Lessio returning to Pirates after stint with Coyotes

The Arizona Coyotes sent forward Lucas Lessio to the Portland Pirates on Monday.

In 14 games with the Pirates this season Lessio has five goals and three assists. He has appeared in three games with the Coyotes this season.

The Pirates also announced they reassigned defenseman James Melindy and forward Dan O’Donoghue to the Gwinnett Gladiators, their ECHL affiliate.

Melindy appeared in nine games with the Pirates and O’Donoghue four.

Olympics: Viktor Tikhonov, the Soviet hockey coach whose teams won three Olympic gold medals but fell to the United States in the “Miracle on Ice,” died after a long illness. He was 84.

Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League said Tikhonov died during the night. He had been receiving treatment at home for an undisclosed illness that had left him unable to walk in recent weeks.

“The entire global hockey community has lost a great coach,” Vladislav Tretiak, who played goalie for Tikhonov’s Soviet team, told Russia’s R-Sport news agency.

HIGH SCHOOL: Michelle Robichaud scored three goals and Emily Johnson had three assists as Yarmouth/Freeport/Gray-New Gloucester beat Brunswick 9-3 in a girls’ hockey game at Travis Roy Ice Arena in Yarmouth.

Sarah Cartmel and Katie Clemmer added two goals apiece for Yarmouth/Freeport/Gray-NG and Keeley Arnold and Sydney St. Pierre each had a pair of assists.

Victoria Lattanzi scored two goals to lead the Greely girls’ hockey team (2-0) to a 5-0 victory over Biddeford (0-1) in the home opener for Greely at Family Ice Center in Falmouth.

Bridget Roberts, Sarah Johnson and Danita Storey added one goal each for Greely.


NBA D-LEAGUE: The Boston Celtics recalled guard/forward James Young from the Maine Red Claws.

Young had a team-high 22 points with eight rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots in Maine’s 120-102 win over Delaware on Sunday.

In two games with the Red Claws this season Young is averaging 21.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks.


PELE: Brazilian soccer great Pele has been hospitalized for a “medical evaluation.”

The Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo says the three-time World Cup champion is “stable” after being admitted.

Brazilian media says Pele has a urinary infection, but the information could not be immediately confirmed by the hospital.


COLLEGES: North Carolina Coach Larry Fedora has apologized to Duke’s David Cutcliffe after his team’s celebration following the Tar Heels’ victory against the Blue Devils left the visiting locker room damaged by spray paint. The school also says it will pay for cleanup.

–From staff and news services