TUESDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPWed Dec 19
OIL KINGS DOWN HITMEN – Henrik Samuelsson scored two shorthanded goals to lead the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings to a 4-1 win over the Calgary Hitmen on the final night of Western Hockey League action before the Christmas break.
Curtis Lazar tallied a goal and an assist and Mitch Moroz also scored for the Oil Kings (23-7-2-3), who outshot the Hitmen 31-16 as they move into first place in the Central Division and Eastern Conference. Laurent Brossoit made 15 saves to post his 14th win of the season.
Greg Chase – with his ninth of the season – scored the only goal for the Hitmen (23-8-1-3), who led 1-0 after the opening period but allowed three goals in the second and another in the third frame as they see a three-game winning streak snapped. Chris Driedger made 27 saves in the loss.
BRONCOS 3, BLADES 1
Adam Lowry scored his 22nd and 23rd goals of the season to pace the Swift Current Broncos to a 3-1 triumph over the visiting Saskatoon Blades on Tuesday night.
Graham Black got his 16th goal of the season for the Broncos (16-17-3-2), who post their second straight victory and close to within two points of Saskatoon for second place in the East Division. Landon Bow made 20 saves to record his second win of the season.
Nathan Burns tallied the lone marker for the Blades (19-15-0-1), who see their six-game winning streak snapped but remain in second place in the East Division standings. Alex Moodie made 25 saves in the defeat.
PATS 3, HURRICANES 2
Morgan Klimchuk scored the go-ahead goal with just 32 seconds to play in the third period as the visiting Regina Pats edged the Lethbridge Hurricanes 3-2 on Tuesday.
Kyle Burroughs and Jack Rodewald also scored and Lane Scheidl chipped in two assists for the Pats (13-20-2-2), who record just their fifth road victory of the season. Teagan Sacher turned aside 24 of 26 shots he faced to claim his fifth win of the season.
Jaimen Yakubowski and Craig Leverton scored for the Hurricanes (17-16-1-4), who were scoreless on three power play chances in the contest. Ty Rimmer made 24 saves on 27 shots while absorbing the loss.
REBELS 5, ICE 1
Rhyse Dieno and Turner Elson each picked up a goal and an assist as the Red Deer Rebels skated to a 5-1 victory over the visiting Kootenay Ice on Tuesday night.
Christian Stockl, Wyatt Johnson and Kevin Pochuk also scored for the Rebels (21-13-2-1), who scored all five of their goals in an 11:44 span in the first period. Bolton Pouliot turned in a 27-save effort to record his fourth win of the season.
Erik Benoit scored the lone tally for the Ice (10-23-1-0), who suffer their third straight defeat and remain in sixth place in the Central Division. Wyatt Hoflin gave up five goals on 16 shots in the first period, taking the loss, while Mackenzie Skapski stopped all 23 shots he faced the rest of the way in relief.
AMERICANS 4, THUNDERBIRDS 1
Beau McCue scored his 10th and 11th goals of the season to help the visiting Tri-City Americans to a 4-1 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds on Tuesday.
Ryan Chynoweth – with his first of the season – and Malte Stromwall also counted for the Americans (20-12-1-2), who also got two assists from Justin Feser as they post their second straight victory. Eric Comrie stopped 29 of 30 shots to claim the win.
Justin Hickman tallied his ninth marker of the season for the Thunderbirds (16-17-1-1), who head into the break on a five-game losing skid. Brandon Glover stopped 28 of 32 shots in a losing cause.
WINTERHAWKS 4, CHIEFS 3
Adam De Champlain broke a 3-3 tie with his seventh goal of the season midway through the third period to lift the visiting Portland Winterhawks to a 4-3 win over the Spokane Chiefs on Tuesday.
Nicholas Petan scored two goals and Taylor Peters tallied a goal and an assist for the Winterhawks (29-5-1-0), who were outshot 40-26 by the hosts but come away with their sixth straight triumph. Mac Carruth stopped 37 shots to earn the win.
Todd Fiddler and Blake Gal each picked up a goal and an assist and Mitch Holmberg scored his 23rd goal of the season for the Chiefs (23-10-1-0), who drop their second straight decision but remain in second place in the U.S. Division. Eric Williams made 22 stops in the setback.