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In the Pipeline: Hey Now, You're an All-Star

by Mike Lewis /

On Jan. 5, Springfield Thunderbirds defenseman MacKenzie Weegar was named to the AHL All-Star Classic. Weegar's selection makes him the first ever Springfield Thunderbird to participate in the American League's All-Star festivities. Weegar currently leads the T-Birds with eight goals while leading all of the T-Birds defensemen with 14 points (8-6-14).

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @thunderbirdsahl: Congrats to @weega52 on being named to the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic! ���


The Thunderbirds split the weekend with the Providence Bruins (1-1-0), with each team winning 4-1 in the process. Springfield topped Providence in the first of the two weekend match-ups. On Friday, Jan. 6, Juho Lammikko got the T-Birds on the board with his second tally of the season, followed by a goal by Chase Balisy. Jayce Hawryluk earned assists on both goals in the first, notching his first professional multi-point game.

Tweet from @thunderbirdsahl: Lammikko puts us on the board!

Brody Sutter scored next for Springfield to put the team ahead 3-1 in the third frame before Weegar sealed the game with an empty net goal. Sutter's goal was his first goal in only his second game since returning from injury and his second point in as many games.

Reto Berra's 25 saves in the game gave him his eighth win of the season and put an end to Providence's six-game winning streak.

Tweet from @TheAHL: The @thunderbirdsahl snapped the @AHLBruins' six-game win streak as Reto Berra stopped 25 shots to a 4-1 victory.

Tweet from @thunderbirdsahl: #TbirdsAHL put 4 on the board last night. Looking for another productive night again tonight at home.


Lammikko, 20, currently has goals in back-to-back games as he scored his third goal of the season in Springfield's second contest this past weekend with Providence. Lammikko was named the game's third star.

Hawryluk, 21, has recorded three points (0-3-3) over his three games played since returning to the lineup from injury. His two assist performance in Friday's match-up with the Bruins earned him first star of the game honors.


Panthers 2016 first rounder Henrik Borgstrom returned to action for the University of Denver this past weekend after playing for Team Finland at the 2017 World Junior Championship. Borgstrom made an instant impact, registering two consecutive three-point performances (2-1-3) on the weekend against Arizona State. Dating back to his last game played for Denver on Nov. 23 against Wisconsin, he has now recorded two goals and an assist in each of his last three games played for the Pioneers. Borgstrom's 12 goals on the season leads all freshman skaters in the NCAA, while his 22 points ties him with sophomore Troy Terry for first on the club in scoring.

Tweet from @DU_Hockey: POWER PLAY GOAL!!! �� @punanen5 nets an unassisted beauty & Denver is up 4-0 on Arizona State!!! #DUvsASU #DUGameDay

 Tweet from @DU_Hockey: #GoalsGIF: @FlaPanthers prospect @punanen5 lit the lamp twice last night & now leads all @NCAA freshmen with 12G on the season #TheArtist ����


• Through two games over the weekend Adam Mascherin recorded four points (1-3-4) for the Kitchener Rangers, extending his point streak to four games (2-7-9). He has recorded three multi-point games over his last four games.

• Jonathan Ang recorded three points (1-2-3) over the Peterborough Petes' two weekend games.

• On Jan. 8 vs. Rimouski Oceanic, Samuel Montembeault returned to action for the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (QMJHL), playing in his first game since Dec. 30. Montembeault allowed one goal, making 22 saves to earn his 13th win of the season.

Attached please find the Panthers Prospect Report for Jan. 10.

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