The Portland Pirates are off to an exciting start in the Calder Cup Playoffs.
In Game 3, forward Rob Flick scored in triple overtime to give the Pirates a 2-1 win and a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five series with the Hershey Bears. The lengthy contest not only set a new franchise record as the longest game in Portland’s history, but was also the 20th longest in AHL history.
After securing a much-needed victory in such a dramatic fashion, Pirates goaltender Mike McKenna believes that his team will be able to continue feeding off that same emotion and excitement heading into a potential series-clinching game on Saturday.
“The excitement levels and the amount of built up tension that comes along with playoffs. When the goal finally goes, it’s just an eruption of emotion,” said McKenna, who stopped 41 of 42 shots in victory.
With a win in Game 4, the Pirates will advance to the Atlantic Division Final to play the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins. The Pirates finished 4-1-0-1 against the Penguins during the regular season.
At this point, however, Pirates Head Coach Scott Allen is only focusing on the task at hand.
“I think you have to appreciate each and every day of the playoffs. You certainly can’t take it for granted,” Allen said.
The Pirates will battle the Bears in Game 4 on Saturday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m. The game can be seen on AHL Live and heard on 95.9/95.5 FM.
Note: Rob Schremp, Rocco Grimaldi, Corban Knight and Brett Regner are all tied at three points each for the Pirates so far this postseason.
The Pirates will battle the Bears in Game 4 on Saturday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m. The game can be seen on AHL Live and heard on 95.9/95.5 FM and online here.