An incredible overtime thriller in Swift Current factored heavily into Wednesday’s edition of the WHL Three Stars.
Scoring 18:41 into the second overtime, forward Matteo Gennaro captured first star honours while also earning his first career WHL Playoffs hat trick as the Swift Current Broncos pulled even in their best-of-seven series with the Moose Jaw Warriors. Gennaro added goals in the first and third period, helping the Broncos take the first lead of the game and then subsequently force overtime. The St. Albert, Alta. product now has eight points (6G-2A) in 11 games during the 2018 WHL Playoffs.
Earning second star honours for the evening was Lethbridge Hurricanes forward Jake Elmer, who potted a pair of goals and an assist in his team’s 7-4 win against the Brandon Wheat Kings. Elmer scored the Hurricanes’ second and sixth goals of the game. He also posted a plus-four rating throughout the contest, adding three shots as well. Appearing in his first career WHL Playoffs this season, the Calgary, Alta. product has 10 points (4G-6A) in nine games.
Rounding out the WHL Three Stars Wednesday was Broncos goaltender Stuart Skinner (Edmonton Oilers), who stopped 51 of 53 shots against the Warriors to earn the double overtime victory. The amount of saves was the second-most Skinner has ever made in a WHL Playoffs game, following a 56-save performance last season. Through 11 games in the 2018 WHL Playoffs, Skinner has a 6-5 record, 2.49 goals-against-average, .925 save percentage, and two shutouts.