Hershey update: 1-2-0-0, 7th in the Atlantic Division. Last week: 0-2-0-0
It didn't take long for Chandler Stephenson to make his way back to the NHL. The young center was one of the last players cut from the roster during training camp, but was recalled to Washington on Thursday and made his NHL debut that night against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Stephenson has now played in three games and, though he has yet to record a point, he has certainly impressed and helped improve a fourth line that lacked cohesion in the Caps' first two contests.
Hershey certainly seems to be missing their young center as the Bears dropped two games in Portland. Despite the rough weekend, both Jakub Vrana and Riley Barber continue to impress. Vrana scored the first regular-season AHL goal of his career on Saturday while Barber tallied another goal on Sunday and now has three in as many games.
Other prospect notes:
Tyler Lewington and Vitek Vanecek's ECHL careers have gotten off to a rocky start. In his first two games, Lewington is a minus-3. Vanecek got his first start on Sunday against the Reading Royals. He made 28 saves, but allowed six goals in a 6-0 romp.
Obviously, that's not a great start, but there's no need to panic. This was Vanecek's North America debut and that is a transition that some players, especially goalies, tend to struggle with. He also did not get much help from his teammates as the Stingrays were outshot 34-20.
Notre Dame opened its season with a two-game series against Penn State. Forward Thomas DiPauli recorded a goal and an assist for the Irish.
Forward Shane Gersich missed North Dakota's last two games on Friday and Saturday due to an undisclosed injury. He is listed as day-to-day.