TUESDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPWed Jan 16
ICE FREEZE OUT BLADES IN SHOOTOUT – Collin Shirley’s goal in the seventh round of a shootout lifted the visiting Kootenay Ice to a 4-3 victory over the Saskatoon Blades in Western Hockey League action on Tuesday night.
Sam Reinhart scored his 20th goal of the season and Luke Philp scored for a third straight game while Jordyn Boyd also counted for the Ice (18-25-1-0), who post their eighth victory over their last nine games. Mackenzie Skapski stopped 31 of 34 shots through regulation play, and was denied six of seven Blades’ shootout attempts to claim his 17th win of the season.
Matt Revel, Dalton Thrower and Michael Ferland scored for the Blades (21-20-0-2), who went 1-for-5 on the power play as they suffer their third straight defeat. Andrey Makarov made 26 saves in regulation play, but was beaten twice in the shootout for the loss.
BRONCOS 4, WARRIORS 3 S/O
Graham Black scored the shootout winner as the visiting Swift Current Broncos edged the Moose Jaw Warriors 4-3 on Tuesday.
Adam Lowry scored twice, giving him a WHL-leading 31 goals this season while extending his point streak to 21 games, and Dillon Heatherington also scored for the Broncos (22-20-3-2), who post their fifth straight win and move past Lethbridge into fifth place in the Eastern Conference. Eetu Laurikainen stopped 19 of 22 shots through regulation play and wasn’t beaten in the shootout to record the win.
Brayden Point got his 10th goal of the season and Sam Fioretti netted his 20th marker while Jordan Messier also scored for the Warriors (14-23-3-5), who slump to their seventh straight setback. Justin Paulic turned in a 34-save effort through regulation play, but was beaten once in the shootout to absorb the loss.
AMERICANS 6, SILVERTIPS 1
Michal Plutnar scored for the fourth time in six games to help lead the visiting Tri-City Americans to a 6-1 win over the Everett Silvertips on Tuesday.
Brian Williams, Parker Bowles and Mitch Topping all chipped in a goal and an assist while Justin Gutierrez and Jesse Mychan also scored for the Americans (25-16-1-2), who converted all three of their power play chances en route to their second win in a row. Luke Lee-Knight stopped 32 of 33 shots to record his second straight win.
Manraj Hayer scored the lone marker for the Silvertips (17-26-0-2), who trailed 1-0 after the first period and 4-0 after two periods of play as they drop their second straight decision. Austin Lotz made 38 saves in a losing effort.
ROYALS 6, BLAZERS 4
Steven Hodges scored twice and Alex Gogolev tallied a goal and two assists as the Victoria Royals downed the visiting Kamloops Blazers 6-4 on Tuesday.
Austin Carroll – with his 10th of the season – Brett Cote and Jack Walker also counted for the Royals (22-17-1-2), who overturned a 4-3 deficit with three goals in a 1:59 span in the third period as they earn their second straight triumph. Patrik Polivka made 26 saves to claim the victory.
Matt Needham and Cole Ully each notched a goal and an assist while Colin Smith and Tim Bozon also scored for the Blazers (29-13-2-2), who allowed four goals on seven Royals’ power play chances. Cole Cheveldave made 19 saves in the defeat.