FRIDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPNov 10, 2012 - 04:27 MST
BLADES DOUBLE UP PATS – Josh Nicholls scored twice to lead the Saskatoon Blades to a 6-3 victory over the visiting Regina Pats in Western Hockey League action on Friday night.
Shane McColgan tallied a goal and three assists and Matt Pufahl notched a goal and a pair of assists for the Blades (8-9-0-1), who allowed the game’s first goal but scored the next six, while Kyle Schmidt and Adam Kambeitz also scored. Andrey Makarov made 20 saves to claim the win.
Morgan Klimchuk scored a pair of late power play goals while Adam Rossignol also scored for the Pats (8-12-1-0), who went 2-for-9 on the power play in the contest. Teagan Sacher made 37 saves in a losing cause.
RAIDERS 3, THUNDERBIRDS 0
Luke Siemens made 28 saves to record his first shutout of the season as the Prince Albert Raiders blanked the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds 3-0 on Friday night.
Mark McNeill and Mike Winther each notched a goal and an assist and Dakota Conroy also scored for the Raiders (13-5-0-2), who were 1-for-6 on the power play as they post their second win in a row.
Brandon Glover turned in a 28-save effort for the Thunderbirds (8-10-1-0), who suffer their third straight defeat and their sixth loss in their last seven games.
HURRICANES 5, WHEAT KINGS 3
Jamal Watson scored and set up another as the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes skated to a 5-3 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday.
Jay Merkley, Russ Maxwell, Craig Leverton and Macoy Erkamps also scored for the Hurricanes (12-7-1-1), who overturned a 2-0 deficit after the first period as they claim their fourth straight win. Ty Rimmer turned in a 35-save effort to record the win versus his old team.
Alessio Bertaggia and Jayce Hawryluk scored while Geordie Maguire netted his first WHL marker for the Wheat Kings (9-8-2-1), who were blanked on four power play chances in the contest. Corbin Boes stopped 28 of 33 shots in a losing cause.
HITMEN 5, ROYALS 2
Alex Roach scored twice and set up another to lead the Calgary Hitmen skated to a 5-2 victory over the Victoria Royals on Friday.
Brady Brassart – with a goal and two assists – Pavlo Padakin and Elliot Peterson also scored for the Hitmen (13-4-1-2), who stretch their winning streak to five games and remain in first place in the Central Division. Chris Driedger made 27 saves to earn his 10th win of the season and 40th of his WHL career.
Tyler Stahl – with his first of the season – and Steven Hodges scored for the Royals (9-10-0-0), who allowed two power play goals on eight Hitmen chances as they suffer their sixth straight defeat. Coleman Vollrath made 21 saves in the defeat.
TIGERS 5, WARRIORS 2
Elgin Pearce picked up a goal and two assists to pace the Medicine Hat Tigers to a 5-2 win over the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors on Friday night.
Hunter Shinkaruk and Curtis Valk each notched a goal and an assist while Kyle Becker and Boston Leier also scored for the Tigers (11-9-1-0), who put the game away with three unanswered third-period goals as they claim their second win in a row. Cam Lanigan stopped 29 of 31 shots in the win.
Trevor Brown and Sam Fioretti scored for the Warriors (7-8-3-3), who slump to their seventh consecutive setback but remain in third place in the East Division. Daniel Wapple made 26 saves in the loss.
OIL KINGS 4, COUGARS 2
TJ Foster tallied a goal and a pair of assists to lead the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings to a 4-2 triumph over the Prince George Cougars on Friday.
Griffin Reinhart – with a goal and an assist – Henrik Samuelsson and Michael St. Croix also counted for the Oil Kings (12-5-1-2), who opened up a 3-0 lead in the first period as they post their seventh victory over their last nine games. Laurent Brossoit stopped 38 of 40 shots to backstop the Oil Kings to the win.
Jari Erricson and Brett Roulston scored for the Cougars (7-9-1-1), who drop their third consecutive decision. Brett Zarowney made six saves on nine shots over the first period, taking the loss, while Mac Engel stopped 19 shots the rest of the way.
ROCKETS 8, REBELS 1
Cody Fowlie, Ryan Olsen and Myles Bell each scored twice to lead the Kelowna Rockets to an 8-1 victory over the visiting Red Deer Rebels on Friday night.
Rourke Chartier tallied a goal and two assists while Tyrell Goulbourne also scored for the Rockets (12-6-1-1), who scored the game’s first seven goals en route to their fifth straight triumph. Jackson Whistle made 23 saves on 24 shots for the win.
Matt Dumba – with his fifth of the season – scored the only goal for the Rebels (10-11-1-1), who close out their five-game western road trip with a 2-3-0 record. Patrik Bartosak and Bolton Pouliot combined for 38 saves in the defeat.
CHIEFS 5, BLAZERS 2
Todd Fiddler scored and set up two more to help the Spokane Chiefs to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Kamloops Blazers on Friday.
Mitch Holmberg – with his 12th of the season – Riley Wittingham and Cole Wedman also scored for the Chiefs (14-6-0-0), who extend their win streak to three games. Eric Williams made 32 saves on 34 shots to claim the win.
Jordan DePape and JC Lipon scored for the Blazers (17-3-0-1), who allowed the game’s last four goals as they suffer back-to-back losses for the first time this season. Cole Cheveldave made 18 saves in a losing effort.
SILVERTIPS 3, AMERICANS 0
Austin Lotz stopped all 35 shots he faced to record his first career WHL shutout as the visiting Everett Silvertips blanked the Tri-City Americans 3-0 on Friday.
Trent Lofthouse, Kohl Bauml and Stathis Soumelidis scored for Everett (7-13-0-2), which snaps a seven-game losing skid.
Eric Comrie made 22 saves on 25 shots to absorb the loss for the Americans (12-7-1-1), who see a three-game win streak come to an end.
WINTERHAWKS 9, GIANTS 5
Nicolas Petan scored twice and added two assists as the visiting Portland Winterhawks managed a 9-5 win over the Vancouver Giants on Friday night.
Adam De Champlain scored twice and Taylor Peters, Brendan Leipsic, Taylor Leier and Paul Bittner each tallied a goal and an assist while Tyler Wotherspoon also scored for the Winterhawks (14-3-1-0), who also got three assists from Ty Rattie as they stretch their win streak to 10 games. Brendan Burke made 14 saves in the win.
Trevor Cheek scored twice and set up another while Anthony Ast, Marek Tvrdon and Carter Popoff also scored for the Giants (5-13-0-0), who allowed the game’s last four goals over the final 12:39 of the third period. Payton Lee and Tyler Fuhr combined for 42 saves in the defeat.