Updated: 11:57 a.m.
Before this week begins, it’s time for our weekly check-in on the Flyers’ prospects playing in the AHL, overseas and at the junior and college levels.
• Isaac Ratcliffe had a two-goal game last Tuesday and then went pointless in his two other games for Guelph. Let’s look at Ratcliffe’s second goal from Tuesday:
An alone @isaacratcliffe in front a frightful sight for the opposition 🚨@NHLFlyers prospect shows why he’s so dangerous scoring one of his pair in @Storm_City’s Midwest Division win. pic.twitter.com/OZairQPc3R— OntarioHockeyLeague (@OHLHockey) October 31, 2018
Much has been made about Ratcliffe’s size. He’s a big boy. On this goal, he stationed himself in front of the goalie and showcased good hands to score in tight on the Kitchener goalie.
Ratcliffe has had a pretty good start for the Storm, scoring 13 goals and 21 points in 17 games.
• Boston University has been a college hockey powerhouse, but this season, it’s been quite the mind-boggling start for the Terriers. Last week, though, BU finally got its first win of the season.
Joel Farabee played a part in BU going 1-0-1 last week, picking up a goal in the Terriers’ 5-5 tie with No. 13 Northeastern Thursday and then an assist in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Northeastern.
#NTDP Alumni update. Boston University's Joel Farabee scores to tie the game at 3 with Northeastern.— Stars n’ Stripes Hockey (@StarsStripesHKY) November 2, 2018
Farabee camps atop the crease and bangs home the Patrick Harper feed for the goal. @TerrierHockey pic.twitter.com/3gGOzukKmR
• Alex Lyon made his third start of the season Saturday night in Lehigh Valley and once again, he faced a constant onslaught from the opposition. Lyon, again, survived with an excellent effort.
Lyon turned away 40 shots in the Phantoms’ 3-2 overtime win over Binghamton, a game Lehigh Valley needed an empty-netter to force the extra period. Lyon carried a shutout into the third period, surviving a 17-shot second period. Per the Phantoms, Lyon is now 7-1-1 in nine career AHL games in which he faces 40 shots or more. That’s a ridiculous statistic.
Forty shots are high volume and win-loss record for goalies is usually a meaningless stat. But seven wins in nine games when facing 40 or more shots is pretty darn impressive.
Lyon was recalled to the Flyers Monday morning with Brian Elliott dinged up and Michal Neuvirth placed on injured reserve.
• Jay O’Brien made his return to Providence’s lineup Saturday night but is still searching for his first collegiate point. O’Brien had three shots on goal against Holy Cross on Saturday.
Late in the game, however, with the Friars up 3-0, O’Brien took a high hit from Holy Cross’ Ryan Leibold. Providence head coach Nate Leaman did not hold back:
Nate Leaman on hit by Ryan Leibold of Holy Cross on Jay O'Brien: 'The kid ran all the way across the ice and came head-high at him with a minute to go in a 3-0 game. It’s a horrible hockey play. It’s the stuff you want to get out of the game'— Mark Divver (@MarkDivver) November 4, 2018
• German Rubtsov is a totally different player now that he’s reached the pro level. We’ve featured him previously, but last week, he had a goal and an assist in two games.
This goal was especially of highlight-reel fashion.
Vorobyev to Rubtsov.— LehighValleyPhantoms (@LVPhantoms) November 3, 2018
Nothin' but net. 🇷🇺 pic.twitter.com/Sh3ZmabUHq
• Remember Mikhail Vorobyev? The center is back with Lehigh Valley and had himself a goal and an assist Friday night against Binghamton. His assist came on Rubtsov’s goal above.
His goal came on a pretty lethal long-distance snipe:
Mikhail Vorobyev gives the Phantoms the lead! pic.twitter.com/fwx6VeOV0s— Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) November 3, 2018
• Philippe Myers and Mark Friedman each had assists in both of the Phantoms’ games this past weekend. Both Myers and Friedman have eight points in 11 games this season.
• Carter Hart is still looking for consistency at the AHL level as expected. Hart started one game last week, turning away 32 of 36 shots in a 4-3 OT loss to Binghamton Friday.
• Morgan Frost saw his eight-game point streak end Sunday. Frost recorded 10 assists and 18 points during the stretch. He’s second in the OHL with 33 points in 19 games.
• Yale defenseman Jack St. Ivany registered his first NCAA point Friday with an assist against Cornell.
• Wade Allison, recovering from a torn ACL, remains out for Western Michigan.
• Owen Sound winger Maksim Sushko is beginning to heat up, putting together a three-game point streak last weekend with a two-assist game Friday, a goal Saturday and an assist Sunday.
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