SATURDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPOct 05, 2013 - 18:25 MDT
BLADES COME BACK TO DOWN OIL KINGS – Graeme Craig scored twice as the Saskatoon Blades overturned an early 3-0 deficit to post a 5-3 win over the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings in Western Hockey League action on Saturday night.
Nathan Burns – with a goal and an assist – Collin Valcourt and Graham Millar also scored for the Bladed (1-5-0-0), whose comeback included three goals in the third period as they snap a five-game losing streak. Troy Trombley made 37 saves to pick up the win.
Reid Petryk scored his first goal as a member of the Oil Kings (3-4-0-0), who were blanked on five power play chances, while Mitch Moroz and Brett Pollock also counted. Tristan Jarry made 23 saves in the defeat.
BRONCOS 5, RAIDERS 2
Colby Cave scored twice and added an assist as the Swift Current Broncos downed the visiting Prince Albert Raiders 5-2 on Saturday.
Jay Merkley and Coda Gordon each notched a goal and an assist and Graham Black tallied his fourth marker of the season for the Broncos (5-1-0-1), who scored three times in the third period as they stretch their win streak to three games. Eetu Laurikainen made 28 saves to post his second win in as many nights.
Leon Draisaitl and Dakota Conroy each picked up a goal and an assist for the Raiders (5-2-0-0), who have given up 14 goals over the last two nights as they drop their second straight game. Cole Cheveldave made 29 saves in the loss.
WARRIORS 2, GIANTS 1
Zachary Sawchenko turned aside 28 of 29 shots to earn his first WHL victory as he backstopped the Moose Jaw Warriors to a 2-1 win over the visiting Vancouver Giants on Saturday.
Tyler Bell and Sam Fioretti scored for the Warriors (4-3-0-0), who record their second win in as many nights on a night when they honored the Moose Jaw Canucks and Canucks’ alumnus Chris Chelios.
Andreas Eder scored his first WHL marker for the Giants (1-5-0-0), who see their losing skid hit four games. Payton Lee stopped 24 shots in a losing cause.
THUNDERBIRDS 6, HURRICANES 2
Roberts Lipsbergs scored three goals to lead the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds to a 6-2 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Saturday night.
Alex Delnov scored twice, Michal Holub got his first WHL goal and Mathew Barzal notched four assists for the Thunderbirds (5-2-0-0), who took a 4-0 lead into the first intermission as they win for the second time in as many nights. Justin Myles made 27 saves to take the win.
Russell Maxwell – with a goal and an assist – and Jaimen Yakubowski scored for Lethbridge (1-4-0-1), who have given up five or more goals in four of their six games this season. Corbin Boes and Christopher Tai combined for 29 saves in a losing effort.
BRONCOS 6, PATS 1
Connor Sanvido scored twice and set up another to lead the Swift Current Broncos to a 6-1 win over the visiting Regina Pats on Friday.
Julius Honka notched a goal and an assist while Jake DeBrusk, Coda Gordon and Jay Merkley also scored for the Broncos (4-1-0-1), who opened up a 3-0 lead in the first period en route to their second win in a row. Eetu Laurikainen made 25 saves to post his first win of the season.
Morgan Klimchuk netted the lone marker for the Pats (1-5-0-0), who suffer their third consecutive setback. Dawson MacAuley made five saves on eight shots over the first 14:09 of the contest, taking the loss, while Spencer Tremblay made 20 saves the rest of the way in relief.
REBELS 4, WHEAT KINGS 2
Vukie Mpofu scored his first WHL goal to help the visiting Red Deer Rebels to a 4-2 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday.
Dominik Volek had a goal and an assist while Christian Stockl and Wyatt Johnson each scored their first goals of the season for the Rebels (5-3-0-0), who were 0-for-4 on the power play. Patrik Bartosak made 33 saves to earn his fourth win of the season.
Richard Nejezchleb scored his sixth goal of the season while John Quenneville tallied his fifth for the Wheat Kings (4-3-0-0), who lose their first game at home this season. Curtis Honey made 25 saves in the loss.
COUGARS 3, BLAZERS 0
Ty Edmonds made 27 saves to post his second shutout over his last three outings as the visiting Prince George Cougars defeated the Kamloops Blazers 3-0 on Saturday.
Jansen Harkins’ first WHL goal was the game-winner while Jordan Tkatch and Zach Pochiro also scored for the Cougars (4-4-0-0), who have given up just two goals over their last four games.
Bolton Pouliot turned aside 28 of 30 shots he faced in the loss for the Blazers (2-4-0-0), who went 0-for-5 on the power play.
ROCKETS 6, WINTERHAWKS 3
Riley Stadel scored two goals – his third and fourth of the season – to pace the Kelowna Rockets to a 6-3 triumph over the visiting Portland Winterhawks on Saturday.
Cole Linaker, Myles Bell, Damon Severson and Ryan Olsen also scored while Nick Merkley picked up two assists to give him points over his last three games for the Rockets (5-0-0-1), who were down 2-0 by the 3:32 mark of the first period but responded with three goals in a 1:55 span en route to their second win in as many nights over the Hawks. Jordon Cooke made 36 saves to notch his fourth win of the season.
Oliver Bjorkstrand, Brendan Leipsic and Taylor Leier scored for the Winterhawks (3-3-0-1), who were held scoreless on 10 power play chances whole giving up two goals on eight Rockets’ power plays. Jarrod Schamerhorn made 34 saves in the loss.
CHIEFS 1, SILVERTIPS 0 O/T
Liam Stewart scored the game’s only goal 2:54 into overtime to lift the visiting Spokane Chiefs to a 1-0 win over the Everett Silvertips on Saturday.
Eric Williams made 31 saves to claim the shutout for the Chiefs (5-1-0-0), who improve to 4-1 on the road this season.
Austin Lotz made 20 stops in the setback for the Silvertips (3-1-0-1), who went scoreless on four power play opportunities.