Portland, ME – The Portland Pirates lost more than a game against the Binghamton Senators.
The Senators scored five unanswered goals in a 6-2 win over the Pirates in front of 6,570 at the Cumberland County Civic Center, but it was the loss of goaltender Jhonas Enroth, setting the tone for the evening.
Just over five minutes into the first period, Matt Generous and Senators’ forward Cody Bass crashed into the net, and Enroth, leaving him on the ice in obvious pain in his left leg.
After trying to skate on it, he signaled to the bench that he wasn’t able to continue, and made his way off the ice in favor of JP Lamoureux.
“I don’t know,” said Pirates’ head coach Kevin Dineen when asked about the condition of Enroth. “He got caught in an awkward position and there was a feeling he might be alright, and as he moved around more and more he felt he wasn’t ready to go.”
The Pirates held a 2-1 lead early into the second period on a power play goal from Nathan Gerbe, and a shorthanded goal from Travis Turnbull, before the Senators took over control of the game.
At 9:26, Craig Schira was credited with the goal after Mike Weber failed clearing attempt, deflected off his stick into the net.
The Senators grabbed their first lead of the night when Kaspars Daugavins scored his 17th of the season on the power play.
The Pirates collapse was complete in the third period as Binghamton added three goals, including a power play with 23 seconds left in the game.
“We got soundly beaten by not a very good hockey team according to their record,” said Dineen. “They have a lot of skill with guys who enjoy putting the puck into the net. We can trade chances with teams like that all night, but it’s not what’s given us success to this point.”
JP Lamoureux made 23 saves on 29 shots in the loss, while Mike Brodeur stopped 22 of 24 shots for the win.
NOTES: Former Pirate Paul Baier was in the lineup for the Binghamton Senators. In 62 games with the Pirates, he scored three goals, eight assists for 11 points with a plus-1 rating.