Maine Hockey Journal

Card is back; Weber is out for Pirates game against Lowell

Portland, ME – The Pirates are looking to get back into the win column by avenging a tough loss to the Lowell Devils on Wednesday night.

The Pirates held a 2-1 lead after two periods of play only watch Lowell score a pair of third period goals on their way to a 3-2 win. It was the first time this season the Pirates have lost a game when leading after 40 minutes.

“We need to bring up our work ethic,” said Pirates’ head coach Kevin Dineen. “We just need to compete. There were a lot of bounces”

The Pirates will be without the services of Mike Weber after he took a shot off the right leg in Wednesday’s game. Dineen said he may not be out too long, but that was depending on test being done today. On the flipside, Mike Card will return to the lineup tonight after missing the last 23 games due to a concussion.

As for defenseman Chris Butler, the Pirates will have to wait a little longer to find out whether he will be come back to Portland anytime soon, if at all. He’s played extremely well for the Sabres since being recalled, more than likely earning a more permanent spot of the Sabres’ blueline. That will be decided over the next few days, but Butler will sit tonight as a healthy scratch as Buffalo takes on the Rangers and will accompany the team on their trip to Detroit.

It looks like the Pirates have found their goalie to help take some of the load off Jhonas Enroth, who is playing his 12th straight game tonight, as Bobby Goepfert is on his way to Portland from South Carolina of the ECHL.

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