Vernon’s Cole Sanford is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week.
Sanford recorded four goals and seven points over three games as the Medicine Hat Tigers tied up the Eastern Conference second-round series versus the Kootenay Ice at 3-3. Game 7 goes tonight in Medicine Hat.
On Thursday, April 10, Sanford recorded an assist in a 7-4 loss to the host Ice.
On Saturday, with the Tigers facing elimination, Sanford stepped up with 4+2 while being named first star in a 9-2 win over the visiting Ice. Sanford was held without a point in a 4-1 road loss to the Ice in Game 3 last Wednesday
Sanford, 18, is in his second season with the Tigers, and finished third on the team in scoring with 33 goals and 73 points along with a +43 rating this season.
A sixth-round pick, 117th overall, in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, Sanford has amassed 35 goals and 84 points in 125 career regular-season contests. The 5-foot-9, 161-pounder is eligible for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Meanwhile, Vernon Viper grad Mike Zalewski earned his first NHL point when he assisted on Yannick Weber’s slapshot goal in the Vancouver Canucks’ 5-1 win over the Calgary Flames Sunday night. Zalewski, a New Hartford, N.Y. product, signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Canucks March 14. He left the RPI Engineers after his sophomore season. He pocketed 26 points (9-17-26) in 35 games this season.