10/19/2013 8:34 AM
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Saturday, October 19th, 2013
Pirates Welcome Wolf Pack for Pink in the Rink, presented by CMMC
Lewiston, ME – The Portland Pirates will welcome the Hartford Wolf Pack to Maine for the first time in three years as they face off for the 7th annual Pink in the Rink game, presented by Central Maine Medical Center. Puck drop is set for 7 as the Pirates look for their first win of the 2013-14 season.
The Pirates have had a week off since their last contest, a 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Providence Bruins. Both Jordan Szwarz and Jordan Martinook scored for the Pirates, while Andy Miele and Brandon Gormley each tallied assists. Mike Lee made 24 saves in his first start of the season for the Pirates. The Pirates power play was again effective, with Jordan Szwarz’s goal coming on the man advantage, and ranks 1st in the AHL with a 37.5% conversion rate.
Hartford continued their hot start last night with a 4-3 shootout victory over the Manchester Monarchs. Rookie Danny Kristo scored his third goal of the season, and Marek Hrivik and Aaron Johnson scored 20 seconds apart to tie the game in the third period. Hrivik and Brandon Mashinter then scored in the shootout to give the Wolf Pack their 4th victory in 5 games. Hartford goaltender Cam Talbot, who was reassigned from the NY Rangers earlier in the day, made 30 saves, including a penalty shot save in overtime, for the win.
The Wolf Pack return to Maine after a 3 year period where they were known as the Connecticut Whale. The Pirates last faced the Whale in their regular season home finale on April 20th, with Pirates forward Phil Lane picking up a hat trick for the Pirates in the 5-1 victory. Andy Miele had a 3 point night for the Pirates as well, while Mike Lee made 31 saves on 32 shots in the victory.
The Pirates will wear celebrate Pink in the Rink for the 7th straight year and will wear special Pink jerseys. The special jerseys will be auctioned off online at a later date. Prior to tonight’s game, Breast Cancer survivors, fighters, caretakers, and their families will be honored on ice during a pregame ceremony. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 6:55 for the ceremony. During the game, the American Cancer Society will raffle off a special edition, team signed Pink in the Rink Jersey with all proceeds benefiting Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Tonight’s 50/50 proceeds will be donated to the Bennett Breast Care Cancer Center at Central Maine Medical Center.
Tonight’s game can be heard on the Pirates flagship stations WPEI 95.5/95.9 FM as well as WEZR AM 1240 and WTME AM 780/1450 in the Lewiston/Auburn area. The game can also be heard online at portlandpirates.com by clicking “Listen Live” and AHL Live. The pregame show starts at 6:40 with Jeff Mannix. Tickets are still available by calling the Androscoggin Bank Colisee box office at (207) 783-2009 ext. 525 or online at thecolisee.com.
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