FRIDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPSat Jan 26
ROYALS DOWN GIANTS – Brandon Magee scored four goals to lead the Victoria Royals to a 6-4 victory over the visiting Vancouver Giants in Western Hockey League action on Friday night.
Brandon Fushimi scored twice and Alex Gogolev picked up four assists for the Royals (26-17-1-2), who converted three of five power play chances as they skate to their sixth straight victory. Patrik Polivka turned aside 16 of 20 shots to record the victory.
Jackson Houck scored twice, including converting a second-period penalty shot, while Carter Popoff and Cain Franson also scored for the Giants (12-37-0-0), who took a 3-2 lead on Houck’s penalty shot goal but allowed four of the next five goals en route to their fifth loss in a row.
ROCKETS 4, THUNDERBIRDS 3 O/T
Tyson Baillie scored 3:38 into overtime to lift the visiting Kelowna Rockets to a 4-3 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday night.
Zach Franko got his 20th of the season while Dylen McKinlay and Ryan Olsen also scored for the Rockets (36-10-2-1), who rallied from a 3-1 deficit to force overtime as they defeat the T-Birds for second straight night. Jackson Whistle made 27 saves to claim his 10th victory of the season.
Riley Sheen and Andrew Johnson each tallied a goal and an assist while Adam Kambeitz added his 11th of the season for the Thunderbirds (18-28-3-1), who went 1-for-7 on the power play as they suffer their third loss in a row. Brandon Glover made 27 saves in a losing cause.
TIGERS 6, AMERICANS 5
The Medicine Hat Tigers outscored the Tri-City Americans 4-3 in the third period en route to a 6-5 triumph in Kennewick, WA, on Friday night.
Trevor Cox, Logan McVeigh, Curtis Valk and Boston Leier scored in the third period while Elgin Pearce – with a goal and an assist – and Chad Labelle also counted for the Tigers (24-23-2-1), who have won seven of their last 10 games and move past Saskatoon into seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Marek Langhamer made 27 saves in the victory.
Jesse Mychan scored twice and set up another and Justin Feser notched a goal and two assists while Lukas Nickles and Mitch Topping also counted for the Americans (28-18-1-2), who were tied 2-2 heading into the third period. Luke Lee-Knight made 30 saves in a losing cause.
WINTERHAWKS 3, CHIEFS 0
Mac Carruth made 36 saves to post his fifth shutout of the season as the visiting Portland Winterhawks blanked the Spokane Chiefs 3-0 on Friday.
Ty Rattie scored twice and set up another while Nic Petan had a goal and an assist for the Winterhawks (38-7-1-2), who got all three of their goals on the power play as they snap a season-high four-game losing skid.
Eric Williams made 34 saves in a losing cause for the Chiefs (30-17-2-0), who had beaten the Hawks in the first two games of three straight meetings between the teams.
SILVERTIPS 3, COUGARS 2
The visiting Everett Silvertips scored twice in a 1:13 span in the third period as they skated to a 3-2 victory over the Prince George Cougars on Friday.
Kohl Bauml scored twice and Manraj Hayer also scored for the Silvertips (21-26-1-2), who got goals from Hayer and Bauml in quick succession in the third period to overturn a 2-1 deficit as they earn their fourth win in five games. Austin Lotz made 40 saves in the victory.
Troy Bourke and Rinalds Rosinskis – with his first WHL marker – scored for the Cougars (14-28-2-4), who drop their third straight decision. Brett Zarowney turned in a 19-save effort in absorbing the loss.
BLAZERS 4, RAIDERS 1
Colin Smith scored twice and set up another to lead the Kamloops Blazers to a 4-1 triumph over the visiting Prince Albert Raiders on Friday.
JC Lipon notched a goal and an assist and Kale Kessy also counted for the Blazers (32-14-2-3), who marked Scott Niedermayer jersey retirement night by posting their second straight win. Cole Cheveldave made 28 saves to record his 22nd win of the season.
Jonas Knutsen scored the lone tally for the Raiders (28-16-1-3), who drop to 1-1 through the first two games on their current B.C. Division tour. Luke Siemens made 37 saves in a losing effort.
WHEAT KINGS 2, REBELS 1 O/T
Eric Roy scored the winner 55 seconds into overtime to lift the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings to a 2-1 win over the Red Deer Rebels on Friday night.
Former Rebel Chad Robinson scored against his old team for the Wheat Kings (18-27-2-2), who were outshot 44-26 by the hosts. Corbin Boes turned in a valiant 43-save performance to backstop the Rebels to the victory.
Joel Hamilton – with a shorthanded marker – scored the lone goal for the Rebels (25-20-4-2), who suffer their third straight setback. Patrik Bartosak made 24 saves in a losing cause.
HURRICANES 6, HITMEN 4
Macoy Erkamps scored and set up three more to pace the Lethbridge Hurricanes to a 6-4 win over the visiting Calgary Hitmen on Friday night.
Jamal Watson, Axel Blomqvist, Jaimen Yakubowski, Josh Derko and Michael Sofillas also scored for the Hurricanes (23-21-1-6), who trailed 2-0 after the first period but scored the next five goals as they snap a two-game losing skid. Ty Rimmer made 33 saves to claim his 20th win of the season.
Cody Sylvester scored twice and set up another while Victor Rask and Greg Chase also scored for the Hitmen (31-13-1-3), who drop their second straight decision and remain five points behind Edmonton for top spot in the Eastern Conference. Chris Driedger made 28 saves in the defeat.
BRONCOS 5, PATS 4 O/T
Adam Lowry scored his 32nd goal of the season on a power play 4:34 into overtime to lead the Swift Current Broncos to a 5-4 win over the visiting Regina Pats on Friday night.
Colby Cave and Brycen Martin each picked up a goal and two assists while Ryon Moser and Chance Lund also counted for the Broncos (24-20-3-2), who sent the game to overtime with Cave’s goal 18:56 into the third period as they stretch their win streak to seven games. Eetu Laurikainen made 20 saves to record the victory.
Braden Christoffer and Chandler Stephenson each tallied a goal and an assist while Morgan Klimchuk and Trent Ouellette also scored for the Pats (18-26-3-2), who see their losing skid hit six games. Matt Hewitt made 25 saves in the setback.
WARRIORS 3, ICE 2 O/T
Sam Fioretti scored his second goal of the game 1ith just 11 seconds left in overtime to lift the Moose Jaw Warriors to a 3-2 win over the visiting Kootenay Ice on Friday night.
Carter Hansen also scored and Morgan Rielly chipped in two assists for the Warriors (14-25-3-6), who put a halt to a 10-game losing skid. Justin Paulic made 32 saves on 34 shots to backstop the Warriors to the victory.
Collin Shirley and Sam Reinhart scored for the Ice (22-25-2-0), who see a five-game winning streak come to an end but move to within three points of the Blades for eighth place in the Eastern Conference with the point from the O/T loss. Mackenzie Skapski made 28 saves in the defeat.