Maine Hockey Journal

Kump derails the Junior Pirates, 6-0

Saco, ME – Nobody can fault the effort made by the Portland Junior Pirates as they ran into a hot team and even hotter goaltender as Derek Kump made 23 saves to earn his third shutout of the season, leading the Walpole Express to a 6-0 win over the Jr. Pirates at the MHG Center.

Kump, 19, a native of Falmouth, ME, was a Travis Roy Finalist in 2008 as a member of Falmouth High School where he holds the school record for shutouts with 17. He’s currently in his first season with the Express after playing last season with the Boston Bulldogs.

“Kump played well,” said Jr. Pirates’ head coach Jay Pecora. “I know him well and his style and he played exceptional.”

After a fairly even first-half of the opening period, the Express struck first with a goal by Jide Idowu at 10:37 of the first period.

Idowu, at the top of the slot, fired a low slap shot, beating Jr. Pirates’ goalie Connor Brogan inside the right post to give Walpole a 1-0 lead.

At 12:00, Walpole made it 2-0 after a turnover by the Jr. Pirates behind their own net, forced the puck into the slot area, where Edward Rohaly let a quick shot go, beating Brogan.

Photo by Chris Roy

Photo by Chris Roy

The Jr. Pirates had opportunities to get on the board as they had a five minute power play after Steve Charest was assessed a major penalty for charge when he ran into the back of Dave Mantenuto in the closing seconds of the first period.

Mantenuto left the game with a facial cut and didn’t return.

Walpole killed off the penalty and extended their lead to 3-0 when Austin Grosvenor skated down the left wing, cutting across the front of the net, slipping the puck past Brogan at 4:33 of the second period, shortly after of the major penalty expired.

The Jr. Pirates tried to claw back into the game in the third period when they pulled Brogan for an extra attacker with more than seven minutes left in the game.

It backed-fired, of sorts, as Ben Oskroba intercepted the puck, snapping a long shot down the ice into the empty net with 7:38 to play in the period.

At 15:24, Matt Harrington made it 5-0 for the Express when he scored an empty net goal as the Jr. Pirates were on a power play with the goaltender pulled for the extra attacker. A turnover followed by a lack of hustle, left Pecora incensed at his players.

“At that point we’re down 3-0, there’s seven minutes left, Kump’s playing well and at that point we’ve got to take a chance,” said Pecora. “We dominate the power play and one bad bounce on (Oskroba’s) stick and it’s in the net.”

“Reason I pulled (Brogan) the second time was to work on (playing with the goalie pulled). We’re going to be in that situation again and I explained to them that we need to learn how to execute.”

“The second (goal)… I’m irate about it because it was a lack of effort. They outworked us.”

DJ Dinnison finished off the scoring for Walpole when he buried a cross-ice pass by Brogan, giving the Express a 6-0 lead with 2:50 to play in the game.

Brogan made 41 saves on the night, many of them spectacular, in the losing effort as Pecora made sure to praise his young goalie.

“Our goaltending has been unbelievable,” he said. “Every night we have a chance to win, but the puck is just not going in the net.”

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