Archive for March, 2008


Pirates get back in to the win column

on March 30, 2008, at 8:11 p.m.
Portland, ME – How do you spell relief? A-U-B-I-N It wasn’t a moment too soon for J.S. Aubin to return to Portland as he made 25 saves, backstopping the Pirates to a 2-0 victory over the Albany River Rats, snapping the Pirates season high four game losing streak. Story continues …

Paddle Smart Symposium set for April 12 Eighth event has new site, time

By Jeff Strout on March 29, 2008, at 3:13 p.m.
This column was first published March 29, 2008   I know I’ve mentioned it before, but now the time’s close and I’ve got to fill you in on some of the finer points for the eighth annual Paddle Smart Safety Symposium on April 12. First off it’s free, as usual. …

UPDATE: Pirates bus catches on fire

on March 29, 2008, at 2:56 p.m.
If it’s not one thing, it’s another for the Portland Pirates. On their trip down to Providence, RI for tonight’s game against the Bruins, the team bus blew a tire, which resulted in a fire. Nobody was injured and the team has arrived in Providence after a second bus arrived, …

Devils send Pirates soul searching

on March 29, 2008, at 12:18 p.m.
Portland, ME – The Pirates are officially in a slump. Portland has lost five of their last seven games, including three straight with Friday night’s, 4-1 loss to the Lowell Devils. It’s left the Pirates searching for answers in order to cure their woes, but at least their looking in …

Pirates post game thoughts; McKenna nominate for AHL award

on March 27, 2008, at 1:13 p.m.
It’s been about 24 hours since the Pirates faced the Monarchs in Manchester. It was a game the Pirates would like to forget and they prepare for three games this weekend. Here’s a little locker chatter after the game.

Pirates crowned in the Queen City

on March 26, 2008, at 9:59 p.m.
Manchester, NH – Many thoughts passed through my head tonight during the Portland Pirates game against the Manchester Monarch. The Pirates fell 2-0, in a game that they could have maintained pace with the Hartford Wolf Pack in the battle for home ice advantage, but mainly, I thought this was …

Burke looks west for new nest

on March 25, 2008, at 9:18 a.m.
PORTLAND, ME – Over the last week or so more news has emerged on the potential future plans of the Anaheim Ducks in regard to their affiliation status next season. An article in the Journal-Star last Wednesday spoke about the pending sale of the AHL’s Peoria Rivermen to the St. …

Pirates clinch playoff berth; Coleman’s back and more

on March 24, 2008, at 10:47 p.m.
PORTLAND, ME – Sorry for the lengthy absence from Skate the Plank, I’ve been ill for a while and needed to take some time off in order to get my energy and passion back for hockey again. Now that I’m back, I have a lot to talk about as well …

Paddling shows sure sign spring has finally arrived

By Jeff Strout on March 22, 2008, at 3:09 p.m.
This column was first published March 22, 2008     Welcome to spring, or should I say “unlocking” as Kurt Vonnegut would have us call the months of March and April.Story continues below advertisement. Perhaps you saw Thursday’s editorial “They Call It Spring” in which the late author’s six-season “Vonnegut …

New chair lightens load, easier to carry Lockback knife has one-hand capabilities

By Jeff Strout on March 15, 2008, at 3:07 p.m.
This column was first published March 15, 2008   It doesn’t matter what your choice of outdoor diversion is, there’s going to come a moment or two when you’re going to want to take a load off, a rest you might say. The older I get the more often that …

Ryan is Anaheim bound; Pirates steamroll over Sound Tigers

on March 07, 2008, at 10:22 p.m.
It looks like Bobby Ryan has played his last days in a Portland Pirates uniform. Recalled earlier today by the Ducks because Corey Perry suffered a gruesome injury to his right thigh, Ryan will be thrown into the fire to help provide Anaheim with some desperately needed offense. With Perry …

Spring events loom despite winter’s gloom

By Jeff Strout on March 03, 2008, at 3:05 p.m.
This column was first published on March 8, 2008     Officially and quite candidly, I’m sick of shoveling, snowblowing, scraping, raking, scooping, brushing, sweeping or otherwise moving snow. I heard someone say the other day there’d been 19 days when all of the above had to be done, sometimes …