Tuesday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates making steady progress (Portland Press Herald)

Pirates Weekly, February 22nd (PortlandPirates.com)

Sabres’ top prospect Ennis sparks Pirates’ hot streak

‘Ennis has become the Sabres’ No. 1 prospect, something he continued to prove during Portland’s two games in Rochester over the weekend. The depleted Pirates leaned heavily on their 20-year-old forward, and Ennis helped deliver three of four points with a victory and shootout loss.’

Miller propels Americans past Team Canada

‘Everyone had been warned about Ryan Miller. But seeing is truly believing.’

Miller stakes his claim with standout game

‘"He was the best I’ve ever seen him play," American forward Ryan Kesler said. "He gave us a chance to win."’

Monday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates miss their chance (Portland Press Herald)

Amerks pull off historic 2,000th victory (Rochester D&C)

Rochester Amerks honor three new Hall of Famers (Rochester D&C)

Amerks win 2000th game in dramatic fashion (Canandaigua Daily Messenger)

Pirates streak ends at 11 (Maine Hockey Journal)

Amerks End Pirates Streak (PortlandPirates.com)

Amerks clinch 2,000 win in shootout (Amerks.com)

Sunday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates win franchise-record 11th straight (Portland Press Herald)

Local ‘almost hero’ sinks Amerks (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

Derek Whitmore nets game-winner against Amerks (Canandaigua Daily Messenger)

Hometown kid knocks off Amerks has Pirates set franchise record (Maine Hockey Journal)

Pirates Set New Franchise Record with 11th Straight Win (PortlandPirates.com)

Pirates plunder Amerks for 11th straight win (Amerks.com)

Saturday’s Portland Coverage

Unique goal proves a winner (Portland Press Herald)

Fluke goals stun River Rats (Albany Times Union)

Pirates’ owner talks about moving, Albany situation (Albany Times Union)

Pirates win 10th straight to tie franchise record (Maine Hockey Journal)

Pirates Win, Equal Franchise Record for Wins with 10 (PortlandPirates.com)

Portland steals 3-2 win in Albany (AlbanyRiverRats.com)

Friday’s Portland Coverage

A busy time for Pirates (Portland Press Herald)

Civic center, Pirates try to ‘hammer out details’ (Portland Press Herald)

Schumer wants Pirates to skate their way to Albany

‘Schumer said he spoke with Larry Quinn this week and released a letter he gave the Sabres’ minority owner. The Sabres, who have little to no say in the relocation process, will not comment on the Pirates’ situation. Schumer, however, says Quinn confirmed Portland’s owners are considering the move.’

Goalie goes to Matt to keep helmet phrase

‘“Look, I get why the one phrase could be misinterpreted,” Miller said yesterday, the helmet propped victoriously on his head. “But the other one … I had to explain why it was important to me, and to my aunt, and to my family. I hoped they would understand.”’

Miller’s time to shine on world stage

‘Miller was arguably the league’s MVP through the first half of the season, and even though he has struggled a bit over the last month as the Sabres have seen their lead in the Northeast Division disappear, there’s no doubt who is the team’s most irreplaceable player.’

Swiss goalie can cause problems, but USA says Miller gives it an edge

‘Miller’s composure is his trademark. "It doesn’t seem like much bothers him," Whitney said. "That’s really important for a goalie. You don’t want a goalie who is tense."’

Olympic rules or not, get ready for Miller Time

‘”My aunt and uncle and my family, it’s important to them, it’s important to me,” said Miller, who has “Matt Man” on his Buffalo Sabres mask. “I’m going to stand up for that.”‘

Tuesday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates: Another win, and confidence grows (Portland Press Herald)

Wolf Pack Drop Third Straight (Hartford Courant)

Nine is fine for the Pirates (Maine Hockey Journal)

Pirates Power Past Wolf Pack for Ninth Straight Win (PortlandPirates.com)

Pirates Defeat Wolf Pack in Holiday Matinee (HartfordWolfPack.com)

Schumer tries to enlist Sabres’ help to lure Pirates

‘“Albany is a first-class hockey town and any AHL team – but especially an Upstate New York team like the Sabres – would make a wise choice to move there,” Schumer said. “I think creating a Sabres fan base that stretches from west to east across all of Upstate is a great idea. And I think that hockey fans in the Albany area will be motivated to root for a team also from Upstate New York. It is not hard to imagine fans taking road trips to support the players they watch grow into front-line NHL’ers. We clearly have a strong case to move the Sabres AHL franchise here, and I will continue to make that case as strongly as I can so that pucks continue to bounce off the boards of the Times Union Center.”’