The Portland Pirates control their own destiny after a 2-1 win in Game 5 of the AHL Eastern Conference Finals against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The Pirates were led by Stephen Dixon who scored two goals for the Pirates, and a 27 save game by goaltender, Mike McKenna.
With a scoreless first period in the books, Portland jumped out with the lead in the second period. Stephen Dixon scored his fourth goal of the 2008 Calder Cup playoffs at 17:11. An assist on the goal went to Petteri Wirtanen.
Dixon would score again, 29 seconds into the third period, with a deflection off of a Brett Festerling slap shot. The deflection sent the shot over John Curry’s left shoulder to put the Pirates up 2-0.
At 12:12, Jonathan Filewich put the Penguins back in the game when he put an Alex Goligoski one-timer pass that beat Portland netminder, Mike McKenna, on the right side. The Penguins would pull Curry in the final minute, but would not convert with the extra attacker giving Portland the win.
Portland goaltender, Mike McKenna, turned aside 27 shots in the win. Penguin's netminder, John Curry, made 22 saves in the loss.
Game 6 will be on Friday, May 23rd in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania at 7:05 PM Eastern time. Game 7, if necessary, will be Saturday, May 24th in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania at 7:05pm Eastern time.
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