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WHL Roundup: Hart ties WHL shutout record, Anderson-Dolan nets trick on busy Saturday

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Red Deer Rebels (3) at Edmonton Oil Kings (4)
Red Deer (17-26-10-3) // Edmonton (15-32-5-2)

A wild third period on Sportsnet’s Saturday Showcase was capped off by a Trey Fix-Wolansky goal in the final 10 seconds to lift the Edmonton Oil Kings past the hottest team in the Central Division at Rogers Place.

Liam Keeler had the only goal through the first 40 minutes on a blunder by the Red Deer Rebels on the power play. The Rebels would quickly atone for that mistake in the second though as Austin Schellenberg and Brandon Cutler scored 23 seconds apart to vault the visiting Rebels into the lead.

David Kope and Colton Kehler would answer back for the Oil Kings with goals in a 132 second span to regain the lead before the midway point of the final period, but the game was far from done.

Reese Johnson scored on a short-handed rush to tie up the game with less than two minutes to go, but Fix-Wolansky spoiled any chances of the game going to overtime, deflecting the puck past Rebels goaltender Ethan Anders and into the net late in the contest.

Josh Dechaine held things together for the Oil Kings between the pipes, finishing with 29 saves. Anders made 18 saves on 22 shots for the Rebels.

Defencemen Connor McDonald picked up a pair of assists for the Oil Kings while Fix-Wolansky and Kehler each had a goal and an assist in the contest.

The regulation loss saw the Rebels’ streak of nine straight games without a regulation loss.

Kootenay ICE (0) at Moose Jaw Warriors (6)
Kootenay (24-29-3-0) // Moose Jaw (42-9-1-2)

The Moose Jaw Warriors picked up their second shutout victory in as many days against a Central Division opponent Saturday, silencing the Kootenay ICE by a 6-0 score.

Brayden Burke became the first player in the Canadian Hockey League to reach the 100-point milestone with a first period goal, finishing with a pair of goals and an assist while Brett Howden (Tampa Bay Lightning) put together a similar three-point performance to surpass his brother Quinton on the Warriors all-time scoring list.

Dmitri Zaitsev (Washington Capitals) added a goal and two assists while defencemen Brendan Schuldhaus added a goal and an assist and fellow blueliner Kale Clague (Los Angeles Kings) added a pair of assists.

The Warriors scored three times in the first, twice in the second, and once more in the third.

Brody Willms had a light night in net, making 15 saves for his fifth career WHL shutout. Matt Berlin stopped 28 of 34 shots in the loss.

Six different Kootenay players finished tied for the team lead in shots with two each.

Lethbridge Hurricanes (2) at Regina Pats (4)
Lethbridge (25-23-6-0) // Regina (29-23-5-0)

The Regina Pats returned to the win column Saturday, doubling up the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes by a 4-2 score.

Captain Sam Steel (Anaheim Ducks), Cale Fleury (Montreal Canadiens), and Libor Hajek (Tampa Bay Lightning) each had a goal and an assist as the Pats pulled within two points of the Brandon Wheat Kings for third place in the East Division.

Hajek and Logan Barlage traded goals in the first period, but goals from Matt Bradley and Steel in the second broke the game open. In the third, Fleury and Brad Morrison traded goals to keep the Pats in a comfortable position throughout the final 20 minutes.

Jake Leschyshyn (Vegas Golden Knights) added a pair of assists while Josh Mahura (Anaheim Ducks), Brady Pouteau, and Robbie Holmes also added assists in the victory.

Calen Addison, Jadon Joseph, Taylor Ross, and captain Jordy Bellerive (Pittsburgh Penguins) all picked up an assist for the Hurricanes.

In net, it was Max Paddock taking the victory, making 33 saves. Logan Flodell stopped 30 of 34 in the loss.

Brandon Wheat Kings (2) at Swift Current Broncos (5)
Brandon (30-20-3-2) // Swift Current (39-13-3-1)

The Swift Current Broncos kept pace in the East Division race Saturday, scoring a 5-2 victory against the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings.

Matteo Gennaro scored twice and captain Glenn Gawdin (Calgary Flames) became the second WHL player to reach the 100-point plateau, finishing with a goal and an assist in his 300th career WHL game.

Tyler Steenbergen (Arizona Coyotes) and Beck Malenstyn added the other goals for Swift Current.

After scoring once in the first, the Broncos added a pair of goals in each of the second and third periods. Jonny Hooker and Ty Lewis (Colorado Avalanche) had the goals for Brandon, but it wasn’t enough to match up against the Broncos on Saturday.

Aleksi Heponiemi (Florida Panthers) had a pair of assists, moving him into sole possession of third place in the WHL scoring race. Colby Sissons (New Jersey Devils), Artyom Minulin, Noah King, and Max Patterson all earned assists in the victory for Swift Current.

In net, Joel Hofer stopped 22 of 24 shots, earning the victory. Logan Thompson stopped 25 of 30 shots in the loss for Brandon.

Prince Albert Raider (3) at Saskatoon Blades (6)
Prince Albert (22-22-9-2) // Saskatoon (27-26-2-1)

Bradly Goethals had a pair of goals and Braylon Shmyr had a goal and two assists as the Saskatoon Blades doubled up the Prince Albert Raiders 6-3 in a critical Eastern Conference wild card matchup Saturday.

As the Blades celebrated the 30th birthday of their home venue, the SaskTel Centre, they gave the milestone game a flair for the dramatic, scoring four goals in the third period to complete a wild comeback.

Michael Farren and Josh Paterson bookended a goal from Parker Kelly (Ottawa Senators) to give the Blades a 2-1 led after 20 minutes, but the Raiders charged back in the second with a pair of goals from Jordy Stallard (Winnipeg Jets), shooting the Raiders into the lead.

The Raiders couldn’t contain the Blades in the third though. First, Logan Christensen scored 9;15 into the period, followed 77 seconds later by Goethals’ first of the night, placing the Blades back in the lead. Shmyr and Goethals would add late goals to help the Blades stay in a comfortable lead for the remainder of the game.

Nolan Maier stopped 29 of 32 shots for his 18th victory of the season. Ian Scott (Toronto Maple Leafs) stopped 24 of 29 shots in the loss Saturday.

The win created a two-point margin of separation between the two clubs, with the Blades sitting in the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference and the Raiders on the outside of the playoff picture.

Vancouver Giants (0) at Everett Silvertips (5)
Vancouver (29-18-5-3) // Everett (35-17-2-2)

Carter Hart (Philadelphia Flyers) continued to etch his name in the WHL history books Saturday, stopping all 23 shots for his 26th career shutout, tying the league record.

Hart stopped eight shots in the first, 11 in the second, and the Silvertips’ defence went into shutdown mode in the third, allowing just four shots as Hart moved into a tie with former Giants goaltender Tyson Sexsmith for the record.

It was another standard night for Everett’s offence as they picked apart the Giants for five goals. Ethan O’Rourke, Sean Richards, and Matt Fonteyne each had a goal and an assist while Ian Walker and Bryce Kindopp also found the back of the net.

After a scoreless first, Everett scored twice in the second and added three more in the third.

Patrick Bajkov added a pair of assists in the victory. Spencer Gerth, Ondrej Vala (Dallas Stars), and Martin Fasko-Rudas each picked up a helper in the victory.

Hart’s shutout was the 15th of his career at home, 17th against the Western Conference, and third against the Giants.

David Tendeck made 38 saves on 42 shots before Trent Miner took over between the pipes, stopped seven of eight shots sent his way. Tyler Benson (Edmonton Oilers) led all Giants with five shots on net.

Kamloops Blazers (4) at Prince George Cougars (2)
Kamloops (26-25-1-3) // Prince George (19-29-4-4)

The Kamloops Blazers pulled off another late comeback against the Prince George Cougars Saturday, scoring three unanswered goals in the third period to double up their hosts by a 4-2 score.

Jermaine Loewen opened the game with his 27th of the season, but the Cougars responded in the second with goals from Jackson Leppard and Kjell Kjemhus to take a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.

The Blazers were poised for a comeback in the third though. First Travis Walton tied up the game, then Orrin Centazzo notched his ninth of the season with 3:13 remaining to give the Blazers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Loewen’s second goal of the game would add extra insurance for the victory.

Dylan Ferguson (Vegas Golden Knights) earned his 21st victory of the season by making 30 saves on 32 shots. Isaiah DiLaura stopped 29 of 33 shots in the loss.

Loewen factors into every goal Saturday, adding a pair of assists while rookie Connor Zary also had a pair of helpers in the contest. Sean Strange had the other assist for the Blazers.

Portland Winterhawks (4) at Seattle Thunderbirds (1)
Portland (34-18-1-3) // Seattle (27-19-6-2)

A three-goal second period from the Portland Winterhawks powered them to a 4-1 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds in Kent, Wash. Saturday.

Cody Glass (Vegas Golden Knights), captain Keoni Texeira, and Ryan Hughes struck in the middle period of Saturday’s contest while Cole Kehler (Los Angeles Kings) was his usual sharp self, making 28 saves on 29 shots.

Third period goals from Graeme Bryks and Skyler McKenzie (Winnipeg Jets) rounded out the game as the Winterhawks temporarily pulled themselves even with the U.S. Division leading Everett Silvertips before falling behind again after Everett won their Saturday contest.

Hughes and Texeira both added assists for the multi-point game while Joachim Blichfeld (San Jose Sharks), Brendan De Jong (Carolina Hurricanes), Dennis Cholowski (Detroit Red Wings) and Henri Jokiharju (Chicago Blackhawks) all picked up assists.

Noah Philp and Owen Williams had the assists for the Thunderbirds Saturday while Liam Hughes stopped 24 of 27 shots in the loss.

Tri-City Americans (3) at Spokane Chiefs (6)
Tri-City (27-19-7-1) // Spokane (30-19-3-2)

Record-wise, the Spokane Chiefs aren’t the top club in the competitive U.S. Division, but on any given night they can hang with and beat the best of them.

Saturday’s game against the Tri-City Americans was one of those nights. Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Los Angeles Kings) had a hat trick and five points, Kailer Yamamoto (Edmonton Oilers) had a goal and five points and Ethan McIndoe and Ty Smith each had a goal and two assists as the Chiefs rolled to a 6-3 victory.

Filip Kral had an assist for the Chiefs as the only other player to record a point in the game. Dawson Weatherill made 25 saves on 28 shots for the victory while Beck Warm took the loss after allowing five goals on 19 shots.

Captain Michael Rasmussen (Detroit Red Wings), Juuso Valimaki (Calgary Flames), and Morgan Geekie (Carolina Hurricanes) each had a goal, with Rasmussen adding an assist for the multi-point game.

Jordan Topping earned an assist on Tri-City’s second goal for career point 200. Anderson-Dolan’s hat trick was the fifth of his career and first of the season as he now has back-to-back 30-goal campaigns.
Yamamoto is also now just four goals away from 100 for his WHL career.

The Chiefs have now occupied third place in the U.S. Division with a three-point gap on the Thunderbirds and Americans.

Kelowna Rockets (3) at Victoria Royals (4) — OT
Kelowna (33-17-4-1) // Victoria (34-19-3-1)

The Victoria Royals had to play some extra hockey, but earned a weekend sweep of the Kelowna Rockets Saturday at home to take the lead in the B.C. Division.

Tanner Kaspick (St. Louis Blues) and Noah Gregor (San Jose Sharks) each had a pair of goals and an assist while captain Matthew Phillips (Calgary Flames) set a new career-high with his 91st point of the campaign Saturday

It was the Rockets who held control of the game after 20 minutes as Kole Lind (Vancouver Canucks) and Cal Foote (Tampa Bay Lightning) scored to outshine a lone Victoria goal from Gregor.

Kaspick would tie up the game in the second, but the Rockets quickly retook the lead in the third thanks to Conner Bruggen-Cate’s 16th of the season. That lead would be short-lived as less than two minutes later, Gregor had his second of the game and 20th of the season, keeping things tied until the end of regulation.

In overtime, it was Kaspick’s turn to score with his 20th of the season on the power play 2:22 into the extra period.

Griffen Outhouse stopped 33 of 36 shots for his 30th victory of the season, giving him back-to-back 30-win campaigns. James Porter took th loss for the Rockets, stopping 34 of 38 shots.

For the time being, the Royals will now serve as the top team in the B.C. Division with 72 points compared to the Rockets’ 71.

 

 

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