WHL Firsts: Hall sends teddy bears flying with first career WHL goal
Five players recorded their first career Western Hockey League goal this past week to add to the impressive list of WHL Firsts in the 2018-19 Regular Season.
Friday, November 30:
Two players used their first-goal moments to open the scoring Friday. Blades defenseman Emil Malysjev struck against the Kamloops Blazers, 4:50 into the second period. A long shot from the blue line by Malysjev floated through traffic and into the net to mark his first career WHL goal.
And we were like "EMILIOOO"
— Saskatoon Blades (@BladesHockey) December 1, 2018
Scoring on a breakaway that dribbled in past the Broncos’ goaltender, Justin Hall certainly picked the right time to score his first career WHL goal as it launched hundreds of teddy bears across the ice for Lethbridge’s Teddy Bear Toss. Hall’s goal was the first of the night for Hurricanes, 4:07 into the second period, and they would eventually go on to win 3-1 against the Swift Current Broncos.
Here is your 2018 Teddy Toss goal scorer, Justin Hall! 🚨🐻🚨
— Lethbridge Hurricanes (@WHLHurricanes) December 1, 2018
Saturday, December 1
Although the Regina Pats would fall to the Prince Albert Raiders 5-2, Carter Massier put the Pats on the board first with a spectacular two-on-one play with Marco Creta, 9:14 into the first period. Chipping the puck around the defenceman Massier hustled to create a two-on-one opportunity for the Pats. Coming into the offensive zone, Creta drew the Raiders defenceman towards him to create space for Massier who was able to score his first career WHL goal on WHL leading goaltender Ian Scott
— Regina Pats (@WHLPats) December 2, 2018
Capitalizing on a missed pass by the Tri-City Americans, Evan Patrician jumped on a breakaway opportunity down the ice to go top-shelf on the Americans’ goaltender. Earning his first career WHL goal, Patrician scored 12:46 into the first period, tallying Vancouver’s second of five goals in a winning game against the Americans.
— Vancouver Giants (@WHLGiants) December 2, 2018
Hitmen rookie Bryce Bader also notched his first career WHL goal after zipping around and Oil Kings’ defenceman and putting it over top of the goaltender’s blocker. Bader’s goal at 8:12 in the first period tied the game in Calgary 1-1 between the Hitmen and Oil Kings.
Nothing like that first career WHL goal 🚨🚨🚨
Big congratulations to Bryce Bader on scoring his first Saturday night against Edmonton 🙌 pic.twitter.com/PDdrduj4sF
— Calgary Hitmen (@WHLHitmen) December 4, 2018