Washington Capitals Prospects Weekly Recap: Aliaksei Protas Scores Three Goals, Martin Fehervary Scores First AHL Goal; Benton Maass Scores First Goal Of The Season

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Welcome to the week 4 Washington Capitals prospect recap. The following includes game action and news that occurred between October 7 and October 13, 2019. (Reminder: you can always access all of our prospect news and analysis in the top menu under “Prospects”. You can also access the latest Capitals prospect news on Twitter under the #CapsProspect hashtag.

PREVIOUS RECAPS

  • Week 3 Recap (9/20-10/6): here.
  • Week 2 Recap (9/23-9/29: here.
  • Week 1 Recap (9/16-9/22): here.

HERSHEY BEARS
After dropping a pair of home games to open the season, the Bears hit the road Saturday for a tilt against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and won an overtime thriller 4-3. In his first game back with the Bears, Travis Boyd scored a pair of goals, including the game-tying and game winning goals. He also had an assist. On Sunday night, the Bears would trounce the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 5-1. Travis Boyd scored two more goals and registered an assist….again.

Martin Fehervary
Washington Capitals defensive prospect Martin Fehervary scored his first AHL goal Sunday evening in Hershey. The goal came in the second period of the Bears convincing 5-1 win over the rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.


Video: Hershey Bears/The AHL

OHL

Connor McMichael
Connor McMichael was formally named to the London Knights leadership group on Tuesday.

On Friday, the Knights hosted the Owen Sound. McMichael had a pair of assists on four shots, was a -2 and nine of 18 from the faceoff dot.

On Saturday, the Knights visited the Saginaw Spirit and lost 6-3. McMichael was held off the score sheet on four shots, a -1 for the game and 14 of 23 on draws.

For the season, McMichael has eight goals and six assists on 35 shots in seven games played.


WHL

Aliaksei Protas
After a weekend without a tally, Capitals forward prospect Aliaksei Protas returned to the ‘goals scored’ column Tuesday night versus Vancouver.

Protas would add two assists later in the game. For the night he had a goal on one shot, two assists for a +2 and was 10 of 14 from the dot.

On Saturday night, Protas would score a pair of goals in an 8-4 win over Moose Jaw. His first tally came at the 15:00 mark of the middle frame. Protas would add a salute to the opposing player following the goal.


Video:The WHL

Protas’ second goal came at 5:28 of the final period. The scoring tally would come from a sharp angle on the right side.


Video: The WHL

For the game, Protas had two goals and an assist in two shots. He was a +2 and 8 of 15 from the faceoff circle. For the season, Protas has six goals and eight assists on 28 shots in nine games played. Protas is currently tied for first in WHL points (14) and 5th in goals (6).

Alex Leipert Kannok
Dropped to the second paring on Tuesday, but returned to top pair Friday night.

Eric Florchuk
Florchuk was dropped from first line center to second line center for Wednesday night’s tilt against the Vancouver Giants, but returned to top line center Friday night against the Wheat Kings. He would score his first of the season Friday night. Florchuk would find open space in the slot and received a nice feed from behind the goal for the open shot.


OTHER PROSPECT NOTES

Benton Maass – Defneisve prospect Benton Maass scored his first goal of the season in Friday night’s season opener for New Hampshire. It would be the game-winner.

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 passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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22 Responses to Washington Capitals Prospects Weekly Recap: Aliaksei Protas Scores Three Goals, Martin Fehervary Scores First AHL Goal; Benton Maass Scores First Goal Of The Season

  1. Anonymous says:

    It’s always important that Capitals prospects get off scoring goals early in their particular hockey leagues. The big club has some difficult decisions to make in the next few years. Goaltending and the core group maybe this is their last hurrah. It’s going to be extremely important to draft great young talent to keep the fan base interested in their hockey club far into the future.They have been spoiled in the past by the quality of talent level that’s been on the ice for a number of years now.

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