SUNDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPNov 12, 2012 - 00:25 MST
BRONCOS EDGE WHEAT KINGS – Josh Derko’s goal 18:31 into the second period stood as the winner as the visiting Swift Current Broncos edged the Brandon Wheat Kings 3-2 in Western Hockey League action on Sunday night.
Levi Bews and Graham Black each netted their 10th goals of the season while Dalton Reum chipped in two assists for the Broncos (9-9-3-2), who earn their second straight win and move into second place in the East Division. Eetu Laurikainen made 26 saves on 28 shots to record his ninth victory of the season.
Jayce Hawryluk scored for a third time in five games while Alessio Bertaggia tallied his 13th of the season for the Wheat Kings (9-9-2-1), who drop their second straight decision and fall to fourth place in the East Division. Curtis Honey made 32 saves in the defeat.
GIANTS 4, COUGARS 3 S/O
Carter Popoff netted the deciding goal in the seventh round of a shootout to lift the Vancouver Giants to a 4-3 win over the visiting Prince George Cougars on Sunday.
Taylor Vickerman – with his first WHL goal – Trevor Cheek and Riley Kieser scored in regulation for the Giants (6-13-0-0), who were outshot 40-26 by the visiting Cougars. Payton Lee stopped 37 shots through regulation play and denied five of seven Cougars’ shootout chances to post his third win of the season.
Alex Forsberg, Brett Roulston and Jari Erricson scored for the Cougars (7-10-1-2), who rallied from a 3-1 deficit with two goals 28 seconds apart late in the third period. Mac Engel made 23 saves through regulation play but was beaten three times in the shootout to take the loss.
WINTERHAWKS 3, BLAZERS 1
Oliver Bjorkstrand scored his 10th and 11th goals of the season to lead the Portland Winterhawks to a 3-1 win over the visiting Kamloops Blazers on Sunday.
Taylor Leier also scored while Chase De Leo and Brendan Leipsic each picked up two assists for the Winterhawks (16-3-1-0), who run their winning streak to 12 games and now sit just two points back of Kamloops for first place in the overall WHL standings. Mac Carruth made 24 saves to improve to 9-0 this season.
Colin Smith – with his 15th of the season – scored the only goal for the Blazers (17-5-0-1), who suffer their fourth straight defeat. Taran Kozun turned aside 33 of 36 shots he faced in the defeat.