04/13/2014 8:12 AM
Pirates (24-38-3-8, 59 points) vs. Admirals (37-25-3-7, 84 points)
Lewiston, ME – The Portland Pirates start their final home stand of the 2013-14 season as they take on the Norfolk Admirals on Sunday at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. Puck drop is set for 4 PM. Norfolk holds a 2-1 advantage in the season series.
The Pirates were shut out by the Manchester Monarchs last night 4-0 in their final road game of the season. Jean-Francois Berube made 23 saves for Manchester while Linden Vey (2), Jordan Weal, and Brayden McNabb had the goals. Louis Domingue had 35 saves in the loss. The defeat extends the Pirates' winless streak to 6 games.
Norfolk blanked the Providence Bruins 3-0 last night behind goaltender Brad Thiessen’s 28 saves. Antoine Laganiere and Andre Petersson (2) scored for the Admirals, who find themselves in 9th place in the east, percentage points behind the Hershey Bears for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Norfolk defeated the Pirates in their last meeting on January 10th, prevailing 5-4 in a shootout. Andy Miele, Ethan Werek, Chris Summers, and Tobias Rieder all scored for the Pirates, who were unable to tally a goal in the shootout. Mark Visentin made 22 saves for the Pirates in the defeat.
Dan O’Donoghue, who was signed by the Phoenix Coyotes to a two year, entry level contract yesterday, has joined the Pirates and will wear number 27.
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Nothing but Net: The Pirates have been outscored 25-7 over their last 4 games and only had 23 shots on goal last night in Manchester. The Pirates offense needs to come alive and ratchet up their scoring, especially against a hot goaltender in Brad Thiessen.
Tonight’s game can be heard on News Talk WLOB AM 1310/AM 780 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.
Follow all the action on the Pirates official Facebook page and Twitter account (@PortlandPirates) with the hashtag #PiratesHome
Tickets are available by calling the Androscoggin Bank Colisee Box Office at 783-2009 ext. 525 or online at thecolisee.com.