(40-26-5-2, 87 points, fourth in Atlantic Division, sixth in Eastern Conference)
April 8 – Portland Pirates at Providence Bruins (3-2 W)
April 9 – Portland Pirates vs. Providence Bruins (6-1 L)
April 10 – Portland Pirates vs. Hartford Wolf Pack (3-2 W)
On April 10, the Pirates defeated the Wolf Pack 3-2 to clinch a berth in the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs. Shane Harper tied the game 1-1 in the second followed by a shorthanded Logan Shaw goal. Hartford answered back 26 seconds later to keep the game tied heading into the final frame. With 3:55 left in the third period, Shaw fired a loose puck on net for his second goal of the game and 11th of the season. The goal stood as the game-winner. Sam Brittain made 17 saves in the contest to earn his eighth win of the season.
The Pirates have three regular season games remaining on their schedule.
Photo Courtesy of Mike McSweeney
Logan Shaw’s two-goal performance on April 10 extended his point streak to five games (4-2-6). In Shaw’s 18 games with Portland this season, he has recorded 14 points (11-3-14) and three multi-goal games.
April 15 – Portland Pirates vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (7:00 p.m.)
April 16 – Portland Pirates at Springfield Falcons (7:00 p.m.)
April 17 – Portland Pirates at Springfield Falcons (5:00 p.m.)
THE FIGHT IS ON
Lawson Crouse, Juho Lammikko and the Kingston Frontenacs are currently down 3-0 in their OHL semifinal series with the Niagara IceDogs. Crouse has recorded four points in the series (2-2-4), while Juho Lammikko has posted three points (2-1-3) in the three games vs. Niagara.
Jayce Hawryluk’s Brandon Wheat Kings and Dryden Hunt’s Moose Jaw Warriors are currently locked into their WHL semifinal series, with Brandon leading 2-0.
Hawryluk recorded two assists in game one of the series, while Hunt has recorded back-to-back two point efforts in the two games. Hunt’s seven goals in the playoffs rank him tied for first in the WHL, while his 14 points rank him tied for second.
Samuel Montembeault continued his strong play from round one into game one of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada’s quarterfinal series with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. Montembeault blanked the Huskies, making 28 saves and earning his first shutout of the postseason. The Huskies traded shutouts with the Armada in game two, winning 5-0 and tying the series 1-1.
Montembeault’s 2.26 goals against average ranks him third in the QMJHL.
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