September 6, 2019
Hosting a pre-season tournament at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Wash., the Silvertips roared to a 3-2 overtime victory against the Tri-City Americans Friday, a 5-3 win against the Spokane Chiefs Saturday and closed out the weekend with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory in overtime Sunday against the Seattle Thunderbirds.
Ronan Seeley played a big part in both overtime wins. Friday, he drew the primary assist on the game-winning goal by Reece Vitelli. Sunday, he completed the comeback with a goal 78 seconds into the overtime period to lift his team to a perfect weekend. Jake Christiansen and Montreal Canadiens prospect Gianni Fairbrother each led the way offensively with four points each through three games.
Also enjoying a perfect start to their pre-season were the Blazers. Saturday, they opened the offensive floodgates with a 9-1 win over the Victoria Royals and followed it up with a 5-3 win against the Kelowna Rockets Sunday.
Logan Stankoven made quite the impression in his first pre-season game with a hat trick and five points against the Royals. The Blazers’ Marwayne connection also made an impact, with Orrin Centazzo posting a pair of goals in a four-point game while Zane Franklin had three assists in his four-point effort.
At the Brandt Centre in Regina, Sask. the Broncos began their pre-season on the right foot with an 8-5 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors as well as a 5-4 shootout win against the Regina Pats.
Josh Davies posted a hat trick in Friday’s win against the Warriors, collecting another goal Saturday for a productive weekend.
Overage defenceman Jake Kustra posted four points (1G-3A) in Friday’s game to lead the offensive efforts as well.
It was nearly a perfect weekend for the Vancouver Giants and Thunderbirds, who each collected a pair of wins from their three-game experience in Everett.
The Thunderbirds began their weekend by doubling up the Giants by a 4-2 score and earned a nail-biting 4-3 win against the Americans before taking the overtime loss against the Silvertips.
Jared Davidson’s third goal of the weekend broke a 3-3 deadlock in the final 20 seconds of Saturday’s contest to top Tri-City.
Fellow forward Lucas Ciona led the way among Seattle skaters though with four points (2G-2A) in two games.
For the Giants, Arizona Coyotes goaltending prospect David Tendeck led the way with a 25-save performance in a 2-1 shootout victory against the Chiefs to close out their weekend.
The Giants beat the Portland Winterhawks 4-3 in a shootout Saturday for their first pre-season victory.
The Kelowna Rockets, hosts of the 2020 Memorial Cup presented by Kia, opened their pre-season schedule with a 4-0 shutout of the Royals before their road loss to the Blazers Sunday.
Alex Swetlikoff had the game-winning goal Friday while Cole Tisdale and Cole Schwebius combined for a 14-save shutout.
Long Weekend notes
Also claiming their first wins of the WHL pre-season were the Saskatoon Blades, Winterhawks, Americans, and Warriors.
The Blades took down the Pats by an 8-3 score Friday before dropping a 4-3 overtime result to Moose Jaw Saturday. Colton Dach is one of three Blades leading the offensive standings for their team with three points (2G-1A). Spencer Shugrue and Zach Huber were also tied for the team lead in scoring.
In Everett, the Winterhawks began their weekend with a 6-5 regulation win against the Chiefs before taking a pair of losses.
Also in Everett, the Americans collected their first win of the pre-season against the Winterhawks with a 3-2 result Sunday. Colorado Avalanche prospect Sasha Mutala was the star of that game, notching the hat trick to ensure the victory.
Eric Alarie took over the spotlight in the aforementioned 4-3 win against the Blades Saturday. He notched a pair of goals and a pair of assists, capping off his four-point performance with the game-winning goal in overtime.