AHL Playoffs: Portland opens the playoffs against a foe stoc

Posted by: MBR on Sat Apr 27th, 2013 8:37 am
Crunch time for PiratesPortland opens the playoffs against a foe stocked with players from last year's AHL champs.By Paul Betit Neither Portland Pirates Coach Ray Edwards nor Syracuse Crunch Coach Rob Zettler have had much experience running an AHL team in the postseason, but both know how their teams have to play in order to succeed in the Calder Cup playoffs."We have to play the way we play," Edwards said. "We have to play our game, and this is a big key for us. There are multiple things we've got to look at, but the biggest thing is how we play."Read more: http://www.pressherald.com/sports/crunc ... 04-27.html
Posted by: MBR on Sat Apr 27th, 2013 8:38 am
SATURDAY'S GAMEPirates at Syracuse CrunchAHL Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Game 17:35 p.m.
Posted by: MBR on Sun Apr 28th, 2013 8:38 am
Pirates stumble in OTPortland wastes a pair of two-goal leads and drops its playoff opener against Syracuse, 4-3.By Paul Betit SYRACUSE - The Portland Pirates committed one penalty too many Saturday night, and the Syracuse Crunch made them pay for it.Richard Panik, fresh from a three-week stint with the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning, scored a power-play goal 6:36 into overtime to lift the Crunch to a 4-3 AHL playoff win at War Memorial Arena.It was the third power-play goal for Syracuse, which includes 12 players who won the Calder Cup playing for the Norfolk Admirals last season."You can't expect to play the defending champions and be in the (penalty) box for 24 minutes of the hockey game," Portland Coach Ray Edwards said. "That is a recipe for disaster."Game 2 of the best-of-five, first-round series is Sunday night.Read more: http://www.pressherald.com/sports/pirat ... 04-28.html
Posted by: MBR on Mon Apr 29th, 2013 7:57 am
Pirates scrunched in SyracuseNow the Pirates are at risk of a first-round sweep as the Crunch lead 2-0 in the best-of-five series.By Paul Betit SYRACUSE, N.Y. ó Tyler Johnson, the AHLís most valuable player, scored a goal and had an assist to lead the Syracuse Crunch to a 4-2 win over the Portland Pirates in an AHL playoff game at War Memorial Arena Sunday night.The game wasnít as close as the score indicated as the Crunch took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five first-round Calder Cup series, which resumes Thursday night at the Cumberland County Civic Center.Read more: http://www.pressherald.com/sports/Pirat ... -game.html
Posted by: MBR on Thu May 2nd, 2013 7:43 am
Pirates get players back in a win-or-else situationPhoenix sends three players to Portland, which trails 2-0 in a best-of-five playoff series.By Paul Betit PORTLAND - The Portland Pirates' mission for Thursday night is simple -- win and get to play another playoff game.Lose and the season is over after the Syracuse Crunch opened the best-of-five Calder Cup series last weekend by winning twice at home."We've got to be better," Portland Coach Ray Edwards said. "I don't think we've played to our potential yet. I'm not taking anything away from Syracuse because they've played well, but I don't feel we've got into the game we need to play.Read more: http://www.pressherald.com/sports/pirat ... 05-02.html
Posted by: MBR on Fri May 3rd, 2013 9:53 am
Just like that, Pirates are donePortland is swept from the playoffs, allowing two late goals in the third period and the Syracuse winner late in overtime.By Paul Betit PORTLAND - The Syracuse Crunch rallied from a two-goal deficit for the second time in three games to eliminate the Portland Pirates from the AHL playoffs Thursday night.Ondrej Palat scored his second goal of the game with 17 seconds left in overtime as the Crunch completed a sweep of the best-of-five Calder Cup series with a 4-3 win before 3,909 at the Cumberland County Civic Center.Read more: http://www.pressherald.com/sports/just- ... 05-03.html