SATURDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPSun Dec 9
OIL KINGS DOUBLE UP HITMEN – Griffin Reinhart scored and set up two more to lead the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings to a 4-2 win over the Calgary Hitmen in Western Hockey League action on Saturday night.
Stephane Legault and Dylan Wruck each tallied a goal and an assist while Henrik Samuelsson notched his 14th goal of the season for the Oil Kings (19-7-2-3), who rebound from Friday night’s 5-2 loss to the Hitmen in Edmonton. Laurent Brossoit turned aside 29 of 31 shots he faced to claim his 12th win of the season.
Cody Sylvester and Alex Roach scored and Victor Rask chipped in two assists for the Hitmen (20-7-1-2), who had won the first four meetings of the season versus the Oil Kings. Chris Driedger made 30 saves in the defeat.
WHEAT KINGS 5, REBELS 4 O/T
Ryley Miller scored 3:26 into overtime to lead the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 5-4 win over the visiting Red Deer Rebels on Saturday.
Jayce Hawryluk and Richard Nejezchelb each tallied a goal and two assists while Jason Swyripa and Alessio Bertaggia also counted for the Wheat Kings (11-17-2-2), who put to rest a seven-game losing skid. Corbin Boes turned in a 44-save performance to help the Wheat Kings snap their losing skid.
Matt Bellerive, Rhyse Dieno, Matt Dumba and Wyatt Johnson scored for the Rebels (19-11-2-1), who see a nine-game winning streak come to an end but remain just two points out of first place in the Central Division. Patrik Bartosak turned aside 32 of 37 shots in the loss.
BLADES 9, PATS 0
Matej Stransky scored twice and set up two more while Josh Nicholls picked up two goals and an assist as the Saskatoon Blades thumped the visiting Regina Pats 9-0 on Saturday.
Nick Zajac, Adam Kambeitz, Dalton Thrower, Nathan Burns and Brenden Walker also scored for the Blades (14-14-0-1), who scored all nine of their goals at even strength while outshooting the Pats 44-15. Andrey Makarov stopped 15 shots to post his third shutout of the season and fifth of his WHL career.
Teagan Sacher and Matt Hewitt combined for 35 saves in a losing effort for the Pats (11-17-2-2), who suffer their sixth straight defeat and have given up 38 goals in that span.
WARRIORS 4, CHIEFS 3
Morgan Rielly broke a 3-3 tie 7:15 into the third period with his seventh goal of the season as the Moose Jaw Warriors edged the visiting Spokane Chiefs 4-3 on Saturday.
Miles Warkentine – with his first WHL goal – Brayden Point and Jordan Messier also scored for the Warriors (12-14-3-4), who trailed 2-0 after the opening period but scored four of the next five goals en route to the win. Justin Paulic made 29 saves to post the victory.
Carter Proft, Reid Gow and Mitch Holmberg scored for the Chiefs (22-8-1-0), who had won their last six games and close out their East Division tour with a 5-1 record. Eric Williams made 15 saves in the defeat.
HURRICANES 6, ICE 1
Brady Ramsay scored twice and set up another while Graham Hood picked up a goal and two assists to lead the Lethbridge Hurricanes to a 6-1 win over the visiting Kootenay Ice on Saturday.
Jaimen Yakubowski – with his eighth goal over his last four games – Jay Merkley and Russ Maxwell also scored and Sam Mckechnie had three assists for the Hurricanes (16-14-1-4), who converted three of four power play chances in the contest. Christopher Tai made 19 saves on 20 shots to post his second win of the season.
Luke Philp scored the lone goal for the Ice (9-19-1-0), who trailed 3-0 after the first period and 6-1 after the second frame in the defeat. Mackenzie Skapski made 28 saves in the loss.
RAIDERS 7, TIGERS 0
Luke Siemens made 24 saves to claim his third shutout and 20th victory of the season as the visiting Prince Albert Raiders downed the Medicine Hat Tigers 7-0 on Saturday.
Dakota Conroy and Anthony Bardaro each netted a goal and two assists while Carson Perreaux, Sawyer Lange, Mark McNeill and Reid Gardiner also scored for the Raiders (21-10-0-2), who snap a mini two-game losing skid and remain one point up on Calgary and Edmonton for top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Marek Langhamer and Cam Lanigan combined for 21 saves in a losing effort for the Tigers (14-17-2-0), who were blanked on six power play chances as they see a three-game win streak snapped.
SILVERTIPS 4, GIANTS 1
Trent Lofthouse scored a hat trick to pace the Everett Silvertips to a 4-1 victory over the visiting Vancouver Giants on Saturday night.
Landon Oslanski also scored for the Silvertips (12-20-0-2), who held a 2-0 lead after two periods of play and sealed the win with two more goals from Lofthouse in the third. Austin Lotz turned aside 20 of 21 shots to record his fourth win of the season.
Tanner Moar scored the only goal for the Giants (8-22-0-0), who fall to 3-11-0 on the road this season. Liam Liston stopped 26 of 30 shots fired his way while absorbing the loss.
ROCKETS 7, COUGARS 2
Tyson Baillie scored twice and added an assist while Damon Severson drew three helpers to lead the Kelowna Rockets to a 7-2 win over the visiting Prince George Cougars on Saturday.
Ryan Olsen and Henrik Nyberg each picked up a goal and an assist while Colton Heffley, Cody Fowlie and Dylen McKinlay also scored for the Rockets (19-9-1-1), who went 3-for-5 on the power play and scored a shorthanded marker as they post their second straight win. Jordon Cooke made 18 saves in the victory.
Alex Forsberg – with his seventh and eighth goals of the season – scored both markers for the Cougars (10-16-1-3), who allowed the game’s first four goals as they drop their second decision in as many nights. Mac Engel stopped 26 of 33 shots in the setback.
WINTERHAWKS 6, THUNDERBIRDS 2
Preston Kopeck scored twice and Brendan Leipsic notched a goal and two assists to lead the visiting Portland Winterhawks to a 6-2 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds on Saturday night.
Ty Rattie and Nic Petan each chipped in a goal and an assist while Adam De Champlain also counted for the Winterhawks (24-5-1-0), who opened up a 5-0 lead by the 1:21 mark of the second period as they earn their 20th win over their last 22 games. Mac Carruth made 35 saves to post his 100th career WHL victory.
Jesse Forsberg and Connor Sanvido scored for the Thunderbirds (16-14-1-0), who see their winning streak come to an end at four games. Brandon Glover stopped 35 of 41 shots in the defeat.
ROYALS 2, BRONCOS 1
Patrik Polovka stopped 32 of 33 shots he faced to backstop the Victoria Royals to a 2-1 triumph over the visiting Swift Current Broncos on Saturday.
Austin Carroll and Brandon Magee scored for the Royals (16-13-0-1), who scored both of their goals over a 46-second span early in the second period.
Adam Lowry – with his 16th of the season – netted the lone marker for the Broncos (13-16-3-2), who fall to 1-3 through four games of their B.C. Division tour. Eetu Laurikainen made 28 saves in the setback.