WHL Roundup: Connor Bedard scores twice in final game including winner

Connor Bedard scored the overtime winner in his final game with the Regina Pats this season, as he'll head off to join Team Canada for the U-18s later this month.

REGINA — Connor Bedard made the final game of his rookie season one he won’t forget.

The 15-year-old forward — and first player to ever be granted exceptional player status to enter the Western Hockey League a year early — scored twice including the winner 49 seconds into overtime as the Regina Pats edged the Brandon Wheat Kings 2-1 on Friday.

Bedard is scheduled to return home to North Vancouver, B.C. on Saturday to be with his family following the death of his grandfather Garth, who died in a motor vehicle accident near Sicamous, B.C., on Tuesday.

He’s then expected to join Canada’s roster that opens the world under-18 hockey championship April 27 against Sweden in Texas.

At the time of his departure, Bedard was leading all WHL skaters in scoring after his final game of the 2020-21 campaign with 12 goals and 28 points in 15 contests. He recorded at least one point in 14-of-15 games, including two four-point efforts.

Roddy Ross made 33 saves while Ryker Evans chipped in two assists for the Pats (6-6-3).

Jake Chiasson found the back of the net for the Wheat Kings (11-3-1), who had their eight-game win streak halted.

Connor Ungar stopped 23-of-25 shots for Brandon.


RED DEER, Alta. — Alex Cotton struck twice and added an assist and Dino Kambeitz had a goal and three helpers as Lethbridge (4-6-2) halted its five-game losing streak while also handing the Rebels (2-10-2) their seventh consecutive defeat.


SPOKANE, Wash. — Cordel Larson was part of all his team’s offence with a goal and two assists and Mason Beaupit kicked out 35-of-36 shots as the Chiefs (2-4-3) improved to 2-0-2 in their last four with a win over Portland (4-4-2), losers of three straight.


KENT, Wash. — Gage Goncalves scored the winner with 1:36 to go in regulation to salvage two points after his team blew a two-goal, third-period lead, and Dustin Wolf made 30 saves as Everett (9-1-0) edged Seattle (5-5-0) for its fourth win in a row.


KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Quinn Schmiemann potted the first of four third-period goals for his team and Orrin Centazzo had a pair of goals to go along with an assist as the Blazers (5-1-0) responded to their first loss of the season by doubling up Victoria (1-5-1).


REGINA — Ryder Korczak had two goals and an assist, while Daemon Hunt and Riley Krane each chipped in a goal and two helpers, and Moose Jaw (7-7-1) easily dealt Swift Current (3-11-1) its fourth straight defeat.

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