Portland is twice the size of Lewiston, both in population and in terms of the capacity of the rink. Lewiston is not really the right kind of market on its own for an AHL team. Portland holds in the 7,500 range, while Lewiston is a shade less than 3,800.
That said, Lewiston is a good temporary fit for the Pirates because it allows the team to maintain its territorial rights over Portland by league rule, preventing the CCCC from trying to lure another team in behind them.
Ultimately, the better market for the Pirates is, in fact, Portland. That is where, I suspect, the team will end up. The more the sides delay, the more hockey we see here in Lewiston, but an AHL franchise is not a good permanent fit for this rink.
Bring me an ECHL team, on the other hand, and now we're talking.
Actually, the score was 3-0 in favor of Leavitt/EL, and you can read about it here: http://www.sunjournal.com/news/local-sports/2012/01/22/girls-hockey-red-...
And here his the game story from that win, which was actually a 3-0 shutout from Tori Sanford. Keep checking back this week, as we'll have the full game video and audio posted as soon as possible! http://www.sunjournal.com/news/local-sports/2012/01/22/girls-hockey-red-...
This was an online exclusive addition to supplement other game coverage. There was a separate game story, also posted here at sunjournal.com, with that information. The score, by the way, was 8-3, Lewiston over Rimouski in Friday's home-opener.
I don't quite understand your concern. We are blogging live, but every game of every local team is also featured in a full-length story from one of our reporters both in print and online. If you are having trouble finding a story, please let me know.