WHL Roundup & Standings – Royals stop Americans

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WHL Roundup

November 19, 2017

by Robert Murray

Victoria Royals (7) at Tri-City Americans (3)
Victoria (16-7-1-0) // Tri-City (13-6-2-0)

Matthew Phillips (Calgary Flames) had a pair of goals and an assist and four other Victoria Royals had multi-point efforts as they ended the home undefeated run by the Tri-City Americans.

Morgan Geekie (Carolina Hurricanes) and Nolan Yaremko put the Americans up 2-0 early, but Phillips came back with his first of the game to cut their lead in half after 20 minutes.

In the second, the Royals made the most of their opportunities, scoring five times in an 11:52 span to burst the game wide open. Phillips’ second of the game, Jared Legien, Igor Martynov, Dante Hannoun and Ryan Peckford all struck for the Royals in the period.

Regan Nagy and Geekie traded goals in the third period. Hannoun finished with a three-point game while Kaid Oliver added a pair of assists. Legien added an assist in the second period as well to finish with a multi-point game, his second of the year against the Americans.

Griffen Outhouse made 25 saves for his 14th victory of the season. Patrick Dea and Beck Warm combined to make 25 saves in the contest.


Streak Snapped – The Royals’ victory marked the Americans’ first loss (7-1-0-0) on home ice this season.

Goals Galore – Victoria’s Jared Legien recorded his 10th marker of the season to become the fifth Royal to reach 10 or more goals this season. Victoria sits second in the WHL with the most skaters with 10 or more markers, behind the Moose Jaw Warriors (6).

Seventh Heaven – Of the Royals’ 24 games this season, five have seen Victoria tally seven or more goals in a contest. Last season, the Royals completed four contests where the club recorded seven or more markers.

Super Soy – With an assist tonight, Royals’ veteran Tyler Soy is only three points (123g-138a) from tying the all-time franchise record for most career points. Former Royal and Chilliwack Bruin Brandon Magee holds the record as he totalled 264 points (113g-151a) over 318 games.

Brickhouse – Victoria netminder Griffen Outhouse’s shutout streak lasted 73:38 and dated back to November 14th against the Red Deer Rebels. Last night versus the Spokane Chiefs, Outhouse posted his ninth career WHL shutout, and passed alumnus Coleman Vollrath for the most in Victoria history.

Royal Alum – Americans’ blueliner Anthony Bishop played in his first game against his former club. Bishop was traded this past October from the Royals to the Americans for an eighth round pick in 2018 WHL Bantam Draft.


Kelowna Rockets (1) at Vancouver Giants (6)
Kelowna (12-7-2-1) // Vancouver (10-9-2-2)

Tyler Benson (Edmonton Oilers) scored twice and had a three-point night while Ty Ronning (New York Rangers) extended his goal scoring streak to 10 straight games as the Vancouver Giants dominated the Kelowna Rockets Saturday. 

The Giants scored four times in the first period with goals from Brad Morrison, Benson, Ronning and Popowich in a 9:05 span to take a commanding lead after 20 minutes.

James Malm’s 11th of the season was the lone goal of the second and the third consisted of goals from Benson and Marek Skvrne’s first career WHL goal to breakup David Tendeck’s shutout bid.

Tendeck finished with 26 saves on 27 shots while James Porter and Roman Basran combined to stop 31 of 37 shots in the game.

Malm finished with a goal and three points while Dylan Plouffe had a pair of assists.


– In his past 10 games, Ty Ronning has scored 13 goals while adding five assists for 18 points. He’s scored at least once in each of those 10 games. He currently sits seventh in WHL scoring with 23 goals and 11 assists.

– Tyler Benson has recorded nine points over his past four games. During that span he’s scored two goals while adding six assists.

– David Tendeck has earned three straight victories in goal for Vancouver and has stopped 94 of the last 98 shots he’s faced.

– The Kelowna Rockets were missing a handful of regulars from their lineup. Forwards Kole Lind, Dillon Dube, Nolan Foote, Jack Cowell, and Erik Gardiner were all scratched.



Edmonton Oil Kings (3) at Prince George Cougars (4)
Edmonton (5-15-2-0) // Prince George (9-9-2-2)

The Prince George Cougars accomplished two firsts on Saturday night, in their 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings at the CN Centre.

In front of over 4,800 fans, the Cougars held off a pesky Oil Kings squad to win their third in a row and in the process, sweep the weekend series over Edmonton. It’s the first time this season the Cougars have won three-straight, and the first time they’ve swept a double header at the CN Centre.

Edmonton tried to spoil the party for the packed crowd, as Tomas Soustal opened the scoring early in the first period. On a delayed penalty coming to Prince George, Soustal potted a rebound in front after Trey Fix-Wolanksy was initially stopped by Tavin Grant. The Oil Kings making it 1-0 6:41 into the opening frame.

There’s good push backs, then there’s what the Cougars did right after that Edmonton goal. Brogan O’Brien and Ethan O’Rourke scored 40-seconds apart to quickly turn the 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead. First, just 53-seconds after Soustal’s goal, O’Brien bull rushed down the wing and jammed the puck underneath Boston Bilous to tie it 1-1. O’Brien scoring in his third straight game. Then, O’Rourke knocked down his teammate’s point-shot, spun to his forehand, then tucked the puck around Bilous at 8:14; O’Rourke getting his third in three games going back to Wednesday.

Once the dust settled, the two teams combined for three goals in just a minute and a half.

Prince George added to their lead early in the second and after a gift from the Oil Kings netminder. With Edmonton on the power-play, Boston Bilous came out to play the puck in the corner. However, he fanned on a pass putting the puck right on Jared Bethune’s stick, who fired into an open net from the slot just 1:48 into the frame. Bethune scoring his first goal since October 20th, which also came against Edmonton.

To their credit, the Oil Kings didn’t fold, as they rallied back, scoring twice in under three-minutes to quickly erase the two-goal deficit. 52-seconds after Bethune scored, Colton Kehler made it 3-2, outwaiting Tavin Grant out front and sliding it around the goalie for a power-play marker at 2:40.

Soon after that goal, Jackson Leppard squared off with Kobe Mohr in a spirited bout in the Oil Kings zone. Both combatants got some good shots in before Leppard scored the takedown. That scrap may have sparked the Oil Kings more so.

Edmonton completed the comeback three-minutes later, as Liam Keeler scored his first WHL goal on a slick passing play down low. Ty Gerla, from the goal-line, fired cross-ice to Keeler on the far side of the net and he tipped the puck up and over Grant six-minutes into the second.

After going down 3-1 early in the second, the Oil Kings came back to score twice to tie it up 3-3 and outshoot the Cougars 12-9 in the middle frame. Prince George appeared to save their best for last though.

Just like he did in the second, Bethune made an impact early in the third period. Aaron Boyd dug the puck loose out of the corner and found an open Bethune in the face-off circle, who then hammered a one-timer over Bilous and underneath the cross-bar two and a half minutes into the third to make it 4-3. It was Bethune’s sixth of the season, his second of the game and third in as many games against the Oil Kings.

Edmonton pushed late but Grant was there to answer the call. Arguably his best save of the night was inside the final two-minutes. The puck came out to Soustal in the middle but Grant got his glove arm to his shot, knocking it down and out of harm’s way, right from the top of the crease.

Final Score: 4-3 Cougars

Shots: 30-24 Oil Kings

Power-Plays: Cougars 0-5 Oil Kings 1-4

Three Stars: 1) Jared Bethune 2) Josh Anderson 3) Davis Koch

Attendance: 4,893

The Cougars (9-9-2-2) have scored a short-handed goal in three straight games dating back to Wednesday’s victory in Kamloops. Brogan O’Brien has four goals in his last three games. Bethune loves playing Edmonton, as he has scored three goals and picked up five points in three games. With the win, the Cougars improve their record to 4-0-0-2 against the Central Division.




Lethbridge Hurricanes (2) at Kamloops Blazers (5)
Lethbridge (7-12-1-0) // Kamloops (9-13-0-0)

Nick Chyzowski scored twice and Dylan Ferguson (Vegas Golden Knights) made 25 saves as the Kamloops Blazers improved to 5-2 in November with a victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes. 

Ondrej Vala (Dallas Stars) and Chyzowski put the Blazers up 2-0 by the early portion of the second period, but goals from Tanner Nagel and Jordy Bellerive (Pittsburgh Penguins) evened up the score by the early minutes of the third.

With the game still tied in the final five minutes, the Blazers reeled off goals from Brodi Stuart, Quinn Benjafield and Chyzowski’s second of the game in a 4:38 span to swing the game permanently in their favour.

Stuart Skinner (Edmonton Oilers) stopped 25 of the 29 shots sent his way. Benjafield finished with a goal and four points while Garrett Pilon had a pair of assists in the victory.



Kootenay ICE (3) at Red Deer Rebels (1)
Kootenay (10-12-1-0) // Red Deer (9-14-1-0)

The Kootenay ICE completed a home-and-home sweep of the Red Deer Rebels Saturday, winning a 3-1 battle at the Enmax Centrium.

Duncan McGovern stopped 23 shots while the ICE scored three unanswered goals in a 8:08 span during the second period to go ahead in the game for good.

Mason McCarty opened the scoring with his 12th of the season to put the Rebels up early in the second period. The ICE came charging back through with goals from Alec Baer, Colton Veloso and Peyton Krebs to grab a lead they would not let go of.

Ethan Anders stopped 30 of 33 shots in the loss for the Rebels. With the victory, the ICE became just the second team in the Central Division to reach double digit victories.



Prince Albert Raiders (0) at Spokane Chiefs (7)
Prince Albert (9-10-3-0) // Spokane (11-8-1-2)

Zach Fischer (Calgary Flames) scored twice and finished with three points, Hudson Elynuik (Carolina Hurricanes) had a goal and four points and Donovan Buskey stopped all 13 shots sent his way for his first career WHL shutout as the Chiefs won big Saturday.

The Chiefs scored twice in the first, once in the second and four more times in the third, including goals 29 seconds apart by Fischer and Luke Toporowski while silencing the Raiders’ offence less than 24 hours after being shutout themselves.

Toporowski’s goal was his first career WHL tally and part of a multi-point game after he assisted on Spokane’s second goal.

Ian Scott (Toronto Maple Leafs) was peppered with 48 shots, turning aside 41 of them in the loss.

Sergei Sapgeo, Rhett Rhinehart and Jordy Stallard (Winnipeg Jets) finished with two shots each in the shutout loss.



Everett Silvertips (0) at Seattle Thunderbirds (2)
Everett (10-11-1-1) // Seattle (10-9-1-1)

Nolan Volcan supplied 100 per cent of his team’s offence for a second straight game Saturday, helping the Seattle Thunderbirds shutout the Everett Silvertips at home. 

Matt Berlin stopped all 27 shots sent his way, stopped all 20 shots through the first two periods before Volcan scored twice in the third.

Matthew Wedman and Donovan Neuls each picked up the lone assists on Volcan’s goals.

Silvertips rookie Dustin Wolf had another strong outing, stopped 27 shots, but had his lone goal against count as the winner.

Riley Sutter led the Silvertips with five shots Saturday.



Saskatoon Blades (3) at Moose Jaw (6)
Saskatoon (8-12-1-0) // Moose Jaw (18-5-0-0)

Tanner Jeannot had a hat trick and Brayden Burke added a pair of goal and four points as the Moose Jaw Warriors doubled up the visiting Saskatoon Blades Saturday night at Mosaic Place.

Justin Almeida added four assists and Jayden Halbgewachs had a goal and an assist for the Warriors, who won their league-leading 18th game of the season.

Libor Hajek had a goal and two assists for the Blades while Michael Farren and Josh Paterson added the other goals for Saskatoon.

Brody Willms made 28 saves on 31 shots to collect the win and two points for his club. Ryan Kubic made 31 saves in the loss.



Regina Pats (1) at Portland Winterhawks (3)
Regina (12-9-2-0) // Portland (15-4-0-0)

Cody Glass (Vegas Golden Knights) and Skyler McKenzie (Winnipeg Jets) each had a goal and an assist while Cole Kehler stopped 27 of 28 shots as the Portland Winterhawks easily handled the Regina Pats Saturday at home.

Sam Steel (Anaheim Ducks) had the lone Pats goal while Kieffer Bellows (New York Islanders) scored into an empty net for the insurance goal to round out the offence.

Glass and Steel traded goals in the first 10 minutes of the game. McKenzie scored four minutes later to put the Winterhawks ahead, which is how things would stay until Bellows’ late goal to seal the game.

Tyler Brown stopped 28 of 30 shots for the Pats.

Calgary Hitmen (1) at Swift Current Broncos (2) SO
Calgary (6-13-3-1) // Swift Current (15-4-1-0)

Joel Hofer stopped 41 shots in regulation and overtime and stopped all three Calgary Hitmen shooters in the shootout as the Swift Current Broncos won their 15th game of the season Saturday. 

Sahvan Khaira’s third goal of the season came seven minutes into the second period while Jake Kryski scored the lone goal for the Hitmen.

Aleksi Heponiemi (Florida Panthers) and Colby Sissons (New Jersey Devils) assisted on Khaira’s goal while Tristen Neilsen and Jake Bean (Carolina Hurricanes) assisted on Calgary’s goal. In the shootout, Tyler Steenbergen (Arizona Coyotes) had the lone goal as all three Calgary shooters and Glenn Gawdin (Calgary Flames) missed on their attempts.

Nick Schneider stopped 24 of 25 shots in the loss.


Standings, November 20:

1 24 16 7 1 0 33 0.688 108 73 2-0-0-0 6-4-0-0 292
2 22 12 7 2 1 27 0.614 86 81 0-1-0-0 7-2-1-0 289
3 23 10 9 2 2 24 0.522 89 89 1-0-0-0 5-3-1-1 319
1 19 15 4 0 0 30 0.789 86 47 6-0-0-0 7-3-0-0 284
2 21 13 6 2 0 28 0.667 75 72 0-1-0-0 6-2-2-0 295
3 22 11 8 1 2 25 0.568 78 75 1-0-0-0 5-3-1-1 287
1 21 10 9 1 1 22 0.524 64 75 1-0-0-0 5-4-1-0 331
2 22 9 9 2 2 22 0.500 64 69 2-0-0-0 5-4-0-1 266
3 24 10 12 1 1 22 0.458 65 73 0-2-0-0 6-3-0-1 281
4 22 9 13 0 0 18 0.409 69 82 2-0-0-0 6-4-0-0 328


1 20 13 7 0 0 26 0.650 81 67 0-1-0-0 7-3-0-0 182
2 23 10 12 1 0 21 0.457 67 89 2-0-0-0 5-5-0-0 271
3 24 9 14 1 0 19 0.396 73 90 0-3-0-0 1-8-1-0 315
1 23 18 5 0 0 36 0.783 101 62 2-0-0-0 8-2-0-0 264
2 21 15 5 1 0 31 0.738 89 62 0-1-0-0 6-4-0-0 261
3 21 14 6 0 1 29 0.690 87 66 5-0-0-0 7-3-0-0 278
1 24 13 9 2 0 28 0.583 78 76 1-0-0-0 5-4-1-0 298
2 22 9 10 3 0 21 0.477 67 82 0-3-0-0 4-6-0-0 344
3 21 8 12 1 0 17 0.405 63 92 0-2-0-0 5-5-0-0 281
4 23 6 13 3 1 16 0.348 70 87 0-3-2-1 2-5-2-1 278
5 20 7 12 1 0 15 0.375 65 83 0-7-1-0 2-7-1-0 254
6 22 5 15 2 0 12 0.273 64 97 0-9-0-0 1-9-0-0 286