WHL Tonight: Pandemonium in Kelowna and Kamloops as Rockets, Blazers set up tie-breaker game

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Western Hockey League Three Stars: Saturday, March 16, 2019

1. Martin Fasko-Rudas, Everett Silvertips: Everett Silvertips forward Martin Fasko-Rudas recorded the first hat trick of his WHL career Saturday in a 5-1 win against the Victoria Royals. Fasko-Rudas scored the first, second, and fourth goals of the game for the Silvertips, notching a power-play goal, a short-handed goal, and an even-strength goal.

The Banska Bystrica, Slovakia product had 31 points (15G-16A) in 60 games this season. In 130 games for his WHL career, the 18-year-old has 46 points (21G-25A).

2. Connor Gutenberg, Brandon Wheat Kings: Brandon Wheat Kings forward Connor Gutenberg recorded the first four-point game of his WHL career Saturday in a 5-4 shootout win against the Regina Pats. Gutenberg scored Brandon’s third goal, picked up short-handed assists on their second and fourth goals, and had a primary assist on their opening goal 19 seconds into the game.

The Brandon, Man. product finished off his season with 47 points (16G-31A) in 67 games. For his 249-game WHL career, the 19-year-old has 147 points (53G-94A).  

3. Brodan Salmond, Moose Jaw Warriors: Goaltender Brodan Salmond of the Moose Jaw Warriors stopped all 22 shots Saturday to record the fifth shutout of his WHL career in a 6-0 win against the Swift Current Broncos. Salmond stopped eight shots in the first, seven in the second, and seven in the third for the clean sheet.

The 20-year-old from Calgary, Alta. posted a 21-10-4-1 record in 37 games this season with a 2.73 goals-against-average, .906 save percentage, and two shutouts. For his 93-game WHL career, Salmond compiled a 49-29-6-2 record, 3.03 GAA, .894 SV%, and five shutouts.


Regina Pats 4 at Brandon Wheat Kings 5 (SO) 

2019 NHL Draft prospect Luka Burzan scored the deciding goal in the shootout as the Brandon Wheat Kings topped the Regina Pats 5-4 to end their regular season with a win.

Connor Gutenberg had a goal and four points while Ty Kolle responded with a pair of goals and an assist for the three-point performance. Braydyn Chizen’s goal 19 seconds into the first kicked off an early scoring flurry as Linden McCorrister and Carter Massier to keep the score 2-1 in Brandon’s favour after 20 minutes.

Gutenberg and Kolle then traded goals in the second period to keep the Wheaties ahead by one heading to the third. Kolle tied up the game in third while Ben McCartney and Austin Pratt traded late goals to send the teams off to extra time.

Ten shooters later, Burzan buried the deciding goal to send the Wheat Kings into the win column one last time this season.

Saskatoon Blades 1 at Prince Albert Raiders 3

The Prince Albert Raiders put on a good show for the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy Saturday in their regular-season finale, skating to a 3-1 victory against the Saskatoon Blades.

Noah Gregor (San Jose Sharks) scored twice, including notching the game-winning goal 10:23 into the first. In the final regular season home game of his WHL career, Sean Montgomery opened the scoring with his 29th of the season. Max Gerlach scored for Saskatoon in the loss.

Ian Scott (Toronto Maple Leafs) stopped 24 of 25 shots in the win. Dorrin Luding stopped 29 of 32 shots in the loss.

Swift Current Broncos 0 at Moose Jaw Warriors 6

Moose Jaw Warriors forward Tristin Langan pulled himself into a tie for the WHL scoring lead with a pair of goals and three points while teammate Justin Almeida (Pittsburgh Penguins) added a goal and three points in a 6-0 win against the Swift Current Broncos.

Overage goaltender Brodan Salmond stopped all 22 shots sent his way for the fifth shutout of his WHL career. Following a scoreless first period, Carson Denomie and Langan found the back of the net in the second. In the third, Almeida, Langan, Kjell Kjemhus, and Daemon Hunt all scored to round out the offence.

Hours after signing a three-year, entry-level contract with the Vancouver Canucks, Jett Woo (Vancouver Canucks) tallied a pair of assists. Luke Ormsby also added a pair of helpers while captain Josh Brook (Montreal Canadiens) picked up a helper.

Calgary Hitmen 1 at Edmonton Oil Kings 6 

The Edmonton Oil Kings clinched their fourth Central Division title in franchise history Saturday afternoon, dismantling the Calgary Hitmen by a 6-1 score.

Scott Atkinson had a pair of goals while 2019 NHL Draft prospect Matthew Robertson had a pair of assists in the win. Hitmen captain and 2019 NHL Draft prospect Mark Kastelic opened the scoring in the first, but the Oil Kings responded with six unanswered goals, including four in the second.

Vince Loschiavo, 2019 NHL Draft prospect Josh Williams, Jake Neighbours, and Atkinson scored in the middle period. Atkinson’s second of the game and Conner McDonald’s 19th goal of the season featured in the third.

Dylan Myskiw stopped 21 of 22 shots in the win.

Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 at Medicine Hat Tigers 2 

The Lethbridge Hurricanes earned a 3-2 win against the Medicine Hat Tigers, earning bragging rights in the regional rivalry for the final time in the regular season Saturday.

2019 NHL Draft prospect Brett Kemp opened the scoring, but the Hurricanes struck for three-straight goals via two from Nick Henry (Colorado Avalanche) and one from Jake Elmer (New York Rangers). Sporting the ‘C’ for the final regular season home game of his WHL career, Ryan Jevne scored late in game to close the gap to one, but that’s as close as they’d come.

Bryan Thompson stopped 29 of 31 shots for the Hurricanes in the win.

Kamloops Blazers 4 at Prince George Cougars 2

The Kamloops Blazers rose to the occasion Saturday, scoring three times in the third period to defeat the Prince George Cougars 4-2 and extend their season by three more days at the very least.

Captain Jermaine Loewen (Dallas Stars) scored twice, including an empty-net goal, while Connor Zary provided another highlight-reel goal while short handed to serve as the game-winning goal.

Kobe Mohr and Vladislav Mikhalchuk traded goals in the middle period to keep the teams tied after 40 minutes. With 5:21 left in the third, a shot from Cole Moberg deflected off the stick of a Blazer defender and past Dylan Garand for the go-ahead goal. Kamloops would respond though, scoring three unanswered goals for the win.

Zary added a pair of helpers for the three-point night while Garand finished with 29 saves on 31 shots for the victory.

Vancouver Giants 2 at Kelowna Rockets 3 (OT)

With the Kelowna Rockets’ season on the line in overtime, Mark Liwiski scored the biggest goal of his young WHL career to date, sending his team to a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Giants.

Needing a win to guarantee themselves a spot in a tie-breaker game or a spot in the 2019 #WHLPlayoffs, Cayde Augustine scored 78 seconds after Justin Sourdif to keep the teams in a 1-1 tie after 20 minutes. The Rockets took their first lead of the game in the second as 2019 NHL Draft prospect Alex Swetlikoff put forth a strong effort to beat David Tendeck at the side of the net.

The Giants would cast the Rockets’ future in doubt though with a goal in the final minute of regulation from Jadon Joseph to force overtime.

Fortunately for the Rockets, Liwiski would put the game away and his team in the win column 3:40 into the extra period.

2019 NHL Draft prospect Roman Basran earned the win with 19 saves on 21 shots.

Victoria Royals 1 at Everett Silvertips 5

A hat trick from Martin Fasko-Rudas and 18 saves from Max Palaga sent the Everett Silvertips into the 2019 WHL Playoffs on a high note with a 5-1 win.

After Fasko-Rudas scored the lone goal of the first period, he began a three-goal second period with his second of the game 30 seconds into the middle period. Dawson Butt’s ninth of the season came 12 seconds later while Fasko-Rudas’ hat-trick goal came while short handed later in the period.

Jalen Price notched his seventh goal of the season in the third while D-Jay Jerome broke up the shutout bid with his 23rd of the season.

Portland Winterhawks 2 at Seattle Thunderbirds 5

A pair of goals and three points from Noah Philp as well as 45 saves from Roddy Ross delivered a 5-2 win for the Seattle Thunderbirds Saturday at home against the Portland Winterhawks.

Matthew Wedman notched his 40th goal of the season and captain Nolan Volcan notched the 100th goal of his WHL career in his final regular season home game. Owen Williams also scored in the victory, adding an empty-net goal.

Jared Freadrich and Josh Paterson scored for Portland in the loss.

Tri-City Americans 1 at Spokane Chiefs 10 

In need of a victory to give themselves a shot at home-ice advantage in the first round of the 2019 #WHLPlayoffs, the Spokane Chiefs left nothing to chance.

2019 NHL Draft prospect Adam Beckman had a hat trick and four points, rookie forward Bear Hughes had a pair of goals in his WHL debut, and Bailey Brkin stopped 19 of 20 shots. Ethan McIndoe added a goal and three points as part of the offensive showcase.

Jake McGrew (San Jose Sharks), Luc Smith, and Nolan Reid each chipped in a goal and an assist. Eli Zummack had three assists while co-captain Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Los Angeles Kings) had a pair of helpers.

The Chiefs scored three goals in the first, six in the second, and one in the third. A short-handed strike from Americans’ captain Nolan Yaremko was the team’s lone goal of the game.

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