Each week during the Canada West men’s hockey season, CW and the Western Hockey League honour three WHL Grads now playing in CW. Here are the CW-WHL three stars for the weekend of February 22-23, following the conference semifinals.
FIRST STAR: F – Levi Cable
Hudson Bay, Sask.
WHL experience (2011-15): Kootenay ICE
GAME LOG: Friday, Feb. 22 – 2G in 5-1 win vs. Mount Royal / Saturday, Feb. 23 – 3G in 7-3 win over Mount Royal.
Levi Cable picked the right times to have his first multi-goal games of 2019, as the veteran forward recorded five combined goals in the Saskatchewan Huskies’ sweep of the Mount Royal Cougars.
Cable netted a pair of goals Friday night, before helping the Huskies secure the semifinal sweep with a hat trick in Game 2 of the series in Saskatoon.
The former Kootenay Ice forward posted 27 points (13G-14A) in 28 games during the regular season, as Saskatchewan secured a first-place finish. Saskatchewan hosts Alberta beginning this Friday in the best-of-three CW Final.
SECOND STAR: F – Alex Forsberg
Arts & Science
WHL experience (2011-16): Prince George Cougars, Saskatoon Blades, Victoria Royals
GAME LOG: Friday, Feb. 22 – 2G-2A in 5-1 win vs. Mount Royal / Saturday, Feb. 23 – 1G in 7-3 win over Mount Royal.
Former WHL sniper Alex Forsberg factored in on four of Saskatchewan’s five goals Friday night against the Mount Royal Cougars, before adding an assist Saturday, as the Huskies swept MRU in the CW semis.
Forsberg had a pair of goals and assists Friday, leading the Huskies to their first ever playoff win at Merlis Belsher Place. Saskatchewan wrapped up the series the following night, as Forsberg earned an assist in the 7-3 victory.
In just two playoff games this season, Forsberg surpassed his post-season total from a year ago when he recorded four points in five CW playoff games.
THIRD STAR: D – Jason Fram
Alberta Golden Bears
WHL experience (2011-16): Spokane Chiefs
GAME LOG: Friday, Feb. 22 – 2G in 3-1 win vs. Calgary / Saturday, Feb. 23 – 1A in 6-3 win over Calgary.
The conference’s leading defenceman scorer continued to find the back of the net last weekend, as Alberta Golden Bear Jason Fram had two goals and an assist in Alberta’s semifinal sweep of the Calgary Dinos.
Fram, who led the conference in D scoring during the regular season with 30 points (9G-21A), helped Alberta to a 3-1 Game 1 win Friday, before adding an assist in a 6-3 contest Saturday.
The former Spokane Chief leads the Bears into this weekend’s CW Final, along with conference scoring champ Luke Philp (Red Deer Rebels). The series opens Friday night in Saskatoon.