Monarchs Take 1-0 Lead in VIP Cup, defeat Pirates 6-4

10/20/2012 10:00 PM -
The Portland Pirates played their second high scoring game in as many nights, but were unable to keep pace with the Manchester Monarchs, falling in Manchester, NH by a score of six to four.
Alexandre Bolduc got the scoring underway quickly, scoring just 44 seconds into the game off a Rob Klinkhammer pass. Bolduc’s top shelf shot past Martin Jones (3-1-0-0) gave Portland the lead, but Manchester would fight back, slanting the ice towards Chad Johnson (0-2-0-0) and putting 15 shots on net in the first.
Chris Conner would extend the Portland lead in the first, capitalizing on a charging penalty on Nick Deslauriers. Conner’s powerplay goal at 16:25 into the first, assisted by Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Ethan Werek, gave Portland a 2-0 lead that they brought to the locker room for the first intermission.
In the second, Manchester’s continued bombardment of the Portland paid dividends, with rookie Tanner Pearson taking control of the Monarch’s scoring. Pearson scored his first career goal on the powerplay 13:08 into the period, and followed it up with another powerplay goal just two and a half minutes later. Pearson’s two goals tied the game for Manchester, but just 33 seconds after his second goal, Chris Conner continued his torrid weekend for the Pirates, scoring his second goal of the game and his fourth of the weekend, to give the Pirates the lead again.
However, before the Pirates could get out of the second, SlavaVoynov equalized the score, converting Brandon Kozun’s pass into the third Manchester goal of the game right after another Pirates penalty, this one to Alexandre Bolduc, had expired.
The game remained tied entering the 3rd, with the Pirates going on a two man advantage just 30 seconds into the period. However, a miscalculation as the penalty to Tyler Toffoli expired led to Toffoli scoring a shorthanded goal just over two minutes into the third period, and Manchester had their first lead of the night.
Linden Vey would score an insurance goal at 9:02 in the third, and Manchester would take a 2 goal lead. The Pirates didn’t give up, however, as Brendan Shinnimingot one back for the Pirates with 6:35 left in the third, his first professional goal. Shinnimin’s goal brought some life back to the Pirates offense, but with just 19 seconds left, Andrei Loktionov sealed it for the Monarchs with an empty net goal.
Goaltender Chad Johnson took the loss for the Pirates, his second of the season, after facing 40 shots and turning away 35. Martin Jones picked up the victory for the Monarchs, stopping 24 of the 28 shots he faced.
Manchester takes a 1-0 lead in the VIP Cup, which will be an ongoing series between the Pirates and the Monarchs throughout the 2012-2013 season. Check out more about the 12 game series by visiting www.vip-cup.com.
The Pirates next two games will be in the Great White North, as they travel to St. John’s to take on the IceCaps (2-2-0-0) on Tuesday, October 23 and Wednesday, October 24. Puck drop is at 6:00 PM EST (7:30 PM Local time) for both nights at the Mile One Centre. Tune in to the 95’s – 95.5 and 95.9 WPEI FM for radio coverage, or online with AHL Live!
The next Pirates home game will be against Binghamton at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee on October 27th, and will be the annual Pink in the Rink game, presented by Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute! The Pirates will be wearing special pink jerseys to help raise money for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer! Tickets are available at www.thecolisee.com or by calling 783-2009 x 208.

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