Pirates stay hot in win over Phantoms

Mark Mancari continued his scoring tear with a goal and three assists, and Tim Kennedy got back on the sheet with a goal and an assist of his own as Portland defeated Philadelphia, 5-3. The victory makes it five in a row for the Pirates, as Mancari jumps into the AHL point lead with 22 (9+13) through 11 games. With the Pirates taking five straight, Jhonas Enroth made 16 saves to earn his fifth straight win. The Swedish rookie is now 5-1, with a 2.67 goals against average and a save percentage of .912. Mancari: 1G, 3A, +3 Kennedy: 1G, 1A, +2 Gragnani: 1A Gerbe: 1A Card: +2 Funk: +1 Kostka: +1 Weber: +1, 6 PIM Zagrapan: 2 SOG Schutz: even Butler: even Whitmore: even Enroth: 16 saves, W The Pirates will return to action on Friday when they host the Albany River Rats in Lewiston.
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Anonymous
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Monday, November 10, 2008 ×

Mancari has become a juggernaut!It's mindboggling that he, Kennedy, and Gerbe are all in the top 10 in scoring in the AHL. So in a nutshell, Portland has Gerbe, who was the best player in college last year; Kennedy, who was maybe the best player in college two years ago; and they have the top scorer in the AHL with Mancari. The 1st call-up may entirely depend on what position we're in need of, but I'm liking the right winger's chances. After this horrible weekend in Buffalo sports, I'd much rather watch Portland tear it up.

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Kris Baker
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Monday, November 10, 2008 ×

Kennedy and Gerbe create well, but are still learning various nuances. Kennedy is adjusting to playing center, and Gerbe is still learning the defensive side of Ruff's system.

A lot has been made of the power of a single affiliate. There are no distractions in Portland - just a bunch of guys with the same agenda. With Mancari's time already put in, I think he's done enough to get the call if the first look was being made today while the rookies keep grooving.

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