Maine Hockey Journal

Jr. Pirates are caught in a cyclone

Hudson, NH – Despite Sam Guimond and Danny McAuliffe having a three-point night, the Portland Junior Pirates fell to the Northern Cyclones, 5-4, on Friday night.

What has turned into an early season trend for the Jr. Pirates has been letting the other team jump out to an early lead. The story remained the same Friday after Kevin Ray was called for cross-checking at 1:22 into the first period; Gerald Owens gave the Cyclones a 1-0 lead just 25 seconds later.

Mike Naso extended the lead for the Cyclones at the 6:04 mark of the period.

Sam Guimond, former Portland High School standout, put the Junior Pirates on the board with 7:16 remaining in the period. Danny McAuliffe was credited with the lone assist.

With 1:49 left in the period, McAuliffe tied the game at 2-2. Guimond and Jason Michaud picked up the assists on the goal.

The Cyclones added a pair of goals in the second period as Tommy Thompson added an even strength goal at the 2:26 of the period and Kevin Vanous added a powerplay goal just 36 seconds later when Mike Smith went off for holding.

Portland got back within one when McAuliffe notched his second goal of the contest at the 2:42 of the third period.

Ryan Desroches added the eventual game winner for the Cyclones with 7:22 left to play in the contest.

With 16 seconds left in the game, the Jr. Pirates added a powerplay goal as Brian Donovan received credit.

Danny Green had his first start for the Jr. Pirates stopping 25 of 30 shots. Dave O’Brien turned away 13 shots for the Cyclones in the win. The Jr. Pirates were 2-for-4 on the man advantage, while the Cyclones went 2-for-6 on the powerplay.

The two teams will now travel up to Saco for the Jr. Pirates home opener on Saturday at the MHG Center. Game time is scheduled for 4:30pm.

NOTES: Mike Chase, one of the four Travis Roy finalists last year, suited up for the Cyclones.

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