There was just three games on the Sunday New York Rangers prospect schedule all in the WHL and the outcomes were mixed but this was a day when the scoresheet did not tell the story about the games. There will be days like this where players will have winning efforts but the stat sheet never will give them the proper credit.
The best cast was in Portland Oregon where Keegan Iverson (2013 Third) and his Portland Winterhawks were facing the Brandon Wheat Kings. The Wheat Kings are one of the top teams in the WHL and they entered Sunday’s game with a three game winning streak on top of having not lost a road game in five attempts. To make it even more interesting, the Wheat Kings were sitting in Portland after having Saturday night off while the Winterhawks were playing their third game in three nights after having to ride a bus for close to four hours on Saturday night.
This had mismatch written all over it but the Winterhawks were the ones who did the manhandling as they spanked the Wheat Kings 5-0. Iverson did not score but he was a +1 and part of a penalty kill that denied the Wheat Kings on six tries (actually five as Iverson had a high-sticking minor). Iverson was part of a great defensive effort by the Winterhawks as they were the ones who earned their third straight win.
Brad Morrison (2015 Fourth) did not score but his Prince George Cougars earned their first road win of the season with a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Giants. It was the start of four game road trip for the Cougars and the win was their third in their last four games. In this case, the credit for the win belongs to the Cougars goalie Ty Edmonds who did his best “Henrik Lundqvist” impersonation by stopping 40 out of 41 shots.
In Regina, Sergey Zborovskiy (2015 Third) and his Regina Pats played host to the WHL’s leading team the Prince Albert Raiders. The Pats were playing their first home game in two weeks but they ran into a Raider team that had won five straight games and were 9-2-0-1 entering the contest. Zborovskiy wass scoreless as the Raider’s rookie goalie Ian Scott stopped 38 out of 39 shots while earning a 2-1 overtime win.
Zborovskiy and his teammates threw everything they had at Scott but the kid was almost perfect. The Pats worked hard for the one point that they earned in this game.