March 12, 2010

It's in with the new

PAUL BETIT

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Doug Jones/staff photographer: Wednesday, December, 31, 2008: Norfolk's Grant Potulny tries to keep control of the puck behind the pirates goal as #28 Portland Pirate Mike Kostka defends. Pirates vs. admirals of Norfolk at the CiviCenter.

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Doug Jones/staff photographer: Wednesday, December, 31, 2008: Pirates Goalie, Jhonas Enroth Clears the puck, while #6 Pirate Mike Weber defends after Norfolk's # 27 Brandon Bochenski attempts the shot. Pirates vs. admirals of Norfolk at the CiviCenter.

Staff Writer

The Portland Pirates came to life in the second period to rally to their sixth consecutive home-ice victory Wednesday.

Trent Campbell scored his first AHL goal late in the second to lift the Pirates to a 2-1 victory against the Norfolk Admirals before a season-high New Year's Eve crowd of 6,374 at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

Campbell, in his third game since a call-up Sunday from the ECHL's Carolina Stingrays, finished a three-on-two break to lift Portland to its third win of the season over the Admirals.

The teams will play again Saturday night at the Civic Center.

Campbell is one of the six players who joined the Pirates in the past three weeks. Because of injuries and call-ups, the team is missing eight players from its opening-day roster.

''I don't know who's doing the scouting, but whoever's doing it is doing a great job,'' said Mark Mancari, who scored his 14th goal of the season 14 minutes into the second period to make it 1-1.

''The new guys are all hard workers, and they're putting up points on the board. They're doing everything they need to do, and they're doing a great job.''

The newcomers seem to fit in well with their teammates.

''They're bringing in character guys,'' Mancari said. ''Everyone is getting along well in the locker room, and they're doing everything they can to help us play good hockey.''

Jhonas Enroth, in his eighth consecutive start, made 13 of his 31 saves in the first period to maintain a scoreless tie.

Chris Gratton, a 14-year NHL veteran in his fifth game with the Admirals, opened the scoring five minutes into the second period on a rebound.

About nine minutes later, late in a power play, Mancari tied it on a shot from the far side of the right circle.

Campbell then tipped Colton Fretter's pass from the right wing past Mike McKenna, a former Portland goalie who started for the Admirals.

NOTES: Ray Jean, a Randolph native who played at Gardiner High, was the Pirates' backup goalie. Adam Dennis, the backup for the previous seven games, will undergo hip surgery in the next few days in Buffalo, N.Y. He's expected to be out at least a month. Former UMaine forward Keith Johnson played his second game for the Pirates after he was called up Monday from the Stingrays. Mike Lundin, another former Black Bear, plays defense for Norfolk. Former Portland forward Zenon Konopka is the Norfolk captain. Norfolk also has former Portland forward Brandon Segal, who didn't play.

Staff Writer Paul Betit can be contacted at 791-6424 or at:

pbetit@pressherald.com

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