WHL Tonight: Leason tricks Hurricanes as Raiders extend winning streak to 14 games
Western Hockey League Three Stars: Tuesday, November 20, 2018
1. Brett Leason, Prince Albert Raiders: 2019 NHL Draft prospect Brett Leason recorded the first hat trick of his WHL career Tuesday as the Prince Albert Raiders rolled to a 5-1 win against the Lethbridge Hurricanes, keeping them perfect at home.
Leason scored the first, third, and fourth goals of the game for Prince Albert, with two of his goals coming in the third period. The Calgary, Alta. product now has 47 points (22G-25A) in 22 games for the Raiders this season, leading the league in goals and points.
2. Dustin Wolf, Everett Silvertips: 2019 NHL Draft prospect Dustin Wolf stopped all 26 shots sent his way Tuesday as the Everett Silvertips rolled to a 4-0 win against the Calgary Hitmen.
Wolf stopped 10 shots in the first, 11 in the second, and five in the third for the sixth shutout of his WHL career and second of the 2018-19 WHL Regular Season. The Tustin, Calif. product in now 16-7-1-0 this season, while also sporting a 1.87 goals-against-average, 0.924 save percentage and two shutouts.
3. Brayden Pachal, Prince Albert Raiders: Prince Albert Raiders captain Brayden Pachal scored once and added a pair of assists as his team rolled to their 14th-straight victory Tuesday in a 5-1 win against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
Pachal scored the game-winning goal late in the second period while also picking up assists on his team’s first and fourth goals. The Estevan, Sask. product is eighth in scoring among WHL defencemen in the Eastern Conference with 16 points (3G-13A)
Lethbridge Hurricanes 1 at Prince Albert Raiders 5
2019 NHL Draft prospect Brett Leason recorded the first hat trick of his WHL career in a 5-1 win for the Prince Albert Raiders over the Lethbridge Hurricanes Tuesday at the Art Hauser Centre.
The goals were number 20, 21, and 22 of the season for Leason, who regained the mantle as the WHL’s goal-scoring leader from Portland Winterhawks forward Joachim Blichfeld. He also overtook Edmonton Oil Kings captain Trey Fix-Wolansky for the scoring lead in the league as well with his 47th point of the campaign.
After Leason had the only goal of the first, Taylor Ross tied up the game 28 seconds into the second period. Captain Brayden Pachal would restore the one-goal lead for the Raiders late in the period however, scoring the eventual game-winning goal with 1:05 left in the period.
In the third period, the Raiders exercised the option of scoring to defend their lead as a pair of goals from Leason, including his league-leading fourth short-handed goal of the year, featured in the frame. A second short-handed goal from the stick of Kody McDonald wrapped up the victory in a neat little package.
Ian Scott (Toronto Maple Leafs) was…well, Ian Scott, stopping 29 of 30 shots in the contest to run his November save percentage to a league-best 0.972 through five games.
McDonald picked up an assist for the multi-point game while Parker Kelly (Ottawa Senators) added three helpers in the victory.
Now a perfect 13-0-0-0 at home, the Raiders will now head out onto the road for seven-straight games.
Regina Pats 3 at Kamloops Blazers 2
Riley Krane’s third goal of the season came midway through the third period Tuesday as the Regina Pats picked up the first win of their B.C. Division road trip in a 3-2 decision against the Kamloops Blazers.
Zane Franklin opened the scoring with the only goal of the first, but the Pats responded with three-straight goals as Marco Creta and Nick Henry (Colorado Avalanche) both found the back of the net in the second period. Up 3-1 on Krane’s goal, the Pats gave up a goal to Kyrell Sopotyk to make the game close in the third, but the visiting Pats would prevail in the end.
Max Paddock was solid between the pipes, stopping 33 of 35 shots for the victory.
Henry picked up an assist for the multi-point game while captain Jake Leschyshyn (Vegas Golden Knights) and Sebastian Streu each picked up a helper.
Orrin Centazzo, 2019 NHL Draft prospect Quinn Schmiemann, Montana Onyebuchi, and Josh Pillar each picked up a single assist in the contest while Dylan Ferguson (Vegas Golden Knights) stopped 28 of 31 shots.
Calgary Hitmen 0 at Everett Silvertips 4
2019 NHL Draft prospect Dustin Wolf of the Everett Silvertips did his best brick wall impersonation Tuesday night, stopping all 26 shots in a 4-0 blanking of the Calgary Hitmen.
The Silvertips struck 7:16 into the first period on a goal from Riley Sutter (Washington Capitals) and didn’t look back, adding three more goals in the third from the sticks of Dawson Butt, Martin Fasko-Rudas, and Bryce Kindopp.
Wolf and the Silvertips’ defence were ready to answer the call of any challenge as he stopped 10 shots in the first, 11 in the second, and five in the third.
Sutter, Butt, and Kindopp each picked up a single assist to go with their goal in the contest. Sean Richards contributed a pair of assists in the victory while Jake Christiansen added a single assist.
Jack McNaughton stopped 29 of 33 shots in the loss for Calgary. Hitmen captain Mark Kastelic led the Hitmen with four shots in Tuesday’s game.