FRIDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPSat Feb 16
BLADES FEND OFF WARRIORS – Andrey Makarov stopped 37 of 38 shots he faced to backstop the visiting Saskatoon Blades to a 3-1 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors in Western Hockey League action on Friday night.
Matej Stransky scored and set up another while Shayne Gwinner and Darren Dietz also scored for the Blades (33-21-0-3), who converted two of three power play chances as they stretch their win streak to 10 games and move back into a tie for first place in the East Division.
Tanner Eberle scored the only goal for the Warriors (19-30-3-6), who remain in 10th place in the Eastern Conference and 12 points back of Lethbridge for a playoff spot. Justin Paulic made 36 saves in the defeat.
BRONCOS 2, PATS 1
Levi Bews’ 17th goal of the season, 9:04 into the second period, stood up as the winner as the visiting Swift Current Broncos edged the Regina Pats 2-1 on Friday.
Adam Lowry got his 37th goal of the season for the Broncos (28-25-3-3), who outshot the hosts 40-29 in the contest as they snap a mini two-game losing skid. Eetu Laurikainen turned in a 28-save performance to claim his 22nd win of the season.
Chandler Stephenson scored the only marker for the Pats (20-32-3-3), who suffer their second loss in a row and remain in 11th place in the Eastern Conference. Teagan Sacher turned aside 38 of 40 shots he faced in a losing cause.
WHEAT KINGS 3, ICE 2
Jayce Hawryluk scored the go-ahead goal on a power play 15:56 into the third period to lead the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 3-2 win over the visiting Kootenay Ice on Friday night.
Ryan Pulock – with a goal and an assist – and Jack Palmer also scored and Tim McGauley picked up two assists for the Wheat Kings (21-34-2-2), who went 1-for-2 on the power play as they put a stop to a three-game losing skid. Jordan Papirny turned aside 27 of 29 shots he faced to claim his first WHL win.
Brock Montgomery notched his 25th of the season and Austin Vetterl also counted for the Ice (27-29-2-0), who remain in ninth place in the Eastern Conference and three points behind Lethbridge for a playoff spot. Mackenzie Skapski made 23 saves while absorbing the loss.
TIGERS 5, COUGARS 3
Curtis Valk netted the winner and set up two more as the Medicine Hat Tigers skated to a 5-3 victory over the visiting Prince George Cougars on Friday.
Hunter Shinkaruk tallied a goal and an assist while Miles Koules, Pearce Elgin and Logan McVeigh also found the net for the Tigers (30-26-2-1), who broke open a 3-3 tie with two goals in the third period as they earn their fifth win in a row. Marek Langhamer made 37 saves in the victory.
Colin Jacobs scored all three goals for the Cougars (17-33-2-6), who drop their second straight decision on their Central Division tour and their third straight decision overall. Mac Engel stopped 25 of 30 shots to take the loss.
REBELS 2, ROYALS 1 S/O
Patrik Bartosak stopped 44 of 45 shots he faced in regulation play and wasn’t beaten in the shootout to backstop the Red Deer Rebels to a 2-1 win over the visiting Victoria Royals on Friday.
Matt Dumba scored on the power play with just 2:31 remaining in the third period to send the game to overtime and Rhyse Dieno scored the lone goal in the shootout to secure the win for the Rebels (31-22-4-2), who post their second win in a row and close to within one point of Prince Albert for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
Tim Traber scored the only goal for the Royals (32-20-1-4), who were scoreless on four power play chances through regulation play as they suffer their second straight loss on their Central Division tour. Patrik Polivka turned in a 37-save effort through regulation play but was beaten once in the shootout to take the loss for Victoria.
BLAZERS 4, ROCKETS 2
Brendan Ranford scored and set up two more to propel the Kamloops Blazers to a 4-2 win over the visiting Kelowna Rockets on Friday night.
Dylan Willick, Tim Bozon and Marek Hrbas also scored for the Blazers (39-15-2-3), who scored twice on six power play opportunities as they earn their sixth consecutive victory. Cole Cheveldave turned aside 26 of 28 shots to record his 29th win of the season.
Dylen McKinlay scored his 20th goal of the season and Henrik Nyberg also counted for the Rockets (42-14-3-1), who have lost four of their last six games and see their B.C. Division lead dwindle to five points over Kamloops. Jordon Cooke made 36 saves in the loss.
AMERICANS 6, WINTERHAWKS 2
Justin Feser scored a shorthanded marker and added two assists to lead the visiting Tri-City Americans to a 6-2 victory over the Portland Winterhawks on Friday.
Connor Rankin – with his 20th of the season – Jesse Mychan, Zach Yuen, Brian Williams and Mitch Topping also scored for the Americans (32-22-1-2), who trailed 1-0 midway through the first period but scored the next six goals en route to the victory. Troy Trombley turned in a 41-save performance to post his first WHL win.
Oliver Bjorkstrand and Chase De Leo each notched a goal and an assist for the Winterhawks (46-9-1-2), who match a season high with six goals allowed in the contest. Mac Carruth took the loss, allowing five goals on 24 shots over the first 45 minutes of the game, while Brendan Burke made seven saves on eight shots the rest of the way in relief.
CHIEFS 6, SILVERTIPS 3
Alessio Bertaggia scored twice in his return to the lineup after missing nearly a month with an injury, leading the visiting Spokane Chiefs to a 6-3 win over the Everett Silvertips on Friday.
The win clinches the Chiefs at least a tiebreaker for a playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Mitch Holmberg notched a goal and an assist while Cole Wedman, Dylan Walchuk and Mikulas Rimmel also counted for the Chiefs (34-22-2-0), who move past Victoria into fourth place in the Western Conference. Eric Williams stopped 24 shots to post his 28th win of the season.
Kohl Bauml scored twice and Manraj Hayer also counted for the Silvertips (21-33-1-4), who trailed 3-1 after the first period en route to their ninth loss in a row. Daniel Cotton made 33 saves in a losing effort.
GIANTS 3, THUNDERBIRDS 2 O/T
Arvin Atwal scored just 23 seconds into extra time to lift the visiting Vancouver Giants to a 3-2 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday.
Taylor Vickerman and Cain Franson also scored for Vancouver (15-43-0-0), which wins its second road game in a row and sixth road contest of the season. Payton Lee turned aside 25 of 27 shots in the victory.
Luke Lockhart and Shea Theodore scored for the Thunderbirds (19-32-6-1), who see their losing skid hit seven games but move three points ahead of the Cougars for eighth place in the Western Conference. Danny Mumaugh made 30 saves in a losing cause.