WHL Tonight: Royals split two-game set with Rockets in potential playoff preview

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Western Hockey League Three Stars: Tuesday, February 19, 2019

1. Kaid Oliver, Victoria Royals: Victoria Royals forward Kaid Oliver recorded the second four-point game of his WHL career Tuesday, scoring twice and posting a pair of assists in a 6-2 win against the Kelowna Rockets. Goals 26 and 27 on the season counted as the second and third of the game for the Royals, earning assists on the team’s fourth and fifth goals.

The 19-year-old from White Rock, B.C. is enjoying a career-best year with 49 points (27G-22A) in 56 games. Through 181 WHL regular season games, Oliver has 81 points (35G-46A). 

2. Parker AuCoin, Tri-City Americans: Tri-City Americans forward Parker AuCoin scored twice to record the 13th multi-goal game of his WHL career Tuesday in a 6-3 win against the Red Deer Rebels. AuCoin notched the Americans’ first goal of the game as well as their fourth goal, which stood up as the game-winning tally.

The St. Albert, Alta. product has surpassed the 30-goal plateau for the first time in his WHL career, recording 68 points (35G-33A) in 56 games this season. In 250 WHL regular season games, AuCoin has 164 points (81G-83A).

3. Kyle Olson, Tri-City Americans: Anaheim Ducks prospect and Tri-City Americans forward Kyle Olson recorded his 17th multi-point game this season, picking up a goal and two assists in a 6-3 win against the Red Deer Rebels. Olson scored the Americans’ fifth goal of the game, adding assists on their first and fourth goals.

The Calgary, Alta. product has now set career-high totals for goals, assists, and points this season with 62 points (21G-42A) in 52 games. In 179 WHL regular season games, Olson has 147 points (48G-99A).


Everett Silvertips 4 at Prince George Cougars 1 

Three goals in the third period broke open a 1-1 game as the Everett Silvertips downed the Prince George Cougars for the second night in a row by the same score.

Former Silvertip Ethan Browne opened the scoring with the only goal of the first period, giving the Cougars an early lead. 2019 NHL Draft prospect Taylor Gauthier was also on his game early, stopping all 14 shots by Everett in the first.

The Silvertips would bide their time before eventually getting on the board though. Late in the second, Zack Andrusiak would tie up the game with his 36th of the season to keep the teams deadlocked after 40 minutes.

Just 3:46 into the final period of regulation, the Silvertips would go ahead for good as Bryce Kindopp went from backhand to forehand quickly, making it 2-1. Two late goals from Reece Vitelli, including an empty-net goal, rounded out the scoring.

Gauthier stopped 33 of 36 shots in the contest, but ultimately took the loss. 2019 NHL Draft prospect Dustin Wolf stopped 16 of 17 shots for the win.

In addition to notching the game-winning goal, Kindopp picked up an assist on Andrusiak’s goal for the multi-point game. Robbie Holmes also added a pair of assists in the win.

Red Deer Rebels 3 at Tri-City Americans 6

The third period continued to haunt opponents of the Tri-City Americans Tuesday as the U.S. Division team reeled off five unanswered goals in the final period for a 6-3 win against the Red Deer Rebels.

In the 250th game of his WHL career, Parker AuCoin notched a pair of goals while Kyle Olson had a goal and three points in the victory.

Brandon Hagel (Chicago Blackhawks) gave the road team a 1-0 lead 28 seconds into the game, but AuCoin responded for the Americans to even up the score. The Rebels would find themselves back in the lead shortly though as Chris Douglas scored to make it 2-1 after 20 minutes and Brett Davis (Dallas Stars) made it a 3-1 game 72 seconds into the third period.

From then on though, the game would belong to the Americans. First, Riley Sawchuk and 2019 NHL Draft prospect Sasha Mutala scored goals within a minute of each other. AuCoin netted the game-winning goal 86 seconds after Mutala’s tally and extra goals from Olson and 2019 NHL Draft prospect Krystof Hrabik sent the Americans to Burger Ranch and into the win column.

Beck Warm recovered from early struggles to post 36 saves, earning his 30th win of the season and the 49th of his WHL career. Aaron Hyman had a pair of assists in the win. Hrabik, Mutala, and Sawchuk each had a goal and an assist.

Kelowna Rockets 2 at Victoria Royals 6

A pair of goals and four points from Kaid Oliver led the Victoria Royals to a 6-2 win against the Kelowna Rockets. The win split the two-game potential playoff preview on Vancouver Island.

Phillip Schultz added a goal and an assist and Griffen Outhouse stopped 34 of 36 shots for the win.

There was no doubt about Tuesday’s game as the Royals stormed out to a 3-0 lead through 20 minutes and a 5-0 lead in the second before the Rockets got on the board.  Logan Doust’s fifth goal of the season came just 44 seconds into the game and Oliver’s pair of goals made it 3-0 just 7:52 into the opening period.

Schultz would strike for another early-period goal, scoring 23 seconds into the middle period to make it 4-0. Just shy of five minutes later, Tarun Fizer got in on the fun with his 12th of the season.

To the Rockets’ credit, goals from Leif Mattson and 2019 NHL Draft prospect Nolan Foote would cut the deficit to three after 40 minutes, but it wouldn’t be enough on this night to spark the comeback. The only goal in the third period belonged to Kody McDonald, who had his 17th of the season make it a 6-2 final.

Four other Royals earned a single helper in the win. Liam Kindree had a pair of assists in the loss. Mattson factored into both goals, adding an assist on Foote’s tally.

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