Portland, Maine – Bob Raymond scored what turned out to be the deciding goal of the game with just under four minutes remaining in regulation to lift the Binghamton Senators to a 5-3 win over the Portland Pirates in Game 2 of their Atlantic Division Final Series played at the Cumberland County Civic Center tonight.
Binghamton leads the best-of0seven series 2-0.
Kaspars Daugavins netted a pair of goals for the Senators while singles went to Zack Smith and Bobby Butler.
Mark Mancari paced the Pirates with two goals while Derek Whitmore also scored.
Whitmore gave the Pirates the early lead with the only goal of the opening period and Mancari made it 2-0 Portland early in the second. However, Daugavins connected shorthanded, the first of three consecutive Senators goals (Smith and Butler scored the others) to send the visitors into the third with a one-goal lead. Mancari’s second of the game tied it midway through the third but Raymond and Daugavins (into an empty net) completed the scoring.
The Pirates out shot the Senators 46-26 in the game as Jhonas Enroth to the loss in his first appearance with the Pirates since the beginning of March.
The Allied Home Mortgage Three Stars of the game were 1. Raymond, 2. Mancari and 3. Smith.
The series now heads to Binghamton for games 3, 4 and 5 on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday respectively. All three games can 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. All three games can also be see on TWCTV Plus-Channel 1000 or when Boston Red Sox Overflow games are not occurring they will also be seen on TWCTV Channel 9, 21 or 22 (depending on location.
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