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PORTLAND REPORT: 4/13

by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
Pirates Weekly News & Notes

Week of 4/13/09


Felix Schutz (Photo: Heather Harvey)
THE PIRATES ARE IN THE 2009 CALDER CUP PLAYOFFS:
The Portland Pirates finished their regular season schedule on Saturday night with a 5-4 win over the Manchester Monarchs. As a result, the Pirates will play the Providence Bruins in Round 1 of the 2009 Calder Cup Playoffs.

The Pirates finished the regular season in third place in the Atlantic Division with a record of 39-31-3-7. As a result, the Pirates will meet the second place Providence Bruins in Round 1 of the Calder Cup Playoffs. Portland was 5-2-0-3 against Providence in the season series between the two teams. The schedule for Pirates Playoff Hockey – Powered by Time Warner Cable is listed below.

Atlantic Division Semifinal - Portland Pirates vs. Providence Bruins
  • Game 1- Wed., April 15th  7:05 pm @ Providence
  • Game 2- Fri., April 17th  7:05 pm @ Providence
  • Game 3- Sun., April 19th  4:00 pm @ PORTLAND
  • Game 4- Thu., April 23rd   7:00 pm @ PORTLAND
  • *Game 5- Fri., April 24th  7:05 pm @ Providence
  • *Game 6- Sun., April 26th  4:00 pm @ PORTLAND
  • *Game 7- Tue., April 28th  7:05 pm @ Providence
    *If necessary
NOTABLES:
  • With an assist on Sunday against Manchester, Marc-Andre Gragnani broke Brian Salcido’s franchise record for most points in a season by a defenseman (50 points). Gragnani finished the regular season with 51 points.
  • The Pirates finished the regular season in third place in the Atlantic Division with a record of 39-31-3-7.  As a result, the Pirates will meet the second place Providence Bruins in Round 1 of the Calder Cup Playoffs. Portland was 5-2-0-3 against Providence in the season series between the two teams.
  • The Portland Pirates have qualified for the Calder Cup Playoffs for the 12th time in franchise history. In Portland's 16 seasons in the American Hockey League the team has captured the Calder Cup (1994) and made four trips to the conference finals, including two of the past three seasons.
  • Tim Kennedy has four assists in his last three games.
  • The Pirates finished the regular season with the fewest penalty minutes among Atlantic Division teams with 1209.
  • Only four Pirates players played in all 80 games this season (Zagrapan, Darche, Fretter and Kostka).
PIRATES PLAYER OF THE WEEK:  #15 Felix Schutz
Pirates forward Felix Schutz is the Pirates Player of the Week and the team’s nomination for the AHL Player of the Week. This is the second time this season that Schutz has earned the honor. He notched 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) this week during the Pirates three games.

On Wednesday night against Worcester, Schutz registered a goal in the Pirates 2-1 loss to the Sharks. On Friday night, he recorded two assists in the Pirates 6-5 win over the Providence Bruins. The following night, Schutz tallied an assist in the Pirates 5-4 road win in Manchester.
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