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In the Pipeline: Going Streaking

by Mike Lewis / Florida Panthers

The Portland Pirates extended their winning streak to five games, Mike McKenna made Pirates history, Ian McCoshen has points in four straight games for Boston College and more in this week’s prospect report.

Photo Courtesy of Michael McSweeney

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(23-13-1-0, 47 points, fourth in AHL Eastern Conference)

THE WEEKEND SWEEP

Jan. 15 – Portland Pirates vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (5-1 W)

Jan. 16 - Portland Pirates vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (3-1 W)

Jan. 17 – Portland Pirates vs. Providence Bruins (2-1 W)

GOING STREAKING

After topping the Providence Bruins on Jan. 17, the Pirates extended their winning streak to five straight games. In that game, Shane Harper recorded his 150th AHL point with an assist on Brent Regner’s tally to open the game's scoring. 2016 AHL All-Star Rob Schremp went on to score the OT game-winner on a feed from John McFarland. Sam Brittain made a career-high 45 saves in the win.

Outscoring the Sound Tigers 8-2 in the Friday-Saturday series, the Pirates got contributions from the whole team. Seven different Pirates players scored for the team in the two-game span, while Garrett Wilson scored in both Sound Tigers match-ups.

In Saturday’s game, Mike McKenna made Pirates history by earning his 12th straight win. McKenna’s 12 wins broke Jhonas Enroth’s previous record of 11 straight wins (Jan. 26-Feb. 24, 2010) according to PortlandPirates.com. McKenna has only allowed one goal in each of his last four games.

NEXT UP

Jan. 22 – Portland Pirates vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (7:00 p.m.)

Jan. 23 – Portland Pirates vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (7:00 p.m.)

Jan. 24 – Portland Pirates at Hartford Wolf Pack (3:00 p.m.)

NCAA

Panthers 2013 second round pick Ian McCoshen has been a stabilizing force on the Boston College blueline. Boasting a steady two-way brand of hockey, McCoshen has recorded 12 points (5-7-12) in 22 games with the BC Eagles this season and leads the team with a +23 rating.

The 6-foot-3, 218-pound defenseman enters this week on a four-game point streak, recording seven points (3-4-7) in that span. McCoshen scored twice and recorded two assists on Jan. 15 against BC rivals Boston University. McCoshen’s second goal held up as the game-winner in Boston College’s 5-3 victory.

JUNIORS ROUND-UP

THE KINGSTON KIDS

The duo of Lawson Crouse and Juho Lammikko were at it again on Jan. 17 vs. Niagara Ice Dogs as Lammikko dished the puck to Lawson Crouse for his 10th goal of the season. The Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) won 2-1 in a shootout. Crouse has recorded 28 points (10-18-28) in 25 games this season, while Lammikko has recorded 30 points (11-19-30) in 35 games.

BACHMAN LIGHTS THE LAMP

Karch Bachman got the Chicago Steel (USHL) on the board with his eighth goal of the season on Jan. 17. The Steel went on to win 3-1. Bachman has recorded 13 points (9-4-13) in 26 games this season.

SHUTTING THE DOOR

Ryan Bednard owns a 10-4-4 record, a 2.60 goals against average and a .910 save percentage in his first full season with the Youngstown Phantoms (USHL). Check out his big save on projected 2016 first rounder Kieffer Bellows below.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL PDF PROSPECT REPORT FOR JAN. 19

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