04/09/2014 8:54 PM
Manchester improves to 8-3 in VIP Cup Series
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Lewiston, ME— The Manchester Monarchs shutout the Pirates 5-0 Wednesday night in the final Pirates home game in the VIP Cup Series, presented by VIP Tires and Service. Manchester holds an 8-3 advantage in the VIP Cup Series, after having clinched the championship last Saturday. For more information on the VIP Cup Series, visit www.vip-cup.com.
Patrik Bartosak made 29 saves to backstop the Monarchs to the win with Michael Mersch tallying his first two goals of his professional career. Louis Domingue made 23 saves for the Pirates in the loss.
The first was a battle with both teams looking to get up early but with no luck. Finally, at 18:57, the Monarchs jumped ahead with Steve Quailer firing a shot from the low shot past Domingue for the 1-0 lead. In the second, the Monarchs wasted no time extending their lead with Mersch scoring his first goal of the night and season from along the right wing boards just 1:14 into the stanza.
In the third, the Monarchs refused to give the Pirates any time and pressure, instead pouring in three more goals. Brian O’Neill scored 38 seconds into the third in tight on Domingue to make it 3-0. Mersch then scored at 17:30, slamming one home from the doorstep and Scott Sabourin put the game away at 19:23 with a power play goal from the slot.
Lucas Lessio led the Pirates with six shots on goal while Brett Hextall fired five shots on net, but Bartosak was up to the task all night, denying each and every opportunity the Pirates had. The shutout is the first shutout suffered by the Pirates at home since January 28, 2012, when Eddie Pasquale of the St. John’s IceCaps held Portland scoreless.
The Pirates will next begin a three-game weekend with a trip to Springfield to take on the Falcons on Friday. Game time is set for 7:00 pm and can be heard on WLOB 1310 AM 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.
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