01/26/2014 9:00 AM
Pirates (15-16-2-7, 39 points) at Falcons (28-10-1-3, 60 Points), 3 PM
Springfield, MA – The Pirates will look to end a season long 6 game winless streak this afternoon as they face the East Division leading Springfield Falcons. Puck drop is 3 PM from the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield.
The Pirates lost a heartbreaker in overtime last night 3-2 to the Manchester Monarchs in game 6 of the VIP Cup Series, presented by VIP Tires & Service. The Pirates rallied from a 2 goal deficit, with Andy Miele and Ethan Werek scoring 2:13 apart in the third period to tie the game. With just 1.8 seconds left in overtime, however, Linden Vey beat Louis Domingue to give the Monarchs the win. Domingue made 36 saves in the defeat, which gave the Monarchs a 4-2 advantage in the VIP Cup Series. For more information on the VIP Cup, visit www.vip-cup.com.
Springfield dropped a 3-1 decision to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers last night, the Pirates opponent on Friday. Jack Skille scored the lone Falcons goal, and the Sound Tigers scored twice in the third period to pick up the win. Mike McKenna made 25 saves for the Falcons in net.
The Falcons have a 3-0-0-0 record against the Pirates this season, with former Pirate Mike McKenna picking up all three wins. 2 of the three meetings this season have gone to a shootout, both at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. Lucas Lessio leads the Pirates with 2 goals against the Falcons this season, while all three Pirate goaltenders have started a game against Springfield this season.
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Fly Like an Eagle: Springfield is known for their up-tempo offense, which utilizes speed and precision in order to create chances. The Pirates will have to rely on their fastest players, including Lucas Lessio, in order to counter the Falcon’s punches.
This afternoon’s game can be heard on the Pirates flagship stations WPEI 95.5/95.9 FM as well as WEZR 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 2:40 with Jeff Mannix Follow all the action on the Pirates official Facebook page and Twitter account (@PortlandPirates) with the hashtag #PiratesAway.