Hershey update: 12-6-1-5, 2nd in the Atlantic Division. Last week: 2-0-1-1
There was a lot of excitement surrounding defenseman Madison Bowey heading into the season and understandably so. Bowey is considered one of the Caps top prospects and played incredibly well with Kelowna of the WHL. He also won gold with Team Canada in the IIHF World Junior tournament in 2015.
Bowey's debut overshadowed fellow defenseman Connor Carrick who was entering his third season in Hershey. Carrick's performance this season, however, is becoming impossible to ignore.
In three games last week, Carrick scored three goals and two assists. His 13 points on the season are tied for third on the team. That's not third among defensemen, that's third among all skaters on the team.
Carrick may be a bit small (5-foot-11, 185 pounds), but with the Caps dealing with a few injuries on the blue line, don't be surprised if his performance earns him a call-up sometime soon.
Nathan Walker is finding his groove with another big week (two goals, one assist). Considering he tore his ACL in January, his 10 points this season are very impressive.
Travis Boyd is enjoying his first season as a pro and is proving he has good instincts to go with his tremendous skill. Boyd had two assists last week, one of which came on a really nice play to setup Chris Bourque for the game-winner on Saturday. Watch it here:
Also, Hershey had its teddy bear toss on Sunday which is always awesome.
Other prospect notes:
A pair of prospects have received invites to their respective national team's junior camps. Vitek Vanecek was invited to join the Czech Republic and Ilya Samsonov was invited to Russia's camp.
Samsonov will get a new teammate this week as former Cap Alexander Semin has signed with his KHL team Magnitogorsk Metallurg for the rest of the season. Let's hope Semin has nothing but good things to say about the only NHL team in which he was able to find consistent success.
Connor Hobbs and Colby Williams actually got to play together last week. The two defensemen are teammates on the Regina Pats of the WHL, but both have dealt with injury issues this season that has kept one or the other out of the lineup. Now, finally together, Hobbs tallied one goal and an assist and Williams had one assist over the week.
Hobbs currently leads the team's defensemen in points with 17.
In what is becoming a weekly tradition, it's time to look at what Thomas DiPauli did for Notre Dame. In Friday's win over UMass, DiPauli fired a backhand from above the circle that somehow managed to find the back of the net.
DiPauli also tallied two assists in the team's win on Saturday, including a very nice play from behind the net. Watch it here:
DiPauli now owns a three-game point streak and leads Notre Dame with seven goals on the season.
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