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by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
Jhonas Enroth (Heather Harvey)
Jeff Taffe netted the game winner with 65 second remaining in regulation as the Rochester Americans slipped past the Portland Pirates 3-2 in an American Hockey League game played today at HSBC Arena.

Victor Oreskovich and Mike York netted the other goals for the Americans, who won their fourth consecutive game to move to 37-26-2-0 on the season.

Travis Turnbull and Cody McCormick replied for the Pirates, losers of three straight. Portland is now 35-21-5-3 on the season.

Turnbull netted the only goal of the opening period to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead after one. Oreskovich and York provided the only offense in the second as the Amerks surged in front 2-1 after two. McCormick knotted things up early in the third with a power-play goal before Taffe netted what turned out to be the game winner.

Weinrich Post-Game
Dineen Post-Game
Whitmore Post-Game

The American out shot the Pirates 36-30 in the game as Jhonas Enroth took the loss.

The Allied Home Mortgage Three Stars of the Game were 1. Taffe, 2. McCormick and 3. York.

The next Pirates home game takes place this Friday when the Manchester Monarchs visit the CCCC for a 7 p.m. start. Come experience the first ever Adopt-A-Pet Night at the Pirates sponsored by Camp Bow Wow. Bring in dog food, toys and blankets to help local shelters and receive a pair of tickets to a future Pirates game. Fans will even get a chance to see dogs up close for adoption. In addition, all Gritty’s Mug Club members are invited to stop by Gritty's in Portland, Freeport or Lewiston and receive 2 FREE Pirates tickets and special discount for any additional tickets purchased courtesy of the Pirates and Gritty's. For information on how to become a Mug Club member visit

Saturday (March 13th) the Pirates take on the Binghamton Senators on Retro Night. The Pirates will wear 1993-1994 AHL championship jerseys, sponsored by Bath Savings Institution, and after the game fans will be able to bid on select jerseys at 1993-94 team members Kent Hulst and Jeff Nelson will be in attendance at the game and the Portland Press Herald will be distributing a reprint of the front page from the Press Herald following the Calder Cup-clinching game. Special 1993-94 ticket pricing is in effect for the game, $8 for Quarter Deck and $10 for Main Deck. It’s also a Labatt Blue Light Hockey Night in Portland with Labatt Blue Light specials at Binga’s Stadium, Brian Boru, Frosty Pint and Spring Point Tavern before and after the game. Salty Pete’s Treasure Chest filled with over $500 in prizes will be up for grabs. Fill out a survey at Customer Service to win. The game can also be seen live on Time Warner Cable Sports.

Sunday (March 14th) Pirates fans are encouraged to show their support for local charities by bringing teddy bears to the game. As a part of this annual charity event, fans will celebrate the first Pirates goal of the game by tossing their teddies onto the ice. All Teddy Bears collected will be donated to local charities, including The Center for Grieving Children and Mid Coast Hospital. It’s also a Sudzie Family Five Pack Game. Five Main Deck tickets, five hot dogs or pizza slices, five sodas, one Daily Scroll game program, and one free Sudzie Minuteman exterior car wash all for only $60. That’s less than half the $123 value.

Tickets for all three games are available by calling (207) 775-3458, visiting the Cumberland County Civic Center Box Office or going on-line at

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