WHL Roundup: Bellows, Steel notch hat tricks as Winterhawks, Pats secure wins Sunday
Everett Silvertips (6) at Vancouver Giants (1)
Everett (44-18-2-3) // Vancouver (33-23-6-3)
The Everett Silvertips picked up their eighth straight victory against the B.C. Division Sunday afternoon at the Langley Events Centre, once again using a healthy combination of offence and defence to defeat their opponents.
Dustin Wolf stopped 28 of 29 shots, including all 19 shots in the final 40 minutes while Kevin Davis scored twice to pace the Silvertips’ offence.
Jared Dmytriw opened the scoring with a beautiful individual effort to give the home side the early 1-0 lead, but less than five minutes later, Connor Dewar had buried his 36th of the season to tie up the game after 20 minutes.
In the second, goals from Bryce Kindopp, Davis’ two goals, and Garrett Pilon’s (Washington Capitals) 32nd of the season amassed a 5-1 lead for the visitors. Riley Sutter would add his 25th of the season as the only goal of the third.
With the multi-goal effort, Davis reached double digit goals in a season for the first time in his WHL career, also tying his career-high for points in a season. Bryce Kindopp, who had the game-winner, also achieved a milestone with his 20th of the season.
Pilon and Dewar each had assists to give them multi-point efforts while Sean Richards, captain Matt Fonteyne, Wyatte Wylie, and even Wolf picked up a single assist on the scoresheet.
Davis Koch had the lone assist for the Giants while Trent Miner stopped 31 of 37 shots in the loss.
Sunday’s game represented the final meeting of the regular season between the two clubs with Everett winning five of the six games.
We win we win we win! pic.twitter.com/p2rtfsDpF6
— x Everett Silvertips (@WHLsilvertips) March 5, 2018
Regina Pats (7) at Edmonton Oil Kings (4)
Regina (35-25-5-1) // Edmonton (19-38-6-2)
The Regina Pats won again Sunday, closing out their season series against the Edmonton Oil Kings with a 3-0-1-0 record, thanks to help from their captain for a second straight night.
Sam Steel (Anaheim Ducks) tallied a hat trick and four points as the Pats offence took over the game.
Jake Leschyshyn (Vegas Golden Knights) scored twice, Cale Fleury (Montreal Canadiens) added a goal and an assist and Nick Henry (Colorado Avalanche) to account for Regina’s other goals. Three-assist games from Emil Oksanen and Cameron Hebig (Edmonton Oilers) and a two-assist effort from Matt Bradley also led the way for the other top offensive efforts.
After the Pats scored three times in the first, the Oil Kings got on the board a short-handed goal from Tomas Soustal, but the Pats quickly responded with three more goals in the period to lead 6-1 after 40 minutes.
Trey Fix-Wolansky, Kobe Mohr, and Matthew Robertson added third period goals for the Oil Kings, but it wasn’t enough to change the tide in the game. Fix-Wolansky and Mohr each finished with a goal and an assist.
Ryan Kubic started the game, but left after stopping all seven shots in the first period. Max Paddock came in to stop 17 of 21 shots, earning the victory. Josh Dechaine stopped 36 of 43 shots in the defeat.
The Pats are now on the cusp of clinching a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and moved three points up on the Brandon Wheat Kings for third place in the East Division.
— Regina Pats (@WHLPats) March 5, 2018
Red Deer Rebels (2) at Calgary Hitmen (6)
Red Deer (24-30-10-3) // Calgary (20-35-8-2)
Leading the Calgary Hitmen 2-0 after 40 minutes, the Red Deer Rebels looked like a lock to secure their 25th victory of the season and move two points closer to clinching a playoff spot.
The Hitmen had other ideas though, exploding for a six-goal third period en route to their 20th victory of the year to keep their playoff hopes alive for the moment.
Jakob Stukel (Vancouver Canucks) had a pair of goals and four points, Conner Chaulk added three assists and Matthew Armitage stopped 30 of 32 shots for the come-from-behind victory.
Goals from Brandon Hagel (Buffalo Sabres) and Reese Johnson had the Rebels in control after 40 minutes while Ethan Anders had stopped all 18 shots from the Hitmen to hold them off the board.
Goals from Riley Stotts and Mark Kastelic 47 seconds apart tied up the game while Dakota Krebs continued his impact with the Hitmen, scoring his fourth of the season to put Calgary ahead for good. Two late goals from Stukel and Zach Huber’s second of the campaign closed out the victory.
— Calgary Hitmen (@WHLHitmen) March 5, 2018
Medicine Hat Tigers (4) at Kootenay ICE (3)
Medicine Hat (34-24-8-0) // Kootenay (25-38-3-1)
The final battle of the season series when to the Medicine Hat Tigers Sunday afternoon in Cranbrook, B.C. by a 4-3 score.
Colton Veloso opened the scoring in the second period with his 14th of the season, but the Tigers roared back with goals from Elijah Brown, Ryan Chyzowski, and Josh Williams in a 4:51 span.
Bobby Russell’s first career WHL goal finished off a beautiful play by Peyton Krebs and Jonathan Smart’s sixth of the campaign featured for the ICE in the third as they drove for the comeback, but James Hamblin’s 20th goal of the season while the Tigers were short-handed featured in between the two ICE goals to stand up as the game-winning goal.
Hayden Ostir had a pair of helpers while Tyler Preziuso, Jaeger White, and Linus Nassen (Florida Panthers) also contributed assists in the victory.
Michael Bullion stopped 38 of 41 shots for the victory. Duncan McGovern stopped 24 of 28 in the loss.
The Tigers now lead the Lethbridge Hurricanes by six points for the Central Division lead. The ICE remained seven points behind the Red Deer Rebels for third in the Central with five games left in their season.
This afternoon's game was Gary Haden's 100th WHL Career Game Played!!
— Medicine Hat Tigers (@tigershockey) March 5, 2018
Portland Winterhawks (7) at Seattle Thunderbirds (4)
Portland (40-20-1-4) // Seattle (30-25-8-2)
The Portland Winterhawks became the second team in the WHL’s Western Conference to reach 40 wins Sunday thanks in large part to the hot play of Kieffer Bellows (New York Islanders).
Bellows had a hat trick to extend his point streak to six games as the Winterhawks’ offence didn’t hold back in a 7-4 defeat of the Seattle Thunderbirds.
Cody Glass (Vegas Golden Knights) added a goal and four points, Henri Jokiharju (Chicago Blackhawks) added three helpers, and five separate skaters found the back of the net for Portland.
First period goals from Bellows, Jake Gricius, and Glass set the tone for the game as Mike MacLean was the lone T-Bird to find the back of the net in the first. Bellows completed his hat trick in the second.
The Thunderbirds did have some life in them though. Nolan Volcan responded with a pair of goals and Zack Andrusiak notched his 30th of the campaign to bring Seattle to within a goal. Goals in the final minute from Ryan Hughes and Brendan De Jong put the game permanently out of reach though.
For the first time this week, a team was able to solve Shane Farkas, though he still earned his eighth straight victory, stopping 32 of 36 shots. Dorrin Luding stopped 31 of 37 in the loss.
Austin Strand (Los Angeles Kings) added three assists for Seattle in the loss.
The win kept the Winterhawks within eight points of the Silvertips for first in the U.S. Division. The Thunderbirds remained three points behind the Tri-City Americans for the first wild card spot in the West and seven points ahead of the Kamloops Blazers, who sit on the outside of the playoff race.
Well, the third period was a close one…
7-4 Winterhawks pic.twitter.com/ZrDP9EOXxy
— Portland Winterhawks (@pdxwinterhawks) March 5, 2018