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New York Rangers prospect Brad Morrison struck twice in Saturday night’s 2-1 win over the Blades.

 

October 23, 2016

Here’s an update on Saturday night’s games along with the current WHL standings and stats leaders.

It was a good night for BC teams as Kamloops Blazers, PG Cougars, Kelowna Rockets and Vancouver Giants all registered wins. Victoria Royals were the lone exception, falling 3-1 to the Everett Silver tips.

Outside of the division leading Cougars, only two points now separate the other four teams in the B.C. Division.

Kamloops and Victoria sit in a tie for second place with 14 points, while the Rockets and Vancouver Giants, with 12 points, are hot on the heels of the Blazers and Royals.

 

October 22 games:

Saskatoon Blades (1) at Prince George Cougars (2)

Saskatoon (6-5-1-0) // Prince George (11-2-1-0)

Brad Morrison took care of all the offense while Ty Edmonds made 29 saves as the Prince George Cougars edged the Saskatoon Blades 2-1 on Saturday.

Jansen Harkins and Jesse Gabrielle provided two assists.

For Edmonds, the victory served as his league-leading eighth win.

 

Tri-City Americans (3) at Kamloops Blazers (4) – OT

Tri-City (6-5-1-0) // Kamloops (7-6-0-0)

Deven Sideroff scored the overtime winner to collect his second goal of the night as the Kamloops Blazers defeated the Tri-City Americans by a 4-3 margin Saturday night.

In addition to Sideroff’s two-goal effort, captain Collin Shirley contributed two goals for Kamloops. Rudolfs Balcers chipped in with two assists.

On the other side of the puck, Morgan Geekie registered a goal and two assists for the Americans, while Tyler Sandhu had a pair of assists as well.

Dylan Ferguson made 21 saves for his second win of the season.

 

 

Kelowna Rockets (5) at Seattle Thunderbirds (1)

Kelowna (6-7-0-0) // Seattle (3-5-0-1)

Kyle Topping kick-started the Kelowna Rockets with a hat-trick performance in Seattle while Michael Herringer made 36 saves in a 5-1 win over the Thunderbirds.

Lucas Johansen and Jordan Borstmayer each had two assists, while Kole Lind provided a goal and an assist.

 

Swift Current Broncos (1) at Vancouver Giants (2) – OT
Swift Current (8-4-1-1) // Vancouver (6-8-0-0)

Ty Ronning scored 2:31 into overtime, giving the Vancouver Giants a 2-1 victory over the Swift Current Broncos, maintaining pace in the ever-tightening B.C. Division.

Lane Pederson provided the lone goal for the Broncos, while Matt Barbers provided the game-tying tally in the first period.

Reigning Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week Ryan Kubic continued his strong play, making 28 saves for his six win of the campaign.

 

 

Everett Silvertips (3) at Victoria Royals (1)
Everett (9-2-2-0) // Victoria (7-6-0-0)

Noah Juulsen scored twice, Carter Hart made 37 saves and the Everett Silvertips knocked off the Victoria Royals 3-1 on a night in which only 12 shots were sent in on goaltender Griffen Outhouse.

Juulsen opened the scoring and then proceeded to close it with a shorthanded empty-netter.

Everett scored once in each period, while the Royals pounded 38 shots in on Hart over the course of the night, only solving him once. Regan Nagy was the only player to find a hole in the reigning CHL Goaltender of the Year.

 

 

Spokane Chiefs (0) at Brandon Wheat Kings (6)
Spokane (3-6-1-1) // Brandon (5-3-2-0)

Sophomore Ty Lewis had an impressive first-star night with a hat trick and an assist as Brandon routed Spokane at home. Lewis, a Brandon native, now has eight goals on the season – just two away from his rookie total last year. Despite not having the potential first overall 2017 NHL Draft pick in Nolan Patrick Saturday, the Wheat Kings got an extra pair of goals from Connor Gutenberg and another single from Reid Duke en route to the win. Dawson Weatherill and Jayden Sittler combined for 28 saves in a losing effort for the Chiefs.

 

Prince Albert Raiders (1) at Red Deer Rebels (3)
Prince Albert (3-7-1-0) // Red Deer (7-3-1-1)

Despite missing much of last year due to injury, Josh Mahura was selected in the third round by the Anaheim Ducks. The St. Albert, AB native seems to be rounding into form with a first-star effort on Saturday that included the primary assist on the game-winning goal before adding the insurance marker late in the third period. Winnipeg Jets prospect Michael Spacek added the Rebels’ first goal, while overager Tim Vanstone popped the Raiders’ lone marker.

 

Regina Pats (8) at Medicine Hat Tigers (5)
Regina (9-0-3-0) // Medicine Hat (8-4-1-0)

The WHL’s two highest-scoring teams didn’t disappoint on Saturday night as Regina (62 GF) overcame Medicine Hat (59 GF) by an 8-5 score.

Lane Zablocki picked up a hat trick and added an assist for the Pats while Austin Wagner notched a goal and three helpers in addition to posting a plus-6 rating en route to being named the game’s first star.

On the home side, Mark Rassell was named the game’s third star with a pair of goals in the loss while Texas product Max Gerlach potted a goal and an assist.

Mason Shaw (4g-19a-23pts) had an assist and is now three points clear of Regina’s Sam Steel (9g-11a-20a) for the WHL scoring lead.

 

STANDINGS

B.C. DIVISION
# Team GP W L OTL SOL PTS PCT GF GA Streak P10 PIM
1 14 11 2 1 0 23 0.821 51 36 3-0-1-0 7-2-1-0 184
2 13 7 6 0 0 14 0.538 48 34 3-0-0-0 6-4-0-0 207
3 13 7 6 0 0 14 0.538 45 34 0-1-0-0 6-4-0-0 198
WESTERN CONFERENCE WILD CARD
# Team GP W L OTL SOL PTS PCT GF GA Streak P10 PIM
1 13 6 7 0 0 12 0.462 32 42 3-0-0-0 5-5-0-0 252
2 14 6 8 0 0 12 0.429 39 46 1-0-0-0 6-4-0-0 163
3 11 3 6 1 1 8 0.364 25 44 0-2-0-0 3-5-1-1 162
4 9 3 5 0 1 7 0.389 20 31 0-1-0-0 3-5-0-1 110
U.S. DIVISION
# Team GP W L OTL SOL PTS PCT GF GA Streak P10 PIM
1 13 9 2 2 0 20 0.769 43 28 1-0-1-0 6-2-2-0 117
2 13 8 5 0 0 16 0.615 54 44 0-2-0-0 6-4-0-0 147
3 12 6 5 1 0 13 0.542 42 44 0-1-1-0 5-4-1-0 132
CENTRAL DIVISION
# Team GP W L OTL SOL PTS PCT GF GA Streak P10 PIM
1 13 8 4 1 0 17 0.654 59 42 0-1-0-0 6-3-1-0 201
2 12 7 3 1 1 16 0.667 41 39 5-0-0-0 7-3-0-0 184
3 13 5 6 1 1 12 0.462 42 58 0-4-1-0 3-5-1-1 209
EAST DIVISION
# Team GP W L OTL SOL PTS PCT GF GA Streak P10 PIM
1 12 9 0 3 0 21 0.875 62 36 9-0-3-0 8-0-2-0 198
2 14 8 4 1 1 18 0.643 51 46 0-2-1-0 6-2-1-1 200
3 11 7 2 2 0 16 0.727 42 37 3-0-0-0 6-2-2-0 112
EASTERN CONFERENCE WILD CARD
# Team GP W L OTL SOL PTS PCT GF GA Streak P10 PIM
1 12 6 5 1 0 13 0.542 28 37 0-2-0-0 5-4-1-0 139
2 10 5 3 2 0 12 0.600 40 32 3-0-1-0 5-3-2-0 170
3 11 4 5 2 0 10 0.455 25 36 1-0-1-0 3-5-2-0 163
4 8 3 4 1 0 7 0.438 16 28 0-3-1-0 3-4-1-0 123
5 11 3 7 1 0 7 0.318 27 37 0-2-1-0 2-7-1-0 142
6 12 1 7 3 1 6 0.250 29 50 0-4-2-0 1-7-2-0 163

 

TOP 30 SCORING LEADERS

RK Pos # Name Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM
1 C 18 Shaw, Mason MH 12 4 19 23 5 18
2 C 23 Steel, Sam REG 10 9 11 20 9 6
3 C 8 Glass, Cody POR 13 6 13 19 8 4
4 C 12 Halbgewachs, Jayden MJ 12 9 8 17 -6 4
5 C 9 Morrison, Brad PG 13 6 11 17 1 21
6 LW 43 McKenzie, Skyler POR 13 8 8 16 5 10
7 LW 71 Popugaev, Nikita MJ 12 8 8 16 5 0
8 C 16 Lindgren, Ryley LET 13 7 9 16 -4 8
9 RW 17 Yamamoto, Kailer SPO 11 7 9 16 -2 8
10 C 20 Heponiemi, Aleksi ® SC 14 4 12 16 7 4
11 RW 21 Butcher, Chad MH 10 4 12 16 -5 6
12 LW 19 Burke, Brayden LET 10 3 13 16 -4 8
13 C 17 Steenbergen, Tyler SC 14 9 6 15 0 6
14 C 19 Leschyshyn, Jake REG 12 7 8 15 7 10
15 C 11 Phillips, Matthew VIC 11 7 8 15 11 4
16 LW 23 Stransky, Simon PA 11 6 9 15 6 2
17 RW 8 Bajkov, Patrick EVT 13 5 10 15 10 12
18 D 6 Harrison, Chase REG 12 2 13 15 19 2
19 C 15 Rasmussen, Michael TC 12 11 3 14 -5 12
20 C 15 Gawdin, Glenn SC 12 8 6 14 -1 16
21 C 16 Kaspick, Tanner BDN 9 8 6 14 7 16
22 LW 61 Ahl, Filip (R) REG 12 7 7 14 4 10
23 C 7 Bradley, Matt MH 13 6 8 14 6 25
24 LW 15 Shirley, Collin KAM 13 6 8 14 3 4
25 C 19 Hughes, Ryan POR 13 4 10 14 -3 6
26 C 28 Geekie, Morgan TC 12 4 10 14 -3 4
27 C 19 Pederson, Lane SC 12 4 10 14 0 8
28 D 5 Minulin, Artyom SC 14 3 11 14 -1 4
29 C 21 Howden, Brett MJ 10 8 5 13 -2 8
30 RW 10 Zaharichuk, Jesse LET 12 6 7 13 0 4

 

GOALIES

Rank # Name Team GP Min SH SAV GA SO GAA SAV% W L OTL
1 70 Hart, Carter EVT 10 549 234 215 19 1 2.08 0.919 6 2 1
2 35 Flodell, Logan SAS 8 425 237 222 15 1 2.12 0.937 5 2 0
3 35 Edmonds, Ty PG 11 607 274 252 22 0 2.18 0.92 8 1 1
4 1 Thompson, Logan BDN 4 244 121 112 9 1 2.21 0.926 2 1 1
5 39 Ingram, Connor KAM 10 594 313 290 23 0 2.32 0.927 5 5 0
6 35 Hughes, Liam EDM 5 304 150 138 12 0 2.37 0.92 1 2 2
7 30 Outhouse, Griffen VIC 12 650 319 293 26 1 2.4 0.918 7 5 0
8 31 Porter, Cody CGY 5 266 143 132 11 0 2.48 0.923 2 2 0
9 30 Herringer, Michael KEL 10 563 287 263 24 1 2.56 0.916 6 4 0
10 31 Kehler, Cole POR 10 561 284 259 25 0 2.67 0.912 6 3 0
11 31 Schneider, Nick MH 10 601 301 274 27 0 2.7 0.91 7 2 1
12 37 Weatherill, Dawson ® SPO 7 327 176 161 15 0 2.75 0.915 2 3 0
13 31 Child, Travis SC 7 408 212 193 19 1 2.8 0.91 4 1 0
14 30 Lee, Payton KTN 7 397 267 248 19 0 2.87 0.929 1 1 3
15 31 Brown, Tyler REG 7 427 231 210 21 0 2.95 0.909 5 0 2
16 30 Hollett, Jordan REG 5 306 160 145 15 0 2.95 0.906 4 0 1
17 33 Lamb, Riley ® RD 9 524 288 262 26 1 2.98 0.91 6 2 1
18 33 Scott, Ian PA 9 503 306 281 25 0 2.98 0.918 2 5 1
19 35 Willms, Brody MJ 6 337 196 179 17 0 3.02 0.913 3 2 0
20 35 Warm, Beck ® TC 6 317 174 158 16 0 3.03 0.908 2 2 0
21 20 Kubic, Ryan VAN 12 719 374 337 37 1 3.09 0.901 6 6 0
22 31 Sawchenko, Zach MJ 6 367 194 175 19 0 3.1 0.902 4 0 2
23 33 Papirny, Jordan BDN 7 395 233 212 21 0 3.19 0.91 3 2 1
24 31 Toth, Rylan SEA 7 388 186 164 22 0 3.4 0.882 2 5 0
25 30 Burman, Taz SC 8 438 253 227 26 0 3.56 0.897 4 3 1
26 1 Dea, Patrick EDM 6 365 199 176 23 0 3.78 0.884 3 3 0
27 30 Parenteau, Rylan TC 7 338 207 184 23 0 4.07 0.889 3 3 1
28 74 Skinner, Stuart LET 11 587 363 323 40 1 4.09 0.89 5 6 0
29 30 Hamm, Brock SAS 5 295 168 146 22 0 4.48 0.869 1 3 1
30 33 Sittler, Jayden SPO 7 325 161 135 26 0 4.8 0.839 1 3 1