Jockims’ Hometown Heroics Assist Hawks to 3-1 Win in Saskatoon

January 12, 2023 – Western Hockey League (WHL) – Portland Winterhawks News Release

Braeden Jockims netted his first WHL goal, Dante Giannuzzi made 28 saves and the Winterhawks won their second straight game with a 3-1 victory over the Blades.

Game #37: Portland (3) at Saskatoon (1)

SOG: POR (20) – SAS (29)

PP: POR (0/3) – SAS (1/5)

Saves: Giannuzzi (28/29) – Elliott (17/19)

SCORING:

POR – 3:46 – First Period – Robbie Fromm-Delorme (20) from Gabe Klassen and Ryan McCleary

SAS – 10:46 – First Period – Vaughn Watterodt (17) from Charlie Wright and Jake Chiasson

POR – 14:25 – Second Period – Braeden Jockims (1)

POR – 19:49 – Third Period – James Stefan (12) from Aidan Litke *EN

The Story:

Braeden Jockims tallied the game-winner for his first WHL goal in his hometown as the Winterhawks (27-6-2-1) topped the Saskatoon Blades (26-7-2-1) 3-1 at SaskTel Centre on Wednesday.

Jockims, playing in his second WHL game after debuting in Prince Albert on Tuesday, broke a 1-1 deadlock late in the second period. After a blocked shot at his own blue line sent the puck to the neutral zone, the Saskatoon native sped down the right wing on a 2-on-1 with Nick Johnson before loading a shot and wiring it past the glove of Austin Elliot from the right circle.

Portland had earlier opened the scoring for the second straight game as Robbie Fromm-Delorme tallied his second in Saskatchewan, receiving a Gabe Klassen drop pass at the top of the left circle and ripping a shot home just under four minutes into the game. Saskatoon soon capitalized on a power play, though, and evened things up at 10:46 of the first on Vaughn Watterodt’s 17th of the year.

James Stefan netted an empty-netter to seal the 3-1 win, and Dante Giannuzzi stood tall with 28 saves on 29 shots between the pipes.

The Winterhawks’ next contest comes Friday in Moose Jaw at 5:00 P.M. PT, before then wrapping up the road trip in Regina on Saturday.

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“It’s exciting, there’s a lot of anxiety coming into a game like this here in your hometown, but it was a good team win. Really gritty game…For me, I really like playing in these high-pressure situations, and everyone’s here backing me on the bench and I know I have supporters in the stands, so that makes it a lot easier.”

Winterhawks forward Braeden Jockims

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