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)
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
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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