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Pirates Look to Tie up Crunch

April 28, 2013 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Portland Pirates News Release

Portland, ME - The Portland Pirates will look to even their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Series on Sunday as they take on the Syracuse Crunch at the Onondaga War Memorial in Syracuse, NY. Puck drop is set for 7:30 PM for Game 2 of the best of five series, which Syracuse leads 1-0 by virtue of their 4-3 overtime victory in Game 1.

Portland jumped out to a 2-0 advantage in Game 1, with Darian Dziurzynski and David Rundblad getting the first period tallies for the Pirates. Syracuse's Tyler Johnson got the Crunch on the board with a power play goal in the second to cut the Pirates lead to 1, but Portland's Chris Brown answered back with a tally of his own. Mike Barberio brought Syracuse back within one with another power play tally in the second. Dan Sexton got the equalizer for the Crunch in the third period, and regulation ended in a 3-3 tie. Richard Panik scored the game winner in the extra frame on the power play, the third power play goal of the night for the Crunch, to give Syracuse the win and the 1-0 series advantage.

Portland had not lost Game 1 of a playoff series since the 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs, when they were swept in 4 games by the Manchester Monarchs. Portland is 2-4 in their last six Game 2 appearances, but have won 3 of their last 5 first round series. Portland has not lost Game 2 on the road in the first round since the 2004 Calder Cup Playoffs. Syracuse was defeated by the St. John's IceCaps 4-3 in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series last year, which took place at the War Memorial.

Tonight's game can be heard on AM 1310 WLOB, online at, and on AHL Live. Pregame show starts at 7:10 with the voice of the Pirates, Jeff Mannix. Tonight's game will also be broadcast on Time Warner Cable TWC-TV, which is channel 9 or 21 in Maine.

WHAT: Game 2, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Series (Syracuse leads 1-0)

WHO: Portland Pirates vs. Syracuse Crunch

WHERE: Onondaga War Memorial Arena, Syracuse NY

WHEN: 7:30 PM EDT (7:10 Pregame show)


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