Western States Shootout - Day 2

by Scott Ludwig

The Canadian Premier Junior Hockey League All Stars played their first game of four in Las Vegas on Sunday facing the host Las Vegas Storm. The CPJHL squad walked away with a 9-4 loss, but learned much about the Western States Hockey League style of play.

Daniel Bureau stunned the home team moments after the opening faceoff scoring at :14 into the game. Parker Stewart earned the lone assist on the goal. The lead would be short-lived though as the Storm answered just :46 later.

Las Vegas would take a 2-1 advantage before Riley DeGray (assisted by Jack Shaver and Cameron Scrivens) scored to tie the game. For the remainder of the period the spotlight shined bright on goaltender Jean-Marc Brisson, who stopped 22 of 25 shots in the first half to keep the CPJHL team in the game, trailing 3-2 at halftime.

In the second half (showcase games are two 25-minute halves) some fatigue set in for the Canadian squad, who traveled across three time zones and never skated together before. The Storm scored three times before Bureau netted his second of the game at 18:38 of half to make it 6-3.

The host would score twice again before Andrew Williamson tallied his first of the tournament. Las Vegas would add a last minute goal to make the final 9-4. Shot totals saw the Storm with a 45-17 advantage.

CPJHL All Stars will face the Fresno Monsters on Monday at 10 AM (PST). All showcase games are streaming via BlackDog Enterprises PPV.