Portland, Maine – Nathan Gerbe and Mark Mancari scored shootout goals to lift the Portland Pirates to a 3-2 victory over the Lowell Devils in an American Hockey League game played tonight in front of 3,904 at the Cumberland County Civic Center.
J.P. Lamoureux stopped all four attempts he faced in the shootout to help the Pirates end a two-game winless streak. T.J. Brennan and Tyler Ennis, who forced overtime with five minutes remaining in regulation, scored in regulation for the Pirates while Mike Kostka collected an assist to extend his point/assist-scoring streak to six games (seven assists). Portland used the victory to improve to 37-22-5-4 on the season and five points up on Lowell in the race for second in the Atlantic Division.
Nick Palmieri and Matt Halischuk scored for the Devils, who dropped to 34-25-4-5 on the year.
Brennan opened the scoring midway through the first period but Palmieri evened things up six minutes later as the two teams ended the first tied at one. Halischuk put the visitors up by one as he struck late in the period to send the Devils into the third up 2-1. Ennis struck late in the third to force extra time.
The Pirates out shot the Devils 43-29.
The Allied Home Mortgage Three Stars of the Game were 1. Ennis; 2. Lowell goalie Mike McKenna and 3. Brennan.
The Pirates head out onto the road for their next two games. Friday they travel to Manchester to face the Monarchs in a 7:30 p.m. start. Saturday it’s a re-match against the Devils in Lowell at 7 p.m. Both games can be heard live on News Talk WLOB 95.5 FM and on line at www.portlandpirates.com beginning with the pre-game show 15 minutes prior to the opening face-off.
The Pirates wrap up this week’s action Sunday at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston in a game against the Monarchs at 4 p.m. presented by Goodwill and NAPA Auto Parts. The first 1,500 fans through the gates receive Thundersticks courtesy of Goodwill. Plus donate an item to Goodwill and receive two tickets to a future Pirates game. Purchase 10 or more tickets for the game and receive an equal amount of tickets to one Pirates first round playoff game FREE. The Pirates will also host area Boy Scouts, their friends and family. All Scouts in attendance will receive the commemorative Pirates Scout Patch. Call 207-828-4665 to purchase your discount Scout tickets. For game tickets call the Androscoggin Bank Colisee Box Office at 207-783-2009 ext. 208, visit www.thecolisee.com or call the Pirates office at 207-828-4665 ext. 350.
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