WHL Roundup: Hat tricks by Halbgewachs, Rassell lead division-leading Warriors, Tigers to wins

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Calgary Hitmen (5) at Brandon Wheat Kings (6) OT
Calgary (6-11-3-0) // Brandon (12-6-0-1)

Colorado Avalanche prospect Ty Lewis scored his 50th career WHL goal 27 seconds into overtime Tuesday to lift the Brandon Wheat Kings over the Calgary Hitmen at home.

Carolina Hurricanes prospect Stelio Mattheos had a pair of goals and Linden McCorrister had a goal and three points while Lewis Baron Thompson and Connor Gutenberg each had a goal and an assist.

Jakob Stukel and Tristen Nielsen each scored a pair of goals for the Hitmen, but it wasn’t enough to secure two points Tuesday as the Wheat Kings improved to 6-1 against the Central Division this season. Hurricanes prospect Jake Bean scored the other goal for the Hitmen Tuesday for his 40th career WHL goal.

Los Angeles Kings prospect Kale Clague had four assists for the Wheat Kings while Vladislav Yeryomenko had a pair of helpers for the Hitmen in the game.

Logan Thompson stopped 27 shots for the Wheat Kings while Nick Schneider made 17 saves for the Hitmen.

Moose Jaw Warriors (7) at Swift Current Broncos (4)
Moose Jaw (16-4-0-0) // Swift Current (13-4-1-0)

Jayden Halbgewachs had a hat trick as part of a five-point night as the Moose Jaw Warriors extended their lead in the East Division.

Justin Almeida was credited with a pair of goals and four points as well while Noah Gregor and recent acquisition Barrett Sheen each had a goal and an assist.

Arizona Coyotes prospect Tyler Steenbergen scored his league-leading 27th and 28th goals of the season as part of a three-point game, while CHL Player of the Week and WHL On the Run Player of the Week Aleksi Heponiemi, a prospect of the Florida Panthers, added a goal and an assist. Logan Foster rounded out the scoring for Swift Current as they lost for just the third time at home this season.

The Warriors scored three times in the first, adding a pair of goals each in the second and third periods. Brayden Burke finished with four assists while Tanner Jeannot had two helpers to his credit Tuesday.

WHL Goaltender of the Week Brody Willms made 23 saves for the victory while Logan Flodell made 34 in the loss.

Kootenay ICE (1) at Medicine Hat Tigers (4) 
Kootenay (8-12-1-0) // Medicine Hat (13-6-0-0)

Mark Rassell’s second career WHL hat trick powered the Medicine Hat Tigers to their division-leading 13th victory of the season Tuesday against the Kootenay ICE.

Ryan Jevne scored the opening goal for the Tigers before Rassell had his hat trick, scoring twice in the first and once more in the third. Sebastian Streu had the ICE’s lone goal of the game. Six different tigers picked up an assist in the contest.

Ottawa Senators prospect Jordan Hollett was sharp in net for the Tigers, making 30 saves as they won their fifth in a row. Duncan McGovern made 24 saves in the loss.

Edmonton Oil Kings (2) at Kelowna Rockets (5)
Edmonton (5-13-2-0) // Kelowna (11-6-2-1)

Calgary Flames prospect Dillon Dube and Philadelphia Flyers draft pick Carsen Twarynski each had a goal and three points as the Kelowna Rockets easily handled the Edmonton Oil Kings Tuesday at home.

Kyle Topping had the other goal for the Rockets while Liam Kindree had a pair of assists. James Porter made 21 saves as he won his fourth straight start Tuesday and has now won seven of his last eight games.

With the victory, the Rockets improved to 7-3-0-1 at home, winning their sixth-straight game inside Prospera Place.

David Koch and Trey Fix-Wolansky scored for the Oil Kings. Travis Child made 24 saves in the loss.

The Rockets scored three times in the first and twice more in the third to top off the game.

Prince Albert Raiders (6) at Seattle Thunderbirds (4)
Prince Albert (9-7-3-0) // Seattle (9-8-1-1)

The Prince Albert Raiders picked up the second win of their road trip Tuesday in Kent, Wash., downing the Seattle Thunderbirds by a 6-4 score.

Curtis Miske had a pair of goals and three points while five different Raiders’ skaters scored. Ian Scott made 26 saves for the victory.

Spencer Moe and Austin Strand traded goals in the the first period. That was followed by three more goals as Brett Leason and Ottawa Senators prospect Parker Kelly scored for Prince Albert, with Zack Andrusiak answering for the T-Birds. Turner Ottenbreit and Montreal Canadiens draft pick Jarret Tyszka scored early in the second to put the Thunderbirds ahead, but the Raiders kept coming.

Winnipeg Jets prospect Jordy Stallard had his 15th goal of the season bookended by Miske’s two goals, helping to complete the comeback.

Matt Berlin took the loss for the T-Birds after making 26 saves.

Red Deer Rebels (5) at Victoria Royals (3)
Red Deer (9-11-1-0) // Victoria (14-7-1-0)

Not many WHL teams have made the journey to Vancouver Island and picked up a regulation win this season, but the Red Deer Rebels can now add themselves to that list.

A three-goal third period helped hold off the Royals Tuesday night.

Mason McCarty and Austin Pratt each had a goal and an assist. Reese Johnson, Kristian Reichel and Detroit Red Wings prospect Lane Zablocki all added goals in the victory.

Matthew Phillips, a prospect of the Calgary Flames, as well as Jared Legian and Regna Nagy scored for the Royals in the loss.

The Rebels scored twice in the second, followed by three Victoria goals to put the home side ahead 5:15 into the third. The Rebels fought back though, scoring three times in a 6:55 span to swing the momentum back in their favour.

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