Maine Hockey Journal

Jr. Pirates seeking solid finish at Aston MJHL Showcase

The Portland Jr. Pirates are 1-1 so far this weekend in the MJHL Showcase at the Aston IcePlex in Aston, PA after today’s 8-5 loss to the Long Island Royals.

The Jr. Pirates began the weekend with a 4-3 overtime win on Friday against 2009 MJHL champions, Suffolk Juniors.

All games in the tournament are 25 minute halves.

The game was tied 2-2 after the first half before Suffolk grabbed the lead in the first minute of the second half on a goal by Nick Drizis.

With 2:52 left in the game, 17-year old Cody Gamble scored for the Jr. Pirates, sending the game to overtime, tied 3-3.

At 1:24 of overtime, Matthew Wilkins beat Suffolk goalie Michael Kahl to give the Jr. Pirates the win.

Portland went 1-for-3 on the power play, while Suffolk was 0-for-3.

Alex Bolduc got the start for Portland, making 31 saves for the win, while Kahl faced 26 shots, stopping 22 in the loss.

Saturday’s result wasn’t as favorable for the Jr. Pirates as they fell, 8-5, to the Long Island Royals in the early afternoon game.

The game was fairly close in the first period before Dakota Davidson scored for the Royals, giving them a 1-0 lead. Long Island added two more goals before Portland got the board with a goal from Matthew Wilkins, his second of the weekend.

Frank DiChiara with 1:01 left in the first half to give the Royals a 4-1 lead.

Long Island added a pair of goals from Greg Cartwright, extending their lead to 6-1, before Paddy Murphy, Cody Gamble and Austin Cooper all scored within a span of 48 seconds to pull the Jr. Pirates within two goals, 6-4.

The Jr. Pirates continued to push forward, pulling within a goal, 6-5, as Wilkins scored his second goal of the game at 17:02 of the second half.

That would be as close as the Jr. Pirates would get as Steven Esposito and Corey Sudano scored for the Royals, sealing the victory.

Bolduc started the game for Portland, making eight saves on 13 shots, before being pulled in favor of Tyler Tracy, who faced nine shots, stopping six.

Brendan Jones played all 50 minutes for the Royals, stopping 18 of 23 shots for the win.

NOTES: The Jr. Pirates finish the tournament with an early 9:30am game against the Valley Forge Minutemen.

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