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PIRATES ANSWER WITH HUGE GAME 5 WIN

by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
BINGHAMTON, NY – Mark Mancari scored twice and added two assists to lead the Portland Pirates to a 6-2 win over the Binghamton Senators in Game 5 of the Atlantic Division Finals played Tuesday night in front of 3,152 at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.


Mancari
The victory forced a sixth game in the best of seven series, which will be played Friday at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland. The Senators lead the series, 3-2.

GAME 5 BOX SCORE

Colin Stuart added a goal and an assist for the Pirates while single goals went to Luke Adam, Mark Parrish and Mark Voakes.  Matt Ellis collected two assists and Alex Biega, Brian O'Hanley, Paul Byron and Derek Whitmore each finished with one helper.

Jim O’Brien and Bobby Butler scored for the Senators while Mike Hoffman tallied a pair of assists for Binghamton.

Stuart
The Pirates jumped out to a quick start in this game, scoring four times in the opening period to build a 4-0 lead after one. Stuart and Adam netted power-play goals in the first seven minutes, Mancari connected shorthanded and Parrish found the back of the net at even strength to get the Pirates rolling and chase Binghamton starter Robin Lehner after the fourth goal.  Lehner was replaced by Barry Brust with five and a half minutes left in the first.

Voakes scored early in the second to increase the Pirates' lead to 5-0 before O’Brien got the home side on the board. Mancari, with his second of the game, and Butler traded goals in the second half of the second period to send the game into the third with the Pirates ahead 6-2. There was no scoring in the third.

Enroth
The Pirates out shot the Senators 41-37 in the game as Jhonas Enroth made 35 saves to post the victory.

The Allied Home Mortgage Three Stars of the game were all from the Pirates. Mancari was the first star, Stuart the second and Enroth the third.

The series returns to Portland for Game 6 on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Cumberland County Civic Center.
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