Each week during the Canada West men’s hockey season, CW and the WHL honour three WHL Grads now playing in CW. Here are the CW-WHL three stars for the weekend of Oct. 19-20.
FIRST STAR: F – Zak Zborosky
Media, Art & Performance
WHL experience (2013-2017): Kootenay ICE, Lethbridge Hurricanes
GAME LOG: Friday, Oct. 19 – 1A in 3-1 win @ Manitoba / Saturday, Oct. 20 – 3G & 1A in 6-3 win @ Manitoba.
A veteran of nearly 300 WHL games combined between Kootenay and Lethbridge, Zak Zborosky helped the University of Regina men’s hockey team to a sweep of the Manitoba Bisons on the weekend, picking up three goals and five points in two games.
The second-year forward set up the game-winning goal on Friday night, as he and Cougar captain Tristan Frei earned assists on Arthur Miller’s second-period goal to help the Cougars get their first win of the season.
Saturday was the Zborosky show, as the Cougars fell behind 2-0 in the first period, but evened the score 2-2 after the second frame as Zborosky set up Tyler King and Brennan Riddle also found the net. The Media, Art and Performance student took over in the third period, scoring three goals in seven minutes for the natural hat trick. Regina would get an empty netter from Corwin Stevely, completing the weekend sweep and improving to 2-3-1.
SECOND STAR: D – Jason Fram
Alberta Golden Bears
WHL experience (2011-2016): Spokane Chiefs
GAME LOG: Friday, Oct. 19 – 1G-2A in 4-3 OT win @ Mount Royal / Saturday, Oct. 20 – 1A in 3-2 OT win vs. Mount Royal.
Third-year Business student Jason Fram helped lead the Alberta Golden Bears to a pair of overtime victories over the Mount Royal Cougars this past weekend.
Friday night in Calgary, the former Spokane Chiefs captain posted a goal and an assist in the 4-3 win, scoring the game-winner 2:43 into overtime to give Alberta the victory.
The following night in Edmonton, Fram assisted on Alberta’s second goal of the night, which tied the game with less than 20 seconds to play in the third period. The Bears would score 3:35 into overtime to secure the 3-2 win.
THIRD STAR: G – Taran Kozun
Arts & Sciences
WHL experience (2012-15): Kamloops Blazers, Seattle Thunderbirds
GAME LOG: Friday, Oct. 19 – 13-save shutout in 5-0 win vs. Lethbridge / Saturday, Oct. 20 – 12-save shutout in 4-0 win vs. Lethbridge.
Second-year Arts & Sciences student Taran Kozun wasn’t busy over the weekend, but he was unbeatable, shutting out the Lethbridge Pronghorns both nights in Saskatoon.
The former Seattle Thunderbird stopped all 13 shots he faced Friday in a 5-0 win, before stopping 12 in a 4-0 victory on Saturday night.
Kozun, who won the Del Wilson Trophy as the WHL’s top goalie back in 2014-15 while with Seattle, leads the conference in wins this season with five, as the Huskies lead the CW standings with a 5-1-0 record.
About Canada West men’s hockey:
Each season more than 100 WHL Graduates use their WHL Scholarship with one of eight Canada West men’s hockey programs. Through CW’s continued partnership with the WHL, players are given the opportunity to pursue high level hockey and a degree simultaneously, allowing student-athletes to achieve their athletic and academic goals.
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About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.