Maine Hockey Journal

Pirates’ season ends at the hands of a former teammate

Wilkes-Barre, PA – Just like that the season is over for the Portland Pirates.

Former Pirate Tim Brent scored with 30 seconds left in regulation as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins advanced to the Calder Cup Finals with a 3-2 win over the Pirates on Saturday night.

It will be the Penguins third trip to the Calder Cup finals in franchise history as they take on the Chicago Wolves.

Hockey is a game of momentum. The Pirates had the momentum heading to Wilkes-Barre, but Game 6 will prove to be a monumental shift in the series. Up 3-2, after having a 3-0 lead, the Pirates gave up the tying goal with 5:43 left on the clock before Connor James scored the eventual game-winner just 20 seconds into overtime.

Riding the wave of emotion, the Penguins carried that momentum into Game 7 building a 2-0 lead on the Pirates in the first period.

At 9:54, Dave Gove opened the scoring for Wilkes-Barre when he fired a shot on goal from the right face-off dot. J.S. Aubin (37 saves) making his first start since Game 3, made the save, but it deflected off Brendan Mikkelson skate into the net.

With 2:30 left in the period, Ryan Stone scored his fourth of the playoffs when he picked up the rebound in the slot, beating Aubin over the glove.

In the second period, the Pirates finally got on the board as Stephen Dixon finished off the rush from Bobby Ryan midway into the second period, pulling back within a goal at 2-1.

At 16:05, Geoff Platt found the back of the net for his seventh of the playoffs when he sent a backhand shot on net. The shot just trickled past Penguins’ goalie John Curry (30 saves), who failed to cover up the puck as Pirates’ forward Simon Ferguson came crashing into the net.

That would be all the scoring until Brent’s goal in the third period.

This is going to be a summer of wondering what could have been for the Pirates. It’s expected the Pirates will have a new affiliate in the coming weeks and those who played for the Pirates this season will move on to a new home. This year’s version of the Portland Pirates left fans sitting on the edge of their seats, they also left them with a great amount frustration knowing the Pirates had their chance and they blew it. Plain and simple, the former player’s of the Portland Pirates will have to sit with that feeling all summer knowing they were 5:43 away from a Calder Cup berth.

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