04/02/2014 7:57 AM
Pirates (24-33-2-8, 58 points) vs. Bears (34-25-4-4, 76 points)
Lewiston, ME – The Portland Pirates return home Wednesday night to face the Hershey Bears. Puck drops at 7 PM for the only matchup between the Pirates and Bears in Maine this season. Hershey holds a 1-0 lead in the season series and has a roster with 4 former Portland Pirates.
Portland dropped their final game of the season against the Worcester Sharks last night by a 3-2 score. Tobias Rieder scored twice for the Pirates and Andy Miele added two assists, but Worcester led for the entire game after a Travis Oleksuk goal in the first period. Louis Domingue made 32 saves for the Pirates. Miele’s 2 assists tied him with Benoit Gratton for 10th in Pirates history in assists and gives him 11 points over his 6 game point streak.
Hershey is in the middle of the playoff hunt, just one point out of the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Bears won both of their games over the weekend, first defeating Albany 4-1 on Friday and beating St. John’s 2-1 in a shootout Saturday night. In Saturday’s game, Jeff Taffe had the regulation goal for the Bears, while the shootout winner was scored by Tyson Strachan in the 12th round.
The Bears and Pirates have faced off only one other time this season, a 2-1 win for Hershey in the final game before the All-Star Break. Brandon Yip has the Pirates goal, while Louis Domingue made 34 saves in the defeat.
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Keep the Streak: Andy Miele and Randy Jones are both on incredible hot streaks, with Miele tallying 11 points during his 6 game point streak and Jones adding 8 points in his last 7 games. The Pirates need to ride the hot hand and get Jones and Miele the puck in order to be successful tonight.
The Bears boast 4 former Pirates in their lineup: Goaltender David Leggio (2010-11) and forwards Matt Watkins (2011-12), Brandon Segal (2007-08) and Joel Rechlicz (2012-13). Former Pirate Chris Brown, who was traded by the Coyotes to the Washington Capitals at the NHL trade deadline this season, was recalled from the Bears yesterday.
Tonight’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.
Follow all the action on the Pirates official Facebook page and Twitter account (@PortlandPirates) with the hashtag #PiratesHome.
Tickets for tonight’s game are available by calling the Androscoggin Bank Colisee Box Office at (207) 783-2009 ext. 525 or online at thecolisee.com.
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 call 207-828-4665 for ticket plans and information.