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In the Pipeline: Road Warriors

by Mike Lewis / Florida Panthers

The Pirates won three straight to open their seven-game road trip, Jayce Hawryluk continued his hot streak, Juho Lammikko helped Kingston clinch a playoff spot and more

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(29-18-1-0, 53 points, third in Atlantic Division, fifth in Eastern Conference)


Feb. 12 – Portland Pirates at Lehigh Valley Phantoms (3-1 W)

Feb. 13 – Portland Pirates at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (2-1 OT-W)

Feb. 14 – Portland Pirates at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (3-2 OT-W)


After dropping three straight games (two at home), the Pirates had six days between their last loss and their next game to reflect and prepare for one of the toughest stretches of their season schedule. The Pirates embarked on a seven-game road trip that would take them from Pennsylvania, through western New York to Toronto and end in Hartford. Portland’s first three games of the trip took place in consecutive days.

On Friday, Feb. 12, the Pirates kicked the voyage off with a 3-1 win over the Phantoms in Lehigh Valley. Mike McKenna continued his All-Star caliber season with a stellar 45-save and two-assist performance supported by goals from Kyle Rau, Rocco Grimaldi and Greg McKegg.

Photo Courtesy of Mike McSweeney

The Pirates swept the first place Baby Pens with two overtime wins in back-to-back nights on Feb. 13-14.

In game one of the weekend, Rob Flick scored for Portland in regulation and Michael Matheson scored his fifth goal of the season on a breakaway in OT to win the game for the Pirates. Sam Brittain made 23 saves to earn the win.

In game two, Wade Megan turned in a two-point night scoring the game’s first goal and adding an assist on Rau’s late shorthanded goal to tie things up and send the game into overtime. Dylan Olsen lit the lamp in overtime to extend Portland’s winning streak to three games. With the win McKenna tied Jhonas Enroth for second all-time in franchise wins (74).


Feb. 17 – Portland Pirates at Utica Comets (7:00 p.m.)

Feb. 19 – Portland Pirates at Rochester Americans (7:05 p.m.)

Feb. 20 – Portland Pirates at Toronto Marlies (1:30 p.m.)

Feb. 24 – Portland Pirates at Hartford Wolf Pack (7:00 p.m.)



Following up his eight-point (3-5-8) performance in the first week of February, Jayce Hawryluk decided to one-up himself, recording 10 points (2-8-10) over his last three games last week.

The 19-year old native of Roblin, Manitoba recorded a five-point game (2-3-5) to lead his Brandon Wheat Kings over the Saskatoon Blades (Feb. 12). Hawryluk’s second goal of the evening was a shorthanded tally and his 100th career WHL goal.

Hawryluk has recorded 26 points (10-16-26) over his last 11 games and has actively registered six consecutive multi-point games (5-13-18) in the month of February.


Juho Lammikko scored his first OHL hat trick to lead the Kingston Frontenacs to a 6-4 win over the Barrie Colts on Monday, Feb. 15. With the win, the first place Frontenacs became the first OHL Eastern Conference team to clinch a playoff spot.

Lammikko has six points (3-3-6) over his last two games. Panthers 2015 first rounder Lawson Crouse recorded two assists to set up Lammikko’s last two goals of the game.

Fun Fact: Panthers forward John McFarland’s brother Paul serves as Kingston’s Head Coach. The Frontenacs tweeted out a congratulations to John after playing in his first NHL game on Feb. 13.


Panthers 2015 third round pick Thomas Schemitsch scored twice on Monday night vs. Oshawa. The 19-year old defenseman has recorded five points (2-3-5) over his last three games with the Owen Sound Attack (OHL).


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