Ritchie and Rehkopf lift White to victory in the CHL’s top prospects game

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Gemma Karstens Smith

Posted January 26, 2023 • 3 minutes reading

Join the conversation Team White’s Kalan Lind (13) checks Team Red’s Connor Bedard (98) during the second period of the CHL/NHL Top Prospects game in Langley, BC on Wednesday January 25 , 2023. Photo by DARRYL DYCK /THE Canadian Press

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LANGLEY, BC – Carson Rehkopft scored a goal and an assist and Team White defeated Team Red 4-2 in the Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects game in Langley, BC

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Callum Ritchie (Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League) hit the empty net and contributed an assist, while Colby Barlow (Owen Sound Attack of the OHL) and Luca Pinelli (Ottawa 67’s of the OHL) also scored for the whites in – Canadian Hockey Die’s 40th annual showcase. the best draft-eligible talent in the league.

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The game was played at Langley Events Centre, home of the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League.

The Red’s goals came from Mathieu Cataford of the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey Leagues early in the first period and Zach Benson of the WHL’s Winnipeg ICE with 36 seconds remaining.

Whites Scott Ratzlaff (WHLs Seattle Thunderbirds) made 24 saves before being replaced by Jackson Unger (WHLs Moose Jaw Warriors) midway through the second period. Unger stopped 21 shots in relief.

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Carson Bjarnson (WHLs Brandon Wheat Kings) started for the red before being substituted midway through the game. Charlie Robertson (OHL’s North Bay Battalion) took over in net, stopping 11 of 13 shots.

In a surprise twist, Red captain Connor Bedard was kept off the goals chart. The 17-year-old Regina Pats star center leads the WHL in points and is expected to go first overall in the NHL Entry Draft this summer.

Benson chipped into White’s lead 19:24 into the game and fired a shot past Unger.

Red pulled Robertson at 3:52 on the clock in favor of an additional attacker and Ritchie deflected a Rehkopf shot into the wide open net shortly after to make it 4:1.

Bedard appeared to be caught in the middle of White’s celebration and was bullied with flying fists by his opponents.

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Bedard was sent to the pits to be compared.

Nate Danielson (Wheat Kings) stopped White’s final goal in the middle of the third quarter by pulling a puck out of the corner and throwing it into the opening where Pinelli took a shot past the Red keeper to put his team 3 -1 in the lead.

Rehkopf (OHLs Kitchener Rangers) gave White a lead 3:53 into the final frame, going past two defenders in red territory and firing a shot past Robertson.

The mood flared just 29 seconds into the third game as White’s Kalan Lind (WHL’s Red Deer Rebels) and Red’s Alex Pharand (OHL’s Sudbury Wolves) dropped their gloves. The pair exchanged punches for several moments before being separated by officials and sent to the box with the battling giants.

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White nearly took the lead at 14:32, but a fierce shot by Brayden Yager of the Moose Jaw Warriors rattled the post.

Earlier in the period, Red’s Riley Heidt (Prince George Cougars of WHL) pounced on a key role, scooping the puck around the back of the net and lifting his racket to reach “Michigan. ” However, Ratzlaf stayed close to his goal and the subsequent shot bounced off the goalkeeper’s shoulder.

Barlow even pulled Team White into the game with a power play goal 6:25 after Coulson Pitre was sent into the box by Red to make a save.

Bjarnson stopped Barlow’s first attempt, but the rebound came off the left sideline and he fired another shot over the goalkeeper’s shoulder to level the game at 1–1.

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Cataford opened the scoring for the Red 3:22 into the opening. The center unleashed a backhand shot from the middle of the slot that snuck through traffic and past Ratzlaf Stick.

A strange moment before the puck was released caused the crowd at the Langley Events Center to cheer.

Team White hit the ice first, and as they sprinted out of the tunnel, Dylan MacKinnon (Halifax Mooseheads) and Ethan Gauthier (QMJHL’s Sherbrooke Phoenix) tripped over a dark mat standing on a dark logo in the middle of the ice and flew face down. the ice rink. His teammate Callum Ritchie (Oshawa Generals of OHL) followed moments later.

The three quickly jumped off, apparently unharmed, and continued to play.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 25, 2023.

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