Pirates face Senators for First Time since 2012

02/01/2014 8:22 AM -

Pirates (16-17-2-7, 41 points) vs. Senators (24-14-0-3, 59 Points), 7 PM

Lewiston, ME – The Pirates will try to win their first home game of 2014 when they face the Binghamton Senators. Puck drops at 7 pm for the only home meeting between the Pirates and Senators this year.

The Pirates dropped a 7-4 decision to the St. John’s IceCaps. The Pirates allowed 5 power play goals, the most of the season. 4 different Pirates scored, with Phil Lane scoring just 18 seconds into the game. Jordan Szwarz, Brandon McMillan and Lucas Lessio had the other Pirates goals. Mark Visentin made 26 saves in the loss. The loss gives the Pirates a winless January at home, with their last win at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee coming December 31st against Bridgeport.

The B-Sens dropped a 5-1 decision to the Pirates’ VIP Cup rival Manchester Monarchs last night. Binghamton goaltender Nathan Lawson gave up five goals on 21 shots before being relieved by Andrew Hammond during the second period. David Dziurzynski, the brother of Pirates forward Darian Dziurzynski, scored the lone Senators goal, which came in the third period.

This is the first matchup of the year between the Pirates and Senators, and only time the Senators will visit the Androscoggin Bank Colisee this season. The last meeting between the two teams in Maine was October 27, 2012, when the Pirates hosted the 6th annual Pink in the Rink event at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. The Pirates won that game 4-2, with current Pirates Andy Miele, Jordan Szwarz, and Mathieu Brodeur all tallying their first goals of the 2012-13 season in the win. In their last meeting, the Pirates dropped a 6-1 decision in Binghamton on December 7th, 2012.

KeyBank Key to the Game
Disciplined Approach
: The Pirates penalty kill allowed 5 power play goals last night, dropping the penalty kill unit out of the top 10 in the AHL for the first time all season. The Pirates must avoid penalties and focus on the game plan in order to pull out a win.

Tonight is Junior Achievement Night with Casco Bay High School. The Pirates will honor the hard work of Casco Bay High School students who participated in the Pirates intensive as part of the Junior Achievement “Be Entrepreneurial” program. Casco Bay High Students sold over 550 tickets for tonight’s game to 19 local businesses, totaling more than $2,100 in donations back to Casco Bay High School. For more information on the night, click here.

Tonight’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 6:40 with Jeff Mannix .

Tickets are available at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee by calling 783-2009 ext. 525 or online at thecolisee.com. Take advantage of the Pirates special weekend offer for today and tomorrow only by calling 828-4665 or online on portlandpirates.com - $8 tickets if you purchase tickets to two of this weekend’s games and a signed yearbook!

Follow all the action on the Pirates official Facebook page and Twitter account (@PortlandPirates) with the hashtag #PiratesHome.


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