November 27, 2010

Double-sided setback for Pirates

Portland not only loses a home game in regulation for the first time this season, but two forwards go down with injuries.

By Paul Betit
Staff Writer

PORTLAND - The Springfield Falcons took advantage of mistakes committed at key points by the undermanned Portland Pirates to skate to a 4-2 victory Friday night.

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Portland goalie Jhonas Enroth, who returned Thursday from his third stint this season with the Buffalo Sabres, stops a point-blank shot by Dane Byers of the Springfield Falcons as Mark Parrish of the Pirates skates in to help. Springfield won 4-2 at the Civic Center.

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Sam Porter, 6, of Portland shows his excitement as part of a group celebrating the sixth birthday of Izaac Frazier, with pirate hat. Jack Lannon, 7, left, waves the pirate flag and at right is Bella Erskine, 6.

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TODAY: Pirates at Manchester Monarchs, 7 p.m.

SUNDAY: Pirates at Providence Bruins, 4:05 p.m.

The Pirates lost forwards Mark Parrish and Derek Turnbull to injuries during the game, played before 4,481 people at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

The two players' absence contributed to the Pirates' first home loss in regulation play.

"We've always had a couple of extra bodies, and tonight we were at a point where everybody was in the lineup, playing guys a little bit out of position, but I like the way we responded when we got short-handed," Portland Coach Kevin Dineen said. "They worked very hard to finish the game."

But that wasn't enough. The Pirates are 9-1-1 at the Civic Center.

"It's a game of mistakes and you know what? We gave up one too many mistakes that ended up in the back of our net, preventable plays," Dineen said. "Those things happen but when you're short-handed and everyone's on board, you like to see everybody stick with the program."

Barely two minutes into the game, Springfield converted a turnover into its first goal. Tyler Murovich took the puck from Paul Byron at the top of the slot and fed to Trevor Frischmon. Goalie Jhonas Enroth stopped Frischmon's shot, but Maksim Mayorov tapped in the rebound.

Byron scored eight minutes into the second period to tie it. Corey Tropp set it up, sending a centering pass out of the left corner to the front of the crease, and Byron lifted it past goalie David LeNeveu.

The Falcons took a 2-1 lead less than five minutes into the third period following another turnover. After intercepting a pass in the neutral zone, Brent Regner broke in on a two-on-one and scored from the inside edge of the right circle.

Less than five minutes later, on the first power play of the game, Mark Mancari of Portland tied it, slamming in a rebound from the slot -- his first goal in November.

With less than 10 minutes left, Mike Blunden put Springfield in front for good when he put in a rebound during the Falcons' only power play.

With less than a minute left, Matt Calvert sent the puck the length of the ice into an empty net.

Portland finished with 16 skaters.

Less than seven minutes into the game, Parrish suffered an injury to his midsection after he was checked into the boards.

With five minutes left in the second period, Derek Turnbull left after injuring his right shoulder.

Dineen said he will have to add two forwards from ECHL teams to fill the roster for weekend games at Manchester and Providence.

NOTES: Enroth, who has a 2-2-1 record with a 2.90 saves percentage with the Buffalo Sabres, returned Thursday from his third call-up to the NHL. ... Left wing Jay Pandolfo, a veteran of 13 NHL seasons with the New Jersey Devils, played his second game since signing with the Falcons earlier this week. ... With Tim Conboy playing up front, Portland defenseman T.J. Brennan, a second-year pro who sat out last weekend's games, skated regular shifts. ... Springfield center Ben Guite, a veteran of 175 NHL games, played for four seasons at the University of Maine.

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Maksim Mayorov of the Springfield Falcons swoops in to put a rebound past Pirates goalie Jhonas Enroth – the first goal in Springfield’s 4-2 victory Friday night.

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