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October 13, 2010 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Portland Pirates News Release

Pirates Continue Home Stand Against Divisional Rivals

The Pirates resume play at the Civic Center this weekend after an intense Columbus Day weekend slate to open the 2010-11 season. Atlantic Division rivals Bridgeport (NY Islanders) and Springfield (Columbus Blue Jackets) make their way up to the Pine Tree State to take on the undefeated Pirates in the first of 10 meetings against both teams.

The Pirates (2-0-0-0) bring one of the most potent early-season offensive units into weekend action after scoring 11 goals in their first two games. Mark Mancari, Luke Adam (the reigning AHL Player-of-the-Week), Colin Stuart and Mark Parrish all enjoyed multi-point outings in the opening weekend of the schedule and look to carry that momentum into this weekend's action.

Bridgeport is 1-1-0-0 on the season and arrive at the Civic Center following a 2-1 loss to the Monarchs on Sunday. Robin Figren is off to a quick start in his second full AHL season. After scoring only three goals in 62 games last year the Stockholm, Sweden native has already notched two goals in two games this season. The two teams meet again to complete the weekend on Sunday at 3 p.m. in Bridgeport.

Make sure you get to the game early on Friday to meet World Champion Snowboarder Seth Westcott. Wescott will be signing autographs pre-game from 6-7 p.m. and during the first intermission, courtesy of the Maine Chevy Dealers. Plus, the first 500 fans into the game will receive a free cowbell courtesy of

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The Springfield Falcons are currently 1-2-0-0 for the new season, and will be visiting the Civic Center on Saturday after their third meeting with the Providence Bruins on Friday night. Spearheading the Springfield attack are Tom Sestito and Michael Blunden. The two Blue Jacket farmhands have gotten off to a strong start as Sestito has earned five points and Blunden has netted three goals in the Falcons three games.

Saturday against Springfield is a Bud Light Hockey Night in Portland and will be the first Good Shepherd Food Bank Night of the season. All fans that donate a non-perishable food item to the Good Shepherd Food Bank will receive one ticket to a future Pirates game.

Advance ticket prices are $13 for Quarter Deck, $16 for Main Deck and $17 for Premium Main Deck. Student/Senior pricing is $11 for Quarter or Main Deck tickets and $12 for Premium Main Deck seating. Purchase your tickets in advance and save on the $2 increase on all ticket prices for day of game purchases. You can purchase tickets on line. Click here for Friday tickets and click here for Saturday tickets.

Discount tickets and ticket packages can also be purchased by calling 207-828-4665 ext. 350.

Adam Named Reebok/AHL Player of the Week

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The American Hockey League announced Monday that Portland Pirates center Luke Adam has been named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Oct. 10, 2010.

Adam, making his regular-season professional debut, notched four points to pace Portland to a 6-5 win over Manchester on Saturday night. He assisted on two first-period goals to help stake the Pirates to 1-0 and 2-1 leads, and then scored the game-tying and go-ahead goals late in the third period as Portland rallied for the victory. Adam was a plus-2 on the evening and tied a game high with five shots on goal while earning first-star honors.

In recognition of his achievement, Adam will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Pirates home game.

Adam, a 20-year-old rookie from St. John's, N.L., was a second-round draft choice (44th overall) by the Buffalo Sabres in 2008. He made his pro debut with the Pirates during the 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs, notching two assists in three games, after completing his four-year junior career. Adam recorded 49 goals and 41 assists for 90 points in 56 games and was a First Team QMJHL all-star with Cape Breton in 2009-10.

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Explosive Pirates Start 2010-11 on a High Note

Pirates fans witnessed everything they could ask for in an action packed Columbus Day weekend slate. From impressive goals, to intense fights, to a furious comeback effort, the 2010-11 Pirates showed a great snapshot of their potential for the season.

On Monday, Mark Parrish scored a goal and two assists and Jhonas Enroth made 42 saves to lead the Portland Pirates to a 5-1 win over the Charlotte Checkers. Nick Crawford, Paul Byron, Mark Mancari and Max Legault also scored for the Pirates, while Colin Stuart collected a pair of assists. Portland improved to 2-0 with the victory.

Opening night on Saturday was a high-octane offensive affair led by Luke Adam who scored twice and added two assists to lead the Pirates to a 6-5 win over the Manchester Monarchs played in front of 4,631 faithful fans. Mark Mancari supplied a goal and three assists to the winning effort while Derek Whitmore supplied two goals. Matt Ellis also registered a goal and an assist and Alex Biega and Colin Stuart had two assists each.


October 9th vs. Manchester, 6-5 W (game summary) October 11th vs. Charlotte, 5-1 W (game summary)

Upcoming Games:

October 15th vs. Bridgeport, 7 p.m. (GET TICKETS) (LISTEN LIVE) October 16th vs. Springfield, 7 p.m. (GET TICKETS) (LISTEN LIVE) October 17th @ Bridgeport, 3 p.m. (LISTEN LIVE)

Breast Cancer Awareness Night

On Saturday, October 23rd, the Portland Pirates will host the third Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the American Cancer Society of Maine's "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" walk.

To honor all who have been affected by breast cancer, the Pirates will wear one of a kind commemorative pink jerseys during the game. The Pirates will also acknowledge those battling breast cancer, survivors, caregivers and Making Strides participants both on ice and on the center ice videoboard with special tributes.

Tickets for this special event are just $15.00 each, with $5.00 from every ticket sold donated to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. To order tickets please CLICK HERE or call Ben at (207) 828-4665 ext 317.

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