Late Letdown: Five-goal third period dooms Pirates

LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - A two goal lead heading into the final period became a three-goal deficit too deep to climb out of as the Portland Pirates suffered their straight loss in a 6-5 defeat to St. John's on Sunday. 

The Pirates led their Atlantic Division rivals 3-1 after two periods when the Ice Caps scored five unanswerd goals, four of them within a 10:19 span to start the period. 

Portland didn't for the first two-and-a-half periods having scored the game's opening goal on Tobias Rieder's re-direction of a David Rundblad slap shot on a power play 11:08 into the first. 

St. John's tied the score with 1:02 remaining in the first with a John Albert power-play tip-in as well. 

The Brandon McMillain gave the Pirates back the lead 3:45 into the second on the power play and Brandon Yip doubled with lead at the 17:33 mark. 

Former Pirate scores in Canada's gold medal triumph

SOCHI, Russia (NEWS CENTER) - A trio of Portland Pirates alums won Olympic gold with Team Canada while two others had to settle for silver with Sweden. 

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chris Kunitz, who scored team Canada's third goal in their 3-0 victory, was joined by fellow forwards Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf in victory.  Kunitz, Perry, and Getzlaf were all teammates with the Pirates and Anaheim Ducks during the 2005-06 season.  Perry and Getzlaf remain Ducks to this day. 

More recent Pirates: Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (2012-13) and Buffalo Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth (2010-11) were on the wrong end of Sunday's result. 

Cold weather keeps kids in need of coats

OXFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- While we are on the downhill side of the winter weather season, there are still people struggling to stay warm while out in the elements.

At theCoat Room in the Oxford Hills, they recieve about 3,000 donated coats each year.  Once they are all cleaned up by the folks at Norway Laundry, they are put out on the store's racks, free of charge, for anyone in need of a coat.

There are still plenty of coats for men and women, but the Coat Room is in serious need of coats for kids.

"Parents are recycling their coats," explained Wendy Williams, who has helped run the store since the program started 17 years ago.  "They are passing them down to the younger children."

Arson charges dropped against Lewiston juvenile

LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Three counts of arson against a boy charged in some of the massive fires that ripped through Lewiston last Spring have been dropped Tuesday.

The boy, who was 12-years-old at the time, was charged with the first of several fires that spread fear among residents of in town Lewiston back in April.

The fire destroyed 3 apartment buildings, caused more than 1 million dollars in damage and left more than 75 people homeless. Two subsequent fires ripped through several more buildings over the next few days. Police say the 12-year admitted setting that first fire on the back porch of one of the Blake Street buildings.

National Drink Wine Day

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Today is National Drink Wine Day! According to their website, National Drink Wine Day is celebrated to spread the health benefits - and the love - of wine.

The positive benefits of wine include the enhancement of food and life, as while as reducing the risk of heart disease.

National Drink Wine Day is celebrated annually on February 18 across the United States.

Pirates end home-winless drought with record-setting brawl

LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The Pirates got their first home win of 2014 and snapped a 47-day drought since their last victory at the Colisee, but those headlines quickly became footnotes after a brawl broke out in the final minute of the game.

VIDEO: Adirondack Phantoms vs. Portland Pirates Line Brawl

Portland fell short of their recently set team record of 134 penalty minutes, but the combined total of 299 topped the previous franchise mark set 8 years ago.

There were 12 fights in total and even when some of those were trying to be separated others were just getting started.

Frustrations boiled over as Adirondack was in search of retribution for a previous hit and perhaps losing to Portland twice this weekend.

"Perfect" Ending: Scarborough girls win first state hockey title

LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Freshman Elizabeth Gross showed savvy beyond her years scoring a hat trick as she helped the Scarborough girls complete a perfect season along with capturing their first state title in hockey. 

Gross scored a pair in the first with the Red Storm preserving that two-goal lead until the 3rd period. 

The Blue Devils were able to pull back within a goal when Allison Frechette tipped in a Corinne Laberge shot.  With time running out Lewiston had to pull their goalie in search of a game-tying goal, but Gross put away the game and her third tally of the final ensuring the win. 

Scarborough finished the season with a 21-0 record.