SATURDAY'S WHL ROUND-UP

Sun Jan 13

RAIDERS EDGE REBELS IN OVERTIME – Josh Morrissey scored his second goal of the game 1:58 into overtime to lift the Prince Albert Raiders to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Red Deer Rebels in Western Hockey League action on Saturday night.

Mark McNeill picked up a goal and an assist and Reid Gardiner also scored for the Raiders (26-15-0-3), who went 1-for-4 on the power play as they earn their second victory over their last three games.  Luke Siemens made 23 saves to claim his 24th win of the season.

Haydn Fleury scored with just one second to play in the third period to send the game to overtime while Dominik Volek and Brooks Maxwell also scored for the Rebels (24-18-3-2), who have dropped seven of their last nine games.  Patrik Bartosak stopped 40 of 44 shots he faced in the defeat.

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BRONCOS 4, HITMEN 3

Colby Cave scored the go-ahead goal 9:47 into the third period as the Swift Current Broncos edged the visiting Calgary Hitmen 4-3 on Saturday.

Adam Lowry extended his point streak to 20 games with a goal and an assist while Graham Black and Richard Nedomlel also scored for the Broncos (21-20-3-2), who stretch their winning streak to four games.  Landon Bow stopped all 12 shots he faced over the final 28 minutes of the game to post the win after replacing Eetu Laurikainen, who allowed three goals on eight shots over the first half of the contest.

Zane Jones, Jake Virtanen and Chase Lang each tallied a goal and an assist for the Hitmen (30-11-1-3), who see their six-game win streak snapped while dropping just their third decision on the road this season.  Chris Driedger made 31 saves in the loss.

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OIL KINGS 2, BLADES 1

Laurent Brossoit turned in a 34-save performance to backstop the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings to a 2-1 victory over the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday night.

Brandon Baddock and Keegan Lowe scored for the Oil Kings (29-9-2-3), who scored both of their goals in the second period as they earn their second win in a row.

Josh Nicholls netted his 30th goal of the season for the Blades (21-20-0-1), who were held scoreless on four power play chances as they drop their second straight decision.  Andrey Makarov stopped 30 of 32 shots he faced in a losing cause.

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WHEAT KINGS 2, PATS 1

Tim McGauley scored a shorthanded marker and Nick Buonassisi picked up two assists as the Brandon Wheat Kings edged the visiting Regina Pats 2-1 on Saturday.

Chad Robinson – with his 10th goal of the season – also scored for the Wheat Kings (16-25-2-2), who post their second win in as many nights and vault into 10th place in the Eastern Conference.  Curtis Honey stopped 19 of 20 shots in the win.

Carson Samoridny scored the lone tally for the Pats (18-24-2-2), who suffer their third straight setback and remain in ninth place in the Eastern Conference.  Matt Hewitt stopped 22 of 24 shots he faced while absorbing the loss.

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TIGERS 10, HURRICANES 3

Curtis Valk scored twice and set up two more while Hunter Shinkaruk also scored twice to lead the Medicine Hat Tigers to a 10-3 win over the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes on Saturday.

Elgin Pearce – with a goal and three assists – Jacob Doty, Miles Koules, Logan McVeigh, Chad Labelle and Chad Butcher also scored for the Tigers (20-21-2-1), who converted three of nine power play chances in the contest.  Marek Langhamer made 26 saves to post his eighth win of the season.

Reid Duke and Axel Blomqvist each tallied a goal and an assist and Graham Hood also counted for the Hurricanes (21-20-1-5), who drop their second decision in as many nights and now sit just one point up on Swift Current for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.  Ty Rimmer made 30 saves on 38 shots to absorb the loss while Christopher Tai made six saves on eight shots over the final 10 minutes of the game.

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BLAZERS 2, COUGARS 1  O/T

Sam Grist scored 3:01 into extra time as the visiting Kamloops Blazers downed the Prince George Cougars 2-1 on Saturday night.

Dylan Willick netted his eighth goal of the season for the Blazers (29-12-2-2), who exact revenge on the Cougars after losing 1-0 in Prince George on Friday night.  Cole Cheveldave made 26 saves to post his 20th victory of the season.

Colin Jacobs scored his 14th goal of the season for the Cougars (13-24-2-4), who went 1-for-5 on the power play in the contest.  Mac Engel turned in a 32-save effort in a losing cause.

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GIANTS 4, ROCKETS 3  O/T

Brett Kulak notched his ninth goal of the season 3:01 into overtime to lift the Vancouver Giants to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Kelowna Rockets on Saturday night.

Jackson Houck scored twice and set up another while Travis McEvoy got his second goal of the season for the Giants (12-32-0-0), who went 2-for-3 on the power play in the contest.  Payton Lee made 24 saves to claim his seventh win of the season.

Colton Sissons, Rourke Chartier and Dylen McKinlay scored for the Rockets (31-10-2-1), who were blanked on six power play chances as they see an eight-game win streak come to an end.  Jackson Whistle made 26 saves to absorb the loss versus his former team.

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WINTERHAWKS 8, SILVERTIPS 0

Brendan Burke stopped 31 shots to post his second shutout of the season as the visiting Portland Winterhawks blasted the Everett Silvertips 8-0 on Saturday.

Troy Rutkowski and Taylor Leier each scored twice, Nic Petan tallied a goal and two assists, Chase De Leo, Brendan Leipsic and Taylor Peters each added singles and Ty Rattie drew three assists for the Winterhawks (37-5-1-0), who roll to their 13th consecutive victory and now hold a 10-point lead for first place in the overall WHL standings.

Daniel Cotton and Austin Lotz combined for 35 saves in the loss for the Silvertips (17-25-0-2), who were blanked on seven power play chances while giving up three goals on six Winterhawks’ man advantage opportunities. 

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ROYALS 6, THUNDERBIRDS 2

Jamie Crooks scored a hat trick to lead the visiting Victoria Royals to a 6-2 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds on Saturday.

Steven Hodges – with a goal and an assist – Austin Carroll and Brandon Magee also counted while Alex Gogolev picked up two assists for the Royals (21-17-1-2), who opened up a 3-0 lead after the first period en route to the victory.  Patrik Polivka stopped 37 of 39 shots to backstop the Royals to the victory.

Shea Theodore and Seth Swenson scored for the Thunderbirds (16-24-2-1), who see their losing skid hit 13 games.  Brandon Glover and Danny Mumaugh combined for 35 saves in a losing effort.

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CHIEFS 4, ICE 2

Mitch Holmberg scored twice and set up another to lead the Spokane Chiefs to a 4-2 victory over the visiting Kootenay Ice on Saturday.

Brenden Kichton tallied a goal and two assists while Dylan Walchuk added his 12th goal of the season for the Chiefs (28-14-1-0), who sit five points back of Kamloops for third place in the Western Conference.  Eric Williams made 25 stops to post the win.

Jaedon Descheneau and Luke Philp scored for the Ice (17-25-1-0), who see their seven-game winning streak come to an end.  Mackenzie Skapski made 31 saves in the setback.

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