PROSPECT REPORT: 2017 WHL Cup concludes as 3 Blades’ prospects win Gold
Calgary, Alta – The 2017 WHL Cup came to its conclusion this evening as British Columbia edged the previously undefeated Alberta in overtime for a shock gold-medal game victory.
In the bronze-medal matchup, Manitoba took out Saskatchewan in a rematch of the tournaments’s second day of fixtures. In their first meeting during the round-robin stage of the tournament back on October 19, the Green and Gold edged Manitoba 4 goal to 3, but come the important end of the tournament it was Manitoba having the last laugh as they earned bronze by defeating Saskatchewan on the final day 4 goals to 2. Blades’ prospect Kyle Lamoureux picked up bronze with Manitoba.
In the gold-medal matchup, Aiden De La Gorgendiere appeared to save his best performance of the tournament to last as he recorded an assist on the power play and finished the game with a +/- of +3, helping British Columbia overcome the odds and defeat the offensive powerhouse of Alberta. Along with Gorgendiere, fellow Blades’ prospects Kalen Szeto and Koen MacInnes picked up gold for B.C.
Though surely disappointed with his Alberta side’s loss in the gold-medal match, Kyle Crnkovic continued his stellar form and recorded a further 2 assists in the final match. His point total at the conclusion of the tournament now reading 12 points from 5 games played, seeing him finish as the tournament’s sole leader in points and earning honours on the 2017 WHL Cup All-Star team.
2017 WHL Cup All-Stars
G – Bryan Thomson (Team Saskatchewan) – Moose Jaw, Sask – Lethbridge Hurricanes
D – Kaiden Guhle (Team Alberta) – Sherwood Park, Alta. – Prince Albert Raiders
D – Daemon Hunt (Team Manitoba) – Brandon, Man. – Moose Jaw Warriors
F – Justin Sourdif (Team British Columbia) – Surrey, B.C. – Vancouver Giants
F – Kyle Crnkovic (Team Alberta) – Chestermere, Alta. – Saskatoon Blades
F – Connor McClennon (Team Alberta) – Wainwright, Alta. – Kootenay ICE
- Kyle Crnkovic (AB; Saskatoon Blades) – 3G-9A – 12pts
- Connor McClennon (AB; Kootenay ICE) – 6G-4A – 10pts
- Kaiden Guhle (AB; Prince Albert Raiders) – 5G-4A – 9pts
- Jake Neighbours (AB; Edmonton Oil Kings) – 1G-6A – 7pts
- Tyler Horstmann (BC; Edmonton Oil Kings) – 0G-5A – 5pts
|Aidan De La Gorgendiere||British Columbia||D||5||0||2||2|
|Kalen Szeto||British Columbia||F||5||2||0||2|
|Koen MacInnes||British Columbia||G||1-0-0-1||0.96||.960||125|