WHL Tonight: Silvertips double up Chiefs, winning streak hits seven
Western Hockey League Three Stars: Wednesday, December 5, 2018
1. Trey Fix-Wolansky, Edmonton Oil Kings: Columbus Blue Jackets prospect and Edmonton Oil Kings captain Trey Fix-Wolansky recorded the third four-point game of the season and the sixth of his WHL career Wednesday, scoring once and adding three assists in a 6-1 win against the Regina Pats.
The Edmonton, Alta. product marked the milestone of three-straight 20-goal seasons with a first period goal, then moved himself back into a tie for the WHL scoring lead with his assists later in the contest. Fix-Wolansky now has 61 points (20G-41A) in 31 games. Overall, the 19-year-old has 204 points (76G-128A) in 172 WHL regular season games.
2. Jett Woo, Moose Jaw Warriors: Vancouver Canucks prospect and Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman Jett Woo record the first four-point game of his WHL career Wednesday, scoring once and adding three assists in a 6-5 overtime loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers. Woo scored the opening goal of the contest for the Warriors, then added three assists later in the contest.
The 18-year-old product of Winnipeg, Man. reached the 20-point plateau for the third-straight season with the performance, giving him 20 points (5G-15A) in 22 games this season. Overall, Woo has 68 points (19G-49A) in 138 WHL regular season games.
3. Ryan Jevne, Medicine Hat Tigers: Medicine Hat Tigers forward Ryan Jevne recorded his third multi-goal game of the season Wednesday, scoring in overtime to lift the Tigers to a 6-5 win against the Moose Jaw Warriors.
Jevne scored the second of three goals for the Tigers in the contest while also picking up a primary assist on his team’s goal to open the second period. Through 31 games this season, the 20-year-old has 28 points (12G-16A). The Edmonton, Alta. product has 113 points (47G-66A) in 241 WHL regular season games.
Medicine Hat Tigers 6 at Moose Jaw Warriors 5 (OT)
Ryan Jevne completed his third multi-goal game of the season 76 seconds into overtime Wednesday as the Medicine Hat Tigers won a wild 6-5 contest against the Moose Jaw Warriors.
The action got going right from the beginning as Jett Woo (Vancouver Canucks) opened the scoring, followed by three-straight goals from the tigers as Joel Craven, Jevne, and the first career WHL goal from Daniel Baker put the Tigers in control. The Warriors would escape the period just down a goal though as Luke Ormsby made an immediate impact with his new club, scoring his fourth goal of the season.
The two teams didn’t wait long to return to the scoring flurry in the second either as Tyler Preziuso’s 12th of the season came 104 seconds into the middle period. Tristian Langan and Josh Brook (Montreal Canadiens) would find the back of the net in the rest of the period, but a goal from Tigers captain James Hamblin in between the two kept the visiting side ahead by a goal with 20 minutes to go.
After nine goals in the opening 40 minutes, the Warriors would have the only goal of the third as Keenan Taphorn struck for his seventh of the season, sending both teams to overtime, where Jevne put an end to the high-scoring affair.
A bright spot for the Warriors in the game came via Woo, who recorded the first four-point game of his WHL career in the loss. Jevne had a pair of goals and an assist while the defenceman Baker had a goal and two assists for the first multi-point game of his WHL career. 2019 NHL Draft prospect Ryan Chyzowski added a trio of assists in the victory.
Both Jordan Hollett (Ottawa Senators) and Adam Evanoff each stopped 40 shots in the games, with Hollett earning the victory. Hollett also picked up the lone assist on Medicine Hat’s first goal.
Regina Pats 1 at Edmonton Oil Kings 6
The Edmonton Oil Kings busted out of an 0-3-2-0 record in their past five games in a big way Wednesday, scoring six unanswered goals in a 6-1 victory against the Regina Pats at home.
The night was highlighted by another four-point performance from Oil Kings captain Trey Fix-Wolansky (Columbus Blues Jackets) and the first career WHL goal by 2018 WHL Bantam Draft first overall selection Dylan Guenther.
After Riley Krane opened the scoring for the Pats, Fix-Wolansky notched his 20th of the season on an incredible spinning snipe. Then, in the second period, Guenther scored the eventual game-winning goal, following minutes later by Vince Loschiavo’s 13th of the season, making it a 3-1 game after 40 minutes.
In the third, Carter Souch, Jake Neighbours, and 2019 NHL Draft prospect Matthew Robertson found the back of the net to blow the game wide open, ending it in a 6-1 score. In addition to Fix-Wolansky’s four-point game, Loschiavo added a pair of assists for the three-point game.
Todd Scott stopped 24 of 25 shots for the win, stopping all 20 shots in the second and third period.
Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 at Kootenay ICE 2 (OT)
2019 NHL Draft prospect Dylan Cozens extended his point streak to six games in a big way Wednesday, scoring 77 seconds into overtime to lift the Lethbridge Hurricanes to a 3-2 win against the Kootenay ICE.
After Alex Cotton gave the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes, the ICE struck back in the second with goals from Cole Muir and Jakin Smallwood to put the ICE in front. However, Jake Leschyshyn (Vegas Golden Knights) would score his second with the Hurricanes late in the period to tie up the game after 40 minutes.
That wouldn’t be his final point of the night either as he assisted on Cozens’ overtime-winning goal. Defenceman Calen Addison (Pittsburgh Penguins) also picked up a pair of assists while Martin Bodak did the same for the ICE.
Reece Klassen stopped 28 of 30 shots for the win while Jesse Makaj stopped 36 in the narrow loss.
Tri-City Americans 3 at Kelowna Rockets 4 (SO)
After losing a 3-0 lead to the Tri-City Americans, the Kelowna Rockets regrouped and recovered as James Porter turned aside both shootout chances and Leif Mattson pulled out an incredible winding shootout deke to score the deciding shootout goal in a 4-3 win.
The Rockets were rolling early on with goals from Erik Gardiner and Liam Kindree featuring in the first while 2019 NHL Draft prospect Nolan Foote scored early in the second, giving him a multi-point game and the home side a 3-0 advantage.
Cue the comeback. The Americans cut into the three-goal deficit with a goal from Parker AuCoin late in the second while AuCoin’s second of the game brought the visiting Americans within a goal with 11:07 left in regulation. It did take the Americans sometime, but surely, with 2:36 to go in the contest, Aaron Hyman scored his first in an Americans uniform to tie up the game.
Things eventually progressed to a shootout, where Foote sniped the puck home on the second attempt for the Rockets and Mattson followed up with the winner.
Porter finished with 28 saves on 31 shots while Talyn Boyko stopped 24 shots to earn his team a single point in the standings. Krystof Hrabik added a pair of assists in the loss for the Americans.
Victoria Royals 2 at Kamloops Blazers 3
Josh Pillar finished off a beautiful pass from Kyrell Sopotyk as the Kamloops Blazers rallied from a 2-0 hole to win 3-2 at home against the Victoria Royals Wednesday.
First period goals from D-Jay Jerome and Phillip Schultz put the Royals in front after 20 minutes, but Sopotyk’s third of the season cut into the lead, leaving it at a 2-1 games after 40 minutes in favour of the Royals. Then, Blazers captain James Loewen (Dallas Stars) stepped up to deliver the game-tying goal 8:53 into the period, followed less than two minutes later by Pillar’s game-winning goal.
After allowing two goals in the first period, Dylan Garand stopped all 13 shots combined in the second and third to silence the Royals. Brock Gould stopped 26 shots in the loss. Luke Zazula added a pair of assists in the victory for his second multi-point game of the season.
Spokane Chiefs 2 at Everett Silvertips 4
The Everett Silvertips officially own the longest active winning streak in the WHL Wednesday night after a 4-2 win against the Spokane Chiefs saw their streak hit seven wins in a row.
Wednesday’s win was due to another scoring-by-committee game, with four different skaters finding the back of the net, recent acquisition Max Patterson making his debut and recording an assist as well as 25 saves from 2019 NHL Draft prospect Dustin Wolf.
Jackson Berezowski’s fifth of the season gave the Silvertips a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes while Bryce Kindopp and Jake Christiansen scored in the second to build up a 3-0 lead after 40 minutes. The Chiefs attempted to rally with goals from Ethan McIndoe and Riley Woods, but a Sean Richards empty-net goal put the finishing touches on the victory.
Co-captain Ty Smith (New Jersey Devils had a pair of assists in the contest while both McIndoe and Woods had a goal and the primary assist on each other’s goal. Kindopp picked up an assist for the multi-point game while Wolf picked up another assist in the contest, giving him three points in 29 games this season.
The assist moved him into a tie with Bailey Brkin of the Chiefs and Jiri Patera of the Brandon Wheat Kings for the scoring lead among WHL goaltenders as each had collected a trio of assists this season.