Carter Hart is a brick wall.
The Philadelphia Flyers top goalie prospect stopped all 43 shots he faced on Wednesday night against the Tri-City Americans for a 3-0 win. It was his third shutout this season, all coming this month in his past five starts, and the 22nd shutout of his career.
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Hart tied Leland Irving’s record with his 21st shutout last week, and broke it a week later. He is now the all-time leader in shutouts with the Everett Silvertips franchise, with 22. He came up big in the first two periods, with 12 saves in the first and 10 in the second, and then faced a shooting gallery as he made 21 saves in the third period to shut out the Americans.
His numbers are only getting better by the season. He was named the WHL goalie of the year in back-to-back years, with a .918 save percentage in 2015-16 and a .927 last year, and he’s continuing that pace this season.
He is 6-3-1, including three shutouts, and has stopped 314 of 330 shots for a .952 save percentage and a 1.65 goals against average, both of which lead the CHL. Hart is 4-1-0 in his past five starts, with three shutouts, stopping 175 of 179 shots he’s faced for a .978 save percentage.
It’s a great accomplishment for Hart, and signs of what could be to come for the young netminder. You never want to set expectations too high for young players in juniors, especially goalies, but Hart has done everything right so far and is only getting better.
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