02/25/2014 9:12 PM
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Lewiston, ME— The Portland Pirates dropped their fourth straight game, falling 4-3 to the Hartford Wolf Pack Tuesday night. Lucas Lessio, Andy Miele and Rostislav Klesla scored for the Pirates while Louis Domingue made 22 saves in the defeat. The Wolf Pack used four straight goals and strong play in net from Dov Grumet-Morris to comeback from a 3-0 first period deficit to win the game.
The Pirates began the game on the hunt, scoring three times in the opening stanza. Lessio put Portland on the board first at 8:50 when David Rundblad spotted Lessio near the Hartford blue line and threaded a perfect pass that led Lessio into the zone. Once past the defense, Lessio undressed David LeNeveu with a beautiful backhand-forehand move to make it 1-0. At 12:25, Andy Miele made it 2-0 with his 55th career goal, tying him with Derek Whitmore for 15th all-time in Pirates history. Tobias Rieder was able to keep the puck in the offensive zone, spin and throw the puck to Miele who calmly turned and feathered a shot top-shelf over LeNeveu. Then, at 18:01, Rostislav Klesla scored to make it 3-0 Pirates with a slap shot from just inside the zone.
In the second, Hartford began to claw their way back in the game, first with Conor Allen scoring at 5:45 on the power play, followed by Andrew Yogan at 9:32 who beat Domingue from the slot.
In the third, the Wolf Pack completed their comeback with another pair of goals. First Darroll Powe scored at 12:42 to bring the team’s even and then Jesper Fast was able to deflect a pass over Domingue’s pads at 16:30 to give Hartford the 4-3 lead.
The Pirates fought to tie the game back up, but Grumet-Morris stood strong, turning aside all 15 shots he saw in relief of LeNeveu.\
The Pirates return to action Thursday night when they host the Worcester Sharks at 7 pm at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in a game rescheduled from Friday the 28th. The first 1500 fans will receive a Chris Brown Bobblehead courtesy of Bath Savings Institution. Thursday’s game can be heard on the Pirates flagship stations WPEI 95.5/95.9 FM as well as WEZR FM 105.5/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. Tickets are available at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee by calling 783-2009 ext. 525 or online at thecolisee.com.
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