FRIDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPSat Dec 1
BLADES BLANK HITMEN – Andrey Makarov stopped all 25 shots he faced to post his second shutout of the season as the visiting Saskatoon Blades blanked the Calgary Hitmen 4-0 in Western Hockey League action on Friday night.
Rookie Matt Revel scored twice and set up another and Brenden Walker tallied a goal and two assists for the Blades (13-12-0-1), who went 0-for-5 on the power play while blanking Calgary on seven power play chances, while Josh Nicholls notched his 19th goal of the season.
Chris Driedger turned aside 34 of 38 shots he faced in a losing cause for the Hitmen (17-6-1-2), who see a four-game winning streak come to an end and drop to second place in the Central Division.
OIL KINGS 2, ICE 0
Tristan Jarry made 20 saves to record his second shutout and sixth win of the season as the Edmonton Oil Kings managed a 2-0 win over the visiting Kootenay Ice on Friday.
TJ Foster and Henrik Samuelsson scored and Michael St. Croix picked up two assists for the Oil Kings (17-5-2-3), who exact revenge on the Ice for their 5-4 shootout win in Cranbrook on Wednesday and move into first place in the Central Division.
Mackenzie Skapski turned in a 42-save performance in the loss for the Ice (8-16-1-0), who were outshot 44-20 by the hosts as they suffer their fourth loss in five games.
REBELS 6, TIGERS 5
Brooks Maxwell’s goal 16:57 into the third period was the game-winner as the Red Deer Rebels topped the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers 6-5 on Friday.
Brandon Underwood, Conner Bleackley, Cory Millette, Turner Elson and Wyatt Johnson also scored and Rhyse Dieno had three assists for the Rebels (16-11-1-1), who rattle off their sixth straight victory. Patrik Bartosak turned in a 36-save effort in the win.
Curtis Valk tallied two goals and two assists, Dylan Busenius, Trevor Cox and Elgin Pearce added singles and Hunter Shinkaruk picked up three helpers for the Tigers (11-16-2-0), who see their losing skid hit seven games. Cam Lanigan and Marek Langhamer combined for 25 saves in a losing effort.
BLAZERS 3, AMERICANS 2
Chase Souto broke a 2-2 tie with just 38 seconds to play in the third period as the Kamloops Blazers edged the visiting Tri-City Americans 3-2 on Friday.
JC Lipon netted his 22nd goal of the season while Colin Smith scored his 20th for the Blazers (21-6-1-1), who earn their second straight win and remain one point up on Portland for first place in the overall WHL standings. Cole Cheveldave made 26 saves to claim his 50th career victory.
Beau McCue and Parker Bowles scored for the Americans (16-10-1-1), who drop their third straight decision and fall nine points back of Portland for the U.S. Division lead. Eric Comrie made 32 saves in the setback.
WINTERHAWKS 5, THUNDERBIRDS 2
Seth Jones scored his seventh goal of the season and added an assist to help the Portland Winterhawks to a 5-2 triumph over the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday.
Taylor Peters, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Ty Rattie also each notched a goal and an assist, Taylor Leier also scored and Brendan Leipsic picked up two assists for the Winterhawks (21-4-1-0), who have won five straight and 17 of their last 18 games. Mac Carruth made 31 saves to claim his 12th win of the season.
Justin Hickman and Roberts Lipsbergs scored for the Thunderbirds (12-13-1-0), who went 1-for-7 on the power play in the defeat. Brandon Glover stopped 47 of 51 shots he faced, including 21 of 22 in the first period, in a losing cause.
ROYALS 2, COUGARS 0
Patrik Polivka turned in a 30-save performance to record his second shutout of the season as the Victoria Royals skated to a 2-0 win over the Prince George Cougars on Friday.
Austin Carroll and Jamie Crooks scored and Alex Gogolev chipped in a pair of assists for the Royals (14-12-0-1), who shut out the Cougars on four power play chances as they earn their second victory in three games.
Mac Engel made 26 saves in the loss for the Cougars (9-13-1-3), who have been shut out five times this season.
ROCKETS 3, WARRIORS 2
Henrik Nyberg scored the go-ahead goal 17:46 into the third period to lift the Kelowna Rockets to a 3-2 win over the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors on Friday.
Ryan Olsen – with a goal and an assist – and Damon Severson also scored while Zach Franko picked up three assists for the Rockets (17-8-1-1), who roll to their fifth straight victory and their 10th win in 12 games. Jordon Cooke stopped 18 shots in the win.
Sam Fioretti and Braiden Doucette scored for the Warriors (10-12-3-4), who have won just three of their last 15 games. Daniel Wapple turned in a 31-save performance in the setback.
SILVERTIPS 4, GIANTS 0
Daniel Cotton stopped all 19 shots fired his way to claim his first career WHL shutout as the Everett Silvertips blanked the visiting Vancouver Giants on Friday night.
Josh Winquist scored twice – his 10th and 11th goals of the season – while Carson Stadnyk and Reid Petryk also counted for the Silvertips (11-17-0-2), who improve to 5-4 over their last nine games and now sit one point back of Seattle for fourth place in the U.S. Division.
Payton Lee stopped 22 of 25 shots he faced in the loss for the Giants (7-19-0-0), who see their losing skid hit six games.
CHIEFS 7, BRONCOS 2
Mike Aviani scored two goals and set up two more as the visiting Spokane Chiefs pulled off a 7-2 win over the Swift Current Broncos on Friday.
Todd Fiddler netted his 19th and 20th goals of the season, Reid Gow and Tyler King each picked up a goal and an assist, and Mitch Holmberg tallied his 14th goal of the season for the Chiefs (18-7-1-0), who improve to 9-2-1 over their last 12 games. Eric Williams made 27 saves in the victory.
Chance Lund scored both goals for the Broncos (11-13-3-2), who were scoreless on two power play chances while allowing one goal on seven Chiefs’ man advantage chances. Eetu Laurikainen and Landon Bow combined for 28 saves in the loss.
RAIDERS 5, PATS 3
Mike Winther scored twice and set up another to lead the Prince Albert Raiders to a 5-3 win over the visiting Regina Pats on Friday.
Anthony Bardaro also tallied a pair of goals and an assist while Leon Draisaitl scored his eighth of the season for the Raiders (19-8-0-2), who outshot the visiting Pats 53-14 in the contest. Luke Siemens made 11 saves to post his 18th win of the season and 60th of his WHL career.
Alex Theriau scored twice while Brett Brooks also counted for the Pats (11-14-1-2), who held in the contest thanks to a 48-save effort from goaltender Matt Hewitt.