SATURDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPSun Jan 6
WINTERHAWKS WIN 10th STRAIGHT – Paul Bittner scored twice and set up another to lead the Portland Winterhawks to a 5-3 win over the visiting Everett Silvertips in Western Hockey League action on Saturday night.
Nicholas Petan and Brendan Leipsic each tallied a goal and two assists while Troy Rutkowski scored his night goal of the season for the Winterhawks (33-5-1-0), who broke open a 3-3 tie with two goals from Bittner in the third period as they post their 10th consecutive win. Brendan Burke made 23 saves for the win.
Logan Aasman got his first WHL marker while Manraj Hayer and Josh Winquist also scored for the Silvertips (16-24-0-2), who went 0-for-3 on the power play in the contest. Austin Lotz stopped 32 of 37 shots he faced in a losing cause.
REBELS 4, WARRIORS 3
Matt Dumba scored a shorthanded marker with just 1:37 to play in the third period to lift the Red Deer Rebels to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors on Saturday.
Dominik Volek scored and set up another while Turner Elson and Tyson Ness also scored for the Rebels (23-16-2-2), who got the winner from Dumba just 30 seconds after the Warriors had tied the game at 3-3. Grant Naherniak made 27 saves to record his first career victory.
Tanner Eberle, Justin Kirsch and Jordan Messier scored for the Warriors (14-20-3-4), who converted two of six power play chances as they drop their third straight decision. Justin Paulic made 29 saves in the setback for Moose Jaw.
BRONCOS 3, HURRICANES 2 S/O
Adam Lowry and Graham Black scored in a shootout to propel the visiting Swift Current Broncos to a 3-2 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Saturday.
Lowry scored twice in regulation, giving him 27 goals on the season for the Broncos (18-20-3-2), who put an end to a three-game losing skid. Landon Bow turned in a 34-save performance through regulation play and denied both Hurricanes’ shootout chances to post his fourth win of the season.
Daniel Johnston and Sam Mckechnie scored in regulation for the Hurricanes (19-18-1-5), who fall to 1-5 in games decided in a shootout this season. Ty Rimmer made 39 saves through regulation play but was beaten twice in the shootout to absorb the loss.
OIL KINGS 5, GIANTS 0
Tristan Jarry made 24 saves to claim his third shutout and 10th win of the season as the Edmonton Oil Kings skated to a 5-0 victory over the visiting Vancouver Giants on Saturday.
Cody Corbett, Stephane Legault and Dylan Wruck each picked up a goal and an assist while Brett Pollock and Ashton Sautner also scored for the Oil Kings (27-8-2-3), who claim their fourth straight win and their second straight shutout victory.
Jared Rathjen made 28 saves to take the loss in his debut for the Giants (11-29-0-0), who were blanked on four power play chances while killing off seven of eight Edmonton power plays in the loss.
TIGERS 4, WHEAT KINGS 2
Curtis Valk scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and added two assists as the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers doubled up the Brandon Wheat Kings 4-2 on Saturday.
Hunter Shinkaruk and Dylan Bredo each notched a goal and an assist and Jacob Doty scored for a third straight game for the Tigers (18-20-2-1), who close out their four-game East Division road trip with a 2-1-0-1 record. Cam Lanigan made 20 saves to post his 10th victory of the season for the Tigers.
Tim McGauley and Jason Swyripa scored for the Wheat Kings (14-23-2-2), who suffer their third straight setback and now sit seven points back of the Tigers for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Corbin Boes made 31 saves in the loss.
PATS 5, RAIDERS 2
Rookie Braden Christoffer scored the first two goals of his WHL career to pace the visiting Regina Pats to a 5-2 win over the Prince Albert Raiders on Saturday night.
Dyson Stevenson – with a goal and an assist – Lane Scheidl and Morgan Klimchuk also scored and Connor Gay chipped in two assists for the Pats (17-21-2-2), who skate to their fourth win in a row but remain one point out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Teagan Sacher made 30 saves to backstop the Pats to the win.
Dakota Conroy got his 16th and 17th goals of the season for the Raiders (24-14-0-3), who see their losing skid hit three games. Luke Siemens made 15 saves in a losing effort.
ROCKETS 8, COUGARS 4
Myles Bell and Tyson Baillie each scored and set up two more to lead the visiting Kelowna Rockets to an 8-4 win over the Prince George Cougars on Saturday.
Tyrell Goulbourne, Zach Franko, JT Barnett, Justin Kirkland, Colton Sissons and Jesse Lees also scored for the Rockets (29-10-1-1), who defeat the Cougars for a second straight night while stretching their win streak to six games overall and moving into a tie for first place in the B.C. Division. Jordon Cooke made 19 saves in the win.
Jarrett Fontaine scored twice and set up another while Troy Bourke and Chase Witala also counted for the Cougars (12-22-1-4), who allowed the game’s first six goals as they suffer their fifth loss in a row. Mac Engel made 31 saves in the defeat.
CHIEFS 5, THUNDERBIRDS 2
Mike Aviani and Brenden Kichton each tallied a goal and an assist as the visiting Spokane Chiefs downed the Seattle Thunderbirds 5-2 on Saturday.
Dylan Walchuk, Collin Valcourt and Blake Gal also scored for the Chiefs (25-13-1-0), who put a stop to a three-game losing skid. Eric Williams turned in a 34-save effort to record his 19th win of the season.
Jesse Forsberg and Alex Delnov scored for the Thunderbirds (16-21-2-1), who allowed the game’s last four goals en route to their 10th straight defeat. Brandon Glover stopped 45 of 50 shots in a losing cause.
ROYALS 5, AMERICANS 2
Brandon Magee scored two goals and an assist and Alex Gogolev chipped in three assists to lead the Victoria Royals to a 5-2 win over the visiting Tri-City Americans on Saturday.
Brett Cote, Steven Hodges and Tim Traber also scored for the Royals (20-15-1-2), who split their two-game weekend series versus the Ams and now sit four points back of the Americans for fifth place in the Western Conference. Patrik Polivka made 30 saves to claim his 16th victory of the season.
Connor Rankin and Brian Williams scored for the Americans (22-15-1-2), who went into the third period tied at 2-2 but gave up three unanswered goals in the third frame en route to the loss. Eric Comrie made 28 saves in the defeat.