FRIDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPSat Jan 5
BLAZERS TORCH THUNDERBIRDS – Kale Kessy scored two goals in his debut for the Kamloops Blazers, leading the team to a 6-1 win over the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds in Western Hockey League action on Friday night.
Cole Ully – with a goal and an assist – Joey Kornelsen, Matt Needham and Josh Connolly also scored and Brendan Ranford picked up four assists for the Blazers (28-10-2-2), who earn their third win in a row and remain two points up on Kelowna for top spot in the B.C. Division. Taran Kozun made 22 saves to record the win.
Justin Hickman got his 10th goal of the season for the Thunderbirds (16-20-2-1), who opened the scoring but allowed six unanswered goals as they suffer their ninth loss in a row. Rookie Danny Mumaugh stopped 30 of 36 shots to take the loss in his first WHL start.
ROCKETS 4, COUGARS 2
Zach Franko scored and set up two others to pace the visiting Kelowna Rockets to a 4-2 victory over the Prince George Cougars on Friday.
Myles Bell – with a goal and an assist – Colton Sissons and Cody Fowlie also counted for the Rockets (28-10-1-1), who scored the game’s last three goals en route to their fifth win in a row. Jordon Cooke stopped 26 of 28 shots to claim his 19th win of the season.
Ryan Hanes and Caleb Belter scored for the Cougars (12-21-1-4), who were blanked on three power play chances as they drop their fourth straight decision. Mac Engel made 23 saves in a losing cause.
AMERICANS 3, ROYALS 2 O/T
Michal Plutnar scored with just one second left in overtime to lift the visiting Tri-City Americans to a 3-2 victory over the Victoria Royals on Friday.
Brian Williams – with his 11th of the season – and Zach Yuen also scored for the Americans (22-14-1-2), who earn their second win in a row and now sit just two points back of Spokane for fourth place in the Western Conference. Eric Comrie made 27 saves to backstop the Ams to the win.
Jordan Fransoo and Steven Hodges scored for the Royals (19-15-1-2), who went 0-for-4on the power play as they suffer their second loss in a row. Patrik Polivka made 31 saves in the setback.
SILVERTIPS 3, CHIEFS 2
Reid Petryk scored the go-ahead goal, his second of the game, on a penalty shot 17:16 into the third period to lift the Everett Silvertips to a 3-2 victory over the visiting Spokane Chiefs on Friday.
Josh Winquist also scored for the Silvertips (16-23-0-2), who close to within one point of Seattle for seventh place in the Western Conference. Austin Lotz turned in a 33-save performance to backstop the ‘Tips to the victory.
Mike Aviani and Blake Gal scored and Todd Fiddler added two assists for the Chiefs (24-13-1-0), who suffer their third loss in a row. Garret Hughson turned aside 23 of 26 shots in the defeat for Spokane.
GIANTS 5, REBELS 4 S/O
Brett Kulak netted the shootout winner as the visiting Vancouver Giants edged the Red Deer Rebels 5-4 on Friday.
Kulak and Trevor Cheek each tallied a goal and an assist in regulation play while Cain Franson and Jackson Houck also counted for the Giants (11-28-0-0), who went 2-for-4 on the power play as they post just their fourth road win of the season. Tyler Fuhr made 27 saves through regulation play, and denied two of four Rebels’ shootout chances to claim the win.
Dominik Volek scored twice in his Red Deer debut while Turner Elson and Joel Hamilton also counted for the Rebels (22-16-2-2), who see their losing skid hit four games. Grant Naherniak stopped 11 of 12 shots he faced over the second half of the game, but was beaten three times in the shootout to absorb the loss after replacing starter Bolton Pouliot, who gave up three goals on 19 shots over the first 35 minutes of the game.
ICE 4, BRONCOS 1
Brock Montgomery and Sam Reinhart each tallied their 15th goals of the season to lead the Kootenay Ice to a 4-1 win over the visiting Swift Current Broncos on Friday.
Jaedon Descheneau and Erik Benoit each chipped in a goal and an assist for the Ice (14-24-1-0), who scored once on the power play and once shorthanded as they post their fourth win in a row. Mackenzie Skapski stopped 26 of 27 shots in the win.
Tanner LeSann scored the only goal for the Broncos (17-20-3-2), who went 0-for-3 on the power play as they suffer their third loss in a row. Steven Myland made 16 saves in a losing effort.
HITMEN 6, WARRIORS 1
Brooks Macek got his 20th goal and chipped in two assists to help lead the Calgary Hitmen to a 6-1 triumph over the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors on Friday night.
Alex Roach, Cody Sylvester, Pavlo Padakin, Zane Jones and Brendan Hurley also found the net and Colby Harmsworth picked up three assists for the Hitmen (26-10-1-3), who scored twice on four power plays as they earn their second win in a row. Chris Driedger made 26 saves to earn his 21st victory of the season.
Carter Hansen – with his fifth of the season – scored the lone tally for the Warriors (14-19-3-4), who have lost two straight and seven of their last 10 games. Daniel Wapple and Justin Paulic combined for 23 saves in the loss.
BLADES 6, RAIDERS 3
Josh Nicholls got his 28th and 29th goals of the season to pace the Saskatoon Blades to a 6-3 win over the visiting Prince Albert Raiders on Friday.
Darren Dietz, Lukas Sutter, Shane Gwinner and Adam Kambeitz also scored for the Blades (21-18-0-1), who converted once on four power plays as they earn their second straight victory. Patrick Johnson made 36 saves to record his second straight win.
Anthony Bardaro, Jayden Hart and Riley Guenther scored for the Raiders (24-13-0-3), who lose their second straight game but remain firmly atop the East Division standings. Luke Siemens made 40 saves in the defeat.
PATS 3, TIGERS 2 S/O
Morgan Klimchuk scored the only goal in a shootout to propel the Regina Pats to a 3-2 win over the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday.
Trent Ouellette and Jack Rodewald scored in regulation play for the Pats (16-21-2-2), who earn their third straight victory and now sit just one point out of a playoff position in the Eastern Conference. Matt Hewitt made 24 saves in regulation play, and wasn’t beaten in the shootout to record his 10th victory of the season.
Elgin Pearce and Jacob Doty scored for the Tigers (17-20-2-1), who remain in eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Cam Lanigan stopped 31 shots through three periods and overtime, but was beaten once in the shootout to suffer the loss.