(29-20-2-0, 60 points, third in Atlantic Division, fifth in Eastern Conference)
Feb. 17 – Portland Pirates at Utica Comets (5-2 L)
Feb. 19 – Portland Pirates at Rochester Americans (2-1 OTL)
Feb. 20 – Portland Pirates at Toronto Marlies (3-1 L)
ONE MORE TO GO
After winning their first three games of their seven-game road trip, the Pirates have dropped their last three owning a (3-2-1) record over their last six games.
CALL TO ARMS
On Feb. 19, the Panthers recalled Kyle Rau and Michael Matheson from Portland. In their first career games, they got to witness history as Jaromir Jagr scored career goals number 741 and 742 to tie and pass Brett Hull for third all-time in NHL history for goals. The Panthers won 3-1 over the Winnipeg Jets.
In 48 games with the Pirates this season, Rau scored 17 goals and 27 points. His 17 goals tied him for first on the Pirates, while his 27 points tied him for second at the time of his recall. Rau recorded one shot in 15:27 in his debut and was on the power play unit for Reilly Smith’s game-winning goal, screening the goalie to help make the goal happen.
In 43 games with the Pirates this season, Matheson recorded five goals and 14 points. At the time of his recall, Matheson’s plus-14 rating ranked second on the team and ranked tied for first among Portland’s defensemen in goals. In his debut, Matheson recorded one shot and 14:47 TOI.
Feb. 24 – Portland Pirates at Hartford Wolf Pack (7:00 p.m.)
Feb. 26 – Portland Pirates vs. Wilkes/Barre Penguins (7:00 p.m.)
Feb. 28 – Portland Pirates vs. Springfield Falcons (3:00 p.m)
After missing the first half of the season due to injury, Steven Hodges made his debut with the Manchester Monarchs on Feb. 14 and recorded two assists. He scored his first goal of the season of Feb. 19 vs. Reading and it was a beauty (see below). Today, Hodges was recalled to the Portland Pirates. The native of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories recorded three points (1-2-3) in five games with the Monarchs.
JAYCE ON FIRE
Jayce Hawryluk isn’t just on a hot streak, he is torching the WHL. In ten games in the month of February, Hawryluk has recorded 30 points. On Feb. 17, Hawryluk recorded a WHL career-high six-point night (2-4-6) as the Brandon Wheat Kings topped the Kootenay Ice 11-1.
In nine of the ten games in February, Hawryluk has recorded multi-point games. His only game he was held pointless was on Feb. 21 at Prince Albert. The Roblin, Manitoba native bounced back the following night with a three-assist game at Saskatoon.
THE KINGSTON KIDS
Lawson Crouse scored his 15th goal of the season on Feb. 19 vs. Oshawa on a perfect feed from Juho Lammikko in front of the net. The two Panthers prospects have identical point totals this season (15-27-42), with Lammikko playing ten more games than Crouse. The two forwards are among Kingston’s top four scorers this season.
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