The Portland Pirates scored two goals in 10 seconds for a dramatic finish in Bridgeport, while Jayce Hawryluk netted a hat trick and Juho Lammikko is named to Finland's 2016 World Junior Championship roster.
(9-10-1-0, 12th in AHL Eastern Conference)
Dec. 4 – Portland Pirates at Providence Bruins (3-2 OTL)
Dec. 5 – Portland Pirates at Bridgeport Sound Tigers (2-1 W)
THRILLER IN BRIDGEPORT
Portland trailed Bridgeport 1-0 heading into the third period on Dec. 5 at Webster Bank Arena. Pulling goaltender Sam Brittain as the Pirates approached the final minute, the club’s leading goal scorer Kyle Rau scored his ninth goal of the season at 19:00 of the third period through a scramble in front of the Sound Tigers net.
Only 10 seconds later, the Pirates struck again. Garrett Wilson closed in on the Bridgeport defense after the faceoff, recovering the puck and finding John McFarland with speed to connect for the game-winning goal. McFarland took the puck straight to the net before dancing around the Sound Tigers defense to tuck his sixth goal of the year behind the goalie.
McFarland was named the game’s first star, while Brittain made 26 saves to earn his third win of the season and second star of the game honors.
Dec. 9 – Portland Pirates vs. Springfield Falcons (7:00 p.m.)
Dec. 11 – Portland Pirates vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (7:00 p.m.)
Dec. 12 - Portland Pirates vs. Providence Bruins (7:00 p.m.)
HATS OFF TO HAWRYLUK
Brandon Wheat Kings leading scorer, Jayce Hawryluk (17-16-33), put on quite the display on Dec. 2 in Swift Current. Only 24 hours after being named to Team Canada’s WJC camp roster, Hawryluk erupted with four points (3-1-4), including a hat trick to power the Wheat Kings to a 8-0 victory over the Broncos. Hawryluk was named first star of the game.
YOU GO LAMMIKKO
Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) forward and Panthers 2014 third-rounder, Juho Lammikko, scored his 10th goal of the season on Sunday vs. Hamilton, continuing his strong pace this season. Lammikko has proven to be an important piece to the first place Frontenacs and reached a season-high 3 points (1-2-3) on Dec. 3 vs. Peterborough. The 19-year old Noormarkku, Finland native has registered 7 points (2-5-7) over his last five games with the Frontenacs and was recently named to Finland’s 2016 World Junior Championship Roster. Lammikko has recorded 28 points (10-18-28) in 29 games with the Frontenacs this season.
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