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.
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.
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
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.
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.