February 25, 2010

Portland Pirates Today

— The Pirates have earned at least a point in six of their last nine games but are tied with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for fifth place in the AHL's eight-team Atlantic Division. Rookie center Tyler Ennis has 13 goals and leads the team with 28 assists and 41 points. Right wing Mark Mancari, has a team-high 18 goals, plus 22 assists. A groin injury could keep left wing Nathan Gerbe, the Pirates' third leading scorer with eight goals and 20 assists in 30 games, out of the lineup for the second consecutive game. While starting 15 of Portland's last 17 games, Jhonas Enroth has compiled a 1.87 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage.

TODAY, 7 P.M.

WHO: Pirates vs. Manchester Monarchs

WHERE: Cumberland County Civic Center

NOTES: An affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, the Monarchs have earned at least a point in seven of their last 10 games to remain on top of the Atlantic Division. Jonathan Bernier, a former Lewiston Maineiac who has started 35 of 47 games, ranks fourth in the AHL in goals-against average (2.01) and second in save percentage (.939). Rookie forward Corey Elkins leads the Monarchs in scoring with 15 goals and 18 assists. Forward Marc-Andre Cliche, another former Maineiac, has eight goals and 10 assists. In four previous games against Manchester, Portland is 2-1-1.

PIRATES ON THE RADIO: WLOB 95.5 FM, WTME 780 AM, WEZR 1240 AM, WKTQ 1450 AM

-- Paul Betit

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