03/29/2014 8:21 AM
Pirates (23-32-2-8, 56 points) vs. Monarchs (43-17-2-6, 94 points)
7 PM EDT
Lewiston, ME – Tom Caron will be inducted into the Portland Pirates Hall of Fame tonight, becoming the 18th member, when the Pirates take on the Manchester Monarchs as part of the VIP Cup Series, presented by VIP Tires & Service.
The Pirates lost 6-5 to the Providence Bruins Friday night. Mathieu Brodeur, Brendan Shinnimin, Tobias Rieder, Brandon Yip and Andy Miele all scored for the Pirates while Chris Rawlings, in relief of Louis Domingue, made 19 saves on 21 shots in the defeat.
The Monarchs come in to Lewiston fresh off of a 5-1 win over the Worcester Sharks. James Livingston, Hunter Bishop, Steve Quailer and Brian O’Neill all scored for the Monarchs while Jean-Francois Berube made 27 saves on 28 shots to earn the victory.
The Pirates last met the Monarchs on Feb. 22, dropping a 5-4 decision to Manchester. Brandon McMillan led the way for the Pirates, scoring two power play goals in the game with Brendan Shinnimin and Lucas Lessio also finding the back of the net. Louis Domingue made 32 saves in the defeat while Martin Jones stopped 23 to earn the win for the Monarchs, who lead the VIP Cup Series 6-2.
Caron, a Lewiston native, will be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame during the game. Caron served as the Pirates play-by-play announcer for the Calder Cup winning team in 1993-94. He also created the Portland Pirates Radio Network in 1993 and also was the creator of the Pirates’ first website, portlandpirates.com.
Now a studio host for NESN’s Boston Red Sox programming, Caron hosts the network’s pre-game and post-game shows as well as the network’s off-season studio shows including Red Sox Now which airs Wednesday nights. Caron also serves as NESN’s play-by-play announcer for Pawtucket Red Sox and Portland Sea Dogs telecasts and calls NESN’s Hockey East telecasts in the winter.
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Need for Speed: The Monarchs are one of the fastest teams in the Eastern Conference, so the Pirates will need to play a fast, physical game. Look for Lucas Lessio and Tobias Rieder, two of the fastest players on Portland’s roster, to be key elements in the Pirates offense tonight.
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 tonight’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.
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