(38-21-5-2, 83 points, fourth in Atlantic Division, sixth in Eastern Conference)
April 1 – Portland Pirates vs. Providence Bruins (2-0 W)
April 2 – Portland Pirates at Hartford Wolf Pack (4-1 W)
April 3 – Portland Pirates at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (5-3 W)
The Pirates enter the week on a three-game win streak having won three games in three days this past weekend. Searching for a playoff berth, Portland has won seven of its last eight games as they close in on the remaining six games of the regular season.
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Connor Brickley has led the charge for the Pirates recently. The 24-year old currently owns a four-game point streak (3-3-6) and had an impressive three-point night (1-2-3) on April 3 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Earning first star of the game honors, Brickley scored his goal on the power play before setting up Logan Shaw’s game-winner.
April 8 – Portland Pirates at Providence Bruins (7:05 p.m.)
April 9 – Portland Pirates vs. Providence Bruins (7:00 p.m.)
April 10 – Portland Pirates vs. Hartford Wolf Pack (3:00 p.m.)
MOVIN’ ON UP
Lawson Crouse, Juho Lammikko and the Kingston Frontenacs dispatched of the reigning Memorial Cup Champion Oshawa Generals in the first round of the Ontario Hockey League playoffs in five games.
In the series, Crouse recorded six points (4-2-6), including a three-point effort (1-2-3) in game one of the series. Lammikko recorded four points (1-3-4) in the series and recorded two assists in game one.
The Frontenacs will face the Niagara Ice Dogs on Thursday, April 7, to begin the second round.
Dryden Hunt and the Moose Jaw Warriors took down the Prince Albert Raiders in five games to advance to the second round of the Western Hockey League playoffs. Hunt leads the WHL in playoff goals (6) and ranks tied for third in points (10).
Jayce Hawryluk and the Brandon Wheat Kings finished off the Edmonton Oil Kings in six games to advance to the second round of the WHL playoffs. Hawryluk finished the series with nine points (2-7-9), ranking tied for first on the team in scoring.
Hawryluk and Hunt will face each other in the second round as the Wheat Kings and Warriors are set to throw down on Friday, April 8.
In arguably the biggest upset of the postseason, the 13th seed Blainville-Boisbriand Armada stunned the fourth seed Val-d’Or Foreurs in six games to win their series in the first round of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs. Goaltender Samuel Montembeault backstopped Blainville-Boisbriand with a 4-2-0-0 record, 2.19 goals against average and .933 save percentage. Last week Montembeault was named the Canadian Hockey League Goaltender of the Week. Montembeault turned in a stellar 54-save performance in game six, holding off the Foreurs into triple overtime and leading the Armada to victory as they took the series.
The Armada will face the first-ranked Rouyn-Noranda Huskies on Friday to start the second round.
ON THE OUTS
Thomas Schemitsch and the Owen Sound Attack were able to win two games in their series with the London Knights, but ultimately fell in game six of the series.
Schemitsch recorded four assists in the series.
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