WHL Tonight: Wolf shuts door on Winterhawks, sends Silvertips to shootout victory
Western Hockey League Three Stars: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
1. Ian Scott, Prince Albert Raiders: Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Ian Scott stopped all 43 shots sent his way Wednesday night at the Art Hauser Centre as the Prince Albert Raiders won 2-0 against the Medicine Hat Tigers. Scott stopped 12 shots in each of the first two periods, adding 19 more stops in the third period.
The shutout was the sixth of Scott’s WHL career and his first that required more than 40 saves. Scott now has a 15-1-0-0 record as well as a 1.50 goals-against-average, a 0.946 save percentage, and three shutouts.
2. Josh Maser, Prince George Cougars: Prince George Cougars forward Josh Maser scored the game-winning goal in overtime and added a pair of assists as the Cougars battled back to earn a 4-3 victory against the Kelowna Rockets Wednesday.
The 19-year-old product of Houston, B.C. has 12 points (6G-6A) in 16 games with the Cougars this season.
3. Beck Warm, Tri-City Americans: Tri-City Americans goaltender Beck Warm posted the second shutout of his WHL career Wednesday, stopping all 24 shots sent his way in a 3-0 win against the Swift Current Broncos.
Warms stopped four shots in the first, 11 ini the second, and nine in the third for the clean sheet. The Whistler, B.C. product is now 11-6-0-0 this season with a 2.91 GAA, a 0.905 SV% and one shutout to his credit.
Medicine Hat Tigers 0 at Prince Albert Raiders 2
Ian Scott (Toronto Maples Leafs) stopped all 43 shots sent his way for the sixth shutout of his WHL career while Brett Leason scored the game-winning goal midway through the second period as the Prince Albert Raiders cruised to a 2-0 victory against the Medicine Hat Tigers Wednesday at home.
Scott stopped 12 shots in each of the first and second periods before stopping 19 more in the third for his league-leading 15th victory.
After a scoreless first period, Leason and the Raiders were killing a penalty when he made a play to poke the puck past a Tigers defender. Catching the defender off guard, Leason sped past him and sailed in all alone for his 18th goal of the season. Noah Gregor (San Jose Sharks) would double Prince Albert’s lead with 8:44 to go in regulation, scoring from a weak angle to make it a 2-0 game. Both of the Raiders’ goals were unassisted efforts.
The Tigers continued to press, dominating the shot chart, but couldn’t beat Scott. The lone unsuccessful part of Scott’s night was a late attempt to score on the empty net, which collided with the score clock over centre ice.
Mads Sogaard put forth a valiant effort himself, stopping 31 of 33 shots. Captain James Hamblin and Ryan Jevne led the Tigers with six shots each.
Tri-City Americans 3 at Swift Current Broncos 0
Beck Warm stopped all 24 shots he faced Wednesday to earn the second shutout of his WHL career in a 3-0 blanking of the Swift Current Broncos.
First period goals from Kyle Olson and Krystof Hrabik provided the Americans with an early lead. Meanwhile, Warm was just warming up, stopping four shots in the first, 11 in the second, and nine more in the third.
Isaac Johnson scored an empty-net goal with just seconds left in the game to further secure the win. Johnson also picked up the lone assist on Olson’s game-winning goal for the multi-point game.
Joel Hofer (St. Louis Blues) stopped 20 of 22 shots in the loss. Andrew Fyten and Connor Horning each recorded four shots to lead the Broncos.
Kelowna Rockets 3 at Prince George Cougars 4 (OT)
Vladislav Mikhalchuk scored with less than 20 seconds left in regulation and Josh Maser scored with six seconds to go in overtime, completing the 4-3 comeback against the Kelowna Rockets at the CN Centre.
The game started with a goal from Rockets forward Erik Gardiner as the lone score of the first period, but goals from Cole Moberg and Matej Toman swung momentum in favour of the Cougars after 40 minutes.
Wrestling back the lead in the third were the Rockets though as just 55 seconds into the third period Lane Zablocki (Detroit Red Wings) tied the game up. That was followed by a short-handed goal from 2019 NHL Draft prospect Kyle Topping with 7:53 to go, giving the visiting side a 3-2 lead.
The Cougars would press back though, with Vladislav Mikhalchuk eventually scoring the game-tying goal late in the contest.
In overtime, the two teams appeared headed for a shootout when Jackson Leppard sent a perfect pass across the ice to Maser, who was charging to the net. Maser was ready for the pass and changed the direction of the puck so that’d it end up in the back of the net.
The win gave the Cougars back-to-back victories while extending their home winning streak to three games.
2019 NHL Draft prospect Taylor Gauthier kept the Cougars in the game with 28 save on 31 shots. Roman Basran took the loss, but still made an impressive 29 saves on 33 shots in the narrow defeat.
Portland Winterhawks 2 at Everett Silvertips 3 (SO)
Two teams hungry for a pair of points went right down to the wire at Angel of the Winds Arena Wednesday night in downtown Everett, Wash.
In the end, it was 2019 NHL Draft prospect Dustin Wolf coming up with the game-winning save, his second in the shootout after making 39 in regulation and overtime.
The Silvertips were rolling early as captain Connor Dewar (Minnesota Wild) and Bryce Kindopp found the back of the net in the first, giving the home side a 2-0 lead. After taking that same lead into the third, the Winterhawks found the strength to battle back as Reece Newkirk and Ryan Hughes scored to tie up the game.
When both teams needed them too, Wolf and Winterhawks’ goaltender Shane Farkas came up with adequate denials to keep the teams within a fair reach of each other. Farkas took the loss, but still came through with a strong 41 saves through regulation and overtime, adding another stop in the shootout.