WHL Roundup: Silvertips explode for nine goals to snap two-game slide
Saskatoon Blades (3) at Brandon Wheat Kings (5)
Saskatoon (21-18-2-1) // Brandon (27-12-0-1)
The Brandon Wheat Kings ended the seven-game winning streak of the Saskatoon Blades Sunday at Westman Place, earning a 5-3 victory.
Ty Lewis (Colorado Avalanche) had a pair of goals and three points while Stelio Mattheos (Carolina Hurricanes) and Tanner Kaspick (St. Louis Blues) each had a goal and an assist as the Wheat Kings won their second straight game.
Never trailing in the contest, Lewis got Brandon on the board first midway through the first. Braylon Shmyr would tie up the game with his 21st of the season, but a pair of late Brandon goals from Connor Gutenberg and Kaspick extended the lead to a pair of goals at the first intermission.
Chase Wouters scored the lone goal of the second and added his second of the game in the third to once again tie up the game, but the Wheat Kings would prevail on a pair of goals in the last two minutes from Lewis and Mattheos.
Evan Weinger finished with a pair of assists while Jackson Called assisted on all three Blades goals.
Logan Thompson stopped 15 of 18 shots in in the victory while Ryan Kubic stopped 25 of 29 in the loss.
— Brandon Wheat Kings (@bdnwheatkings) January 8, 2018
Prince Albert Raiders (1) at Regina Pats (4)
Prince Albert (15-18-6-2) // Regina (21-19-3-0)
Jake Leschyshyn (Vegas Golden Knights) struck twice against the Prince Albert Raiders Sunday, scoring the game-winner and into the empty net in the third period to secure a 4-1 victory for the Regina Pats at home.
Robbie Holmes scored the lone goal of the first 40 minutes, striking 37 seconds into the first, but neither team found the back of the net until the early stages of the third, when Leschyshyn tallied his first of the game, followed nearly seven minutes later by Bryan Lockner’s seventh of the season and the aforementioned empty-netter.
The Raiders did get on the board late as Parker Kelly (Ottawa Senators), scored on a late five-on-three power play to break up Tyler Brown’s shutout bid, but it wouldn’t be enough to turn the tide of the game.
Brown still pieced together a strong performance, stopping 28 of 29 shots. Ian Scott (Toronto Maple Leafs) stopped 35 of 38 in the loss. Cale Fleury (Montreal Canadiens) and Cole Dubinsky earned the helpers for the Pats in the victory.
Jordy Stallard (Winnipeg Jets) and Vojtech Budik (Buffalo Sabres) picked up the lone assists for the Raiders Sunday.
— Regina Pats (@WHLPats) January 8, 2018
Red Deer Rebels (1) at Swift Current Broncos (5)
Red Deer (10-22-7-2) // Swift Current (29-10-3-0)
Artyom Minulin and Matteo Gennaro each scored a pair of goals as the Swift Current Broncos dispatched the Red Deer Rebels at home to win for the third time in their past four contests.
Gennaro added an assist to finish with three points while Aleksi Heponiemi (Florida Panthers) had a goal and four points in his return to the lineup. Colby Sissons (New Jersey Devils) had three helpers and Glenn Gawdin (Calgary Flames) recorded a pair of assists.
Heponiemi scored the first goal of the game, his 20th of the season, but the Rebels answered back with a goal from Kristian Reichel. The Broncos would put the game out of reach later in the period, adding three more in the remainder of the period before adding their fifth and final goal in the third.
The team’s power play returned to form as well, striking four times with the extra man.
Joel Hofer was on his game Sunday as the rookie stopped 19 of 20 shots for the Broncos. Riley Lamb and Ethan Anders combined for 26 saves for the Rebels.
— SC Broncos (@SCBroncos) January 8, 2018
Kelowna Rockets (3) at Calgary Hitmen (1)
Kelowna (25-12-2-1) // Calgary (13-22-5-1)
Marek Skvrne’s second career WHL goal counted as his first career game-winner Sunday in Calgary as the Kelowna Rockets topped the Hitmen by a 3-1 final.
Mark Kastelic opened the scoring in the first with his 14th of the season, but the Rockets roared back in the remaining 40 minutes. James Hilsendager scored the only goal of the second to keep the teams deadlocked heading to the third and added goals from Skvrne and an empty-net goal from Conner Bruggen-Cate in the third to secure the victory.
Roman Basran stopped 21 of 22 shots in the victory while Matthew Armitage took the loss, making 27 saves on 29 shots.
Jakob Stukel (Vancouver Canucks) and Kole Line (Vancouver Canucks) picked up assists for their respective teams in the game. Hilsendager added an assist for the only multi point game from either side.
— Kelowna Rockets (@Kelowna_Rockets) January 8, 2018
Victoria Royals (4) at Everett Silvertips (9)
Victoria (23-16-3-1) // Everett (24-16-1-1)
After taking back-t0-back regulation losses for the first time since mid-November, the Everett Silvertips responded with a statement game Sunday against the Victoria Royals.
Matt Fontyene, Bryce Kindopp and Connor Dewar each had two-goal games, Patrick Bajkov had a goal and five points Kevin Davis and Wyatte Wylie had three and two assists respectively. Fontyene added a pair of assists for the four-point game.
After trailing 2-1 to end the first, the Royals had managed to get a quick goal to start the second, evening up the score in the game. After Kyle Walker and Tyler Soy (Anaheim Ducks) traded goals to make the score 3-3, the Silvertips went on a rampage, tallying six straight goals to blow the game wide open.
Andrei Grishakov added his second goal with his new club in the loss. Sean Richards had a goal and an assist for the Silvertips.
Dustin Wolf earned the win, making 30 saves on 34 shots. Facing 59 shots, Dean McNabb stopped 38 of the 44 shots sent his way while Griffen Outhouse surrendered three goals on 15 shots.
— Everett Silvertips (@WHLsilvertips) January 8, 2018
Tri-City Americans (4) at Kamloops Blazers (1)
Tri-City (22-12-5-0) // Kamloops (17-20-1-2)
Parker AuCoin remained hot for the Tri-City Americans Sunday, tallying a goal and three points as the Ams continued a four-game road trip with a 4-1 victory over the Kamloops Blazers.
Patrick Dea stood between the pipes for the victory, making 32 saves on 33 shots while Jordan Topping, Sasha Mutala and Tyler Jette’s first career WHL goal round out the Am’s offence Sunday.
Quinn Benjafield scored Kamloops’ lone goal Sunday. Dylan Ferguson (Vegas Golden Knights) stopped 23 of 26 shots in the loss.
AuCoin had the lone goal of the first and the Ams added a pair of goals in the second before both team’s traded goals in the third period.
— Tri-City Americans (@TCAmericans) January 8, 2018