WHL Roundup: Addison, Estephan help Hurricanes rout Oil Kings

Andy Devlin


Regina Pats (4) at Calgary Hitmen (1)  
Regina (15-12-2-0) // Calgary (8-16-3-1)

Bryan Lockner and Koby Morrisseau tallied a goal and two assists each as the Regina Pats took care of business against the Calgary Hitmen Sunday afternoon.

Max Paddock had a light body of work, finishing with 17 saves on 18 shots as Jake Kryski was the lone Calgary player to beat him throughout the game.

Josh Mahura (Anaheim Ducks) got the Pats on the board first Sunday, but Kryski scored later in the first period to keep the score tied after 20 minutes. In the second, the Pats got goals from Lockner and Jake Leschyshyn (Vegas Golden Knights) to take the lead and followed it up in the third with a goal from Morrisseau.

Matthew Armitage finished with 26 saves in the contest Vladislav Yeryomenko and Jake Bean (Carolina Hurricanes) had the lone assists for the Hitmen on the day.

All four Pats goals came at even strength Sunday while the Hitmen’s lone goal came on the power play.

Kootenay ICE (4) at Kamloops Blazers (0)
Kootenay (13-15-1-0) // Kamloops (13-15-0-0)

Duncan McGovern posted the first shutout for the Kootenay ICE since March 15, 2016, making 27 saves to spoil the Kamloops Blazers’ Teddy Bear Toss Sunday at the Sandman Centre.

McGovern made 10 saves in the first, 10 more in the second and seven in the third to preserve the victory, his third with the ICE.

Up front, Colton Veloso had a goal and an assist while captain Colton Kroeker recorded three assists.

The Blazers found the back of the net first, but the goal was waved off, keeping the score deadlocked at zeroes.

Dallas Hines’s second goal of the season would give the ICE a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes with Sebastian Streu doubling the ICE’s lead after 40. Goals from  Vince Loschiavo and Veloso rounded out the scoring in the third.

Dylan Ferguson made 18 saves on 22 shots while Max Palaga stopped all three shots sent his way in the contest. Garrett Pilon (Washington Capitals) led the Blazers with six shots.

Lethbridge Hurricanes (7) at Edmonton Oil Kings (2) 
Lethbridge (13-13-1-0) // Edmonton (6-19-2-0)

Calen Addison and Giorgio Estephan were an assist machines Sunday at Rogers Place, with each picking up five assists in a rout of the Edmonton Oil Kings.

Jordy Bellerive (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Taylor Ross each scored a pair of goals while rookie Dylan Cozens added a goal and an assist while Estephan had a goal for the rare six-point game. Zane Franklin rounded out the scoring for the Hurricanes, who scored at least seven goals in a game for the third time this season and have now won six of their last seven games.

Six of the Hurricanes’ goals came on the power play, including all five second period goals.

Oil Kings captain Colton Kehler and Brian Harris each finished with a goal and an assist in the game. Liam Keeler and Carter Souch picked up the other assists for the Oil Kings.

Reece Klassen earned the second win of his rookie campaign, making 18 saves on 20 shots. Boston Bilous made 31 saves on 38 shots in the loss.

Addison reached 50 career assists for his young WHL career in the victory.

Saskatoon Blades (4) at Portland Winterhawks (0)
Saskatoon (11-14-2-1) // Portland (20-5-0-1)

Whatever Nolan Maier had for breakfast may soon become the team meal of the Saskatoon Blades.

Maier stopped 48 shots for his first career Western Hockey League shutout, blanking the best team in the league with a 4-0 win.

Cameron Hebig scored twice and finished with three points, while Braylon Shmyr had a goal and three assists and Josh Paterson added the game-winner and three points in the win. The Blades scored twice in the second and twice more in the third.

Shane Farkas had himself a game, making 38 saves on 41 shots, but couldn’t top Maier, who stopped 12 shots in the first, followed by 18 in the second and third period each.

Henri Jokiharju (Chicago Blackhawks) fired eight shots at Maier, leading Portland, but couldn’t Maier at any point.

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