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IN THE PIPELINE: Sam Steals the Show

The latest prospect news

by Mike Lewis /

Sam Montembeault has had a dominant start to the season to say the least. 

On Nov. 2 vs. Rimouski, Montembeault recorded his 10th win of the season, in his 11th game between the pipes. The Blainville-Boisbriand Armada standout is currently on a five-game win streak while owning a league-leading 1.62 goals against average and 0.940 save percentage.The Panthers 2015 third round pick's 10 wins and two shutouts tie him for first in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The recently turned 20-year old earned his ninth win of the season on his birthday (Oct. 30) against the Gatineau Olympiques.

The Quebec City, Quebec native was named the Vaughan Goaltender of the Month by the QMJHL and the league's first star of the month for September/ October. 

Borgstrom Named Rookie of the Month

Cats 2016 first round pick Henrik Borgstrom enjoyed his second three-point (1-2-3) game of the season on Oct. 29 vs. Western Michigan University. The 19-year old freshman opened the game's scoring in the first period, before earning two assists, including the primary assist on Denver's game-winning goal. All three of Borgstrom's points in the game were earned on the power play. The Helsinki, Finland native currently leads Denver with four goals and nine points in eight games played.

For Borgstrom's efforts in his first month of his college hockey career, he has been named October's NCHC Rookie of the Month.
Tweet from @TheNCHC: The #NCHCHockey monthly award winners for October: Player: UND's Brock BoeserRookie: DU's Henrik Borgstr��mStory:
Tweet from @TheNCHC: Congrats to the #NCHCHockey Rookie of the Month for October, @DU_Hockey freshman forward Henrik Borgstrom!His 9 points led NCHC rookies

Marvelous Mascherin

Panthers 2016 second rounder Adam Mascherin has been torching the Ontario Hockey League. With 27 points (9-18-27) in 14 games season, the Kitchener Rangers forward ranks tied for second in the league for points. Mascherin has scored a league-leading six power play goals for Kitchener this season and has registered a nine-game point streak (Oct. 10-Oct.30), during which he had recorded six multi-point games.

In Kitchener's Oct. 30 game against the Saginaw Spirit, Mascherin recorded three points (1-2-3) and went coast-to-coast in overtime, netting a highlight reel worthy game-winning goal. Check out Mascherin's OT game-winner.

Tweet from @OHLHockey: WATCH THIS: @FlaPanthers prospect Adam Mascherin (@amascherin_23) scores the OT winner in style for the @OHLRangers #OHL

Ang Gets Tricky

Thursday, Oct. 3 was a big night for Panthers fourth round pick Jonathan Ang. After not finding the back of the net for the Peterborough Petes since Oct. 16, the 18-year old Markham, Ontario native exploded with a three-goal performance to earn his first OHL hat trick. Ang's three goals propelled the Petes to a 4-2 win over the Kingston Frontenacs.

Tweet from @OHLHockey: Hat-trick by @jonathanang21 powers @PetesOHLhockey to win over KGN.THURSDAY RECAP:

Reto "Brick Wall" Berra

Another road trip…

Another shutout for Reto Berra.

Berra closed out the Springfield Thunderbirds' most recent road trip with a 28-save shutout against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Berra owns a 3-1-0 record this season, with a 1.50 goals against average and .939 save percentage. The 29-year old native of Bulach, Switzerland is one of only three AHL goalies to have recorded two shutouts this season.

Juho Lammikko scored his first professional career goal to clinch the game for the Thunderbirds against the Sound Tigers, while Logan Shaw scored his second goal of the season to cap the game off as a 2-0 win.

The Chase is On

Forward Chase Balisy enters the week leading the T-Birds with five points (1-4-5) in seven games played. Balisy played overtime hero for the T-Birds on Saturday (Oct. 29), scoring his first goal of the season to top the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 2-1. Balisy recorded two points in the game, earning an assist on Paul Thompson's third period, game-tying goal.


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