03/23/2014 8:55 AM
Pirates (22-30-2-8, 54 points) at Sound Tigers (27-30-2-5, 61 Points)
3:00 PM EDT
Bridgeport, CT – The Portland Pirates will return to action for the first time in 8 days as they head to Bridgeport to face the Sound Tigers. Puck drops at 3 PM for the 4th and final meeting between the two teams this year. The Pirates hold a 2-0-0-1 advantage in the season series.
The Pirates last played on Saturday, March 15th, dropping the third game of a three game series against the St. John’s Icecaps in Newfoundland by a 3-2 score. Jordan Szwarz and Brandon Yip were the goal scorers for Portland, while Mark Visentin made 31 saves. The Pirates went 1-2 during their three game series with the icecaps, but set a season high in goals with 7 in their 7-4 win on March 14th.
The Sound Tigers dropped a 2-1 decision to the IceCaps last night in a shootout. Adam Brace scored for the Sound Tigers while Kevin Poulin made 20 saves. Tyler Beskorowany made 36 saves for the IceCaps in the victory.
The last meeting between the Pirates and Sound Tigers was on January 24th, a 4-3 shootout win for Bridgeport. The Pirates have earned a point in every game against the Sound Tigers this season, with Andy Miele tallying 5 points in 3 games to lead the team. Brett Hextall also has three goals against Bridgeport this season, and Louis Domingue has a 2-0 record against Bridgeport, including his first AHL shutout on January 11th.
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Break It Down: The Pirates are coming off their longest layoff this season and will need to focus on fundamentals in order to be successful this afternoon. With only 14 games remaining in the season, the Pirates’ veteran players will play an important role as the team shakes off the rust and enters the home stretch.
This afternoon’s game can be heard on the Pirates flagship stations WPEI 95.5/95.9 FM 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 2:40 with Jeff Mannix.
Follow all the action on the Pirates official Facebook page and Twitter account (@PortlandPirates) with the hashtag #PiratesAway.
The Pirates have announced eight guaranteed dates for the 2014-15 season as the Pirates return to the Cumberland County Civic Center! Group tickets are available for all eight of the announced dates and flex and season tickets for the 2014-15 season are now on sale! For more information on the guaranteed dates, click here and for more information on ticket plans, call 207-828-4665.