TUESDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPWed Jan 23
AMERICANS DOWN THUNDERBIRDS – Brian Williams and Justin Gutierrez each scored twice to lead the Tri-City Americans to a 5-1 win over the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds in Western Hockey League action on Tuesday.
Wil Tomchuk netted his first WHL marker while Justin Feser and Parker Bowles each picked up two assists for the Americans (28-17-1-2), who earn their second win in a row and now sit just one point behind Spokane for fourth place in the Western Conference. Luke Lee-Knight made 26 saves in the victory.
Alex Delnov scored the lone marker for the Thunderbirds (18-27-2-1), who went 1-for-7 on the power play as they see a two-game win streak come to an end. Brandon Glover and Danny Mumaugh combined for 14 saves in the loss.
OIL KINGS 7, WARRIORS 0
Trevor Cheek scored three goals and added two assists to lead the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings to a 7-0 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors on Tuesday.
T.J. Foster tallied a goal – his 20th of the season – and two assists while Michael St. Croix, Curtis Lazar and Keegan Lowe also scored for the Oil Kings (32-11-2-3), who post their fifth shutout win over their last 10 games. Tristan Jarry stopped 13 shots to claim his WHL-leading fifth shutout of the season.
Justin Paulic made 31 saves in a losing cause for the Warriors (14-25-3-6), who were outshot 38-13 as they suffer their 10th straight defeat.
BLADES 4, WHEAT KINGS 1
Matej Stransky scored his 23rd goal of the season to help lead the visiting Saskatoon Blades to a 4-1 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Tuesday.
Lukas Sutter, Josh Nicholls and Collin Valcourt also scored for the Blades (23-20-0-3), who scored three times in the second period en route to the victory and move into a tie for seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Andrey Makarov made 34 saves in the win.
Tim McGauley scored the lone goal for the Wheat Kings (17-27-2-2), who were blanked on four power play chances as they drop their second straight home game. Corbin Boes turned in a 42-save effort in a losing cause.