Wall, Pirates blank Devils in final tune-up

The Portland Pirates used three different goal scorers and a 20-save effort from Mike Wall to earn a 3-0 win over Lowell on Sunday afternoon in preseason action at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

In the first period, the Pirates scored first on Ryan Carter’s first goal of the preseason. Carter capitalized on a loose rebound off an initial shot from the point by Sean Blanchard.

In the second period, the Pirates added to their lead at the 5:28 mark when Drew Miller pounded home a rebound off his initial shot for his first goal of the preseason.

Colby Genoway provided the Pirates with a 3-0 lead on a power play goal at the 3:05 mark of the final frame. Genoway found room on the right wing side, darted across the blue line and sent a laser through the pads of Gregg Naumenko.

Wall made 20 saves for the shutout, while the Devils’ Jordan Parise and Naumenko combined for 32 saves in the loss.


The Hamilton Bulldogs rounded out their preseason schedule with a 5-4 loss to the Syracuse Crunch on Sunday afternoon in Niagara Falls, Ont.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 3-0 lead on goals by Ajay Baines, Maxim Lapierre and Andre Benoit.

But the Crunch responded with three goals in a span of 3:41 during the second period, as Kyle Wharton, Adam Pineault and Andrew Murray evened the score.

Just 26 seconds into the third period, Trevor Frischmon gave Syracuse a 4-3 lead, but the Bulldogs responded 39 seconds later, courtesy of Duncan Milroy’s team-leading fourth goal of the preseason.

Mark Flood netted the eventual game-winner at the 4:29 mark.

Philippe Dupuis finished with three assists for the Crunch, and Dan LaCosta made 31 saves for the win.

Jaroslav Halak stopped 32 shots for the Bulldogs in defeat.


Mike Brown made 17 saves to lead Providence to a 3-0 win over Springfield in Bridgewater, Mass., on Sunday.

Wacey Rabbit, Ryan Glenn and Nate DiCasmirro scored for the Bruins.

Morgan Cey finished with 28 saves in the loss.


Matt Carkner had a goal and an assist to lead Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to a 4-1 win at Hershey on Sunday.

The Penguins scored three power-play goals on the night, and outshot the Bears by a 30-24 margin.


Iowa scored three times in the second period en route to a 3-1 win over Omaha at the Wells Fargo Arena on Sunday.

The Ak-Sar-Ben Knights’ Kris Chucko registered the game’s first goal when he collected a rebound on the goal line to the right of Dan Ellis at 7:28 of the opening period. The Stars were held scoreless in the first period, despite outshooting the Knights 16-6.

Just 1:09 into the middle period, Iowa’s Joel Lundqvist tipped home a shot to even the score at one. John Lammers gave the Stars a 2-1 lead at 17:09, and Marty Sertich made it a two-goal lead with 52 seconds left in the period.

Iowa outshot Omaha, 42-17, on the game.

Dan Ellis faced just 17 shots in the game, including just two in the third period. Ellis finished the training camp with a record of 2-0. Iowa had 42 shots in the final tune-up game before the regular season.


San Antonio took down Houston on Sunday evening in a 4-2 victory at the Ice Center at Northwoods, the official practice facility of the Rampage. San Antonio’s rookie goaltender Josh Tordjman stopped all 11 shots after relieving Philippe Sauve in the second period.

The Rampage jumped to an early 1-0 lead 1:37 into the opening period when Yanick Lehoux beat Houston’s Miroslav Kopriva. Lehoux then set up Randall Gelech to extend the Rampage lead to 2-0.

Alex Leavitt and Ryan Hamilton evened the score for the Aeros, but Ryan Garlock scored on a penalty shot midway through the second period to put San Antonio back in front for good.

The Rampage assured the win as defenseman Nick Martens slipped the puck in the upper right corner for a 4-2 lead with 9:05 left in the game.


Hartford got two goals from Lee Falardeau and skated to a 5-3 win over Bridgeport in Cromwell, Conn.

The Wolf Pack finished the preseason with three wins in four contests.

Drew Fata, Jason Pitton and Mike Lalonde scored for the Sound Tigers, who got 41 saves from Michael Mole.


A fifth-round shootout goal gave the Norfolk Admirals a 4-3 win over the Phantoms at the Polonia Bank Flyers Skate Zone in Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon.

The Phantoms and Admirals now prepare for their regular-season opener, Friday night at the Wachovia Center.