Hershey update: 3-2-0-1, 5th in the Atlantic Division. Last week: 2-0-0-1
Madison Bowey had a big week as he earned his first professional point with an assist on Saturday and then scored his first professional goal on Sunday.
In what was a successful week for Hershey, the team's young offensive core continues to impress. Travis Boyd and Jakub Vrana both assisted on Chris Bourque's overtime winning goal against Hartford on Saturday. Vrana struck again on Sunday, scoring against Hartford with 13 seconds left in the game to tie it and earn the Bears a point in the standings.
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In other list news, NHL.com released its list of the Caps top five prospects. Both Vrana and Bowey make the list as does another player currently on the Caps roster.
In South Carolina, goalie Vitek Vanecek earned his first professional win on Wednesday, turning aside 27 of 29 shots against the Florida Everblades. Despite the win, Vanecek has had his fair share of struggles in the early season. In four games played, Vanecek has a 3.81 GAA and .871 save percentage.
The news from Russia is a bit better as Ilya Samsonov earned his first shutout for Metallurg Magnitogorsk on Tuesday. Samsonov has put up impressive numbers in six appearances for Metallurg with a 1.51 GAA and .934 save percentage.
In the WHL, defnseman Connor Hobbs has already scored more goal than he had in all of last season. In 11 games, he has four goals and three assists.
SB Nation analyzed the NHL prospects from defending champion Providence College including Caps prospect Brian Pinho. According to the article, "His strength, skating ability and awareness in the offensive zone allow him to keep possession of the puck."
In nearby Boston College, Zach Sanford is tied for the team lead with six points. Over the weekend, he scored two goals and two assists for the Eagles.
Thomas DiPauli is off to a strong start for Notre Dame with two goals and one assist in four games. You can watch his goal from Saturday's game against Minnesota Duluth here.
Saturday was a big night for freshman Steven Spinner who scored his first two NCAA goals to help lead the University of Nebraska-Omaha to a 4-2 win over Air Force. His first goal was also the first goal ever scored in the team's new arena.
The mystery surrounding Shane Gersich's status at North Dakota has been solved. Gersich appeared in North Dakota's first two games, but missed the next four and was listed only as day-to-day. The mystery injury that has kept him out of the lineup is actually not an injury at all, but mononucleosis according to the Grand Forks Herald.
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