WHL Roundup: Connor Bedard scores shootout winner Regina Pats beat Calgary Hitmen

WHL Roundup: Connor Bedard scores shootout winner Regina Pats beat Calgary Hitmen

CALGARY — Connor Bedard scored the shootout winner on top of his league-best 44th goal of the season to put the Regina Pats 6-5 past the Calgary Hitmen on Wednesday.

At the Scotiabank Saddledome, where a Hitmen spokesman said 16,700 tickets had been sold for the game by the afternoon, Bedard came in from the right, faked left with the puck and came back to the right where he hit Brayden Peter’s glove side at shooting time .

Braxton Whitehead scored the Pats’ last two goals, including the game-changing marker, with 34 seconds remaining.

Alexander Suzdalev and Tanner Brown provided Regina with the rest of the offense (23-21-2-1). Drew Sim stopped 44 shots between regulations and overtime.

London Hoilett, Sean Tschigerl, Carter Yakemchuk, Blake Heward and Tomis Marinkovic answered for Calgary (23-17-5-2), which also made 32 saves from Peters in rule and overtime.


WINNIPEG — Zach Benson had two goals and an assist, Connor McClennon added two more goals and the Winnipeg Ice defeated the Saskatoon Blades 5-3.

Zack Ostapchuk added the other for league leaders Winnipeg (36-6-1) who clinched their third straight win. Daniel Hauser stopped 26 shots.

Lukas Hansen, Egor Sidorov and Jake Chiasson answered for Saskatoon (30-12-3-1). Ethan Chadwick made 43 saves.


KAMLOOPS, BC — Dylan Sydor scored two goals, Dylan Ernst made 45 saves and the Kamloops Blazers earned a 5-1 win over the Western Conference leaders Portland Winterhawks.

Logan Stankoven, Matthew Seminoff and Olen Zellweger added the others for second-place Kamloops (28-10-4-2).

Kyle Chyzowski was the sole goalscorer for Portland (34-9-2-1), who had ended their six-game winning streak. Dante Giannuzzi stopped 35 shots.

Hurricanes 4 warriors 1

LETHBRIDGE, ALTA. – Bryan Thomson had an excellent performance of 35 saves to lead the Lethbridge Hurricanes 4-1 past the Moose Jaw Warriors.

Blake Swetlikoff with a goal and an assist, Anton Astashevich, Hayden Smith and Joe Arntsen scored for Lethbridge (27-16-3-2) who celebrated their third straight win.

Atley Calvert scored a power play goal for Moose Jaw (30-16-0-3) in the second period. Connor Ungar stopped 29 shots.


KENNEWICK, WA. – Jake Sloan had two of the Tri-City Americans’ five power play goals, as well as an assist, in the 6-1 win over the Swift Current Broncos.

Ethan Ernst with two goals, Adam Mechura and Jordan Gavin added the others for Tri-City (23-16-4-1). Tomas Suchanek made 30 saves.

Josh Davies scored for Swift Current (22-20-1-2), which lost its third straight game. Reid Dyck stopped 28 of 34 shots.


LANGLEY, BC — Landon Kosior recorded a goal and an assist as the Prince Albert Raiders defeated the Vancouver Giants 4-1 for their fourth straight win.

Niall Crocker, Evan Herman and Keaton Sorensen also scored for Prince Albert (19-25-3), who received 23 saves from Max Hildebrand.

Skyler Bruce scored the only goal for Vancouver (18-22-4-2). Jesper Vikman stopped 39 shots.

This summary was automatically generated using an application developed by CP.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on February 1, 2023.

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