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

CHL

Logan Brown, Windsor: The 11th overall pick of the 2016 draft is off to a blazing start for the Spitfires, with three goals and 14 points in six games. In three games this weekend, the Senators prospect had three goals and eight points. While he won just 39 of 84 faceoffs he took, he got off to a good start in the circle as he began the weekend with 19 wins in 28 draws in a 4-2 win over Mississauga on Thursday night. Brown looks to be well on his way to surpassing the 21-53–74 totals he put up in 2015-16, his second OHL season.

Taylor Raddysh, Erie: The latest playmaker to come through Erie, Raddysh scored twice and assisted on five other goals in three games, two of which were Otters wins. Alex DeBrincat, who made his return to Erie following his first camp with Chicago, which selected him in the second round of June’s draft, had all four of his goals from this weekend assisted by Raddysh. A second-round pick by Tampa Bay in the 2016 draft, the 18-year-old has 10 points in four games.

Dennis Yan, Shawnigan: Yan had five goals in two games over the weekend, both wins for the Cataractes. He scored four goals in the latter of the two wins, a 7-1 win over Val-d’Or. A left winger with good size at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, the Tampa Bay prospect has 30 goals in each of his last two QMJHL seasons. He had 32 goals and 69 points last season for Shawinigan.

NCAA

Max French, Bentley: The Falcons celebrated what may have very well been the biggest win in program history over the weekend with a 5-1 win over UNH. French was the best player on the ice, assisting on three goals while winning 17 of 25 faceoffs. A senior at Bentley, the 24-year-old had 47 points in 32 games as a junior last season. He has 107 career points.

Shane Starrett, Air Force: In a landmark weekend for another Atlantic Hockey school, Air Force knocked off Boston College on Friday night before tying Ohio State on Saturday. In the two games, Starrett stopped 83 of 87 pucks that came his way. Only three of the 49 pucks that came off the tape of Buckeye sticks eluded Starrett.

Robbie Payne, Northern Michigan: Payne had six points in two games this weekend, a split with Wisconsin. Payne had two goals and five points on Saturday night.

Women’s NCAA

Brooke Webster, St. Lawrence: In a win and a tie against Clarkson this weekend, Webster had a goal and three points for the Saints. Twenty-nine of her 44 draws were wins. Coming off two seasons in which she was nearly a point-per-game performer, Webster has eight points through four games to begin her senior season.

Kassidy Sauve, Ohio State: The Buckeyes emerged from a weekend with Wisconsin winless, as most teams do. But Sauve had a strong weekend, making 81 saves on 85 shots, 37 coming in a 1-1 tie in the latter of the two contests. In her first season as a starter for Ohio State, Sauve has a .967 save percentage and 1.23 GAA through four games. Her .967 save percentage ranks third nationally.

Annika Zalewski, St. Cloud State: In a weekend sweep of Merrimack, Zalewski had a goal and five points to go along with a plus-five rating. She won 38 of the 51 faceoffs she took.

US Junior A

Andrew McGlynn, Corpus Christi: In three games, the 19-year-old had five goals in three games, two of which were game-winners. He added two assists onto that tally.

Nathan Bryer, Corpus Christi: Bryer, bound for Mercyhurst next season, had nine points in three games over the weekend, while posting a plus-four. In his third season in the NAHL, Bryer needs just seven points to match his production from last season, in which he posted 17 points in 60 games for the Ice Rays.

David Keefer, Des Moines: The Michigan State commit had three goals and five points in two games for the Buccaneers over the weekend, coming back from a slow start in which he had just two assists over his first five contests.

 

 

Kicking Around the Minors: USHL Hosts Prospects Game

A look at some of the happenings around the hockey world at the minors, collegiate, and junior levels:

*The USHL/NHL Top Prospects game was held on Tuesday night, the East prospects taking down the West, 6-2.

*Ross Colton was the MVP for Team East, scoring three goals and assisting on two others. Colton, a University of Vermont commit, has 33 points in 27 games for Cedar Rapids. Wade Allison, a Western Michigan commit, had a goal and an assist to earn honors for the West. He has 13 goals and 17 points in 32 games for Tri-City.

*Michael O’Leary (Dubuque) had a goal and three assists for Team East.

*Hingham, Mass. native Luke McInnis scored an empty-net goal with 1:18 left in the game. McInnis is the son of former Bruin Marty McInnis. He is committed to BC, where his father played.

*Other players representing New England in the game included Matt Filipe (Lynnfield, Mass./Northeastern), John Leonard (Amherst, Mass./UMass), Matt Gosiewski (Wilton, Conn./Harvard), Jake Ryczek (Ludlow, Mass./Providence), Matt Steeves (Bedford, N.H./Notre Dame), and Jack Adams (Boxford, Mass./Princeton).

Three Stars

*Sam Vigneault, Clarkson University. Vigneault scored two goals in Clarkson’s 3-1 win over St. Lawrence. The sophomore forward leads Clarkson with eight goals and 16 points for the Golden Knights (9-9-2).

*Antoine Samuel, Baie-Comeau (QMJHL). Samuel made 37 saves on 39 shots to lead Baie-Comeau to a 3-2 win over Chicoutimi. The 18-year-old netminder has a .920 save percentage in five games since being traded from Shawinigan.

*Kody McDonald, Prince George (WHL). McDonald scored three goals in Prince George’s 6-2 win over Seattle. He now has 11 goals this season, surpassing his total from 2014-15, his rookie season in the WHL, when he scored nine goals.