FRIDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPSat Feb 23
BLADES WIN 14th STRAIGHT, SET FRANCHISE RECORD – Matej Stransky scored three goals and chipped in an assist for a four-point outing as the Saskatoon Blades posted a 7-4 victory over the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings in Western Hockey League action on Friday night.
Darren Dietz scored twice, Brenden Walker tallied a goal and two assists and Josh Nicholls scored his 40th of the season for the Blades (37-21-0-3), who set a franchise record with their 14th consecutive victory while padding their East Division lead to five points over Prince Albert. Andrey Makarov made 25 saves to earn his 60th career win.
Chad Robinson and Taylor Cooper each notched a goal and an assist for the Wheat Kings (21-36-3-2), who trailed 4-0 after the opening period as they drop their third straight decision, while Eric Roy and Jens Meilleur also counted. Curtis Honey and Corbin Boes combined for 37 saves in the defeat.
HITMEN 6, RAIDERS 5 S/O
Brooks Macek scored the tying goal 17:39 into the third period and then netted the shootout winner as the Calgary Hitmen skated to a 6-5 victory over the visiting Prince Albert Raiders on Friday.
With the victory, the Hitmen lock up a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Brady Brassart, Jesse Zgraggen, Pavlo Padakin and Colten Mayor also scored for the Hitmen (40-17-1-3), who post their eighth consecutive home-ice victory and close the gap on Edmonton to seven points for the Central Division lead. Chris Driedger made 26 saves in regulation play and denied all three Raiders’ shootout attempts to claim his 30th win of the season.
Leon Draisaitl scored twice while Mike Winther, Dylan Dusenius and Anthony Bardaro also counted for the Raiders (33-22-2-4), who were blanked on five power play chances as they suffer their sixth setback in nine games. Luke Siemens and Andy Desautels combined for 30 saves through regulation play while Desautels was beaten once in the shootout to absorb the loss.
REBELS 2, HURRICANES 0
Patrik Bartosak stopped all 32 shots fired his way to post his third shutout of the season as the visiting Red Deer Rebels downed the Lethbridge Hurricanes 2-0 on Friday.
Dominik Volek and Turner Elson scored while Rhyse Dieno picked up two assists for the Rebels (33-22-4-2), who have won their last four games and move into a tie on points with the Raiders for fourth spot in the Eastern Conference.
Ty Rimmer turned aside 28 of 29 shots he faced in a losing cause for the Hurricanes (25-27-2-7), who slump to their fifth consecutive defeat and remain in ninth place in the Eastern Conference.
WINTERHAWKS 6, COUGARS 2
Ty Rattie scored twice and set up another to pace the visiting Portland Winterhawks to a 6-2 victory over the Prince George Cougars on Friday.
Nic Petan, Taylor Leier and Seth Jones each tallied a goal and an assist, Troy Rutkowski scored his 19th of the season and Brendan Leipsic picked up two assists for the Winterhawks (50-9-1-2), who stretch their win streak to four games while hitting the 50-win mark for the second time in the last three seasons. Brendan Burke made 24 saves to claim the victory.
Zach Pochiro scored and set up another and Troy Bourke got his 11th goal of the season for the Cougars (18-35-2-6), who trailed 3-0 after the opening period en route to their second loss in a row. Mac Engel stopped 37 of 43 shots he faced in the setback.
CHIEFS 6, OIL KINGS 4
Mike Aviani scored a pair of goals and Brenden Kichton recorded three assists as the Spokane Chiefs toppled the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings 6-4 on Friday.
Dylan Walchuk, Mitch Holmberg, Todd Fiddler and Liam Stewart also found the net for the Chiefs (35-24-2-0), who have downed Calgary and Edmonton – the top two Eastern Conference Clubs – within the last nine days. Garret Hughson turned in a 33-save effort to claim his sixth win of the season.
Cole Benson scored three goals, doubling his season output to six markers, while Keegan Lowe tallied his 14th goal of the season for the Oil Kings (43-14-2-3), who found themselves down 4-1 after the second period as they suffer their second straight defeat. Laurent Brossoit and Tristan Jarry combined for 23 saves in a losing effort.
AMERICANS 6, SILVERTIPS 2
Justin Feser and Jesse Mychan each scored two goals and two assists as the Tri-City Americans skated to a 6-2 win over the visiting Everett Silvertips on Friday.
Mitch Topping and Beau McCue also scored and Malte Stromwall notched three assists for the Americans (35-22-1-2), winners of their last four games. Troy Trombley stopped 23 of 25 shots to post his fourth win in a row.
Tyler Sandhu and Austin Adam – with his first of the season – scored the goals for Everett (21-35-1-4), which opened the scoring but allowed the next six goals en route to its 11th straight setback. Austin Lotz made 23 saves on 29 shots over 50 minutes of action, taking the loss, in his first start since January 26th.
ROCKETS 8, ROYALS 3
Myles Bell scored twice and set up two more as the visiting Kelowna Rockets blasted the Victoria Royals 8-3 on Friday.
Madison Bowey, Dylen McKinlay and Cody Fowlie each picked up a goal and an assist while Tyson Baillie also scored for the Rockets (43-15-3-1), who broke open a 1-1 game with five goals in the second period. Jordon Cooke made 22 saves to earn his 30th win of the season.
Jamie Crooks scored his 30th goal of the season while Ben Walker and Austin Carroll also counted for the Royals (32-23-1-4), who see their losing skid hit five games and fall four points back of Tri-Cities for fourth place in the Western Conference. Patrik Polivka and Coleman Vollrath combined for 26 saves in the defeat.
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.
BLAZERS 6, GIANTS 0
Brendan Ranford scored and set up two more while Cole Cheveldave stopped 24 shots to post his fourth shutout of the season and eighth of his career as the visiting Kamloops Blazers downed the Vancouver Giants 6-0 on Friday.
Colin Smith and Cole Ully each notched a goal and an assist while Chase Couto, Dylan Willick and Kale Kessy also scored for the Blazers (41-16-2-3), who went 1-for-5 on the power play while holding the Giants scoreless on seven man advantage chances as they earn their eighth win in nine games.
Payton Lee and Jared Rathjen combined for 23 saves in the loss for the Giants (15-45-2-0), who have dropped four straight games.
WARRIORS 4, PATS 3
Morgan Rielly’s 12th goal of the season, 6:31 into the third period, stood as the winner as the Moose Jaw Warriors edged the visiting Regina Pats 4-3 on Friday.
Brayden Point got his 15th of the season and picked up two assists while Sam Fioretti – with a goal and an assist – and Jordan Wyton also scored for the Warriors (21-31-3-6), who built up a 3-0 lead midway through the second period en route to their third win in five games. Justin Paulic stopped 18 shots in the win.
Braden Christoffer, Dyson Stevenson and Morgan Klimchuk scored for the Pats (21-34-3-4), who fall two points back of the Warriors for 10th place in the Eastern Conference. Matt Hewitt made 24 saves in a losing cause.
TIGERS 2, BRONCOS 1 S/O
Curtis Valk and Miles Koules scored shootout goals to lift the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers to a 2-1 win over the Swift Current Broncos on Friday.
Logan McVeigh scored the lone tally in regulation play for the Tigers (31-28-2-1), who move two points up on the Broncos for sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings. Marek Langhamer turned aside 28 shots through three periods and overtime, and denied three of four Broncos’ shootout attempts to earn the win.
Adam Lowry scored his 40th goal of the season for the Broncos (28-26-3-4), who were outshot 40-29 by the visitors as they drop their second straight decision. Eetu Laurikainen turned in a 39-save performance in regulation play, but was beaten twice in the shootout, taking the loss.