SATURDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPNov 11, 2012 - 04:05 MST
ROYALS TAME TIGERS – Logan Nelson scored three goals to help lead the visiting Victoria Royals to a 5-3 victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers in Western Hockey League action on Saturday.
Brandon Fushimi scored his first WHL marker while Jamie Crooks also counted for the Royals (10-10-0-0), who snap their six-game losing skid and move back to the .500 mark for the season. Patrik Polivka made 29 saves on 32 shots to record the victory.
Elgin Pearce and Hunter Shinkaruk each tallied a goal and two assists and Miles Koules also scored for the Tigers (11-10-1-0), who went 2-for-4 on the power play as they see a modest two-game win streak snapped. Cam Lanigan made 27 saves in the loss.
AMERICANS 4, BLAZERS 2
Justin Feser scored and set up three more to pace the Tri-City Americans to a 4-2 win over the visiting Kamloops Blazers on Saturday.
Mitch Topping, Zach Yuen and Connor Rankin also counted and Brian Williams chipped in two assists for the Americans (13-7-1-1), who led 2-1 after the first period and 3-1 after the second frame en route to their fourth win in five games. Eric Comrie made 22 saves to post the victory.
Colin Smith and Brendan Ranford scored for the Blazers (17-4-0-1), who have lost three straight contests and see their lead dwindle to four points for top spot in the WHL standings. Cole Cheveldave made 22 saves in a losing cause.
WINTERHAWKS 9, CHIEFS 1
Oliver Bjorkstrand scored twice and added an assist as the visiting Portland Winterhawks hammered the Spokane Chiefs 9-1 on Saturday.
Brendan Leipsic, Taylor Peters, Keegan Iverson, Joe Mahon, Chase De Leo and Taylor Leier each tallied a goal and an assist while Seth Jones scored his sixth goal of the season for the Winterhawks (15-3-1-0), who see their winning streak hit 11 games. Mar Carruth turned in a 43-save effort to post the win.
Brenden Kichton – with his eighth goal of the season – scored the lone marker for the Chiefs (14-7-0-0), who were held scoreless on seven power play chances as they drop just their second decision at home this season. Eric Williams and Garret Hughson combined for 27 saves in the loss.
OIL KINGS 4, COUGARS 2
Dylan Wruck scored twice and set up another while Michael St. Croix chipped in three assists to lead the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings to a 4-2 win over the Prince George Cougars on Saturday.
Keegan Lowe notched his second goal of the season while David Musil tallied his first as a member of the Oil Kings (13-5-1-2), who defeat the Cougars by a 4-2 score line for the second straight night. Tristan Jarry made 21 saves to post his fourth win of the season.
Tanner Lishchynsky – with his first WHL goal – and Jarrett Fontaine scored for the Cougars (7-10-1-1), who suffer their fourth loss in a row and remain in fourth place in the B.C. Division. Mac Engel stopped 31 of 34 shots in a losing cause.
WARRIORS 4, ICE 1
Justin Kirsch scored his ninth goal of the season to help the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors to a 4-1 win over the Kootenay Ice on Saturday.
Brandon Potomak and Kirk Johnson each got their first WHL goals while Joel Edmundson also scored for the Warriors (8-8-3-3), who scored three times in the first period as they snap a seven-game losing skid. Justin Paulic made 25 saves to post the win.
Zach McPhee scored his first goal as a member of the Ice (4-12-1-0), who went 0-for-3 on the power play as they drop their eighth straight decision. Mackenzie Skapski and Wyatt Hoflin combined for 19 saves in the loss.
THUNDERBIRDS 6, BLADES 2
Alex Delnov scored twice and Shea Theodore notched a goal and two assists to lead the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds to a 6-2 victory over the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday night.
Seth Swenson, Roberts Lipsbergs and Connor Sanvido also scored for the Thunderbirds (9-10-1-0), who snap a three-game losing skid and end off their seven-game road trip with a 2-5 mark Brandon Glover made 30 saves in the win.
Matt Revel and Lukas Sutter scored for the Blades (8-10-0-1), who trailed 2-1 after the second period and were outscored 4-1 in the third period en route to the loss. Andrey Makarov stopped 28 of 33 shots through 45 minutes of work, taking the loss, while Alex Moodie made seven saves the rest of the way.
BRONCOS 4, RAIDERS 1
Adam Lowry scored his 10th goal of the season to help pace the Swift Current Broncos to a 4-1 win over the visiting Prince Albert Raiders on Saturday.
Graham Black, Coda Gordon and Ryon Moser also scored for the Broncos (8-9-3-2), who had lost their previous two outings. Eetu Laurikainen made 23 saves in the win.
Sawyer Lange scored the only goal for the Raiders (13-6-0-0), who have lost their last three games on the road. Luke Siemens made 43 saves in the defeat.
PATS 4, HURRICANES 0
Matt Hewitt stopped 32 shots to claim his first shutout of the season and fifth of his WHL career as the Regina Pats blanked the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes 4-0 on Saturday.
Dyson Stevenson scored three goals and set up another while Lane Scheidl also scored for the Pats (9-12-1-0), who earn their third victory over their last four games.
Christopher Tai stopped 22 of 26 shots he faced to take the loss in his first start for the Hurricanes (12-8-1-1), who suffer just their second regulation setback since October 13th.