Anaheim Ducks: AHL Affiliate Pirates Win Eighth Straight Home Game

Ken ArmerSenior Writer IMay 18, 2008

Having won seven consecutive home games before today, the Portland Pirates (Anaheim Ducks AHL affiliate) took on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh Penguins affiliate) in Portland in Game 3 of the AHL’s Eastern Conference Finals. The Pirates beat the Penguins 5-2 to extend this streak to eight games and now hold a 2-1 series lead.

The Penguins scored first on the power play on a Mark Ardelan shot, deflected in front by Pirates defensemen, and went over Pirates goaltender Mike McKenna at 10:05. Assists on the goal went to Ben Lovejoy and Connor James.

Portland tied the game on a power play at 4:43. Bobby Ryan scored on a rebound to put the shot past Sean Curry. Assists went to Geoff Platt and Stephan Dixon.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton took the lead again at 10:43 when former Pirate Tim Brent tipped a shot from the point past McKenna. For the second time in the game, the Pirates cashed in on the power play from a goal by Geoff Platt at 12:15. Platt’s slap shot found its way over the shoulder of Curry to tie the game at 2.

The Pirates would strike again at 14:57, when Jason King broke the tie and gave Portland a 3-2 lead. Assists on Platt’s goal came from Andrew Ebbett and Bret Festerling.

In the third period at 12:54, the Pirates took a 4-2 lead on a Stephen Dixon goal. Geoff Platt and Bobby Ryan were credited with assists. Later in the period, on an empty net, Simon Ferguson tapped home a goal to give the Pirates the 5-2 win.

Mike McKenna of the Portland Pirates had 27 saves, while Penguins goaltender John Curry made 24 saves.

Image: Courtesy of Portland Pirates online.