FRIDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPSat Feb 9
REBELS DOUBLE UP THUNDERBIRDS – Rhyse Dieno scored three goals to help the visiting Red Deer Rebels to a 6-3 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds in Western Hockey League action on Friday night.
Matt Dumba notched a goal and an assist while Tyson Ness and Brooks Maxwell also scored for the Rebels (29-21-4-2), who earn their second straight win on their western conference tour. Patrik Bartosak turned aside 47 of 50 shots he faced to post the win.
Roberts Lipsbergs got his 20th goal of the season while Riley Sheen and Andrew Johnson also scored for the Thunderbirds (19-32-4-1), who went 3-for-7 on the power play but come away with their fifth straight loss. Brandon Glover made 34 saves in the defeat.
HITMEN 5, SILVERTIPS 1
Jake Virtanen scored two goals as the visiting Calgary Hitmen skated to a 5-1 win over the Everett Silvertips on Friday.
Calder Brooks – with his first of the season – Spencer Humphries and Pavlo Padakin also counted for the Hitmen (35-16-1-3), who trailed 1-0 after the opening period but scored five unanswered goals the rest of the way to post their second win in a row. Mack Shields made 28 saves to claim his ninth win of the season.
Landon Oslanski scored the lone goal for the Silvertips (21-30-1-4), who slump to their sixth consecutive setback and remain in seventh place in the Western Conference. Daniel Cotton made 33 saves in a losing cause.
ROYALS 5, AMERICANS 3
Brandon Magee scored his 27th and 28th goals of the season to pace the visiting Victoria Royals to a 5-3 win over the Tri-City Americans on Friday.
Ben Walker scored and set up two more while Steven Hodged and Jordan Fransoo added singles for the Royals (31-19-1-3), who converted four of six power play chances as they win their fourth straight game and move past the Ams into fourth place in the Western Conference. Patrik Polivka made 32 saves in the win.
Justin Feser got his 30th and 31st goals of the season and Jesse Mychan also scored for the Americans (31-20-1-2), who also got three assists from Malte Stromwall in the loss. Luke Lee-Knight made 21 saves in a losing effort.
WINTERHAWKS 5, ROCKETS 3
Taylor Leier scored twice as the visiting Portland Winterhawks skated to a 5-3 win over the Kelowna Rockets on Friday night.
Brendan Leipsic –with a goal and an assist – Preston Kopeck and Nic Petan also scored for the Winterhawks (44-8-1-2), who built up a 4-0 lead through two periods of play as they earn their WHL-leading 21st road win of the season. Mac Carruth made 29 saves in the victory.
JT Barnett, Cody Fowlie and Colton Sissons scored for the Rockets (40-12-3-1), who see their 23-game home-ice win streak snapped. Jordon Cooke made 29 stops while absorbing the loss.
COUGARS 6, GIANTS 4
Jari Erricson scored twice and chipped in an assist as the Prince George Cougars managed a 6-4 victory over the visiting Vancouver Giants on Friday.
Jordan Tkatch, Caleb Belter, Troy Bourke and Ryan Hanes also found the net for the Cougars (17-30-2-6), who erased a 3-1 deficit after the opening period for the win and now sit just one point back of Seattle for eighth place in the Western Conference. Ty Edmonds made 18 saves on 19 shots over the final 40 minutes of the game to earn his first WHL win after replacing starter Mac Engel, who allowed three goals on 13 shots over the first period.
Riley Kieser – with a goal and an assist – Brendan Rouse, Travis McEvoy and Cain Franson scored for the Giants (13-41-0-0), who went 2-for-3 on the power play while suffering their third straight setback. Jared Rathjen made 36 saves in the loss.
TIGERS 4, WARRIORS 1
Miles Koules scored two goals to help lead the Medicine Hat Tigers to a 4-1 win over the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors on Friday night.
Tyler Lewington scored his first WHL goal and Boston Leier added his 11th goal of the season for the Tigers (26-26-2-1), who scored the game’s first four goals en route to snapping a three-game losing skid. Cam Lanigan turned in a 38-save effort to record the win.
Sam Fioretti scored the only goal for the Warriors (18-28-3-6), who scored once on five power play chances as they suffer their second straight setback. Justin Paulic made 27 saves in a losing cause.
ICE 4, CHIEFS 1
Austin Vetterl scored and set up another as the Kootenay Ice pulled off a 4-1 triumph over the visiting Spokane Chiefs on Friday.
Jon Martin, Levi Cable and Luke Philp also scored and Zach McPhee chipped in two assists for the Ice (25-27-2-0), who earn their second win in a row but remain three points behind Medicine Hat and Swift Current for a playoff spot. Mackenzie Skapski made 31 saves to record his 24th win of the season.
Mitch Holmberg got his 32nd goal of the season for the Chiefs (31-21-2-0), who suffer their fifth loss over their last six games. Eric Williams and Garret Hughson combined for 28 saves in a losing effort.
OIL KINGS 6, WHEAT KINGS 2
Curtis Lazar scored twice and Dylan Wruck notched a goal and two assists as the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings skated to a 6-2 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday.
Henrik Samuelsson – with a goal and an assist – Trevor Cheek and Travis Ewanyk also scored for the Oil Kings (41-11-2-3), who scored twice on five power play chances as they stretch their win streak to 11 games. Tristan Jarry made 24 saves in the victory.
Ryan Pulock and Eric Roy scored and Jayce Hawryluk chipped in two assists for the Wheat Kings (20-32-2-2), while Curtis Honey made 38 saves in the defeat.
BLADES 4, BRONCOS 1
Darren Dietz scored twice and set up another to lead the visiting Saskatoon Blades to a 4-1 win over the Swift Current Broncos on Friday night.
Collin Valcourt and Josh Nicholls also scored and Michael Ferland picked up two assists for the Blades (30-21-0-3), who broke open a 1-1 game with three goals in the third period as they earn their seventh straight victory. Andrey Makarov turned in a valiant 39-save performance to claim his 24th win of the season.
Levi Bews scored the lone goal for the Broncos (25-24-3-2), who were blanked on four power play chances as they suffer their third loss in a row. Eetu Laurikainen made 33 saves in a losing cause.
RAIDERS 2, HURRICANES 1 O/T
Josh Morrissey scored his 14th goal of the season 4:46 into overtime as the Prince Albert Raiders edged the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes on Friday.
Carson Perreaux also scored for the Raiders (31-19-2-3), who snap a two-game losing skid and remain four points ahead of Saskatoon for first place in the East Division. Luke Siemens made 42 saves, including stopping a first-period penalty shot, to post the victory.
Joel Topping scored the lone tally for the Hurricanes (25-24-2-7), who drop their second straight decision. Ty Rimmer made 36 saves in the loss.