Maine Hockey Journal

Ryan leads Pirates to OT victory

Portland, ME – Bobby Ryan’s overtime goal 1:25 into the extra session propelled the Portland Pirates over the Providence Bruins 3-2 in front of a near capacity crowd of 6,655 of the Cumberland County Civic Center on Saturday night.

For Brandon Segal, it was much more than a win for the 24-year old native from North Delta, British Columbia. It was about re-establishing his form after having more than week a think about his game.

In his first eight games of the season, Segal was held without a point and by his own omission he wasn’t playing up to his potential, resulting in Pirates’ head coach Kevin Dineen sitting Segal both games last weekend.

“I think he’d be the first to admit that he was making the decision from me (to sit him) before tonight,” Dineen said.

After a hard week of practice, Segal earned his way back into the lineup and he certainly made the most of it fairly quickly into the game, scoring his first of two goals on the night.

“That’s what I’ve been looking for out of my winger groups,” said Dineen. “For someone to make to make a statement with their game, and (Segal) sure did that.”

Segal agreed.

“I’m happy to get my game back on track,” said Segal. “I wanted to get my game back on track and tonight’s the first step. Thing didn’t go the way I had planned in the first couple of games. I had (moved) away from my game, but I’ve got to keep it simple and just crash-and-bang, creating space for my teammates.”

At 3:56, Aaron Rome fired a shot from the point and Segal made sure to get his stick on the puck, deflecting it by Bruins goaltender Jordan Sigalet for the 1-0 lead.

The Pirates would make it difficult on themselves as Brian Salcido turned the puck over off the ensuing face-off; Jeff Hoggan poked the puck into the net to the tie the game at 1-1.

Portland’s Clay Wilson and Providence’s Martin Karsums Portland and Providence would trade power play goals in the second period.

In the third period, the Pirates regained the lead when Brandon Segal scored his second goal of the night, finishing off an odd-man rush at 5:35. It would be Segal’s 100th career AHL point.

Over the last 11 games, Portland has needed overtime in five of those contests. This would be no different, as Sean Curry would connect on a cross-ice feed from Jeff Hoggan, slipping the puck just inside the right post with 3:23 left in the game.

In overtime, the Pirates would find themselves on the power play when Vladimir Sobotka was whistled for high-sticking 26-seconds into the period.

The Pirates grabbed full advantage, setting a beautiful play by Andrew Ebbett and Jason King.

King fired the initial shot on net with the Pirates collapsing down low, Ebbett, at the right goal post sent a behind the back pass across the crease to Ryan, who lifted the puck into the open net.

Mike McKenna is proving to be a real nice find for the Pirates playing in his first game in near three weeks. He’d stop 34 shots on the night including several cross-ice attempts by Martin Karsums to remain undefeated.

“I’d almost have a lot of shot instead of two or three and you have to find a way to stay warm and find your rhythm again,” said McKenna. “We you haven’t played in a while it’s nice to have a little bit of work.”

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