Apr 16

Pirates Close Season In Lewiston with Ninth Shootout Defeat

Photo Courtesy: Ron Morin/Portland Pirates

Photo Courtesy: Ron Morin/Portland Pirates

Lewiston, ME- The Portland Pirates finished up their one season playing home games at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in much the same way many of their other games finished this season; with a shootout loss.  Tonight’s 3-2 shootout defeat allowed the Albany Devils to clinch their franchise berth since moving to Albany in 2010.  The last time the Devils’ AHL team made the Calder Cup playoffs was their final season in Lowell.

Reid Boucher and Dan Kelly scored during the game while Stefan Matteau and Mike Sislo scored shootout goals. Kelly Zajac assisted on both of Albany’s goals.  Keith Kinkaid made 20 saves on the night, plus four saves in the shootouts.

Greg Carey scored his first professional goal, while Lucas Lessio added his 29th goal of the season.  Jordan Szwarz scored the Pirates only shootout goal.  Brandon Gormley and Connor Murphy each notched assists in their first game back from Phoenix.  Mark Visentin made 28 saves, but took the shootout loss, his sixth this season. Tyler Gaudet made his professional debut, but did not factor in the scoring.

Portland closed the season with a 10-18-0-9 record at the Colisee this season.  They are 2-9 in shootouts at home this season.  The Pirates are now 24-38-3-10 overall on the season.  Albany is 39-25-5-8 on the season.

The Pirates will finish the season by hosting the St. John’s IceCaps on Saturday night at the OA Sports Center in Saco.  Game time will be 7:00 p.m.  Broadcast coverage will begin with the Pirates Pregame Show at 6:40 on the Portland Pirates Radio Network (WLOB AM 1310 and WTME AM 780/1450) and here at portlandpiratesradio.com.

Scoring Summary:

1st Period

No Scoring

2nd Period

POR: Greg Carey (1) (Tim Kennedy, Jordan Szwarz)- 0:23  POR 1-0

ALB: Reid Boucher (22) (Mathias Tedenby, Kelly Zajac)- 6:03  1-1

ALB: Dan Kelly (3) (Zajac, Jon Merrill)- 17:02  POR 2-1

3rd Period

POR: Lucas Lessio (29) (PP) (Brandon Gormley, Connor Murphy)- 7:19  2-2


No Scoring


POR: Kennedy- No Goal

ALB: Tedenby- No Goal

POR: Szwarz- Goal  1-0

ALB: Boucher- No Goal

POR: Andy Miele- No Goal

ALB: Stefan Matteau- Goal  1-1

POR: Brandon Yip- No Goal

ALB: Mike Sislo- Goal  2-1

POR: Carey- No Goal

Shots on Goal:

ALB: 7-13-8-2-1=31

POR: 6-4-12-0-0=22


ALB: Keith Kinkaid- 20 saves (W) (65:00) (24-13-5)

POR: Mark Visentin- 28 saves (SOL) (65:00) (14-19-6)

Power Plays:

ALB: 0/2

POR: 1/3

3 Stars of the Game:

1. Mike Sislo- ALB: shootout winning goal

2. Kelly Zajac- ALB: 2 assists

3. Greg Carey- POR: 1 goal


Portland Pirates Radio Weekly Podcast: 2013-14 Season- Episode #28

Photo Courtesy: Ron Morin/Portland Pirates

Saco, ME- On this week’s Portland Pirates Radio Weekly Podcast, we chronicle roster moves, preview the final week of the season, review last week, and go in-depth with Pirates rookie Greg Carey about his experience at the Hobey Baker Award ceremony and turning pro.

Apr 16

Game Day Preview: Portland Pirates vs. Albany Devils- April 16, 2014

Photo Courtesy: Ron Morin/Portland Pirates

Photo Courtesy: Ron Morin/Portland Pirates

Lewiston, ME- The Portland Pirates will play their final game of the season at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee tonight and their second to last game of the 2013-14 season when they host the Albany Devils.

The Pirates are coming off one of their more thrilling games of the season in which Lucas Lessio (28-25-53) scored with 5.8 seconds left to force Sunday’s home game against the Norfolk Admirals to a shootout, which the Admirals eventually won 3-2.  The Pirates, winless in their last eight games, did manage a point for the first time since an April 5 overtime loss to the Manchester Monarchs at Verizon Wireless Arena.

The goal gave Lessio the team lead in goals this season, passing Andy Miele (27-43-70) and Tobias Rieder (27-20-47).  Brett Hextall (11-12-23) also scored for Portland.  Chris Rawlings (1-3-1, 3.82, 0.881) made 26 saves in the shootout defeat, playing his best game in a Pirates uniform.

Portland remain in last place in the league standings, two points behind the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, who are winless in 12 straight games.  They are the only team in the AHL on a longer winless streak than Portland.

The Pirates did get some significant help from the Phoenix Coyotes after their season ended on Sunday, though. Yesterday, the Coyotes announced that goalie Mark Visentin (14-19-5, 3.30, 0.901), defensemen Brandon Gormley (6-28-34) and Connor Murphy (0-11-11), and rookie forward Tyler Gaudet to Portland for the final week of the AHL season.

Albany, on the other hand, comes into the game very hot.  They’ve won their last three games, all home games last Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Albany began last weekend with a 2-1 win over Bridgeport on Friday, followed by a 2-1 shootout victory over the Providence Bruins on Saturday.

The Devils finished their weekend sweep at the Times Union Center with a 4-0 shutout of the Syracuse Crunch. Rookie Reid Boucher (21-16-37) led the attack with two goals and an assist, while Harri Pesonen (14-20-34) dished out three assists on the day.  Rookie defenseman Reece Scarlett (6-14-20) had a goal and an assist. Chris McKelvie (9-12-21) also scored a goal.  Rookie goalie Scott Wedgewood (15-14-3, 2.41, 0.899, 4 SO) made 20 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, and Albany’s eighth overall this season.

Albany also recently got an infusion of talent from the their parent club after the New Jersey Devils’ NHL season came to an end last Sunday.  Forwards Tim Sestito (13-13-26) and Mike Sislo (23-17-40), who both finished the season in New Jersey, were sent back down, along with defensemen Jon Merrill (2-7-9) and Eric Gelinas (1-4-5). Merrill and Gelinas both spent significant time up in the NHL this season.  Merrill had 2-9-11 in 52 games with New Jersey, while Gelinas notched 7-22-29 in 60 games.

Tonight, Gelinas will make a return to the rink where he spent much of his junior career playing for the Lewiston MAINEiacs.  Gelinas played a total of 154 games for Lewiston between 2007 and 2010, scoring 16-61-77.  He also notched an assist in nine playoff games with Lewiston.  He went on to play for the QMJHL’s Chicoutimi Sagueneens from 2010-11 and capped his junior career by winning a President’s Cup and Memorial Cup with the Saint John Sea Dogs at the end of the 2010-11 season before he turned pro.

The Devils can clinch a playoff berth tonight with either a win or by picking up a point and having the Norfolk Admirals lose in regulation at home tonight to the Hershey Bears.  The Devils can currently finish anywhere between fifth and ninth place in the Eastern Conference.  If Albany clinches a playoff berth, it would be their first since moving to Albany in 2010.  The last time the franchise made the Calder Cup playoffs was its final season in Lowell, Massachusetts, 2009-10.  They were beaten in the first round four games to one by the Worcester Sharks. If the playoffs started today, Albany would finish sixth place and face the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the opening round.

Albany has won two of three meetings with Portland so far this season.  Portland’s only win was in the opening game of the season series, a 5-2 decision at the Times Union Center on October 26.  Albany won 4-1 at home on December 28 and 4-3 in a shootout at the Colisee on March 7.

Tonight’s game begins at 7:00 p.m.  Broadcast coverage kicks off with the Pirates Pregame Show at 6:40 on the full WPEI Portland Pirates Radio Network and here at portlandpiratesradio.com.

Tonight’s Match-Up:

Portland Pirates (NHL Affiliate: Phoenix Coyotes)

Overall Record: 24-38-3-9, 60 points

Atlantic Division Ranking: 5th

Eastern Conference Ranking: 15th

Home Record: 10-18-0-8

Power Play: 19.9% (tied-9th)

Penalty Kill: 81.6% (18th)

2013-14 Overall Record vs. Albany: 1-1-0-1

2013-14 Home Record vs. Albany: 0-0-0-1

Albany Devils (NHL Affiliate: New Jersey Devils)

Overall Record: 38-25-5-8, 89 points

Northeast Division Ranking: 2nd

Eastern Conference Ranking: 6th

Road Record: 15-14-2-6

Power Play: 16.4% (20th)

Penalty Kill: 82.7% (14th)

2013-14 Overall Record vs. Portland: 2-1-0-0

2013-14 Record @ Portland: 1-0-0-0

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