WHL Tonight: Schultz’s hat trick guides Royals to mid-week split with Thunderbirds
Western Hockey League Three Stars: Wednesday, February 6, 2019
1. Phillip Schultz, Victoria Royals: Victoria Royals rookie forward Phillip Schultz recorded the first hat trick of his WHL career Wednesday in a 5-3 win against the Seattle Thunderbirds. Schultz had the first, third, and sixth goals of the game for the Royals, also marking the first multi-goal game of his WHL career.
The product of Rodovre, Denmark now has 19 points (11G-8A) in 42 games this season.
2. Ty Kolle, Regina Pats: Regina Pats forward Ty Kolle tallied the first hat trick of his WHL career Wednesday, scoring all three goals for the Pats in a 4-3 loss to the Calgary Hitmen. Kolle’s three goals all came at even strength, giving him 21 points (11G-10A) in 49 games this season.
The Kamloops, B.C. product now has 38 points (18G-20A) in 122 WHL regular season games for his career.
3. Ryan Jevne, Medicine Hat Tigers: Medicine Hat Tigers forward Ryan Jevne recorded a pair of goals and a pair of assists for four points Wednesday as the Tigers rolled to a 6-3 win against the Kootenay ICE. Jevne notched the Tigers’ fourth and sixth goals of the game, getting credit for the game-winning goal. He also assisted on the team’s first and fifth goals.
The Edmonton, Alta. product now has 48 points (24G-24A) in 51 games this season and 133 points (59G-74A) in 261 WHL regular season games.
Moose Jaw Warriors 1 at Saskatoon Blades 6
Three-point games from Dawson Davidson and Kyle Crnkovic extended the Saskatoon Blades’ streak of games with at least a point to eight games (6-0-2-0) following a 6-1 win against the Moose Jaw Warriors Wednesday.
Each had a goal and two assists while 2019 NHL Draft prospect Kirby Dach and defenceman Nolan Kneen contributed a pair of assists in the win as well. The Blades spread out their scoring evenly with two goals in each period.
Goals from Crnkovic and captain Chase Wouters featured in the first while Ryan Hughes’ 20th of the season made it a 3-0 game early in the second. Justin Almeida (Pittsburgh Penguins) would respond with his 21st of the season to cut the lead to two, but Davidson scored late in the period to make it a three-goal game after 40 minutes.
Max Gerlach and Brandon Schuldhaus rounded out the scoring in the third while Nolan Maier added nine saves in the final 20 minutes to finish with 19 saves and the victory. Gary Haden extended his point streak to six games with an assist.
Regina Pats 3 at Calgary Hitmen 4
Riley Stotts (Toronto Maple Leafs) scored with 3:19 left in a regulation to break a 3-3 deadlock Wednesday as the Calgary Cowboys (Hitmen) slipped past the Regina Pats by a 4-3 score, overcoming a hat trick by Pats’ forward Ty Kolle.
Kaden Elder scored twice, captain and 2019 NHL Draft prospect Mark Kastelic added his team-leading 37th goal of the season to account for the other Hitmen goals.
After a scoreless first, the teams each scored twice in the second, then combined for three goals in the third period with the Hitmen gaining the most important lead of the night.
Jack McNaughton came through with 33 saves on 36 shots for the victory. Max Paddock stopped 34 shots in the loss.
Kastelic added an assist for the multi-point game while Cael Zimmerman tallied a pair of assists.
Medicine Hat Tigers 6 at Kootenay ICE 3
Ryan Jevne, Tyler Preziuso, and 2019 NHL Draft prospect Ryan Chyzowski combined for five goals and 10 points Wednesday as the Medicine Hat Tigers rolled to a 6-3 win against the Kootenay ICE.
Jevne had a pair of goals and four points, Chyzowski had a pair of goals and three points, and Preziuso added a goal and two assists in the game. Cole Clayton had the other goal for the Tigers in the game as part of a multi-point performance while captain James Hamblin added a pair of assists.
In net, 2019 NHL Draft prospect Mads Sogaard stopped 23 shots for the win. Another 2019 NHL Draft prospect in Jesse Makaj opposed Sogaard, stopping 45 of the 50 shots for the ICE. 2019 NHL Draft prospect and ICE captain Peyton Krebs, Jakin Smallwood, and Brad Ginnell scored in the loss.
Spokane Chiefs 5 at Kelowna Rockets 4
Two-goal games from 2019 NHL Draft prospects Luke Toporowski and Alex Swetlikoff highlighted a wild 5-4 win for the Spokane Chiefs against the Kelowna Rockets Wednesday night at Prospera Place.
Another 2019 NHL Draft prospect in Lassi Thomson opened the scoring, but Toporowski tallied his pair of goals in the remaining part of the first period to give the Chiefs a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.
Swetlikoff’s first goal in the WHL came 2:37 into the second period, tying up the game. That tie would be broken quick by another first-career goal as Connor Gabruch struck to restore the Chiefs’ one-goal lead. A goal from co-captain Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Los Angeles Kings) would extend Spokane’s lead to two heading into the third.
Swetlikoff’s second goal of the game brought the Rockets within a goal early in the third, but Jake McGrew (San Jose Sharks) put the game out of reach with his 22nd of the season. A late short-handed goal by 2019 NHL Draft prospect Nolan Foote would make things interesting, though goaltender Reece Klassen held together in the dying minutes of regulation to earn the victory, stopping 29 of 33 shots.
Leif Mattson contributed four assists in the win while 2019 NHL Draft prospect Kyle Topping added a pair of helpers. Chiefs co-captain Ty Smith (New Jersey Devils) added a pair of helpers in the winning cause.
Seattle Thunderbirds 3 at Victoria Royals 5
Phillip Schultz notched the first hat trick of his WHL career Wednesday, sending the Victoria Royals to a 5-3 victory against the Seattle Thunderbirds.
2019 NHL Draft prospect Henrik Rybinski opened the scoring, but Schultz would pot his first of the night on a power play late in the period to to keep the teams tied after 20 minutes.
In the second, Kaid Oliver’s 21st of the season and Schultz’s second of the game put the Royals in front. Andrej Kukuca would tally twice in the third as the Thunderbirds battled back, but Schultz’s hat-trick goal and a game-winning goal by Dino Kambeitz would keep the lead at two by the final buzzer.
Brock Gould took Wednesday’s win, stopping 22 shots. Roddy Ross stopped 34 shots in the loss.
Scott Walford (Montreal Canadiens) recorded a trio of assists in the contest. Tyler Carpendale and Noah Philp each had a pair of assists for the Thunderbirds in the loss.
Vancouver Giants 4 at Prince George Cougars 3 (OT)
The Prince George Cougars battled back to force overtime, but 2019 NHL Draft prospect Bowen Byram sank their chances at two points, scoring 57 seconds into the extra period Wednesday to deliver the Giants a 4-3 victory at the CN Centre.
Following a scoreless first, the Giants went ahead in the second as goals from captain Jared Dmytriw, Brayden Watts, and Aidan Barfoot made it a 3-0 game. The Cougars had plenty of resolve in them though as Vladislav Mikhalchuk and Josh Maser scored late in the middle period to cut the deficit to one entering the third.
In the final period of regulation, Reid Perepeluk’s first of the season tied up the game, but the Cougars would earn just the single point as Byram scored after electing to shoot on an odd-man rush early in the extra frame.
Making his first start since January 27, David Tendeck (Arizona Coyotes) stopped 28 of 31 shots for the win. 2019 NHL Draft prospect Taylor Gauthier stopped 26 shots in the narrow loss.