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by Erin Pollina / Buffalo Sabres
Mathieu Darche (Photo: Getty Images)
In the System looks at Sabres prospects from around the globe, updating each player's progress throughout the season.

Mathieu Darche

Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Left
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 210
Born: Nov 26, 1976
Born in: Montreal, QC


Mathieu Darche has faired well in November for the Portland Pirates.

The winger has tallied six goals and four assists in six games during the month, after only registering two helpers throughout October. The 31 year old has also earned a plus-eight rating in the stretch.

Darche added four points this weekend in consecutive wins against the Providence Bruins and Albany River Rats, including three goals. He now ranks fourth on the team in scoring with 12 points (6+6).

On Friday, the Quebec native scored a goal in the Pirates to a 6-3 win over Albany and notched two goals late in the game to help the Pirates seal a 5-2 win against Providence on Saturday.

The Pirates continue Wednesday night as they take on the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Statistics: Portland Pirates, American Hockey League
13 6 6 12 +4 14 0 0

Mark Mancari (Photo: Getty Images)
Mark Mancari
Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Right
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 225
Born: Jul 11 '85  (Age 23)
Born in: London, ON, Canada
Drafted: Buffalo's 7th round choice, 207th overall, in 2004

After being named the AHL Player of the Week, Mark Mancari continued his scoring trend, adding a goal and a pair of assists on the weekend

The scores extend his point streak to a League-leading seven games.

After registering 57 points through 80 games in the 2007-08 season, Mancari is nearly halfway to that total after 13 games this year with 24 points (11+13)

Mancari ranks third in the AHL in overall scoring and leads the League with a plus-16 rating.

Statistics: Portland Pirates, American Hockey League
13 11 13 24 +4 6 0 0

Nathan Gerbe (Photo: Getty Images)
Nathan Gerbe
Position: Center
Shoots: Left
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 160
Born: Jul 24 '87  (Age 21)        
Born in: Oxford, MI, United States
Drafted: Buffalo's 5th round choice, 142nd overall, in 2005

Not far behind Mancari is rookie Nathan Gerbe who ranks fourth in the AHL in scoring with 19 points (12+7) on the year.

Gerbe added a pair of goals and as many assists this weekend against the Bruins and River Rats.

He and teammate Tim Kennedy are now tied to lead rookie scoring with Kennedy recording four goals and 15 helpers this season. The pair have had continued to have solid chemistry throughout the year for the Pirates. Kennedy has had the primary assist on five of Gerbe’s goals.

Gerbe ranks second among AHL goal scorers with 12 scores. His six power play goals are tied for the league lead.

Statistics: Portland Pirates, American Hockey League
13 12 7 19 +16 2 3 2

  • Until the Albany River Rats scored the first goal of the game on Friday night, the Pirates had not trailed in a game in 308:30 minutes of play. The last time the Pirates trailed before Friday night was on Wednesday, October 29th in their 3-2 overtime loss to the Hartford Wolf Pack.
  • On Friday night, Jhonas Enroth made 27 saves in his sixth consecutive victory in the Pirates 6-3 win against the Albany River Rats. Enroth has a record of 6-1-0 through his first seven games.
  • With an 11-1-1-0 record, Portland has the highest winning percentage in the AHL at .885. The Pirates have won 7 games in a row and are the only AHL team that has not suffered a regulation loss in their last 10 games.
  • The Pirates record of 11-1-1-0 is a franchise record for most wins during the first 13 games of a season. It is the best start in franchise history since the 1994-95 season, when the team was 10-0-3 through the first 13 games of the season.
  • The Pirates are currently 6-0-0-0 in November. The Pirates have never gone undefeated in November, their best record in the month was 12-1-0-1 (W-L-OTL-T) in 1996-97.
  • On Saturday night, Pirates goalie Adam Dennis made 27 saves in the Pirates 5-2 win over Providence. Dennis has a record of 5-1-0-0 on the season.
  • The Pirates have allowed the fewest goals among all Eastern Conference teams (34).
  • The Pirates are 9-0-0-0 when leading after the second period.
  • The Pirates have outscored their opponents 18-7 in the second period this season.
  • Portland is the least penalized team in the Atlantic Division with just 254 penalty minutes.
  • The Pirates are 9-0-0-0 when scoring three or more goals in a game.
  • With a win over Albany this past weekend, the Pirates are 6-0 this season against teams from the East Division.
  • The Pirates are 6-0 on Saturday nights this season.
  • Mark Mancari has a seven game point-scoring streak and a six game goal scoring streak.
  • Rookie Tim Kennedy ranks tied for 4th among AHL scoring leaders with 19 points (4 goals, 15 assists). Rookie Nathan Gerbe ranks tied for 4th among AHL scoring leaders with 19 points (12 goals, 7 assists).
  • Portland is 6-0-1-0 when outshooting their opponent.

25  Mark Mancari RW 13  11  13  24  16  52 
19  Nathan Gerbe C 13  12  19  12  58 
10  Tim Kennedy LW 13  15  19  10  30 
21  Mathieu Darche LW 13  12  14  37 
17  Marc-Andre Gragnani D 13  10  12  18 
12  Tyler Bouck C 21 
Marek Zagrapan C 13  -1  12  21 
15  Felix Schutz C 13  17 
28  Mike Kostka D 13 
27  Colton Fretter C 13  17 
Chris Butler D 13  10  16 
20  Aaron Slattengren LW 14 
37  Derek Whitmore LW 13  18 
11  Colin Murphy LW -5  22  17 
Paul Baier D 11 
Dylan Hunter LW
Mike Weber D 12  39  10 
24  Jimmy Bonneau LW 12  -1  47 
Mike Card D 13  16 
55  Michael Funk D
53  Adam Dennis G
x Matt Macdonald D -2 
23  Matt Ellis C -2 
Jhonas Enroth G

53 Adam Dennis 367  2.29  155  0.917 
1 Jhonas Enroth 419  2.72  193  0.910 
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