Portland Hits the Road


OCT 2012: Michael Stone battles for the puck against the boards (Photo Credit: Ron Morin/ Ron’s Sports Photography)

This weekend the Pirates are hitting the road to take on the Binghamton Senators on Friday evening and the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins on Saturday.  Their meeting with Binghamton marks the second and last time the two will meet this season.  The last time the Pirates played the Sens they came out with a 4-2 victory from the Colisée in Lewiston.

Currently the Pirates are dealing with a potential injury to goaltender Chad Johnson, who has helped the Pirates get over the .500 mark a lot this season with a 7-5-0 record.  The goaltender has never had any recorded injuries, but there is always a first time for everything.  With the uncertainty or severity of Johnson’s condition, the Pirates called on Mike Lee for reinforcement.  Lee is in his first professional season in the ECHL with the Gwinnett Gladiators and has a 9-5-1 record in 15 games.  He is looking to suit up for his first AHL game of his career.

The Pirates aren’t the only team with call-ups either.  The Senators recently called upon defenseman Chris Wideman again as they did at the beginning of the season.  Wideman appeared in six games earlier this season and recorded no points. Since he has been with Elmira, he has recorded 5 assists in 5 games played.  Forward Dustin Gazley was also loaned to Elmira after being called upon on the 29th of November.

Friday Alexandre Bolduc and Rob Klinkhammer look to extend their point streaks.  Klinkhammer scored three goals last weekend in as many games and managed to post his 3rd multi-point game of the season.  Meanwhile captain Alex was able to add a goal and four assists to his team leading 22 points, placing him 5th in the American Hockey League. Another man to keep on the radar is David Rundblad who managed to post four goals in his last five games, recording a goal in both Friday and Saturday’s contests against Worcester and Providence.

The game starts at 7:00pm ET and can be heard on WLOB with Jeff Mannix. If you would like to watch the game you can go to AHL Live and watch for a small fee.