01/23/2014 1:00 PM
On Jan. 3, the Portland Pirates added two more forwards to their roster. Jesse Mychan and Corey Trivino each signed professional try-out contracts, bringing both players up to the AHL from the ECHL. So far, both are excited and happy about the move to Portland.
“I’m enjoying it,” Trivino said. “The team’s been really welcoming and driving us to the rink and giving us an opportunity to do whatever we can and just including us as if we’re part of the team. It’s been a good first couple of weeks and I’m looking forward to working hard and staying here.”
Trivino was playing with the Stockton Thunder before signing with the Pirates and is once again playing with Brandon Yip, who was a senior during Trivino’s freshman year at Boston University when the two won the national championship.
“He’s a skill guy, he’s pretty deceiving,” Yip said. “He’s got great hands, he can play the energy line role as well. He’s pretty diverse.”
Yip believes Trivino will add some depth to the Portland roster and be able to use his skills to help out the team.
“He’s got a good hockey sense,” Yip praised. “He knows where everyone is, he’s creative out there, he can make a lot of things happen for his line mates.”
“I’d like to be an all-around type of player, not be a liability in the defensive zone but also have the offensive talent to create chances and create offense,” Trivino said. “I’m going to create offense but make that great defensive play as well, be an all-around player. I’d say someone like Vinny [Lecavalier] back in the day when he was with Tampa.”
Trivino has shown plenty of offensive touch in his career. After being drafted by the New York Islanders in the second round (36th overall) in the 2008 NHL Draft, Trivino has spent time at Boston University and in the ECHL with the Florida Everglades and the Thunder. His best season while playing for the Terriers was as a junior in 2010-11 when he finished the season with eight goals, 20 assists and 28 points in 37 games played. In two seasons in the ECHL, he racked up 75 points in 92 games, including 24 points in 29 games with the Thunder this season before signing with the Pirates. In seven games with the Pirates so far, he has had three assists and is a plus-two.
Mychan brings a bit more edge to the Pirates. At the time of his signing, he was the leader in penalty minutes in the ECHL with 123 in 26 games with the Colorado Eagles.
“I’m definitely more of a gritty kind of guy,” Mychan said. “I pride myself on my hard work and if goals come, they come, but I’m here to protect teammates and just be a presence out there.”
With the Eagles, Mychan tallied four goals and four assists but stated that his physicality would be his best attribute, particularly hitting and fighting.
“It just comes along with the way I play,” he said. “I’ll be a physical guy, I’ll get the crowd into it, you know, take it from there.”
So far with the Pirates, Mychan has seen action in two games, going scoreless with 2 PIM.
Trivino, Mychan and the Pirates will be back in action Friday when they host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at 7 p.m. at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. Friday’s game can be heard on the Pirates flagship stations WPEI 95.5/95.9 FM as well as WEZR AM 1240 in the Lewiston/Auburn area and WTME AM 780/1450 in Oxford County. The game can also be heard online at portlandpirates.com by clicking “Listen Live” and can be seen live on AHL Live atahllive.com. The pregame show starts at 6:40 with Jeff Mannix and special guest Jordan Martinook. Tickets are available at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee by calling 783-2009 ext. 525 or online at thecolisee.com.