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Baby Leafs Comeback Falls Short

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs

October 18, 2004

PORTLAND, Maine (CP) Graham Mink scored two goals Sunday to lead the Portland Pirates over the St. John's Maple Leafs 5-4 in the American Hockey League.

The Pirates opened the scoring at 1:29 into the game when Shaone Morrisonn received pass from Jakub Klepis left of the crease and slammed the puck into the back of the net.

Mink made it 2-0 Portland on the power play when he tipped a Michel Periard slap shot from the point.

Less than a minute later, Nathan Barrett shot the puck over Maxime Ouellet's blocker to cut the Pirates lead to 2-1.

Mink beat Maple Leaf goaltender Jean-Francois Racine short-handed at 13:14 of the first period to give the Pirates a 3-1 lead.

Jared Aulin continued the Pirates explosive first period when he fired a shot from the top of the slot that beat Racine to give the Pirates a 4-1 lead. Brooks Laich capped the Pirates first-period attack with a goal at the 16:42 mark.

St. John's fought back in the second period. Nathan Perrot jammed the puck in the net on the right side of the cage and past Pirates' goaltender Maxime Ouellet.

St. John's continued the comeback with two goals in the third period. David Ling started the scoring with a power-play goal. The Maple Leafs then pulled Racine and Matt Stajan added the fourth goal for the Leafs in the final minute, but that's as close as they would come.

Racine had 19 saves for the Maple Leafs, while Ouellet was sharp making 35 saves for the Pirates.

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