TUESDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPWed Dec 5
LEIPSIC PACES WINTERHAWKS PAST SILVERTIPS – Brendan Leipsic scored four goals as the Portland Winterhawks skated to a 7-5 win over the visiting Everett Silvertips in Western Hockey League action on Tuesday night.
Taylor Leier scored twice and Troy Rutkowski also counted while Seth Jones picked up three assists for the Winterhawks (23-4-1-0), who have now won seven straight games and 19 of their last 20 outings. Brendan Burke stopped 19 of 24 shots he faced to claim his eighth victory of the season.
Manraj Hayer, Dawson LeedahlKohl Bauml, Ty Mappin and Trent Lofthouse scored for the Silvertips (11-19-0-2), who went up 5-4 on Lofthouse’s marker 2:08 into the third period but gave up three goals in a 1:59 span late in the third period to suffer the loss. Austin Lotz made 33 saves in a losing cause.
COUGARS 2, WARRIORS 1
The Prince George Cougars scored twice in the opening period and held on for a 2-1 victory over the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors on Tuesday.
Jarrett Fontaine and Daulton Siwak scored 2:31 apart in the opening frame for the Cougars (10-14-1-3), who were outshot 34-25 by the visitors as they snap a three-game losing skid. Brett Zarowney turned aside 33 shots to backstop the Cougars to the victory.
Sam Fioretti notched his 18th goal of the season for the Warriors (11-13-3-4), who wrap up a stretch of seven straight road games with a 3-3-0-1 record. Justin Paulic made 23 saves in the defeat.
BLAZERS 2, BRONCOS 1
Colin Smith and Sam Grist scored 31 seconds apart late in the third period to propel the Kamloops Blazers to a 2-1 triumph over the visiting Swift Current Broncos on Tuesday.
Tim Bozon and JC Lipon assisted on both goals for the Blazers (22-7-1-2), who got on the board on Smith’s goal 18:16 into the third period then took the lead on Grist’s goal at the 18:47 mark. Cole Cheveldave made 15 saves to post his 17th win of the season.
Coda Gordon broke an eight-game goalless drought with his seventh of the season for the Broncos (12-14-3-2), who played the first of six straight games on the road. Eetu Laurikainen made 30 saves in a losing cause for the Broncos.
HITMEN 6, ICE 1
Greg Chase scored a pair of goals for the second straight game to help lead the visiting Calgary Hitmen to a 6-1 victory over the Kootenay Ice on Tuesday.
Victor Rask and Brooks Macek each tallied a goal and two assists while Pavlo Padakin and Carson Samoridny also counted for the Hitmen (19-6-1-2), who sweep a home-and-home series versus the Ice and move back into a tie for first place in the Central Division. Mack Shields turned aside 30 of 31 shots in the win.
Kyle O’Connor – with his fifth of the season – scored the only goal for the Ice (8-18-1-0), who opened the scoring but allowed the first of three goals in a 1:51 span just 11 seconds later as they drop their third straight decision. Mackenzie Skapski made 35 saves in the loss.
CHIEFS 7, RAIDERS 4
Mike Aviani scored three goals and chipped in an assist to lead the visiting Spokane Chiefs to a 7-4 win over the Prince Albert Raiders on Tuesday.
Todd Fiddler tallied a goal and two assists versus his former team while Collin Valcourt, Liam Stewart and Connor Chartier also scored for the Chiefs (20-7-1-0), who broke open a 4-4 tie with goals from Valcourt and Stewart just 38 seconds apart late in the third period. Eric Williams stopped 24 of 28 shots to earn the win versus his old team.
Dakota Conroy – with two goals – Reid Gardiner and Austin Daae scored while Anthony Bardaro picked up two assists versus his former club for the Raiders (20-9-0-2), who suffer their second loss over their last three home games. Luke Siemens made 21 saves in the defeat.