Thursday, October 6, 2016

10/5 Recap: Hagel makes a difference

Brandon Hagel scored a short-handed goal and added an assist in the third period Wednesday to help Red Deer claim a 5-4 victory over Kamloops.

After the Rebels fell behind 3-0 after the opening period, the floodgates opened with the hosts scoring the next five goals. Hagel, who previously missed on two golden opportunities in the contest, finally connected for his marker at 5:36 of the final frame by getting behind the defense and finishing off a break at the side of the cage.

Four minutes later, Hagel provided an assist on the game-winner before the Blazers added a late goal to complete the scoring.

Elsewhere in the WHL, Giorgio Estephan picked up an assist in his first game back as Lethbridge was doubled by Kelowna 6-3. Devante Stephens finished with an even rating and a cross-checking minor for the winning side.

Vojtech Budik logged a minus-two rating as Prince Albert fell to Portland 5-3.

In the QMJHL, Vasily Glotov assisted on an empty-net goal with 42 seconds left in regulation as Cape Breton skated to a 5-3 win over visiting Rimouski. The helper gives Glotov points in each of his first four games with the Screaming Eagles.

Jonas Johansson stopped 29 of 33 shots as Almtuna IS dropped a 5-3 decision to Tingsryds AIF. The loss moves Johansson to 2-4 on the year with a 1.69 GAA and .933 save%.