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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Pirates overthrow Monarchs

Luke Adam scored the game-winning-goal with 31 seconds remaining in the extra overtime period to lead the Portland Pirates to a 6-5 victory over the Manchester Monarchs in an American Hockey League game played tonight in front of 3,565 at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

Adam and Paul Byron each totaled two goals for the night, and Colin Stuart and Derek Whitmore added a single tally of their own as the Pirates won their second straight and improved their record to 46-23-6-2 overall. With the overtime victory, Portland is one point away from clinching their first division title since 2007-08.

Viatcheslav Voynov, John Zeiler, David Kolomatis, Patrick Mullen and Bud Holloway each scored for Manchester as they dropped to 43-25-4-6 on the season.

The two teams traded goals in the first period, with Byron netting a power-play goal at 8:42 to give the hosts a lead that was cancelled out by a Voynov shot from the point with just under three minutes remaining. Manchester got off to a hot start in the second period, as Zeiler tallied his eighth of the season only 58 seconds into the period and Kolomatis boosted the lead to two with his eighth of the year at 4:09. Three minutes after Kolomatis’ goal, Byron scored his second power-play goal of the game to cut the lead to one. Manchester and Portland would continue to alternate goals as Mullen found the back of the net at the 11:46 mark and Stuart netting another Pirates power-play goal nearly two minutes later. The Pirates continued their surge with an explosive sequence seven minutes into the third period as Adam registered Portland’s fourth power-play goal of the game followed by a Whitmore strike only 12 seconds later to give the hosts their first lead since the first period. Holloway ended the streak with a power-play goal of his own at the 14:58 mark to send the game to overtime, where Adam ended up sealing the game for Portland.

The Pirates outshot the Monarchs 35-32, and Jeff Jakaitis earned the victory for Portland, raising his record to 5-3-0. Jeff Zatkoff received the loss in net for Manchester as his overall record dropped to 20-16-5.

The Allied Home Mortgage Three Stars of the game were all from Portland: 1. Adam, 2. Byron and 3. Dennis Persson (three assists).



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