Panthers Prospects Lawson Crouse and Jayce Hawryluk were invited to Canada’s World Junior Championship camp, the Portland Pirates topped the Springfield Falcons 6-2 and more in this week’s Prospect Report.
CATS KIDS INVITED TO CAMP
On Dec.2, Panthers prospects Lawson Crouse and Jayce Hawryluk were named to Team Canada’s 2016 World Junior Championship camp. Crouse is among three returning players from the Gold Medal-winning team from 2015.
Returning to defend Canada’s World Junior title, Florida’s 2015 first round pick will be counted on as one of the team’s few WJC veterans. The 18-year old forward has recorded 20 points (9-11-20) with the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL, while ranking second on the team with 9 goals. Crouse has registered four points (1-3-4) over his last four games.
After an impressive stint in the 2015 Canada-Russia Series for Team WHL, Hawryluk earned an invitation to Team Canada’s World Junior Championship camp. The Brandon Wheat Kings’ leading scorer has notched 29 points (14-15-29) in 24 games this season and scored twice on Saturday vs. Medicine Hat. Hawryluk recorded the game-winning goal and passed 200 career points in the WHL.
UP FOR THE CHALLENGE
Ryan Bednard, the Panthers final pick of the 2015 Draft (7th round, 206th overall) was recently named to the 2015 U.S. Select Team for the World Junior A Challenge. The tournament will take place from Dec. 13 – Dec. 19 in Whitby, Ont. In 12 games with the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL this season, Bednard owns a 6-2-3 record with a 2.17 goals against average and a .925 save percentage.
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(8-10-0-0, 12th in AHL Eastern Conference)
Nov. 27 – Portland Pirates vs. Utica Comets (4-1 L)
Nov. 28 – Portland Pirates vs. Utica Comets (6-3 L)
Nov. 29 – Portland Pirates at Springfield Falcons (6-2 W)
SHUTTING DOWN SPRINGFIELD
After falling twice to Utica, the Pirates stormed through Springfield with a 6-2 win over the Falcons. Rocco Grimaldi scored his first goal as a Pirate to open the scoring with a beautiful spin-o-rama backhand in the first period. Wayne Simpson, Rob Flick, Shane Harper, Kyle Rau [EN] and Brett Olson [EN] all scored in the third period to win their first game of a three-game road trip. John McFarland and Garrett Wilson each recorded two assists.
Sam Brittain turned aside 23 of 25 shots faced to earn his second win of the season.
RAU LIGHTING THE LAMP
Pirates rookie, Kyle Rau leads the team with 8 goals in his first 17 games. The former University of Minnesota captain ranks tied for second on the Pirates in points (8-3-11) and has recorded points in each of his last two games (1-1-2).
Dec. 4 – Portland Pirates at Providence Bruins (7:05 p.m.)
Dec. 5 – Portland Pirates at Bridgeport Sound Tigers (7:00 p.m.)
STREAKING IN BOSTON
Ian McCoshen and the Boston College Eagles currently own an 11-game winning streak. The junior-year defenseman scored his second goal of the season (on the power play) in the Eagles’ 6-2 win over RIT. This season at BC, McCoshen has recorded 3 points (2-1-3) in 13 games, with a +17 rating and 41 penalty minutes.
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