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PORTLAND REPORT: MARCH 24

by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
The Pirates enjoyed a successful week posting three wins in four games and collecting seven of a possible eight points in the standings.


All four games were decided by one goal as the Pirates posted a regulation win (2-1) over Manchester Sunday, two shootout victories (Tuesday against Lowell and Friday at Manchester) and an overtime loss to Lowell on Saturday.

Portland, 39-22-6-4 and with points in each of their last five games (3-0-1-1), preserved their second place positioning in the Atlantic Division. They are three points behind Worcester for first and lead the third place Devils by eight points.

Nathan Gerbe and Mark Mancari scored shootout goals to lift the Pirates to a 3-2 victory over the Lowell Devils to begin last week’s action Tuesday at the Cumberland County Civic Center. J.P. Lamoureux stopped all four attempts he faced in the shootout to help the Pirates end a two-game winless streak. T.J. Brennan and Tyler Ennis, who forced overtime with five minutes remaining in regulation, scored in regulation for the Pirates while Mike Kostka collected an assist to extend his point/assist-scoring streak to six games (seven assists).

For the second straight game Gerbe and Mancari scored shootout goals in support of four shootout saves by Lamoureux to lead the Pirates to a 4-3 win over the Manchester Monarchs at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Friday. Paul Byron, Ennis (who also registered an assist) and Mancari scored in regulation for the Pirates, who posted their second straight shootout victory. The Pirates never led in the game as they battled back from three one-goal deficits.

Cory Murphy scored 1:52 into overtime to give the Devils a 3-2 win over the Pirates Saturday at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell. Michael Swift paced the Devils with two goals and an assist. Cody McCormick and Ennis replied for the Pirates, who extended their point streak to four games (2-0-1-1). Gerbe collected a pair of assists in the losing effort.

Todd Ford made 36 saves in his Portland debut and Mancari accounted for all the offense as the Pirates slipped past the Monarchs 2-1 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston on Sunday. Gerbe registered two assists as the Pirates upped their record to 39-22-6-4 on the season and extended their point streak to five games (3-0-1-1).

This Week:

Friday, March 26, 2010 vs. Providence (Dunkin' Donuts Center), 7:05 p.m.
    * Providence, 33-34-4-1, heads into the game sitting sixth in the Atlantic Division, seven points behind Bridgeport for the final post season berth in the Eastern Conference.
    * The Bruins are one of only three AHL teams that have a sub-500 record on home ice (15-18-2-1)
    * The Pirates are 3-2-1-0 against the Bruins this season and have won the last two meetings between the two teams. The wins were both shutout victories in Providence (4-0 on February 5th and 3-0 on January 3rd) to extend the Pirates shutout streak against the Bruins at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center to 121:38.
    * Mikko Lehtonen leads the Bruins in scoring with 23 goals and 26 assists for 49 points in 70 games.

Saturday, March 27, 2010 vs. Springfield Falcons (CCCC), 7 p.m.
    * Despite being virtually eliminated from post-season contention, the Falcons are playing some of their best hockey of the season going 3-0-2-0 in their last five games to move to 24-34-11-3 on the season.
    * Jordan Eberle, selected 22nd overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, has made an immediate impact with the Falcons with six points in his first three professional games. The 19 year-old recorded 106 points with Regina in the Western Hockey League before joining Springfield to complete the season.
    * Charles Linglet is fourth in AHL scoring with 73 points in 72 games. His 54 assists are third most in the League.
    * The Pirates are 3-2-0-1 against the Falcons this season, including a 5-4 shootout loss to Springfield in their last meeting at the Cumberland County Civic Center on March 14th.

Sunday, March 20, 2010 vs. Hartford Wolf Pack (CCCC), 7 p.m.
    * The Wolf Pack head into this week’s action with a 29-30-6-5 record and nine points out of a playoff spot.
    * Hartford’s 11 road wins are tied for the second fewest in the AHL.
    * The Pirates are undefeated in regulation against the Wolf Pack this season with a 4-0-1-0 record.
    * Corey Locke leads the Wolf Pack in scoring with 79 points in 70 games, the third most in the League. His 18 power-play goals are tied for the most in the AHL.

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