Welcome to the tenth Panthers Prospect Update where we’ll recap how some of the players in the Panthers’ system have played over the past week, beginning 12/14 and ending 12/20.
- Current record: 14-11-1
- Record since 12/14: 3-0-0
- Won 5-2 against the Springfield Falcons on 12/14
- Kyle Rau had a two-goal night scoring his 10th and 11th of the season
- Shane Harper tallied the primary assists on both Rau goals
- John McFarland also had a two-goal night scoring his 7th and 8th of the season
- Rob Schremp scored his team-leading 12th goal of the season
- Mike McKenna made 30 saves on 32 shots
- The Pirates went 2/4 on the power play
- Won 2-1 against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on 12/19
- Brett Olson scored his 3rd goal of the season
- Kyle Rau scored his 12th of the season to tie Rob Schremp for the team lead
- Mike McKenna made 24 save on 25 shots
- The Pirates did not convert on their only power play opportunity
- Won 3-0 against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on 12/20
- MacKenzie Weegar scored his 2nd goal of the season
- Garrett Wilson and Wayne Simpson each tallied empty net goals
- Mike McKenna earned his first shutout of the season by stopping all 23 shots he faced
- Shane Harper recorded an assist on Weegar’s goal and now has a 3-game point streak + 6 points in 7 December games
- Next 2 games for Portland
- vs. Providence Bruins, 12/22 (home)
- vs. Springfield Falcons, 12/27 (away)
G, Youngstown Phantoms, 2015 7th-round pick
- Played in 3 games for Team USA in the World Junior A Challenge
- In game 1 vs. Canada East, he played a period and a half and made 15 saves on 16 shots in an 8-2 win.
- In game 2 vs. Switzerland, Bednard made 19 saves on 20 shots in a 7-1 win.
- In game 3 vs. Russia, he made 4 saves on 8 shots in two periods of a 7-4 loss.
World Junior Championships 2016
Canada has set its roster, and Florida prospects Lawson Crouse and Samuel Montembeault have made the roster while Jayce Hawryluk was one of 4 final cuts. Finland and Switzerland have not finalized their rosters just yet, but Florida prospects Juho Lammikko (FIN) and Denis Malgin (SUI) are both expected to make their respective teams. For Lawson Crouse, it’ll be his second consecutive year making Canada’s U20 team and the first time for Montembeault. Montembeault is likely to dress as the backup goalie for Canada’s first two games of the tournament as MacKenzie Blackwood will miss them while serving a suspension handed down by the OHL, his junior league. Juho Lammikko will represent Finland at the U20 WJC for the first time and Malgin will be doing it for the second time after leading Switzerland in points with 7 at last year’s tournament.