Maine Hockey Journal

The Pirates were a ragged bunch

The Portland Pirates dropped a tough game today at home to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. In a 2-1 defeat, the Pirates had a difficult time finding offense as they looked like tired bunch, which spent the better part of a week on the road.

In the first period, it looked like they were toying Bridgeport, but that wasn’t the case as the game wore on.

With 53 seconds left in the second period, Tambellini scored what was effectively the game-winner. The third period was irrelevant as far as the game was concerned. The Pirates were a tired bunch and with the week off they should look and feel better for Friday against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

With the loss, the Pirates had their point-streak snapped at seven games (6-0-0-1); they had their home winning streak stopped at four games. Petteri Wirtanen had his points-scoring streak stopped at 11 games. Still the Pirates have earned points in 14 of 15 games, dating back to a 6-2 loss against the Monarchs in Orono, Maine.

Ominous news coming from the Pirates locker room today was the Pirates loss of Brian Salcido for the week. He suffered an undisclosed injury in the game against Hartford on Saturday. He was evaluated today and will be out at least a week and a determination on his status for the All-Star Game will be later this week. The Pirates also lost the services of Michal Birner, who will be about until after the All-Star break.

The Pirates did receive a friendly face back in Portland as Geoff Peters returned the Pirates line up after missing the 10 months due to a hip injury. After going through multiple surgeries over the summer to correct the problems in his hip, he feels in the best shape of his life and is ready to put on the Pirates jersey. He was actually worried in his time with the Lynx that he would never wear a Pirates jersey again, which speaks to the character of Peters. In his first game back, he didn’t disappoint with a decent amount of jump in his game and he managed to get a fight in during the third period.

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