Western Hockey League Three Stars: Sunday, February 17, 2019
1. Joachim Blichfeld, Portland Winterhawks: San Jose Sharks prospect Joachim Blichfeld of the Portland Winterhawks recorded the fourth hat trick of his WHL career as part of a four-point night in a 5-2 win against the Seattle Thunderbirds. Blichfeld scored the third, fourth, and fifth goals of the game for Portland, scoring the game-winning goal as a short-handed tally. He also added a power-play goal as well as an even-strength goal. Blichfeld earned a primary assist on Portland’s second goal.
The Frederikshavn, Denmark product continues to lead the WHL in scoring with 98 points (48G-50A) in 57 games. In 176 WHL regular season games, Blichfeld has 212 points (100G-112A).
2. Cody Glass, Portland Winterhawks: Portland Winterhawks captain and Vegas Golden Knights prospect Cody Glass recorded three assists Sunday in a 5-2 win against the Seattle Thunderbirds. Glass earned primary assists on the Winterhawks’ third, fourth, and fifth goals of the game.
In 36 games this season, the Winnipeg, Man. product has 21 multi-point games and 68 points (14G-54A) overall. In 237 WHL regular season games, Glass has 291 points (93G-198A).
3. Josh Paterson, Portland Winterhawks: Portland Winterhawks forward Josh Paterson picked up a goal and an assist Sunday in a 5-2 win against the Seattle Thunderbirds. Paterson scored the Winterhawks’ second goal of the game and added an assist on their fifth goal.
The Edmonton, Alta. product now has 44 points (21G-23A) in 57 games this season between the Winterhawks and Saskatoon Blades. In 262 WHL regular season games, Paterson has 150 points (81G-69A).
Seattle Thunderbirds 2 at Portland Winterhawks 5
WHL leading scorer Joachim Blichfeld (San Jose Sharks) recorded the fourth hat trick of his WHL career as part of a four-point night Sunday in a 5-2 win against the Seattle Thunderbirds.
The win clinched a spot in the 2019 WHL Playoffs for the Winterhawks.
Michal Kvasnica opened the scoring with a great individual effort, taking control of the puck in his own zone and charging up ice before beating the Seattle goaltender for the game’s opening goal. The Thunderbirds would have a response though as Jaxan Kaluski helped force a turnover near the blue line and went to the front of the net, where Keltie Jeri-Leon met him with a pass that was redirected by Kaluski into the net.
On the power play minutes later, the Winterhawks restored their lead. Blichfeld was set up for a one-timer that Cole Schwebius was able to stop, but the puck rebounded right to Josh Paterson, who was in the right spot to beat the goaltender.
Blichfeld would then take over the game, beginning with his fifth short-handed goal of the season. Captain Cody Glass (Vegas Golden Knights) found Blichfeld with the perfect stretch pass to create the breakaway, which the Denmark product made no mistake on.
Glass and Blichfeld teamed up on the power play minutes later for another goal. Jake Gricius forced a turnover on the sideboards and fed the puck down low to Glass, who put a pass between the skates of a defender to Blichfeld to shoot it into the open net.
Matthew Wedman got one back for Seattle to close out the second as he wrapped the puck around the net, going off the arm of Joel Hofer (St. Louis Blues) and into the net. That’d be all for Seattle though as Blichfeld completed his hat trick in the third to close out the game.
Hofer finished with 34 saves for the win while Schwebius stopped 47 of 52 in the loss.