SATURDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPDec 02, 2012 - 03:48 MST
AMERICANS EDGE GIANTS – Beau McCue scored his second goal of the game, a shorthanded marker, with just six seconds remaining in the third period to lift the visiting Tri-City Americans to a 4-3 win over the Vancouver Giants in Western Hockey League action on Saturday.
Lucas Nickles and Justin Hamonic also scored for the Americans (17-10-1-1), who overturned a 3-2 deficit over the final 2:11 of the game to steal the victory and snap a three-game losing skid. Luke Lee-Knight turned in a 38-save effort to record the win in his first start for the Ams.
Wes Vannieuwenhiuzen, Cain Franson and Tristan Sieben scored for the Giants (7-20-0-0), who went 1-for-3 on the power play as they suffer their seventh straight loss. Liam Liston turned aside 32 of 36 shots in a losing cause.
WINTERHAWKS 4, SILVERTIPS 1
Ty Rattie scored and set up another to pace the visiting Portland Winterhawks to a 4-1 victory over the Everett Silvertips on Saturday.
Derrick Pouliot, Tyler Wotherspoon and Brendan Leipsic also scored for the Winterhawks (22-4-1-0), who scored twice in both the first and second periods as they skate to their sixth win in a row and move into a tie for first place in the WHL standings. Brendan Burke made 29 saves on 30 shots, including stopping a third-period penalty shot, to claim the win.
Cole MacDonald scored his first WHL goal for the Silvertips (11-18-0-2), who were held scoreless on four power play chances as they drop their third decision over their last four outings. Daniel Cotton made 30 saves in the setback.
THUNDERBIRDS 4, ROCKETS 2
Shea Theodore and Brendan Rouse scored 2:27 apart in the later stages of the third period to lift the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 4-2 win over the visiting Kelowna Rockets on Saturday.
Seth Swenson and Roberts Lipsbergs – with his ninth goal in nine games – also scored for the Thunderbirds (13-13-1-0), who blanked the Rockets on five power play chances as they earn their seventh home-ice win of the season. Brandon Glover stopped 37 of 39 shots to backstop the T-Birds to the win.
Rourke Chartier and Myles Bell – with a goal and an assist – scored for the Rockets (17-9-1-1), who see a five-game winning streak come to an end. Jackson Whistle made 27 saves in the defeat.
ROYALS 4, COUGARS 3
Mitch Deacon and Brett Cote scored 59 seconds apart midway through the third period to propel the visiting Victoria Royals to a 4-3 triumph over the Prince George Cougars on Saturday.
Jamie Crooks and Austin Carroll also counted for the Royals (15-12-0-1), who post their second win in as many nights over the Cougars. Patrik Polivka made 34 saves to earn his 12th victory of the season.
Daulton Siwak, Ryan Hanes and Marc McNulty scored for the Cougars (9-14-1-3), who wind up with a 1-3 record after four consecutive games versus the Royals. Mac Engel made 22 saves in a losing effort for Prince George.
WARRIORS 3, BLAZERS 2 S/O
Justin Kirsch and Brayden Point scored shootout goals to lift the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors to a 3-2 victory over the Kamloops Blazers on Saturday night.
Morgan Rielly and Travis Brown scored in regulation play for the Warriors (11-12-3-4), who have won three of four games through their B.C. Division tour. Justin Paulic stopped 29 shots in regulation play, and wasn’t beaten in the shootout to record the win.
Tyler Bell got his first of the season while Colin Smith netted his 21st of the campaign for the Blazers (21-6-1-2), who were shut out on six power plays but also held Moose Jaw scoreless on six man advantage chances. Cole Cheveldave made 25 saves in regulation but was beaten twice in the shootout to absorb the loss.
REBELS 3, BLADES 0
Patrik Bartosak turned in a 21-save effort to claim his second shutout of the season as the Red Deer Rebels blanked the visiting Saskatoon Blades 3-0 on Saturday.
Conner Bleackley, Tyson Ness and Turner Elson scored for the Rebels (17-11-1-1), who roll to their seventh straight victory and now sit just three points out of first place in the Central Division.
Andrey Makarov made 37 saves in a losing cause for the Blades (13-13-0-1), who suffer their second shutout loss of the season.
TIGERS 2, HURRICANES 1 S/O
Curtis Valk and Elgin Pearce scored in a shootout to lift the Medicine Hat Tigers to a 2-1 triumph over the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes on Saturday.
Dylan Busenius scored the lone marker in regulation play for the Tigers (12-16-2-0), who put a halt to an eight-game losing skid. Cam Lanigan turned in a valiant 41-save performance through three periods and overtime, and denied two of three ‘Canes’ shootout chances to claim the victory.
Craig Leverton scored the only goal for the Hurricanes (14-13-1-3), who have dropped seven of their last eight games but remain in fourth place in the Central Division. Ty Rimmer stopped 37 of 38 shots he faced in regulation play, but was beaten twice in the shootout to absorb the loss.
BRONCOS 5, WHEAT KINGS 0
Ryon Moser scored twice and set up another to lead the Swift Current Broncos to a 5-0 shutout win over the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday.
Graham Black – with a goal and an assist – Levi Bews and Reece Scarlett also scored for the Broncos (12-13-3-2), who have defeated the Wheat Kings three times over the past week. Landon Bow and Eetu Laurikainen combined for 17 saves in the shutout win.
Curtis Honey stopped 26 of 31 shots he faced in a losing cause for the Wheat Kings (10-16-2-1), who were outshot 31-17 by the hosts as they drop their fifth straight decision.
CHIEFS 6, PATS 5 O/T
Tyler King scored 2:46 into overtime to lift the visiting Spokane Chiefs to a 6-5 win over the Regina Pats on Saturday.
Dylan Walchuk and Mitch Holmberg each tallied a goal and an assist while Todd Fiddler, Reid Gow and Carter Proft also counted for the Chiefs (19-7-1-0), who earn their second win in a row to start their East Division tour. Eric Williams made five saves over the final 33 minutes of the game to post the victory after replacing Garret Hughson, who allowed five goals on 20 shots over the first 30 minutes of the game.
Morgan Klimchuk put up two goals and three assists and Lane Scheidl chipped in a pair of goals and an assist for the Pats (11-14-2-2), who suffer their third loss in a row, while Colten Mayor also scored. Teagan Sacher turned in a solid 54-save performance in a losing cause for the Pats.