Daily Dose of the Dub: Blichfeld claims scoring title in final second; ICE win last game in Cranbrook

Blichfeld wins scoring title

Just when it looked like there was going to be a shared scoring title, Portland’s Joachim Blichfeld earned an assist with just 1.1 seconds left in their 6-5 loss to Seattle. The helper was his 114th point of the season to break the tie with Moose Jaw’s Tristin Langan to give the San Jose Sharks prospect the WHL scoring title. Blichfeld ends the season with 53 goals and 61 assists and is the first Winterhawk to lead the league in scoring since fellow Danish forward Oliver Bjorkstrand did it in 2014/15 with 118 points.

ICE win last game in Cranbrook

The Kootenay ICE came out victorious in their last game in Cranbrook before relocating to Winnipeg by a score of 5-4 over the Red Deer Rebels on Sunday. The game ended the team’s 21 year tenure in the Kootenays which saw the franchise win three WHL championships (2000, 2002, 2011) and a Memorial Cup in 2002. Kootenay owns the WHL record for consecutive .500 seasons with 16 (1999-15) and also had 17 straight playoff appearances.

Milestones

Kelowna Rockets forward Conner Bruggen-Cate appeared in his 200th WHL game in their overtime win over Vancouver on Saturday night. The 19-year-old was originally drafted by the Rockets in the sixth round (120th overall) in the 2014 bantam draft and has 14 points (5G, 9A) in 65 games this season. In the 200 career games, the Langley, BC native has 72 points (26G, 46A).

Vancouver Giants forward Jadon Joseph recorded his 100th WHL point with a goal in their overtime loss to Kelowna. The 19-year-old is in his third season in the league, having played for Lethbridge, Regina and Vancouver where he was acquired at the deadline. He has split this season between those three teams, amassing 53 points (22G, 31A) in 68 games. In 189 WHL games, he has 34 goals and 66 assists.

Forward Brayden Watts was the second Vancouver Giant to hit 100 career points on Saturday with two assists against the Rockets. One of two Americans on the team (Bakersfield, California), he has 38 points (12G, 26A) in 57 games this season, good for seventh on the team. Watts has split his WHL career between Moose Jaw and Vancouver, appearing in 254 games, earning 39 goals and 61 assists.

Red Deer Rebels prospect Jordan Borysiuk scored his first WHL goal in his seventh game and first this season. The third round pick (63rd overall) in 2017 spent the majority of this season with the Lloydminster Bobcats of the AJHL, collecting 16 points (12G, 4A) in 33 games. He has a goal and an assist in seven WHL games.

Seattle Thunderbirds prospect Kai Uchacz scored his first WHL goal on Sunday in his fifth WHL game, the goal was also his first point in the WHL. The 15-year-old centreman was drafted 10th overall in last year’s bantam draft and has played this season with the Okotoks Oilers of the AMHL, putting up 31 points (16G, 15A) in 28 games.

Seattle Thunderbirds defenceman Jarret Tyszka recorded his 100th WHL point with an assist in a 6-5 win over Portland. The Montreal Canadiens prospect also added a goal in the game to end the season with 30 points (8G, 22A) in 41 games this season. In 213 WHL games, he has 25 goals and 76 assists.

Troubling Moment

Three Stars of the Night

1st Star: Seattle’s Andrej Kukuca had a hat trick in a 6-5 win over Portland.

2nd Star: Portland’s Jared Freadrich had a goal and two assists in the loss to Seattle.

3rd Star: Edmonton’s Vince Loschiavo had two goals, including the game winner, in a 3-1 win over Calgary.

Honourable Mentions

Red Deer’s Brett Davis had a goal and two assists in a 5-4 loss to Kootenay….Edmonton’s Todd Scott stopped 25 of 26 shots for his eleventh win of the season….Portland’s Jake Gricius had a goal and an assist in the loss to the Thunderbirds….and lastly the hockey fans of Cranbrook who continuously supported the ICE for 21 seasons of WHL hockey….

 

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