FRIDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPSat Dec 29
HURRICANES EDGE HITMEN – Ty Rimmer stopped 36 of 37 shots he faced to backstop the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes to a 2-1 win over the Calgary Hitmen in Western Hockey League action on Friday night.
Brady Ramsay – with his 10th of the season – and Sam Mckechnie scored for the Hurricanes (18-16-1-4), who scored in each of the first and second periods to earn the victory in their return to action following the Christmas break.
Brooks Macek had the lone marker for the Hitmen (23-9-1-3), who suffer their second straight defeat and fall three points behind the Oil Kings for first place in the Central Division. Chris Driedger made 23 saves on 25 shots in the defeat.
CHIEFS 1, ICE 0
Eric Williams made 29 saves to record his second shutout of the season as the visiting Spokane Chiefs eked out a 1-0 win over the Kootenay Ice on Friday.
Todd Fiddler – with his 25th goal of the season – scored the game’s only tally for the Chiefs (24-10-1-0), who had lost three of their previous four games including their final two before the break.
Mackenzie Skapski turned in a 24-save effort in a losing cause for the Ice (10-24-1-0), who see their losing skid hit four games and remain in sixth place in the Central Division.
OIL KINGS 6, REBELS 1
Stephane Legault scored twice and TJ Foster notched a goal and two assists to lead the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings to a 6-1 victory over the Red Deer Rebels on Friday night.
Michael St. Croix – with a goal and an assist – Henrik Samuelsson and Klarc Wilson also found the net for the Oil Kings (24-8-2-3), who earn the split in their home-and-home series versus the Rebels after losing in Edmonton on Thursday. Laurent Brossoit made 29 saves to earn his 70th career win.
Joel Hamilton scored the lone goal for the Rebels (22-14-2-1), who trailed 3-0 after the opening period and 4-0 after two periods of play in the defeat. Bolton Pouliot stopped 36 of 42 shots in the setback for Red Deer.
WINTERHAWKS 4, AMERICANS 3
Oliver Bjorkstrand and Taylor Leier each netted their 15th goals of the season as the visiting Portland Winterhawks skated to a 4-3 victory over the Tri-City Americans on Friday.
Taylor Peters and Kirill Vorobiev – with his first WHL marker – also counted for the Winterhawks (30-5-1-0), who converted two of three power play chances as they stretch their winning streak to seven games. Brendan Burke made 43 saves in the win.
Justin Feser scored his 20th and 21st goals of the season while Connor Rankin potted his 12th of the campaign for the Americans (20-13-1-2), who trailed 2-0 after the first period and 4-2 after the second en route to the loss. Eric Comrie made 34 saves in the defeat.
ROYALS 5, COUGARS 1
Ben Walker scored twice and set up another and Brandon Magee picked up three assists as the Victoria Royals pulled off a 5-1 win over the visiting Prince George Cougars on Friday.
Jamie Crooks scored and set up two more while Taylor Crunk and Steven Hodges also scored for the Royals (18-14-0-2), who have won four straight meetings versus the Cougars. Patrik Polivka made 19 saves to claim his 15th win of the season.
Marc McNulty scored the only goal for the Cougars (12-19-1-3), who were outshot 34-20 by the hosts as they see a two-game win streak snapped. Brett Zarowney made 29 saves in the loss.
ROCKETS 5, GIANTS 3
Dylen McKinlay scored a pair of goals to pace the visiting Kelowna Rockets to a 5-3 victory over the Vancouver Giants on Friday.
Colten Martin had a goal and two assists while Cody Fowlie and Tyrell Goulbourne also scored for the Rockets (25-10-1-1), who have piled up 12 goals over their last two games – both wins – and move to within two points of Kamloops for the B.C. Division lead. Jackson Whistle made 24 saves to post his ninth win of the season.
Trevor Cheek, Carter Popoff and Cain Franson scored for the Giants (9-26-0-0), who went 2-for-5 on the power play as they drop their third straight decision. Tyler Fuhr made 14 saves in a losing effort.
SILVERTIPS 2, THUNDERBIRDS 1
Austin Lotz turned in a 38-save performance to lead the visiting Everett Silvertips to a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday night.
Kohl Bauml got the winner midway through the third period while Carson Stadnyk also scored for the Silvertips (14-22-0-2), who were outshot 17-9 in the third period but scored the frame’s only goal en route to the win.
Alex Delnov scored his 12th goal of the season for the Thunderbirds (16-18-1-1), who see their losing skid hit six games. Brandon Glover stopped 28 of 30 shots while absorbing the loss for the Thunderbirds.
RAIDERS 5, BLADES 4
Anthony Bardaro scored the go-ahead goal 15:04 into the third period to lift the Prince Albert Raiders to a 5-4 victory over the visiting Saskatoon Blades on Friday.
Dakota Conroy – with a goal and two assists – Carson Perreaux, Logan McVeigh and Sawyer Lange also scored while Bardaro also chipped in three assists for a four-point outing for the Raiders (23-11-0-3), who claim their second straight win. Luke Siemens made 34 saves to post his WHL-leading 22nd victory of the season.
Brenden Walker scored twice while Alex Elliott – with his first of the season – and Shane McColgan also counted for the Blades (19-16-0-1), who were blanked on four power play chances as they drop their second straight decision. Alex Moodie made 20 saves in the loss.
BRONCOS 6, TIGERS 4
Coda Gordon scored twice and set up three more for a five-point effort as the Swift Current Broncos skated to a 6-4 win over the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday.
Colby Cave scored twice and chipped in an assist and Adam Lowry tallied a goal and three assists for the Broncos (17-17-3-2), who trailed 4-1 midway through the second period but scored five unanswered goals for the win. Reece Scarlett also scored and Landon Bow made 22 saves for the Broncos.
Hunter Shinkaruk scored his 20th goal of the season while Miles Koules, Jacob Doty and Dylan Bredo also counted for the Tigers (15-19-2-0), who have dropped three of their last four games. Cam Lanigan made 21 saves in the defeat.
WARRIORS 4, WHEAT KINGS 3
Travis Brown’s goal 15:19 into the third period lifted the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors to a 4-3 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday.
Tanner Eberle, Andrew Johnson and Jordan Messier also scored for the Warriors (14-17-3-4), who earn their second win by a 4-3 score line over the last two nights. Daniel Wapple made 36 saves to post his fourth win of the season.
Jack Palmer, Eric Roy and Taylor Cooper scored for the Wheat Kings (13-20-2-2), who also had 20-year-old Michael Ferland in the lineup for the contest. Corbin Boes made 29 saves in the loss.