October 7, 2017
Here’s a round up of the action in the WHL Friday night.
Kelowna Rockets (7) at Prince George Cougars (6) OT
Kelowna (3-1-0-1) // Prince George (2-3-1-0)
An offensive barn burner at the CN Centre stole the spotlight on a busy Friday night as the Kelowna Rockets won a 13-goal slugfest against the Prince George Cougars in overtime.
Vancouver Canucks prospect Kole Lind scored to tie the game late and then potted the overtime-winner as the Rockets improved to 3-1-0-1 on the season. Erik Gardiner also finished with a pair of goals and three points while Dillon Dube had a goal and two assists.
Not to be outdone, the Cougars had a plethora of strong offensive performances as well. Kody McDonald and Jared Bethuneeach had a goal and two assists while six different Cougars scored in the overtime loss. Joel Lakusta and Nikita Popugaev each had a pair of assists.
The Rockets trailed 5-3 after 40 minutes, but fought back with goals from Gardiner, Dube and Lind in the final 20 minutes to even the game up a 6-6. That set the stage for Lind’s second of the night 2:38 into the overtime period, sending Kelowna to their third win of the season.
It was not a great night to be a goaltender at the CN Centre. Kelowna sent out Brodan Salmond, who finished with 30 saves on 36 shots while Tavin Grant put together a 26-save performance.
Victoria Royals (4) at Kamloops Blazers (1)
Victoria (6-0-0-0) // Kamloops (0-7-0-0)
The Victoria Royals continued to take care of business Friday, keeping their perfect record in tact against the Kamloops Blazers.
Four different Royals scored in the victory Friday, led by Chaz Reddekopp, who scored the game-winning goal.
Tyler Soy also scored in his return to the lineup Friday while Dante Hannoun and Igor Martynov also added goals. Hannoun added an assist for the multi-point game while Ryan Peckford had a pair of helpers for his fifth multi-point effort of the season.
Nick Chyzowski answered back late in the second for the Blazers as their lone goal. That was Griffen Outhouse’s lone mistake on the night as he stopped 32 shots. Dylan Ferguson made 18 stops on 22 shots in the loss.
The Royals are at home Tuesday, putting their 6-0-0-0 record on the line against the Tri-City Americans. The Blazers will go in search of their first win of the season Sunday afternoon when they play host to the Seattle Thunderbirds at the Sandman Centre.
The two teams meet in a rematch Saturday evening back in Prince George.
Portland Winterhawks (6) at Spokane Chiefs (1)
Portland (3-1-0-0) // Spokane (4-2-0-0)
The Portland Winterhawks returned to their offensive ways in a 6-1 drubbing of the Spokane Chiefs Friday.
Bronson Sharp ended up scoring the game-winner as six different Portland skaters scored in the victory. Cole Kehler was sharp in net for Portland, making 30 saves.
Jake McGrew and Ty Kolle traded goals in the first 20 minutes to keep the game even. The Winterhawks swung the game in their favour with three goals in the second, as Sharp, Skyler McKenzie and Keoni Texeira built up a three-goal lead for the visiting side.
Ryan Hughes and Cody Glass scored in the third to round out the game.
Dawson Weatherill was pelted with 34 shots throughout the game, making 28 saves.
The Winterhawks are in Kent, Wash. Saturday to face the Seattle Thunderbirds. The Chiefs will have Saturday off before heading to Portland for a pair of of road games starting Sunday.
Tri-City Americans (3) at Vancouver Giants (6)
Tri-City (2-3-0-0) // Vancouver (2-2-0-0)
Brayden Watts and Owen Hardy each scored a pair of goals, but it was Ty Ronning’s goal midway through the third that stood up as the game-winner as the Vancouver Giants doubled up the Tri-City Americans at the Langley Events Centre.
Isaac Johnson and Maxwell James gave the Americans a lead in the first period on the road, but they were unable to hold it throughout the rest of the game.
Watts scored his first goal of the game late in the first, followed by Tyler Ho’s first career WHL goal to even up the game. From there, Watts and Johnson each got their second goals of the game before the Giants tacked on three more in the third to sieze control of the game. James Malm had four assists in the win.
David Tendeck made 26 saves for the Giants Friday while Beck Warm made 33 saves in the loss for the Americans.
The two teams meet back at the Langley Events Centre Saturday in a rematch.
Everett Silvertips (1) at Calgary Hitmen (0)
Everett (3-3-0-0) // Calgary (1-3-1-0)
Dorrin Luding was at his best Friday in Calgary, making 29 saves to preserve a 1-0 shutout win in favour of the Everett Silvertips.
Kevin Davis scored the lone goal of the game 3:03 into the third period to put the Silvertips up for good on the Hitmen. Riley Sutter drew the lone assist on the goal.
Luding was rock solid through two periods, making nine saves in the first and 13 more in the second. As the Hitmen upped the pressure in the third, Luding stopped all seven shots he faced for his first career WHL shutout.
Nick Schneider put in a strong performance for the Hitmen, making 32 saves on 33 shots, with his lone goal allowed being the difference.
The win pulled the Silvertips back to five-hundred for the season through six games while the Hitmen dropped to 1-3-1 on the season.
Up next for the Tips is a Sunday afternoon date in Edmonton against the Oil Kings. The Hitmen host the Brandon Wheat Kings Sunday afternoon in their next contest.
Kootenay ICE (2) at Moose Jaw Warriors (5)
Kootenay (2-3-1-0) // Moose Jaw (5-0-0-0)
The Moose Jaw Warriors became the first team in the Eastern Conference to reach five wins Friday, disposing of the visiting Kootenay ICE by a 5-2 score.
Five different Warriors skaters scored in the victory, including Noah Gregor and Brett Howden, who each had a goal and an assist. Brayden Burke chipped in with three assists while Brody Willms made 22 saves in his latest victory.
Despite the rush of scoring for the Warriors, it was the visiting ICE who got on the board first, with Barrett Sheen scoring 12:37 into the first. That awoke the Warriors’ offence, who received goals from Oleg Sosunov and Jayden Halbgewachs before the first period was finished.
In the second, Howden and Gregor notched their goals 2:07 apart. Howden’s goal, the eventual game-winner, came while short-handed while Gregor’s goal stood up as the insurance goal and was scored on the power play.
Justin Almeida added his fourth of the season midway through the third and Colton Kroeker got one back for the ICE late to round out the scoring. Kurtis Chapman took the loss Friday, making 31 saves.
The road trip for the ICE doesn’t get any easier with a trip to Swift Current to face the Broncos Saturday night. The Warriors will have a day off Saturday before awaiting the Broncos for an afternoon matchup Sunday.
Brandon Wheat Kings (7) at Edmonton Oil Kings (3)
Brandon (2-2-0-1) // Edmonton (2-4-0-0)
The Brandon Wheat Kings brought their offensive show to Alberta’s capital Friday, downing the Edmonton Oil Kings by a 7-3 score.
Kale Clague had himself a night as the Los Angeles Kings prospect notched his first career WHL hat trick, featuring a goal on the power play, one at even strength and another short-handed, while six other players had multi-point efforts for the Wheat Kings.
Ty Lewis kicked off the offensive outburst 7:56 into the first period followed shortly after by Linden McCorrister to quickly double the visitor’s lead. Clague added a late first period goal to increase the lead to 3-0 after 20 minutes.
Gunnar Wegleitner scored midway through the second to build up the Wheat Kings’ lead to four before the Oil Kings got on the board, with goals by Brett Kemp and Matthew Robertson to cut the lead in half after 40 minutes.
Stelio Mattheos scored 71 seconds into the third, creating valuable space for when Trey Fix-Wolansky tallied his fourth of the season eight minutes later. That’s as close at the Oil Kings would come though as Clague added two late goals to complete his trick. Mattheos finished with a three-point night while Lewis, Wegleitner and McCorrister each had an assist to go along with their goals.
Tanner Kaspick, who recently signed a contract with the NHL’s St. Louis Blues, picked up three assists while Connor Gutenberg added a pair of helpers.
Fix-Wolansky had a two-point game while seven other Oil Kings found their way onto the scoresheet.
Logan Thompson had a strong night between the pipes, making 31 saves for his second win of the season while Boston Bilous and Travis Child split time in Edmonton’s net.
The Wheat Kings will continue their tour of Alberta in Red Deer Saturday against the Rebels. The Oil Kings host the Everett Silvertips at Rogers Place Sunday afternoon.
Prince Albert Raiders (1) at Lethbridge Hurricanes (4)
Prince Albert (2-3-0-0) // Lethbridge (3-2-0-0)
Stuart Skinner put on arguably his best performance of the season thus far Friday at the ENMAX Centre, making 35 saves to backstop his team to a 4-1 win over the visiting Prince Albert Raiders.
Skinner’s lone blemish came in the second period, which he bookended with 15 saves in the first and 11 more in the third to keep the Raiders at bay.
At the other end of the ice, the Hurricanes had a relatively productive night, with Giorgio Estephan picking up a goal and an assist while four different Hurricanes scored in the win.
Calen Addison scored the lone goal of the first period. Tanner Nagel then doubled the lead for the home side early in the second before Sean Montgomery got Prince Albert on the board with his first of the season. Jayden Davis added the third goal for the Hurricanes in the third and Estephan got his second of the season off an empty-net goal with 93 seconds to go in the third to close out the win.
Curtis Meger made 25 saves for the Raiders in the loss. The Hurricanes went 1-for-4 on the man-advantage while denying the Raiders on all three of their power play opportunities.
The Hurricanes are now off until Tuesday when they take on the Swift Current Broncos on the road. The Raiders will continue their road trip in Medicine Hat against the Tigers Saturday.
Swift Current Broncos (6) at Saskatoon Blades (2)
Swift Current (4-0-0-0) // Saskatoon (1-3-0-0)
Tyler Steenbergen had another big game and Logan Flodell won in his return to the SaskTel Centre as the Swift Current Broncos stayed perfect Friday with a 6-2 win over the Saskatoon Blades.
Steenbergen recorded another four-goal game and finished with five points as the Broncos extended their winning streak over the Blades to four straight games.
Glenn Gawdin had a goal and two assists while Aleksi Heponiemi and Colby Sissons added three and two assists respectively.
The first and second period belonged to the Broncos as Gawdin started the scoring 4:28 into the first, followed by Kaden Elder’s second of the season later on. Steenbergen took over in the second period, notching a natural hat trick in a 12:49 span.
Braylon Shmyr and and Bradly Goethals would answer for the Blades in the third, but Steenbergen would add his fourth of the contest to keep the Broncos comfortably ahead.
Flodell was tested in his return to the SaskTel Centre, stopping 19 saves while Joel Grzybowski made 18 saves in his WHL debut for the Blades.
The Broncos will make their long-await home debut Saturday when they welcome the Kootenay ICE to the Credit Union I-Plex. The Blades are in Regina for a WHL on Accessbroadcast Saturday from the Brandt Centre.
Regina Pats (2) at Medicine Hat Tigers (4)
Regina (2-3-1-0) // Medicine Hat (3-2-0-0)
Ryan Chyzowski broke open a 2-2 game midway through the third as the Medicine Hat Tigers doubled up the Regina Pats Friday.
Tyler Preziuso and Mark Rassell scored in the opening period for the Tigers as part of a 121-second flurry that saw Wyatt Sloboshan score for the Pats as well. After George King tied up the game in the second period, the Tigers broke the deadlock in the third while Chyzowski’s game-winner followed by Zach Fischer’s insurance goal.
Jordan Hollett made 19 saves in the victory while Tyler Brown took the loss after making 27 stops.
The Tigers remain at home Saturday to host the Prince Albert Raiders. The Pats are at home to host the Saskatoon Blades in WHL on Access action.