Maine Hockey Journal

Pirates begin to prep for Monarchs

The Portland Pirates hit the ice today for the first time since finishing out the regular season on Sunday afternoon, and are beginning preparation for their first round match up against the Manchester Monarchs.

The first game of the best-of-seven series will begin on Friday at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

This will be the Pirates 13th postseason appearance in franchise history, but it will be the first time both teams will face each other in a playoff series despite the fact they met each other 90 times in the regular season since 2001.

Only four times in Pirates’ history they have eclipsed 100 points in a season with the last time being in 2005-06, when they were the AHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks. It was Kevin Dineen’s first year in the AHL as a head coach.

There was some good news on the ice today as goalie Jhonas Enroth skated today for the first time in nearly a month when he sprained his right ankle in a game against the Binghamton Senators. It’s only the first step in him getting back to playing again, which is still some time away.

Both Jacob Lagace and Luke Adam skated in practice today. Adam has taken care of his visa issues, but Lagace needed to travel back to Montreal in order to take care of some documentation. Dineen indicated that he should be good to go by the weekend.

The Pirates could see Todd Ford back in a uniform after the South Carolina Stingrays were eliminated in five games in their ECHL semifinal against the Cincinnati Cyclones. Dineen said that discussions are underway to get him back to Portland.

There were a couple of notable absences from the team. Dennis Persson sat today out with what Dineen indicated was a maintenance day, and Jeff Cowan returned home as his mother passed away on Saturday and he was tending to family issues.

(Dan Hickling contributed to this report)

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