Welcome back to the sixth 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:
After getting a shout out from Elliot Friedman in his 31 Thoughts article on www.sportsnet.ca, will Egor Zamula continue his impressive play and extend his points streak to begin the season?
Here is a link to Zamula’s 2018 NHL Draft video reel to see some highlights of the Hitmen blueliner:
Can the Penticton Vees return to their winning ways after losing 4 games in a row?
Can Mason Millman build on his solid offensive week and continue his recent form?
This weeks edition covers the week that was in the CHL and the BCHL from Tuesday October 22nd – Sunday October 27th.
WHL (Western Hockey League)
Wyatte Wylie #29 (D) – Everett Silvertips (WHL)
- Wyatte Wylie and the Everett Silvertips hit the road to face the Vancouver Giants on Friday night. The Giants jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, with Wylie having a shorthanded clearing attempt from behind his own net picked off and ending up in the Everett goal. Wylie made up for the error by registering an assist as his point shot was deflected in before the end of the period to help cut the deficit in half. Everett scored two goals in the second period, including a powerplay goal by Wylie from a sharp angle at the 7:02 mark to help lead the Silvertips to a 3-2 win. Wylie finished the game with 1 goal and 1 assist for 2 points, has a +1 rating, and 4 shots on goal. Giants defenceman and 2019 NHL Draft 4th overall pick Bowen Byram had no points (although he hit a crossbar in the third period) and 12 penalty minutes (including a 10 minute game misconduct in the final stages of the game).
Egor Zamula #9 (D) – Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
- Egor Zamula and the Calgary Hitmen travelled to Moose Jaw to face the Warriors with Zamula looking to continue his 9 game point streak. Calgary’s powerplay clicked with 2 goals on 3 man advantages as the Hitmen were victorious by a score of 4-2. Zamula’s point streak ended, as the defenceman was held off the scoresheet for the first time this season. Zamula finished the game with an even rating and 2 shots on goal.
- Sunday night featured an outdoor game as the Calgary Hitmen traveled to Regina (who hosted the Heritage Classic between the Winnipeg Jets and the Calgary Flames) to play the Pats. With 15,401 fans in attendance, Egor Zamula and the Hitmen defeated the hometown Pats in overtime by a score of 5-4. Zamula recorded 2 assists in the game to go along with a +2 rating and 4 shots on goal. Zamula assisted on Calgary’s opening goal, which was a shorthanded goal that knotted the score at 1-1. Zamula also assisted on the overtime winner 59 seconds into the extra period. Calgary outshot Regina in every period of the game to the tune of 45-27 overall.
Roddy Ross #1 (G) – Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
- Tuesday night saw the Seattle Thunderbirds play a home contest against the Prince Albert Raiders. Roddy Ross got the start in goal and was sharp throughout the game as Seattle won the game by a score of 3-1. Seattle enjoyed a 34-25 shots on goal advantage, with Ross stopping 24 of the 25 shots that he faced. With a 2-1 lead late in the third period, Seattle iced the game with an empty net goal to ensure that Ross received the win for his excellent performance. Additionally, Ross was recognized as the First Star of the game.
- Friday night saw the Seattle Thunderbirds head out on the road to face the Red Deer Rebels. Once again, Roddy Ross got the start and ended up getting credited with the victory as Seattle needed a shootout to defeat Red Deer by a score of 5-4. Shots through regulation and overtime were 40-36 in favor of the Thunderbirds. With a 4-2 lead midway through the third period, Red Deer scored 2 goals in the final 5 minutes of the game to force overtime. With overtime solving nothing, Ross came up big in the shootout by stopping all three Red Deer shooters. In the victory, Ross stopped 32 of 36 Rebels shots and allowed 4 goals.
- Roddy Ross got the night off on Saturday night as the Seattle Thunderbirds travelled to Edmonton to face the Oil Kings. Backup goaltender Blake Lyda allowed 5 goals on 40 shots (35 saves) as the Seattle Thunderbirds lost the game by a score of 6-2.
OHL (Ontario Hockey League)
Mason Millman #12 (D) – Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
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- Friday night had the Saginaw Spirit travel on the road to face the London Knights. London outshot Saginaw in every period with the Knights taking the victory by a score of 5-1. Mason Millman saw his 2 game goal and point streak snapped as he was held off the scoresheet. Millman finished the game with a -3 rating and registered 2 shots on goal. Although he was a -3, Millman was not to be blamed for the goals that were scored while he was on the ice. The Spirit overall struggled as out of 18 skaters for Saginaw, only 3 did not finish with a negative plus/minus rating.
- Saturday night had future NHL 2020 Draft first rounder Quinton Byfield and the Sudbury Wolves travel to Michigan to face the Saginaw Spirit. Byfield had yet another impressive game to add to a season already filled with them, as Sudbury handed Saginaw a 5-2 loss. Byfield had 2 assists to go along with a +2 rating and 4 shots on goal; leading him to be named the Second Star of the game. Mason Millman was completely held off the scoresheet with 0 points, shots, PIMs, and an even rating.
- Mason Millman and the Saginaw Spirit welcomed the visiting Sault St. Marie Greyhounds for a late Sunday afternoon game. Millman was impressive; taking home the games’ First Star with 2 goals and 1 assist for 3 points in a 5-4 Saginaw victory. Millman assisted on the opening goal of the game for the Spirit at 9:09 of the first period to give Saginaw the 1-0 lead. He scored his first goal of the game at 10:52 of the second period to give Saginaw a 4-2 lead. The cherry on top came at 17:27 of the third period as Millman scored the game winning goal to give the Spirit the win. For the game, Millman was a +2 and had 3 shots on goal.
QMJHL (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League)
Egor Serdyuk #18 (RW) – Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)
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- Thursday night saw the Victoriaville Tigres hit the road to play a game against the Cape Breton Eagles. Victoriaville started quickly, jumping out to a 3-1 lead to end the opening period. Egor Serdyuk assisted on Victoriaville’s third goal via the powerplay at 19:21 of the first period, but Cape Breton dominated the second period and scored the winning goal with 8 seconds remaining in the game to snatch a 4-3 win. Serdyuk finished the game with a +1 rating but failed to register any shots on goal.
- Victoriaville continued their East Coast road trip as the Tigres visited Moncton to face the Wildcats. Moncton won the game by a score of 4-2, scoring 2 goals in the third period to break the 2-2 tie after 40 minutes of play. Egor Serdyuk did not get a point in this contest and had a -3 rating with only 1 shot on goal.
- Sunday afternoon saw the Victoriaville Tigres continue their East Coast swing as they rolled into Saint John to take on the Sea Dogs. Egor Serdyuk did not make his way onto the scoresheet as Victoriaville scored 5 consecutive goals through two periods of play on route to a 5-2 win. Special teams played a large role in the outcome of this game as the Tigres were a perfect 4 for 4 on the powerplay while Saint John finished 0 for 5. Serdyuk ended the game with a -1 rating and 2 shots on goal.
BCHL (British Columbia Hockey League)
Jay O’Brien #9 (RW) – Penticton Vees (BCHL)
- Wednesday night had the Penticton Vees play the Trail Smoke Eaters looking to end their 4 game losing streak. After a scoreless first period, Penticton scored 2 goals in the second frame to push them on their way to a 4-2 victory. Jay O’Brien had 1 goal and 1 assist for 2 points in the game, helping the Vees snap their losing skid. O’Brien assisted on the second Penticton goal and potted his 9th goal of the season to close out the game at 19:36 of the third period. O’Brien also received a 4 minute double minor for spearing 58 seconds into the third period. The Vees powerplay woes continued in this game as they went 0 for 6 with the man advantage.
- Saturday night saw Jay O’Brien and the Penticton Vees play against the Chilliwack Chiefs looking to continue their winning ways after breaking their 4 game losing streak. Penticton opened the scoring at 14:31 of the opening period, with O’Brien picking up an assist. Leading 3-1 after two periods, the Vees looked well on their way to picking up the win but the Chiefs struck twice in the third period to send the game into overtime. 34 seconds into overtime, Chilliwack took a hooking penalty giving the Vees an opportunity to win the hockey game. With their powerplay struggling over the last few weeks, Penticton made good on this opportunity with a powerplay goal in the extra frame by Steve Holtz winning the game for Penticton by a score of 4-3. Jay O’Brien had 1 assist in the game, and the Vees were 1 for 1 with the man advantage.
- Sunday afternoon had Jay O’Brien and the Penticton Vees take on the Merritt Centennials looking to win their third game in a row. O’Brien had 2 assists in the first period (the first at even strength at 9:39 and the second on the powerplay at 15:52) to help the Vees to a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. Penticton doubled their lead in the second period, going on to win the game by a score of 4-1. Jay O’Brien finished the game with 2 assists and 2 PIMs.
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