WHL Tonight: Goalies shine between the pipes in Saturday’s results
Western Hockey League Three Stars: Saturday, November 17, 2018
1. Mads Sogaard, Medicine Hat Tigers: 2019 NHL Draft prospect Mads Sogaard stopped all 48 shots for the first shutout of his WHL career Saturday in a 2-0 win against the Swift Current Broncos Saturday.
Sogaard stopped 16 shots in the first, 12 in the second, and 20 in the third. The product of Aalborg, Denmark has appeared in 11 WHL games this season, sporting a 5-2-1-2 record, 2.48 goals-against-average, a 0.930 save percentage, and the one clean sheet.
2. Reese Johnson, Red Deer Rebels: Red Deer Rebels captain Reese Johnson scored three goals, including the game-winning goal in overtime as the Rebels won 5-4 in extra time against the Kootenay ICE.
Johnson’s goal gave the Rebels leads of 3-2, 4-3, and 5-4 in the contest and gave him 20 points (13G-7A) through 21 games this season. The hat trick was the second of his WHL career, with his first coming earlier this season against the ICE.
To date, Johnson has appeared in 141 WHL regular season games, posting 67 points (41G-26A).
3. Mark Kastelic, Calgary Hitmen: Calgary Hitmen captain and 2019 NHL Draft prospect Mark Kastelic posted the first hat trick of his WHL career Saturday as the Hitmen rolled to a 5-1 victory against the Spokane Chiefs.
Kastelic scored Calgary’s first three goals and provided all their offence through 40 minutes. The 19-year-old product of Phoenix, Ariz. has 30 points (19G-11A) in 22 games this season with the Hitmen. He also now has an even 120 points (60G-60A) in 219 WHL regular season games.
Prince Albert Raiders 6 at Brandon Wheat Kings 0
Ian Scott (Toronto Maple Leafs) stopped all 26 shots to pick up his second shutout of the week as the Prince Albert Raiders put together a complete effort in a 6-0 win against the Brandon Wheat Kings at Westoba Place Saturday.
Sean Montgomery scored twice while Noah Gregor (San Jose Sharks) and 2019 NHL Draft prospect Brett Leason each added a goal and an assist. Sergei Sapego added three assists in the victory.
Goals from Montgomery and Carson Miller put the Raiders up 2-0 after 20 minutes. After a scoreless second, the Raiders turned on the jets to score four times in the third period, including goals 19 seconds apart by Cole Fonstad (Montreal Canadiens) and Leason, who extended his point streak to 21 games with the multi-point performance.
Jiri Patera (Vegas Golden Knights) finished the game with 40 saves while four Wheat Kings finished with three shots each to lead their team.
Ian Scott had his goal-scoring streak snapped at one game in Saturday’s win.
Tri-City Americans 3 at Saskatoon Blades 5 – Dach 4 points
A tight game between the Tri-City Americans and Saskatoon Blades earned the Saskatchewan team a win at home by a 5-3 final Saturday. 2019 NHL Draft prospect Kirby Dach, who would go on to earn four points, and Mitchell Brown matched goals in the first period.
The battle continued in the second with Josh Patterson and Dom Schmiemann exchanging goals to finish the period 2-2. In the third, Tri-City’s Parker AuCoin took the lead with his 12th point of the season, but Blades forward Eric Florchuk (Washington Capitals) went on to score two goals and Randen Schmidt scored his first career WHL goal as the game-winning strike to finish the game 5-3 in Saskatoon’s favour.
Also contributing to the Blades win was draft eligible Nolan Maier, stopping 29 of 32 shots.
Medicine Hat Tigers 2 at Swift Current Broncos 0
A pair of 2019 NHL Draft prospects guided the Medicine Hat Tigers to a 2-0 victory against the Swift Current Broncos Saturday night in Speedy Creek.
Two first-period goals from Ryan Chyzowski 5:13 apart was all the offence Medicine Hat needed Saturday while Mads Sogaard stopped all 48 shots sent his way for the first shutout of his WHL career.
Joel Hofer (St. Louis Blues) stopped 28 shots in the defeat while Alex Moar led the Broncos with six shots in the contest.
Daniel Baker and Josh Williams picked up the only assists in the contest.
Kelowna Rockets 3 at Edmonton Oil Kings 1
After getting shut out in Red Deer the night before, the Kelowna Rockets were fueled with determination, which paid off in a 3-1 win against the Edmonton Oil Kings.
In the first period, confusion and traffic around the net gave David Kope the opportunity to score the lone goal for the Edmonton Oil Kings, but Liam Kindree was quick to return the favour with a goal for the Rockets. In the second period, a three-way passing play by Kelowna allowed 2019 NHL Draft prospect Nolan Foote to score on a wrist shot. Leif Mattson also tipped a puck into the net in the third period to put the Rockets up 3-1.
A scoreless third and solid performance from 2019 NHL Draft prospect Roman Basran locked in the Rockets win with 26 saves on 27 shots.
Moose Jaw Warriors 3 at Lethbridge Hurricanes 2
Battling the Lethbridge Hurricanes, the Moose Jaw Warriors captured at a tight 3-2 win Saturday in southern Alberta.
Top scorer for Moose Jaw, Tristan Langan, opened the game with his powerful shot leading the game 1-0. In the second period, 2019 NHL Draft prospect Logan Barlage ripped it past the Warriors’ goaltender to even the score 1-1, but 2019 NHL Draft prospect Brayden Tracey answered right back for the visitors, upping the Warrior’s score 2-1.
Langan again couldn’t be controlled in Lethbridge’s crease as he added another goal to the Warriors total in the third. With their best attempt to even the game, Zachary Cox scored on a rebound to move the Hurricane’s closer to the Warriors, but his team could not finish the task of the comeback.
Aiding the Warriors in their first win of this weekend’s road trip was Brodan Salmond stopping 22 of 24 shots.
Kootenay ICE 4 at Red Deer Rebels 5 (OT)
A back-and-forth game between the Kootenay ICE and Red Deer Rebels went to overtime where captain Reese Johnson notched his hat-trick goal and the game-winning goal in overtime.
In the first, second and third period, both teams matched goals. Owen Pederson’s first career WHL goal, a pair of goals from Connor McClennon, and Jonathan Smart all found the back of the net for the ICE while Jeff de Witt, Alex Morozoff and Johnson’s hat trick featured for the Rebels.
Brandon Hagel (Chicago Blackhawks) tallied four assists in the contest, including the primary assist on the game-winning goal in overtime.
Kamloops Blazers 5 at Prince George Cougars 1
Kamloops Blazers captain Jermaine Loewen (Dallas Stars) scored in the final minute of the first and second periods Saturday, sending the Kamloops Blazers to a 5-1 victory against the Prince George Cougars at the CN Centre.
Josh Pillar continued his solid rookie campaign, opening the scoring from the slot 18:35 into the first period. Just 41 seconds later, Loewen came around from behind the net and beat the goaltender to make it a 2-0 game after 20 minutes.
After Loewen had the only goal of the second period to make it 3-0, the Blazers scored twice in rapid succession as Zane Franklin and Luc Smith struck 20 seconds apart.
Mike McLean responded for the Cougars with 3:35 to go in regulation, scoring his second of the season, but that’s all the offence the Cougars would provide in the game. Martin Lang added a pair of assists for the Blazers while both Franklin and Smith each added a helper for the multi-point performance. Five other Blazers collected a single assist in the win.
Dylan Ferguson (Vegas Golden Knights) stopped 13 of 14 shots for the 50th win of his WHL career. 2019 NHL Draft prospect Taylor Gauthier stopped 31 shots in the defeat.
Portland Winterhawks 4 at Seattle Thunderbirds 6
Liam Hughes posted a career-high 51 saves Saturday as the Seattle Thunderbirds got back in the win column with a 6-4 victory against the Portland Winterhawks.
The six goal for Seattle were spread out evenly through all three periods, with Andrej Kukuca’s third-period goal counting as the game-winning goal.
The game didn’t start out well for Seattle though as goals from Jake Gricius and Clay Hanus had the Winterhawks up 2-0 7:59 into the game. The Thunderbirds responded with goals from Jared Davidson, the first of his WHL career, and Samuel Huo though to keep the score level after 20 minutes.
Matthew Wedman did all the scoring in the second period, scoring his sixth and seventh goals of the season 37 seconds apart to quickly put the Thunderbirds in the driver’s seat. Kukuca’s goal made it a three-goal advantage in the third before the Winterhawks could respond with Nick Perna’s first career WHL goal cutting the deficit back to two goals.
Zack Andrusiak and Jake Gricius traded goals in the final 10 minutes of the third to round out the scoring.
Wedman added an assist for the three-point night while captain Nolan Volcan added three assists in the victory. Winterhawks captain Cody Glass (Vegas Golden Knights) each added a pair of assists in the loss.
Hughes’ night featured 14 saves in the first, 17 in the second, and 20 more in the third. Dante Giannuzzi stopped 30 shots in the loss.
Calgary Hitmen 5 at Spokane Chiefs 1
Earning their third-straight win, the Calgary Hitmen captured a 5-1 win against the Spokane Chiefs Saturday.
Opening the game with a wrap-around goal, captain Mark Kastelic put the Hitmen on the board 1-0.
Scoring his second of the game in the second period, Kastelic improved the score 2-0. Later in the second, a four-on-two rush for Spokane allowed 2019 NHL Draft prospect Adam Beckman to score his 10th goal of the season and put the Chiefs on the board, but Kastelic wasn’t finished his run. After the puck came right into the slot from behind the net, Kastelic ripped it past the goaltender to earn his first career WHL hat trick.
Heading into the third with a 3-1 lead, Riley Stotts (Toronto Maple Leafs) scored twice to finish the score 5-1. Stopping 33 of 34 shots that came his way, Carl Stankowski proved very valuable in Calgary’s win.
Regina Pats 1 at Victoria Royals 2
A late goal from Tanner Sidaway helper his current team down his former team as the Victoria Royals earned a 2-1 victory against the Regina Pats Saturday night on Vancouver Island.
Pats captain Jake Leschyshyn (Vegas Golden Knights) and Kaid Oliver traded goals in the first period. The game then remained tied until there was but 2:45 left in regulation, with the late goal proving to be a dagger for the Pats’ hopes of a victory.
Griffen Outhouse stopped 17 of 18 shots for the 97th victory of his WHL career. Max Paddock stopped 25 of 27 shots in the one-goal loss.
Mitchell Prowse, Scott Walford (Montreal Canadiens), D-Jay Jerome, and Dino Kambeitz each picked up an assist for the Royals. Austin Pratt and Sebastian Streu contributed the helpers on Leschyshyn’s 15th of the season.
Vancouver Giants 5 at Everett Silvertips 6
A battle of the top two teams in the WHL’s Western Conference lived up to the hype Saturday night.
An 11-goal game between the Everett Silvertips and the Vancouver Giants went down to the final seconds south of the 49th parallel as the Silvertips prevailed by a 6-5 score.
Their second-straight win at home, the Silvertips started the game on captain Connor Dewar’s (Minnesota Wild) first of the game. Luke Ormsby then scored midway through the second period to give the Silvertips a 2-0 advantage. The Giants would strike back for a goal from the stick of Davis Koch, but just 34 seconds later, Sean Richards scored following a beautiful pass from Dawson Butt to restore the two-goal lead.
Just minutes after that, Jake Christiansen added his sixth of the season to give the home side a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes.
The Giants found some resolve in the second intermission, coming out flying in the third. After Matt Barberis and Richards’ second of the night kept the deficit at three, quick goals from Jared Dmytriw and Koch’s second of the night put the visitors within a goal.
A well-timed empty-net goal from Dewar, his second of the night, ended up as the game-winning goal after Dawson Holt scored late.
Milos Roman (Calgary Flames) added three helpers in the contest while Dmytriw added two helpers to his goal for the three-point night.
Butt added a second assist while Artyom Minulin recorded three assists for his first points at home as a member of the Silvertips.
2019 NHL Draft prospect Dustin Wolf emerged with his 15th victory of the season.