|Mancari was key in getting series back home (Photo Jeff Schools/MESN)|
Mark Mancari scored twice and added two assists to lead the Portland Pirates to a 6-2 win over the Binghamton Senators in Game 5 of the Atlantic Division Finals played tonight in front of 3,152 at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.
The victory forced a sixth game in the best of seven series, which will be played Friday at the Cumberland County Civic Center. The Senators lead the series 3-2.
Colin Stuart added a goal and an assist for the Pirates while single goals went to Luke Adam, Mark Parrish and Mark Voakes.
Jim O’Brien and Bobby Butler scored for the Senators.
The Pirates jumped out to a quick start in this one scoring four times in the opening period to build a 4-0 lead after one. Stuart and Adam netted power-play goals in the first seven minutes, Mancari connected shorthanded and Parrish found the back of the net even strength to get the Pirates rolling and chase Binghamton starter Robin Lehner after the fourth goal, replaced by Barry Brust with five and a half minutes left in the first. Voakes scored early in the second to increase the Pirates lead to 5-0 before O’Brien got the home side on the board. Mancari, with his second of the game, and Butler traded goals in the second half of the second to send the game into the third with the Pirates ahead 6-2. There was no scoring in the third.
The Pirates out shot the Senators 41-37 in the game as Jhonas Enroth posted the victory.
The Allied Home Mortgage Three Stars of the game were all from the Pirates. Mancari was the first, Stuart the second and Enroth the third.
The series returns to Portland for Game 6 on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Cumberland County Civic Center. Fans in attendance will receive pom poms courtesy of Time Warner Cable. Tickets for the game are on sale at the Civic Center Box Office, by calling 207-775-3458 or on line at portlandpirates.com. Advance tickets are $18 for Adult Premium Main Deck, $17 for Adult Main Deck and $14 Adult Quarter Deck. Advance tickets for Youth/Senior/Student in the Premium Main Deck are $13 and $12 in the Main Deck or Quarter Deck. There is a $2 increase on all ticket prices when purchased the day of the game.
The game can be seen live on TWCTV Plus-Channel 1000 or when Boston Red Sox Overflow games are not occurring it will also be seen on TWCTV Channel 9, 21 or 22 (depending on location). The game can also be heard live on 95.5 News Talk WLOB and on line at portlandpirates.com beginning with the pre-game show at 6:45 p.m.
If necessary, Game 7 will take place at the Civic Center Saturday at 7 p.m. with fans in attendance receiving pom poms courtesy of Time Warner Cable.