Hendrix Lapierre makes noise in AHL debut with Hershey Bears

While the Washington Capitals picked up their first victory of the 2022-23 campaign on Saturday, the Hershey Bears also won big at Giant Center in their first game of the season, beating the Utica Comets 3-1.

In this victory for the Capitals’ minor league affiliate, Hendrix Lapierre was among the standouts as he made a huge impact in his AHL debut.

Lapierre and Henrik Borgstrom combined for Hershey’s first goal of the game on the powerplay, as Borgstrom came up front and grabbed a rebound on a Lapierre shot past Utica’s Akira Schmid to make it a game of hockey 1-0. The pass scored Lapierre’s first career AHL point in his first-ever AHL game, and he finished the game with an assist and two shots on goal.

This isn’t the first time Lapierre has made noise in his professional debut. The number 29 scored his first career NHL goal on his NHL debut against the New York Rangers last season.

Lapierre, a 2020 Capitals first-round pick, is looking to return to the NHL after being sent back to juniors last season following a six-game stint with the big club. A good start to your AHL career is a good step in the right direction.

Mike Vecchione and Riley Sutter also scored en route to victory. Former Washington prospect Brian Pinho scored Utica’s only goal. Zach Fucale made 19 saves on 20 shots in the Bears’ win.

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In addition to Lapierre, fellow Capitals prospect and good friend Vincent Iorio also made his AHL debut. He had three shots and showed mobility and solid skating while using his 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame to his advantage.

Hershey returns to the ice Sunday at 3 p.m. to face the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

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