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In the Pipeline: Bearing Down

by Mike Lewis / Florida Panthers

Photo Courtesy of Mike McSweeney


(41-27-6-2, 90 points, fourth in Atlantic Division, sixth in Eastern Conference)


April 15 – Portland Pirates vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (3-2 L)

April 16 – Portland Pirates at Springfield Falcons (3-2 OTL)

April 17 – Portland Pirates at Springfield Falcons (3-1 W)


On April 17, the Pirates wrapped the regular season up with a 3-1 win over their division rivals in Springfield. Mike McKenna earned first star honors with 36 saves in the contest as Sena Acolatse was named second star of the game with a game-winning goal. Connor Brickley sealed the game with an empty net goal, his 12th tally of the season. Matt MacKenzie scored Portland’s first goal of the game. Rob Schremp earned an assist on Acolatse’s goal to earn his team-leading 42nd point of the season. Schremp finished the season as the team leader in goals (21) as well, while Cameron Gaunce led Portland in assists (35).

Photo Courtesy of Mike McSweeney


The Pirates are set to face the Atlantic Division champion Hershey Bears in the first round of the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs. The series will be a best of five format, with Portland having home-ice advantage for the first two games and Hershey having game three as well as four and five if needed.

Atlantic Division Semifinals – Series “A” (best-of-5)

A1-Hershey Bears vs. A4-Portland Pirates

Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 22 – Hershey at Portland, 7:00

Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 23 – Hershey at Portland, 7:00

Game 3 – Thu., Apr. 28 – Portland at Hershey, 7:00

*Game 4 – Sat., Apr. 30 – Portland at Hershey, 7:00

*Game 5 – Sun., May 1 – Portland at Hershey, 5:00


Panthers prospects Lawson Crouse, Michael Downing and Juho Lammikko made their Portland debuts in Saturday’s match-up with the Falcons.


Jayce Hawryluk and the Brandon Wheat Kings were able to top Dryden Hunt and the Moose Jaw Warriors in five games to advance to the third round of the Western Hockey League playoffs. Hawryluk will head to the Eastern Conference finals for the second consecutive year with the Wheat Kings.

Hunt completed his final WHL playoff run with 16 points (7-9-16) in 10 games, while Hawryluk has posted 12 points (2-10-12) in 11 postseason games.

Samuel Montembeault and the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada were unable to dethrone the top-seeded Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, falling in five games. The Armada’s only victory in the series was a 29-save shutout for Montembeault in game one. The Panthers 2015 third rounder finished the playoffs with a 2.45 GAA and 0.925 save percentage.

Click here to view the full Prospect Report for April 19

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