WHL Tonight: Poulter, Garand shine with shutouts for Broncos & Blazers

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Western Hockey League Three Stars: Wednesday, March 13, 2019

1. Brett Kemp, Medicine Hat Tigers: 2019 NHL Draft prospect Brett Kemp of the Medicine Hat Tigers recorded the first hat trick of his WHL career Wednesday as part of a four-point night in a playoff-clinching win for the Tigers against the Red Deer Rebels. Kemp scored the third, fourth, and sixth goals of the game, also picking up an assist on their second goal of the game.

The Yorkton, Sask. product has 57 points (31G-26A) in 62 games this season. For his WHL career, Kemp has 107 points (52G-55A) in 168 WHL regular season games.

2. Isaac Poulter, Swift Current Broncos: Swift Current Broncos rookie goaltender Isaac Poulter recorded the first shutout of his WHL career Thursday, stopping all 33 shots in a 2-0 win against the Regina Pats. Poulter stopped seven shots in the first, 15 in the second, and 11 in the third for the clean sheet.

The Winnipeg, Man. product has a 3-20-1-0 record, 4.25 goals-against-average, .891 save percentage, and one shutout in 25 games this season with the Broncos.

3. Brodi Stuart, Kamloops Blazers: Kamloops Blazers forward Brodi Stuart recorded the first five-point game of his WHL career Thursday, scoring once and adding four assists in an 8-0 victory against the Victoria Royals. Stuart opened the scoring in the first period, adding assists on the team’s third, fourth, sixth, and eighth goals.

The Langley, B.C. product has 38 points (20G-18A) in 66 games this season. For his 139-game WHL career Stuart has 76 points (36G-40A).


Moose Jaw Warriors 6 at Brandon Wheat Kings 2 

Three goals in the first period and three goals in the third powered the Moose Jaw Warriors to a 6-2 win against the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Yegor Buyalski, 2019 NHL Draft prospect Brayden Tracey, and Tristin Langan scored in the first period. Daemon Hunt, Dalton Hamaliuk, and the first goal of  Cameron Sterling’s WHL career came in the third.

Caiden Daley and Stelio Mattheos (Carolina Hurricanes) responded for the Wheat Kings in the loss. Adam Evanoff stopped 29 of 31 shots for the win.

Red Deer Rebels 4 at Medicine Hat Tigers 7

The Medicine Hat Tigers punched their ticket to the 2019 WHL Playoffs Wednesday with a 7-4 victory on home ice against the Red Deer Rebels.

2019 NHL Draft prospects Brett Kemp and Ryan Chyzowski combined for five goals and eight points with Kemp recording a hat trick and four points in the victory. Captain James Hamblin contributed a goal and three points while Logan Christensen found the back of the net as well.

Brandon Hagel (Chicago Blackhawks) surpassed the 100-point mark for the season with a goal and three points. Josh Tarzwell, Zak Smith, and Jeff de Wit also scored in the loss.

Down 2-1 early in the second, the Tigers reeled off four goals in the second period to keep themselves in control of the game.

Swift Current Broncos 2 at Regina Pats 0

Isaac Poulter stopped all 33 shots sent his way Wednesday in a 2-0 victory against the Regina Pats. The performance was the first shutout of his WHL career.

Poulter stopped seven shots in the first, 15 in the second, and 11 in the third for the win. The 16th goal of the season from Joona Kiviniemi and Ethan O’Rourke’s 11th of the season accounted for the offence in the contest. Ethan Regnier, Ben King, captain Tanner Nagel, and Matthew Stanley each picked up a single assist in the win.

Max Paddock stopped 31 of 33 shots in the loss.

Spokane Chiefs 6 at Kelowna Rockets 5 (OT) 

Spokane Chiefs co-captain Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Los Angeles Kings) extended his goal-scoring streak to nine games Wednesday with a pair of markers, including the final goal of the game in a wild 6-5 overtime victory.

The Chiefs led the Kelowna Rockets 4-1 after 40 minutes and 5-2 with 9:57 left in regulation, but the Rockets charged back to tie the game. A trio of 2019 NHL Draft prospects scored those goals as Nolan Foote, Kaedan Korczak, and Kyle Topping all found the back of the net. The goal was Foote’s second of the night while Michael Farren also scored for the home side.

It was a night that’d belong to the Chiefs though, who received a pair of goals from Anderson-Dolan, as well as strikes from Jack Finley, Nolan Reid, Ethan McIndoe, and 2019 NHL Draft prospect Luke Toporowski.

Eli Zummack added a pair of helpers while Reid and McIndoe each had multi-point games. Korczak added a trio of assists to his goal for the first four-point game of his WHL career.

Victoria Royals 0 at Kamloops Blazers 8 

Brodi Stuart had a goal and five points, Josh Pillar had a goal and four points, and Dylan Garand stopped 22 shots for the first shutout of his WHL career Wednesday in an 8-0 win for the Kamloops Blazers against the Victoria Royals.

Leading 1-0 after 20 minutes, the Blazers erupted for five goals in the second and two more in the third. Zane Franklin chipped in a pair of goals while Kyrell Sopotyk, Connor Zary, Ryley Appelt, and captain Jermaine Loewen (Dallas Stars) also scored. Loewen added a pair of helpers for the three-point night. Orrin Centazzo added two assists in the win.

Garand stopped six shots in the first, 10 in the second, and six more in the third.

Seattle Thunderbirds 6 at Tri-City Americans 5 (OT) 

There’s no way they’ll meet in the first round of the 2019 WHL Playoffs, but the Seattle Thunderbirds and Tri-City Americans delivered fans in Kennewick, Wash. a playoff-type atmosphere Wednesday.

With Seattle leading 4-2 near the midway point of the third period, the Americans reeled off three-straight goals before the Americans responded with two of their own to win 6-5 overtime and clinch a spot in the 2019 WHL Playoffs.

Thunderbirds captain Nolan Volcan recorded a hat trick while Matthew Wedman had a pair of goals in a three-point night. Owen Williams would bury a pass from Noah Philp on the two-on-one play to win the game in overtime. 2019 NHL Draft prospect Henrik Rybinski had four assists in the game while Philp had a pair of helpers.

Nolan Yaremko had a pair of goals and three points to lead the Americans. Parker AuCoin and 2019 NHL Draft prospect Krystof Hrabik each had a goal and three points in the narrow loss.

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