Capitals Prospects Rock Hurricanes Prospects 10-3 In Game 1 Of The 2019 Prospect Tournament

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The Washington Capitals prospects trounced the Carolina Hurricanes prospects 10-3 in the opening game of the 2019 prospect showcase Saturday afternoon at the Ford Ice Center in Antioch, Tennessee. The Capitals prospects will next face the Nashville Predators prospects on Sunday. Puck drop is set for 2:00 PM EST. (Full tournament roster, schedule and how to watch is here). You can access all of our prospect analysis and reports under the prospects tab in the top menu.

The tournament is for skaters and goaltenders on entry-level contracts (or less), aged 24 or younger, and with 20 or fewer games of NHL experience. Exceptions can be made with the prior approval of each of the other teams in the tourney. Teams will dress two goalies and 18 skaters, a five-minute 3-on-3 overtime period will be played in the event of a tie, and every game will be followed by a shootout – five players per team – regardless of the score. Players are permitted one fight in the tourney; a second fighting major will disqualify the player for the remainder of the tournament.

The Capitals started Ilya Samsonov in goal. Shane Gersich, Garrett Pilon and Beck Malenstyn donned the “A”‘s (Alternate Captain) for the opening tilt.

Note: Samsonov got the start, rather than Logan Thompson, as noted in the tweet above. Riley Sutter would leave the game early in the third period with an “upper body injury”, and would not return.

Note: According to the Capitals Mike Vogel, the Caps brought 18 drafted players to the 2019 Prospect Showcase in Nashville while Carolina had just nine. Washington’s total is the highest among the four teams at the tourney while Carolina’s total is tied with Nashville for the fewest. The Caps are icing a young team at the Showcase this year, but many of their players played in the tournament last year. Much of the Canes’ roster was populated with free agent invitees hoping to score a pro deal after finishing up at either the college or junior level.


First Period
The Capitals struck first with a goal from Brian Pinho early in the opening frame. The score was assisted by Connor McMichael. Bobby “The Nard Dog” Nardella had the second assist.

The Capitals would stretch their lead to 2-0 with a goal from Beck Malenstyn. Malenstyn would follow the play and clean up the loose change for the score.

Martin Fehervary would make it 3-0 on a beautiful score. Fehervary would go coast-to-coast, demonstrating his elite-level speed and finished with a sweet backhander, going five hole. Joe Snively would get the primary assist, with a nifty dish to spring Fehervary.

The opening frame would end with the Capitals leading 3-0. Ilya Samsonov was strong in net as well, stopping all 8 shots he faced.

Second Period
The Capitals would stretch the lead to 4-0 with Brian Pinho’s second tally of the game, just 57 second into the middle frame. Joe Snively had the primary assist, his second of the game.

Garrett Pilon would stretch the Capitals lead to 5-0 early in the middle frame with a top-shelf shot from close-range on the right side.

The Hurricanes would finally get on the scoreboard in the waning moments of the middle frame. Chase Priskie’s shot bounces off the end boards to Eetu Luostarinen who drives home a sharp angle shot from the left side.

But the Capitals would restore the five goal lead just 24 seconds later with a goal from Joe Snively. Snively had a goal and two assists through two periods of play.

The second period would conclude with the Capitals leading 6-1. Ilya Samsonov stopped 20 of 21 through two periods.

Third Period
The Hurricanes would quickly strike with a goal from former Capitals prospect Chase Priskie off of a faceoff just 28 seconds into the final frame, making it 6-2.

Riley Sutter would go down after crashing into the boards. He would lay on the ice for a while, finally getting to his feet and holding his right shoulder/arm as he exited the ice. He would not return.

The Canes would add another to make it 6-3.

The Capitals would restore the four goal lead with a goal from “The Nard Dog” Bobby Nardella, making it 7-3. Beck Malenstyn would get the primary assist.

Martin Fehervary would score his second goal of the game to make it 8-3 midway through the final frame.

Shane Gersich would get in on the action with a late goal, making it 9-3. His initial shot would be blocked by the Canes netminder, but Gersich would stay with it, knocking home the rebound for the Caps ninth tally.

Kris Bindulis would increase the Capitals total to double digits in the last minute of play, making it 10-3, and that would be the final.


Regardless of the score, each game in the tournament will end with a five-player shootout. Shane Gersich would score, Brett Leason, Martin Fehervary, Alexei Protas and Axel Jonsson-Fjallby would be denied. Ilya Samsonov was a perfect 5 for 5 in the shootout.


  • Martin Fehervary had two goals
  • Brian Pinho had two goals
  • Joe Snively had one goal and two assists.
  • Bobby Nardella had one goal and two assists.
  • Beck Malenstyn had a goal and an assists.
  • Ilya Samsonov stopped 37 of 40, for a .925 sv%.
  • The Capitals did not have a power play.
  • They were 3 for 3 on the penalty kill.
  • Kody Clark has 2 of the 3 Capitals penalties.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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11 Responses to Capitals Prospects Rock Hurricanes Prospects 10-3 In Game 1 Of The 2019 Prospect Tournament

  1. Day One Caps Fans says:

    Baby Caps were ALL OVER the CAR prospect team. No let-downs tomorrow against the Baby Predators!

    I like the upward pressure on the Caps roster structure. Several Caps’ veterans “went to sleep” big-time in the last ten games of the 2018-19 season. Unacceptable. Now there are verifiable talent threats in Hershey to unseat a backslider or two if the Caps come out of the gates flat this season

    • Anonymous says:

      While yesterday was impressive, the fact that Carolina only brought nine draft picks, compared to the Capitals bringing 18, waters down the impressiveness a bit.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The Sutter injury is a major downer. The kid was hitting all cyclinders.

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