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MANCARI NAMED AHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
Mark Mancari (Photo: Bill Wippert)
The American Hockey League announced today that Portland Pirates right wing Mark Mancari has been named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Nov. 9, 2008.


Mancari tallied four goals and four assists for eight points in three games as the Pirates continued their winning ways atop the AHL standings.

Mancari began the week with a three-point night, scoring twice and adding an assist in Portland's 5-3 victory at Worcester on Wednesday.

He came back on Friday with the Pirates' only regulation goal in a 2-1 shootout victory over Springfield, then registered a goal and three assists as Portland defeated Philadelphia, 5-3, on Saturday. The Pirates now sit at 9-1-1-0 on the year, good for 19 points and a league-best .864 points percentage.

In recognition of his achievement, Mancari will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Pirates home game.

Now in his fourth professional season after being drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in 2004, Mancari leads the entire AHL in points (22) and plus/minus rating (plus-14), tallying nine goals and 13 assists in just 11 games.

He has totaled 71 goals and 107 assists for 178 points in 226 career AHL games with Portland and Rochester, and added one assist in three NHL games with Buffalo in 2006-07. A 23-year-old native of London, Ont., Mancari participated in the 2008 AHL All-Star Classic and set a league record by registering 102.8 mph during the Hardest Shot event at the annual Skills Competition.



PORTLAND PIRATES NEWS AND NOTES:

  • The Pirates have not trailed in a game in exactly 305 minutes of play. The last time the Pirates trailed in a game was on Wednesday, October 29th in their 3-2 overtime loss to the Hartford Wolf Pack.
  •  With a 9-1-1-0 record, Portland has the highest winning percentage in the AHL at .864
  • The Pirates record of 9-1-1-0 is a franchise record for most wins during the first 11 games of a season. It is the best start in franchise history since the 1994-95 season, when the team was 8-0-3 through the first 11 games of the season. The Pirates have also matched the franchise record for the highest point total (19 points out of a possible 22) through the first 11 games of the season.  
  • On Friday night, Pirates goalie Adam Dennis made 26 saves and stopped five of eight shooters in a shootout in the Pirates 2-1 win over Springfield. Dennis has a record of 4-1-0-0 on the season.
  • The Pirates 2-1 win against the Springfield Falcons featured a franchise record for the longest shootout (eight rounds).
  • On Friday night, despite scoring the game-winning goal in the shootout, Tim Kennedy had his nine game point-scoring streak come to an end. Goals scored in shootouts don’t count toward regular season statistics.
  • On Saturday night, Jhonas Enroth made 16 saves in his third consecutive victory in the Pirates 5-3 win against the Philadelphia Phantoms.
  • The Pirates have allowed the fewest goals among all Eastern Conference teams (29).
  • The Pirates are 5-0-0-0 when leading after the second period.
  • The Pirates are 7-0-0-0 when scoring three or more goals in a game.
  • With a win over Philadelphia this past weekend, the Pirates are 5-0 this season against the East Division.
  • The Pirates are 5-0 on Saturday nights this season.
  • Forward Mark Mancari leads the AHL in scoring with 22 points (9 goals, 13 assists). Mancari has a five game point-scoring streak.
  • Rookie Tim Kennedy ranks 5th among AHL scoring leaders with 17 points (4 goals, 13 assists). Kennedy ranks 2nd among AHL assists leaders with 13.
  • Rookie Nathan Gerbe ranks 7th among AHL scoring leaders with 15 points (10 goals, 5 assists). Gerbe ranks 2nd among AHL goal scorers with 10.
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