• Saturday, February 23rd: at Worcester 4, Portland 1
The Pirates were unable to overcome three first-period goals by the Sharks, falling by a 4-1 score.
Phil Lane had the lone Pirates goal, and Louis Domingue made his AHL debut, stopping 21 of 22 shots in the final two periods of play.
• Sunday, February 24th: Portland 4, Manchester 3 (OT)
The Pirates prevailed in a back-and-forth contest to win 4-3 in OT and take a 5-4 advantage in the VIP Cup, presented by VIP Parts, Tires & Service.
Chris Conner scored just seven seconds into overtime and Phil Lane added 2 more goals in the victory.
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Four prospects are playing for the Gwinnett Gladiators:
• Goalie Mike Lee is 14-11-1 with a 2.23 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage.
• Goalie Louis Domingue is 16-8-2 with a 2.94 goals-against average and a .894 save percentage.
• Forward Scott Arnold has five goals and eight assists in 21 games.
• Defenseman Justin Weller has two goals and five assists in 52 games.
Canadian Hockey League
Nine prospects are playing junior hockey for Canadian Hockey League teams:
• Forward Andrew Fritsch has 24 goals and 18 assists in 47 games for Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
• Defenseman Justin Hache has five goals and 21 assists in 59 games for Cape Breton (QMJHL)
• Forward Kale Kessy has 16 goals and 16 assists in 51 games for Vancouver (WHL) and Kamloops (WHL)
• Forward Lucas Lessio has 11 goals and 14 assists in 27 games for Oshawa (OHL)
• Defenseman James Melindy has three goals and 18 assists in 57 games for Moncton (QMJHL)
• Defenseman Connor Murphy (injured) has six goals and 12 assists in 33 games for Sarnia (OHL)
• Forward Henrik Samuelsson has 31 goals and 43 assists in 63 games for Edmonton (WHL)
• Forward Maxime Villemaire has seven goals and eight assists in 20 games for Saint John (QMJHL).
• Goalie Marek Langhamer is 13-10-1 with a 3.34 goals-against average and a .899 save percentage for Medicine Hat (WHL)
• Forward Samuel "Hunter" Fejes has five goals and five assists in 31 games for Colorado College (WCHA)
• Defenseman Rhett Holland (injured) has played three games for Michigan State (CCHA)
• Forward Zac Larraza has eight goals and eight assists in 28 games for University of Denver (WCHA)
• Forward Viktor Tikhonov has 12 goals and 15 assists in 39 games for St. Petersburg.
European Elite Leagues
• Defenseman Jonas Ahnelov has two goals and six assists in 49 games for Modo (SWE)
• Forward Vladimir Ruzicka has five goals and 21 assists in 48 games for Slavia Praha (CZECH)
• Forward Alexander Ruuttu has nine goals and 17 assists in 35 games for Kiekko-Vantaa (FIN D1), has four assists in 11 games for Ilves (SM-liiga), and has played four games for Jokerit (SM-liiga)
• Defenseman Niklas Tikkinen has three goals and 11 assists in 12 games for Espoo (Jr. A SM-liiga), one goal and seven assists in 24 games for Espoo (SM-liiga), one goal and two assists in five games for HCK (Finland2), and three assists in two games for LeKi (Finland2).