WHL Roundup: Warriors extend win streak to five, sweep home-and-home with Pats
Regina Pats (1) at Moose Jaw Warriors (3)
Regina (11-8-2-0) // Moose Jaw (15-4-0-0)
The Moose Jaw Warriors rolled to their fifth-straight victory Sunday, completing a home-and-home sweep of the Regina Pats with a 3-1 victory at Mosaic Place.
Jayden Halbgewachs led the way with a goal and an assist while Noah Gregor scored the game-winning goal as the Warriors became the first team in the WHL to reach 15 wins this season.
Halbgewachs and Bryan Lockner traded goals in the first period to keep the teams tied after 20 minutes. Gregor had the lone goal of the second and Tanner Jeannot added the insurance goal late in the third as the Warriors improved to 8-1 at home this season.
Branden Klatt and Oleg Sosunov each picked up assists in Friday. Braydon Buziak and Robbie Holmes assisted on the lone Pats goal.
Brody Willms delivered another strong performance, stopping 23 of 24 shots sent his way for the Warriors. Tyler Brown faced 46 shots, turning aside 43 of them in the loss.
— Moose Jaw Warriors (@MJWARRIORS) November 13, 2017
Edmonton Oil Kings (7) at Vancouver Giants (8)
Edmonton (5-12-2-0) // Vancouver (8-8-2-2)
Fans at the Langley Events Centre got their money’s worth and then some Sunday as the Vancouver Giants held off a furious charge by the Edmonton Oil Kings in the third period to win by a single goal.
James Malm had a hat trick and five points while Tyler Benson had three assists and Tyler Ho chipped in with a pair of helpers.
Davis Koch and Tomas Soustal led the charge for the Oil Kings. Koch had a pair of goals and four points while Soustal had one goal and five points. Conner McDonald had three assists in the one-goal loss.
The Giants jumped out to a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes thanks to goals from Malm, Brendan Semchuk and Ty Ronning. Ty Gerla had the first goal for the Oil Kings.
It was all Giants once the puck dropped in the second. Milos Roman and Matt Barberis scored two minutes apart early on, followed later in the period by three goals in a 3:48 span to close things out, giving the Giants an 8-1 lead after 40 minutes.
Much like the second belonged to the Giants, the third belonged to the Oil Kings. Koch and Soustal scored 25 seconds apart followed two minutes later by David Kope’s second of the season. Less than three minutes later, Koch had his second of the game to bring the Oil Kings within three.
That was how things stood until the final minute, when both Trey Fix-Wolansky and Colton Kehler scored 20 seconds apart. That caused some intrigue to the final five seconds of the game, but the Giants were able to hold off the Oil Kings until the clock ran out.
It wasn’t the greatest night to be a goaltender on either team. Todd Scott made 29 saves on 36 shots, earning the victory. Boston Bilous allowed three goals on 11 shots while Travis Child allowed five goals on 25 shots.
Four of Vancouver’s eight goals came on the power play, while two of Edmonton’s goals came on the man-advantage.
Game Over! Giants grab their second consecutive victory on home ice! @James_Malm had three goals and two assists for five points. @TylerBenson_17 had three helpers. 8-7 the final score as the Giants hang on to defeat the Oil Kings! Red Deer is up next on Wednesday at the LEC! pic.twitter.com/RAoJxaI0S2
— Vancouver Giants (@WHLGiants) November 13, 2017
Prince Albert Raiders (1) at Portland Winterhawks (6)
Prince Albert (8-7-3-0) // Portland (14-4-0-0)
Cody Glass and Brad Ginnell each scored twice, Henri Jokiharju tallied a goal and three points and the Portland Winterhawks dominated the Prince Albert Raiders Sunday at home for their 14th victory of the season.
Reigning Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week Cole Kehler made 28 saves on 29 shots for his 12th victory of the season.
Jordy Stallard opened the scoring with his 14th of the season to put the Raiders up 1-0 after 20 minutes, but the Winterhawks brought their best in the final 40.
Jokiharju and Brad Ginnell scored in the second period. In the third, Glass added a pair, including his 50th career WHL goal, Skyler McKenzie got on the board with his 15th of the season and Ginnell finished off his two-goal game as the Winterhawks scored four times in a 6:12 span to bust the game wide open.
Curtis Meger made 28 saves in the loss for Prince Albert. After allowing a goal in the first, Kehler stopped all 23 shots he faced in the second and third period combined.
???WINTERHAWKS WIN ??? what a time to be alive!
— Portland Winterhawks (@pdxwinterhawks) November 13, 2017