Capitals top goaltending prospect, Ilya Samsonov, suffered a rare loss Wednesday night as Metallurg Magnitogorsk fell to Avangard Omsk 5-2. It was only the 19-year-old’s second regulation loss in 22 KHL games this season.
But that doesn’t mean Samsonov didn’t have his moments. Such as seven minutes into the first period where Ilya made a series of insane, sprawling saves. Diving back and forth across the crease in a crazed effort to deflect shot after shot, the Metallurg Magnitogorsk goalie (and the post) turned away three quality scoring chances at the same time.
Capitals goalie prospect Ilya Samsonov had two strong showings over the weekend in KHL action, during which he kept Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the running against a pair of worthy opponents. Samsonov’s technical ability and athleticism were both on full display as he made 47 saves on 49 shots. These two appearances were his first since backstopping Russia to a bronze-medal finish in the World Junior Championships.
It’s no secret that the strong play of Caps goaltender prospect Ilya Samsonov was a major factor in the Russian U20 team’s strong showing throughout the World Junior Championship. But against Sweden in the bronze-medal game, the 19-year-old Samsonov was especially motivated because of the team’s recent, emotional loss against the Americans.
Samsonov played like a man possessed, despite an excruciatingly painful injury he suffered in the second period.
Washington Capitals top prospect goaltender Ilya Samsonov won a bronze medal Thursday after Team Russia defeated Team Sweden 2-1. Samsonov was arguably Russia’s best player, stopping 38 of 39 shots.
According to the IIHF, this is Russia’s seventh straight World Junior medal. The streak includes gold (2011), silver (2012, 2015, 2016), and bronze (2013, 2014, 2017).
After posting two consecutive shutouts heading into the semi-finals, Washington Capitals prospect goaltender Ilya Samsonov looked poised to push Team Russia to their third-consecutive gold-medal game. He came one save short.
Samsonov stopped 33 of 36 United States shots during regulation, and another seven in four-on-four overtime. After seven intense rounds of a shootout, Troy Terry buried his third shootout goal to give the United States the sudden death victory.
Samsonov was named one of Russia’s three best players, but looked inconsolable after the game.
The Americans will face Canada in Thursday’s gold-medal game at the Bell Centre, while Russia goes for bronze against Sweden.
The Washington Capitals’ top prospect goaltender is rolling into the semi-finals of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.
19-year-old goaltender Ilya Samsonov posted his second straight shutout, making 14 saves in Russia’s 4-0 quarter-finals win over Denmark, Monday.
Samsonov had an easy time in goal, stopping mostly harmless shots from the perimeter. Russia scored two goals in the first period — including one from center ice — to defeat Denmark and advance to the semi-finals in Montreal on Wednesday against the United States.
Capitals top goaltending prospect, Ilya Samsonov, has given up a lot of goals in his first two starts for Russia at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship. Samsonov surrendered 5 goals against Canada on Monday and 3 goals against the United States on Thursday, giving the 19-year-old goaltender a 4.01 goals against average.
Yet, he’s been stunning in net. Samsonov has seen the second most shots of any WJC goaltender (74) and has the fifth-best (all strengths) save percentage at .892%. Samsonov’s numbers are poor because Russia’s defense has been shredded by better teams at even strength and dominated on the penalty kill, where Samsonov has given up 4 of his 8 goals.
Against the United States, Samsonov authored his most fantastic save of the tournament, stopping a gimme two-on-one goal with some weird, Dominik Hasek-esque flopping.
Two of the three Caps prospects at this year’s World Junior Championship, defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler and forward Damien Riat, got their tournament underway Tuesday as their Team Switzerland beat the Czech Republic 4-3 in overtime.
They both had huge games. Siegenthaler even assisted on Riat’s goal.
Caps prospect Shane Gersich just scored the most brilliant goal of his young career.
The 20-year-old sophomore earned an extra point for the No. 6 ranked University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks men’s hockey team after blacking out and scoring a brilliant spin-o-rama goal in three-on-three overtime.
Gersich was drafted by the Capitals in the fifth round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
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