Monday, November 1, 2010
It was a good weekend for local hockey, as all three teams won.
For the Pirates, who went on the road to Norfolk, Derek Whitmore scored the shootout game winner for the second time this season and David Leggio turned aside four of the five shots he faced to lift the Portland Pirates to a 6-5 win over the Norfolk Admirals on Friday night. The Pirates improved to 7-2 on the year and dropped Norfolk to 5-2-0-1. They have two games in Charlotte Tuesday and Wednesday night.
On Saturday, Luke Adam was recalled to Buffalo and had a shot on goal in the Sabres 4-0 loss to the Stars.
With the Maineiacs, they picked up a 5-4 comeback win in Drummondville. In front of 2,790 fans, Nicholas Champion stopped 30 shots, and the Maineiacs scored 3 goals in the first 4 minutes and 55 seconds of the 3rd period, as Michael Chaput, Francis Beauvillier, and Jess Tanguay got the tallies in the third, and it turned out to be enough for the win. With the win (hat tip to DJ Abisalih on this), The MAINEiacs picked up a total of 18 points in October. That ties the mark for the second highest point total in a month in franchise history. 9 wins are also tied for the second most in a month in franchise history.
The MAINEiacs return home this week to begin a five-game homestand on Wednesday night at 7:00 against the Quebec Remparts.
The Maine Black Bears knocked off Vermont, using a 49-22 face-off advantage to beat the Catamounts 3-2 in overtime. The final two goals came directly off of faceoff wins, including the one in overtime when Gustav Nyquist won the draw, sent it to Josh Van Dyk who dumped off the boards, where the puck went to Spencer Abbott, who scored the game-winner. Maine also had a 42-25 advantage in shots on goal.Dan Sullivan had 23 saves.
The Black Bears are back in action Saturday at Boston University.