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Friday, December 14, 2012
Pirates Return to Lewiston, Look to Stay Hot vs. Monarchs in 5th Game of VIP Cup Series
Lewiston, Maine– The Portland Pirates get back to action this Friday when they host the Manchester Monarchs for game 5 of the VIP Cup Series, presented VIP Parts, Tires, and Services at the Androscoggin Bank Colisée. Puck drop is at 7:05 PM as these two clubs will face off for a pivotal matchup, as Portland is just one point ahead of Manchester in the standings, and only one point out first place in the Atlantic Division.
The Pirates are coming off of an impressive 2-1 overtime thriller against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. David Rundblad notched the game winner on the power play to boost the Pirates to a 12-10-1-1 mark, good for third in the Atlantic Division. Net minder Chad Johnson turned aside 28 shots to secure his 8th victory of the season.
Meanwhile, Manchester is coming off 3-2 loss at home this past Sunday to the division leading Worcester Sharks. Peter Mannino stopped 40 of 43 in the loss with Thomas Hickey and Dwight King providing the Manchester goals.
These two divisional rivals squared off less than two weeks ago when the Pirates won in dominating fashion at Manchester when Rob Klinkhammer lit the lamp twice to lead Portland to a comforting 4-0 win. The teams will meet again just 8 days after this contest on December 22nd in Manchester.
This will be the fifth matchup on the season between Manchester and Portland in the VIP Cup Series, presented by VIP Parts, Tires, and Services. The winner of Friday night’s matchup will take a 3-2 advantage in the VIP Cup standings. For more information on the VIP Cup Series, please visit www.vip-cup.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.
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