The Opening Night of the Western Hockey League has come and gone. 8 games were played and 16 teams were in action. There were several close games as well as some interesting surprises for hockey fans last night.
The Prince Albert Raiders defeated the Memorial Cup host Regina Pats 7-2. Carson Miller of the Raiders had 3 goals as the Raiders outshot the Pats 38-21. The Saskatoon Blades defeated the Memorial Cup Champion Swift Current Broncos 2-1. Mark Gerlach had both goals for the Blades and the Blades outshot the Broncos 36 to 16.
The Brandon Wheat Kings defeated the Moos Jaw Warriors 2-1. The Wheat Kings outshot the Warriors 36-29. The Red Deer Rebels lost to the Edmonton Oil Kings 4-2. The Rebels were outshot by the Oil Kings 43-22. The Kamloops Blazers defeated the BC Division champions Kelowna Rockets 4-1. The Blazers outshot the Rockets 38-26.
The Vancouver Giants defeated the Everett Silvertips 3-1. The Giants were outshot by the Silvertips 31-23. The final game of the night saw the Victoria Royals beat the Prince George Cougars in a shootout. Shots were 35-29 for the Royals as scoring didn't occur until the third period.
On Saturday September 22nd 11 games take place involving all WHL teams. Seattle, Portland, Calgary, Kootenay, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Spokane and Tri-City all have their first regular season games that day.
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