Friday November 25th at Portland – Pirates 4 Worcester Sharks 3
Tyler Eckford scored on a power play with 1:41 remaining in overtime and Curtis McElhinney stopped a season high 44 shots as the Portland Pirates defeated the Worcester Sharks by a count of 4-3 this evening in front of 5,218 at the Cumberland County Civic Center.
Eckford tallied two goals on the night, Andy Miele contributed a pair of goals and an assist, and Matt Watkins and Brett MacLean each notched a pair of assists as the Pirates improved to 9-7-1-1 overall and 6-4-0-0 at home.
Ben Ferriero, Curt Gogol and Tommy Wingels each registered goals as the Sharks dropped to 6-5-3-2 on the season.
The Pirates got on the board first, on a blast from the blue-line by Eckford just over five minutes into the game but the Sharks provided a quick answer on a power-play tally from Ferriero exactly one minute later at the 6:08 mark. In the second period, Portland claimed their second lead of the game when a shot from Miele deflected over and behind Worcester goaltender Harri Sateri with over five minutes remaining in the frame. Miele beat Sateri again three minutes later, this time on Portland’s first power-play opportunity of the game, on a snapshot from the right of the goaltender’s crease following a perfect carom off the boards from a Nick Ross shot from the point. Worcester would go on to cut the lead to one on Gogol’s third of the season, capitalizing on a rebound from a wrap-around attempt from Marek Viedensky at 8:34, and eventually tie it up on Wingel’s third tally of the season just under two minutes later. The game would go on to an extra overtime period, where Eckford blasted home his second of the night to give the Pirates the victory.
The Sharks out-shot the Pirates 47-25 as McElhinney improved to 5-7-0 on the season. Sateri stopped 21 shots while dropping to 3-4-0.
The Allied Home Mortgage Three Stars of the Game were: 1. Eckford; 2. Miele; 3. McElhinney.
Saturday November 26th at Worcester, Mass – Pirates 3 – Worcester Sharks 1
Andy Miele notched a pair of assists and Matt Watkins contributed a goal and an assist as the Portland Pirates defeated the Worcester Sharks by a count of 3-1 this evening in front of 3,597 at the DCU Center.
Dean Arsene and Brett MacLean also tallied for Portland and Curtis McElhinney stopped 29 shots as the Pirates improved to 10-7-1-1 overall and are 6-0-1-0 in their last seven games.
Nathan Moon recorded the lone Worcester goal as the Sharks dropped their third straight contest in falling to 6-6-3-2 on the season.
Just over eight minutes into the game, Arsene got the visitors on the board first with his first goal of the season, a slapshot from the blue line with Igor Gongalsky screening Worcester goaltender Tyson Sexsmith. The Sharks would provide an answer before the end of the first period, with Moon knocking home his third of the season in a scrum to the left of the goaltender’s crease with less than three minutes remaining in the opening frame. MacLean provided the only tally of the middle stanza, netting a power-play goal for his second of the season with less than five minutes remaining. Four minutes into the third period, Watkins upped the Portland lead to two with a wrist-shot from the left circle beating Sexsmith to his glove side to set the final margin.
The Pirates out-shot the Sharks 31-30 as McElhinney improved to 6-7-0 on the season. Sexsmith stopped 28 shots while dropping to 3-5-2.
The Allied Home Mortgage Three Stars of the Game were: 1. Miele; 2. Watkins; 3. McElhinney.
The Pirates will continue their seven-game road trip on Friday, December 2 in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton when they take on the Penguins in a 7:05 p.m. faceoff. The following night on Saturday, Portland will travel down to Hershey for a 7 p.m. faceoff with the Bears at the GIANT Center, and will wrap up the three-game weekend set at Springfield on Sunday at 3 p.m. Fans can catch all of the action with broadcaster Jeff Mannix on the Portland Pirates Radio Network 95.9 WPEI and 95.5 WPPI.