Bayhawks season ends in OT heartbreak despite Fiorito's career night


Bayhawks season ends in OT heartbreak despite Fiorito's career night

Thursday night was bittersweet for Chesapeake Bayhawks goalie Tyler Fiorito. 

On a personal level, he tallied a career-high 31 saves in a performance that wowed all 7,944 fans at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. But that spectacular effort fell short in overtime as the Boston Cannons beat the Bayhawks 9-8, knocking them out of the playoffs to end their season. 

"Tyler Fiorito was absolutely unbelievable. I haven't seen a performance like that in a long time," Chesapeake midfielder Joe Walters said.

As for the Bayhawks' offense, its struggles couldn't have come at a worse time. Ben Rubeor and Matt Abbott led the offense with two goals each, while Matt Donovan added one goal and two assists and Walters chipped in a pair of assists. 

"It just wasn't clicking for us tonight. There's nothing else to really say. It just wasn't our day. You can't have an off night when you're trying to win a game by four goals," Walters said of his team's season-low goals scored. "I thought our defensive played outstanding. The defense was great and the offense just didn't get it done."

After Chesapeake's faceoff specialist Eric O'Brien (playing in his debut game for the club) broke his collar bone, Boston took advantage to win 14 of 21 faceoffs. 

Fiorito had already established himself as one of Major League Lacrosse's elite goalies. He pushed his game to a whole new level Thursday, topping his personal best by seven full saves. His year ends with an MLL-leading 237 saves. That's 51 more than his closest competition. 

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Capitals go to the WHL again, select defenseman Alex Alexeyev with first-round pick


Capitals go to the WHL again, select defenseman Alex Alexeyev with first-round pick

The last time the Washington Capitals had a first-round draft pick, they selected a WHL defenseman. They did not go off script on Friday.

With the last pick of the first round, selecting for the first time as defending Stanley Cup champions, the Capitals selected Alexander Alexeyev, a left-shooting, two-way defenseman from St. Petersburg.

Alexeyev, 18, certainly boasts NHL size at 6' 4", 196 pounds. He currently plays for Red Deer in the WHL, a junior league that has become a major pipeline for the Capitals. In his second season with Red Deer, he tallied 37 points in 45 games.

The NHL Central Scouting's rankings list Alexeyev as the 22nd best North American skater of the draft. TSN projects him to be a top-four, two-way defenseman.

Analyst Craig Button described Alexeyev as a "Smart, effective defenceman who moves the puck, plays with a calm and doesn't make things complicated for himself."


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Capitals deal Philipp Grubauer and Brooks Orpik ahead of the draft

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Capitals deal Philipp Grubauer and Brooks Orpik ahead of the draft

DALLAS—The Capitals have dealt backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer and veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik to Colorado for a second round pick, the team announced shortly before the NHL Draft kicked off Friday at American Airlines Center.

After the moves, the Caps had more than $21 million in space under the salary cap ceiling, according to, and potentially enough room to accommodate new contracts for John Carlson and other key free agents.

GM Brian MacLellan was widely expected to deal Grubauer, a 26-year-old who wanted the opportunity to be a No. 1. As a restricted free agent with arbitration rights who was also coming off a strong season, Grubauer was due a significant raise.

“We would like to thank Brooks and Philipp for all of their contributions to our organization,” MacLellan said in a statement. “Philipp has been a consummate professional and a great teammate and we wish him all the best.”

Trading Orpik, on the other hand, was a bit unexpected, particularly considering how much the 37-year-old’s rugged play and leadership meant to the Caps during their run to the Stanley Cup.

By dealing Orpik, MacLellan shed his $5.5 million cap hit for next season—an important development given the Caps’ tight salary cap situation and the number of key players who need new contracts. Carlson, Michal Kempny and Jakub Jerabek are unrestricted free agents, while Tom Wilson, Devante Smith-Pelly, Travis Boyd and Madison Bowey are restricted free agents.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Avalanche are expected to help Orpik land a preferred spot, whether via trade or buyout. By taking on Orpik in the deal, Friedman reported, the Avs only had to give up one pick.

“Brooks,” MacLellan continued, “was a great leader and a tremendous role model for our young players in his four years with our organization. This was a difficult move, but the one we felt we needed to make in order to give some flexibility moving forward.”

Will moving out Grubauer and eliminating Orpik’s cap charge allow MacLellan to ink Carlson, who's set to become the top defenseman on the free agent market? That’s unclear, but it will sure help the Caps’ cause. Carlson is expected to command an extension in the eight-year, $8 million per neighborhood. 

Dealing Orpik also opens up a spot for a young and inexpensive defenseman such as Christian Djoos or Madison Bowey to take on a bigger role in 2018-19.

Without Grubauer, the Caps are likely to turn to Pheonix Copley, who is due to earn the NHL minimum of $650,000 next season, as their backup next season. And if Copley starts the year in Washington, that allows 2015 first round pick Ilya Samsonov to take the reins in Hershey.

The second round pick the Caps received in exchange for Grubauer and Orpik is the 47th overall selection.

MacLellan is expected to speak to reporters following the first round later Friday night. The Caps currently hold the 31st overall pick.