Saskatchewan Makes History as WHL Cup Champions
Monday, October 28, 2019 – For the first time in WHL Cup history, Saskatchewan sat atop the podium following a 4-2 victory against Team Manitoba. Goals from Tye Spencer (Saskatoon), Vaughn Watterodt (Rosetown), Kylynn Olafson (Lanigan) and an empty netter from Eric Johnson (Regina) sealed it for the green and gold. The team was backstopped by Dylan Ernst (Weyburn) who made 21 saves to earn the win.
For Saskatchewan, winning the championship did not come easy as their preliminary round record would indicate. Loses against all three opponents; Team B.C. (6-4), Team Alberta (3-2) and Team Manitoba (4-3) had Saskatchewan at 0-3 heading into the semi-finals. Despite those results, Saskatchewan had held a lead in all three of those games and were hungry for success going into their semi-final matchup against the top seeded Team Alberta. In the semi's, goals from Hunter Mayo (Saskatoon), Vaughn Watterodt (Rosetown) and a hat-trick from Carter Dereniwsky (Canora) propelled Saskatchewan to a 5-3 upset and a birth in the gold medal game.
"I am extremely proud of what this group accomplished. From the players to the coaching staff, this team bought in and continued to elevate their play with each game."
- Joel Houseman, Senior Coordinator of High Performance, SHA
Following the tournament, the all-star awards were handed out and Saskatchewan's Dylan Ernst (Weyburn) was awarded top goaltender of the WHL Cup. Carter Dereniwsky (Canora) was Saskatchewan's top scorer and received a nod as one of the top three forwards.
For more information please contact:
Senior Coordinator of High Performance
Director of Operations Team Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Hockey Association
Tel (306) 789-5101