FRIDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPNov 17, 2012 - 03:18 MST
BLAZERS HANDLE WINTERHAWKS – JC Lipon scored twice and set up three more for a five-point effort to lead the Kamloops Blazers to a 6-4 win over the visiting Portland Winterhawks in Western Hockey League action on Friday.
Colin Smith notched a goal and four assists, Tim Bozon added a goal and three helpers, and Brendan Ranford and Tyler Hansen also scored for the Blazers (18-5-0-1), who snap a four-game losing skid and exact revenge for last Sunday’s loss in Portland. Cole Cheveldave made 30 saves to claim the victory.
Brendan Leipsic tallied a goal and two assists while Taylor Peters, Nic Petan and Troy Rutkowski also scored for the Winterhawks (16-4-1-0), who see their 12-game winning streak come to an end and fall four points back of Kamloops for first place in the overall WHL standings. Mac Carruth made 22 saves in the setback.
BLADES 4, COUGARS 0
Andrey Makarov turned in a 42-save performance to post a shutout as the visiting Saskatoon Blades blanked the Prince George Cougars 4-0 on Friday night.
Matej Stransky – with a goal and an assist – Brenden Walker, Josh Nicholls and Adam Kambeitz also scored for the Blades (9-10-0-1), who improve to 7-3-0-1 over their last 11 outings.
Mac Engel made 32 saves in a losing cause for the Cougars (7-11-1-2), who went 0-for-4 on the power play as they see their losing skid hit six games.
GIANTS 4, PATS 3 S/O
Thomas Foster scored the decisive goal in the seventh round of a shootout to lift the Vancouver Giants to a 4-3 win over the visiting Regina Pats on Friday night.
Kale Kessy scored twice and Trevor Cheek notched his eighth goal of the season for the Giants (7-13-0-0), who earn their second straight shootout victory. Payton Lee made 25 saves through regulation play, and was beaten just once on seven Pats’ shootout attempts to earn the win.
Lane Scheidl scored and set up two more while Kyle Burroughs and Morgan Klimchuk also scored for the Pats (9-12-1-1), who sent the game to overtime on Klimchuk’s goal 19:06 into the third period. Matt Hewitt turned in a 27-save effort in regulation play, but was beaten twice in the shootout to absorb the loss.
AMERICANS 3, ROCKETS 2
Eric Comrie turned aside 41 of 43 shots he faced to backstop the Tri-City Americans to a 3-2 win over the visiting Kelowna Rockets on Friday.
Parker Bowles, Connor Rankin and Justin Feser scored for the Americans (14-7-1-1), who overturned a 2-0 deficit with three unanswered third-period markers as they earn their second win in a row.
Myles Bell – with a goal and an assist – and Ryan Olsen scored for the Rockets (12-7-1-1), who see their five-game winning streak snapped. Jordon Cooke stopped 19 of 22 shots he faced in a losing cause for the Rockets.
ROYALS 5, SILVERTIPS 0
Patrik Polivka stopped all 20 shots he faced to claim his first career WHL shutout as the Victoria Royals blanked the visiting Everett Silvertips 5-0 on Friday.
Jamie Crooks scored twice and added an assist while Alex Gogolev, Ben Walker and Brandon Fushimi also scored for the Royals (11-10-0-0), who win their second game in a row and improve to 7-2 at home this season.
Austin Lotz and Daniel Cotton combined for 31 saves in a losing cause for the Silvertips (7-14-0-2), who have dropped eight of their last nine games.
THUNDERBIRDS 4, TIGERS 3
Roberts Lipsbergs scored the go-ahead goal 15:57 into the third period to lift the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 4-3 win over the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday.
Alex Delnov scored two goals and Seth Swenson tallied his seventh marker of the season for the Thunderbirds (10-10-1-0), who went 1-for-4 on the power play as they claim their second win in a row. Brandon Glover made 34 saves to record the victory.
Hunter Shinkaruk netted his 16th and 17th goals of the season and Chad Butcher also counted for the Tigers (11-11-1-0), who suffer their second loss in a row and remain in fourth place in the Central Division. Cam Lanigan made 33 saves in the defeat.
ICE 5, WHEAT KINGS 3
Jaedon Descheneau and Kyle O’Connor each tallied a goal and an assist to lead the Kootenay Ice to a 5-3 win over the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday night.
Austin Vetterl, Sam Reinhart and Collin Shirley also scored for the Ice (6-12-1-0), who built up a 4-1 lead in the first period en route to their second win in a row. Mackenzie Skapski made 32 saves to earn his sixth win of the season.
Alessio Bertaggia tallied a goal and an assist while Jayce Hawryluk and Ryan Pulock also scored for the Wheat Kings (9-10-2-1), who suffer their third loss in a row. Corbin Boes and Curtis Honey combined for 27 saves in the loss.
RAIDERS 3, HURRICANES 2
Logan McVeigh’s goal 2:03 into the third period propelled the visiting Prince Albert Raiders to a 3-2 triumph over the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Friday.
Leon Draisaitl scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season for the Raiders (14-6-0-2), who trailed 2-1 after the opening period but scored in each of the second and third periods to post the win. Luke Siemens stopped 23 of 25 shots to claim the win.
Russell Maxwell and Jaimen Yakubowski scored for the Hurricanes (13-9-1-1), who suffer just their third regulation setback over their last 15 games. Ty Rimmer made 29 saves in a losing cause for the ‘Canes.