Archive for April, 2008


Pirates head home down 0-2

on April 27, 2008, at 4:24 p.m.
This was not the response the Pirates were looking for, down 1-0, in the best-of-seven series to the Providence Bruins. The Bruins handed the Pirates a 7-1 defeat on Sunday afternoon, taking a stranglehold, as the series will now take a bit of a breather – not a moment too …

Pirates loss of focus prove costly

on April 26, 2008, at 6:45 p.m.
Providence, RI – Before the game even started, it took an ominous twist for the Pirates when J.S. Aubin didn’t appear on the ice for pre-game warm-ups. The outcome was expected as Providence jumped all over the Portland, 4-0, to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven Atlantic Division Finals. …

Pushaw Lake kayak venture signals spring

By Jeff Strout on April 26, 2008, at 2:38 p.m.
This column was first published April 26, 2008   It’s official, spring has sprung. I can so declare because I got out on the lake Thursday evening and was serenaded by red-winged black birds, a quartet of Canada geese, a couple of hooded mergansers and dozens of peepers. But the …

Pirates set sights for Providence

on April 25, 2008, at 9:30 p.m.
Portland, ME – Winning the Calder Cup is one of the most difficult things to do in all of sports. Starting in April, the playoffs can last upward of two month as teams face a grueling schedule of on the edge play, with the winner required to win four best-of-seven …

Wolf Pack wallow as Pirates advance to Atlantic Division Finals

on April 23, 2008, at 6:26 a.m.
The Wolf Pack were left with left scratching their heads as they head into yet another long summer after being eliminated in five games, on what they felt was a controversial goal scored by the Pirates. Pirates’ defenseman Brett Festerling was credited with the go-ahead goal five minutes into the …

Ryan leads Pirates to victory; series lead

on April 20, 2008, at 2:22 a.m.
Portland, ME – As the series shifted to the Cumberland County Civic Center for Game 3 of the best-of-seven series, the Pirates received an offensive boost as Bobby Ryan returned to the line up, leading the Pirates to a 3-2 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday night, taking …

Craft maintenance is top priority now

By Jeff Strout on April 19, 2008, at 2:36 p.m.
This column was first published April 19, 2008   First off, here’s a big thanks to all of you who turned out for last Saturday’s Paddle Smart Safety Symposium at the Y on Second Street in Bangor. By all measures the evening was the best yet. Comments from some of …

Pirates get Ryan back from Anaheim; Hoffman suspended

on April 18, 2008, at 3:40 p.m.
Portland, ME – The Pirates just received one re-enforcement and another may be on the way. As has been expected with the return of Corey Perry from injury, the Anaheim Ducks have assigned right wing Bobby Ryan back to Portland, Anaheim’s primary affiliate.

Series shifts to Portland all even

on April 17, 2008, at 3:47 p.m.
Hartford, Conn. – The Portland Pirates solved two issues on Thursday night and were able to – dare I call it a must win – win over the Hartford Wolf Pack, 3-2, in front of 1,622 at the XL Center in game two of the best-of-seven Atlantic Division semifinal.

With Lynx season over; several players move on

on April 17, 2008, at 2:55 p.m.
The Augusta Lynx has their season come to an end last night, 3-1, at the hands of the South Carolina Stingrays. The Ray completed the comeback after going down 0-2 in the best-of-five series. Despite the loss, several Lynx players have received a promotion to either Portland or Anaheim. Being …

Pirates need offense….NOW!!

on April 16, 2008, at 9:38 p.m.
Hartford, Conn. – If the Pirates don’t start to figure out how to put the puck into the net, it will be a short series against the Hartford Wolf Pack. The Pirates were once again anemic on offense as Hartford picked up two goals from former Pirate Pierre Parenteau, in …

Pirates power play struggles could prove to be costly

on April 13, 2008, at 12:16 a.m.
Springfield, Mass. – This is not a good way to go into the playoffs. For the last several, the Pirates have struggled mightily, going a meager 3-4-3-0 in their last ten games. Right, like I said, this is not how you want to be heading into the playoffs. Momentum being …

Tips for finding the right kayak

By Jeff Strout on April 12, 2008, at 2:25 p.m.
This column was first published April 12, 2008   If you’re up bright and early this Saturday morning and in the Bangor area, you may want to drive to downtown Old Town and check out the annual Old Town Canoe factory sale. If you don’t, you’ll kick yourself later. There …

McKenna quiets critics with third shutout off the season

on April 10, 2008, at 11:06 p.m.
Lowell, Mass. – This was a meaningless game for the Pirates as their regular season fate has already been sealed, but it was still an opportunity for Portland to build momentum as they head toward a first round match up against the Hartford Wolf Pack, beginning next week. Speaking of …

UPDATE: Caruana still looking for deal

on April 08, 2008, at 1:34 p.m.
First before I get into my thoughts on this past weekend and this upcoming weekend for the Pirates, I need to do a little housekeeping to clarify an inaccurate report that I posted last week. Last week, I was told by one of my sources, which I reported, that Matt …

Paddle Smart Symposium looms Safety tips could come in handy with streams running cold and wild

By Jeff Strout on April 05, 2008, at 2:20 p.m.
This column was first published on April 5, 2008   Last call! At least it’ll be the last one from me for this year. I expect I’ll see you next Saturday at the Y on Second Street in Bangor for this year’s edition of Paddle Smart. The doors open at …

Ryan earns first award of the season for the Pirates

on April 02, 2008, at 3:36 p.m.
Portland, ME – And let the awards begin to roll in. Former Pirate Bobby Ryan was named to the All-Rookie team as the American Hockey League made the announcement earlier this afternoon. Ryan has spent considerable time with both the Pirates and Ducks this season. In 48 games with the …