WHL Tonight: Gauthier, Cougars down Broncos at home to push winning streak to three
Western Hockey League Three Stars: Sunday, October 21, 2018
1. Trey Fix-Wolansky, Edmonton Oil Kings: The 19-year-old prospect of the Columbus Blue Jackets recorded his third three-point game of the season to boost the Oil Kings to a 6-3 win over the Kootenay ICE.
Fix-Wolansky set career highs with 32 goals, 57 assists and 89 points in 71 games last season. Only 14 games into the 2018-19 campaign, Fix-Wolansky is on pace to secure 44 goals, 68 assists and 112 points. Coming out of Sunday evening, the 5-foot-7 sniper sits third in the WHL in scoring with 23 points (9G-14A).
2. Jackson Leppard, Prince George Cougars: The 18-year-old product of North Vancouver factored into every Cougars goal as Prince George scored a 3-1 win over the Swift Current Broncos.
Sunday’s outburst represents the first multi-point performance of the season for the 6-foot-2, 200-pound left winger. In 11 contests this season, Leppard has collected six points (2G-4A).
A former first-round selection (eighth overall), Leppard has 46 points (19G-27A) to his credit through 116 career WHL regular season contests.
3. Owen Hardy, Vancouver Giants: The 19-year-old product of Nanaimo, B.C., chipped in with two goals as the Giants knocked off the Kelowna Rockets by a 3-1 score Sunday evening.
The 6-foot-1, 202-pound Hardy improved his season total to five points (4G-1A) with the effort. A veteran of 180 career WHL regular season contests, the former second-round bantam pick (42, 2014) has amassed 51 points (25G-26A) over the course of his career.
Swift Current Broncos 1 at Prince George Cougars 3
The Prince George Cougars notched their third-straight victory Sunday afternoon as they began a three-game home stand at the CN Centre, downing the visiting Swift Current Broncos by a 3-1 score.
Ethan Browne and Tanner Nagel traded goals in the first period while Jackson Leppard and Josh Curtis were responsible for the offence in the second and third periods. Leppard picked up a pair of assists for the three-point game while Curtis assisted on Leppard’s second period goal for the multi-point effort.
Honoured pre-game for his Gold Medal victory at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, 2019 NHL Draft prospect Taylor Gauthier stopped 30 of 31 shots. Joel Hofer (St. Louis Blues) stopped 37 of 40 shots in the loss.
Kootenay ICE 3 at Edmonton Oil Kings 6
Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Trey Fix-Wolansky recorded three points as the Edmonton Oil Kings doubled up the visiting Kootenay ICE by a 6-3 margin Sunday at Rogers Place.
Fix-Wolansky, a product of Edmonton, notched a power-play goal in the first period, one of three Oil Kings tallies to come on the man advantage. 2019 NHL Draft prospect Matthew Robertson and rookie forward Jake Neighbours also struck on the power play as the Oil Kings went 3-for-8 with the extra attacker.
Belarusian import Andrei Pavlenko also enjoyed the second multigoal game of his WHL career, contributing twice for Edmonton.
The victory snapped an eight-game winless streak for the Oil Kings.
Everett Silvertips 5 at Regina Pats 1
The Everett Silvertips improved to 4-1-0-0 in their past five games Sunday, downing the Regina Pats at the Brandt Centre.
Nick Henry (Colorado Avalanche) opened the scoring for the home side, but the Silvertips responded with five unanswered goals to charge to victory.
Less than three minutes after Henry’s goal, Sean Richards struck for his first of the season, keeping the two teams tied after 20 minutes. Reece Vitelli scored the eventual game-winning goal 66 seconds into the second period, serving as the only goal of the period.
The Silvertips tacked on the offence in the final period as Bryce Kindopp, Riley Sutter (Washington Capitlas), and an empty-net goal from Jake Christiansen featured. Sutter picked up an assist for the multi-point effort while extending his point streak to five games.
Each team found the back of the net once on the power play with the Silvertips getting seven opportunities with the extra man to the Pats’ four.
Dustin Wolf stopped 20 of 21 shots for his seventh victory of the season and the 20th of his WHL career.
Kelowna Rockets 1 at Vancouver Giants 3
The Vancouver Giants put an end to the Kelowna Rockets two-game winning streak Sunday at the Langley Events Centre, winning by a 3-1 final.
Owen Hardy started and ended the scoring in the contest, recording the third multi-goal game of his WHL career. 2019 NHL Draft prospect Bowen Byram added a pair of assists in the victory while Trent Miner stopped 28 of 29 shots for his third victory of the season.
Goals from Hardy and rookie Justin Sourdif in the first and second period respectively had the Giants leading 2-0 after 40 minutes.
2019 NHL Draft prospect Kyle Topping extended his point streak to eight games with a goal in the third, making the game close, but Hardy put it out of reach with his second of the contest.