Calgary, AB – Kaiden Guhle, Ozzy Wiesblatt, and Team Alberta fell shy of claiming the WHL Cup title for the fourth consecutive year on Sunday.
British Columbia forward Ben King scored in overtime to give his province a 4-3 win over the previously undefeated Albertans in the gold-medal game of the 2017 WHL Cup at the Markin MacPhail Centre.
Guhle opened the game’s scoring for Alberta midway through the first period. He also assisted on the game-tying goal late in the third period to send the game to overtime. The Sherwood Park product had a phenomenal WHL Cup, showing why he was the first overall pick in last May’s WHL Bantam Draft. The ’02-born defenceman was named to the WHL Cup All-Stars, finishing the competition with five goals and four assists – good for third overall in tournament scoring and first among defenceman.
Wiesblatt, his provincial and future Raider teammate, also had a strong tournament for the host province. The Calgary product generated plenty of chances through the tournament, finishing the five-game competition with three assists.
In the afternoon’s bronze-medal game, Jakob Brook and Team Manitoba knocked off Cohner Saleski and Team Saskatchewan 4-2. Brook opened the scoring for Manitoba at the 5:53 mark on a redirected shot from the side of the net on the power play. The Roblin product had a goal and an assist in his five games in Calgary.
Saleski assisted on Saskatchewan’s first goal of the game. The 17th overall pick of last May’s WHL Bantam Draft recorded a goal and two assists at the WHL Cup.