Maine Hockey Journal

The Pirates make it eight

Hartford, Conn. – The streak continues for the Portland Pirates.

The Pirates extended their winning streak to eight games with a 4-2 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack before a crowd of 2,286 at the XL Center on Wednesday night.

Down 2-1 midway into the second period, the Pirates would score three unanswered goals to take their first lead of the game, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

At 11:49, with a two-man advantage, Tim Kennedy kept his torrid scoring pace alive – at least one point in 13 of 14 games – when he notched his fifth of the season to tie the game at 2-2. Chris Butler and Mark Mancari were credited with assists on the play, for Mancari he extended his point-scoring streak to eight games.

Less than two minutes later with time left on the minor penalty to Mike Sauer, Corey Potter was called for delay of game, giving the Pirates another 5-on-3. They didn’t disappoint as Mathieu Darche, at the left post, found the back of the net on a great cross-ice feed pass, beating Wolf Pack goaltender Miika Wiikman at 13:16 of the period for the 3-2 lead.

Matt Ellis scored his first goal in a Pirates uniform, scoring into an empty-net at 19:05 of the period.

Both team skated for a scoreless first period, before former Pirate Pierre Parenteau scored his ninth of the season on a deflection past Pirates’ netminder Adam Dennis just 53 seconds into the second period.

Chris Butler tied the game for the Pirates at 1-1 when he ripped a slap shot by Wiikman at 7:51 of the period.

Butler, Darche and Kennedy all had multi-point nights for the Pirates as they continue their winning ways on the season. Since losing in regulation to the Bruins back on Oct. 19, the Pirates have won 10 of 11, taking 21 of 22 points.

Dennis stopped 34 of 36 shots for his third straight win, going to 6-0-1-0 on the season.

NOTES: Mike Card was out of the lineup for the Pirates with a facial laceration. He’s currently listed day-to-day. The Pirates will continue their road trip on Friday when travel to the Dunkin Donuts Center, taking of the Providence Bruins.

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