WHL Roundup: Broncos win barnburner in Moose Jaw as road teams dominate play
Swift Current Broncos (7) at Moose Jaw Warriors (6) OT
Swift Current (19-5-2-0) // Moose Jaw (20-5-1-1)
The teddy bears went flying in Moose Jaw and so did the offence of both squads as the Swift Current Broncos prevailed over the Moose Jaw Warriors on an overtime goal by Tyler Steenbergen (Arizona Coyotes) to win a 7-6 barnburner.
Fans didn’t have to hold onto their teddy bears for long, with Tristin Langan scoring 2:40 into the game. Branden Klatt scored a few minutes later to double the Warriors’ lead.
The Broncos came roaring back though. Matteo Gennaro scored his first in a Broncos uniform followed by goals from Aleksi Heponiemi (Florida Panthers) and Glenn Gawdin (Calgary Flames) to round out a five-goal first period.
That one-goal lead would be maintained through 40 minutes with goals from Tate Popple and Connor Horning making the score 4-3 for the Broncos. The Broncos would finally face some adversity in the third.
After Gawdin’s second of the game made it a 5-3 score, the Warriors reeled off three straight goals from Tanner Jeannot, Brayden Burke and Langan’s second of the game, giving the Warriors the lead once again.
The game still needed some input from Steenbergen though and got plenty of it, as the Sylvan Lake, Alta. native scored his 33rd goal of the season late in the third and notched his 34th 2:13 into overtime, capping off a three-point night.
Logan Flodell worked through a 25-save effort to pull out the victory. Brody Willms made 27 saves on 34 shots in the loss as the Warriors earned a single point, cutting their lead in the East Division to two points.
— SC Broncos (@SCBroncos) December 2, 2017
— Moose Jaw Warriors (@MJWARRIORS) December 2, 2017
Prince Albert Raiders (5) at Calgary Hitmen (3)
Prince Albert (11-10-4-1) // Calgary (7-15-3-1)
A three-goal third period by the Prince Albert Raiders powered them to an important victory Friday in Calgary.
Parker Kelly (Ottawa Senators) had the game-winner 5:02 into the third period as the Raiders also received goals from Justin Nachbaur and Sean Montgomery in the final 20 minutes.
Cole Fonstad scored in the first and Max Martin scored in the second for the Raiders.
Jakob Stukel (Vancouver Canucks) opened the scoring, giving the Hitmen an early lead they were unable to hang onto. Jake Bean (Carolina Hurricanes) scored in the second and Stukel added his second the game while short-handed in the third.
Ian Scott stopped 26 of 29 shots in the victory, his first since Nov. 14. Nick Schneider stopped 24 of 28 shots in the loss.
.@Parks_17 had a goal and an assist as the Raiders downed the Calgary Hitmen 5-3 on Friday night.
Photo by Robert Murray/WHL pic.twitter.com/bFBSc9RW9G
— #TeddyBearToss Dec. 8 (@PARaidersHockey) December 2, 2017
Brandon Wheat Kings (5) at Lethbridge Hurricanes (1)
Brandon (18-7-0-1) // Lethbridge (11-13-1-0)
Evan Weinger scored twice in the first period, notching the game-winning goal with 4:54 to go in the opening period as the Wheat Kings easily downed the Hurricanes Friday.
The goals from Weinger were his ninth and 10th of the season as the overage forward continued to produce at the best rate of his WHL career. Ty Lewis (Colorado Avalanche) finished with a goal and an assist. Cole Reinhardt and Connor Gutenberg finished with the other Brandon goals.
Calen Addison had the lone Lethbridge goal.
Logan Thompson made 32 saves on 33 shots for his 14th win of the season. Stuart Skinner (Edmonton Oilers) and Reece Klassen combined to stop 33 of the 38 shots from the Wheat Kings.
— Brandon Wheat Kings (@bdnwheatkings) December 2, 2017
Regina Pats (4) at Red Deer Rebels (2)
Regina (14-12-2-0) // Red Deer (9-16-3-0)
Oh captain my captain!
Sam Steel (Anaheim Ducks) scored twice and had three points while Matt Bradley scored a goal and added an assist as the Regina Pats doubled up their hosts in Red Deer Friday.
Jake Leschyshyn (Vegas Golden Knights) scored the other goal for the Pats, who scored twice in the first followed by singles in the second and third. Cale Fleury (Montreal Canadiens) picked up a pair of assists to give him six points (1G-5A) since coming over in a trade from the Kootenay ICE.
Nick Henry (Colorado Avalanche) also picked up a pair of assists while Tyler Brown made 21 saves on 23 shots for his 10th victory of the season. Ethan Anders stopped 27 shots in the loss.
Jacob Herauf and Reese Johnson scored for the Rebels in the loss.
— Regina Pats (@WHLPats) December 2, 2017
Victoria Royals (3) at Medicine Hat Tigers (4) — OT
Victoria (18-9-3-0) // Medicine Hat (16-10-0-0)
Linus Nassen (Florida Panthers) made his first career WHL goal count, scoring 1:18 into overtime to lift the Medicine Hat Tigers over the Victoria Royals at home Friday.
Chaz Reddekopp (Los Angeles Kings) and Tyler Soy (Anaheim Ducks) put the Royals up 2-0 early and Gary Haden and Igor Martynov traded goals later in the period to keep the visitors up by two heading to the second.
A scoreless second put the pressure on the Tigers in the third, a challenge they’d respond to. Mark Rassell and David Quenneville (New York Islanders) scored in the second half of the final period, bringing them back into the game before Nassen clinched the victory.
Haden assisted on the overtime goal to give him a multi-point game while Max Gerlach finished with a pair of assists in the contest.
Jordan Hollett (Ottawa Senators) stopped five of his first eight shots, giving way to Michael Bullion, who stopped all 12 shots sent his way. Griffen Outhouse turned aside 37 of the 41 shots sent his way.
— Medicine Hat Tigers (@tigershockey) December 2, 2017
Kelowna Rockets (4) at Spokane Chiefs (2)
Kelowna (15-8-2-1) // Spokane (14-9-1-2)
A three-goal second period propelled the Kelowna Rockets to their 15th victory of the season Friday south of the border.
Carsen Twarynski (Philadelphia Flyers), Nolan Foote and Liam Kindree all scored in a 10:17 span to swing momentum permanently in the Rockets’ favour. Dillon Dube (Calgary Flames) rounded out the Rockets’ scoring in the third. Both Twarynski and Dube finished with multi-point games.
Kyle Topping had the other assist for the Rockets. Zach Fischer (Calgary Flames) and Luke Toporowski scored for the Chiefs in the defeat.
James Porter stopped 31 shots in the victory, his 12th of the season. Donovan Buskey stopped 21 for the Chiefs in the loss.
— Kelowna Rockets (@Kelowna_Rockets) December 2, 2017
Everett Silvertips (3) at Kamloops Blazers (1)
Everett (13-12-1-1) // Kamloops (12-13-0-0)
Carter Hart (Philadelphia Flyers) and the Everett Silvertips cooled off the red-hot Kamloops Blazers Friday, allowing just one goal in a 3-1 victory.
Hart, the newly-named Vaughn WHL Goaltender of the Month, stopped 32 of 33 shots on the road to pick up his fourth straight victory.
Matt Fontyene had a goal and an assist. Sean Richards scored the game-winning goal with 3:30 to go in the third period and Connor Dewar closed out the game with his 11th of the season into the empty-net.
Nolan Kneen had the only goal for the Blazers, who had their five-game winning streak snapped.
That winning feeling. We got it again. #LetsGoTips
— Everett Silvertips (@WHLsilvertips) December 2, 2017
Seattle Thunderbirds (5) at Tri-City Americans (1)
Seattle (12-12-2-1) // Tri-City (14-8-2-0)
Dylan Coghlan (Vegas Golden Knights) made it rain teddy bears in Kennewick, Wash. Friday, but the Seattle Thunderbirds stole the show, earning a 5-1 victory.
A pair of second period goals from Zack Andrusiak and Noah Philp’s sixth of the season made the difference Friday. Sami Moilanen scored his 15th of the season in the first period and Tyler Carpendale added his second of the season with 5:21 to go in the third.
Matt Berlin made 23 saves on 24 shots for the victory. Beck Warm and Patrick Dea combined to save 31 of the 36 shots sent their way.
VICTORY! T-Birds beat Americans 5-1! pic.twitter.com/uLOxGZGoog
— Seattle Thunderbirds 2017 WHL Champions (@SeattleTbirds) December 2, 2017
— Tri-City Americans (@TCAmericans) December 2, 2017
Vancouver Giants (5) at Prince George Cougars (3)
Vancouver (11-12-2-2) // Prince George (9-13-2-2)
Tyler Benson (Edmonton Oilers) scored a pair of goals and had a three-point night as the Giants picked up two critical points in northern British Columbia.
Milos Roman added a goal and an assist while Ty Ronning and James Malm scored in Vancouver’s 11th victory of the season. Dylan Plouffe added a pair of assists in the victory while David Tendeck made 32 saves on 35 shots for his seventh victory of the season.
The Giants bolted out to a 3-0 lead by the 5:39 mark into the second period, but 17 seconds after Benson’s first goal of the game, Jared Bethune notched his eighth of the season to cut the lead to two.
Malm would restore the three-goal lead roughly eight minutes later, followed once again by a response from Prince George, as Josh Anderson (Colorado Avalanche) scored his first of the season shortly after.
Josh Maser brought the Cougars within one late in the third, but Benson would score his second of the game into an empty net to clinch the victory.
Tavin Grant stopped 30 of 34 shots sent his way Friday.
Tyler @TylerBenson_17 scores twice, David Tendeck makes 32 saves and the Giants hang on to defeat the Prince George Cougars 5-3! Giants are 12-12-2-2! Gutsy road win!
— Vancouver Giants (@WHLGiants) December 2, 2017