Washington Capitals forward prospect Aliaksei Protas scored his fourth goal of the KHL season on Sunday against Dinamo Riga. The goal ties a Dinamo Minsk franchise record for most goals by a 19 year-old in a single season.
The tally came just 9:50 into the first period, giving Dinamo Minsk an early 1-0 lead. The goal came at even strength, Protas’ first career KHL goal at even strength.
On the play, Protas showed strong play behind the goal, then ripping a wide-angle shot from the right side off of a defender’s skate for the score.
As noted, the goal ties a franchise record for most goals by a 19 year-old in a season. Yegor Sharangovich, who in the 2017-18 season scored 4 goals in 47 games has the record. Protas has 4 goals in just 14 games.
The goal also put Protas in the top 10 in the KHL for goals scored for players under the age of 20. He was asked following the game if he knew that.
“Not really. Sometimes, somewhere on the Internet, something may catch your eye. I mainly concentrate on team tasks, I try to fulfill the coaching directive. If you do it, then everything will come. I work on my weak qualities in the game, try to improve them. The result will come.“
For the season, Protas has four goals and an assist in 14 games played. He is seeing a steady increase in playing time, centering the third line and playing on the Bison’s second power play unit. [Click to enlarge]
The Capitals announced on August 7 that the 6’6” Centerman is being loaned to Dinamo Minsk until training camp opens for the Capitals.
Dinamo Minsk won today’s game 4-3 in a shootout.
By Jon Sorensen
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