#WHLOpeningWeek Tonight: Raiders set franchise record, near WHL history in Sunday win over Blades

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Western Hockey League Three Stars – Sunday, September 30, 2018

1.Dawson Barteaux, Red Deer Rebels: Dallas Stars prospect Dawson Barteaux tallied four assists, picking up his final one 31 seconds into overtime as the Rebels earned a comeback victory over the Calgary Hitmen Sunday. Barteaux earned a pair of primary assists and a pair of secondary assists in the contest giving him eight points (1G-7A) in five games this season. Seven of those points have come in the past 24 hours as Barteaux scored his first goal of the season and added two assists in his team’s victory over the Swift Current Broncos Saturday.

The sixth-round selection of the Dallas Stars from the 2018 NHL Draft has tallied 44 points (4G-40A), including four power-play goals and one game-winning goal in 112 regular season games during his WHL career.

2. Brayden Watts, Vancouver Giants:Brayden Watts scored the game-tying goal and shootout-winning goal in the late stages of Sunday’s contest as the Vancouver Giants earned a 5-4 win over the Spokane Chiefs.

With the Giants down 3-1, Watts drew the primary assist on both second period goals to make it 3-3, then scored the Giants’ fourth goal of the game with 45 seconds left in the third and their goaltender pulled for the extra attacker. In the fourth round of the shootout, Watts was given the opportunity to put the Giants ahead and did so again.

The points were Watts’ first of the season, giving him 65 points (28G-37A) in 201 career WHL regular season games.

3. Tristin Langan, Moose Jaw Warriors: Tristin Langan scored both goals for the Moose Jaw Warriors Sunday as the team scored their first victory of the season in a 2-1 decision over the Regina Pats.

Langan scored twice in the first period, with his second goal coming on the power play. The performance was Langan’s fourth career multi-goal game, giving him six points (2G-4A) on the season. In 178 WHL regular season games, Langan has tallied 77 points (27G-50A), including three power-play goals, two short-handed goals, and three game-winning goals.


-The Moose Jaw Warriors received a pair of goals from Tristan Langan to score their first victory of the season Sunday, winning their first matchup of the season against the Trans-Canada rivals from the Queen City.

Langan scored 8:15 into the first period and then struck again 15:54 into the opening period to give the visitors a 2-0 lead after 20. Koby Morrisseau scored his first of the season 5:59 into the middle frame, but that’s as close as the Pats would come.

Brodan Salmond was critical in the victory, making 31 saves on 32 shots and picking up his first win with his new club. Despite taking the loss, Max Paddock was equally brilliant, stopping 31 of 33 shots to keep the Pats in the game.

-A back-and-forth battle between the Red Deer Rebels and Calgary Hitmen ended with Oleg Zaytsev scoring 31 seconds into overtime to win the contest 6-5 in overtime.

Alternating goals from Josh Prokop, Mark Kastelic, and Zach Huber and Brandon Hagel and Jeff de Wit had the Hitmen ahead 3-2 after 40 minutes. The Rebels mounted a furious comeback in the third though as de Wit’s second of the game and a pair of goals from Reese Johnson 2:49 apart tied up the game as Kastelic’s second of the game and Carson Focht’s first of the season responded for the Hitmen. It would all be for naught though as Zaytsev closed out the game in overtime.

Dawson Barteaux (Dallas Stars) picked up four assists in the contest while Hagel added three assists for the four-point performance. Alexander Alexeyev (Red Deer Rebels) added a pair of assists in the win. Hitmen goaltender Carl Stankowski picked up an assist in the narrow loss.

-A three-point game from Brayden Watts also featured the forward scoring the deciding goal in the shootout as the Vancouver Giants overcame a slow start to capture a 5-4 victory in the shootout over the Spokane Chiefs Sunday at the Langley Events Centre.

Goals from Bobby Russell and Adam Beckman gave the visiting chiefs a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes as James Malm responded with the lone goal for the Giants. After Beckman’s second of the game made it a two-goal cushion in the second, the Giants evened the game up with 2019 NHL Draft prospect Bowen Byram and Kaleb Bulych finding the back of the net. Jack Finley’s first of his WHL career late in the second would give the Chiefs the lead after 40 minutes though.

Vancouver pressed all period in the third to secure the tying goal, eventually converting thanks to Watts with 45 seconds left in regulation.

The shootout would go to a fourth round, with Watts converting for the Giants and David Tendeck (Arizona Coyotes) stopping Carter Chorney.

Milos Roman (Calgary Flames), Ty Smith (New Jersey Devils), and Riley Woods each had a pair of assists for their respective sides.

-The Prince Albert Raiders came within four seconds of making WHL history as they won a battle of two undefeated teams against the Saskatoon Blades.

Justin Nachbaur, Ozzy Wiesblatt, and Parker Kelly (Ottawa Senators) all scored in a 16-second span to tie for the second-fastest three goals in WHL history. Kody McDonald added his first of the season later on in the period to give the Raiders all the offence they’d need.

Tristen Robins scored his first career WHL goal in the third period to get the Blades on the board, but it wasn’t enough to spark them to a win Sunday.

Brett Leason picked up a pair of assists in the contest while Kelly assisted on the Raiders’ second goal for the multi-point performance.

Ian Scott (Toronto Maple Leafs) stopped 28 of 29 shots in the victory, his fourth win of the season.

Moose Jaw Warriors 2 Regina Pats 1
Saskatoon Blades 1 Prince Albert Raiders 4
Red Deer Rebels 6 Calgary Hitmen 5 (OT)
Spokane Chiefs 4 Vancouver Giants 5 (SO)

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