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Down On The Farm: Calder Cup ADF Edition, Apr. 28

04/28/11
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The return of goaltender Jhonas Enroth, leading scorer Mark Mancari, and captain Matt Ellis wasn’t enough for the Pirates to win as Zack Smith scored the winning goal in the third period to give the B-Sens a 1 game to none series lead.

Pirates feel they gave the game away
The Portland Pirates felt as they didn’t lose a game instead they gave the Binghamton Senators a victory in Game 1 of the Atlantic Division Finals.

Zach Smith scored midway into the third period to give the Senators a 3-2 win before a friend’s and family crowd of 1,518 at the Cumberland County Civic Center to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

“It’s a pretty simple game,” said Pirates coach Kevin Dineen. “When you have the puck you want to keep it on your stick. If you’re continuously giving it back to them. They’re just going to keep coming at you.”

“There is a level of composure that we certainly didn’t have (tonight) as the game wore on. As well as they played, a lot of it gets hung on us. Our puck management wasn’t good tonight.”

The win was Binghamton’s first victory in regulation during this year’s Calder Cup playoffs as they rallied from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Manchester Monarchs in seven games, advancing to play the Pirates.

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Something worth pointing out in the game story’s notes:

Marc-Andre Gragnani wasn’t assigned to the Portland Pirates on Wednesday and according to Dineen he will not be coming to Portland. No reason was given…

Injury? Something else? Hopefully, we’ll know why soon.

Ed. note: Bill Hoppe has the scoop on Marc-Andre Gragnani’s absence:

Game 2 is tonight at the CCCC. Game starts at 7PM. The Pirates will need to at least win tonight to save face in front of the home crowd. As always, listen to Mark Jeanneret call the action by streaming News-Talk WLOB 95.5′s radio feed.

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