Pirates Look to Bounce Back, Face Falcons on Black Friday

11/21/2012 10:00 PM -
The Portland Pirates look to bounce back after a tough loss to the Manchester Monarchs when they face the Eastern Conference leading Springfield Falcons on Friday at the Cumberland County Civic Center. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7 PM.
The Pirates faced the Manchester Monarchs on Thursday in the second game of the VIP Cup Series, presented by VIP Parts, Tires, and Service. Rookie Tyler Toffoli had a hat trick for the Monarchs, and Linden Vey added 4 points of his own as the Monarchs best the Pirates by a 5-1 score. Despite the fact that the Pirates had 42 shots on goal, only Evan Brophey’s strike with 33 seconds to go in the third got past Manchester goaltender Martin Jones. The Pirates’ power play was particularly egregious, going 0 for 10 on the night, and extending their power play scoreless streak to 0 for 33.
The Falcons are coming off a 2 game sweep of the defending Calder Cup Champion Norfolk Admirals, winning by scores of 5-2 and 3-2. The Falcons have been led this season by former Pirates goaltender Curtis McElhinney, who has a 9-2-0-1 record and a1.41 Goals Against Average. The Falcons also have one of the league’s leading scorers in Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, who has 15 points on the season, one more than Pirates leading scorer Alexandre Bolduc.
Friday night’s game will be the debut of the Pirate’s special 20th Anniversary Jerseys, which were designed with help from students at the Maine College of Art. The special black jerseys will also be word on New Year’s Eve against the Connecticut Whale.

Tickets are still available for Friday’s game by calling (207) 828-4665 ext. 350 or online at ticketmaster.com. The game can be heard on 95.5 and 95.9 WPEI in the Portland area, 92.7FM and 100.7 FM WOXO FM in the Lewiston/Auburn area, and online on the WLOB radio player and AHL Live.

WHO: Portland Pirates (6-7-1-1) vs. Springfield Falcons (10-2-0-2)
WHERE: Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland ME
WHEN: Friday, November 23rd, 7:00 PM
TICKETS: Available by calling the Pirates office at (207) 828-4665 ext. 350 (closed Thursday) or online at ticketmaster.com

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