Just one game in the WHL had the Portland Winterhawks routing the Spokane Chiefs 6-1 in a rare Monday afternoon matchup.
Swift Current’s Ryan McCleary had two goals for the Winterhawks in the victory. The seventh-round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins has 10 goals and 24 points in 40 games this season.
The Swift Current Broncos visit Portland to start their US road swing on Friday night. The league is also off until Friday with the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game set for tomorrow night in Langley, BC.
In local minor hockey tonight, the Graphic Edge U15 AA Wildcats will head east to take on the Prairie Storm Lightning in Emerald Park.
Flames spoil Gaudreau's return to Calgary with OT win
Dillon Dube scored the overtime winner as the Calgary Flames spoiled the homecoming for Johnny Gaudreau with a 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets Monday night. Andrew Mangiapane had a goal and two assists and Nazem Kadri and Walker Dueher also scored for the Flames.
Gaudreau had two assists in his first game at the Saddledome as a visitor after leaving the Flames for a lucrative deal in free agency. Flames fans booed their former star the first time he touched the puck and when he took a penalty shot attempt in the first period but gave him a standing ovation when a video tribute looking back on his eight seasons with the Flames was shown on the scoreboard.
So many memories over the years, on and off the ice.— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) January 24, 2023
Welcome back, Johnny. pic.twitter.com/FAWOZe6xMm
In other NHL action, William Nylander had two goals and four points and John Tavares had a goal and a helper as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the New York Islanders 5-2 at Scotiabank Arena. Ilya Samsonov made 31 saves as the Leafs won for the third time in four games.
Tonight, Rick Tocchet will make his debut behind the bench for the Vancouver Canucks as they host the struggling Chicago Blackhawks. Elsewhere, Winnipeg visits Nashville and the Habs host the Bruins in a classic matchup in Montreal.
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