Ahead of the 2016-17 season, Capitals 2013 second-round pick Madison Bowey hoped to challenge for a game or two in Washington as an injury replacement. Instead Bowey suffered a major setback early in the season.
On December 28th, a tendon in Bowey’s ankle was lacerated during a freak play in defensive zone. But 79 days later, Bowey was back, returning in Hershey’s 4-3 overtime win over Hartford.
After being a part of the trade two summers ago that sent TJ Oshie to Washington, Pheonix Copley is back in the Caps organization. Monday, Copley was part of the deal that sent Kevin Shattenkirk to Washington.
Copley, who immediately became the organization’s third goaltender on the depth chart, made his first start for the Bears on Friday against the Syracuse Crunch. During the third period, Copley suffered what appeared to be a serious injury after stopping a shot in front of the net. He exited the game with help from his teammates.
Thursday, Capitals prospects Liam O’Brien and Domenic Monardo got in their final workout before a weekend three-in-three, which would see the Bears play Syracuse, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and Springfield. O’Brien and Monardo got very creative on how to work up a sweat.
Donning inflatable dinosaur costumes, O’Brien and Monardo went one-on-one, attempting to play a legitimate game of basketball.
They failed. Miserably.
Hershey Bears’ left wing Nathan Walker was on the verge of his first career promotion. Now he will sit for the next four to six weeks due to an unlucky injury.
On Saturday, Walker broke his hand after blocking a shot in the Bears 4-2 win over the Springfield Thunderbirds.
The tiny but pugnacious Australian has tallied nine goals and 10 assists this season with the Bears, after getting a career best 41 points last season.
The Bears’ top four leading scorers (and Zach Sill) provided the goals in Hershey’s 5-2 win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Monday. Reigning AHL player-of-the-week, Vitek Vanecek, made 23 saves in the win.
The Bears’ second leading scorer, Chris Bourque, got the Bears’ first goal, his 499th career point for Hershey. Travis Boyd, the team’s leading scorer, would put the Bears up less than a minute later. Next, Paul Carey would extend his point streak to 19 games on a deflection. Christian Thomas and Zach Sill finished the game off for the Bears with goals in the third.
Boyd now has 29 points in 29 games. The goal also marks his second straight double digit goal season in the AHL.
The Hershey Bears have won 16 of their first 28 games. Now they will dominate even more in style.
Over the last week, both of Hershey’s goaltenders, Vitek Vanecek — the AHL’s reigning player of the week — and Joe Cannata, have debuted new masks designed by Swedish airbrusher and non-sensical English worder, David Gunnarsson.
Let’s take a look at the new buckets, which are designed in a similar style.
We have some good news to report from the farm. Vitek “V” Vanecek has been named the AHL’s Player of the Week for the period ending on December 18. This follows four league honors Vanecek earned last season in the ECHL including Goaltender of the Week, Rookie of the Month, Goaltender of the Month, and at the end of the season, ECHL All-Rookie Team honors.
Vanecek posted his third career shutout Sunday. He also had a .964 save percentage last week, stopping 53 of 55 shots in his two starts and posting a 1-0-1 record with a 0.96 goals against average. Not bad.
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