Irving’s record for career shutouts falls

The Western Hockey League has a new shutout king, pushing a former Everett Silvertip aside.

Vancouver Giants goaltender Tyson Sexsmith broke the league’s record for career shutouts when he picked up his 22nd on Nov. 7.

“It’s a pretty nice accomplishment,” Sexsmith told the Vancouver Sun. “I get the credit, but it’s definitely a team reward. Over the years I’ve had some pretty good guys in front of me.”

Sexsmith broke the record by blanking Prince George 5-0 on 24 shots. The 19-year-old Sexsmith bested the previous mark of 21, held jointly by Everett’s Leland Irving and former Seattle and Kootenay goaltender Bryan Bridges.

Sexsmith achieved the record in a blink of the eye. He needed just 137 games to reach 22. Irving needed 215 games during his Silvertips career to achieve his total, Bridges needed 213.

Of course, Sexsmith has also had the luxury of backstopping some strong Vancouver teams. In his 17-year-old season Sexsmith was the starting goaltender for a Giants team that went on to win the Memorial Cup. Last season the Giants won 49 games en route to another B.C. Division title. This season the Giants again have the best record in the league.

And it’s not just the winning, it’s the manner of the victories. Vancouver regularly outshoots opponents by large margins. It’s not unusual for Giants opponents to be held to fewer than 20 shots in a game. Vancouver has yet to surrender 30 shots in a game this season.

Around the WHL: Vancouver became the final team to lose a game in regulation when the Giants fell to Chilliwack 3-2 last Tuesday. Vancouver was 14-0-0-3 going into the game. … The Portland Winter Hawks continued to tinker with their roster, importing 19-year-old forward and former Silvertip Jonathan Milhouse as well as 17-year-old forward Sawyer Mick from the junior A ranks, while parting ways with 20-year-old forward Matt Schmermund, 20-year-old defenseman Scott Gabriel and 18-year-old forward Ryan Anderson. The Winter Hawks now have no overagers on their roster. … Seattle received a big commitment when Texas forward Colin Jacobs signed an education contract with the team. Jacobs, a fourth-round pick in this May’s bantam draft, was considered a top-10 talent, but slipped in the draft over questions on whether he would play in the WHL. … Chilliwack forward Andy Smith was named the WHL Player of the Week. Smith had four goals and three assists as Chilliwack went 2-0-1-0.

League leaders: Points — Evander Kane (Vancouver) 37; goals — Jamie Benn (Kelowna) 20; assists — Casey Pierro-Zabotel (Vancouver) 27; penalty minutes — Ian Schultz (Calgary) 77; wins — Martin Jones (Calgary), Braden Holtby (Saskatoon) 14; goals against average — Jamie Tucker (Vancouver) 1.52; save percentage — Dustin Tokarski (Spokane) .947.

Talk to us

More in Sports

Lake Stevens’ Jaxson Lewis (8) runs with the ball during a Class 4A state semifinal game between Lake Stevens and Kamiakan at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023. Lake Stevens won, 48-7. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Another state title well within reach for surging Lake Stevens

The Vikings head into Saturday’s championship clash riding a string of dominant performances.

Graham-Kapowsin’s Daveon Superales keeps the ball on a quarterback run during the 4A semifinal against Lake Stevens on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
4A state championship capsule: Lake Stevens vs. Graham-Kapowsin

A by-the-numbers look at Saturday’s state title game, plus game picks from our experts and readers.

Prep roundup for Thursday, Nov. 30

Prep results for Thursday, Nov. 30: (Note for coaches/scorekeepers: To report results… Continue reading

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Brandin Cooks (3) catches a pass for a first down as Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams (33) defends in the first half of Thursday’s game in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)
Grading the Seahawks in their 41-35 loss to the Cowboys

Seattle gives a game effort on the road against a strong Dallas team, but falters at the end.

Kamiak’s Bella Hasan finishes at the rim with a driving layup against Stanwood on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023, at Stanwood High School in Stanwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
GALLERY: Hasan, Anderson power Kamiak girls past Stanwood

The duo combine for 50 points in a 71-49 victory of the Knights.

Granite Falls senior James Porter braces for a hit after making a catch against Kings on Friday, Oct. 19, 2023, at Granite Falls High School in Granite Falls, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Locals named to All-Emerald Sound Conference teams

Student-athletes honored from Granite Falls, King’s and Sultan.

Washington safety Makell Esteen (24) celebrates making an interception against Washington State with cornerback Jabbar Muhammad (1) during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)
UW, Oregon meet with Pac-12 title, potential CFP spot on the line

The final season of the Pac-12 is set to close with a massive rivalry clash.

Prep roundup for Wednesday, Nov. 29

Prep roundup for Wednesday, Nov. 29: (Note for coaches/scorekeepers: To report results… Continue reading

Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Abraham Lucas (72) takes his stance during an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)
Seahawks O-line could stabilize with possible return of Lucas

The Archbishop Murphy product hasn’t played since Week 1 against the Los Angeles Rams.

Montana State guard RaeQuan Battle celebrates after scoring against Kansas State during the first half of a first-round college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament on Friday, March 17, 2023, in Greensboro, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Community roundup: MP grad Battle ‘devastated’ by NCAA ruling

Plus, Jadyn Edwards joins New Mexico’s Hall of Honor, and Daniel Arias is back with the NFL’s Cardinals

Prep roundup for Tuesday, Nov. 28

Prep roundup for Tuesday, Nov. 28: (Note for coaches/scorekeepers: To report results… Continue reading

Jackson’s Trey Hawkins drives to the hoop during the game against Arlington on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
GALLERY: Jackson boys top Arlington in season opener

Drew Pepin, Ryan Mcferran and Trey Hawkins key the win for the Timberwolves.

Support local journalism

If you value local news, make a gift now to support the trusted journalism you get in The Daily Herald. Donations processed in this system are not tax deductible.