02/08/2014 8:40 PM
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Hershey, PA — The Portland Pirates dropped their final game before the All-Star BBreak on Saturday, falling 2-1 to the Hershey Bears in Hershey. Brandon Yip had the Pirates’ tally and Brandon Gormley extended his point streak to 3 games in the loss.
After a scoreless first period, the Pirates and bears traded goals 52 seconds apart in the second. Hershey opened the scoring as Peter LeBlanc tipped a Cameron Schilling shot past Pirates starter Louis Doming to give the Bears a lead 1-0 at 5:22 of the second. Brandon Yip answered for the Pirates at 6:14 of the second, tipping Brandon Gormley’s rebound past Philipp Grubauer to even the score. Yip’s goal was his 6th of the year, with Tobias Rieder picking up the secondary assist on the goal. Domingue would be key in keeping the Pirates level with Hershey, stopping a series of shots in the closing minutes of the period to keep the Bears off the board and the score tied into the second intermission.
Hershey took the lead for good in the third. Dane Byers scored his 6th goal of the year with 16:03 left in regulation to give Hershey a 2-1 lead. Despite intense pressure from the Pirates with the extra attacker at the end of the period, Grubauer stood strong in net for the bears, finishing with 11 saves in the third and 30 saves overall. Louis Domingue made 34 saves for Portland, but dropped his 5th straight decision, not including a shootout loss to Springfield. The Pirates head into the All-Star break with a record of 17-21-2-7.
The Pirates are off for the AHL All-Star Break until Friday, when they travel to Glens Falls to face the Adirondack Phantoms. Puck drops at 7 PM. and the 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 Follow all the action on the Pirates official Facebook page and Twitter account (@PortlandPirates) with the hashtag #PiratesAway.
Watch the AHL-All Star Classic presented by Assante Wealth Management as the AHL All-Stars take on Färjestad BK in St. John’s Newfoundland. The Skills Competition will take place on February 11th at 6:30 EST, while the All-Star Classic will be played on February 12th at 6:30 EST. For more information on how to watch, click here. The 2014 AHL Hall of Fame Induction will take place on February 12th at 10 am and can be streamed live on StJohnsIceCaps.com – don’t miss as Pirates assistant coach John Slaney is inducted into the AHL Hall of Fame!