SATURDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPSun Dec 16
TIGERS TOP BLAZERS IN O/T – Dylan Busenius scored on the power play 3:01 into overtime to lift the Medicine Hat Tigers to a 7-6 win over the visiting Kamloops Blazers in Western Hockey League action on Saturday night.
Elgin Pearce scored twice and set up two more and Ty Stanton added a goal and three assists for the Tigers (15-18-2-0), who went 3-for-8 on the power play in the contest, while Curtis Valk, Jayden Hart and Cole Sanford also scored. Marek Langhamer made 31 saves on 37 shots to post the victory.
Joel Edmundson – with a goal and three assists – Brendan Ranford, Tim Bozon, Joe Kornelsen, Rob Trzonkowski and Matt Needham scored for the Blazers (25-9-2-2), who drop their third straight decision. Cole Cheveldave made 27 stops in a losing cause.
ROCKETS 6, REBELS 1
Damon Severson and Tyson Baillie each tallied a goal and an assist as the visiting Kelowna Rockets rolled past the Red Deer Rebels 6-1 on Saturday.
Myles Bell – with his 20th of the season – Mitchell Wheaton, Madison Bowey and JT Barnett also scored while Dylen McKinlay picked up three assists for the Rockets (23-9-1-1), who stretch their win streak to six games and now sit just six points back of Kamloops for first place in the B.C. Division. Jackson Whistle made 28 saves to claim the victory.
Wyatt Johnson scored the only goal for the Rebels (20-13-2-1), who have dropped three of their last four games. Spencer Tremblay made 28 saves in the defeat.
WINTERHAWKS 4, THUNDERBIRDS 2
Taylor Leier scored two goals to lead the Portland Winterhawks to a 4-2 victory over the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds on Saturday night.
Taylor Peters – with a goal and an assist – and Derrick Pouliot also scored while Brendan Leipsic and Nic Petan each chipped in two assists for the Winterhawks (27-5-1-0), who scored the game’s first three goals en route to their fourth straight triumph. Mac Carruth made 25 saves to earn the win.
Michal Holub and Alex Delnov scored for the Thunderbirds (16-16-1-0), who blanked the Hawks on six power play chances but come away with their fourth straight setback. Brandon Glover allowed two goals on four shots over the first five minutes of the contest while rookie Danny Mumaugh stopped 29 of 31 shots the rest of the way, absorbing the loss in his WHL debut.
COUGARS 6, GIANTS 0
Brett Zarowney made 23 saves to post his second shutout of the season as the Prince George Cougars blanked the visiting Vancouver Giants 6-0 on Saturday.
Daulton Siwak scored twice, Chase Witala notched a goal and three assists and Colin Jacobs, Alex Forsberg and Zach Pochiro also counted for the Cougars (11-18-1-3), who exact revenge for the Giants’ win in Vancouver on Friday night.
Liam Liston made 24 saves in the loss for the Giants (9-24-0-0), who failed to convert on six power play chances as they fall to 3-12-0 on the road this season.
AMERICANS 2, CHIEFS 1
Malte Stromwall’s goal 4:47 into the third period held up as the winner as the visiting Tri-City Americans edged the Spokane Chiefs 2-1 on Saturday.
Justin Feser scored his 19th of the season for the Americans (19-12-1-2), who got both of their goals early in the third period to record their second win of the season over the Chiefs. Eric Comrie turned in a 36-save performance to record the win.
Reid Gow tallied his seventh goal of the season for the Chiefs (23-9-1-0), who suffer just their third defeat on home ice all season. Eric Williams made 18 saves in a losing cause.
OIL KINGS 5, ROYALS 2
TJ Foster tallied a goal and an assist to pace the Edmonton Oil Kings to a 5-2 win over the visiting Victoria Royals on Saturday.
Cody Corbett, Michael St. Croix, Keegan Lowe and Brandon Baddock also counted for the Oil Kings (21-7-2-3), who scored five times in the second period as they record their third consecutive victory. Tristan Jarry made 24 saves to claim his ninth victory of the season.
Tyler Stahl and Steven Hodges scored for the Royals (17-14-0-2), who close out a three-game road trip with a 1-1-1 record. Patrik Polivka and Coleman Vollrath combined for 24 saves in a losing effort.
HITMEN 2, PATS 0
Mack Shields turned in an 18-save effort to post his first career WHL shutout as the Calgary Hitmen blanked the visiting Regina Pats 2-0 on Saturday.
Cody Sylvester tallied a goal and an assist and Greg Chase also scored for the Hitmen (22-7-1-3), who earn their second straight win and remain a point ahead of Edmonton for first place in the Eastern Conference.
Matt Hewitt turned aside 28 of 30 shots in a losing cause for the Pats (12-19-2-2), who have dropped eight of their last nine games and drop to sixth place in the East Division.
BLADES 5, ICE 2
Matej Stranksy scored his 20th and 21st goals of the season as the Saskatoon Blades posted a 5-2 triumph over the visiting Kootenay Ice on Saturday.
Nathan Burns notched a goal and two assists and Darren Dietz and Matthew Pufahl also counted for the Blades (19-14-0-1), who scored three times on six power play opportunities as they stretch their winning streak to six games. Alex Moodie made 25 saves to claim his fourth victory over the last five days.
Luke Philp – with his ninth of the season – and Zach McPhee scored for the Ice (10-21-1-0), who were outshot 41-27 by the hosts in the setback. Mackenzie Skapski made 36 saves in the defeat.
WHEAT KINGS 4, WARRIORS 2
Chad Robinson tallied a pair of goals as the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings doubled up the Moose Jaw Warriors 4-2 on Saturday.
Jens Meilleur and Taylor Cooper also scored for the Wheat Kings (13-18-2-2), who sweep their weekend home-and-home series versus the Warriors. Curtis Honey turned in a 23-save effort to claim his fourth victory of the season.
Josh Uhrich and Sam Fioretti scored for the Warriors (12-17-3-4), who led 2-1 after two periods of play but gave up three unanswered goals in the third period to suffer their third loss in a row. Daniel Wapple made 28 saves in the defeat.