Down On The Farm, Mar. 30
David Leggio (Williamsville native. WNY holla!) and the Pirate shut out the P-Bruins last night, eliminating their division rival from the playoff race and giving the home team a 3 point lead on the Monarchs. Only Worcester is left on the outside looking in at the Eastern Conference.
Portland is starting to redeem their games in hand on Manchester (still 3 games in hand with only 8 games left to play) and if they continue to win, they can clinch their division on Saturday if all the outside circumstances fall into place.
Tonight the Pirates have a chance to get revenge on the Tigers at the CCCC. The Monarchs don’t play again tonight, meaning Portland could be up by five points after cashing in another game in hand.
The Pirates won 3-0 last night and could have won by an even greater margin if picked spots and hard shots didn’t ring off the post or away from open nets, but they did it with only 5 defensemen. With Tim Conboy injured, the Sabres could have tendered an ATO (amateur try-out) contract to Corey Fienhage now that his junior hockey career is over. Fienhage is a big (6’3″, 215 lbs) defenseman who keeps his feet moving and could be a blessing. In net, Jeff Jakaitis hasn’t exactly been the answer as back-up. Prospect Connor Knapp’s Miami (Ohio) Redhawks are no longer in the NCAA D1 men’s hockey tournament and is another player that the Sabres could sign to an ATO to bolster the Pirates’ ranks. What’s keeping them?