Maine Hockey Journal

Jr. Pirates back on the ice

The Portland Junior Pirates got back on the ice this week. Both teams finished the weekend with a record of 1-1. Junior A squad faced the Walpole Express and the Junior B club faced the Hartford Wolfpack.

The Junior A dropped the first game on Friday night by a final of 3-0. Connor Brogan made 36 saves in the loss. Sunday, the Pirates came away with the 3-2 victory. Goals came from Russ Franey, Corey LaRue, and Derek Tomes. Connor Anthoine added two assists. Ryan Boucher, Jay Paradis, and Kevin Smith each added one assist. Carl Rappa turned away 35 shots.

On November 12th, they defeated the Laconia Leafs also by the score of 3-2. Anthoine had two goals and added a helper. Bobby Hannah got a goal and Paradis grabbed an assist. Brogan made 23 saves.

The Junior B team defeated the Wolfpack 5-2 on Saturday. They were led by Trevor Fleurent who had two goals and an assist. Shawn Hird also lit the lamp twice. Paddy Murphy also scored and added an assist. Evan Schultz, Elias Wissman, Mike St. Denis, Cameron Cain each tallied an assist. Marc Ouimet had two helpers. TJ Thornton made 43 saves. Sunday morning the Wolfpack got their legs back and came away with the 3-2 victory. Fleurent and Wissman each had a goal and an assist. Schultz was also involved in both goals. Dylan Strogen made 28 saves.

Brian Billet continues his win streak

He led the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs to two wins this past weekend. On Saturday, he stopped 28 shots in the 7-2 win over the Green Mountain Blades. In the 7-3 victory over the Glades on Sunday, Billet made 15 saves.

With his recent success, he was named the Eastern Junior Hockey League’s Defensive Player of the Week for the week of the November 7th to November 14th.

Brian, a recent call-up from the Empire League, played outstanding in his EJHL debut. In starting all 3 games in the Warrior Classic this past weekend, Brian stopped 88 of 92 shots faced, which gave him a 95.6% Save Percentage, and a 1.33 Goals Against Average. He is one of the top 1992-born goaltenders in the country and is already gaining a lot of Division One interest. He hails from Kennebunk, ME, and is the son of Mark and Patricia Billet.

Maine recruit Adam Shemansky had two assists in Saturday’s contest. In Sunday’s game, he had a goal and two assists.

Saturday night, Bangor Daily News’ Larry Mahoney reported on the radio broadcast of the Maine-Providence game that Maine recruit Kelen Corkum has had his appendix removed.

Since being released by the Junior Monarchs, Pontus Hansson has been removed off of Chris Heisenberg’s Hockey Recruits page as a Maine recruit.

Derek Arnold and Johnnie Searfoss are on fire

Searfoss had a goal and assist against Sioux City and against Waterloo. Arnold had two goals against the Des Moines Buccaneers and added another against Searfoss’ Fargo Force. He has nine goals in 12 games.

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