SATURDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPSun Feb 10
CHIEFS KNOCK OFF AMERICANS – Riley Whittingham scored twice as the Spokane Chiefs skated to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Tri-City Americans in Western Hockey League action on Saturday night.
Connor Chartier, Adam Helewka and Mike Aviani also scored while Brenden Kichton and Liam Stewart each picked up two assists for the Chiefs (32-21-2-0), who went 1-for-six on the power play while earning their second win in three games as they leapfrog the Ams into a tie for fourth place in the Western Conference. Eric Williams stopped 30 of 32 shots he faced in the win.
Lukas Nickles and Brian Williams – with his 17th of the season – scored for the Americans (31-21-1-2), who suffer their second loss in as many nights and drop to sixth place in the Western Conference. Luke Lee-Knight made 27 saves in the defeat.
HITMEN 4, THUNDERBIRDS 3 O/T
Victor Rask scored on a power play just 46 seconds into overtime to lift the visiting Calgary Hitmen to a 4-3 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds on Saturday.
The contest marked the 800th game in Hitmen head coach Mike Williamson’s WHL coaching career.
Cody Sylvester scored twice, including his 30th goal of the season, while Brooks Macek tallied a goal and two assists for the Hitmen (36-16-1-3), who post their third straight win on their U.S. Division tour. Chris Driedger turned in a 36-save effort to claim his 27th win of the season.
Alex Delnov and Roberts Lipsbergs each tallied a goal and an assist while Riley Sheen also scored for the Thunderbirds (19-32-5-1), who led 2-0 after the first period and 3-2 midway through the third period but come away with their sixth loss in a row. Danny Mumaugh made 27 saves in a losing cause.
WINTERHAWKS 5, ROCKETS 1
Nic Petan scored a natural hat trick, including netting his 40th of the season, as the visiting Portland Winterhawks cruised to a 5-1 win over the Kelowna Rockets on Saturday.
Ty Rattie scored and set up three more and Brendan Leipsic notched a goal and two assists for the Winterhawks (45-18-1-2), who sweep their two-game weekend set in Kelowna while outscoring the Rockets 10-4 in the process. Mac Carruth stopped 31 shots to claim the win.
Colton Sissons scored the only goal for the Rockets (40-13-3-1), who had lost only twice on home ice all season prior to their two weekend setbacks to the visiting Hawks. Jordon Cooke and Jackson Whistle combined for 30 saves in the loss.
GIANTS 4, COUGARS 1
Jakob Stukel got his first career WHL goal to help lead the visiting Vancouver Giants to a 4-1 win over the Prince George Cougars on Saturday.
Brett Kulak, Cain Franson and Travis McEvoy each tallied a goal and an assist for the Giants (14-41-0-0), who went 2-for-6 on the power play as they post just their fifth road win of the season. Payton Lee turned in a 23-save effort to backstop the Giants to the win.
Jari Erricson scored the only marker for the Cougars (17-31-2-6), who opened the scoring in the first period but allowed four unanswered goals to suffer the loss. Mac Engel made 32 saves in the setback.
BLAZERS 5, REBELS 3
JC Lipon scored twice, including his 30th of the season, and chipped in two assists for a four-point outing as the Kamloops Blazers downed the visiting Red Deer Rebels 5-3 on Saturday.
Brendan Ranford scored and set up two more while Marek Hrbas – with a goal and an assist – and Chase Souto also scored for the Blazers (37-15-2-3), who stretch their win streak to four games and move to within five points of Kelowna for first place in the B.C. Division. Cole Cheveldave made 24 saves to record the win.
Rhyse Dieno and Wyatt Johnson each tallied a goal and an assist while Dominik Volek got his eighth goal of the season for the Rebels (29-22-4-2), who close out their western road trip with a 2-1 record but drop to fifth place in the Eastern Conference. Patrik Bartosak made 23 saves in the defeat.
ICE 4, WARRIORS 0
Mackenzie Skapski made 25 saves to claim his second shutout over his last three starts as the Kootenay Ice shut down the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors 4-0 on Saturday.
Collin Shirley and Sam Reinhart each tallied a goal and an assist, Jagger Dirk and Levi Cable added singles and Jaedon Descheneau picked up two assists for the Ice (26-27-2-0), who stretch their win streak to three games and now sit just one point behind Medicine Hat for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
Justin Paulic made 25 saves in the defeat for the Warriors (18-29-3-6), who have lost three straight games and remain in 11th place in the Eastern Conference.
PATS 7, WHEAT KINGS 3
Braden Christoffer and Lane Scheidl each scored two goals to lead the visiting Regina Pats to a 7-3 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday.
Dyson Stevenson, Morgan Klimchuk and Adam Brooks also scored for the Pats (20-30-3-3), who trailed 3-1 midway through the second period but scored six unanswered goals to post the win and snap a three-game losing skid. Matt Hewitt made 28 saves in the victory.
Eric Roy scored twice, Ryan Pulock got his 12th of the season and Jayce Hawryluk added two assists for the Wheat Kings (20-33-2-2), who suffer their second loss in as many nights and remain in 12th place in the Eastern Conference. Curtis Honey made 22 saves on 27 shots over 51:30 of work, absorbing the loss, while Jordan Papirny made two saves on three shots in relief.
BLADES 5, HURRICANES 2
Brenden Walker scored twice and set up another to lead the Saskatoon Blades to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes on Saturday night.
Matej Stransky, Nathan Burns and Shane McColgan each notched a goal and an assist and Michael Ferland drew three assists for the Blades (31-21-0-3), who post their eighth win in a row and move past Red Deer into fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Andrey Makarov made 27 saves to record his 25th win of the season.
Kolten Olynek netted his first WHL goal and Ryan Pilon also scored for the Hurricanes (25-25-2-7), who drop their third straight decision. Ty Rimmer stopped 34 of 39 shots in the defeat.
BRONCOS 3, RAIDERS 0
Eetu Laurikainen made 35 saves to post his first WHL shutout as the Swift Current Broncos skated to a 3-0 win over the visiting Prince Albert Raiders on Saturday.
Adam Lowry scored and set up another, Brett Lernout got his first WHL goal and Chance Lund also scored for the Broncos (26-24-3-2), who snap a three-game losing skid and move into sole possession of seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
Luke Siemens stopped 38 of 41 shots in a losing cause for the Raiders (31-20-2-3), who drop their third decision in four games and now sit just two points up on Saskatoon for first place in the East Division.