WHL Roundup: McCarty’s hat trick powers Rebels past ICE

Rob Wallator


Edmonton Oil Kings (2) at Moose Jaw Warriors (4)  
Edmonton (3-6-0-0) // Moose Jaw (6-1-0-0)

Noah Gregor scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, while Oleg Sosunov and Tanner Jeannot also scored Thursday as the Moose Jaw Warriors dispatched the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings by a 4-2 final.

Adam Evanoff had a night to remember in his first WHL start, making 40 saves for his first career WHL victory.

Gregor opened the scoring with the lone goal of the first period. Sosunov doubled the Warriors’ lead 12:20 into the second period, with Gregor adding his second of the game 1:58 later to give the Warriors a sizeable lead.

Colton Kehler responded for the Oil Kings 19 seconds after Gregor’s second goal and Kobe Mohr made things close in the third with his third of the season, but that’s as close as Edmonton would come as they remained winless two games into a four-game road trip. Tanner Jeannot added a late goal to round out the scoring.

The Warriors finally called upon Evanoff and he delivered, making 10 saves in the first, 18 in the second and 12 more in the third. Travis Child did well to keep the Oil Kings in the contest, but took the loss after making 28 saves.

Up next for the Warriors is a visit by the Vancouver Giants Saturday. The Oil Kings continue their road trip in Swift Current against the Broncos Saturday.

Red Deer Rebels (5) at Kootenay ICE (4)
Red Deer (5-3-0-0) // Kootenay (2-5-1-0)

Mason McCarty was a one-man army for the Red Deer Rebels, scoring a hat trick and factoring in on four of his team’s goals in a narrow 5-4 win over the Kootenay ICE. McCarty completed his hat trick with 2:09 to go in the contest, where it would stand up as the game-winner after a late goal from the ICE.

Reese Johnson opened the scoring for the Rebels in the first, 3:28 into the period. McCarty then got himself on the board with a pair of goals 2:44 apart to quickly increase the lead for the visiting Rebels.

Vince Loschiavo and Colton Veloso tallied goals in the second to cut the Rebel’s lead to one, but that’s as close as they would come.

The Rebels and ICE traded goals in the third. First, Kristian Reichel scored 6:35 into the period, followed 2:34 later by Alec Baer for the ICE. McCarty then completed his hat trick late in the contest, but the ICE cut the lead back to one late on Colton Kroeker’s third of the season with seven seconds to go in the contest.

Up next for the Rebels is a six-game home stand starting Saturday against the Saskatoon Blades. The ICE will continue their own home stand when the Everett Silvertips come to town Saturday.

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