As the third week of the 2018-19 Western Hockey League Regular Season winds down, we will reflect on the eight WHL players that have now tallied their first career WHL goal.
Wednesday, October 3:
After a quick shot from the point that the Portland Winterhawks’ goaltender couldn’t quite control, Martin Lang was able to slide the rebound in for the Kamloops Blazers earning his first career WHL goal 5:08 into the first period. The Blazer’s rookie now has three points (1G-2A) in seven games.
Later in the second period, the Portland Winterhawks were able to catch the Kamloops Blazers on a change to create a three-on-two opportunity where Clay Hanus was successful in scoring his first career WHL goal at 10:51 into the second.
Friday, October 5:
When the Swift Current Broncos hosted the Regina Pats, Regina native and rookie Eric Houk was able to capture his first career WHL goal from a two-on-one pass play 16:04 into the second period. Houk’s goal also marked his first career WHL point.
When playing the Brandon Wheat Kings, Moose Jaw Warriors forward Daniil Stepanov earned his first career WHL goal 2:17 into the third period with an epic breakaway goal. Stepanov’s goal also put the Warriors up in their game against the Wheat Kings with a score of 2-1, which then had the Warriors win 0:14 into overtime. Stepanov now has 2 points (1G-1A) through six games this season with the Warriors.
In a 3-0 win against the Prince George Cougars, Vancouver Giants’ forward Lukas Svejkovsky scored his first career WHL goal at 9:04 in the third period. After walking down the middle, Svejkovsky’s goal went off the post and past the crease to earn Vancouver’s final goal of the night. Svejkovky’s record for the 2018-19 season is three points (1G-1A).
Saturday, October 6:
The Seattle Thunderbirds were quick to capitalize against the Kelowna Rockets when import Andrej Kukuca scored his first career WHL goal just 0:46 seconds into the first period. After a rebound came loose from the Rockets, Kukuca was able to snap a quick shot past the goaltender and put the Thunderbirds on the board. Kukuca has three points (1G-2A) so far in his WHL debut season.
In a high-scoring game against the Regina Pats, Brandon-native Lynden McCallum managed a short-handed breakaway goal for the Wheat Kings 9:21 into the second period. With a clear half-ice advantage, McCallum used a back-hand shot against the Pats goaltender earning the Wheat Kings their fifth goal of seven. After playing four games thus far in the 2018-19 season, McCallum holds 2 points (1G-1A).
In a tight game between the Vancouver Giants and Prince George Cougars, Parker Hendren earned his first career WHL goal with a beautiful shot from the right point that zipped past the Cougars’ goaltender low blocker, 10:21 into the second period. Hendren’s first career WHL goal was also his first point of the 2018-19 season.