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Pirates face Monarchs in Second Game of VIP Cup Serie

11/19/2012 10:00 PM -
The Portland Pirates get back to action on Tuesday night when they face the Manchester Monarchs at home. The puck will drop at 7PM for the second game of the VIP Cup Series, presented by VIP Parts, Tires and Service.
The Pirates are coming off a split weekend, defeating Connecticut 2-1 in Hartford on Friday and falling by the same score on Saturday night to the Providence Bruins at home. In Friday’s contest, goaltender Chad Johnson stopped 22 of 23 shots against his old team, and Alexandre Bolduc scored his team leading 9th goal to lead the Pirates to victory. In Saturday night’s game against the Bruins, the Pirates were unable to overcome the superb play of rookie Bruins goaltender Niklas Svedberg, who stopped 35 of 36 shots in the Providence win. Phil Lane provided the lone goal for the Pirates.
Manchester is coming off a two loss weekend, losing Friday’s contest with Providence by a 3-2 score and falling 4-0 Saturday in Bridgeport against the Sound Tigers. In Friday’s game, Manchester’s offense was provided by Brian O’Neill and former Lewiston Maineiac Marc-Andre Cliché, but Niklas Svedberg again stood strong for the Providence win. In Saturday’s contest, the Monarchs were stonewalled by goalie Anders Nilsson, who stopped all 25 shots he faced for the Sound Tiger victory.
The last time these two teams met was on October 20th at the Verizon Wireless Arena, where Manchester defeated Portland by a 6-4 margin. The Monarchs scored two powerplay goals to go with a shorthanded tally, pushing 5 goals total past Chad Johnson in the win. Portland’s offense was provided by Alexandre Bolduc, Brandon Shinnimin, and Chris Conner, who scored twice for Portland. Manchester’s victory gave them a 1-0 lead in the VIP Cup Series, presented by VIP Parts, Tires, and Service, which is a season long series between Portland and Manchester. For more information on the VIP Cup, visit www.vip-cup.com.

Tickets are still available for tomorrow’s game, as well as Friday’s game against the Springfield Falcons, by calling (207) 828-4665 ext. 350 or online at ticketmaster.com. The game can be heard on 95.5 and 95.9 WPEI in the Portland area, 92.7FM and 100.7 FM WOXO FM in the Lewiston/Auburn area, and online on the WLOB radio player and AHL Live.

WHO: Portland Pirates (6-6-1-1) vs. Manchester Monarchs (7-6-0-1)
WHERE: Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland ME
WHEN: Tuesday, November 20th, 7:00 PM
TICKETS: Available by calling the Pirates office at (207) 828-4665 ext. 350 or online at ticketmaster.com.

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