Pirates Bit by Sharks in OT, Lose 1-0
Portland, Me. - The Portland Pirates (37-25-7-1) fell in sudden-death overtime to the Worcester Sharks (40-24-4-2) 1-0 in a Tuesday night showdown at the Cross Insurance Arena. It was the fourth straight loss for the Pirates, two of which have come in overtime, who are looking to secure the final spot in the Eastern Conference for a chance in the Calder Cup Playoffs.
Regulation didn't see any goals, and was fairly light on penalties. Turnovers were the name of the game with each team passing up scoring chances and handing the puck over to their opponents.
The Pirates had some great scoring chances in the final minutes of the third stanza, punctuated by a power play for the final 1:40 of the period. They were unable to covert, though, and the game went into a seven-minute overtime period.
Ryan Carpenter netted the game winner for the Sharks at 2:03, assisted by Eriah Hayes and Joakim Ryan. David Leggio (8-14-1) manned the net for the Pirates tonight, blocking 24 of 25 shots from Worcester. Aaron Dell (15-5-2) was the Sharks' net minder, stopping all 30 shots by the Pirates to record the shutout.
The Pirates travel to Manchester on Friday to take on the Monarchs at 7:00 p.m. Portland will host the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins on Saturday and Sunday, April 11th and 12th. Saturday's game is Autism Awareness Night and will start at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for that game are $15 and include a $3 donation to the Autism Society of Maine. Sunday's game is Salty Pete's birthday and the first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive Salty Pete bobble heads. For tickets and more information, call 207-PIRATES.
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