WHL Tonight: Aucoin, Americans sink Silvertips with third-period comeback
Western Hockey League Three Stars: Friday, January 11, 2019
1. Mark Kastelic, Calgary Hitmen: 2019 NHL Draft prospect and Calgary Hitmen captain Mark Kastelic scored twice, including the game-winning goal in overtime, as part of a three-point night in a 4-3 win over the Saskatoon Blades Friday.
Kastelic struck for his team’s first and fourth goals, adding a primary assist on his team’s second goal. The overtime goal came on the power play while his other two points came via even strength. The Phoenix, Ariz. product has 46 points (29G-17A) in 41 games this season and 136 points (70G-66A) in 238 WHL regular season games.
2. Cole Moberg, Prince George Cougars: Prince George Cougars defenceman Cole Moberg played a strong offensive role in his team’s 7-2 win over the Kelowna Rockets Friday, scoring twice and adding an assist for the three-point night.
Moberg scored the fifth and seventh goals of the contest for the Cougars at even strength, adding a primary even-strength assist on the team’s opening goal. The North Vancouver, B.C. product now has 24 points (9G-15A) in 38 games this season and 36 points (12G-24A) in 106 WHL regular season games.
3. Scott Atkinson, Edmonton Oil Kings: Edmonton Oil Kings forward Scott Atkinson recorded the first multi-goal game of his WHL career Friday, scoring twice and adding an assist in a 5-1 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Atkinson scored the first and fifth goals of the game for Edmonton, picking up an assist on the team’s fourth goal.
All three of his points came at even-strength, giving him 16 points (7G-9A) in 40 games with the Oil Kings this season. The Vancouver, B.C. product now has 27 points (9G-18A) in 91 WHL regular season games.
Red Deer Rebels 5 at Brandon Wheat Kings 3
A three-point night from Brett Davis (Dallas Stars) and two goals from Cameron Hausinger lifted the Red Deer Rebels to a 5-3 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings Friday in their final trip of the regular season to Manitoba.
Hausinger and Ben McCartney traded goals in the first period before the Rebels struck three times in the second. Alex Morozoff, Chris Douglas, and Davis all found the back of the net in a 9:16 span, bursting the game wide open in the middle period.
Wheat Kings captain Stelio Mattheos (Carolina Hurricanes) would strike back with his 27th of the season 15 seconds after Davis’ goal, but it wouldn’t be enough to spark the comeback. The second goals of the night from Hausinger and Mattheos featured in the third period as the Rebels closed out their 24th victory of the season.
2019 NHL draft prospect Ethan Anders stopped 22 of 25 shots in the win. Jiri Patera (Vegas Golden Knights) stopped 26 shots in the loss
Seattle Thunderbirds 7 at Moose Jaw Warriors 2
Moving their East Division road trip record to 3-2-0-0, the Seattle Thunderbirds firmly handled the Moose Jaw Warriors, winning 7-2.
Although it was 2019 NHL Draft prospect Brayden Tracey who scored the first goal of the game for Moose Jaw, Seattle would quickly dominate the second period with Nolan Volcan, Andrej Kukuca, Sean Richards and Keltie Jeri-Leon scoring four of seven goals. In the third period, the Warriors picked up speed and Tristin Langan scored on his own rebound to earn their second goal of the game.
Silencing Moose Jaw’s momentum quickly was another three goals from the Thunderbirds. Jarret Tyszka (Montreal Canadiens), Kukuca’s second of the game, and Tyler Carpendale all capitalized on the power-trip to finish the game 7-2.
Stopping 24 of 26 shots, Seattle’s Roddy Ross is on a three-game hot streak, moving to a perfect 3-0-0-0 after earning his first career WHL victory earlier in the week.
Portland Winterhawks 2 at Prince Albert Raiders 4
2019 NHL Draft prospect Brett Leason ended a six-game goalless streak in a big way Friday, scoring the deciding goal as the Prince Albert Raiders returned to the win column with a 4-2 decision over the Portland Winterhawks.
The win snapped the Winterhawks’ six-game winning streak and dropped the record on their East Division road trip to 4-1-0-0. Seth Jarvis continued his strong rookie campaign 6:57 into the first, sniping a shot by Ian Scott (Toronto Maple Leafs) from the slot to begin the scoring. However, the Raiders would equalize it moments later as a centring shot by Noah Gregor (San Jose Sharks) bounced in front to a passing Cole Fonstad (Montreal Canadiens), who buried the rebound for his 15th of the season.
Zack Hayes made it a 2-1 game later in the period as Gregor found the defenceman skating in from the blue line for his third of the season. The teams would enter the intermission tied though as WHL leading scorer Joachim Blichfeld (San Jose Sharks) found Jake Gricius for the easy tap-in on the 5-on-3 power play.
The Raiders would go ahead for good in the third as 2019 NHL draft prospect Aliaksei Protas found Leason streaking up ice, who quickly put it under Joel Hofer (St. Louis Blues). An empty-net goal from Sean Montgomery wrapped up the game.
Scott stopped 27 in the win while Hofer turned aside 23 in his Winterhawks debut.
Calgary Hitmen 4 at Saskatoon Blades 3 (OT)
On video game night, it was player two taking the victory as 2019 NHL Draft prospect and Calgary Hitmen captain Mark Kastelic scored his second goal of the game 88 seconds into overtime for the 4-3 win against the Saskatoon Blades.
Goals from Gary Haden and Kastelic featured in the first period, but the Blades took control of the game in the second as Kristian Roykas Marthinsen (Washington Capitals) and Ryan Hughes each found the back of the net, Hughes scoring his first in a Blades uniform.
The Hitmen weren’t out of the game for long though as Egor Zamula (Philadelphia Flyers) scored with 18 seconds left in the second period to bring the visitors within a goal. With Jack McNaughton pulled late in the third, Carson Focht’s shot from the point found its way through a mess of bodies to fool Nolan Maier, sending the game to overtime.
That’s where the captain would end it as Jake Kryski fed a pass across the zone to Kastelic, who beat an out-stretched Maier for the game-winning goal.
McNaughton battled back with 21 saves for the win while Maier finished with 35 saves in the overtime loss.
Regina Pats 2 at Medicine Hat Tigers 5
Making a splash on his new team, recently-acquired 2019 NHL Draft prospect Brett Kemp scored two of five goals for the Medicine Hat Tigers in a 5-2 win against the Regina Pats.
Exchanging goals in the first period, Elijah Brown and Riley Krane tied the game 1-1. In the second period, the Tigers kicked it up a notch with Kemp’s two goals and other additions from Cole Clayton and Linus Nassen (Florida Panthers). Regina’s Sebastian Streu also contributed with the Pats’ second goal of the game.
A tight, but scoreless third was enough for Medicine Hat’s Jordan Hollett (Ottawa Senators) to hold onto his 10th win of the year, stopping 20 of 22 shots.
Edmonton Oil Kings 5 at Lethbridge Hurricanes 1
In a Central Division clash between the Edmonton Oil Kings and Lethbridge Hurricanes, the Oil Kings came away with a 5-1 win Friday night in southern Alberta.
Opening the game on a positive note for Lethbridge was Adam Hall who scored the Hurricane’s lone goal of the game, also his first career WHL goal.
Promptly responding 19 seconds later, the Oil Kings set the pace for the rest of the game. Scott Atkinson, who scored his first goal of two for the night, both of which were unassisted, as well as Vince Loschiavo, Liam Keeler and Jalen Luypen all tallied points for Edmonton.
A final score of 5-1 for the Oil Kings earned Todd Scott his third win of the season as he stopped 24 shots from Lethbridge.
Kelowna Rockets 2 at Prince George Cougars 7
Multi-goal games from Josh Maser and Cole Moberg powered the Prince George Cougars to a 7-2 rout of the Kelowna Rockets as the Cougars made their triumphant return to the CN Centre Friday.
A four-goal first powered the Cougars’ path to victory as two goals from Maser, one from Ethan Browne, and another from Matej Toman came in a 10:38 span to blow the game wide open as it was just beginning.
Moberg’s first of two in the game came 15:31 into the second, making it a 5-0 game before the Rockets responded with a late goal from Leif Mattson to make it a 5-1 game after 40 minutes. In the third, a goal from 2019 NHL Draft prospect Nolan Foote was bookended by goals from Jack Sander and Moberg’s second of the game to put an end to the offensive showcase.
Vladislav Mikhalchuk and Joel Lakusta each added a pair of assists in the win as 12 Cougars picked up at least a single point in the victory. 2019 NHL Draft prospect Kyle Topping had a pair of assists in the loss.
2019 NHL Draft prospect Taylor Gauthier stopped 18 of 20 shots in the win.
Kamloops Blazers 1 at Victoria Royals 4
For the second time this week, the Royals come out victorious against the Blazers, taking a 4-1 win Friday.
Kody McDonald got Victoria on the board first with a rebound on Kaid Oliver’s shot, while Dino Kambeitz capitalized on a breakaway goal for Victoria to go ahead 2-0 over the Blazers.
In the third, Scott Walford (Montreal Canadiens) and Jermaine Loewen (Dallas Stars) traded goals for their respective teams, but it was Tanner Sidaway from the Royals who would seal the deal for Victoria’s win 4-1.
Highlight-worthy stops from Victoria’s Griffen Outhouse kept the Royals in control of the game as he turned aside 26 of 27 shots.
Tri-City Americans 4 at Everett Silvertips 3
Another tight game between the Tri-City Americans and Everett Silvertips ensued on Friday night as the Americans held on to a 4-3 win.
Although the game started slow in the first, a flurry of goals were scored in the second period. Bryce Kindopp’s deflection earned the Silvertips’ first goal, but the Americans responded with two goals from Kyle Olson (Anaheim Ducks) and captain Nolan Yaremko. Down 2-1, it was Zach Andrusiak’s 30th goal of the season that tied the game for Everett just before the end of the second period.
While Silvertips’ player Jake Christiansen managed another goal to take the lead, 2019 NHL Draft prospect Sasha Mutala was consistently crashing the net, which tied the game 3-3.
Reclaiming their original lead, Parker AuCoin picked up on a giveaway by the Silvertips, beating two defencemen straight-up the middle and going five-hole on Everett’s Dustin Wolf, shorthanded. Holding their breath for the last five minutes of the game, the Americans defended the 4-3 win.
Tri-City’s Beck Warm held onto the win in a tight game stopping 36 of 39 shots.