Canada West WHL Three Stars: January 4-5, 2019
Each week during the Canada West men’s hockey season, CW and the Western Hockey League honour three WHL Grads now playing in CW. Here are the CW-WHL three stars for the weekend of January. 4-5.
FIRST STAR: F – Torrin White
Medicine Hat, Alta.
WHL experience (2011-15): Moose Jaw Warriors
GAME LOG: Friday, Jan. 4 – 1G-1A in 6-2 home win vs. Regina / Saturday, Jan. 5 – 1G-2A in 6-1 home victory vs. Regina.
Former Moose Jaw Warrior Torrin White had his biggest series as a Lethbridge Pronghorn over the weekend, as the third-year forward combined for two goals and three assists against the Regina Cougars.
White helped spark the ‘Horns to a convincing sweep of Regina, as Lethbridge improved their record to 7-9-2 on the season. The University Cup host Pronghorns are now eight points clear of the Manitoba Bisons for sixth in Canada West – the final conference playoff spot.
A veteran of 248 WHL regular season games, White has 13 points this season, and sits second in team scoring behind Justin Valentino (21 points).
Lethbridge takes on the Calgary Dinos this week in a home-and-home series, beginning Thursday night in Lethbridge at the home of the WHL’s Hurricanes – the ENMAX Centre.
The game is part of the lead up to the 2019 University Cup, which is set for March 14-17 in Lethbridge. Ticket packages for the event can be purchased here.
SECOND STAR: F – Jamal Watson
Mount Royal Cougars
WHL experience (2011-16): Lethbridge Hurricanes, Seattle Thunderbirds, Swift Current Broncos
GAME LOG: Friday, Jan. 4 – 2A in 5-2 home win vs. UBC / Saturday, Jan. 5 – 2G in 6-1 home victory over UBC.
In a crucial matchup, MRU standout Jamal Watson played a big offensive role in the Cougars sweep of the UBC Thunderbirds at Flames Community Arena in Calgary. The former Swift Current Bronco finished with two goals and two assists on the weekend.
Friday night, Mount Royal came out to a 3-0 lead in the first period thanks to two assists from Watson on Mount Royal’s explosive first line. Saturday afternoon he continued his strong start to 2019, tallying two power play goals in six minutes.
The wins vaulted MRU into fourth in the CW standings, jumping two points ahead of the T-Birds.
Watson, a Business student, returns to action this Friday and Saturday when the Cougars travel to Winnipeg to take on the Manitoba Bisons.
THIRD STAR: G – Garret Hughson
WHL experience (2012-15): Spokane Chiefs
GAME LOG: Friday, Jan. 4 – 35 saves in 6-2 home win vs. Regina / Saturday, Jan. 5 – 46 saves in 6-1 home victory vs. Regina.
Lethbridge Pronghorns netminder Garret Hughson continued his strong season this weekend, as the former Spokane Chief backstopped the ‘Horns to a home sweep of the Regina Cougars.
Hughson stopped 81 of the 84 shots he faced, providing more than enough in net for Lethbridge, who combined for a dozen goals on the weekend.
Through 16 games this season, Hughson has a record of 7-6-1 and sports a .926 save percentage – second best in CW. Hughson is one of just two conference goalies this season to have faced at least 500 shots (529), as only Regina’s Dawson MacAuley has faced more rubber this season (564).
Hughson, who played over 100 WHL regular season games with the Chiefs over three-plus seasons in Spokane, is back in action Thursday when the Calgary Dinos head to Lethbridge.
About Canada West men’s hockey:
Each season more than 100 WHL Graduates use their WHL Scholarship with one of eight Canada West men’s hockey programs. Through CW’s continued partnership with the WHL, players are given the opportunity to pursue high level hockey and a degree simultaneously, allowing student-athletes to achieve their athletic and academic goals.
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About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.