Welcome back the second weekly installment of the Flyers Junior Hockey Prospect Recap.
To finish up some business from last week, it is important to note that some Flyers prospects got recognized for their play from the first week of junior hockey action. Seattle Thunderbirds Roddy Ross was named the starting goaltender on the CHL Team of the Week and Victoriaville Tigres winger Egor Serdyuk had a goal featured on the QMJHL’s Vaughn Plays of the Week.
Here are the highlights of Roddy Ross stopping 50 of 51 shots versus Kamloops from last week:
This weeks edition covers the week that was in the CHL and the BCHL (Wednesday September 25 – Sunday September 29).
WHL (Western Hockey League)
Wyatte Wylie #29 (D) – Everett Silvertips (WHL)
- On Saturday night, Wyatte Wylie and the Everett Silvertips travelled to Kelowna to face the Kelowna Rockets. Despite both teams getting seven powerplays on the night and Kelowna only outshooting Everett 33-27; the result on the scoreboard was not very close as Kelowna defeated Everett by a score of 5-1. Wylie had an even strength assist; firing a beautiful tape to tape outlet pass from blueline to blueline springing Jackson Berezowski for a breakaway goal. Wylie finished the game with a -1 rating and 2 shots on goal.
Egor Zemula #9 (D) – Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
- On Friday night, Egor Zemula and the Calgary Hitmen overcame a 3-2 deficit in the third period to win in overtime 4-3 at home against the Edmonton Oil Kings. Zemula had 2 assists in the contest with both coming in the second period. One of the assists was on the powerplay, with Zemula’s point shot taking a slight deflection in front to tie the game at 2-2. Zemula was a +3 for the game and had 5 shots on goal. He also took a 2 minute minor penalty in the second period for slashing.
- Saturday night saw the Calgary Hitmen travel to face the Red Deer Rebels. Prior to puck drop, a ceremony celebrating Red Deer Head Coach and General Manager Brent Sutter took place celebrating his 500th win as a coach. Once play got underway, Egor Zemula got the first goal of the game with an elusive wrist shot through traffic on the powerplay. Zemula also finished the game with a +2 rating, 2 shots on goal, and was named the game’s Second Star.
- Sunday’s late afternoon match saw the Calgary Hitmen play at home against the Medicine Hat Tigers. Although they were outshot 33-30, Calgary came away with a 2-0 shutout victory. Egor Zemula got a powerplay assist on the opening goal of the game which ended up being the game winner early in the first period. Zemula finished the game with 1 shot on goal and was a +1.
Roddy Ross #1 (G) – Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
- After being named as the goaltender on the CHL Team of the Week following his 50 save performance, Roddy Ross got the start as the Seattle Thunderbirds played the Tri-City Americans. Tri-City came away with a 3-1 victory as Ross made 21 saves on 23 shots and took the loss. Both goals allowed by Ross were powerplay goals for Tri-City, and the final goal was into an empty net to ice the game. Tri-City ended up 2/4 on the powerplay while Seattle finished 1/6.
OHL (Ontario Hockey League)
Mason Millman #12 (D) – Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
- Friday night saw the Saginaw Spirit get their first win of the OHL season in convincing fashion with a 9-3 away win against the Sarnia Sting. Mason Millman notched his first goal of the season with about 19 seconds remaining in an already lopsided game to give the Saginaw Spirit their ninth goal of the evening. Millman finished with an even rating and his goal came on his only shot on net in the game. Millman also received a 2 minute minor penalty for hooking shortly before the midway point of the third period.
- Saturday night saw the Saginaw Spirit host the Soo Greyhounds. Despite both teams registering 33 shots apiece, the Soo Greyhounds came away with the two points after a 6-4 victory. Mason Millman did not register a point and finished with a -3 rating and 0 shots on goal. Millman also received a 2 minute minor for roughing early in the third period.
- Sunday afternoon saw the Saginaw Spirit return to action at home against the Niagara Ice Dogs. The Spirit got the victory via a 3-0 shutout which saw Saginaw outshoot Niagara 44-26. Mason Millman did not register any points in the game but did have 2 shots on goal.
QMJHL (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League)
Egor Serdyuk #18 (RW) – Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)
- Egor Serdyuk continued his hot start to the QMJHL season, notching yet another goal on Wednesday night. Serdyuk scored a 5 on 3 powerplay goal by seeing his cross crease passing attempt bank off the defender right back onto his stick to fire into the yawning cage. Serdyuk has a 3 game goal streak to start the season and brings his season total to 5 goals in only 3 games. He looks well on pace to surpass the 25 goals that he scored in the league last year. However the Tigres have not been able to take advantage of Serdyuk’s hot start, as Victoriaville remains winless to open the season after falling to the defending champion Rouyn-Noranda Huskies by a score of 4-2. In addition to the goal, Serdyuk was credited with 2 shots and had a -1 rating.
- On Friday night, Egor Serdyuk was not an active player on the roster. Victoriaville could have used him as the Tigres continued their winless streak to start the season as they fell 5-0 to the Shawinigan Cataractes.
- Egor Serdyuk returned to the lineup on Sunday afternoon. Serdyuk returned to his goal scoring ways by scoring a powerplay goal on the road and adding an assist against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. Victoriaville still remains winless on the season. 4 consecutive goals from the home side preceded 3 straight by the Tigres only to have the Armada score the winner midway though the final period for a 5-4 victory. Serdyuk opened the scoring by firing a wrist shot from the top of the right circle past goaltender Olivier Adam to open the scoring just past the midway point of the first period. Serdyuk finished with 4 shots (2 were considered high quality) and had a -1 rating. Victoriaville has 5 games played with a record of 0-3-0-2 for 2 points and is bottom of the Western Conference.
BCHL (British Columbia Hockey League)
Jay O’Brien #9 (RW) – Penticton Vees (BCHL)
- Friday night saw the Penticton Vees win their seventh straight game to start the season, defeating the visiting West Kelowna Warriors by a score of 3-0. Jay O’Brien did not register a point, but received a 2 minute elbowing penalty at 19:39 of the second period. Following the elbow, Jay O’Brien received 5 minutes and a game misconduct for fighting West Kelowna defenceman Spencer Hora who came to his teammates aid and challenged O’Brien to drop the gloves. Hora ended up throwing O’Brien to the ice, and both players got ejected from the game. This portion of the game saw an incredible 18 minutes in penalties total with 2 game misconducts, 2 fighting majors, and minor penalties for slashing, elbowing (O’Brien), and 2 separate roughing penalties.
Here are the highlights of the festivities including Jay O’Brien’s elbow and fight with Spencer Hora:
- Saturday night saw the back end of a home and home series shifting venues as the Penticton Vees traveled to play the West Kelowna Warriors. After the extracurricular activities that took place on Friday, Saturday’s game was back to business as usual for Penticton as the Vees won their eighth straight to start the season by defeating West Kelowna 7-3. Jay O’Brien received the games First Star honors leading the way with 1 goal and 3 assists for a 4 point night.
Here is a video recap of the game that saw Jay O’Brien (#9 in the dark blue jersey) score 4 points:
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