Western Hockey League Three Stars – Sunday, September 23, 2018
1. Connor Dewar, Everett Silvertips: Captain Connor Dewar tallied a goal and an assist as the Silvertips scored their first victory of the season Sunday evening. Dewar scored the Silvertips first goal in a three-goal second period, then drew a primary assist on the game-winning goal.
The goal gave Dewar scores in back-to-back games after he tallied his team’s only goal in their home opener Saturday against the Vancouver Giants. With four points (2G-2A) through his first three games, Dewar is looking to replicate and improve upon last season, where he led the Silvertips in goals as part of a 68-point campaign (38G-30A). The Minnesota Wild prospect now has 120 points (65G-55A) in 214 career WHL regular season games.
2. Dustin Wolf, Everett Silvertips: Goaltender Dustin Wolf stopped 25 of 26 shots to earn second star status for the evening Sunday and his first victory of the season. The Tustin, Calif. product collected his 14th career WHL victory. Despite it being just his first win in three attempts, Wolf has been among the best for WHL goaltenders throughout the first weekend, sporting a 1.69 goals-against-average and a 0.934 save percentage, allowing five goals over 178 minutes of action.
3. Jackson Berezowski, Everett Silvertips: Rookie forward Jackson Berezowski earned third star honours for the day. The Yorkton, Sask. product scored his first career WHL goal, with the goal standing up as the game-winner in Sunday’s lone contest.
Selected in the second round, 44th overall, of the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft, Berezowski made his debut for the Silvertips after spending last season with the Yorkton Maulers of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League, where he tallied 32 points (14G-18A) in 40 games.
Captain Connor Dewar (Minnesota Wild) provided a goal and an assist as part of a three-goal second period for the Everett Silvertips Sunday as the defending Western Conference Champions earned their first victory of the 2018-19 WHL Regular Season with a 3-1 result over the Portland Winterhawks.
The rematch from Round Two of the 2018 WHL Playoffs picked up where it left off as both teams traded solid chances in the first. However, it was the goaltenders who were equal to the task, with Dustin Wolf stopping four shots and Shane Farkas stopping eight while situated between the pipes for the Winterhawks.
Despite the Silvertips victory, it was the visiting Winterhawks getting on the board first as Jaydon Dureau tallied his first career WHL goal 7:16 into the middle period. Just 5:41 later though, Dewar tied up the game, giving him goals in back-to-back contests. The Silvertips continued to press offensively 96 seconds later as Dewar did the leg work to get the puck free in the slot and fired it on net, only to have it tip off Jackson Berezowski’s stick and past Farkas for the eventual game-winning goal.
Jake Christiansen would add the insurance goal on the power play with exactly a minute-and-a-half to go in the period, tallying his first of the regular season.
Both Wolf and Farkas would return to their stingy ways in the final 20 minutes, with Wolf stopping all 10 shots sent his way and Farkas turning aside eight himself.
Sean Richards, Ian Walker, Riley Sutter (Washington Capitals), and Wyatte Wylie (Philadelphia Flyers) each earned a single assist in the victory. Joachim Blichfeld (San Jose Sharks) and Jake Gricius picked up the helpers on Portland’s lone goal. Farkas stopped 26 of 29 shots in the defeat.
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