Hershey update: 5-3-0-2, 3rd in the Atlantic Division. Last week: 2-1-0-1
The Hershey Bears added several young players to their roster this season including a pair of young defensemen in Madison Bowey and Christian Djoos. Finding a way to effectively use all of that young talent can be tricky, but head coach Troy Mann seems to be hitting the right notes in the early season.
Last week, the 20-year-old Bowey earned his first professional points with a goal and an assist. He added another assist this week. The 21-year-old Djoos also got in on the action with his first goal of the season and an assist.
The Bears will need to continue getting offensive production from the blue line with the news that Jakub Vrana is expected to miss three to four months after undergoing wrist surgery. Vrana is tied for third on the team with six points.
Other prospect notes:
After a slow start to the season, goalie Vitek Vanecek bounced back in a big way for the South Carolina Stingrays. He earned his first professional shutout on Sunday as he turned aside all 21 shots he faced in a 2-0 win over the Florida Everblades. That game followed another strong performance from Friday in which Vanecek saved 15 out of the 16 shots he faced.
In the college ranks, Brian Pinho had a career-high four points on Friday as he scored a goal and three assists to help lead Providence to a 7-2 win over Colgate. Thomas DiPauli also had a four-point night for Notre Dame on Sunday in a 8-2 win over UConn.
Shane Gersich returned for North Dakota over the weekend after a bout with mononucleosis. He made an immediate impact in his return, scoring a goal in both Friday and Saturday's game.
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