WHL Tonight: Winterhawks win big as bears fly in Portland
Western Hockey League Three Stars: Saturday, December 1, 2018
1. Linden McCorrister, Brandon Wheat Kings: The 20-year-old product of Peguis, Man., notched the second hat trick of his WHL career in a 5-2 win at Swift Current. The Wheat Kings are getting great mileage out of their veteran left winger as McCorrister has contributed 18 points (8G-10A) in 24 contests so far this season.
2. Max Palaga, Everett Silvertips: The 18-year-old product of Kamloops locked down his first-career WHL shutout by turning aside 36 shots in a 3-0 win over the Kootenay ICE. The 6-foot-1 netminder was acquired from the Kamloops Blazers on October 29 and has gone 2-0-0-0 with a 2.02 goals-against average and .935 save percentage in four appearances with Everett.
3. Orrin Centazzo, Kamloops Blazers: The 18-year-old product of Marwayne, Alta., struck twice – including the game-winning goal and insurance marker – while also adding an assist on Zane Franklin’s teddy bear toss goal to help the Kamloops Blazers to a 6-3 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds. Centazzo is producing at a career-best clip of 1.08 points per game, having tallied 26 points (8G-18A) in 24 outings for Kamloops.
Prince Albert Raiders 5 at Regina Pats 2
Continuing a 19-game winning streak, the Prince Albert Raiders earned a 5-2 win over the Regina Pats.
Carter Massier put the Pats on the board first with his first career WHL goal. Meanwhile, Brett Leason extended his now 27-game point streak for the Raiders. Kody McDonald and Brayden Pachal also added to the Raiders tally to end the second period 3-1.
In the third, newcomer Jadon Joseph notched another goal for Regina, but Ozzy Wiesblatt and Spencer Moe capitalized for Prince Albert to finish the game 5-2.
Ian Scott (Toronto Maple Leafs) stopped 24 of 26 shots for the Raiders in his 149th WHL game.
Brandon Wheat Kings 5 at Swift Current Broncos 2
A spectacular game saw the Brandon Wheat Kings leave the Swift Current Broncos behind by a 5-2 score.
Brandon’s Linden McCorrister scored on a redirected shot to open the scoring. Swift Current’s Joona Kiviniemi launched a rain of teddy bears 15:36 into the first period with a pure snipe.
Stelio Mattheos (Carolina Hurricanes) and Andrew Fyten exchanged goals in the second period to advance the score 2-2. Good fortune for Brandon in the third period had McCorrister scored twice for his second career WHL hat trick as well as Ridley Greg who notched an additional point for the Wheat Kings to end the game 5-2.
Jiri Patera (Vegas Golden Knights) stopped 31 of 33 shots against the Broncos.
Moose Jaw Warriors 3 at Red Deer Rebels 2
The Moose Jaw Warriors prolonged their winning streak to eight games with a 3-2 victory over the Red Deer Rebels.
Letting a bomb go from the point, rookie Daemon Hunt scored the first goal of the game, but it didn’t take captain Brandon Hagel (Chicago Blackhawks) long to even the score and trigger Red Deer’s teddy bear toss. A nice reach by Zak Smith added another goal to Red Deer’s count for a 2-1 lead.
Fired up, the Warriors came back to score two more goals in the second period, thanks to Tate Popple and Jett Woo (Vancouver Canucks), sealing the game 3-2 in Moose Jaw’s favour.
Edmonton Oil Kings 3 at Calgary Hitmen 4 – OT
A barn-burner between northern and southern Alberta took place between the Edmonton Oil Kings and Calgary Hitmen on Saturday night, resulting in a 4-3 overtime win for Calgary.
With both teams exchanging two goals each in the first period, you could tell it was going to be a close one. 2019 NHL Draft prospect Brett Kemp and Quinn Benjafield scored for Edmonton while Bryce Bader scored his first career WHL goal and Jake Kryski also added to Calgary’s score to tie the game 2-2 at the end of the first period.
Putting the Hitmen ahead, Kryski scored his second goal, but the Oil Kings weren’t ready to give up as Trey Fix-Wolansky tied the game 3-3 minutes before the end of the third. In overtime, Kryski set up a sweet play for Kaden Elder to tip in, giving the Hitmen the win against the Oil Kings.
Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 at Medicine Hat Tigers 1
New additions Jake Leschyshyn (Vegas Golden Knights) and Nick Henry (Colorado Avalanche) aided the Lethbridge Hurricanes in a 3-1 win against the Medicine Hat Tigers.
Scoring the lone goal for Medicine Hat in the first period was James Hamblin who ripped it past Lethbridge’s goaltender, which sent teddy bears flying to the ice.
Recharged in the second period, Jordy Bellerive (Pittsburgh Penguins) walked in and snapped one home to tie the game. Leschyshyn contributed a goal to the cause, earning his first goal as a member of the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
2019 NHL Draft prospect Dylan Cozens completed the scoring with an insurance goal, courtesy assists from Calen Addison (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Henry.
Supporting the Hurricanes from the net, Reece Klassen stopped 31 of 32 shots.
Seattle Thunderbirds 3 at Kamloops Blazers 6
A solid performance both offensively and defensively from the Kamloops Blazers led to a 6-3 win against the Seattle Thunderbirds.
Tyler Carpendale struck first for Seattle, netting an easy goal after Kamloops’ goaltender was drawn too far out of his net.
Zane Franklin lit up the game with Kamloops’ first goal of the night, cueing a shower of teddy bears from the fans. Captain Jermaine Loewen (Dallas Stars) and 2019 NHL Draft prospect Quinn Schmiemann (who would go on to earn three points) also added to the Blazers’ score.
With two quick goals from Seattle in the second, Andrej Kukuca and captain Nolan Volcan brought the Thunderbirds closer. Before the second period was over, Orrin Centazzo scored twice restoring the Blazers two-goal lead heading into the third.
Spokane Chiefs 2 at Portland Winterhawks 8
The Portland Winterhawks scored a runaway 8-2 victory against the Spokane Chiefs.
Claiming a new team record for quickest teddy bear toss goal in history, Lane Gilliss scored 2:10 into the first period. Joachim Blichfeld (San Jose Sharks), Jake Gricius and Ryan Hughes also capitalized on Portland’s momentum, scoring three goals before Spokane got on the board.
It was Filip Kral (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Jake McGrew (San Jose Sharks) who notched the only two goals for the Chiefs. Portland then went on to score four more goals courtesy of Jaydon Dureau, Seth Jarvis, Hughes and Reece Newkirk.
Cody Glass (Vegas Golden Knights) and Blichfeld also contributed to multiple goals in this game, earning three points each.
Kootenay ICE 0 at Everett Silvertips 3
Earning his first career WHL shutout, Max Palaga stopped 36 shots to lead the Everett Silvertips to a 3-0 victory against the Kootenay ICE.
After a Silvertips rebound was left alone for far too long, Luke Ormsby easily tapped it in to record Everett’s first goal of the night. In the second period, Riley Sutter (Washington Capitals) won the draw back to Connor Dewar (Minnesota Wild), who quickly released a shot, which was redirected in by Bryce Kindopp with just one second remaining in the period.
Although the ICE battled hard to get back in the game, Everett gave them very few chances and when Kootenay pulled their goaltender for the extra attacker, it didn’t take long for 2019 NHL Draft prospect Gianni Fairbrother to capitalize on the empty net, sealing the win 3-0.
Saskatoon Blades 5 at Kelowna Rockets 4 – OT
Defenceman Dawson Davidson scored his second goal of the night with a breakaway effort to give the Saskatoon Blades a 5-4 overtime victory in Kelowna.
Forward Gary Haden added a goal and an assist for Saskatoon as the Blades improved to 17-9-3-0 with the win.
Overtime was forced when Rockets forward Kyle Topping registered his 12th goal of the season with 1:21 to go in regulation, tying the game at 4-4.
Victoria Royals 5 at Prince George Cougars 1
Veterans Dante Hannoun and Igor Martynov each scored twice, pacing the Victoria Royals to a 5-1 win over the Prince George Cougars.
The Royals scored four times during the first period, jumping out to a big lead and never looking back. Both of Hannoun’s markers – his eighth and ninth of the season – came via the power play.
Rookie netminder Brock Gould earned his second win of the campaign by stopping 18 shots.
Tri-City Americans 2 at Vancouver Giants 5
Dawson Holt registered a goal and an assist, including the game-winning tally, as the Vancouver Giants knocked off the Tri-City Americans by a 5-2 margin on Saturday at the Pacific Coliseum.
Calgary Flames prospect Milos Roman added a goal and an assist of his own, while rookie Evan Patrician secured his first-career WHL goal.
Goaltender David Tendeck (Arizona Coyotes) made 24 saves for his 10th win of the campaign.