SATURDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPSun Nov 25
CHIEFS TOP AMS IN NACHBAUR’S 1,000TH GAME – Liam Stewart scored a pair of goals to help lead the Spokane Chiefs to a 5-2 win over the visiting Tri-City Americans in Western Hockey League action on Saturday night.
The game marked Spokane head coach Don Nachbaur’s 1,000th career regular-season game as a head coach. Nachbaur celebrated the night with a win over an Americans team he coached from 2003 to 2009.
Todd Fiddler scored and set up another while Blake Gal and Mitch Holmberg also scored for the Chiefs (17-7-1-0), who exact revenge for losing to the Ams in Kennewick on Friday night. Eric Williams made 19 saves to post the victory.
Jesse Mychan – with his first of the season – and Parker Bowles scored for the Americans (16-8-1-1), who see a four-game winning streak come to an end and fall one point behind the Chiefs for second place in the U.S. Division. Eric Comrie made 24 saves on 28 shots in the loss.
ROYALS 3, COUGARS 2
Brett Cote broke a 2-2 tie at 17:04 of the third period with his third goal of the season, lifting the Victoria Royals to a 3-2 win over the visiting Prince George Cougars on Saturday.
Ben Walker scored twice for the Royals (13-12-0-0), who had lost 5-4 to the visiting Cougars on Friday night, while Patrik Polivka stopped 31 of 33 shots to claim his 10th victory of the season.
Raymond Grewal scored his first WHL goal while Jarrett Fontaine also counted for the Cougars (9-12-1-3), who see a two-game winning streak some to an end. Brett Zarowney stopped 25 of 28 shots he faced in a losing cause.
WINTERHAWKS 8, THUNDERBIRDS 2
Brendan Leipsic scored twice and set up two more to lead the visiting Portland Winterhawks to an 8-2 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds on Saturday.
Oliver Bjorkstrand scored a pair of goals, Nic Petan and Chase De Leo each tallied a goal and an assist and Troy Rutkowski and Preston Kopeck each added singles for the Winterhawks (20-4-1-0), who went 2-for-7 on the power play as they post their fourth win in a row. Mac Carruth made 27 saves to earn the victory.
Connor Honey and Luke Lockhart scored for the Thunderbirds (11-12-1-0), who allowed the game’s first six goals en route to the loss. Brandon Glover and Justin Myles combined for 32 saves in the defeat.
ROCKETS 9, BLADES 2
Myles Bell scored twice and set up another as the Kelowna Rockets blasted the visiting Saskatoon Blades 9-2 on Saturday night.
Filip Vasko, Colton Sissons, Colton Heffley, Rourke Chartier, Jesse Lees, Cody Fowlie and Zach Franko also scored for the Rockets (14-8-1-1), who was 15 of their 18 skaters claim at least one point in the contest. Jordon Cooke made 22 saves to post his ninth win of the season and 25th of his WHL career.
Nathan Burns and Brenden Walker scored for the Blades (11-12-0-1), who allowed five goals over the first 13 minutes of the game en route to the loss. Andrey Makarov made six saves on 10 shots through the opening 10 minutes before giving way to Alex Moodie, who stopped 32 of 37 shots the rest of the way.
SILVERTIPS 4, ICE 3
Ty Mappin’s second-period marker stood as the game-winner as the Everett Silvertips edged the visiting Kootenay Ice 4-3 on Saturday.
Tyler Sandhu scored twice and Reid Petryk also counted for the Silvertips (10-15-0-2), who have won four of their last six games. Daniel Cotton turned in a 34-save effort to earn his seventh win of the season for the Silvertips.
Tanner Muth, Jon Martin and Jakub Prochazka scored for the Ice (7-15-1-0), who drop their third consecutive decision on their U.S. Division tour. Mackenzie Skapski stopped 24 of 28 shots in the setback.
BLAZERS 2, GIANTS 1
Colin Smith scored his 18th and 19th goals of the season to pace the Kamloops Blazers to a 2-1 victory over the visiting Vancouver Giants on Saturday.
JC Lipon chipped in two assists for the Blazers (20-6-1-1), who join the Portland Winterhawks as the first two WHL Clubs to hit the 20-win plateau this season. Cole Cheveldave made 26 saves to record his 15th victory of the season.
Carter Popoff scored the only goal for the Giants (7-17-0-0), who see their losing skid hit four games as they remain in fifth place in the B.C. Division. Payton Lee stopped 29 of 31 shots in a losing cause.
REBELS 2, WARRIORS 1 S/O
Conner Bleackley scored the deciding goal in a shootout to lift the Red Deer Rebels to a 2-1 triumph over the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors on Saturday night.
Matt Dumba – with his sixth of the season – scored the lone goal in regulation play for the Rebels (15-11-1-1), who earn their second 2-1 shootout win as many nights while stretching their winning streak to five games. Patrik Bartosak turned in an impressive 42-save performance through regulation play, and was beaten just once on four Warriors shootout attempts to claim the win.
Justin Kirsch got his 10th goal of the season for the Warriors (8-11-3-4), who see their losing skid hit four games while suffering their fourth shootout loss of the season. Daniel Wapple stopped 27 of 28 shots through regulation play, but was beaten twice in the shootout to take the loss.
OIL KINGS 2, TIGERS 1 O/T
Keegan Lowe scored his fourth goal of the season with just one tick left on the clock in overtime to lift the Edmonton Oil Kings to a 2-1 triumph over the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers on Saturday night.
Henrik Samuelsson also scored for the Oil Kings (16-5-2-2), who improve to 11-2-1 over their last 14 games and currently sit just one point back of Calgary for first place in the Central Division. Tristan Jarry made 24 saves in the win.
Dylan Bredo scored the lone goal for the Tigers (11-15-2-0), who were outshot 47-25 in the contest as they lose their seventh consecutive decision. Cam Lanigan turned in a valiant 45-save effort in the defeat.
RAIDERS 5, WHEAT KINGS 2
Leon Draisaitl and Logan McVeigh each scored and set up another while Dakota Conroy chipped in three assists to lead the Prince Albert Raiders to a 5-2 win over the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday.
Reid Gardiner, Mark McNeill and Chance Braid also scored for the Raiders (18-7-0-2), who sweep the weekend home-and-home series versus the Wheat Kings while stretching their win streak to three games. Luke Siemens made 24 saves in the win.
Eric Roy – with his fifth of the season – and Chad Robinson scored for the Wheat Kings (10-13-2-1), who opened the scoring but allowed the next five goals en route to their second straight loss to the Raiders. Curtis Honey made 35 saves in the defeat.