Connor Carrick on draft day. (Photo credit: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Washington Capitals 2012 fifth round draft pick Connor Carrick played in his first OHL regular season game for the Plymouth Whalers Friday after his controversial decision to decommit from the University of Michigan.
The hockey gods must have thought that Carrick made the right decision however, because the talented defenseman scored a goal in Plymouth’s 6-5 overtime loss to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Carrick’s teammate, Caps’ 2012 first-round draft pick Tom Wilson, also tallied an assist.
Carrick’s goal is at 2:20. Wilson’s assist is at 3:27
On Carrick’s goal, the 18-year-old defenseman sneaks waaaaaaay down from his point position to the slot. After he takes a beautiful cross-ice pass from talented 2013 draft-eligible prospect Ryan Hartman, Carrick flips the puck past the surprised goalie. At the time, the goal allowed the Whalers to complete a furious comeback from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game.
On Wilson’s assist (#10 in the video), the six-foot four-inch behemoth clears out room in front of the net for Stefan Noesen to score.
Despite the Caps prospects timely contributions that night, the Greyhounds scored on the first shot of overtime, as Brandon Alderson avoided a hip check and perfectly placed a puck past Whalers’ goaltender Matt Mahalak.
Saturday night, the Whalers lost their home opener 3-2 against the Belleville Bulls. Their next game will come next Saturday against Sudbury.