Down On The Farm, Apr. 8
Nothing happened last night with regards to the Pirates. They remain four points ahead of the Monarchs.
The Pirates’ magic number to clinch the Atlantic Division is 1. The Whale’s magic number to lock up the 8th spot is 4.
Pirates play the P-Bruins at 7:05PM. A win, OTL, or SOL does the trick. A Whale win over the Tigers and a Sharks loss to the Checkers would seal the 8th spot. If things shake out right, the Eastern Conference could be all taken care of before the night is out.
When Luke Adam won the Dudley “Red” Garrett Memorial Award (AHL rookie of the year), the Pirates became only the third team in AHL history to win the Garrett Awar three seasons in a row. With Zack Kassian, Marcus Foligno, and Brayden McNabb all Portland-bound in 2011/2012, the Pirates will most likely challenge for the award for a fourth-consecutive season.