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PORTLAND REPORT: NOVEMBER 16

by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
Photo: Bill Wippert
Mark Mancari:

Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Right
Height: 6’3”
Weight 225
Born July 11, 1985
Birthplace London, Ontario


Mark Mancari began a three-game scoring streak, netting a goal in each of the Pirates' contests this week.

Mancari previously had a point streak of seven games, which was snapped during Portland’s 5-0 win over the Hershey Bears on Nov. 6.

The winger net the lone goal in Wednesday’s 6-1 loss in Wilkes-Barre, spoiling netminder John Curry’s shutout bid with less than three minutes remaining in regulation.

He also scored a goal and an assist in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Rochester Americans at HSBC Arena and added a goal Sunday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Statistics: Portland Pirates, American Hockey League
GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG SHG
17 7 9 16 0 10 3 0


Tyler Ennis (Photo: Bill Wippert)
Tyler Ennis
Position: Center
Shoots: Left
Height: 5’9”
Weight: 163
Born: October 6, 1989
Birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta


Tyler Ennis recorded his first NHL goal during the Sabres’ 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday (Nov. 14).

Ennis was called up to replace the injured Drew Stafford just hours before the game.

Earlier in the week, Ennis recorded two assists during Thursday’s 6-3 win over the Rochester Americans at HSBC Arena.

The game marked the end of the Amerks’ chances of setting franchise history by stifling the teams winning streak at eleven games.

Tyler Ennis is currently ranked first among all AHL rookies in points.


Statistics: Portland Pirates, American Hockey League
GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG SHG
17 6 8 14 -6 4 3 0


This Week:

The Pirates will embark on four games in five nights this week beginning with a game against the Norfolk Admirals (8-8-1) on Tuesday, Nov.17.  The Pirates then play the Worcester Sharks (8-8-0) in a home-at-home series on Wednesday and Friday.  The Pirates round out the week on Saturday meeting the Norfolk Admirals again for the second time this week.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 vs. Norfolk Admirals, 7 PM
•    The game will be the first of two meetings between the Pirates and the Admirals this week
•    Norfolk forward Brandon Bochenski is tied for 10th in AHL scoring with 10 goals and seven assists for 17 points in 17 games. His 10 goals, two of which came against the Pirates in the first meeting between the two teams on October 23rd, are tied for the most in the League
•    Riku Helenius is sixth in the AHL in goals against average with a 1.80 mark
•    The two teams close out their four-game season series this Saturday (November 21st) at 7 PM at the CCCC

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ Worcester Sharks, 7:05 PM
•    Worcester heads into this week’s action in the midst of a five-game losing streak. The Sharks have been out-scored 23-8 during the losing streak
•    Heading into Wednesday’s game the Sharks have lost four straight at home
•    Danny Groulx leads the Sharks in scoring with two goals and 12 assists for 14 points in 17 games. The veteran defenseman is tied for fifth in scoring among AHL defenders
•    Logan Couture, re-assigned to Worcester from San Jose on Monday, is one of the top rookie scorers in the League. In only eight games the London, Ontario native has collected five goals and eight assists for 13 points
•    The two teams complete a home-and-home series this Friday (November 20th) at 7 PM at the CCCC

Friday, November 20, 2009 vs. Worcester Sharks, 7 PM

Saturday, November 21, 2009 vs. Norfolk Admirals, 7 PM

Recent Transactions:
11/15/2009, Tyler Ennis, Returned on loan from Buffalo (NHL)
11/14/2009, Tyler Ennis, Recalled by Buffalo (NHL)
11/12/2009, Jhonas Enroth, Returned on loan from Buffalo (NHL)
11/12/2009, Justin Donati, Released from PTO
11/12/2009, Ryan Nie, Released from PTO
11/11/2009, Justin Donati, Signed to PTO
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