SAINT JOHN, NB – Jaxsen Wiebe did not set fire to the Western Hockey League this season as a points producer.
The 202-pound, six-foot forward, who has scored just 10 times in 51 games with the Alberta squad, was relied upon as a reliable role player for the talented Edmonton Oil Kings.
He chose a good time to try the spotlight.
Wiebe scored his first ever hat-trick at TD Station on Wednesday night, with the third goal 8:05 of 3-on-3 overtime being the highlight as his Oil Kings defeated host Saint John Sea Dogs 4-3 in the wild. Memorial Cup affair.
Carter Souch, who came in with two assists, had the second Edmonton goal. It was the second match in as many days for the WHL champions, who now have an overtime win and a loss on their national tournament resume.
Ravis Kristians Ansons, Josh Lawrence and William Dufour scored for the Sea Dogs, who were trailing 2-0 in the first five minutes of the first period, leading 3-2 after 10 minutes. The Sea Dogs now have a win and an overtime loss in the round-robin position.
The Sea Dogs outscored the Oil Kings 39-31 and both goalkeepers were sharp, especially in the all-out court meeting that was overtime. It was the first time in Memorial Cup history that the teams played the 3-on-3 overtime format.
POKE CHECKS: Comeback Cats, also known as Shawinigan Cataractes, will look to improve to 2-0 when they play the Hamilton Bulldogs on Thursday. OHL champion Bulldogs lost 5-3 to the Sea Dogs on Monday. QMJHL champion Cataractes beat the Oil Kings 4-3 on Tuesday. … There were 5,021 spectators at TD station for match 1 and 4,692 for game 2. The arena has a capacity of 6,603. … A new rule for this year’s tournament is that each goal is automatically reviewed by a video referee.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 22, 2022