FRIDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPSat Jan 19
‘CANES TOP HAWKS IN SHOOTOUT – Remi Laurencelle and Reid Duke scored in a shootout to lift the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes to a 5-4 win over the Portland Winterhawks in Western Hockey League action on Friday night.
Sam Mckechnie – with his 20th of the season – Duke, Harrison Harper and Jamal Watson scored in regulation play for the Hurricanes (22-20-1-5), who trailed 3-0 halfway through the second period but rallied back to send the game to overtime and the eventual shootout. Ty Rimmer turned in a 43-save performance in regulation, and wasn’t beaten in the shootout to post the win.
Nic Petan scored his 30th goal of the season and added two assists while Brendan Leipsic, Tyler Wotherspoon and Oliver Bjorkstrand also scored for the Winterhawks (37-5-1-1), who see their 14-game winning streak come to an end. Mac Carruth made 29 saves in regulation, but was beaten twice in the shootout to absorb the loss.
ROCKETS 4, CHIEFS 2
Ryan Olsen scored twice as his visiting Kelowna Rockets doubled up the Spokane Chiefs 4-2 on Friday night.
Jesse Lees and MacKenzie Johnston also scored and Myles Bell added two assists for the Rockets (33-10-2-1), who went 2-for-4 on the power play as they claim their 10th win over their last 11 games. Jordon Cooke turned aside 38 of 40 shots he faced to backstop the Rockets to the win.
Brenden Kichton scored his 15th goal of the season and Blake Gal added a goal and an assist while Alessio Bertaggia chipped in two assists for the Chiefs (28-16-1-0), who suffer their second loss in a row to the Rockets. Garret Hughson made 24 saves in the defeat.
BLAZERS 4, AMERICANS 1
Colin Smith scored his 29th and 30th goals of the season to lead the visiting Kamloops Blazers to a 4-1 win over the Tri-City Americans on Friday.
Matt Needham and Chase Souto also scored while JC Lipon and Cole Ully each chipped in two helpers for the Blazers (30-13-2-3), who trailed 1-0 after the opening period but scored the next four goals en route to the win. Taran Kozun made 20 saves to record his 10th victory of the season.
Jesse Mychan scored the only goal for the Americans (26-17-1-2), who went 1-for-5 on the power play as they see a three-game win streak snapped. Luke Lee-Knight made 29 saves in a losing cause.
ROYALS 6, GIANTS 2
Steven Hodges scored two goals for a third straight game to help the visiting Victoria Royals to a 6-2 win over the Vancouver Giants on Friday.
Trent Lofthouse, Austin Carroll, Alex Gogolev and Tyler Soy – with his first WHL marker – also scored for the Royals (24-17-1-2), who went 2-for-4 on the man advantage as they claim their fourth straight triumph. Patrik Polivka made 30 saves to earn his 20th win of the season.
Brendan Rouse and Cain Franson scored for the Giants (12-34-0-0), who outshot the visitors 32-26 as they drop their second straight decision. Payton Lee made 20 saves in a losing effort.
SILVERTIPS 5, THUNDERBIRDS 1
Kohl Bauml scored twice and set up another and Ryan Harrison picked up a goal and two assists to lead the Everett Silvertips to a 5-1 win over the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday.
Josh Winquist and Manraj Hayer each tallied a goal and an assist and Landon Oslanski picked up two assists for the Silvertips (18-26-0-2), who move three points up on the T-Birds for seventh place in the Western Conference. Austin Lotz turned in a 44-save performance to lead the ‘Tips to the win.
Jerret Smith got his first WHL marker for the Thunderbirds (16-26-1-2), who were tied 1-1 after the first period but allowed four unanswered goals the rest of the way as they suffer their 15th consecutive loss. Danny Mumaugh made 18 saves in the setback.
TIGERS 2, OIL KINGS 1
Elgin Pearce got his 20th goal of the season to help lead the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers to a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings on Friday.
Trevor Cox scored and set up Pearce’s marker for the Tigers (21-22-2-1), who scored the game’s first two goals as they improve to 5-2-0-1 over their last eight games. Cam Lanigan stopped 28 of 29 shots he faced to post his 12th win for the Tigers.
Keegan Lowe – with his 11th of the season – scored the lone marker for the Oil Kings (30-11-2-3), who were blanked on three power play chances as they suffer their second straight defeat. Tristan Jarry made 25 saves in the loss.
HITMEN 5, COUGARS 3
Victor Rask and Zane Jones each tallied a goal and an assist as the Calgary Hitmen skated to a 5-3 win over the visiting Prince George Cougars on Friday.
Jesse Zgraggen, Alex Roach and Greg Chase also scored and Jake Virtanen picked up two assists for the Hitmen (31-11-1-3), who leapfrog the Oil Kings into first place in the Eastern Conference standings. Chris Driedger made 19 saves to earn his 25th win of the season.
Dallas Ehrhardt, Marc McNulty and Zach Pochiro, who converted a penalty shot late in the third period, scored for the Cougars (13-25-2-4), who drop their second straight decision and their 10th straight decision on the road. Brett Zarowny made 29 saves in the defeat.
RAIDERS 3, WHEAT KINGS 2
Mark McNeill scored twice and Leon Draisaitl drew three assists to lead the visiting Prince Albert Raiders to a 3-2 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday.
Jonas Knutsen netted the winner 5:39 into the third period for the Raiders (27-15-1-3), who converted two of five power play chances as they earn their third win over their last five games. Luke Siemens made 33 saves to earn his 25th victory of the campaign.
Marek Kalus got his first two goals of the season and first goals as a member of the Wheat Kings (16-26-2-2), who converted just one of nine power play chances while seeing their modest two-game win streak snapped. Curtis Honey made 25 saves in a losing cause.
BLADES 5, WARRIORS 4
Erik Benoit’s first goal as a member of the Saskatoon Blades, scored 13:13 into the third period, stood as the winner as the Blades downed the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors 5-4 on Friday.
Matt Pufahl – with a goal and an assist – Brenden Walker, Nathan Burns and Lukas Sutter also scored for the Blades (22-20-0-2), who put a halt to a three-game losing skid and remain a point up on Medicine Hat for seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Andrey Makarov made 27 saves in the victory.
Sam Fioretti scored twice and set up two more while Travis Brown and Spencer Morse also scored for the Warriors (14-24-3-5), who had Morgan Rielly back in the lineup while dropping their eighth straight decision. Daniel Wapple made 36 saves in the setback.
ICE 2, PATS 1
Jaedon Descheneau broke a 1-1 tie with his second goal of the game just 1:16 into the third period as the visiting Kootenay Ice edged the Regina Pats 2-1 on Friday.
Mackenzie Skapski turned aside 29 of 30 shots he faced to post his ninth win over his last 11 appearances for the Ice (20-25-1-0), who pick up their third straight win on their East Division tour and move into ninth place in the Eastern Conference.
Dyson Stevenson scored the only goal for the Pats (18-25-2-2), who see their losing skid hit four games as they fall a point behind the Ice in the Eastern Conference standings. Matt Hewitt made 24 saves in the loss.