The Portland Pirates, the Coyotes’ American Hockey League affiliate, earned five of a possible six points over the weekend to finish their seven-game road trip with a 3-3-1 record.
The Pirates entered the weekend having lost three straight games by a combined score of 13-3, which included giving up five power-play goals on 14 opportunities.
The Pirates regrouped, however, and were rewarded for their efforts.
“We focused a lot in practice last week about getting better,” captain Dean Arsene
said. “We had perhaps our worst weekend of the season last weekend against some top teams in the conference, but we worked hard and got the results this weekend.”
The Pirates traveled to Glens Falls, N.Y., on Friday night to face-off against the Adirondack Phantoms. Portland won, 2-1, in dramatic fashion.
With the Phantoms on a power play, Pirates forward Ethan Werek
scored a short-handed goal to cap a two-on-one rush with Matt Watkins with 19.6 seconds left in regulation.
The Pirates kept their winning ways going on Saturday by overcoming a two-goal deficit and defeating the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 4-2, at Bridgeport, Conn.
Down 2-0 after one period, the Pirates pulled closer in the second period thanks to a goal by forward Brock Trotter
. The Pirates tied the score 32 seconds into the third period on a power-play goal by Brett MacLean
. Nathan Oystrick
scored the go-ahead goal 4:22 later, and MacLean added an empty-net goal for his second of the night.
The Pirates wrapped up their longest road trip of the season with a stop in Manchester, N.H., on Sunday afternoon.
Twice in the game, the Pirates held a two-goal advantage, but Machester forward Stefan Legin scored twice in the third period to send the game to overtime tied at 4-4.
After overtime failed to produce a winner, Robert Czarnik and Marc-Andre Cliché scored in the shootout for the Monarchs, while Martin Jones stopped all four shooters for Portland to give Manchester a 5-4 victory.
Despite giving up the lead, Pirates Head Coach Ray Edwards was pleased with the outcome of the weekend.
“We’ll take it,” Edwards said. “It was a lot better than last weekend. We feel pretty good about it. It would have been nice to finish that game off, but overall it was a really good weekend for us.”
MacLean has notched four goals and one assist in his last three games. In 13 games with the Pirates this season, he has eight goals and five assists.
The Pirates will be back in action on Wednesday when Manchester comes to Portland to finish the home-and-home series. After that, the Pirates will host the AHL’s new franchise, the St. John’s IceCaps, twice over the weekend.EDITOR'S NOTE:
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