Maine Hockey Journal

Live Game Blog — Portland @ Worcester

Worcester, Mass. — The Pirates have taken to the ice for the pregame skate and for those who follow the Pirates on a regular, they will need to have a roster nearby in order to follow this team as 11 regulars are out of the lineup due to either injury or are on recall to Buffalo.

Portland will be without the services of Mike Card (concussion), Jimmy Bonneau (hand), Mike Funk (concussion), Aaron Slattengren (lower body), Kyle Rank (leg), Colin Murphy (concussion), Tyler Bouck (concussion) and Adam Dennis (lower body). As for Dennis, he’s been suffering from a lower body injury for the last few weeks, but was in the lineup as a back up, however, tonight he’s back in Buffalo receiving treatment as Dineen said he hope to have an answer on he readiness by Wednesday. As a result, the Pirates have brought on Maine native Ray Jean as a backup goalie.

The Pirates have also signed forward Keith Johnson to a PTO. Johnson spent four season with the UMaine Black Bears before playing with the Utah Grizzlies and Bridgeport Sound Tigers. In 28 games this season with the South Carolina Stingrays, he’s scored eight goals, 10 assists for 18 points.

— For the Sharks tonight, they will be without Claude Lemiuex, who signed an NHL contract today and needs to clear waivers before playing with the Worcester.

Tim Kennedy is in the lineup for Portland tonight after arriving late yesterday from Buffalo.

7:04pm — We have puck drop and both teams have already had a scoring chance with 1:07 gone in the game.

7:05pm — Worcester gets the first goal of the game as a shot from the left face off circle by Lukas Kaspar, beats Enroth. The Sharks are playing like they don’t want to be embarrassed in front of the home crowd and Portland is just…..well they are just skating.

7:10pm — Mark Mancari and Riley Armstrong each head to the box for unsportsmanlike conduct as they were pushing and shoving near the players bench.

7:16pm — Worcester is playing with a little more urgency than the Pirates are as shots are 10-1 in favor for the Sharks 8:20 into the period. The Pirates are the PP as Matt Jones goes the box for hooking.

7:19pm — Pirates failed to get a shot on the PP. Now, it’s the Sharks chance to go on the power play as Paul Baier was called for tripping. Looking at the period as gone, the Pirates need to kill this or this has the potential of being a reversal of fortunes for the Pirates compared to last night.

7:22pm — With 36 seconds left on the Sharks PP, Matt Fornataro was called for a slash. Both teams will skate four-on-four until the Pirates get a PP for 1:24.

7:25pm — With 5:21 left in the period, the Pirates till only have one shot on goal despite the fact they have two power plays. The Pirates have three games in hand on the Bruins and a chance to take the division lead back, but they are playing like a team who is barely .500.

7:29pm — Portland just registered their second shot of the game with a little over 3:30 left in the period.

7:32pm — The period only has a 1:26 and the Pirates look like they are find their legs… a couple of quick shots, turn into good scoring chances.

7:34pm — Brendan Buckley was called for interference at 19:30 of the period, giving the Pirates their third PP of the game. When the second period resumes, they will have 1:30 left with the man-advantage.

7:41pm — Shot were 16-6 in favor of the Sharks

7:56pm — The power play is over for Portland and although they had a couple chances it was nothing that Taylor Dakers couldn’t stop. Marek Zagrapan has to learn how to play the body a little better because he is getting knocked off the puck way to easy and Tim Kennedy needs to realize it’s ok to pass the puck. Trying to get cute led to a turnover and a two-on-one for Worcester.

8:03pm — Portland is back on the PP after Brendan Buckley is off for the second time tonight. This time for cross-checking as he laid the lumber to Dylan Hunter, who had the best scoring chance of the night for Portland.

8:05pm — Portland is 0-for-4 on the PP tonight.

8:21pm — Derek Whitmore had a glorious chance to tie the game with a wide-open net, only to shoot it high off the glass.

8:24pm — It’s another PP for the Pirates after Kaspar was called for slashing and now the Sharks are called for too many men on the ice, giving the Pirates a full two minutes of five-on-three.

8:29pm — Portland SCORES!! Marc-Andre Granani took the shot from the point, beating Dakers through a screen before the period ended. This was a huge goal because Portland is still on the power play.

8:48pm — Shots after two periods of play were 27-14 in favor of the Sharks. Just four seconds after the puck dropped, Felix Schutz is in the box for roughing. The Sharks will have a PP for 1:38.

8:50pm — Pass through the crease by TJ Fox to Ryan Vesce, who just lifted the puck over Enroth’s right leg for the power goal. Sharks lead 2-1.

8:52pm — Andrew Desjardins is off for slashing as the Pirates are on another power play.

8:54pm — Mark Mancari ended the power play as he was whistled for hooking breaking up a breakaway attempt by Derek Joslin. It’s a penalty that would be acceptable because if not, it would have been a clear break-in by Joslin.

9:03pm — The Sharks make it 3-1 as Vesce scores his second of the game. Just like the first goal, Kaspar threw the puck across the crease to Vesce, who lifted over Enroth.

9:05pm — Marek Zagrapan made a nice play cutting across the crease, sliding the puck underneath Dakers to cut the lead back to one goal. Sharks lead 3-2.

9:14pm — The Pirates have 5:52 left in the game to attempt to tie it up and they are going to help themselves taking penalties as Hunter goes off for roughing.

9:20pm — Enroth is pulled for the extra attacker as the Pirates have a 6-on-4 advantage for the remainder of the game. Mike Moore is called for tripping at 17:47 of the period.

9:21pm — Game over…. Portland has a couple of chances, but couldn’t get it by Dakers.

It was not a pretty locker room after the game. Dineen was very critical of the team’s first period play, feeling they gave away two points. Mancari said this team has to recognize that other team aren’t going to give way to the Pirates.

Zach Tarkir had his right hand in a wrap after taking a slap shot off the hand on his second shift.

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