Maine Hockey Journal

Ryan is Anaheim bound; Pirates steamroll over Sound Tigers

It looks like Bobby Ryan has played his last days in a Portland Pirates uniform.

Recalled earlier today by the Ducks because Corey Perry suffered a gruesome injury to his right thigh, Ryan will be thrown into the fire to help provide Anaheim with some desperately needed offense.

With Perry expected to be out a minimum six weeks, it could be the second round of the NHL playoff before he could return. The Pirates season ends on April 12, which would be exactly six weeks from the date of Perry’s injury, but the Ducks would already be entrenched in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

“We knew this was going to happen,” said Pirates’ head coach Kevin Dineen. “He was going to get his opportunity (in Anaheim) and I think we’ve probably seen the last of him in Portland.”

Ryan, in his time Portland, scored 49 points (21g – 28a) in 48 games, which had him ranked second in rookie AHL scoring. He has a nine-game point-scoring streak going until last Sunday, when it was snapped in a 3-0 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack.

This is his third stint with the Ducks this season. In his previous two times with Anaheim, he played in 13 games with three goals, two assists for five points.

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Despite the fact that Ryan was recalled to Anaheim earlier in the day, the Portland Pirates still had a game to play. They didn’t show any let down from the loss of Ryan as they laid a solid 5-0 beating on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in front of a large Friday night crowd of 5,419 at the CCCC.

Just a few points to make about the game.

The Pirates came to play especially in the first period as they outshot Bridgeport 21-6, building a 3-0 lead on goals from Miller (2) and St. Jacques.

Sound Tigers goalie was hung out to dry on the preverbal close line. His defense was non-existent, but he didn’t help matters allowing as many rebounds as he did. In the second period, Portland made it 4-0 on a terrible goal as Geoff Platt fired the puck on Morrison from near center ice. The puck bounced between the legs of Morrison, as he couldn’t control the rebound.

I suspect the Pirates will see Joey McDonald tomorrow night.

Since he was acquired back on February 26, J.S Aubin continued to give the Pirates solid goaltending.
Although Mike McKenna has perform very for the Pirates and has earned himself a spot on an AHL roster as a starter, getting Aubin will help him and give the Pirates that bona fide starter they were looking for.

So far, Aubin hasn’t disappointed in the three games he’s played with the Pirates. He’s 2-1-0-0 with a 1.01 GAA and a .965 save percentage. Aubin has a current shutout streak of 143:40 with a pair of back-to-back shutouts.

Geoff Platt is back scoring goals on a regular basis after going through a seven game scoring drought. He’s scored four goals in his last four games and managed a point in 10 of his last 11 games.

On the injury front… Mike Hoffman and Drew Miller join the rest of the wounded in the Pirates infirmary. Hoffman went to the dressing room in the third period and didn’t return with a possible hand injury. Dino said he was being examined and would know more tomorrow. Miller also left in the third period suffering what is an apparent lower back injury. Miller and Hoffman are joined by Michal Birner, who was a scratch after missing most of the week with a really bad case of the flu – I’ve been through that recently – and he could be back by Sunday. Brendan Mikkelson is just working on his conditioning and isn’t far from returning to the ice after suffering a wrist injury. Geoff Peters is out with inflammation in his knee and no time has been sent for his return. Eric Weinrich is out with a facial injury and may not return this season.

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