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Caps prospect watch: Boyd dedicates 4-goal performance to daughter after week in the hospital

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Caps prospect watch: Boyd dedicates 4-goal performance to daughter after week in the hospital

It would have been understandable if Travis Boyd struggled this past week. Something more important was on his mind.

Boyd spent the week in the hospital with his daughter, Hayden, who had been experiencing pain in her throat. He spent the enitre week in the hospital, not leaving until Hershey's game against Laval.

Boyd turned this trial into something incredible as he scored four goals Friday in Hershey's 6-3 win.

Boyd spoke about the ordeal with Zach Fisch of the Bears Radio Network (transcription via RMNB).

“It actually started after the game last Sunday against Rochester," he said. "I went straight from the rink to Urgent Care and then from Urgent Care to the ER. Never left the hospital until Friday morning. We had a successful surgery on Thursday night. Basically just a bad infection in her throat that had to be surgically removed. They had to surgically go in and kind of remove the bacteria and drain out the fluids. Everything went well. She’s doing well.”

Following the game, Boyd dedicated his performance to Hayden.

A four-goal game at the AHL level would have been an incredible accomplishment on its own. The fact that it came during such a trying time for him makes this a truly inspirational story.

You can watch highlights of the game including all four of Boyd's goals here:

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Other prospect notes:

  • In the Bears' game Friday against Laval, Riley Barber dropped the gloves with Markus Eisenchmid.  Barber was given an extra minor and game misconduct for instigating the fight in the final five minutes of the game. That penalty carries with it an automatic one-game suspension which Barber served Saturday. Here's a look at the fight.

  • Liam O'Brien had a pair of two-goal games over the week, scoring twice against Laval Friday and then two more against Toronto on Monday. Of his four goals, three of them were empty netters.
  • As the Capitals prepare for their Stadium Series game in Annapolis on March 3, Annapolis mayor Gavin Buckley—a native of Perth, Australia—made a plea to see Nathan Walker recalled for the game.  “I’ll have to put a quick shout out to the one Australian that’s playing for the Caps now, Nathan Walker. If you could just bring him up for this game, that’d be great. Because an Australian being in a hockey game is like a Jamaican bobsled team. It doesn’t happen very often.”

  • Brian Pinho was honored Friday in Providence College's Senior Night. He has served as captain of the team this season and as an assistant captain in his junior year. He spoke with The Cowl on what being a leader on the team means to him. "I think being a leader of this team is a great honor, but also a huge responsibility. I try to keep everything fun at the rink, while also bringing some intensity and competing hard every day.” You can read the full story here.
  • Goalie Adam Carlson, who was on loan to the Indy Fuel of the ECHL, was reassigned to the Kansas City Mavericks also of the ECHL. He started two games for his new team and turned aside 42 of the 48 total shots he faced.

Who are the Caps' top 10 prospects? Find out here in his week's updated rankings.

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Caps prospect watch: Hershey has tough week in net and on offense

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Caps prospect watch: Hershey has tough week in net and on offense

The Hershey Bears' offensive woes continued this week as the team lost two of its three games and managed only six total goals.

Given how much this team struggled before Chris Bourque left, seeing those struggles continue is no real surprise. But Hershey won't be very competitive if they do not get better goaltending than they had this week.

Vitek Vanecek got the start on Friday, but was chased after allowing four goals on 16 shots. Pheonix Copley got the start on Saturday, but Vanecek had to come on in relief after Copley allowed three goals on just five shots. When they finally got a strong performance on Sunday, 22 saves on 24 shots from Vanecek, the Bears won 3-2 over Rochester.

With how much the team has struggled to score this season, the Bears cannot afford this goalie carousel. They already have a tough hill to climb to get out of last place in the Atlantic Division and this certainly doesn't help.

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Other prospect notes:

  • Hershey's only win of the week Sunday was the only game leading goal scorer Riley Barber got on the scoresheet (1 goal, 2 assists).  The Bears really need him to produce in Bourque's absence. He now has 17 goals on the season.
  • Liam O'Brien returned to the lineup this week after missing three games with an upper-body injury. He scored a goal Saturday in Hershey's loss to Hartford.
  • Beck Malenstyn exploded this week for five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in three games. It has been a difficult season for him as an injury limited him to only 27 games. Still, Malenstyn remains highly regarded by some scouts as evidenced by the fact a contending team like Swift Current was willing to trade for him midseason after he played only four games for Calgary, his now former team. This week must have been a relief for Malenstyn who had only 10 points leading into this week.
  • Brian Pinho got a shoutout in Elliotte Friedman's 31 Thoughts this week: "Just some names to keep an eye on, with NHL team followed by school: Brian Pinho (Washington/Providence), Ryan Donato (Boston/Harvard), Anthony Angello (Pittsburgh/Cornell), Louis Belpedio (Minnesota/Miami), David Pope (Detroit/Nebraska-Omaha), CJ Suess (Winnipeg/Minnesota St.), Jake Evans (Montreal/Notre Dame), Brandon Hickey (Arizona/Boston University — traded to the Coyotes in the Mike Smith deal), Nolan Vesey (Toronto/Maine) and Nolan Stevens (St. Louis/Northeastern). The latter Nolan, John Stevens’s son, scored a beauty in the Beanpot final."

Who are the Caps' top 10 prospects? Find out here in his week's updated rankings.

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Caps prospect watch: Barber's scoring, but the Bears are not

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Caps prospect watch: Barber's scoring, but the Bears are not

Well, the good news is that Hershey snapped its losing streak. The bad news is they still have lost 11 of 12.

The biggest issue by far of late hs been the team's inability to score. One player who has not been having any trouble, however, is Riley Barber.

In the Bears' three games this week, Barber scored four goals bringing his season total up to a team-high 16. That puts him just 10 goals shy of his career high of 26 with 28 games left in the season.

That's a very attainable number, especially considering he and Travis Boyd will likely become the offensive focal point of the team with Chris Bourque headed to the Olympics.

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Other prospect notes:

  • Liam O'Brien did not play in any of Hershey's three games over the week. He is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
  • Lucas Johansen is teaming up with his brother, Ryan, in a new three-year partnership with the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation to lend their names to the Foundation's annual charity golf classic. The Ryan and Lucas Johansen Charity Golf Classic will be held July 10  at the Swaneset Golf and Country Club in British Columbia.
  • Goalie Adam Carlson was reassigned from the South Carolina Stingrays to the Indy Fuel, another ECHL team. He played two periods in his debut on Friday against the Wheeling Nailers, stopping 20 of the 25 shots he faced.
  • Garrett Pilon scored a career-high four points (2 goals, 2 assists) Saturday to help lead Everett past Kelowna 8-2 in the WHL. Pilon seems to be making an impression on his new team.
    "He’s doing everything wanted from him," head coach Dennis Williams said. "But I’m even more impressed with what he does away from the puck and his responsibilities in the D-zone. He tracks pucks hard and when you’re a 200-foot player you have a really good chance to be an effective player in this league and at the next level.”
  • In addition to being a finalist for the Hobey Baker, Brian Pinho has also been named one of 16 semifinalists for the Walter Brown Award which is given to the best American-born college hockey player in New England.
  • Damien Riat will be leaving his team, Geneve-Servette HC, for HC Bienne, also known as Biel-Bienne, at the end of the season. He has signed a two-year contract there.
    A scout for Biel-Bienne gave this rundown of the new player (as translated by Google Translate): "Riat is a powerful skater with a low, steady stride and good speed. He moves most of the time with a high level of energy and faces the opponent unreservedly. I also appreciate his wrist shot, as well as his play in both directions, already well done for his age."

Who are the Caps' top 10 prospects? Find out here in his week's updated rankings.