FRIDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPSat Jan 12
ROCKETS DOUBLE UP AMERICANS – Dylen McKinlay scored twice and chipped in two assists for a four-point outing as the Kelowna Rockets skated to a 6-3 win over the visiting Tri-City Americans in Western Hockey League action on Friday night.
Madison Bowey – with a goal and an assist – Riley Stadel, Rourke Chartier and Ryan Olsen also scored for the Rockets (31-10-1-1), who gave up the game’s first two goals but still managed their eighth straight victory. Jordon Cooke made 26 saves to post his 22nd win of the season.
Michal Plutnar, Beau McCue and Connor Rankin scored for the Americans (23-16-1-2), who went 0-for-3 on the power play in the setback. Luke Lee-Knight made 24 saves in the loss.
COUGARS 1, BLAZERS 0
Brett Zarowny turned in a 44-save performance to claim his third shutout of the season as the Prince George Cougars eked out a 1-0 win over the visiting Kamloops Blazers on Friday night.
Jordan Tkatch got the game’s only goal 12:15 into the second period for the Cougars (13-24-1-4), who put an end to a seven-game losing skid and move to within four points of Seattle for eighth place in the Western Conference.
Cole Cheveldave stopped 19 of 20 shots in the loss for the Blazers (28-12-2-2), who outshot the Cougars 44-20 but come away with their second straight setback.
SILVERTIPS 7, ROYALS 4
Ryan Harrison scored twice and set up another while Tyler Sandhu picked up three assists to lead the Everett Silvertips to a 7-4 win over the visiting Victoria Royals on Friday.
Connor Cox and Kohl Bauml each notched a goal and an assist while Stathis Soumelidis, Cole MacDonald and Josh Winquist also scored for the Silvertips (17-24-0-2), who trailed the Royals 3-2 after the opening period but outscored them 5-1 over the next two periods en route to the win. Austin Lotz made 28 saves in the victory.
Trent Lofthouse scored versus his former club while Tim Traber, Brett Cote and Austin Carroll also counted for the Royals (20-17-1-2), who drop their second straight decision. Patrik Polivka made 26 saves in a losing effort.
WINTERHAWKS 5, CHIEFS 2
Troy Rutkowski scored and set up two more to pace the Portland Winterhawks to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Spokane Chiefs on Friday.
Nicholas Petan, Chase De Leo, Brendan Leipsic and Preston Kopeck also scored for the Winterhawks (36-5-1-0), who overturned a 2-1 deficit with four unanswered goals in the third period en route to their 13th win in a row. Mac Carruth stopped 24 shots to record the victory.
Todd Fiddler picked up a goal and an assist and Brenden Kichton scored his 13th goal of the season for the Chiefs (27-14-1-0), who converted one of four power play chances in the loss. Garret Hughson made 36 saves for Spokane.
ICE 7, TIGERS 5
Sam Reinhart and Brock Montgomery each scored three goals to lead the Kootenay Ice to a 7-5 win over the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday night.
Luke Philp had a goal and an assist and Jaedon Descheneau picked up three assists for the Ice (17-24-1-0), who got the go-ahead goal from Montgomery on a power play 16:42 into the third period as they post their seventh win in a row. Wyatt Hoflin made 26 saves on 27 shots over the final 36 minutes of the game to post the win after replacing starter Mackenzie Skapski, who gave up four goals on 12 shots over the first half of the game.
Elgin Pearce scored twice and set up another and Boston Leier had a goal and two assists while Logan McVeigh and Curtis Valk also scored for the Tigers (19-21-2-1), who allowed three power play goals on five Ice opportunities in the loss. Cam Lanigan made 32 saves in the defeat.
OIL KINGS 4, HURRICANES 0
Tristan Jarry stopped all 23 shots he faced to claim his fourth shutout of the season as the Edmonton Oil Kings skated to a 4-0 win over the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes on Friday night.
Mitch Moroz, Curtis Lazar and Dylan Wruck scored while Trevor Cheek found the net in his debut for the Oil Kings (28-9-2-3), who’s last three wins have all been shutouts.
Ty Rimmer made 42 saves in a losing cause for the Hurricanes (21-19-1-5), who were outshot 46-23 by the host Oil Kings.
REBELS 3, BLADES 1
Dominik Volek netted his fourth goal of the season to help lead the visiting Red Deer Rebels to a 3-1 triumph over the Saskatoon Blades on Friday night.
Rhyse Dieno and Turner Elson – with his 15th of the season – also scored for the Rebels (24-18-2-2), who scored the game’s first three goals on their way to the win and now sit four points up on Lethbridge for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Patrik Bartosak turned in a 37-save performance to backstop the Rebels to the victory.
Graeme Craig scored his first goal of the season for the Blades (21-19-0-1), who had new arrivals Michael Ferland, Collin Valcourt and Erik Benoit in the lineup. Andrey Makarov made 30 saves in the defeat.
BRONCOS 3, RAIDERS 1
Jay Merkley scored his second goal in as many games since arriving in Swift Current, leading the Broncos to a 3-1 victory over the visiting Prince Albert Raiders on Friday night.
Graham Black and Colby Cave also counted for the Broncos (20-20-3-2), who post their third win in a row and move back to the .500 mark for the season. Eetu Laurikainen impressed with a 43-save performance to help the Broncos to the win.
Josh Morrissey – with his 10th of the season – scored for the Raiders (25-15-0-3), who suffer their fourth loss over their last five games but remain in first place in the East Division. Luke Siemens made 31 saves in a losing cause.
HITMEN 6, PATS 1
Brady Brassart and Jake Virtanen each netted a pair of goals as the visiting Calgary Hitmen skated to a 6-1 win over the Regina Pats on Friday.
Brooks Macek and Brendan Hurley also scored and Alex Roach and Cody Sylvester each chipped in two assists for the Hitmen (30-10-1-3), who cruise to their sixth win in a row while earning their 16th road win of the season. Chris Driedger made 32 saves to post his WHL-leading 24th win of the season.
Morgan Klimchuk got his 23rd goal of the season for the Pats (18-23-2-2), who trailed 3-0 after the opening period en route to their second loss in a row. Teagan Sacher and Matt Hewitt combined for 26 saves in the setback.
WHEAT KINGS 6, WARRIORS 2
Nick Buonassisi scored and set up another as the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings managed a 6-2 victory over the Moose Jaw Warriors on Friday night.
Taylor Cooper, Rene Hunter, Tim McGauley, Chad Robinson and Jens Meilleur also scored for the Wheat Kings (15-25-2-2), who trailed 1-0 after the opening period but scored the next five goals as they snap a five-game losing skid. Curtis Honey stopped 32 shots to claim the victory.
Bryson Gore and Justin Kirsch scored for the Warriors (14-23-3-4), who see their losing skid stretched to six games and now sit just one point up on the Wheaties for 11th place in the Eastern Conference. Justin Paulic made 32 saves for the Warriors in the loss.