Western Hockey League Three Stars: Saturday, February 2, 2019
1. Connor Dewar, Everett Silvertips: Minnesota Wild prospect and Everett Silvertips captain Connor Dewar tallied the first six-point game of his WHL career Saturday, scoring four goals and adding a pair of assists in a 7-2 win against the Seattle Thunderbirds. Dewar scored the first, second, fourth, and fifth goals of the game for Everett, adding assists on the sixth and seventh goals of the contest.
A product of The Pas, Man., Dewar’s big night gives him 70 points (35G-35A) in 47 games this season, the second-straight 35-goal campaign of his WHL career and the first time he’s reach 70 points in a single season. In 258 WHL regular season games, Dewar has 186 points (98G-88A).
2. Jake Christiansen, Everett Silvertips: Everett Silvertips defenceman Jake Christiansen recorded the first four-point game of his WHL career Saturday, scoring once and adding three assists in a 7-2 win against the Seattle Thunderbirds. Christiansen scored the third goal of the game, also the game-winning goal, while adding helpers on the team’s second, fifth, and seventh goals.
The West Vancouver, B.C. product is having a carer-best season, posting 37 points (9G-28A) in 50 games. Overall, he’s recorded 95 points (20G-75A) in 242 WHL regular season games.
3. Mark Kastelic, Calgary Hitmen: 2019 NHL Draft prospect and Calgary Hitmen captain Mark Kastelic recorded his 13th multi-goal game this season as part of a three-point night in a 5-1 win against the Red Deer Rebels.
Kastelic scored the first and fourth goals of the game for the Hitmen, adding an assist on their third goal. The Phoenix, Ariz. product now has 58 points (36G-22A) in 50 games. In 247 WHL regular season games, the 19-year-old has 148 points (77G-71A).
Moose Jaw Warriors 3 at Prince Albert Raiders 4
2019 NHL Draft prospect Brett Leason scored with 2:25 to go in regulation Saturday, breaking a 3-3 deadlock and pushing the Prince Albert Raiders ahead for good in a 4-3 win against the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors.
A back-and-forth contest saw the Raiders always in the lead or tied, though the third place team in the East Division gave the league leaders all they could handle. A pair of Montreal Canadiens prospects tallied goals in the first period as Cole Fonstad put the Raiders ahead before Warriors’ captain Josh Brook answered back late in the period.
In the second, Sean Montgomery’s 21st of the season restored the one-goal lead, but just shy of 10 minutes later on in the period, 2019 NHL Draft prospect Brayden Tracey responded for the Warriors with his 23rd of the campaign. That tie would again be short-lived as Kaiden Guhle blasted home the puck from the point 33 seconds later to give the home side a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes.
With 4:15 left in the third, the Warriors finally equalized the game on a Justin Almeida (Pittsburgh Penguins) goal, though less than two minutes later, Leason put the Raiders ahead for good.
Ian Scott (Toronto Maple Leafs) claimed the win, stopping 28 of 31 shots. Brodan Salmond stopped 31 shots in the loss.
Edmonton Oil Kings 4 at Saskatoon Blades 3 (OT)
For the second night in a row, Edmonton Oil Kings captain Trey Fix-Wolansky (Columbus Blue Jackets) scored the game-winning goal, striking 30 seconds into overtime Saturday to guide his team past the Saskatoon Blades by a 4-3 score.
Gary Haden continued his strong play of late with goals in the first and second period, but first-period goals from Conner McDonald and 2019 NHL Draft prospect Vladimir Alistrov kept the teams tied 2-2 after 40 minutes.
Max Gerlach broke the deadlock 11:54 into the third period, but McDonald’s second of the contest would push the game into extra time. Fix-Wolansky, who assisted on McDonald’s late game-tying goal, tallied his 28th of the season in the extra frame to send the Oil Kings to their fourth-straight victory.
Facing 41 shots, Dylan Myskiw finished with 38 saves while Nolan Maier stopped 31 in the loss. With his two goals, Haden now has nine goals in his past four games. McDonald has been on a hot streak of his own from Edmonton’s blue line with seven goals in his last five games.
Brandon Wheat Kings 0 at Medicine Hat Tigers 5
2019 NHL Draft prospect Mads Sogaard stopped all 16 shots sent his way Saturday as the Medicine Hat Tigers shutout the Brandon Wheat Kings by a 5-0 score.
Offensively, captain James Hamblin and Ryan Jevne each had a goal and an assist while Linus Nassen (Florida Panthers) added a pair of assists. Goals from Logan Christensen, Elijah Brown, and 2019 NHL Draft prospect Brett Kemp also featured in the game as the Tigers scored three times in the first, adding single goals in each of the second and third periods.
Caiden Daley led the Wheat Kings with three shots in the game.
Calgary Hitmen 5 at Red Deer Rebels 1
Going down 1-0 to the Red Deer Rebels after 20 minutes, the Calgary Hitmen reeled off five unanswered goals to earn a 5-1 win in central Alberta Saturday night. The win pulled the Hitmen to within two points of the Rebels in the Central Division.
Dawson Barteaux (Dallas Stars) opened the scoring 12:12 into the first period, but that’d be all the scoring for the Rebels Saturday. 2019 NHL Draft prospect and Hitmen captain Mark Kastelic tied up the game 3:07 into the second period and just before the midpoint of the frame, Carson Focht and Kaden Elder found the back of the net to make it a 3-1 game.
Kastelic’s second of the game came in the second-half of the period and James Malm scored his 21st of the season midway through the third. Jack McNaughton stopped 23 of 24 shots in the game, including all 18 shots from the Rebels over the final 40 minutes.
Kastelic picked up an assist for the three-point game while Elder added a pair of helpers to his goal for a trio of points as well.
Swift Current Broncos 2 at Lethbridge Hurricanes 4
Three first-period goals powered the Lethbridge Hurricanes to a 4-2 win over the Swift Current Broncos Saturday night to keep pace with the Edmonton Oil Kings in the Central Division race.
Danila Palivko opened the scoring 7:03 into the contest, but Ethan Regnier responded with 6:12 to go in the period to tie up the game. Just two minutes after Regnier’s goal, captain Jordy Bellerive (Pittsburgh Penguins) lifted the Hurricanes to a 2-1 lead. Before the end of the period Noah Boyko got in on the scoring action with his fifth of the season to give Lethbridge a two-goal lead after 20 minutes.
In the second, Calen Addison (Pittsburgh Penguins) scored a slick goal on a spin-o-rama play before picking a perfect spot on the wide side of the next to extend the lead to three. Connor Horning would get one back for the Broncos minutes later, but that’d be the last goal of the game as the Hurricanes hung on to double up their visitors.
Carl Tetachuk stopped 15 of 17 shots for the win. Riley Lamb finished with 41 saves for the Broncos.
Prince George Cougars 2 at Vancouver Giants 4
A pair of goals from Milos Roman (Calgary Flames) and a three-point night from Dylan Plouffe guided the Vancouver Giants to a 4-2 win against the Prince George Cougars Saturday in B.C.’s Lower Mainland.
Goals from Roman and Cole Moberg had the game tied through 20 minutes, while goals from Plouffe and Josh Maser kept the game tied after two periods. In the third, Justin Sourdif broke the deadlock with his 13th goal of the season. Roman would add an empty-net goal to close out the victory.
In net, 2019 NHL Draft prospect Trent Miner stopped 15 of 17 shots for the win. Davis Koch added a pair of assists in the victory for the Giants.
Kamloops Blazers 1 at Kelowna Rockets 2 (OT)
2019 NHL Draft prospect Lassi Thomson struck 4:14 into overtime Saturday, leading the Kelowna Rockets to a 2-1 victory against the Kamloops Blazers.
The first-career goal of Trevor Wong’s WHL career opened the scoring 3:25 into the third period, but Blazers captain Jermaine Loewen (Dallas Stars) responded minutes later to pull the Blazers even after regulation.
2019 NHL draft prospect Roman Basran stopped 17 of 18 shots in the win. Dylan Ferguson (Vegas Golden Knights) turned aside 22 shots in the loss.
Tri-City Americans 2 at Victoria Royals 1 (SO)
Beck Warm stopped 33 of 34 shots through 65 minutes, then allowed just one goal on three shots in the shootout at the Tri-City Americans earned a split of their weekend series on Vancouver Island against the Victoria Royals with a 2-1 shootout win Saturday.
First-period goals from Parker AuCoin and Phillip Schultz kept the teams tied through the first 65 minutes of play. In the shootout, Nolan Yaremko and Kyle Olson (Anaheim Ducks) found the back of the net in the skills contest while D-Jay Jerome had the lone shootout goal for the Royals.
Griffen Outhouse stopped 23 of 24 shots for the Royals through 65 minutes before narrowly taking the loss.
Seattle Thunderbirds 2 at Everett Silvertips 7
Captain Connor Dewar (Minnesota Wild) recorded the first four-goal and six-point game of his WHL career Saturday as the Everett Silvertips scored a 7-2 win as part of a home-and-home sweep against the Seattle Thunderbirds.
Defenceman Jake Christiansen added a goal and three assists for the first four-point game of his WHL career while Wyatte Wylie (Philadelphia Flyers) and Bryce Kindopp each added a goal and an assist in the win. Rookie Gage Goncalves added three assists in the victory while 2019 NHL Draft prospect Gianni Fairbrother added a pair of helpers as the Silvertips’ blue line accounted for eight points (2G-6A).
2019 NHL Draft prospect Dustin Wolf stopped 22 of 24 shots for the win. Andrej Kukuca and Keltie Jeri-Leon scored in the loss while Simon Kubicek had a pair of assists.
Spokane Chiefs 5 at Portland Winterhawks 6 (SO)
Jake Gricius scored the deciding goal in the shootout as the Portland Winterhawks won a wild 6-5 contest against the Spokane Chiefs Saturday.
Nine different players, five on Portland and four on Spokane, scored in regulation Saturday as the two teams went back-and-forth. The Chiefs took an early 1-0 lead only for the Winterhawks to respond with three-straight goals, forcing the Chiefs to fire back with a pair of their own and one more Portland goal to make it a 4-3 game after 40 minutes.
In the third, the Winterhawks went ahead 5-3, only to have the Chiefs respond with a pair midway through the period to force overtime. Nolan Reid was the lone player on either side with multiple goals Saturday.
Cross Hanas led the Winterhawks in regulation with a goal and three points while Filip Kral (Toronto Maple Leafs) and 2019 NHL Draft prospect Adam Beckman each had a goal and two assists themselves. Eli Zummack had a pair of helpers.
After stopping 35 shots in regulation and overtime, Joel Hofer (St. Louis Blues) came through with a pair of stops in the shootout to pick up his 11th victory this season.