Maine Hockey Journal

Monarchs shut Pirates down for second straight road game

Manchester, NH – The Portland Pirates wish they could play all 80 games at the Cumberland County Civic Center after dropping yet another decision on the road, this time to the Manchester Monarchs, 4-0, in front of 8,605 at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Saturday night.

For the second time in their last two road games, the Pirates failed to score a goal as the home team kept Portland off the board for sixty minutes.

Photo by Southern Maine Digital Imaging

Photo by Southern Maine Digital Imaging

“We had a lot of effort throughout the game, but with this hockey team the margin for error is very small,” said Pirates’ head coach Kevin Dineen. “We’re going to have to work for everything we get this year.

“The smallest mistakes are getting magnified right now.”

Both teams skated to a scoreless first period as the Pirates held serve on shots, 7-6, after 20 minutes of play.

Unfortunately, the Pirates effort wasn’t rewarded as the Monarchs scored first, early in the second period, when Bud Holloway scored the first of his two goals on the night.

Andrei Lokitonov fired a shot that bounced off the backboard back in front of the net where Holloway skated to the top of the crease and snapped a quick shot by Pirates’ goalie JP Lamoureux, giving the Monarch a 1-0 lead at 1:23 of the period.

“In general, it’s a huge boost if you can get that first goal,” said Pirates’ defenseman Mike Kostka. “We just haven’t been very good at it thus far in the season, but it’s still early.”

With 1:24 left in the period, Manchester made it 2-0 as David Meckler won the draw back to Viatcheslav Voynov, who blasted a laser that was deflected through a screen, beating Lamoureux on the shortside.

At 11:24 of the third period, Holloway scored his second goal of the night, on the power play, when he picked up the loose puck and fired a shot into the open net as the Monarchs extended their lead to 3-0.

Scott Parse sealed the win for Manchester when he converted on a breakaway at 14:49 of the third period.

“At the end of the day they capitalized better on their chances better than we did,” said Kostka.

Dineen offered his thoughts about where the team is overall, just six games in the season.

“The fate of our hockey team is we have to keep our mistakes to a minimum and try to really expose our strengths,” said Dineen.

The Pirates had their chances on the power play; however, they couldn’t convert as they went 0-for-5, while the Monarchs were 50 percent on the night, going 1-for-2.

Former Lewiston Maineiacs goalie Jonathan Bernier made 29 saves for his sixth career shutout, while JP Lamoureux made his first career AHL start, stopping 23 shots for the loss.

NOTES: Earlier today former Pirate Andrew Ebbett was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Blackhawks. Ebbett, 26, played one season in Portland during the 2007-’08 season where he scored 72 point (18g 54a) in 74 games.

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply