Friday, January 31, 2014
Pirates Start 3 Game Home Weekend against IceCaps
Lewiston, Maine – The Pirates start their first three games in three days home series since March of 2010 Friday night when they face the St. John’s IceCaps at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston. Puck drops at 7 PM for the 6th meeting of the year between the two teams.
The Pirates snapped a 6 game winless streak in their last game, defeating the Springfield Falcons 4-3 in a shootout on Sunday. Chris Brown was the offensive leader, scoring twice, and Andy Miele added his team leading 18th goal of the season. Once again, a Pirates game was not decided in regulation, the third of the weekend, and the Pirates would eventually prevail in a shootout with Miele scoring the game winning goal.
The IceCaps are on a 4 game winning streak, defeating the Providence Bruins 3-1 last Sunday on Sunday. Former Providence goaltender Michael Hutchinson made 34 saves for the IceCaps while Andrew Gordon, Brenden Kichton, and Jason Jaffray tallied goals for St. John’s. The win moved the IceCaps into 7th in the Eastern Conference with 51 points.
The Pirates and IceCaps last clashed in a 3 game series in St. John’s, which the IceCaps won 2-1. The series was marked with two travel delays for the Pirates, which resulted in a 3 game series played in 3 days. Brandon McMillan has led the Pirates in scoring against the IceCaps, tallying 5 assists in 5 games, while Lucas Lessio, Tobias Rieder, and Brendan Shinnimin each have tallied 2 goals. Louis Domingue has made 4 appearances against the IceCaps this season, with a record of 1-1. On the IceCaps side, Eddie Pasquale has played in every game against the Pirates this season, registering a .943 save percentage and a 1.88 goals against average.
KeyBank Key to the Game
Regularity: The Pirates have played in 14 overtime and shootout games this season, the equivalent of one entire regulation game in extra time. All three of the Pirates’ games last weekend went past regulation and 8 home games have gone to shootouts. The Pirates need to shorten the game and win in regulation in order to save their energy for the second half grind.
Tonight’s game can be heard on the Pirates flagship stations WPEI 95.5/95.9 FM as well as WEZR AM 1240 in the Lewiston/Auburn area and WTME AM 780/1450 in Oxford County. The game can also be heard online at portlandpirates.com by clicking “Listen Live” and can be seen live on AHL Live at ahllive.com. The pregame show starts at 6:40 with Jeff Mannix and special guest Mike Lee.
Tickets are available at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee by calling 783-2009 ext. 525 or online at thecolisee.com. Take advantage of the Pirates special weekend offer for this weekend only by calling 828-4665 or online on portlandpirates.com - $8 tickets if you purchase tickets to two of this weekend’s games and a signed yearbook!
Follow all the action on the Pirates official Facebook page and Twitter account (@PortlandPirates) with the hashtag #PiratesHome.