Welcome to the very first weekly installment of the Flyers Junior Hockey Prospect Recap.
Here is where you will find a quick recap of all the news, notes, scores, stats, and even some highlights for all of the Philadelphia Flyers prospects in the CHL (WHL, OHL, and QMJHL) as well as the BCHL.
This weeks edition covers the opening weekend of the CHL (Thursday September 19 – Sunday September 22). As we continue watching Flyers training camp, all players that are returned to these junior leagues will be covered in this space.
WHL (Western Hockey League)
Wyatte Wylie #29 (D) – Everett Silvertips (WHL)
- On Friday night, defenceman Wyatte Wylie and the Everett Silvertips lost their home opener to the Tri-City Americans by a score of 4-2. Wylie who was named as an Alternate Captain, notched an assist on the powerplay to open the scoring for Everett. He also was credited with four shots on goal and finished a -2 for the game.
- Saturday night saw a dominant performance from Wyatte Wylie and the Everett Silvertips as they rolled to a shutout victory over the Victoria Royals by a score of 6-0. Wylie was all over the stat sheet on this one with 2 goals on 4 shots. Wylie opened the scoring with a powerplay goal in the first period (which turned out to be the game winner) and ended up closing the scoring midway through the third. He also received two minor penalties in the game (four penalty minutes) seeing the penalty box for both roughing and boarding penalties. Wylie finished +3 for the evening.
Egor Zemula #9 (D) – Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
- Saturday night also saw Egor Zemula and the Calgary Hitmen open their season on the road as they played the Swift Current Broncos. Zemula earned third star honours in a losing cause as the Hitmen lost their opening game by a score of 3-2. Zemula scored at even strength (Calgary’s second goal of the night) in the final minute of the third period to tie the game and send the game into overtime. Zemula finished with 1 goal on 4 shots and a +1 rating.
Roddy Ross #1 (G) – Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
- Also on Saturday night, goaltender Roddy Ross got the start in the Seattle Thunderbirds home opener as they took on the Kamloops Blazers. Ross sparkled in his season debut stopping 50 of 51 shots and was named first star for the game in the 4-1 win for Seattle. The only shot to beat Ross on the night was a powerplay goal for the Blazers 10 seconds into the third period.
Here is a link to watch video of last nights game. In particular, the second period highlights showcase Ross’s saves for the evening.
Here is a highlight package of Roddy Ross with Seattle during the 2018-2019 season.
OHL (Ontario Hockey League)
Mason Millman #12 (D) – Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
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- Friday night saw Saginaw Spirit defenceman Mason Millman have a tough away game to open the season. Saginaw had a 4-2 lead entering the third period, but ended up losing to the Kitchener Rangers 5-4 in overtime. Although Millman was credited with 6 shots, he struggled in the defensive zone and was on the ice for the overtime winner. Millman finished the game with a -4 rating and simply left opposing players too much room in the defensive zone.
- Saginaw’s home opener on Saturday night saw the Flint Firebirds defeat Saginaw by a score of 4-1. Mason Millman had 7 shots on goal in the contest, but once again finished with a -3 rating. Millman was on the ice for an empty net goal to ice the game, but was also caught as the lone defenceman in a two on one in which Flint scored. Millman was caught in no mans land during the odd man rush as he did not cut off the pass nor challenge the puck carrier. Millman and the Spirit will look to turn things around with their slate of games next week.
QMJHL (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League)
Egor Serdyuk #18 (RW) – Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)
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- The Victoriaville Tigres opened their season at home against the Quebec Remparts. After going down 3-0 in the first period, Egor Serdyuk scored his first goal of the new season. The right winger took advantage of a turnover at his own blueline and beat the Remparts goaltender with a shot from the top of the left circle high on the blocker side. Serdyuk also took a double minor early in the third period for high sticking and had 3 shots (2 being high quality) for the game. Despite a late better showing in the second and third periods, Victoriaville ended up losing to Quebec by a score of 5-4.
- On Saturday night, Egor Serdyuk took first star honours in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Chicoutimi Sagueneens. Serdyuk recorded a hat trick with all of his goals coming at even strength. His 2 goals in the third period forced the game into overtime and was eventually decided in a shootout. Serdyuk scored on his shootout attempt for Victoriaville, but Chicoutimi scored on all three of their shootout opportunities to win the game. In all, Serdyuk registered 4 shots (3 of them being high quality shots) and finished with a +2.
Here is a link to the highlights for the Egor Serdyuk hat trick game:
BCHL (British Columbia Hockey League)
Jay O’Brien #9 (RW) – Penticton Vees (BCHL)
- Saturday night saw the Penticton Vees win their fifth straight game to start the season, defeating the Cowichan Valley Capitals by a score of 6-0. Jay O’Brien scored a goal and added an assist for two points in the contest. O’Brien also received two minor penalties in the game; a high sticking penalty in the first period and a slashing penalty in the third period. The Vees outshot their opponents 41-18 and went 0 for 7 on the powerplay.
Here are the extended highlights of the game:
- The Sunday matinee saw the Penticton Vees continue their undefeated run to start the season with a 4-3 road victory over the Nanaimo Clippers. Alternate Captain Jay O’Brien was held off the scoresheet in this game. Shots were 39-18 in favour of Penticton, and the Vees were 0 for 2 with the man advantage.
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