Bear Hughes Scores First Career WHL Hat Trick, Six-Point Game Against Tri-City Americans

Photo: Larry Burnt/Coeurd’alene

It had been a relatively quiet month of March for Washington Capitals forward prospect Cassius “Bear” Hughes. After posting back-to-back two-goal games to close-out an otherwise quiet month of February, the Spokane Chiefs’ captain went goalless in the first five games of the month of March. As a result, Hughes was moved down from his traditional top-six center spot to center the third line.

Hughes was elevated back to center the second line on Saturday night against the Tri-City Americans (who are coincidentally partially owned by former Capitals goaltender Olaf Kolzig). The move paid immediate dividends for the Chiefs as Hughes recorded his first career WHL hat trick. He also had three assists in the game.

Hughes first goal of the game came less than one minute into the second period with the Chiefs leading the Americans, 1-0.

Hughes final two goals came in the third period against the Americans. His first goal of the period and second goal of the game came with 12:31 remaining in the period.

Hughes would complete his first career WHL hat trick with 9:42 remaining in regulation. The 6’-2” centerman would cleanup the loose change in front of the goal to stretch the Chiefs lead to 6-1.

Hughes also had three assists in the game for his first career six-point game.

For the season, Hughes, 20, has 21 goals and 34 assists in 54 games played for a 1.06 points per game average. He’s shot the puck 141 times for a 14.9% shooting percentage. Hughes will begin his transition to the AHL following the conclusion of his WHL season.

Hughes was interviewed after the game.

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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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5 Responses to Bear Hughes Scores First Career WHL Hat Trick, Six-Point Game Against Tri-City Americans

  1. Anonymous says:

    Looking forward to seeing Hughes in Hershey. Should be a nice add.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hughes has been so streaky this season. Will be good to get a good look at him next fall.

  3. Marky says:

    Hope he does well in Hershey. Looking forward to seeing him develop there.

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