WHL Tonight: Brkin backstops Chiefs to third straight win
Western Hockey League Three Stars: Wednesday, November 28, 2018
1. Ryan Jevne, Medicine Hat Tigers: The 20-year-old product of Edmonton secured his first career WHL hat trick as he posted a four-point performance in a 6-2 win over the Red Deer Rebels.
Jevne, a veteran of 237 career WHL regular season contests, now has 45 goals and 110 points to his credit, including 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 points in 27 games this season. Jevne’s 25 points are good enough for second in Tigers scoring, trailing only captain James Hamblin (11-18–29).
2. Trey Fix-Wolansky, Edmonton Oil Kings: The Columbus Blue Jackets prospect did all his team’s scoring Wednesday night, but unfortunately for them it was not enough as the Edmonton Oil Kings fell 6-3 to the visiting Prince Albert Raiders.
The 5-foot-7 Fix-Wolansky, a seventh-round selection (204th) of the Blue Jackets at the 2018 NHL Draft, was dangerous all night long as he logged his 16th, 17th and 18th goals of the campaign. With 55 points (18G-37A) in 28 games, the 19-year-old product of Edmonton sits second in the CHL scoring race.
3. Bailey Brkin, Spokane Chiefs: With a perfect 27-save performance, the 6-foot-2 product of Sherwood Park, Alta., recorded his third career WHL shutout, and second of the 2018-19 campaign.
Brkin was busy throughout, including a first period that saw him turn aside 13 shots.
The 19-year-old netminder is enjoying a breakout year in this his second full WHL season. Through 16 appearances, Brkin is 10-3-1-1 with a 2.50 goals-against average and .922 save percentage.
Brandon Wheat Kings 5 at Swift Current Broncos 1
Luka Burzan recorded two goals and an assist, helping the Brandon Wheat Kings claim a 5-1 win over the Swift Current Broncos.
Cole Reinhardt’s third goal of the campaign came 7:57 into the second period and went on to stand as the game-winning goal.
Import goaltender Jiri Patera turned aside 31 shots to claim his ninth win of the season. The victory snapped a three-game losing skid for the Wheat Kings as they improved to 11-7-3-3 on the season.
Prince Albert Raiders 6 at Edmonton Oil Kings 3
Trey Fix-Wolansky scored three times, but it wasn’t enough for the Edmonton Oil Kings as they fell 6-3 to the Prince Albert Raiders.
As for the Raiders, they extended their season-high winning streak to an astounding 18 games, pushing their overall record to 25-1-0-0. On the topic of streaks, 19-year-old Brett Leason secured three assists to extend his personal point scoring streak to 26 games. The veteran product from Calgary has registered at least one point in each Raiders game this season as he continues to lead the CHL in scoring with 59 points (26G-33A).
Ottawa Senators prospect Parker Kelly enjoyed a big night of his own, notching two goals and an assist.
Moose Jaw Warriors 3 at Kootenay ICE 1
Moose Jaw Warriors captain Josh Brook provided a goal and an assist, helping his squad to a 3-1 road win over the Kootenay ICE.
Brook’s eighth goal of the season came 3:35 into the second period and went on to stand as the eventual game-winner. Meanwhile, former Kootenay ICE forward Keenan Taphorn exacted some revenge on his former club as he tallied his sixth goal of the season to open the scoring for Moose Jaw in the first period.
Vancouver Canucks prospect Jett Woo rounded out the scoring for the Warriors, while 2019 NHL Draft prospect Peyton Krebs secured his seventh goal of the season in his return to action following a brief stint on the injury report.
Red Deer Rebels 2 at Medicine Hat Tigers 6
Overage forward Ryan Jevne exploded with three goals and an assist to boost the Medicine Hat Tigers to a 6-2 win over the Red Deer Rebels.
Jevne’s hat trick serves as the first of his career, with the 20-year-old product of Edmonton having now tallied 45 goals in 237 career WHL regular season games.
A 2-2 game after 40 minutes of play was blown open by the Tigers in the third period. Trevor Longo kick-started a four-goal outburst. Captain James Hamblin got in on the action before Jevne struck twice in the final 10 minutes of play to complete the hat trick.
Vancouver Giants 2 at Kelowna Rockets 1
Calgary Flames prospect Milos Roman remained hot as he scored his 14th goal of the season to give the Vancouver Giants a 2-1 road win over the Kelowna Rockets.
Roman’s game-winning goal came in the second period and served to extend his goal-scoring streak to four games. Since November 21, the Slovakian import has scored four times to help the Giants rattle off four consecutive wins.
Sophomore puck stopper Trent Miner turned aside 20 of 21 shots for his ninth win of the campaign.
Prince George Cougars 0 at Spokane Chiefs 4
Bailey Brkin blocked 27 pucks for his third career shutout and Riley Woods scored twice as the Spokane Chiefs blanked the Prince George Cougars by a 4-0 margin.
The 19-year-old Brkin’s perfect performance served as his second shutout of the season as he improved to 10-3-1-1 on the campaign.
As for Woods, he scored twice to reach the 20-goal plateau for the second consecutive season after notching a career-high 25 tallies in 2017-18.
Combined with a Portland loss, the win allowed the Chiefs to leapfrog the Winterhawks into second place in the US Division.
Saskatoon Blades 2 at Victoria Royals 1
Dorrin Luding turned aside 30 shots to backstop the Saskatoon Blades to a 2-1 triumph over the Victoria Royals.
Zach Huber registered his first goal as a member of the Blades 3:45 into the third period, and it went on to stand as the eventual game-winner. Huber, 18, was acquired from the Calgary Hitmen earlier this season. His first goal as a member of the Blades came in his 11th game with the Club.
Washington Capitals prospect Kristian Roykas Marthinsen opened the scoring with his eighth of the season for Saskaton while Montreal Canadiens prospect Scott Walford shelved a beauty backhander for his second of the year to get Victoria on the board.
Portland Winterhawks 1 at Everett Silvertips 4
Dustin Wolf, the reigning WHL Eli Wilson Goaltender of the Week, put forth yet another quality performance as he made 34 saves to help the Everett Silvertips to a 4-1 win over the Portland Winterhawks.
After falling behind 1-0, the Silvertips scored four unanswered goals beginning in the second period to cruise to victory. Reece Vitelli, Sean Richards, Martin Fasko-Rudas and Connor Dewar all managed to find the back of the net for Everett.
With the victory, Everett became the second WHL squad to hit the 20-win plateau. At 20-7-1-0, the Silvertips rank as the top team in the Western Conference and trail only the Prince Albert Raiders (25-1-0-0) in the WHL’s overall standings.