February 25, 2010

Portland Pirates Weekend

— After earning six of a possible eight points in their last four games, the Pirates have climbed out of the AHL's Atlantic Division cellar for the first time since the first week of the season. In his last five games, veteran forward Mark Mancari, among the AHL's top 10 in total points, has five goals. Since returning from a four-game absence because of an upper-body injury, forward Nathan Gerbe, a second-year pro, has four assists in three games. Goalie J.P. Lamoureux has allowed a total of four goals in three starts at the Cumberland County Civic Center. The Pirates signed forward Matt Caruana, who had six goals for the Gwinnett (Ga.) Gladiators in the ECHL. In 2008, he had five assists in 18 games with the Pirates.


WHO: Worcester Sharks at Pirates

WHERE: Cumberland County Civic Center

NOTES: Wednesday night, the Pirates rallied for a 5-3 win at the DCU Center in Worcester to hand the Sharks their sixth consecutive loss. Worcester defenseman Danny Groulx ranks among the AHL's top 10 with his 12 assists. Despite playing 10 games in the NHL with the parent San Jose Sharks, forward Logan Couture leads Worcester in scoring with seven goals in nine games.


WHO: Norfolk Admirals at Pirates

WHERE: Cumberland County Civic Center

NOTES: Right wing Brandon Bochenski, who scored two minutes into overtime to lift Norfolk to a 2-1 win against the Pirates at the Civic Center Tuesday night, leads the AHL with 11 goals. Goalie Riku Helenius has allowed one goal in each of his last two starts to help the Admirals move into second place in the Atlantic Division. Norfolk is affiliated with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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