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Pirates fall to last place in division

The Portland Pirates (8-9-0-0) fell to last place in the Atlantic Division Wednesday night after a 2-0 shutout at the hands of the East Division-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (10-7-1-0). It was the second loss the Pirates have faced in their four-game road trip this week, the Pirates reported.
In the first period, both teams were held to just a handful of shots on goal, with the Pirates attempting 4 and the Penguins shooting 5. Portland goalie Mike McKenna (3-7-0) blocked 14 of the 15 shots he faced. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goalie Jeff Zatkoff (4-4-0) blocked all 23 Portland shots of the night.
The Pirates travel to Norfolk to take on the Admirals on Friday and Saturday nights. They return home to the Cross Insurance Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 26 with a 7 p.m. game against the Worcester Sharks. They also will play Black Friday, Nov. 28 against the Providence Bruins at 7 p.m. Tickets for that game are buy-one-get-one-half-off for those who call 207-PIRATES and mention Black Friday.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 November 2014 00:12

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Undefeated Maine Red Claws home opener Friday night

The Maine Red Claws (2-0) are off to a great start, a nice reversal of last year’s season-ending six-game losing streak. After two wins on the road, the Red Claws play their home opener this evening at 7 p.m. at the Portland EXPO against Atlantic division rival the Canton Charge (1-1). Maine, NBA D-League affiliate of the Boston Celtics, then hosts another division foe, the Delaware 87’ers (1-0) on Sunday at 5 p.m.
Each of the three division winners in the 18-team league, and five “wildcards,” teams with the next best records regardless of division, will qualify for the playoffs.
One of six still undefeated D-League teams, Maine is under the direction of new coach Scott Morrison, who spent the 2013-14 season as a Red Claws assistant. Previous coach Mike Taylor had a 45-55 record over two seasons. This is the sixth season that the Celtics have used the Red Claws as their NBA Development League affiliate and the third in which Boston is Maine’s sole NBA affiliate with full control over the team’s basketball operations
Radio broadcasts of each game can be heard live on WJJB 96.3 FM with Chris Sedenka (play by play) and Rick Simonds (analysis) calling the action. Sedenka, a 1999 Gorham High graduate, is a former co-host of the PM JAB sports talk show. Simonds was a very successful basketball coach at St. Josephs College, winning 11 conference titles in 23 years.

Maine Red Claws
Yearly Win/Loss Record
2010 27-23 (15-9 at home) missed playoffs
2011 18-32 (13-11 at home) missed playoffs
2012 21-29 (11-13 at home) missed playoffs
2013 26-24 (13-11 at home) Playoffs: lost in first round
2014 19-26 (13-12 at home) missed playoffs

Last Updated on Friday, 21 November 2014 00:04

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Pirates settle to 8-8, await Penguins Nov. 19, home return Nov. 26

The Portland Pirates (8-8-0-0) fell to the Providence Bruins (8-6-1-0) 3-2 Sunday, in the fourth meeting between the two teams this season. The Bruins tied the series Sunday afternoon in Providence, with both teams now holding two wins apiece.
Mike Mckenna (3-6-0) and Malcom Subban (4-3-1) had good afternoons between the pipes, both facing over 30 shots. Mckenna saved 29 out of the 32 shots fired at him, while Subban saved 38 out of 40, the Pirates reported.
On Saturday, the Portland Pirates redeemed themselves with a shutout of their own, beating the Albany Devils 2-0 Saturday evening after being shut out 3-0 by the Devils the night before, the Pirates reported. The game was a record-setting one for the Pirates. They went 169 consecutive minutes without a goal set, the longest scoring drought in team history before the captain Alex Bolduc netted one in the second period.
The Pirates and Bruins will meet eight more times over the course of the 2014-2015 season. The Pirates will continue on the road, facing the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. They will then be in Virginia to take on the Norfolk Admirals on Friday and Saturday nights. The Pirates will return to the Cross Insurance Arena to play the Worcester Sharks on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m.
The Pirates are American Hockey League affiliate of the Arizona Coyotes. On Saturday, Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced that the Coyotes have recalled forward Lucas Lessio and assigned defenseman David Schlemko to the Portland Pirates.
For tickets to the Pirates, visit http://portlandpirates.com/schedule or call 207-PIRATES (747-2837). For updates, follow https://www.facebook.com/PortlandPirates.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 00:39

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Portland boxer wins International Boxing Association North American Championship

Portland Boxing Club pro middleweight, Russell Lamour Jr., extended his undefeated pro record to 11-0 and won the IBA North American Middleweight Championship with a dominating eight-round unanimous decision over Ahsandi Gibbs of Tampa, Fla, the Portland Boxing Club reported.11-18-14-TG-boxing-main

Lamour looked sharp and fast and had Gibbs in trouble throughout the eight rounds, but Gibbs held on gallantly and fought back on unsteady legs — and somehow survived the multi-punch combinations of Lamour. All in all, it was a showcase of excellent boxing technique for Lamour in the 100th boxing event put on by the Portland Boxing Club Saturday night at the Portland Expo.

Other PBC results:

Pro bantamweight Jorge Abiague won on a second-round disqualification after dropping the much taller Eduardo Melendez of San Juan, Puerto Rico, with a barrage of punches in the second round.

Melendez beat the count and Abiague quickly pursued. Melendez then retaliated by trying to knee Abiague as the fight started to get out of hand. Referee Jackie Morrill disqualified Melendez.

PBC pro middleweight, Jason Quirk, the "Fighting Fireman" of Scarborough, made his pro debut with a quick TKO win at 1:07 of the first round over out-gunned Brian Diaz of South Boston.

PBC pro light middleweight Jimmy Smith of Biddeford, also scored a first round knock-out at 1:36 with a devastating KO of Moises Rivera of Boston. Rivera was down for several minutes but finally rose with the help of ringside physicians to the applause of the fans.

PBC pro light middleweight, also in his pro debut, Casey Kramlich of Raymond, out-
boxed Jesus Cintron of Springfield, Mass., winning a unanimous decision. Kramlich won every round and was clearly the better boxer against a more experienced opponent. PBC amateur light welterweight Chi Wong of Westbrook, won a very close 2-1 split decision over Christian Castro of Red Bank, N.J. in a hard fought battle.

PBC amateur light welterweight Lindsay Kyajohnian lost a close 2-1 split decision to Amelia Moore of Columbia, Md., in a bout of evenly matched boxers that could have gone either way.

In the only bout of the night that did not feature a PBC boxer, the very popular pro light welterweight, Brandon Berry, of West Forks lost his first bout as a pro (8-1) to Freddie Sanchez of Worcester, Mass., by TKO in the fourth round. Berry suffered a shoulder injury early on, but fought on until the referee stopped the bout at 2:03 of the final round. Sanchez looked sharp and showed good boxing skills and is now 3-0 as a pro.

Former Olympic Gold Medalist and World Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight champion, Michael Spinks was the special guest of the evening and mixed with the fans, taking photos and signing autographs.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 02:29

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