Western Hockey League Three Stars: Sunday, November 25, 2018
1. Martin Fasko-Rudas, Everett Silvertips: Martin Fasko-Rudas recorded the first multi-goal game of his WHL career Sunday, scoring his team’s first two goals Sunday in a 5-3 win.
Rudas’ goals both came at even strength and counted as his fifth and sixth goals of the campaign. In 27 games this season, Fasko-Rudas has 13 points (6G-7A), matching his goal total from 70 games in the 2017-18 WHL Regular Season.
2. Jared Freadrich, Portland Winterhawks: Portland Winterhawks defenceman Jared Freadrich scored a single goal in his team’s 5-3 loss Sunday at home to the Everett Silvertips.
Freadrich’s goal was his first since November 2 against the Victoria Royals. To date, Freadrich has 19 points (3G-16A) in 24 games for the Winterhawks this season, the top-scoring defenceman on his team.
3. Luke Ormsby, Everett Silvertips: Luke Ormsby’s second goal of the season stood up as the game-winning goal as the Everett Silvertips captured a 5-3 win against the Portland Winterhawks Sunday evening.
The goal was Ormsby’s second of the month after scoring on November 17 against the Vancouver Giants. The game-winning goal was the fourth of his WHL career and marked the 10th goal of Ormsby’s WHL career.
Everett Silvertips 5 at Portland Winterhawks 3
Meeting for the sixth time already this season, the Everett Silvertips used a team effort to defeat the Portland Winterhawks by a 5-3 score Sunday afternoon at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
A pair of goals from Martin Fasko-Rudas, a strong 30-save performance in net by 2019 NHL Draft prospect Dustin Wolf guided the Silvertips to their fourth victory of the season series and their third-straight victory in general.
Fasko-Rudas kickstarted the scoring 1:53 into the first period, taking a Ronan Seeley pass between his legs, before stick-handling the puck past Shane Farkas for the game’s opening goal.
The Winterhawks were quick to respond though as Mason Mannek caught a trailing Jared Freadrich with a cross-ice pass that promptly went from the overage defenceman’s stick past Wolf to even up the game.
Fasko-Rudas quickly corrected the score to put Everett back in front. As the Silvertips dumped the puck in, Farkas went to play the puck, but the speedy Silvertips forward was also there to challenge him for the puck, stealing it and depositing the puck into the empty net as Winterhawks players made a valiant attempt to protect their net.
Reece Vitelli put together a beautiful play to put the Silvertips up by a pair of goals before time on the first period ran out. Taking control of the puck behind his own net, Vitelli carried the puck up and played it off the boards where Gage Goncalves looked to chip it back to Vitelli on the outside, taking care of the Winterhawks’ defender. Vitelli used the open time and space to streak in unopposed on Farkas and strike for the 3-1 goal.
The two second period goals came within seconds of each other as both teams found the back of the net. First, Fasko-Rudas passed the puck from the side boards to Luke Ormsby in the slot, whose shot trickled past Farkas an into the net.
Just 27 seconds later though, 2019 NHL Draft prospect John Ludvig’s centring attempt deflected off a few skates and onto the stick of Michal Kvasnica, who buried the puck past Wolf to get the home side back within a pair of goals.
In the third, the Silvertips ran into penalty trouble and the Winterhawks capitalized. On the man-advantage 9:27 into the period, Joachim Blichfeld (San Jose Sharks) worked a give-and-go with Ryan Hughes down low before beating Wolf from the slot, bringing his team within a goal. The goal was also Blichfeld’s 10th point of the season series, leading both sides.
That’d be all from the Winterhawks scoring-wise though as Silvertips captain Connor Dewar (Minnesota Wild) added his 21st of the season to bring the final to 5-3.
Farkas finished the game with 27 saves.
On Vitelli’s goal, Wolf picked up his second assist of the season and the sixth point of his WHL career.