Winnipeg ICE forward Owen Pederson has been named the Western Hockey League’s Player of the Week following the first weekend of play of the 2021-22 WHL season.
Currently sitting atop the league’s leaderboards in both points (6) and goals (3), Pederson helped lead the charge for the highly-offensive ICE in back-to-back victories over provincial rival Brandon Wheat Kings this past weekend.
Opening the season with a 10-2 thumping of Brandon, Pederson and Co. lit up netminder Ethan Kruger six times through 40 minutes of work, before pumping another four goals past backup Carson Bjarnason. With nine shots on net, Pederson had a goal and an assist, picking up points on the team’s eighth and 10th tallies.
His Friday night success in B-town translated to another strong performance the following day, this time on home ice. Battling the same Wheat Kings, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound winger snagged two goals and added another two helpers, en route to another lopsided 7-1 victory.
Pederson claimed the game-winner on a power play midway through the second period, before going on to score the next goal of the game and assisting on two more. Now boasting 13 shots on net, three goals and three assists, the veteran forward not only leads the ICE but all of the WHL, statistically.
Originally selected 89th overall in the fifth round of the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft, Pederson has gone on to register 48 goals, while putting up another 46 assists in 124 regular season contests. He and his ICE teammates will look to continue their hot streak when the Regina Pats come to town for a 7:00 PM central matchup this Wednesday from the Wayne Fleming Arena.