TUESDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPWed Jan 9
CHIEFS EDGE THUNDERBIRDS – Liam Stewart scored the go-ahead goal 6:12 into the third period to lift the visiting Spokane Chiefs to a 4-3 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds in Western Hockey League action on Tuesday night.
Mike Aviani got his 20th goal of the season while Brenden Kichton and Collin Valcourt – with a shorthanded marker – also scored for the Chiefs (26-13-1-0), who also got a pair of assists from Todd Fiddler as they earn their second win in a row. Eric Williams made 27 saves to post the win.
Shea Theodore, Branden Troock and Mitch Elliot scored for the Thunderbirds (16-22-2-1), who were held scoreless on four power play chances en route to their 11th straight setback. Brandon Glover stopped 33 shots in the loss.
WINTERHAWKS 6, COUGARS 4
Defencemen Troy Rutkowski and Tyler Wotherspoon each tallied two goals and an assist to lead the Portland Winterhawks to a 6-4 win over the visiting Prince George Cougars on Tuesday.
Dominick Turgeon and Paul Bittner also scored while Ty Rattie chipped in two assists for the Winterhawks (34-5-1-0), who trailed 2-1 after the opening frame but scored the next four goals on their way to their 11th consecutive win. Brendan Burke made 33 saves to post his 13th win of the season.
Jordan Tkatch notched a goal and an assist while Carson Boduc, Zach Pochiro and Troy Bourke also scored for the Cougars (12-23-1-4), who suffer their sixth loss in a row and their eighth straight road defeat. Brett Zarowney made 32 saves while absorbing the loss.
TIGERS 4, GIANTS 0
Cam Lanigan stopped 31 shots to post his first shutout of the season as the Medicine Hat Tigers downed the visiting Vancouver Giants 4-0 on Tuesday.
Blake Penner netted his first WHL marker while Trevor Cox, Jacob Doty and Gavin Broadhead also counted for the Tigers (19-20-2-1), who went 1-for-3 on the power play as they claim their third win over their last four games. The win moves the Tigers into a tie with Swift Current for seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
Payton Lee stopped 30 of 34 shots he faced in a losing cause for the Giants (11-31-0-0), who suffer their sixth shutout loss of the season and their third straight loss on their Central Division tour.
ICE 2, OIL KINGS 1
Joey Leach broke a 1-1 tie with a power play marker just 1:12 into the third period to lead the Kootenay Ice to a 2-1 victory over the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings on Tuesday.
Jaedon Descheneau – with his eighth goal of the season – also scored for the Ice (16-24-1-0), who trailed 1-0 after the first period but scored the next two goals as they stretch their winning streak to six games. Mackenzie Skapski turned in a 31-save effort to backstop the Ice to the win.
TJ Foster scored the lone goal for the Oil Kings (27-9-2-3), who suffer just their ninth regulation setback of the season. Laurent Brossoit stopped 31 of 33 shots, taking the loss.
HITMEN 7, WHEAT KINGS 2
Brooks Macek set a franchise record by scoring just nine seconds into the game, helping his Calgary Hitmen to a 7-2 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Tuesday night.
Brady Brassart tallied a goal and two assists while Greg Chase, Zane Jones, Spencer Humphries, Pavlo Padakin and Carson Samoridny also scored for the Hitmen (28-10-1-3), who post their fourth win in a row and move past Edmonton into first place in the Eastern Conference. Chris Driedger made 27 saves to claim his 22nd win of the season.
Geordie McGuire and Richard Nejezchleb scored for the Wheat Kings (14-25-2-2), who fall to 12th place in the Eastern Conference with the loss and Kootenay’s win over Edmonton. Corbin Boes made 23 saves in the defeat.