A pair of Russians paced the Islanders prospects last week. Anatoly Golyshev recorded his first KHL hat trick last week, while Ilya Sorokin posted back-to-back shutouts for CSKA Moscow. Read about Golyshev, Sorokin and more in the Islanders Prospect Report. Click here for The Bridgeport Report.
SOROKIN RECORDS TWO STRAIGHT SHUTOUTS:
Ilya Sorokin has started December with two straight shutouts, keeping a clean sheet for CSKA Moscow. Sorokin made 19 saves against Amur on Friday, backstopping CSKA to a 4-0 win. Sorokin defended his goal again on Sunday, stopping all 20 shots for a 2-0 win over Severstal.
The Islanders' 2014 fourth-round pick has six shutouts on the season - the second-most in the KHL - and is third in goals-against average with a 1.53. Sorokin is 16-5-3 on the season and has only allowed one goal in his past three contests.
GOLYSHEV NETS FIRST HAT-TRICK:
One day after being featured in the Islanders Prospect Report last Monday, Anatoly Golyshev scored his first Kontinental Hockey League hat-trick on Tuesday in Avtomobilist's 4-2 win over Spartak. Golyshev's third goal of the game not only completed the set for his hat-trick, but lead his team to victory as the game-winning goal. The 22-year-old has 14 points (8G, 6A) in 23 games this season.
Tuesday's game was a tale of two extremes for the Islanders' 2016 fourth-round pick. Golyshev picked up three goals, but also a three-game suspension after colliding with and knocking over a referee. Golyshev was judged guilty of unsporting behavior by a player toward a match official and the play resulted in a misconduct penalty (20- minutes), a fine and a three-game suspension. Golyshev is eligible to return December 11 when Avtomobilist plays Ugra.
BELLOWS NAMED TO WJC PRELIMINARY ROSTER:
Kieffer Bellows was one of 28 players named to Team USA's preliminary roster for the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championships in Buffalo.
Bellows won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2017 World Juniors, scoring twice in the 5-4 shootout win over Team Canada. The Islanders' 2016 first-round pick (19th overall) is one of seven players returning from the gold squad. Bellows had three points (2G, 1A) in seven games at last year's tournament.
Bellows is currently in his first season with the WHL's Portland Winterhawks, playing in the Canadian junior league after a season at Boston University. Bellows has 38 points (18G, 20A) in 27 games with Portland this season.
QUENNEVILLE BUILDING ANOTHER POINT STREAK:
David Quenneville put together a three-game point streak last week, racking up a total of four points (2G, 2A) over his last three contests. Quenneville started off his three-game run with a pair of assists in Medicine Hat's 5-2 loss to Kieffer Bellows and the Portland Winterhawks. The Isles' 2016 seventh-round pick then scored power-play goals in back-to-back contests to extend his streak.
Quenneville scored his eighth goal of the season in Medicine Hat's 4-3 OT win over the Victoria on Friday and his ninth of the season in a 5-4 OT loss to the Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday. His goal against Brandon triggered the teddy bear toss in Medicine Hat.
Quenneville now has 31 points (9G, 22A) in 26 games this season, fifth among WHL defensemen. The 19-year-old blue liner leads Medicine Hat in assists and is second in points.
*Stat current as of Dec. 4