Daily Dose of the Dub: Upsets at WHL Cup, Milestones around the WHL, McDonald breaks Oil Kings record and more

Manitoba upsets BC at WHL Cup

Team BC won’t be repeating as WHL Cup Champions after a tough 5-4 loss to Team Manitoba on Saturday in the semi-final. Carter Anderson (Red Deer Rebels) was the star for Manitoba with two goals. Denton Mateychuk (Moose Jaw Warriors) matched Anderson’s point totals with two assists.

Team Alberta also falls in semi-finals 

Saskatchewan will be playing for gold for the first time ever at the WHL Cup thanks to a stunning 5-3 victory over Alberta who had been undefeated going into this game. Carter Dereniwsky (Victoria Royals) was a key factor in the triumph with a hat-trick.

McDonald breaks Oil Kings defenseman scoring record

With his 39th career goal for the Edmonton Oil Kings, Conner McDonald passed Aaron Irving for the franchise lead in goals among defensemen.

Milestones

  • Riley Ginnell notched his first WHL goal for the Brandon Wheat Kings.
  • Rookie Dylan Guenther picked up his first career hat-trick for the Edmonton Oil Kings to become the youngest player in Oil Kings’ history to record a hat-trick.
  • Swift Current Broncos forward Hayden Ostir played in his 200th WHL game.

Panthers acquire Rodewald from Senators

The Florida Panthers have acquired forward Jack Rodewald (255 GP, 76 G, 90 A with the Regina Pats and Moose Jaw Warriors) from the Ottawa Senators for forward Chris Wilkie. An undrafted free agent, Rodewald has played 10 NHL games with the Senators and has no points. Most of his pro career has been spent in the AHL where he has 55 goals and 46 assists in 209 games.

Hamonic plays 600th NHL game

Travis Hamonic (181 GP, 29 G, 80 A with the Moose Jaw Warriors and Brandon Wheat Kings) played in his 600th NHL game as the Calgary Flames played in the Heritage Classic outdoor game against the Winnipeg Jets. Drafted in the second round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders, Hamonic has scored 34 goals with 143 assists with the Islanders and Flames.

Bellerive scores first AHL Goal

Jordy Bellerive (274 GP, 117 G, 150 A with the Lethbridge Hurricanes) scored his first AHL goal on Saturday as the Willkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins downed the San Antonio Rampage 5-4 in overtime.

Leschyshyn scores first goal for Wolves

Jake Leschyshyn (257 GP, 85 G, 95 A with the Regina Pats and Lethbridge Hurricanes) also notched his first professional goal into an empty net as the Chicago Wolves beat the Manitoba Moose 4-0.

Three Stars:

First Star: Edmonton Oil Kings forward Dylan Guenther had a hat-trick vs. Seattle

Second Star: Brandon Wheat Kings forward Luka Burzan recorded two goals and added an assist against the Swift Current Broncos

Third Star: Prince Albert Raiders forward Aliaksei Protas had two goals against the Spokane Chiefs

Honourable Mentions:

Victoria Royals netminder Shane Farkas made 34 saves on 35 shots in a 2-1 win over Kamloops. Carl Tetachuk made 41 saves on 43 shots in a 3-2 shootout loss to Medicine Hat.

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