03/12/2014 9:03 AM
Pirates (21-28-2-8, 52 points) at IceCaps (36-19-1-3, 76 Points)
6:00 PM EDT
St. John’s, NL – The Portland Pirates begin a 3 game set in St. John’s tonight against the IceCaps. Puck drop is 6 PM EDT as the Pirates look to improve their record against division rival St. John’s. The IceCaps have a 7-1 lead in the season series, and a 2-1 lead in St. John’s.
The Pirates’ last game was Sunday, a 9-3 defeat at the hands of the Springfield Falcons. Tim Kennedy, Brett Hextall, and Brandon Yip scored for the Pirates and both Mark Visentin and Louis Domingue saw time in the Pirates net. The 9 goals allowed were the most in Pirates history at home.
The IceCaps are on an 8 game win streak that began with their win over the Pirates on February 18th at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston. During that span, the IceCaps have outscored their opponents 34-18, with the Pirates having scored 10 of those goals. St. John’s last game was Saturday, a 3-2 OT win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in St. John’s.
The Pirates’ last game against the IceCaps was February 23rd at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, a 6-5 win for St. John’s. The Pirates’ allowed 5 goals in the third period, but scored twice in the final minute of the game. Tobias Rieder scored twice for the Pirates in the defeat.
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A Game of Chance: Despite Sunday’s score against Springfield, the Pirates outchanced the Falcons, but failed to convert on their opportunities. Portland needs to use the opportunities they are afforded tonight in order to outscore the IceCaps.
New Pirates Joel Hanley and Jordon Southern, who were both signed Professional Tryout Contracts with the Pirates today, will be in St. John’s and are available for tonight’s game.
Tonight’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 5:40 with Jeff Mannix.
Follow all the action on the Pirates official Facebook page and Twitter account (@PortlandPirates) with the hashtag #PiratesAway.
The Pirates have announced eight guaranteed dates for the 2014-15 season as the Pirates return to the Cumberland County Civic Center! Group tickets are available for all eight of the announced dates and flex and season tickets for the 2014-15 season are now on sale! For more information on the guaranteed dates, click here and for more information on ticket plans, call 207-828-4665.