02/23/2014 8:00 AM
Pirates (19-23-2-7, 47 points) vs. IceCaps (31-19-1-3, 66 points)
Lewiston, ME—The Portland Pirates host the St. John’s IceCaps for the second time this week in a matinee at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston. Puck drop is set for 4 PM for the 8th of 12 meeting between the two teams. St. John’s leads the season series 6-1.
The Pirates dropped Game 8 of the VIP Cup Series, presented by VIP Tires & Service, last night in Manchester 5-4. Portland had a leads of 2-0, 3-1, and 4-2, but were unable to hold on as the Monarchs scored three unanswered goals in the third period. Andy Miele registered his 100th career assist in the first period, while Brandon McMillan tallied 2 goals and an assist in the loss. Manchester leads the VIP Cup series 6-2 and clinched at least a share of this year’s title with their win last night. For more information on the VIP Cup, please visit www.vip-cup.com.
St. John’s is undefeated in regulation in their last 4 games, including two straight victories over the Worcester Sharks this weekend. The IceCaps defeated the Sharks 5-1 on Friday night and 3-1 last night, with Michael Hutchinson making 49 saves for the win. St. John’s’ Kyle MacKinnon had a three point Saturday for the IceCaps, who currently sit in 6th place in the Eastern Conference with 66 points.
The Pirates and IceCaps last played Tuesday, a 7-5 win for St. John’s. The Pirates jumped out to a 2-0 lead but the IceCaps stuck back with 6 goals in the second period, the most goals that the Pirates have allowed in a period in team history. The Pirates made the game interesting in the third as Lucas Lessio and Brett Hextall both scored, but they were unable to overcome the deficit. Lessio scored twice in the game and added an assist, while Andy Miele scored his 20th goal of the year, setting a career high.
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60 Minutes: The Pirates have allowed comebacks of 2 goals in each of their last two games and need to play a full 60 minutes this afternoon to get the win. The Pirates’ defensemen will need to step up to help with this effort, as Pirates opponents have put 86 shots on net over the past two games, with 24 of those coming in the third period.
Tonight is Androscoggin Bank Mobile Banking night – make sure to stop by their table in the Colisee lobby and check out their display!
The first 500 fans through the doors at tonight’s game will receive an Electricity Maine winter hat! For more information about the Electricity Maine Hat giveaway, click here.
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 3:40 with Jeff Mannix. Tickets are available at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee by calling 783-2009 ext. 525 or online at thecolisee.com.
Follow all the action on the Pirates official Facebook page and Twitter account (@PortlandPirates) with the hashtag #PiratesHome.
Season tickets for the 2014-15 season are now on sale as the Pirates return to the Cumberland County Civic Center! Choose the 5 on the Fly, Salty’s 16, or Captain’s Full Plan, all with great benefits! For more information on season ticket plans, visit www.portlandpirates.com/tickets/season or call 207-828-4665.