Maine Hockey Journal

Pirates extend win streak to seven

Portland, ME – Both the Portland Pirates and Syracuse Crunch enter the night with a six game winning streak, but it was inevitable that somebody had to lose.

For the Pirates, it wasn’t them as they extended their winning streak to seven games with a 3-1 win over the Crunch in front of 3,450 at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

This was the first match between these two clubs in decade, as the last time Syracuse played at the Civic Center was in 2000.

The Pirates built a 2-0 lead, before the Crunch snapped Pirates netminder Jhonas Enroth’s shutout bid with 11:28 to play in the game after former Pirate Jarred Aulin snapped a wrist shot from the bottom of the right faceoff circle.

It was Aulin’s 15th goal of the season since his return to professional hockey after spending last season with the University of Calgary.

Portland regained their two goal lead at 14:11 of the third period when TJ Brennan fired a blast from the top of the slot, beating Crunch goalie Kevin Lalande for the power play goal.

Portland has scored at least one power play goal in 15 of their last 17 games.

The Pirates opened the scoring late in the first period when Jeff Cowan scored his 15th goal of the year, after he spilt the defense, lifting a backhand over Lalande at 17:16 of the period.

After a scoreless second period, Philip Gogulla extended Portland’s lead, 2-1, when he pounced on the rebound in front of the net.

Enroth stopped 26 of 27 shots he faced for the victory as he won his 8th game in his last 10 starts.

After a month of January where Enroth went 8-3-0 with a 1.87GAA and a .934 save percentage, he continued his solid play with a 0.67GAA and a .981 save percentage.

NOTES: Cody McCormick returned to the lineup after missing the last five games due to injury.

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