Welcome back to the fifth weekly installment of the Flyers Junior Hockey Prospect Recap.
Some of the storylines from the Junior Hockey universe that we will be following up on in this week’s edition include:
Will Egor Zamula continue his impressive points streak to begin the season?
Can the Penticton Vees return to their winning ways after finally having their 11 game winning streak snapped?
Can Egor Serdyuk regain his goal scoring form from earlier this season?
This weeks edition covers the week that was in the CHL and the BCHL from Wednesday October 9th – Sunday October 13th.
WHL (Western Hockey League)
Wyatte Wylie #29 (D) – Everett Silvertips (WHL)
- On Wednesday night, Wyatte Wylie and the Everett Silvertips hosted the Brandon Wheat Kings. Down 2-0 after the second period, the Silvertips scored 3 goals in the final frame to take the game by a score of 3-2. Wylie recorded a powerplay assist a mere 14 seconds into the third period to help kickstart the comeback. Wylie finished the game with a -1 rating but managed an incredible 12 shots on goal. He also received a 2 minute minor penalty for holding while Everett was defending the 3-2 lead in the third period.
- Friday night saw the Tri-City Americans visited Wyatte Wylie and the Everett Silvertips. The Silvertips took the victory by a score of 5-1. Wylie had a powerplay assist on the opening goal of the game midway through the first period. Wylie finished the game with a +3 rating and 5 shots on goal. Wylie also picked up 2 penalty minutes taking a minor penalty for cross checking at 18:16 of the second period.
- Saturday saw the Everett Silvertips welcome the visiting Prince Albert Raiders for a match. The game was a tight contest that was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation time. In overtime, Everett took the win after a goal from centre Michal Gut clinched the game at 1:38 of the extra period. Wyatte Wylie did not register a point in the contest, and finished with an even rating and 4 shots on goal. Prince Albert Raiders defenceman Kaiden Guhle (likely a top 10 selection in the 2020 NHL Draft) had a stat line of 0 points, a +1 rating, 3 SOG, and 2 PIMs.
Egor Zamula #9 (D) – Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
- The Thanksgiving Monday matinee game saw the Calgary Hitmen welcome the visiting Saskatoon Blades. Although Calgary outshot Saskatoon by a 41-32 spread, the Saskatoon Blades thoroughly dominated the scoreboard by winning the game 9-3. Egor Zamula continued to keep his point streak alive to start the season as he tallied an even strength assist on Calgary’s third goal of the game. Unbelievably, Zemula finished the game with 1 shot on goal and a +2 rating in the blowout loss.
- Friday night saw Egor Zamula extended his consecutive games point streak to eight games as the Calgary Hitmen overwhelmed the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors by a score of 7-3. Zamula recorded two assists and finished with a +3 rating and 6 shots on goal. Both of the assists came at even strength as Calgary outshot Moose Jaw 46-16.
- Sunday night had the Calgary Hitmen welcome the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers to town with Egor Zamula looking to continue his impressive points streak to begin the year. The Hitmen had a difficult opening period, finding themselves down 3-0 before managing to get a goal back with 0:57 seconds left. From that point on, Calgary did the remainder of the scoring, and winning the game by a score of 6-3. Zamula registered an even strength assist on Calgary’s opening goal and extended his points streak to 9 games. Zamula finished the game with 1 assist, 4 shots on goal and a +2 rating.
Roddy Ross #1 (G) – Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
- Friday night had the Seattle Thunderbirds welcome the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings for a game. Roddy Ross got the start and took the loss as the Thunderbirds fell to the Wheat Kings 3-2. Seattle had a 2-0 lead but Brandon began their comeback midway through the third period and took the win courtesy of LW Cole Reinhardt in overtime. Overall, Ross allowed 3 goals on 41 shots and made 38 saves. Ross played well and made many key saves throughout the game and in overtime, but could not get the goal support he needed as Brandon goalie Ethan Kruger proved to be difficult to beat as well. Special teams also played a role in the outcome of this game as Seattle went 0 for 5 with the man advantage while Brandon went 2 for 6.
- Saturday night saw the Seattle Thunderbirds travel to play a road game versus the Tri-City Americans. Roddy Ross once again got the start in net and had an effective game for Seattle. Ross made 39 saves on 41 shots while allowing only 2 goals against to ensure a point for the Thunderbirds as regulation time ended with both teams tied 2-2. Overtime solved nothing and Tri-City won the skills competition although they needed extra shooters to do so. Ross took the loss but once again played well for the Thunderbirds and was named the game’s Third Star.
OHL (Ontario Hockey League)
Mason Millman #12 (D) – Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
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- Wednesday evening had the Saginaw Spirit travel to Sault Ste. Marie to face the Soo Greyhounds. Saginaw held a 3-1 lead in this game, but the Greyhounds battled back to force the game into overtime. In the extra frame, Damien Giroux scored the winning goal for Saginaw as the Spirit won the game by a score of 4-3. Mason Millman was once again held pointless in the game, and had 1 shot on goal to go along with an even rating. Projected top five 2020 NHL Draftee Cole Perfetti had 2 assists and a +2 rating n the game.
- Mason Millman had himself quite a game on Friday night as the Saginaw Spirit hosted the North Bay Battalion. Millman erupted for 1 goal and added 3 assists for a total of 4 points in Saginaw’s dominant 9-1 victory. Millman finished the game with a +4 rating and 3 shots on goal. In what was by far his most productive game of the season thus far, Millman was awarded the First Star of the game. It is worth noting that the goal and two of Millman’s assists were at even strength and that he was on the scoresheet in every period of the game.
- Saturday night’s OHL action included the Saginaw Spirit hoping to continue their recent form by welcoming the Kitchener Rangers to town. Mason Millman scored 1 goal in the contest, extending his goal scoring streak to 2 consecutive games. Saginaw won the game by a score of 5-3 coming back anad overcoming a 2-1 deficit after the opening period. Millman’s goal ended up being the game winner, and for the contest he had an even rating and 1 shot on goal. Millman was also assessed a rare 2 minute minor penalty for closing his hand on the puck midway through the third period. Millman’s teammate Cole Perfetti (likely a top 5 selection in the 2020 NHL Draft) had an exceptionally dominant performance with 2 goals and 2 assists for 4 points and 8 shots on goal.
QMJHL (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League)
Egor Serdyuk #18 (RW) – Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)
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- Thanksgiving Monday’s matinee featured the Victoriaville Tigres play on the road against the Sherbrooke Phoenix. Victoriaville got off to a fast start scoring the first goal of the game only 1:00 into the first period, but ended up being outmatched by a fair margin in a 5-1 loss. Sherbrooke dominated the shots on goal by the considerable margin of 42-20. Victoriaville had opportunities to get back into the game on numerous occasions, but struggled with the man advantage going 0 for 7 in the game. Egor Serdyuk did not score a point in the game, and finished with a -2 rating and 2 shots on goal.
- Wednesday night saw the Victoriaville Tigres host the Gatineau Olympiques. Egor Serdyuk returned to his goal scoring ways as he was named the Second Star of the game in Victoriaville’s 6-1 win. Serdyuk scored 2 goals on the powerplay and added 1 assist for a 3 point night. Serdyuk assisted on the game winning goal and his first goal was the insurance marker with a top corner wrist shot from the top of the circle that allowed the Tigres to roll to victory. Serdyuk finished the game with an even rating and 2 shots on goal.
- Friday night had the Drummondville Voltigeurs travel to Victoriaville to face the Tigres. Egor Serdyuk did not figure into the scoring as Drummondville was victorious by a score of 3-1. For the game, Serdyuk had a rating of -1 and was credited with 2 shots on goal.
- Sunday night saw the Victoriaville Tigres hit the road to Drummondville to face the Voltigeurs. Egor Serdyuk did not get on the scoresheet at the Tigres fell to Drummondville in a shootout by a score of 3-2. Serdyuk did get an opportunity to shoot the game deciding shootout attempt, but saw his deke to the backhand and accompanying shot stopped by Drummondville goaltender Anthony Morrone. Victoriaville earned a valuable point from this game mostly because of their goaltender Fabio Iacobo who was named the Second Star of the game. Serdyuk finished the game with 0 points, 3 shots on goal and a 2 minute minor penalty for hooking.
The link below has highlights of goaltender Fabio Iacobo making tremendous saves to keep Victoriaville in this game as well as Serdyuk’s shootout attempt:
BCHL (British Columbia Hockey League)
Jay O’Brien #9 (RW) – Penticton Vees (BCHL)
- Wednesday night had the Penticton Vees play the Salmon Arm Silverbacks looking to get back into the win column after their 11 game winning streak was snapped last week. Despite a 43-26 shots on goal advantage, Penticton lost their second game in a row to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks by a score of 5-2. Jay O’Brien scored a goal at 4:54 of the second period to put Penticton on the board and cutting Salmon Arm’s lead to 3-1. However, Penticton’s struggles on the powerplay continued as went 0 for 7 and they could not find a way to firmly get back into this game. In comparison, Salmon arm converted on their only man advantage of the game going 1 for 1 on the powerplay.
- Friday night saw Jay O’Brien and the Penticton Vees in the unfamiliar position of trying to end a losing streak as they played the Vernon Vipers. Goaltenders Yaniv Perets of the Vees and Reilly Herbst of the Vipers put on a clinic as the third period ended with the score tied 1-1. Penticton peppered 40 shots on goal compared to Vernon’s 27, but lost the game 2-1 in overtime. Jay O’Brien was held off the scoresheet in this game as the Penticton Vees have now lost 3 games in a row.
Here is a link to the highlights for this goaltenders duel between Penticton’s Yaniv Perets and Vernon’s Herbst:
- Saturday night saw Jay O’Brien and the Penticton Vees look to end their recent losing skid with a game against the Nanaimo Clippers. The Vees only allowed Nanaimo to have 19 shots on goal in the game, but could not overturn a 3-0 deficit in the third period and lost the game by a score of 4-1. Jay O’Brien was held off the scoreboard and the Penticton Vees now have a 4 game losing streak.
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