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PORTLAND REPORT: JANUARY 19

by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
The Pirates went 2-1 in their three games played last week. After opening action with a 2-1 loss to Lowell Tuesday night at the CCCC, Portland responded with back-to-back victories. The Pirates enjoyed an explosive 7-1 victory over Worcester Friday night and then wrapped up the weekend with a 3-2 shootout win over Lowell Saturday afternoon.


Portland has only one game this week as they host Lowell Saturday at the CCCC in a 7 p.m. faceoff.

In their first game last week, Portland was beaten by Lowell 2-1. Patrick Davis and Alexander Vasyunov scored power-play goals to lead the Devils and Mike McKenna helped the two goals stand with 29 saves. For Portland, T.J. Brennan netted his first career AHL goal to account for the Pirates offense. The Pirates outshot the Devils 30-22 in the game as Jhonas Enroth took the loss.

On Friday the Pirates skated away with an emphatic 7-1 victory over Worcester. Kyle Rank scored twice and added an assist while Derek Whitmore supplied a goal and two assists. Mark Mancari, Tyler Ennis and Travis Turnbull also enjoyed a multipoint game with a goal and an assist to the Pirates attack. Brennan rounded out the goal scoring and Matt Generous added three assists. The Sharks outshot the Pirates 34-28 in the game as Enroth posted the win.

Saturday, the Pirates traveled to Lowell to face the Devils again and posted a 3-2 shootout win. Philip Gogulla and Nathan Gerbe scored in regulation for the Pirates, while Michael Swift and Ben Walter scored for the Devils. Paul Byron and Gerbe scored in the shootout for the Pirates, but it was Mancari’s shootout game-winner and a three saves on three shots by Enroth that earned the victory.

This Week: The Pirates will host the Lowell Devils at the CCCC Saturday night at 7 p.m. Tickets for the game on Saturday are available by calling (207) 775-3458, visiting the Cumberland County Civic Center Box Office or going on-line at www.portlandpirates.com. The game can be heard live on News Talk WLOB 95.5 FM and on-line at www.portlandpirates.com beginning with the pre-game show at 6:45 p.m.

Saturday, January 23, 2010 vs. Lowell (CCCC), 7 p.m.
* This will be the sixth of 10 meeting between the Pirates and the Devils this season
* Lowell ranks third in the Atlantic Division with 54 points * Heading into this week’s action Lowell was the top power-play team in the AHL at 23.5 percent * Although they don’t feature a player among the top-35 scorers in the League, the Devils are the second highest scoring team in the AHL

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