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Pirates face Crunch in Must Win Game 3

Syracuse leads Best of 5 Series 1-0


Portland, ME – The Portland Pirates will look to stay alive in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Series on Thursday as they take on the Syracuse Crunch at the Cumberland County Civic Center. Puck drop is set for 7:00 PM for Game 3 of the best of five series, which Syracuse leads 2-0.
Portland jumped out to a 2-0 advantage in Game 1, with Darian Dziurzynski and David Rundblad getting the first period tallies for the Pirates. Syracuse’s Tyler Johnson got the Crunch on the board with a power play goal in the second to cut the Pirates lead to 1, but Portland’s Chris Brown answered back with a tally of his own. Mike Barberio brought Syracuse back within one with another power play tally in the second. Dan Sexton got the equalizer for the Crunch in the third period, and regulation ended in a 3-3 tie. Richard Panik scored the game winner in the extra frame on the power play, the third power play goal of the night for the Crunch, to give Syracuse the win and the 1-0 series advantage.
In Game 2, Syracuse scored four times to take a 4-0 lead, putting the Pirates at an early disadvantage. Despite tallies from Brandon Gormley and Nick Johnson, Portland was unable to come back, and Syracuse finished off game 2 with a 4-2 victory and a 2-0 series advantage.
Portland is 10-13 all-time in elimination games, but have only been swept twice in their history; in 2010 against the Manchester Monarchs and against the St. John’s Flames in 2001. Portland had the longest home winning streak in the AHL this season at a franchise record 8 games, and has a goal differential of +20 on home ice. Syracuse was one of the best road teams in the AHL, posting a 24-10-2-2 record, while Portland posted one of the best home records at 24-11-2-1.
Tonight’s game can be heard on AM 1310 WLOB, online at, and on AHL Live. The radio pregame show starts at 6:40 with the voice of the Pirates, Jeff Mannix. Tonight’s game will also be broadcast on Time Warner Cable TWC-TV, which is channel 9 or 21 in Maine.
WHAT: Game 3, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Series (Syracuse leads 2-0)
WHO: Portland Pirates vs. Syracuse Crunch
WHERE: Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, ME
WHEN: 7:00 PM EDT (6:40 Pregame show)


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