03/07/2014 8:20 AM
Pirates (21-26-2-7, 51 points) vs. Devils (29-18-3-6, 67 Points)
7:00 PM EST
Lewiston, ME – The Portland Pirates return to the ice Friday to host the Albany Devils for the first time this season. Puck drops at 7 PM for the third meeting between the two teams. So far, Portland and Albany have split the season series, with their last matchup coming in December.
The Pirates last played Sunday, defeating the Hartford Wolfpack 5-1 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. Lucas Lessio and Brendan Shinnimin both scored twice to lead the Pirates offense, with Tobias Rieder scoring the additional goal. Mark Visentin was solid in net, stopping 27 of the 28 shots he faced in the victory. Mark Louis had three assists in the game, tying a season career high for the recently converted defenseman.
Albany faced the Providence Bruins in their last game, dropped a 3-2 decision in a shootout. Tim Sestito and David Wohlberg were the goal scorers for the Devils in regulation, but the Bruins tied the game in the third and shut out the Devils in the shootout for the win. Keith Kinkaid made 36 saves on 38 shots in the defeat. The Devils have dropped two straight games, having lost to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 2-1 last Saturday.
The Devils were victorious in their last meeting with the Pirates, defeating them 4-1 on December 28th. Andy Miele had the Pirates’ goal, and Mark Visentin made 23 saves on 26 shots in the defeat. Joe Whitney, Seth Helgeson, Mike Sislo and Rod Pelly were the goal scorers for Albany.
The Pirates roster was shaken up at the NHL Trade Deadline, with David Rundblad, Mathieu Brisebois, Chris Brown, and Rostislav Klesla dealt in two separate deals. The Phoenix Coyotes acquired Martin Erat and John Mitchell from the Washington Capitals for Brown, Klesla, and a 2015 fourth round pick, with Mitchell joining the Pirates and eligible to suit up for Portland tonight.
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New Crew Chemistry: With the departures of Brown, Klesla, Brisebois, and Rundblad and the addition of Mitchell, the Pirates will have to create new line combinations and chemistry in order to be successful. Watch for the Pirates to shuffle their lines early as they get used to the new personnel combinations.
Miss Maine 2013 Kristin Korda will sing the national anthem prior to tonight’s game and be available for photos and autographs during the game! Good Shepherd Food Bank will be collecting donations during the game – bring a nonperishable food item and get two tickets to an upcoming Pirates game!
Tonight’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 6:40 with Jeff Mannix.
Tickets for this afternoon’s game are available by calling the Androscoggin Bank Colisee box office at (207) 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 Season Plan, all with great benefits! For more information on season ticket plans, visit www.portlandpirates.com/tickets/season or call 207-828-4665.