Maine Hockey Journal

Lessio can’t save Pirates

The Portland Pirates once again gave up a multi-goal in the third period and it proved costly as Sean Backman scored the game-winning goal with 1:11 left in overtime, lifting the Manchester Monarchs to a 4-3 victory Saturday afternoon before 6,417 at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire.

The Pirates (24-33-3-8), who have lost three straight games, have only one win in their last six games.

Portland held a 3-1 lead heading into the final two minutes of the game when Jordan Weal scored twice in the span of 1:12 to complete his hat trick, tying the game, 3-3.

In overtime, Portland had a power play, but failed to convert. The Monarchs completed the comeback with 1:11 left in the OT when Sean Backman was credited with the goal, beating Pirates’ goaltender Louis Domingue, who finished with 23 saves.

After a scoreless first period, the Pirates opened the scoring on a power-play goal by Lucas Lessio just 27 seconds into the period. Jordan Martinook and Andy Miele were credited with assists. Miele has moved into second place in AHL scoring with 27 goals, 42 assists for 69 points in 63 games. Travis Morin of the Texas Stars leads the AHL in scoring with 80 points in 61 games.

At 4:05, Weal put the Monarchs on the board with his first goal of the game.

Lessio recorded his 25th and 26th goal of the season to record his first professional hat trick, giving the Pirates two-goal lead, 3-1, after two periods.

Lessio is the first Pirate to register a hat trick on the road since current Coyotes forward Rob Klinkhammer did it against St. John’s on October 23rd, 2012.

Patrik Bartosak made 29 saves in the victory for the Monarchs.

NOTES: Due to the scheduling conflict at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee, the Pirates have moved games on April 18th and 20th due to the circus at the Colisee. The game on April 18th will now be played on Wednesday, April 16th at 7pm and the game on April 20th will now be played on Wednesday, April 9th at 7pm. There is still a schedule conflict between the circus and the Pirates on April 19th, but Colisee President Jim Cain said that scheduling conflict is expected to be resolved shortly.