Mikey Anderson has gotten off to a flying start to his professional career, with points in four straight games to open the season for the Ontario Reign. After he picked up assists in a pair of Reign wins on Opening Weekend, Anderson scored his first career professional goal on Friday night against Colorado, followed up by his first power-play goal the next night against Tucson.
"It's exciting, everyone loves scoring goals and being able to get a goal is pretty fun," Anderson said after Friday's game, a 4-3 overtime loss. "Right now, it still kind of stings to give up a two-goal lead to end up losing the game, but we'll look at it and we'll get better."
Anderson's offensive play has placed him amongst the top first-year players in the AHL through two weeks of play. The Minnesota-Duluth product is tied for the AHL lead in goals and tied for second in points amongst rookies, leading rookie defensemen in both categories.
Despite a lopsided defeat on Saturday, Ontario Reign Head Coach Mike Stothers was still complimentary of the play of his young defenseman.
"It would be pretty easy to single him out tonight, because he was probably the only guy that was any good, but he's consistently up there every game and he hates to lose," Stothers said. "You've got a pretty competitive athlete there, and he doesn't shy away from anything. He's a skill guy, but he plays hard, blocks shots, does what he can. Does whatever he can to help the team win, he's a winner."
Forward Samuel Fagemo and defenseman Jacob Moverare led Frolunda HC to a 4-1 win on Saturday in the Swedish Hockey League.
Fagemo scored two (filthy!) goals in the victory, while Moverare scored a goal and added two assists from the blueline in a win over Lulea. On the season, Fagemo has tallied five points (3-2-5) from six games played, in addition to three goals and four points from three games played in the Champions Hockey League, while Moverare has four points (1-3-4) and a +3 rating from nine games played.
Kings 2019 first-round selection Alex Turcotte got his collegiate career with Wisconsin off to a flying start with four points (2-2-4) over two games on opening weekend, as the Badgers skated to a 1-1-0 record.
Turcotte collected his first career NCAA point on Friday, in a 5-3 Wisconsin loss to Boston College, before he scored two goals and added an assist in an 11-5 victory over Merrimack the following night. Turcotte's four points have him tied for second on Wisconsin in scoring through two games.
For those looking to watch Turcotte, Fox Sports West announced today that it will air several Wisconsin games on its platforms this season, beginning with Saturday's game against Minnesota-Duluth, which will be carried live on Prime Ticket, beginning at 5 pm PT.
Forward Arthur Kaliyev has opened the season on a goal-scoring tear, with nine goals from his first nine OHL games played with Hamilton.
The 2019 second-round pick has found the back of the net in six of those nine games and had a monster game on Friday, as he scored all four of his team's goals in a 4-1 win over Erie.
Kaliyev is currently tied for second in the OHL in goals on the season and ranks fifth with 17 total points. Kaliyev has scored 33 percent of his team's total goals through nine games, with the Bulldogs ranking fifth lowest in the league in total goals scored (27).
Mikey Eyssimont started his scoring account for the season on Friday, as he collected a goal and an assist in the Reign's 4-3 overtime loss against Colorado. Eyssimont's multi-point game was the fifth of his AHL career, as the second-year forward started off the 2019-20 season on a strong note, earning some positive praise from his head coach.
"Mikey's been good," Stothers said. "He's been another guy that right from the first day of camp, he's elevated his play. He's come back and he looks different. He looks like he's more mature, he looks like a pro athlete now, as opposed to last year, maybe he was still a little baby-faced and green around the edges."
"He's spent a lot of time working out, he worked hard in the summer to get himself in good shape and he's feeling good about himself. That's great and we hope he can continue it," Stothers said.
As of Sunday, Jacob Ingham ranked second in the Ontario Hockey League in saves (255) and save percentage (.921) amongst goalies with at least five games played.
Ingham made 43 saves in consecutive games on October 9 and October 11, as he stopped 43-of-46 in a shootout loss to Owen Sound on 10/9, followed up by a 43-of-44 effort two days later in a 3-1 Kitchener Rangers victory over Windsor.
Despite playing in just six games, Akil Thomas ranks tied for tenth in the OHL with nine assists, and has amassed ten points (1-9-10) in total to start the season with Niagara.
Thomas had a career-high five assists in an 8-4 IceDogs win over Kingston earlier this month and has collected multiple points in half of his games played on the young season. Thomas' five-assist night tied an IceDogs franchise record for assists in a game. Thomas is in his first season as Niagara's captain, the twelfth "C" in program history.