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Washington Capitals fifth-round pick Shane Gersich is off to a terrific start and has dominated the USHL so far this season. The speedy forward, who is expected to attend University of North Dakota beginning next fall, scored four goals in his last two games and now has five goals in six games overall.
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Last weekend, Gersich had his first multi-goal game in the USHL. His first goal was a one-timer from the right faceoff circle on the power play.
On the second goal, Gersich batted a rebound home after his own sharp-angle shot, scoring a game-winning goal as Omaha defeated Cedar Rapids 2-1.
On Tuesday, Gersich added two more goals. To score his first, he took away the pass in the offensive zone and ripped a wrist shot past the goalie.
On his second goal, Gersich capitalized on a 2-on-0 breakaway after a pass from another Caps prospect, sixth-round pick Steven Spinner. Omaha lost to Des Moines 5-3, falling to a conference-worst 1-4-1 record despite a league-high four NHL drafted prospects on the roster.
With his goal-scoring surge, Gersich is currently tied for third in the league in goals, behind only Brock Boeser, a player who was recently ranked in the first round of stacked 2015 Draft by The Hockey News’ Ryan Kennedy and 20-year-old Matt Iacopelli. He also sits third in shots on goal, after 19 in his last three games.
The Capitals may have found another late-round gem.
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