|BRYAN FLYNN WITH A BIG WEEK FOR THE BLACK BEARS (Photo Jeff Schools)|
The Pirates started a road trip in Adirondack on Saturday night to take on the Phantoms, and Paul Byron and Derek Whitmore scored third period goals to lift the Portland Pirates to a 2-1 win over the Adirondack Phantoms at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Jhonas Enroth made 27 saves to support the Pirates victory, their second straight. The win put Portland at 16-8-1-1 on the season. Luke Pither scored the lone Adirondack goal. The Phantoms dropped to 4-21-2-0 on the campaign.
Sunday, the Pirates once again rode the hot hand of Derek Whitmore, who scored a pair of power-play goals to lead the Pirates to a 4-2 win over the Manchester Monarchs at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
Max Legault and Colin Stuart also scored for the Pirates, who posted their third consecutive victory and moved into a first place tie with Manchester atop the Atlantic Division. The Pirates are now 17-8-1-1 on the season.
The Black Bears kicked off their weekend in a sour way, blowing a 3-1 lead to UNH and losing in overtime 4-3. Gustav Nyquist tallied a goal and an assist, and his goal put the Black Bears up 3-1 5:12 into the second, but it wasn't enough, as UNH scored two third period goals, including a Dalton Speelman goal with 18 seconds left to tie it. In OT, Jeff Silengo tapped one in past Martin Ouellette 1:26 into the overtime period, and the Wildcats left town with a win.
On Sunday the Black Bears got one back, using a Brian Flynn hat-trick to beat UMass 4-1. Chase Langeraap got the scoring started when he put the Minutemen up 1-0, 14:34 into the first period, but the Black Bears scored four unanswered goals, the first being 5:33 into the second period when Brian Flynn notched his seventh goal of the season. In the third period, the Black Bears pulled away. They took advantage of a UMass interference call and Flynn notched his second goal of the game to put Maine up 2-1, 2:24 into the third period. Flynn would pick up his hat trick goal with 2:04 remaining in the third periodto put Maine up 4-1. Adam Shemansky added the other goal for the Black Bears, who are 8-4-4 on the season now.
Lewiston played on Friday night, and avenged a loss to St. John's with a 5-2 win at the Colisee. Nick Champion had 44 saves on 46 shots, and Olivier Dame-Malka, Antoine Houde-Caron, Sam Henley, Michael Chaput, and Etienne Brodeur had the goals for Lewiston.