King scored a goal in the first period to extend his goal-scoring streak to four games in the 3-2 Pirates loss to the Sharks at the DCU Center in Worcester.

On Sunday afternoon, King recorded an assist on the Pirates only goal scored by Clay Wilson as the Pirates fell 4-1 to the Lowell Devils. With the point, he extended his current points-scoring streak to four games.

Prior to the rejoining the Pirates, King spent two games with the Pirates, NHL affiliate, the Anaheim Ducks, going scoreless in the both games. He will join “The Morning Jab” on WJAB 1440AM/95.5FM with Shoe and Joe on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Following the interview, fans will have a chance to win free Pirates tickets.

Portland will try to rebound from a tough weekend with two games at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

On Saturday, October 20, the Pirates will face-off against their rival the Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles Kings) at 7:05 pm. Before the game, the first 4,000 fans will receive a coupon from Sudzie Autowash for a free carwash and discounts on food from Chicago Dogs.

The Pirates will look for a little redemption on Sunday, October 21 as they take on the Springfield Falcons (Edmonton Oilers) at 4:05 pm. After the game, fans will be able to take part in the first “Skate with the Team” of the year.

For tickets, call the Cumberland County Civic Center Box Office at (207) 775-3458.

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