SATURDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPSun Feb 24
AMERICANS BLAST OIL KINGS – Justin Feser scored and set up four more for a five-point effort as the Tri-City Americans skated to an 8-1 triumph over the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings in Western Hockey League action on Saturday night.
Jesse Mychan tallied two goals and an assist and Connor Rankin picked up a goal and two helpers for the Americans (36-22-1-2), who converted three of four power play chances as they earn their fifth win in a row, while Mitch Topping, Zach Yuen, Beau McCue and Fraser Bulbuc – with his first WHL marker – also scored. Troy Trombley turned in a 36-save performance to claim the win.
Henrik Samuelsson scored the only marker for the Oil Kings (43-15-2-3), who suffer their most lopsided loss of the season and their third defeat in a row. Laurent Brossoit stopped 28 of36 shots he faced in a losing effort.
ROCKETS 7, ROYALS 2
Cody Fowlie scored twice and set up another and Tyrell Goulbourne notched a goal and a pair of assists to lead the visiting Kelowna Rockets to a 7-2 thrashing of the Victoria Royals on Saturday night.
Tyson Baillie – with a goal and an assist – Colton Sissons, Jesse Lees and MacKenzie Johnston also scored for the Rockets (44-15-3-1), who post their second win in as many nights over the Royals while outscoring their B.C. Division rival 15-5 in the process. Jordon Cooke made 26 saves to earn the victory.
Jack Walker and Jordan Fransoo scored for the Royals (32-24-1-4), who allowed three goals on seven Rockets’ power play chances as they suffer their sixth loss in a row. Patrik Polivka allowed three goals on six shots over the first five minutes of the game, taking the loss, while Coleman Vollrath made 27 saves the rest of the way.
CHIEFS 2, BLAZERS 0
Garret Hughson turned in a 32-save performance to post his second shutout of the season as the Spokane Chiefs managed a 2-0 win over the visiting Kamloops Blazers on Saturday.
Todd Fiddler got his 39th goal of the season and added an assist while Blake Gal also counted for the Chiefs (36-24-2-0), who were outshot 32-21 by the visiting Blazers but come away with their second win in a row.
Cole Cheveldave turned aside 19 of 21 shots he faced in a losing cause for the Blazers (41-17-2-3), who fall five points behind the Kelowna Rockets for first place in the BC. Division.
WINTERHAWKS 6, COUGARS 1
Ty Rattie and Brendan Leipsic each scored twice and set up two more to lead the visiting Portland Winterhawks to a 6-1 win over the Prince George Cougars on Saturday.
Oliver Bjorkstrand and Preston Kopeck also scored and Nic Petan chipped in two assists for the Winterhawks (51-9-1-2), who defeat the Cougars for a second straight night while outscoring them 12-3 over the two games. Mac Carruth made 32 saves to earn his 115th career victory.
Chase Witala – with his 15th of the season – had the lone goal for the Cougars (18-36-2-6), who suffer their third loss in a row and fall five points back of eighth place in the Western Conference. Brett Zarowny and Mac Engel combined for 25 saves in the defeat.
REBELS 4, RAIDERS 2
Rhyse Dieno scored and set up another as the Red Deer Rebels doubled up the visiting Prince Albert Raiders 4-2 on Saturday.
Haydn Fleury, Matt Bellerive and Turner Elson also scored and Matt Dumba chipped in two assists for the Rebels (34-22-4-2), who erased a 2-0 deficit with four unanswered goals as they stretch their winning streak to five games. Patrik Bartosak turned in a 36-save effort to post the win.
Davis Vandane and Jayden Hart scored for the Raiders (33-23-2-4), who suffer their second loss in as many nights and fall two points back of Red Deer for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Luke Siemens made 36 saves in a losing cause.
TIGERS 2, BRONCOS 0
Marek Langhamer turned aside all 38 shots fired his way to claim his second shutout and 13th win of the season as the Medicine Hat Tigers blanked the visiting Swift Current Broncos 2-0 on Saturday.
Curtis Valk got his 38th goal of the season and Boston Leier added his 14th marker of the campaign for the Tigers (32-28-2-1), who defeat the Broncos for a second straight night while padding their lead over the Broncos to four points for fifth spot in the Eastern Conference.
Eetu Laurikainen stopped 23 of 24 shots in the setback for the Broncos (28-27-3-4), who outshot the hosts 38-25 in the contest but come away with their third straight defeat.
SILVERTIPS 3, THUNDERBIRDS 2 O/T
Mirco Mueller scored 2:07 into overtime to propel the visiting Everett Silvertips to a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds on Saturday.
Tyler Sandhu scored twice on the power play for the Silvertips (22-35-1-4), who put a stop to their 11-game losing skid and move five points up on Prince George for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Austin Lotz made 36 saves to backstop the ‘Tips to the victory.
Shea Theodore and Griffin Foulk scored for the Thunderbirds (21-32-7-1), who erased a 2-0 deficit in the third period only to suffer their seventh loss of the season in overtime. Brandon Glover stopped 23 of 26 shots he faced in the setback.
ICE 5, HITMEN 1
Levi Cable and Brock Montgomery each scored and set up another to lead the Kootenay Ice to a 5-1 victory over the visiting Calgary Hitmen on Saturday.
Jakub Prochazka, Jaedon Descheneau and Jordyn Boyd also scored and Sam Reinhart had two assists for the Ice (30-29-2-0), who have won three straight while padding their lead over Lethbridge to three points for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Mackenzie Skapski made 27 saves in the victory.
Pavlo Padakin – with his 19th goal of the season – scored the only marker for the Hitmen (40-18-1-3), who were shut out on five power play chances in the contest. Mack Shields made 31 saves in the setback for Calgary.
BLADES 7, WARRIORS 1
Dalton Thrower, Darren Dietz and Matt Revel each tallied a goal and an assist as the visiting Saskatoon Blades skated to a 7-1 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors on Saturday.
Matej Stransky, Brenden Walker and Collin Valcourt – with his 20th of the season – also scored for the Blades (38-21-0-3), who roll to their 15th consecutive victory and open up a seven-point lead over Prince Albert for first place in the East Division. Andrey Makarov stopped 31 of 32 shots he faced to earn the win.
Tanner Eberle scored the lone tally for the Warriors (21-32-3-6), who went 1-for-10 on the power play while giving un three goals on five Blades’ man advantage chances. Justin Paulic made 40 saves in the defeat.