Written by Ken Levinsky
The Portland Pirates (1-3) travel to New Hampshire Friday night (their fourth consecutive road game) to face the Manchester Monarchs (2-1) at the 10,000-seat Verizon Wireless Arena. The Pirates hope to snap a three-game losing streak and get their offense in gear (a league low 7 goals) against the Monarchs stingy defense, which has allowed only 6 goals this season.
The Pirates return home the next day to face the Syracuse Crunch (2-1-1) at the Cross Insurance Arena (formerly Cumberland County Civic Center) at 7 p.m on Saturday. Portland is in its fourth season as an affiliate of the Arizona (formerly Phoenix) Coyotes, while Syracuse is affiliated with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Pirates will be in Portland for the first time since beating the Providence Bruins 3-2 in their season opener. The crowd of 5,601 cheered fervently as the Pirates took over that game with three goals within a six minute span in the third period.
The public can hear all the Pirates games on the WPEI Portland Pirates Radio Network with Jeff Mannix, starting with the Pregame Show 20 minutes before the face-off. Mannix, entering his fourth season as "The Voice of the Pirates", began his sportscasting career as a freshman at the University of Maine in 2000 calling men's and women's ice hockey games for the Black Bears. He graduated from Bangor High School and then from Maine in 2004 with a BA in Broadcast Journalism.
Pirates games can be heard on WPEI 95.9 & 95.5 FM Portland, WEZR 1240 AM Lewiston/Auburn and WTME 780 and 1450 AM Rumford and South Paris.
Portland Pirates upcoming games
Fri, Oct. 24 Portland at Manchester 7 p.m.
Sat, Oct. 25 Syracuse at Portland 7 p.m.
Sun, Oct. 26 Portland at Worcester 3 p.m.
Wed, Oct. 29 Portland at Worcester 7 p.m.
Fri, Oct. 31 St. John's at Portland 7 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 2 Portland at Albany 3 p.m.
Last Updated on Friday, 24 October 2014 00:46
Written by Staff Report
The Portland Pirates (1-3-0-0) had their third loss of the weekend by a tally of 3-1 on Sunday afternoon when they took on the Bruins (2-2-1-0) in Providence, R.I. On Friday, the Pirates mbarked on their first road trip of the 2014-2015 season and were handed their first loss in the form of a 3-2 defeat by the Binghamton Senators. The Portland Pirates fell to the Hartford Wolf Pack Saturday night.
The next game for the Pirates will be on Friday, Oct. 24, when they travel to Manchester for the first game of the VIP Cup series presented by VIP Tires and Service. They return home the next night, Saturday, to take on the Syracuse Crunch at the Cross Insurance Arena.
For updates and ticket information, visit http://portlandpirates.com.
Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 21:34
Written by Ken Levinsky
The first-place and No. 1 seeded Southern Maine Raging Bulls (11-0) shut out the No. 4 Metrowest (Mass.) Colonials (5-7) 35-0 in a second-round playoff game on Saturday evening at Deering High School's Memorial Field in Portland.
Southern Maine was in control for the entire game, but did not score until returning a punt for a touchdown early in the second quarter.
Next up for the Bulls is the conference final against the No. 2 Boston Bandits (9-2), tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2 at Deering. The winner of that contest advances to the league championship on the following weekend.
The Raging Bulls play in the four-team Northern Division of the New England Football League's top (AAA) Colonial Conference with the New Hampshire Wolfpack, Lowell Nor'Easter and Merrimack Valley Pride. The Bulls, in their 17th season, own the league's best offense and defense, having outscored their opponents 352-60.
A semi-pro football team made of former high school and college standouts, the Bulls include players such as running back Phil Warren who played at Brunswick High and the University of Buffalo, and running back John Wiechman of Bonny Eagle High School and Southern Connecticut State.
Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 21:28
Written by Ken Levinsky
The Boston Celtics lost 92-89 to the Toronto Raptors (4-1)in an exciting NBA pre-season game on Wednesday at the Cross Insurance Arena (formerly Cumberland County Civic Center) in Portland. The Celtics, 2-3 in pre-season play, came back from a double digit deficit to tie the game on a shot by guard Avery Bradley with 8.1 seconds left, before Lou Williams hit the game winner with under a second remaining.
New additions to Boston this year were showcased on Wednesday. 6" 4" rookie guard Marcus Smart (drafted No. 5 overall)showed his defensive toughness with 3 steals and his offensive potential with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. 6' 7" free agent Evan Turner (drafted No. 2 by Philadelphia in 2010) wowed the near capacity crowd of 5,909 with his flashy ballhandling skills on his way to 11 points, 7 rebounds and a team leading 6 assists, against just 2 turnovers. Turner, who left the game early as a result of 2 technical fouls, averaged 17.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game for the 76'ers last season.
Raging Bulls host playoff game Saturday
The first-place and No. 1 seeded Southern Maine Raging Bulls (10-0), a semi-pro football team made of former high school and college standouts, host a second-round playoff game on Saturday evening at Deering High School's Memorial Field in Portland. Southern Maine will play the No. 4 Metrowest (Mass.) Colonials (5-6), winner of last weekend's first round match with No. 5 Lowell.
The Raging Bulls play in the four-team Northern Division of the New England Football League's top (AAA) Colonial Conference with the New Hampshire Wolfpack, Lowell Nor'Easter and Merrimack Valley Pride. The Bulls, in their 17th season, own the league's best offense and defense, having outscored their opponents 317-60
Team members include running back Phil Warren who played at Brunswick High and the University of Buffalo, and running back John Wiechman of Bonny Eagle High School and Southern Connecticut State.
Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 19:29
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