Western Hockey League Three Stars: Friday, November 23, 2018
1. Dylan Cozens, Lethbridge Hurricanes: 2019 NHL Draft prospect Dylan Cozens of the lethbridge Hurricanes led his team to an 8-4 victory Friday against the Brandon Wheat Kings, recording the third hat trick of his WHL career and the first six-point game of his WHL career.
Cozens scored Lethbridge’s third, fourth, and sixth goals of the game. He also picked up assists on his team’s first, fifth, and seventh goals of the contest. Cozens’ previous career-high for points in a game was four, which he accomplished three times previously in his WHL career.
2. Calen Addison, Lethbridge Hurricanes: Pittsburgh Penguins prospect and Brandonite Calen Addison recorded the second five-point game of his WHL career Friday as the Lethbridge Hurricanes doubled up the Brandon Wheat Kings by an 8-4 score.
Addison recorded assists on Lethbridge’s second, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh goals of the game. Three of the assists were primary while a pair were secondary. The performance was the second time in Addison’s career he’s recorded five assists in a single contest. He picked up a similar total on December 3, 2017 against the Edmonton Oil Kings.
3. Brett Leason, Prince Albert Raiders: 2019 NHL Draft prospect Brett Leason recorded the third four-point game of his WHL career Friday, scoring twice and adding a pair of assists in a 7-3 win against the Medicine Hat Tigers.
Leason scored Prince Albert’s second and fourth goals of the game, with his second goal serving as his fifth short-handed goal of the season. Leason picked up primary assists on the Raiders’ third and sixth goals of the contest. The four-point performance put Leason in a tie for first place in WHL scoring with Edmonton Oil Kings captain Trey Fix-Wolansky sharing the mantle with him. Leason leads the WHL with 24 goals.
Lethbridge Hurricanes 8 at Brandon Wheat Kings 4
2019 NHL Draft prospect Dylan Cozens recorded the third hat trick of his WHL career and the first six point game of his WHL career as the Lethbridge Hurricanes scored an 8-4 win against the Brandon Wheat Kings at Westoba Place Friday.
The victory atoned for an 8-4 loss the Hurricanes took at the hands of the Wheat Kings on Saturday, September 29. In addition to Cozens’ big night, defenceman Calen Addison (Pittsburgh Penguins) recorded five assists while captain Jordy Bellerive (Pittsburgh Penguins) scored once as part of a three-point game. Rookie Nolan Jones added a pair of assists while Ty Kolle also scored twice.
Goals from Jake Elmer, Bellerive, and Cozens allowed the Hurricanes to roar out to a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes. Cozens’ seconds of the game and Kolle’s first came in the second to make it a 5-2 game after 40 minutes. Goals from Cozens, Kolle’s second of the night and a late power-play goal from Zachary Cox made it a strong final for Lethbridge.
Wheat Kings captain Stelio Mattheos (Carolina Hurricanes) scored twice while Ridly Greig and Connor Gutenberg also found the back of the net.
2019 NHL Draft prospect Luka Burzan added a pair of assists in the loss.
Edmonton Oil Kings 3 at Moose Jaw Warriors 4 (OT)
Tristin Langan’s second goal of the game came 3:08 into overtime as the Moose Jaw Warriors came back to beat the Edmonton Oil Kings 4-3 in overtime Friday at Mosaic Place.
Langan finished the contest with a three-point performance while Oil Kings’ captain Trey Fix-Wolansky (Columbus Blue Jackets) vaulted himself back into the WHL scoring lead with a goal and two assists.
Fix-Wolansky and Langan traded goals in the first period, while a blast from the point by 2019 NHL Draft prospect Matthew Robertson gave the Oil Kings the lead after 40 minutes.
The Warriors came roaring back in the third period however as Justin Almeida (Pittsburgh Penguins) scored his fourth of the season to tie up the game early in the final period of regulation. Less than a minute later though, former Warrior Vince Loschiavo struck for Edmonton to restore their one-goal lead. Kaeden Taphorn would tie up the game in the second half of the third period though, pushing both teams into overtime.
There, Dylan Myskiw made an initial save on one chance for the Warriors, but Langan was quick to pounce on the loose puck before beating the Oil Kings’ goaltender for the game-winning goal.
Brodan Salmond earned another victory, posting 29 saves on 32 shots. Myskiw finished with 23 saves.
Warriors captain Josh Brook (Montreal Canadiens) added three assists in the contest while Almeida added a helper for the multi-point game. Robertson added an assist for the multi-point effort as well.
Prince Albert Raiders 7 at Medicine Hat Tigers 3
Another four-point game from 2019 NHL Draft prospect Brett Leason and a pair of goals from Parker Kelly (Ottawa Senators) powered the Prince Albert Raiders to a 7-3 win against the Medicine Hat Tigers Friday, securing the team’s 15th-straight victory and tying a franchise victory.
Leading 2-0 after 20 minutes on goals from Ozzy Wiesblatt and Leason, the Raiders struck twice more in the second. First Leason cut behind the net with the puck, but sneakily fed the puck back to Kelly, who potted his first of two on the night, making it 3-0. Less than a minute later on the penalty kill, Ian Scott (Toronto Maple Leafs) picked up his second point in four games, feeding Leason with a long bank pass off the boards that sent him in on a short-handed breakaway, subsequently resulting in his fifth short-handed goal of the season.
The Tigers would make a game of things though, scoring midway through the second, then twice early in the third period to bring the game within a goal. 2019 NHL Draft prospect Josh Williams, Bryan Lockner, and Ryan Jevne found the back of the net.
Ultimately the Raiders would prevail though, scoring three late goals of their own as captain Brayden Pachal, Kelly’s second of the night, and a goal from 2019 NHL Draft prospect Aliaksei Protas rounded out the offensive showing.
Scott finished the game with 26 saves, earning his 19th victory of the season. Protas and Pachal each added an assist to their goal to secure multi-point performances.
Red Deer Rebels 3 at Kootenay ICE 2
A last-minute goal from Brandon Hagel (Chicago Blackhawks) broke a 2-2 deadlock and sent the Red Deer Rebels to a 3-2 victory against the Kootenay ICE Friday in Cranbrook, B.C.
The Rebels jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period as Dawson Barteaux (Dallas Stars) and Jeff de Wit scored 5:13 apart to give the road side an early lead. Cameron Hausinger struck back twice for the ICE though to tie up the game, scoring less than a minute after de Wit’s goal, then again 5:46 into the third period.
The Rebels would have the last laugh though, with Hagel scoring with 50 seconds to go, clinching the victory for the Central Division leaders in their fifth-straight victory.
Both teams put 29 shots on net, with 2019 NHL Draft prospect Ethan Anders stopping 27 of his 29. Jesse Makaj stopped 26 of 29 on his end.
Rebels captain Reese Johnson and defenceman Alexander Alexeyev (Washington Capitals) each added a pair of assists. Hagel added an assist to his goal for the multi-point game.
Victoria Royals 1 at Kelowna Rockets 5
Improving their record to 3-1 against the Victoria Royals, the Kelowna Rockets captured another win, 3-1.
Although the first period was quiet, the second and third pulsed with action. With a 5-on-3 advantage, 2019 NHL Draft prospect Kyle Topping scored the first goal for the Rockets by slipping it past the Royals’ goaltender. In the third, a patient pass by Erik Gardiner to Liam Kindree improved the Rockets score 2-0.
However, Victoria’s Kaid Oliver was quick to find the back of the net and put his team on the board, 2-1. To seal Kelowna’s 3-1 victory, Leif Mattson ended his 15-goal drought with an empty-net goal. Rightfully earning the first and second stars of the game, 2019 NHL Draft eligible Roman Basran stopped 23 of 24 shots and Griffen Outhouse saved 26 of 28 shots; respectively.
With Friday’s appearance, Outhouse set a Royals’ franchise record for career games played by a goaltender, surpassing the previous mark of 165 held by former teammate Coleman Vollrath.
Calgary Hitmen 5 at Seattle Thunderbirds 2
Earning a 5-2 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds, the Calgary Hitmen managed to stave off the attack of the American team Friday south of the border.
A dominant period by 2019 NHL Draft prospect Mark Kastelic put the Hitmen up 2-0 in the first period. Another quick and well-placed goal by Carson Focht in the second period improved the score to 3-0 for Calgary.
However, a short-handed, back-hand beauty by Seattle’s Matthew Wedman and a goal through heavy traffic by Zach Andrusiak put the Thunderbirds on the scoreboard to make it a close 3-2 race. With a few minutes left in the third, Luke Coleman notched the two empty net goals to confirm the Hitmen’s win, 5-2.
Returning to Seattle for the first time since his trade to Calgary, Carl Stankowski received support from Thunderbirds fans, stopping 24 of 26 shots.
Regina Pats 3 at Prince George Cougars 5
Despite scoring his third hat trick of his WHL career, Nick Henry (Colorado Avalanche) and the Regina Pats could not overcome the Prince George Cougars who captured a 5-3 victory Friday at the CN Centre in Prince George, B.C.
A quick two goals in the first period from Jackson Leppard and Joel Lakusta, gave the Cougars a strong lead in the game. In the second period, Henry turned on the gas to score not one, but three even-strength goals. However, Prince George recognized the threat and returned Henry’s achievement with two more goals from Josh Maser and Ethan Browne to finish the second period, 4-3.
With one minute left, Josh Curtis insured the Cougars win with an empty net goal to finish the game 5-3.
Isaiah DiLaura stopped 30 of 33 shots for the victory.
Kamloops Blazers 5 at Tri-City Americans 1
A busy first and second period earned the Kamloops Blazers a 4-1 win over the Tri-City Americans. Exchanging goals in the first period were Kamloops’ Orrin Centazzo and Tri-City’s Isaac Johnson.
In the second period, Centazzo notched his second goal, Nolan Kneen scored and 2019 NHL Draft prospect Quinn Schmiemann earned his first career WHL goal to put the Blazers up 4-1.
Despite a hard-fought period between the two teams, Dylan Ferguson (Vegas Golden Knights), stood strong in net for the Blazers to keep the 5-1 score in place and stopping 34 of 35 shots that came his way.