SATURDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPSun Dec 30
WINTERHAWKS GET BY AMERICANS – 16-year-old rookie Paul Bittner scored twice and set up another to lead the Portland Winterhawks to a 4-3 win over the visiting Tri-City Americans in Western Hockey League action on Saturday night.
Nicholas Petan and Brendan Leipsic each picked up a goal and an assist and Troy Rutkowski chipped in two assists for the Winterhawks (31-5-1-0), who got the winner from Bittner on a power play 11:35 into the third period as they earn their eighth win in a row. Mac Carruth made 29 saves to record the victory.
Connor Rankin scored two goals and Brian Williams netted his 10th of the season for the Americans (20-14-1-2), who suffer their second loss in as many nights to the Hawks by a 4-3 score line. Luke Lee-Knight made 26 saves in the defeat.
PATS 5, WARRIORS 1
Marc McCoy scored twice and Luke Fenske chipped in three assists to lead the visiting Regina Pats to a 5-1 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors on Saturday night.
Adam Rossignol, Jack Rodewald and Lane Scheidl also scored for the Pats (14-21-2-2), who scored the game’s first five goals as they post their second straight road victory. Teagan Sacher made 24 saves to post his sixth win of the season.
Brandon Potomak scored the only goal for the Warriors (14-18-3-4), who were blanked on three power play chances as they see a two-game win streak halted. Justin Paulic and Daniel Wapple combined for 29 saves in the loss.
RAIDERS 4, BLADES 2
Anthony Bardaro scored three goals as the visiting Prince Albert Raiders doubled up the Saskatoon Blades 4-2 on Saturday.
Chance Braid also counted and Logan McVeigh picked up three helpers for the Raiders (24-11-0-3), who sweep their weekend home-and-home series versus the Blades and pad their East Division lead to 12 points. Luke Siemens turned in a 40-save performance to claim the win.
Dalton Thrower and Matej Stransky scored for the Blades (19-17-0-1), who opened the scoring but allowed four goals in a 7:38 span in the opening period en route to their third loss in a row. Patrick Johnson stopped 19 of 23 shots to take the loss in his first appearance of the season.
HITMEN 4, HURRICANES 1
Zane Jones and Jaynen Rissling each tallied a goal and an assist as the visiting Calgary Hitmen skated to a 4-1 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Saturday night.
Brady Brassart and Greg Chase also scored while Brooks Macek added a pair of assists for the Hitmen (24-9-1-3), who earn the split in their two-game weekend set versus the ‘Canes and improve to 13-1-0-1 on the road this season. Chris Driedger made 28 saves to post his 19th victory of the season.
Graham Hood scored the lone tally for the Hurricanes (18-17-1-4), who were shut out on six power play opportunities as they suffer their third defeat over their last four home games. Ty Rimmer stopped 35 of 39 shots in the loss.
TIGERS 4, BRONCOS 1
Trevor Cox scored and set up two more to pace the Medicine Hat Tigers to a 4-1 triumph over the visiting Swift Current Broncos on Saturday night.
Miles Koules and Dylan Bredo each scored for a second straight night while Boston Leier also counted for the Tigers (16-19-2-0), who earn their second win over their last three games. Marek Langhamer turned in a 36-save effort to backstop the Tigers to the win.
Coda Gordon scored for the fourth time in two games for the Broncos (17-18-3-2), who see their three-game winning streak come to an end. Landon Bow made 10 saves on 13 shots over the first half of the game, taking the loss, while Steven Myland made 13 saves in relief.
BLAZERS 9, GIANTS 5
Tim Bozon and Cole Ully each scored three goals and an assist as the Kamloops Blazers pulled off a 9-5 win over the visiting Vancouver Giants on Saturday.
Chase Souto notched a goal and three assists, Brendan Ranford tallied once and set up two more and Colin Smith scored his 27th goal of the season for the Blazers (26-10-2-2), who converted five of eight power plays as they put an end to a four-game losing skid. Cole Cheveldave and Taran Kozun combined for 17 saves in the win.
Jackson Houck scored a hat trick, Cain Franson notched a goal and two assists and Tristan Sieben also counted for the Giants (9-27-0-0), who slump to their fourth straight loss. Tyler Fuhr stopped 29 of 38 shots in a losing effort.
SILVERTIPS 2, THUNDERBIRDS 1 O/T
Josh Winquist scored his second goal of the game 1:56 into overtime to lift the visiting Everett Silvertips to a 2-1 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds on Saturday.
Austin Lotz turned in a terrific 34-save effort for the Silvertips (15-22-0-2), who earn their second straight victory over the Thunderbirds by a 2-1 score line, and now sit just three points back of the T-Birds for fourth place in the U.S. Division.
Seth Swenson scored the only goal for the Thunderbirds (16-18-2-1), who were blanked on five power play chances as they suffer their seventh straight setback. Brandon Glover made 28 saves in the defeat.
ICE 7, CHIEFS 3
Sam Reinhart scored twice and set up another while Jaedon Descheneau picked up three assists to lead the visiting Kootenay Ice to a 7-3 win over the Spokane Chiefs on Saturday.
Austin Vetterl – with a goal and an assist – Erik Benoit, Levi Cable, Tanner Faith and Joey Leach also scored for the Ice (11-24-1-0), who exact revenge on the Chiefs for their 1-0 win in Cranbrook on Friday while also ending a four-game losing skid. Mackenzie Skapski turned in a 39-save effort for the win.
Todd Fiddler scored twice and Dylan Walchuk also counted for the Chiefs (24-11-1-0), who have dropped three of their last four games. Eric Williams and Garret Hughson combined for 20 stops in the loss.
ROYALS 4, COUGARS 3 S/O
Steven Hodges scored the shootout winner as the Victoria Royals edged the visiting Prince George Cougars 4-3 on Saturday.
Austin Carroll and Brandon Magee each notched a goal and an assist while Jamie Crooks also counted in regulation play for the Royals (19-14-0-2), who erased a 3-0 deficit in the third period to force overtime and the eventual shootout as they earn their second win in as many nights versus the Cougars. Coleman Vollrath stopped all 10 shots he faced over the final half of the game, and wasn’t beaten in the shootout to claim the win after replacing starter Patrik Polivka, who allowed three goals on 10 shots over the first half.
Chase Witala scored twice and added an assist while Colin Jacobs picked up a goal and an assist for the Cougars (12-19-1-4), who were outshot 44-20 through regulation and overtime as they drop their second straight game. Mac Engel made 41 saves through three periods and overtime, but was beaten twice in the shootout for the loss.