FRIDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPSat Dec 8
REBELS SNEAK PAST WARRIORS – Matt Bellerive scored the winner with just 10 seconds to play in the third period as the visiting Red Deer Rebels edged the Moose Jaw Warriors 2-1 in Western hockey League action on Friday.
Tyson Ness also scored and added an assist for the Rebels (19-11-1-1), who rallied from a 1-0 deficit in the third period to post their ninth consecutive victory and move to within one point of Edmonton for second place in the Central Division. Patrik Bartosak enjoyed another strong performance, stopping 25 of 26 shots to earn the win.
Justin Kirsch scored the only marker for the Warriors (11-14-3-4), who have lost two straight and three of their last four games. Daniel Wapple stopped 32 of 34 shots he faced in a losing cause for the Warriors.
CHIEFS 5, WHEAT KINGS 2
Mitch Holmberg scored twice and set up another to lead the visiting Spokane Chiefs to a 5-2 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday night.
Dylan Walchuk added a goal and an assist while Collin Valcourt and Mike Aviani also scored for the Chiefs (22-7-1-0), who earn their sixth win in a row and improve to 5-0 on their East Division tour. Garret Hughson made 33 saves to post his fourth win of the season.
John Quenneville and Jayce Hawryluk scored for the Wheat Kings (10-17-2-2), who see their losing skid hit seven games as they remain in sixth place in the East Division. Corbin Boes stopped 24 of 28 shots in the loss.
HITMEN 5, OIL KINGS 2
Zane Jones broke open a 2-2 game with two third-period markers to lead the visiting Calgary Hitmen to a 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings on Friday.
Cody Sylvester, Carson Samoridny and Pavlo Padakin – with a late empty-net marker – also scored while Brooks Macek and Brady Brassart assisted on both of Jones’ goals for the Hitmen (20-6-1-2), who move into sole possession of first place in the Central Division. Chris Driedger made 34 saves to claim his 16th win of the season.
Edgars Kulda and Curtis Lazar – with his fifth goal in three games – scored for the Oil Kings (18-7-2-3), who scored the game’s first two goals but allowed five unanswered goals the rest of the way as they drop their second straight decision. Laurent Brossoit made 33 saves in a losing effort.
ICE 3, RAIDERS 2
Sam Reinhart’s 10th goal of the season, scored 45 seconds into the third period, was the game-winner as the Kootenay Ice edged the visiting Prince Albert Raiders 3-2 on Friday.
Jaedon Descheneau – with a goal and an assist – and Levi Cable also counted for the Ice (9-18-1-0), who put a stop to a three-game losing skid. Mackenzie Skapski turned in a 37-save effort to backstop the Ice to the victory.
Davis Vandane and Josh Morrissey scored for the Raiders (20-10-0-2), who went 1-for-5 on the power play as they suffer their second loss in a row. Andy Desautels turned in a 24-save effort in a losing cause.
TIGERS 8, HURRICANES 7 S/O
Hunter Shinkaruk and Curtis Valk both scored in a shootout to lift the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers to an 8-7 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Friday.
Shinkaruk and Valk each tallied two goals and an assist in regulation play while Miles Koules – with a goal and three assists – Dylan Bredo and Elgin Pearce also scored for the Tigers (14-16-2-0), who trailed 3-0 after the first period then erased a 7-5 deficit in the final five minutes of the third period en route to their third straight win. Cam Lanigan made 25 saves through regulation and overtime, and wasn’t beaten in the shootout to record the victory.
Jaimen Yakubowski exploded for five goals for the Hurricanes (15-14-1-4), who also got a goal and two assists from Russ Maxwell and a goal and a helper from Sam Mckechnie. Ty Rimmer made 22 saves through regulation play but was beaten on both tigers’ shootout chances in absorbing the loss.
BLAZERS 3, COUGARS 0
Cole Cheveldave made 23 saves to claim his second shutout of the season as the Kamloops Blazers blanked the visiting Prince George Cougars on Friday.
Marek Hrbas and Colin Smith counted while Joel Edmundson scored in his debut for the Blazers (23-17-1-2), who also got a pair of assists from Brendan Ranford as they post their second win in a row.
Brett Zarowney stopped 30 of 33 shots he faced in a losing cause for the Cougars (10-15-1-3), who suffer their fifth shutout loss of the season.
AMERICANS 3, WINTERHAWKS 2
Connor Rankin scored twice as the visiting Tri-City Americans posted a 3-2 victory over the Portland Winterhawks on Friday night.
Malte Stromwall also scored for the Americans (18-11-1-1), who built up a 3-0 lead through two periods of play and held off the Hawks to snap a three-game losing skid. Luke Lee-Knight stopped 44 of 46 shots in a valiant effort to claim the victory.
Ty Rattie – with a goal and an assist – and Nicolas Petan scored in the third period for the Winterhawks (23-5-1-0), who see a 12-game home-ice win streak come to an end while suffering just their second loss in 21 games. Mac Carruth stopped 10 of 13 shots in the loss.
BRONCOS 3, GIANTS 1
Ryon Moser netted his 10th goal of the season to help the visiting Swift Current Broncos to a 3-1 triumph over the Vancouver Giants on Friday.
Levi Bews – with a goal and an assist – and Adam Lowry also scored for the Broncos (13-15-3-2), who snap a two-game losing skid and earn their first win on their B.C. Division road trip. Eetu Laurikainen made 28 saves on 29 shots to claim his 13th win of the season.
Riley Kieser scored the only goal for the Giants (8-21-0-0), who were blanked on three power play chances as they drop their eighth decision over their last nine games. Payton Lee made 22 saves in the loss.
THUNDERBIRDS 5, SILVERTIPS 1
Roberts Lipsbergs scored his 15th goal of the season to pace the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds to a 5-1 win over the Everett Silvertips on Friday.
Seth Swenson, Mitch Elliot, Riley Sheen and Brendan Rouse also scored for the Thunderbirds (16-13-1-0), who post their fourth straight victory and their eighth win in 11 games. Brandon Glover turned in a 33-save effort to post the win.
Tyler Sandhu broke Glover’s shutout bid with a power play marker with just seven seconds remaining in the third period for the Silvertips (11-20-0-2), who suffer their third loss in a row. Daniel Cotton made 20 saves while suffering the loss versus his former club.