GLENDALE -- The Portland Pirates, the Coyotes’ top affiliate in the American Hockey League, lost three of four games last week but still lead the Atlantic Division by six points.
Portland (24-15-1-1) will try to start a new winning streak this week with several key players – including Andy Miele, David Rundblad, Rob Klinkhammer - and newcomer Nick Johnson back from Coyotes training camp.
Team captain/leading scorer Alex Bolduc and defenseman Michael Stone remain with the Coyotes.
|Darian Dziurzynski |
• On Sunday, The Pirates took an early lead but were unable to hold on, falling to the Manchester 5-2..
Darian Dziurzynski and Brandon Gormley scored goals for the Pirates.
The night before, Connecticut defeated the Pirates at home, 4-1
Ethan Werek had the Pirates’ tally, as Connecticut scored three of its four goals on special teams.
• Last Friday, the Pirates defeated Providence 3-2 via a thrilling seven-round shootout.
Dziurzynski scored both Pirates goals in regulation, and Jordan Szwarz had the game winner in the shootout after Chris Conner scored the tying shootout goal in the fifth round.
Dziurzynski, who scored two goals against Providence on Friday for his first career multi-point game, is on a three-game point streak.