FRIDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPSat Dec 15
CHIEFS RALLY FOR SHOOTOUT WIN OVER T-BIRDS – Brenden Kichton scored the deciding goal in a shootout as the Spokane Chiefs managed a 7-6 win over the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds in Western Hockey League action on Friday.
Mitch Holmberg scored a natural hat trick in an eight-minute span in the third period and chipped in two assists and Mike Aviani tied the game at 19:05 of the third period for the Chiefs (23-8-1-0), who stormed back from a 6-2 deficit to snatch the victory. Dylan Walchuk and Riley Whittingham also scored while Marek Kalus, Reid Gow and Brenden Kichton each chipped in three assist. Garret Hughson stopped six of seven shots in the third period and overtime, and denied two of three T-Birds’ shootout attempts to post the win after replacing Eric Williams, who allowed five goals on 18 shots over the first two periods.
Luke Lockhart scored twice, Connor Honey tallied a goal and two assists while Connor Sanvido, Roberts Lipsbergs and Justin Hickman also counted for the Thunderbirds (16-15-1-1), who suffer their third consecutive defeat. Brandon Glover made 40 saves through regulation play, but was beaten twice in the shootout to absorb the loss.
GIANTS 2, COUGARS 1
Cain Franson scored the go-ahead goal 13:02 into the third period to lead the Vancouver Giants to a 2-1 victory over the visiting Prince George Cougars on Friday.
Trevor Cheek tallied a goal and an assist for the Giants (9-23-0-0), who were 0-for-3 on the power play in the contest. Payton Lee turned in a 30-save effort to post the victory while also drawing an assist on Cheek’s marker.
Jari Erricson scored the only goal for the Cougars (10-18-1-3), who were also held scoreless on three power play chances as they see their losing skid hit four games. Mac Engel made 21 saves in a losing cause.
WINTERHAWKS 4, SILVERTIPS 2
Brendan Leipsic scored his 22nd goal of the season and picked up an assist while Derrick Pouliot chipped in three assists to lead the Portland Winterhawks to a 4-2 win over the visiting Everett Silvertips on Friday.
Nic Petan and Taylor Leier also each tallied a goal and an assist while Adam De Champlain tallied his sixth goal of the season for the Winterhawks (26-5-1-0), who scored the game’s first three goals en route to their third win in a row. Brendan Burke made 24 saves to record his 10th win of the season.
Landon Oslanski scored his ninth and 10th goals of the season for the Silvertips (13-21-0-2), who allowed three goals on eight Winterhawks’ power play opportunities in the setback. Austin Lotz made 34 saves in the loss.
REBELS 3, ROYALS 2 S/O
Conner Bleackley scored the winner in a shootout to lift the Red Deer Rebels to a 3-2 win over the visiting Victoria Royals on Friday night.
Rhyse Dieno and Matt Bellerive scored in regulation play for the Rebels (20-12-2-1), who post their 10th win over their last 12 games while closing to within three points of first place in the Central Division. Bolton Pouliot made 32 saves through regulation play, and prevailed in the shootout to claim his third win of the season.
Jack Walker got his first WHL goal and Logan Nelson also scored for the Royals (17-13-0-2), who see a two-game winning streak come to an end. Patrik Polivka made 30 saves through three periods and overtime, but was beaten three times in the shootout to take the loss.
ROCKETS 5, TIGERS 2
Damon Severson scored and set up two more to lead the visiting Kelowna Rockets to a 5-2 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday.
Myles Bell and Henrik Nyberg each tallied a goal and an assist while Tyson Baillie and Dylen McKinlay also scored for the Rockets (22-9-1-1), who post their fifth straight victory and their third straight on their Central Division tour. Jordon Cooke made 20 saves to earn his 16th win of the season.
Jacob Doty and Boston Leier scored for the Tigers (14-18-2-0), who were held scoreless on five power play chances as they drop their second straight decision. Cam Lanigan made 34 saves in the defeat.
HURRICANES 4, BLAZERS 2
Jaimen Yakubowski’s 20th goal of the season – a power play marker 16:26 into the second period – was the game-winner as the Lethbridge Hurricanes doubled up the visiting Kamloops Blazers 4-2 on Friday.
Sam Mckechnie, Brady Ramsay and Craig Leverton also scored for the Hurricanes (17-15-1-4), who scored three times on 10 power play chances as they improve to 4-2-0-2 over their last eight games. Ty Rimmer made 29 saves to claim his 65th career win.
Aspen Sterzer – with a goal and an assist – and Chase Souto scored for the Blazers (25-9-1-2), who suffer their second straight loss and fall to 2-2 through four games of a six-game road trip. Taran Kozun made 31 saves in the defeat.
WHEAT KINGS 4, WARRIORS 2
Tim McGauley scored a pair of goals as the Brandon Wheat Kings doubled up the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors 4-2 on Friday.
Nick Buonassisi and Richard Nejezchleb also found the net for the Wheat Kings (12-18-2-2), who outscored the Warriors 4-2 in the third period after scoreless first and second frames. Curtis Honey made 24 saves to earn the win.
Bryson Gore and Tanner Eberle scored for the Warriors (12-16-3-4), who suffer their fourth loss over their last five games and remain in fourth place in the East Division. Justin Paulic made 28 saves in a losing cause.
BLADES 4, BRONCOS 3
Josh Nicholls scored his 25th and 26th goals of the season and added an assist as his Saskatoon Blades edged the visiting Swift Current Broncos 4-3 on Friday night.
Shane McColgan got the winner 11:21 into the third period while adding two assists and Matej Stransky picked up his 19th marker of the season for the Blades (18-14-0-1), who skate to their fifth straight victory. Alex Moodie made 30 saves to post his third win in four days.
Reece Scarlett, Adam Lowry and Coda Gordon scored for the Broncos (14-17-3-2), who were held scoreless on four power play chances in the defeat. Steven Myland made 23 saves in the loss.
ICE 5, RAIDERS 4 S/O
Levi Cable scored in the sixth round of a shootout to lift the visiting Kootenay Ice to a 5-4 win over the Prince Albert Raiders on Friday.
Luke Philp – with two goals – Jaedon Descheneau and Sam Reinhart scored in regulation play for the Ice (10-20-1-0), who snap a six-game losing skid on the road. Mackenzie Skapski made 35 saves through regulation play, and wasn’t beaten in the shootout to post the win.
Mike Winther – with a goal and an assist – Zach Hodder, Reid Gardiner and Dakota Conroy scored for the Raiders (21-11-0-3), who suffer their second straight loss. Luke Siemens made 27 saves through regulation and overtime, but was beaten once in the shootout in the defeat.