Hershey update: 10-6-0-4, 3rd in the Atlantic Division. Last week: 0-1-0-1
Defense was optional on Friday night as the Hershey Bears fell to Lehigh Valley 6-5 in a shootout. Recalled from the ECHL, Tyler Lewington scored a goal in his very first game in the AHL as a floater from the blue line somehow weaved its way into the top shelf. He also showed the same willingness to drop the gloves as he has showed in South Carolina with a fight against Lehigh's Tyrell Goulbourne. Travis Boyd and Nathan Walker also each contributed a goal and an assist in the loss.
See the highlights here:
Walker added another assist on Saturday giving him three points in two games. Prior to that, he had managed only four points in his first 17 games of the season.
Other prospect notes:
How about that Vitek Vanecek? First, he was named the ECHL Rookie of the Month for November. On Thursday, he was named to the Czech Republic roster for WJC camp. He was one of four goalies named.
Plus, he's got a shiny new mask!
— Sarah Hobday (@Sarah_Hobday) December 3, 2015
With the Caps trading prospect Pheonix Copley over the summer and Vanecek coming off of a tough performance in the IIHF World Junior Championships (.803 save percentage, 6.00 GAA), there was some worry that the Caps were suddenly thin in goalie depth. Vanecek is proving those fears to be unfounded with his play in South Carolina. In 12 games this season, Vanecek has a 2.00 GAA and a .919 save percentage.
Another goalie prospect is impressing as well all the way from Russia. Ilya Samsonov recorded a 26-save shutout for Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL on Monday. He has played in 14 games this season recording a 5-2-1 record with a .929 save percentage and 1.87 GAA. Considering he is only 18 years old, his numbers put him in pretty elite company.
26 save shutout for Ilya Samsonov-WSH today. Has only had about 6-7 starts but one of the best 18 YO season by a KHL goalie in a long time.
— Corey Pronman (@coreypronman) November 30, 2015
As noted by the blog Stars & Sticks, Samsonov is having one of the best season's ever for an 18-year-old in the KHL.
The Caps seem to have no trouble finding offensively skilled defensemen and it looks like they may have another in Connor Hobbs. Hobbs recorded four assists in three games for the Regina Pats last week. He leads Regina defensemen in points and is fourth on the team with 14.
An article in the Regina Leader-Post took a deeper look at how Hobbs has developed into an offensive weapon.
In the college ranks, defending national champion Providence is rolling and, as Mac Cerullo of the Eagle-Tribune writes, Brian Pinho is a major reason why. In his sophomore season, he has three goals and four assists in 12 games for the Friars.
Thomas DiPauli continues to light the lamp for Notre Dame. His goal against Western Michigan on Saturday was his team-high sixth of the season. You can see it in the highlights here:
DiPauli shows good hands and patience as he avoids the diving defenseman to net the game-clinching goal. In addition to leading the team in goals, he is also tied for the team lead in points (13).
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