Maine Hockey Journal

Pirates drop game one in Wilkes-Barre

Wilkes-Barre, Penn. – For the third time during the 2008 Calder Cup playoffs, the Portland Pirates would drop the opening game of their series as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins won Game one of the Eastern Conference Finals, 2-0 on Wednesday night.

For 53 minutes, the game was scoreless as both goaltender put on a clinic until WBS forward Dave Gove finally broke through with 6:57 left in the third period, when his own rebound snuck past Pirates’ goalie J.S. Aubin (21 saves) breaking the deadlock.

Penguins’ goaltender John Curry (19 saves) has had the Pirates number this season as he recorded his second straight shutout against Portland – 23 saves effort on Feb 8. Curry, who played four years with Boston University, was signed to an entry-level contract during the off-season has played well for the young Penguins squad this season.

Ryan Lannon added an empty-net goal at 19:47 to seal the game for Wilkes-Barre.

NOTE: The game was delayed for 15 minutes when referee Francois St. Laurent suffered a right knee injury. The AHL’s policy is to have a second referee on hand for all Calder Cup final games, but not in earlier rounds. Luckily, Dean Morton, who was scheduled to officiate game two had arrived early and was in the building. After changing and warming up, he took to the ice and the game resumed.

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Several players didn’t make the trip to Pennsylvania for the first two games for various reasons. Tyler Bouck, Geoff Peters, Eric Weinrich and Bruno St. Jacques didn’t accompany the team due to injury, while Logan MacMillan and Maxime Macenauer, who were just added to the Pirates roster also didn’t make the trip.

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Collection of Stories for Game One:

Portland Press Herald – No goals, so Pirates’ goal is to get a split on the road

Portland Press Herald – Dineen staying mum on vacant NHL jobs

The Times Tribune – Portland goalie has fond memories of time with Pens

The Times Tribune – Round 1 to Pens

The Times Leader – Pens win nail-biter

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