Three Stars of the Weekend: Carter Hart Continues Strong Season in WHL

Carter Hart was the first goaltender taken in the 2016 NHL Draft, selected by Philadelphia with 48th overall pick.

If he’s a success, Hart will be the answer to the generations-long problem that is the Flyers goaltending; a large reason the Stanley Cup hasn’t paraded down Broad Street since 1975. If he’s the latest to come up short in the Philly crease, he’ll be further proof of why goalies aren’t worth the risk atop the draft (Ilya Samsonov, taken 22nd overall in 2015 by Washington, is the only goalie to go in the first round in the last four drafts).

Of course, the jury remains out on the type of netminder Hart will be, and will remain that way for a long time. But if his first year of hockey as property of an NHL organization is any indication, the Flyers have something to look forward to in net.

In 20 games for Everett, the 18-year-old is 13-3-3, with a 1.67 GAA and .937 save percentage, both WHL highs. He has a shutout streak of two-plus games, having not allowed a goal since a 2-1 loss to Lethbridge on November 19, when Tyler Wong beat Hart with 8:25 left in regulation.

He followed up the loss with a pair of shutouts; 37 saves in a 3-0 win over Seattle on Wednesday before stopping 26 of 26 in a 3-0 win over Prince George on Friday.

In 115 games since making his WHL debut in February 2014, the 6-2, 180-pound Hart has 66 wins, a 2.12 GAA and .920 save percentage. His clean sheet on Friday was his third of the season and 13th in major junior.

Other CHL Stars

Alexandre Goulet, Victoriaville: The 20-year-old had a pair of four-point games this weekend to extend his point streak to five games. His 38 points lead the Tigres, and is fourth in the Quebec League.

Keanu Yamamoto, Spokane: Yamamoto had six assists in the Chiefs 10-1 thrashing of Vancouver on Friday. He has 14 points in his last nine games and is third on Spokane with 26 overall. Keanu’s brother, Kailer, leads the team with 31.

AHL

Teemu Pulkkinen, Iowa: The right winger had three goals and five points over the weekend for the Wild. He has points in 10 of his last 11 games.

Kyle Wood, Tucson: The rookie had two goals and six points over the weekend. His 16 points leads all AHL rookie defensemen. Only Jake Guentzel (7-10=17) has more points among all rookies in the American League.

Dan DeSalvo, Manitoba: DeSalvo had four points on the weekend, including his third multi-point night of the season on Saturday, with three points in a 4-3 overtime win against Milwaukee. He has five goals and 10 points in the eight games.

NCAA

Stefanos Lekkas, Vermont: The freshman goaltender stopped 73 of 76 shots over the weekend at the Friendship Four in Belfast, Ireland, including 40 of 41 in a 5-1 Catamounts win over Quinnipiac in the championship game. He’s ranked fourth in the nation in both save percentage (.940) and GAA (1.72). He’s allowed nine goals in his five games, stopping 165 of 174 shots that have come his way.

Dylan Sikura, Northeastern: The junior forward had three goals and an assist on Friday night as the Huskies beat 11th-ranked Minnesota, 6-4. He’s tied with teammate Zach Aston-Reese for fourth in the nation with 22 points. Northeastern has three players in the top 10 for points.

Alex Kerfoot, Harvard: The senior had four assists in the Crimson’s lone game this weekend, a 5-2 win over Bentley.

USHL

Gabriel Mollot-Hill, Bloomington: The Providence recruit stopped all 32 shots that came his way in Bloomington’s 2-0 win over Green Bay on Saturday. He has a .932 save percentage and 1.91 GAA for the Thunder this season.

Jacob Hamacher, Dubuque: The RIT recruit had three goals and five points on the weekend as the Fighting Saints picked up a pair of wins.

Reggie Lutz, Chicago: Lutz, committed to Minnesota State, had two goals and four points over the weekend. He’s 13th in the USHL with 18 points.

Women’s NCAA

Cassidy MacPherson, Providence: Had four assists for the Friars on Sunday, assisting on all three goals Blair Parent scored, as PC took the Mayor’s Cup against crosstown rival Brown.

Heather Schwarz, Syracuse: The junior had two goals and an assist on Friday as the Orange shutout seventh-ranked North Dakota.

Kelly Pannek, Minnesota: Pannek had two goals and four points on the weekend for the second-ranked Gophers. She leads the nation in points (32) and assists (24).

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Three Stars from the Weekend: Colt Conrad leads Western Michigan past Minnesota-Duluth

It’s the best of times at Western Michigan University.

The Broncos are making its names known in the college football realm, ranked 14th in the nation amidst a 10-0 start, joining Alabama among the lone unbeatens in the FBS, albeit in a Mid-American Conference not nearly as strong as the SEC. Did you have Western Michigan on your BCS watch list on Labor Day weekend? Stop lying, no you didn’t.

But need not pay attention to just the gridiron.

The Broncos have a pretty good hockey team, coming off its biggest win in quite some time with a 4-3 win over top-ranked Minnesota-Duluth on Friday night. The Bulldogs came in riding high, with back-to-back weekend sweeps over top-10 ranked North Dakota and St. Cloud State. While Minnesota-Duluth returned the favor Saturday with 2-0 win, the Broncos were the first to blemish the Bulldogs record in the powerful NCHC.

The hero on Friday night? Look no further than sophomore Colt Conrad, a 5-10 forward from Manitoba.

Conrad, who entered the weekend with three points in eight games, he took things over on Friday night, scoring his first goal of the night in the first period to tie the game, 3-3, erasing a two-goal lead Minnesota-Duluth took early in the game. He ended things with 31 seconds to play in overtime with his second goal of the night to give the Broncos the two points.

Conrad has three goals and five points in 10 games this season, following up a freshman year in which he had 16 in 33.

Other NCAA stars of the weekend

Cam Brown, Maine: Brown factored in all five goals the Black Bears scored in Friday’s 5-2 upset win over fifth-ranked UMass-Lowell. He added an assist on Saturday, a 4-1 River Hawks win. The senior entered the weekend with four points in eight games, emerged a point-per-game player.

Brinson Pasichnuk, Arizona State: The freshman’s overtime goal on Saturday gave the Sun Devils arguably its biggest win in the history of its young program, a 5-4 win at New Hampshire.

AHL

Reto Berra, Springfield: The netminder not short on NHL experience stopped 51 of 52 shots that came his way in two games this weekend, both wins for the Thunderbirds. He stopped all 31 shots he faced in Saturday’s win over Binghamton. He’s 5-2 with a 1.72 GAA and .934 save percentage in AHL play this season.

Taylor Beck, Bakersfield: Beck had two goals and an assist in the Condors 3-2 overtime win over Tucson on Saturday. He has 12 points in his last five games.

Blake Pietila, Albany: The AHL Devils leading scorer had five points in two games this weekend, the latter of which he recorded a hat trick in a 4-3 win over St. John’s.

CHL

Stephen Dhillon, Niagara: The IceDogs netminder stopped 85 of 87 shots that came his way over the weekend. He’s made 38 or more saves in seven of his last eight games.

Maxime Fortier, Halifax: Fortier had 10 points in two games this weekend, including six assists in Friday’s 9-5 win over Sherbrooke. He’s got 35 points in 21 games for the Mooseheads. The undrafted 18-year-old is bound to pop up on the radar of NHL teams.

Sam Steel, Regina: The Ducks first round pick from 2016 extended his scoring streak to six games this weekend, putting up six points in a pair of contests for the Pats. He leads the WHL with 34 points in 15 games.

USHL

Matiss Kivlenieks, Sioux City: The Minnesota State commit stopped 69 of 72 shots in two games, both wins, as the Musketeers upped their winning streak to six games.

Jaxson Castor, Dubuque: The Fighting Saints goalie, bound for Arizona State, made 30 saves in the Fighting Saints 1-0 win over Green Bay on Saturday night, in which they were outshot 30-17.

Bo Hanson, Muskegon: The Lumberjacks defenseman had five points on the weekend, and now has 15 points in 16 games. He remains uncommitted.

Women’s NCAA

Tereza Vanisova, Maine: The native of the Czech Republic had three goals and an assist in the Black Bears 4-1 win over BU on Saturday. She has 14 points in 13 games to lead Maine.

Kristyn Capizzano, BC: The Eagles freshman had four goals on the weekend, three of which came on Saturday.

Hanna Bunton, Cornell: Bunton had three goals and five points in a pair of wins for the Big Red.