It’s Carter Hart time!
— Jesse Geleynse (@JesseGeleynse) April 15, 2017
With Anthony Stolarz out three to four months with a lower-body injury, the Phantoms needed a backup goalie for Alex Lyon. It looks like Carter Hart will be that guy.
Hart just finished up his third full season with the Everett Silvertips in the WHL. Coming off of a season in which he was named the CHL Goalie of the Year last year, Hart improved upon his great performance. He finished the season with a 32-11-6-2 record, with nine shutouts, while having a league-best in both goals against average (1.99) and save percentage (.927). Those numbers earned him WHL Western Conference Goalie of the Year honors.
He had plenty of highlight-reel saves this season, including a sprawling glove save.
He was also stellar for Team Canada, playing his way back into the starter’s role before ultimately losing the gold medal game in a shootout.
Over the past two seasons Hart is 67-34-7-5, with 15 shutouts and a .922 save percentage. We’ll have to wait and see if he gets any game action, but even signing an amateur tryout for the playoffs is exciting news for the young netminder.
[From earlier this season: Carter Hart focused on long-term goals amid whirlwind of success]
We’re getting all sorts of glimpses into the future of the Flyers crease this April. Stolarz looked to prove that he could be a NHL netminder prior to his injury, Felix Sandstrom is making noise in the SHL playoffs, Alex Lyon is shouldering the load in the AHL, and now we’ll see Hart there as well after winning the longest game in CHL history a few weeks ago!
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