10/13/2012 10:00 PM
The Pirates opened their season on Saturday in Glens Fall, NY with a 6-3 loss to the Adirondack Phantoms. The contest was a back and forth affair, with the Pirates leading on three separate occasions before the Phantoms scored 4 unanswered goals to put the game away.
Ethan Werek opened the scoring for the Pirates, converting a pass from Phil Lane at the 10:15 into the first period. The Phantoms would strike back at the 18:24, as Harry Zolnierczyk chipped a shot past goaltender Chad Johnson (0-1-0) to knot the game up at one. Just over a minute later, Oliver Ekman-Larsson gave the Pirates the lead again, scoring on Scott Munroe with just over 50 seconds left in the first. But the lead was not safe for long, as Roe put one past Johnson to tie the game just 32 seconds later.
Portland would regain the lead as Andy Miele scored just 1:14 into the second with an unassisted tally past Munroe, but that would be it for scoring on the Pirates end. Sean Couturier scored a powerplay goal at 13:51 in the second to tie the game, and the second ended with the score knotted at 3.
In the third, the game unraveled for the Pirates. TyeMcGinn scored the go ahead goal for the Phantoms just 4:19 into the third, and then Brandon Shenn took over for Adirondack. Shenn’s first goal came at 14:44 in the third, a brilliant shorthanded opportunity that Shenn backhanded over the stick side of Johnson. After the Pirates pulled Johnson for an extra attacker with just a minute to go in the period, Shenn sealed the victory with an unassisted empty net goal for the Phantoms.
The Phantoms improved to 1-0-0 on the season, while the Pirates fell to 0-1-0. Johnson put up a valliant effort for the Pirates, stopping 42 of the 47 shots he faced. His counterpart, Munroe, stopped 30 of the 33 shots he faced for his first victory.
The Pirate’s next game is their home opener in Lewiston on October 19 against the Worcester Sharks. The puck drops at 7 pm as the Pirates start their home campaign for the 20th season.