Washington Capitals forward prospect Aliaksei Protas is beginning to heat up in the KHL. Protas set a Dinamo Minsk franchise record for most goals in a season by a 19-year-old on November 11 and was named “Rookie of the Week” on November 16.
After leading the Bison on a 3-0 road trip, which included a game where Protas played center on the top line and recorded two assists, Protas would record his sixth goal of the season in Dinamo’s homecoming against Sochi on Thursday.
The tally came at the 10:54 mark of the opening frame, tying the game 1-1. Protas would find open ice in the slot, gather a pass from below the goal and wrist one top left for the score.
Dinamo Minsk would tie the game 2-2 with 11 seconds remaining in regulation, sending the game into overtime. Dinamo Minsk would win it 2:22 into the extra frame with a goal from Kozun Brandon.
Protas scored his fifth career KHL goal on November 11 against Sibir. The tally set a Dinamo Minsk franchise record for most goals by a 19-year-old in a single season. The tally came at 10:40 of the first period. Protas would redirect a shot from the left point for the score.
Yegor Sharangovich, who in the 2017/18 season scored four goals in 47 games, had the record. Protas recorded four goals in just 14 games and set the new franchise record in just 22 games.
Protas has two goals and two assist in the last four games since being scratched on November 1. He now has six goals and three assists in 24 games so far this season and is tied for 5th in goals on Dinamo Minsk. Protas is shooting 15.4% and averaging just under 15 shifts per game. [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.
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