Maine Hockey Journal

Practice update from the 4-C’s

So far everybody, but Dylan Hunter is on the ice this morning. That’s not to say somebody couldn’t be recalled later today by Buffalo Wednesday night’s game in Boston, but so far Mancari, Gerbe and Kennedy are on the ice for the Pirates.

One person who should get consideration is Mathieu Darche, who has six points (6g,1a) in his last six games for the Pirates.

The team has spent a good portion of the morning working on the PP. Despite the teams success in the win column, the power play has been something lacking as of late, going 2-for-20 (10.0%) on their recent four-game home stand at the Civic Center.


Practice is mostly over….Only Baier, Zagrapan, Bonneau and Enroth are on the ice shooting the puck around. Sabres’ goalie coach Jim Corsi has been with the Pirates over the last few days working with the Enroth and Dennis.


I really have to say the Pirates are practicing like a bunch who is currently 11-1-1-0 in the standings. They are pretty loose and confident on the ice and even the coaching the staff was in a light mood during the hour-plus practice session. Dineen said he was looking forward to the challenge over the next few nights as they play Hartford and Providence. There were no changes to the lineup as he practiced with Darche-Kennedy-Mancari; Gerbe-Zagrapan-Slattengren; Ellis-Bouck-Murphy and Whitmore-Schutz-Fretter. Bonneau was the extra forward on the ice. Same for the blueline pairings as Paul Baier was the extra.

Dineen didn’t have any information regarding the potential of somebody getting recalled. He didn’t suspect so, but in this business anything can happen. On the injury front, the Pirates are slowing getting healthy has Dylan Hunter is progressing nicely, not yet skating, he’s doing off-ice workouts and could be a couple weeks away from returning, making Dineen’s job much tougher at sitting somebody who has been playing well.

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