Some teams have reached midseason. Some are just getting started. A few have yet to begin a 2020/21 schedule. With the NHL advancing into its second week of games, it’s a great time to highlight some former Black Hawks who have been playing well recently.
#3 – Michael Huntebrinker
Florida Everblades (ECHL) • Forward
So far this month, the Blades have only seen their in-state rivals from Orlando and Jacksonville while posting a 5-2-0 record. Huntebrinker has played in all seven games, notching eight points (four goals, four assists). All of his goals have been posted in special teams situations: Huntebrinker has three on the power play and another while shorthanded. Adding in three goals and four assists from December, his 15 points and seven goals currently each tie him for the ECHL lead in those respective categories. Three of his goals this season have been game-winners.
#2 – Vladislav Firstov
Connecticut Huskies (NCAA) • Forward
A large portion of Firstov’s sophomore season so far was spent skating for Russia during the World Junior Championships which ended earlier this month. Firstov saw very little ice time during that competition, but has returned to college hockey with a vengeance. He was involved in almost all of the Huskies’ offense last Friday during a 6-5 overtime win against New Hampshire, producing two goals and two assists. Firstov added another assist in a Saturday rematch, wrapping up the weekend with five points from the only two NCAA games he has played this month.
#1 – Brock Boeser
Vancouver Canucks (NHL) • Forward
The NHL season opened last Wednesday, and Boeser scored twice in the Canucks’ visit to Edmonton. Both goals came in the third period, including the game-winner during a 5-3 victory. Last night on home ice, Boeser came through with another multi-goal effort in a high-scoring 6-5 shootout win against the Montreal Canadiens. In this instance, he also added an assist for a three-point night. Boeser’s second goal against Montreal tied the game and forced overtime with 3:09 left in regulation. As of today, Boeser’s four goals tie for the most in the National Hockey League.
Ben Copeland, Colorado College Tigers (NCAA): 6 GP, 2 G, 3 A, 5 Pts, +1
Alex Limoges, Penn State Nittany Lions (NCAA): 6 GP, 3 G, 2 A, 5 Pts, +1, 1 PPG, 1 GWG
C.J. Motte, Allen Americans (ECHL): 2 GP, 2-0-0, 4 GA, 52 SV, .929 SV PCT
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