While the NHL lockout is still ongoing, the American Hockey League regular season began last week and the Washington Capitals affiliate, Hersey Bears lost their opening game over the weekend.
Braden Holtby, who started all 14 playoff games for the Capitals last season, is among the players playing for Hershey this season. Holtby took the loss in the Bears first game of the season, allowing four goals. He saved 28-of-32 shot attempts in Hershey's 4-3 loss to Syracuse.
Holtby appeared in 40 games with Hershey last season, posting a 20-15-2 record with a 2.61 goals-against average. He posted a 1.95 goals-against average during the playoffs with Washington. While Holtby struggled in the first game, the Bears offense had some success, scoring three goals. Jon DiSalvatore, Barry Almeida and Garrett Mitchell all scored against Syracuse.
With the loss, Hershey fell to 0-1-0 on the season and are currently last in the AHL East division. Norfolk leads the division with four points at 2-0-0. Syracuse picked up two points in the win against the Bears and is currently second with three points. Binghampton is 1-0-0 and sits in third with two points. Hershey and Wikles-Barre both started 0-1-0.
The complete AHL standings can be found at TheAHL.com.