03/28/2014 9:40 PM
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Lewiston, ME—The Pirates fought hard, but fell short to the Providence Bruins Friday night, losing by a final score of 6-5. Mathieu Brodeur, Brendan Shinnimin, Tobias Rieder, Brandon Yip and Andy Miele all scored for the Pirates while Chris Rawlings made 19 saves in the defeat in relief of Louis Domingue.
The game started out with the Bruins taking an early lead. Just 53 seconds into the game, Craig Cunningham got Providence on the board when he stashed home a rebound after Domingue made the initial save. The Pirates would strike back, though, at 7:58. After establishing some offensive zone pressure, Darian Dziurzynski played a puck to the front of the net. With no Pirates in front, it drifted to the far boards, bouncing off perfectly for Brodeur who took a couple of strides in and released a howitzer that blew past Subban.
The Bruins would respond shortly after with Spooner capitalizing with the man-advantage. Almost three minutes later, Justin Florek scored on a two on one with Alexander Khokhlachev and at 13:53, Cunningham would score to give the Bruins a 4-1 lead and ending Domingue’s night. But Rawlings got the same treatment from Providence as Rob Flick scored at 14:43 to give the Bruins a commanding 5-1 lead.
Shinnimin, who pledged to donate ten dollars for every Pirates shot and 25 dollars for every goal to the Central Maine Comprehensive Cancer Center, cut the deficit to three at 18:05. Standing in the slot, the puck found its way to his stick and Shinnimin snapped home a shot that beat Subban to the far post.
In the second, Portland came out with a jump, scoring just 1:17 into the period. Miele broke into the right side of the Bruins zone, slammed on the brakes and feathered a pass to Rieder who was streaking towards the net. Rieder redirected the pass to notch his 24th goal of the year and make it 5-3 Providence. Then, at 5:00, Yip made it a one goal game after a pretty display of passing as the Pirates went tic-tac-toe with Yip sliding the puck past Malcolm Subban.
In the third, Ben Sexton scored his first of the year at 4:39, regaining the two-goal lead for Providence. The Pirates continued to battle, capitalizing at 19:57 with a goal from Miele, but it left the Pirates one goal short, as the Bruins would win 6-5.
With 31 shots on goal and five goals scored, Brendan Shinnimin ended up with a total donation of $435. In addition, 19 of his teammates added 5 dollars per shot for a total donation of $2,945. With the team’s ownership, On Target Utility Services, and Shamrock Sports and Entertainment matching Shinnimin’s donation, $4,685 will be donated to Central Maine Comprehensive Cancer Care.
The Pirates will be back in action Saturday as they continue their VIP Cup Series, presented by VIP Tires and Services with the Manchester Monarchs and induct Tom Caron into the Portland Pirates Hall of Fame. Tickets are still available for tomorrow night’s game and can be purchased by calling (207) 783-2009 ext. 525, or online at thecolisee.com.
Tomorrow’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.
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The Pirates have announced eight guaranteed dates for the 2014-15 season as the Pirates return to the Cumberland County Civic Center! Group tickets are available for all eight of the announced dates and flex and season tickets for the 2014-15 season are now on sale! For more information on the guaranteed dates, click here and for more information on ticket plans, call 207-828-4665.