FRIDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPSat Nov 3
BLADES EDGE ICE IN OVERTIME – Shane McColgan scored 3:06 into overtime to lift the visiting Saskatoon Blades to a 3-2 win over the Kootenay Ice in Western Hockey League action on Friday night.
Josh Nicholls scored twice – his 13th and 14th goals of the season – and added an assist for the Blades (7-9-0-0), who earn their second straight victory. Andrey Makarov stopped 34 of 36 shots he faced to post the win.
Jordyn Boyd and Erik Benoit scored for the Ice (4-9-1-0), who outshot the visitors 36-20 but come away with their fifth straight loss. Wyatt Hoflin made 17 saves in the defeat.
WHEAT KINGS 3, WARRIORS 2
Nick Buonassisi scored the go-ahead goal 15:10 into the third period as the Brandon Wheat Kings edged the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors 3-2 on Friday.
Jayce Hawryluk netted a goal and an assist and Tim McGauley also counted for the Wheat Kings (8-6-2-1), who overturned a 2-1 deficit in the third period to post their eighth victory of the season. Corbin Boes turned in a 40-save performance to claim his 40th career WHL win.
Justin Kirsch and Jordan Messier scored for the Warriors (7-7-2-1), who suffer their third loss in a row and fall to fourth place in the East Division. Justin Paulic made 27 saves in the defeat.
HURRICANES 5, TIGERS 2
Jay Merkley scored a pair of goals to lead the Lethbridge Hurricanes to a 5-2 win over the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday.
Brady Ramsay and Ryan Pilon each tallied a goal and an assist while Russell Maxwell scored his 12th goal of the season for the Hurricanes (9-7-1-1), who improve to 6-2-1-1 over their last 10 games. Ty Rimmer stopped 27 of 29 shots to record the victory.
Hunter Shinkaruk and Trevor Cox scored for the Tigers (9-9-1-0), who allowed the game’s first four goals as they see their five-game win streak snapped. Cam Lanigan and Marek Langhamer combined for 48 saves in the loss.
RAIDERS 3, OIL KINGS 2
Jonas Knutsen scored the winner 12:33 into the third period as the Prince Albert Raiders edged the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings 3-2 on Friday.
Chance Braid and Anthony Bardaro also scored for the Raiders (11-4-0-2), who overcame a 2-0 deficit after the opening period to post their third consecutive victory. Luke Siemens turned in a 37-save effort to earn his 10th win of the season.
Henrik Samuelsson and Dylan Wruck scored for the Oil Kings (9-4-1-2), who see a four-game winning streak come to an end. Tristan Jarry made 26 saves in a losing cause.
HITMEN 4, PATS 1
Carson Samoridny scored and set up another as the visiting Calgary Hitmen skated to a 4-1 triumph over the Regina Pats on Friday.
Spencer Humphries tallied his second goal of the season and Brooks Macek added two late empty net markers while Cody Sylvester picked up three assists for the Hitmen (9-4-1-2), who snap a three-game losing skid and move back into a tie for first place in the Central Division. Chris Driedger stopped 30 of 31 shots to backstop the Hitmen to the win.
Kade Pilton – with his second marker of the season – scored the only goal for the Pats (6-11-1-0), who suffer their fourth straight setback and drop to sixth place in the East Division. Matt Hewitt made 28 stops in the loss.
BRONCOS 4, THUNDERBIRDS 3
Chance Lund scored a shorthanded marker versus his former club to help the Swift Current Broncos to a 4-3 win over the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday.
Graham Black scored two goals and Adam Lowry tallied a shorthanded goal and set up two more for the Broncos (7-7-3-2), who scored three times in the third period en route to the victory. Eetu Laurikainen made 14 saves to earn the win.
Taylor Green netted his first of the season while Seth Swenson and Riley Sheen also scored for the Thunderbirds (7-7-1-0), who drop their third straight decision. Brandon Glover stopped 26 shots in the loss.
BLAZERS 2, COUGARS 1 S/O
Brendan Ranford and Cole Ully scored in a shootout to lift the Kamloops Blazers to a 2-1 victory over the visiting Prince George Cougars on Friday night.
Matt Needham scored his fourth goal of the season for the Blazers (17-1-0-1), who get back in the win column after suffering their first loss in 15 games on Thursday in Kelowna. Cole Cheveldave stopped 26 shots in regulation and denied both Cougars’ shootout chances to post his 12th victory of the season.
Marc McNulty – with his fourth of the season – had the lone tally for the Cougars (7-7-1-1), who went scoreless on four power play chances as they see a modest two-game win streak snapped. Mac Engel turned aside 23 of 24 shots through regulation, but was beaten twice in the shootout to take the loss.
WINTERHAWKS 6, ROYALS 2
Nick Petan and Brendan Leipsic each tallied a goal and two assists as the Portland Winterhawks posted a 6-2 win over the visiting Victoria Royals on Friday.
Ty Rattie – with a goal and an assist – Troy Rutkowski, Taylor Peters and Taylor Leier also scored and Tyler Wotherspoon drew three assists for the Winterhawks (11-3-1-0), who stretch their winning streak to seven games and move into first place in the U.S. Division. Brendan Burke made 27 saves in the win.
Brandon Magee and Jordan Fransoo scored for the Royals (9-7-0-0), who opened the scoring but allowed the next four goals as they drop their third straight decision. Patrik Polivka made 36 saves on 42 shots through the first two periods of play, absorbing the loss, while Coleman Vollrath stopped five shots in the third frame.
REBELS 3, CHIEFS 1
Wyatt Johnson’s first WHL goal was the winner as the visiting Red Deer Rebels managed a 3-1 triumph over the Spokane Chiefs on Friday.
Turner Elson – with a goal and an assist – and Brady Gaudet also scored for the Rebels (9-8-1-1), who trailed 1-0 after the first period but scored the next three goals to claim their second straight victory. Patrik Bartosak stopped 29 of 30 shots in the win.
Brenden Kichton – with his sixth of the season – scored the only goal for the Chiefs (11-6-0-0), who suffer their first defeat on home ice this season. Eric Williams made 28 stops in a losing cause.
AMERICANS 3, SILVERTIPS 2
Malte Stromwall scored his seventh goal of the season, a power play marker, to lift the Tri-city Americans to a 3-2 win over the visiting Everett Silvertips on Friday.
Beau McCue and Brian Williams also scored for the Americans (10-6-1-1), who went 2-for-7 on the power play in the contest. Eric Comrie made 19 saves in the win.
Stathis Soumelidis – with his first WHL goal – and Kohl Bauml scored for the Silvertips (6-10-0-2), who slump to their fourth loss in a row. Austin Lotz made 25 saves in the defeat.