WHL Tonight: Blichfeld’s four-point night guides Winterhawks over Royals as Sharks prospects dominate
Western Hockey League Three Stars: Wednesday, December 12, 2018
1. Joachim Blichfeld, Portland Winterhawks: San Jose Sharks prospect Joachim Blichfeld of the Portland Winterhawks recorded the 16th multi-point game of the season and sixth of four points or more Wednesday with a pair of goals and two assists in a 7-2 win over the Victoria Royals.
Blichfeld scored the fourth and seventh goals of the game for the Winterhawks, assisting on the team’s third and sixth goals as well. Blichfeld now ranks first in the WHL for goals and third in scoring with 61 points (29G-32A) through 32 games. The product of Frederikshavn, Denmark now has 175 points (81G-94A) in 151 WHL regular season games with the Winterhawks.
2. Noah Gregor, Prince Albert Raiders: San Jose Sharks prospect Noah Gregor of the Prince Albert Raiders posted the fifth multi-goal game of his 2018-19 season, giving him 21 for his WHL career. Gregor scored Prince Albert’s first and second goals, adding a primary assist on their third goal.
The Beaumont, Alta. product now has 39 points (16G-23A) in 27 games with the Raiders this season. In 221 WHL regular season games, Gregor has posted 244 points (102G-142A).
3. Ryan Hughes, Portland Winterhawks: Portland Winterhawks forward Ryan Hughes recorded the sixth multi-goal game of his WHL career Wednesday in Portland’s 7-2 win against the Victoria Royals.
Hughes scored the first and third goals of the game for the Winterhawks, adding a primary assist on their seventh goal of the game. The Edmonton, Alta. product now has 26 points (12G-14A) in 27 games this season and 137 points (59G-78A) in 214 WHL regular season games.
Edmonton Oil Kings 5 at Prince Albert Raiders 6 (OT)
The Prince Albert Raiders scored twice in the third, then had Cole Fonstad (Montreal Canadiens) scored exactly two minutes into overtime, keeping the WHL and Canadian Hockey League’s top-ranked team perfect at home with a 6-5 win against the Edmonton Oil Kings Wednesday.
After Noah Gregor (San Jose Sharks) and Conner McDonald traded goals in the first period, things got crazy in the second. Gregor’s second of the game, Kelly’s 14th goal of the season and goals from Carter Souch, Jake Neighbours, and 2019 NHL Draft prospect David Kope featured in a 9:25 span during the middle period, placing the Oil Kings in the lead by a single goal heading to the third.
Max Martin and Carson Miller quickly turned the tide of the game against Edmonton with goals in the third, forcing the visiting side to pull their goalie late. The move would pay off though as Vince Loschiavo scored with 6.6 seconds to go in regulation. Fonstad would put any fears of a loss to bed however, scoring the game-winning goal in the extra period.
Gregor scored twice for his three-point night while Martin and Fonstad each had similar performances with a single goal and two assists.
McDonald had a goal and two helpers in the loss for for Edmonton. Scott Atkinson had a pair of assists in the game. Oil Kings captain Trey Fix-Wolansky (Columbus Blue Jackets) picked up an assist in the game to move back into a tie for the WHL scoring lead with Brett Leason.
Regina Pats 3 at Swift Current Broncos 4
Three unanswered goals, including a pair in the third period, powered the Swift Current Broncos to a 4-3 win over the Regina Pats Wednesday at home.
In WHL on Access action, the Broncos and Pats delivered a strong script, with the Pats jumping out to a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes on goals from Scott Mahovlich and Brett Clayton. Andrew Fyten and Riley Krane traded goals through the first half of the second period to keep the Pats’ lead at two, but from there on out it was all Broncos.
Fyten’s second of the game brought Swift Current within a goal after 40 minutes. In the third, Joona Kiviniemi tied up the game and Tanner Nagel secured the game-winning goal with 3:16 left in regulation.
Joel Hofer (St. Louis Blues) was once again sensational, posting 36 saves. Max Paddock stopped 33 for the Pats in the loss.
Kelowna Rockets 1 at Lethbridge Hurricanes 5
Carl Tetachuk stopped 26 of 27 shots and five different players scored for the Lethbridge Hurricanes Wednesday as they earned a 5-1 win against the visiting Kelowna Rockets in a rare cross-conference meeting.
First-period goals from Zachary Cox and Jake Leschyshyn (Vegas Golden Knights) put the home side up 2-0 after 20 minutes. Jake Elmer then added the only goal of the second to make it a 3-0 score heading to the third. Liam Kindree would get the Rockets on the board in the third, but not before captain Jordy Bellerive and Taylor Ross added goals.
2019 NHL Draft prospect Dylan Cozens added a pair of assists while Ross added a helper for the multi-point game. The victory improved the Hurricanes to 7-1-2-0 in their past 10 games, moving them into second place in the Central Division, four points behind the Red Deer Rebels for the division lead.
Kamloops Blazers 2 at Medicine Hat Tigers 4
Ryan Jevne recorded his fifth multi-goal game of the season and 2019 NHL Draft prospect Mads Sogaard stopped 36 shots as the Medicine Hat Tigers doubled up the Kamloops Blazers by a 4-2 score Wednesday at the Canalta Centre.
Jevne’s 15th goal of the season came on a beautiful end-to-end rush and Tyler Preziuso’s 13th of the season featured in the first period as the Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 lead, with a short-handed goal from Jevne early in the second, making it a 3-0 game. To the Blazers’ credit, goals from Connor Zary and Brodi Stuart would bring the visiting side within a goal, but Daniel Baker’s second goal of the season added the needed insurance in the third to complete the victory.
Dylan Ferguson (Vegas Golden Knights) stopped 31 shots for Kamloops in the loss.
Everett Silvertips 3 at Spokane Chiefs 4 SO
Jake McGrew (San Jose Sharks) and Nolan Reid scored in the shootout for the Spokane Chiefs while Bailey Brkin turned aside both shooters from the Everett Silvertips in a 4-3 victory for the Chiefs Wednesday night at home.
The result put an end to the Silvertips nine-game winning streak as the Chiefs have now won three of their past four games.
Silvertips’ captain Connor Dewar (Minnesota Wild) opened the scoring 3:50 into the first, but the Chiefs responded with a goal from Luc Smith with 10 seconds to go in the period, keeping the teams tied after 20 minutes.
Max Patterson’s 10th of the season put the Silvertips out in front again in the second, but the Chiefs one again responded as goals from Luke Toporowski and Adam Beckman made it a 3-2 game in favour of the home side. Bryce Kindopp’s 14th of the season would put the two teams back into a dead heat however forward the rest of the second period and ultimately regulation.
Dewar was the lone player from either side to record a multi-point game, adding an assist to his first-period goal.
Brkin stopped an impressive 43 shots in regulation and overtime before denying the final two shooters from Everett. 2019 NHL Draft prospect Dustin Wolf stopped 32 of 35 shots in the game.
Portland Winterhawks 7 at Victoria Royals 2
One day after the Victoria Royals hung seven goals on the Portland Winterhawks, the Winterhawks returned the favour in a 7-2 victory Wednesday to close out a two-game series on Vancouver Island.
Like the Winterhawks did Tuesday, the Royals jumped out a 2-0 lead early with the first career WHL goal from Ty Yoder and the third of the season from Scott Walford (Montreal Canadiens) featured in the opening 14:57 of the contest.
The Winterhawks came on strong in the second though, potting four goals as a pair of goals from Ryan Hughes, one from Seth Jarvis and another from Joachim Blichfeld (San Jose Sharks) featured in the period.
Jaydon Dureau started the scoring 2:01 into the third with his seventh of the season, followed by a goal from 2019 NHL Draft prospect Reece Newkirk and Blichfeld’s second of the game.
Jake Gricius added three assists in the contest, Newkirk added a pair of helpers for the three-point night, while Clay Hanus had a pair of assists. Blichfeld added two assists in the game s well for the four-point night. Hughes added an assist to complete his three-point game as well.
In net, Shane Farkas had a bounce-back effort for the Winterhawks, stopping 24 shots.