01/17/2014 8:00 AM
Pirates (15-14-1-5, 36 points) vs. Falcons (25-8-1-3, 54 Points), 7:00 PM EST
Lewiston, ME – The Pirates return to the State of Maine for their next four games, beginning with a showdown with the Eastern Conference’s second best team, the Springfield Falcons. Puck drops at 7 PM at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.
The Pirates’ last game was in Worcester on Sunday, where they dropped a 4-3 decision. Despite only dressing 17 skaters for the game due to injuries, the Pirates fought hard after falling into a 2 goal deficit in the first. Mathieu Brodeur got his first goal of the season, while Brett Hextall extended his scoring streak to 8 games. Jordan Martinook and Chris Brown also added tallies, but Worcester’s lone third period goal was the game winner. Mark Visentin made 38 saves in the defeat.
Springfield last played on Sunday as well, a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Norfolk Admirals. Dalton Smith had the lone goal for the Falcons, while goaltender Jeremy Smith made 26 saves in the defeat. Despite the regulation loss, Springfield remains the only team in the Eastern Conference with single digit regulation losses, having dropped only 8 games in regulation this season
The Falcons hold a 2-0 lead in the season series against the Pirates, with former Pirate goaltender Mike McKenna winning both contests. In the last game, the Falcons scored once in each period and McKenna made 26 saves en route to a 3-0 victory in Springfield. The loss was the only time that the Pirates have been shutout this season. Mark Visentin made 27 saves in the loss for the Pirates in 58 minutes of work, with the final Springfield goal coming on the empty net.
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Home Cookin’: The Pirates have not lost in regulation at the Colisee since December 7th, and are 4-0-0-2 since then. With the halfway point in the home schedule coming after next Friday’s game, a strong start tonight will set the tone for the home stand and help the Pirates climb closer to a playoff spot.
Tonight’s game can be heard on the Pirates flagship stations WPEI 95.5/95.9 FM as well as WEZR 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 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.