Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Mark Parrish scored the lone shootout goal and Jeff Jakaitis was a perfect five-for-five in leading the Portland Pirates to a 2-1 victory over the Worcester Sharks in an American Hockey League game played tonight at the DCU Center.
Paul Byron netted Portland’s only regulation goal as the Pirates ended a three-game losing streak. Portland improved to 45-23-6-2 on the season and three points up on Manchester for first in the Atlantic Division.
T.J. Trevelyan scored for the Sharks, who dropped to 36-29-4-8 on the season.
The Pirates jumped out to a quick start as Byron scored just 57 seconds into the game to give Portland a 1-0 lead after one. The two teams were scoreless through the second sending the game into the third with the Pirates leading 1-0. Trevelyan tied it eight minutes into the third to set the stage for a scoreless overtime and the shootout to decide the game.
The Sharks out shot the Pirates 37-31 in the game as Jakaitis posted the victory.
The Allied Home Mortgage Three Stars of the Game were 1. Jakaitis; 2. Parrish and 3. Sharks goalie Harri Sateri.
The Pirates return to the Civic Center tomorrow (Wednesday) when the Manchester Monarchs come to town for a 6:30 p.m. game at the Civic Center. It’s Autism Awareness Night presented by the Portland Press Herald and the Pirates will be wearing commemorative jerseys accented with bright puzzle pieces, the international symbol of autism. Funds will be raised for the Autism Society of Maine through advance ticket sales and corporate sponsorships. For tickets or sponsorship opportunities, contact Ben Nickerson at 207-828-4665 x 317 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets for the game, as well as each of the remaining Pirates home games, are on sale now by calling 207-775-3458, visiting the Cumberland County Civic Center Box Office or on-line at ticketmaster.com.