Wednesday's WHL Round-up

Oct 12, 2006 - 04:06 MDT
ROCKETS UPEND WINTER HAWKS - Cody Almond scored the winner early in the third period to help the Kelowna Rockets to a 4-2 win over the visiting Portland Winter Hawks in one of four Western Hockey League contests on Wednesday, October 12th.
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rChris Ray - with a goal and an assist - Lucas Bloodoff and Clayton Barthel also counted for the Rockets (2-6-0-1) while Kristofer Westblom stopped 26 shots to pick up the victory. The win - the Rockets' second of the season - moves them into a tie with Prince George for third place in the B.C. Division.
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rRob Klinkhammer and Michael Sauer scored for the Winter Hawks (2-4-0-0), who drop their second straight contest, while Kurtis Mucha made 20 saves in a losing cause. The defeat leaves the Winter Hawks in fifth place in the U.S. Division.
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rHITMEN 2, HURRICANES 1
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rRyan White's goal midway through the third period stood as the winner as the visiting Calgary Hitmen eked out a 2-1 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Wednesday night.
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rRobin Figren also scored for the Hitmen (5-3-0-0), who win their second in a row, while Dan Spence turned in a solid 32-save performance to backstop the team to the victory. The win sees the Hitmen move into a three way tie for second place in the Central Division.
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rRookie defenseman Jesse Craige - with his fifth goal of the season - netted the lone tally for the Hurricanes (4-4-1-1) while Justin Leclerc stopped 37 of 39 shots in a losing cause. The loss leaves the 'Canes tied for second place in the Central Division.
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rBLADES 3, ICE 2 S/O
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rColton Gillies scored the decisive goal in a shootout to lift the Saskatoon Blades to a 3-2 victory over the visiting Kootenay Ice on Wednesday night.
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rBlair Macauley and Michael MacAngus scored in regulation for the Blades (3-3-0-0) while rookie netminder Braden Holtby turned in a 39-save effort through three periods and overtime, and denied all three Kootenay shootout attempts to pick up the victory. The win moves the Blades into fifth place in the East Division.
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rSteve DaSilva - with a goal and an assist - and Curtis Billsten scored for the Ice (4-3-0-1) while Taylor Dakers stopped 18 of 20 shots in regulation, but was beaten once in the shootout to take the loss. The shootout defeat leaves Kootenay in fifth place in the Central Division.
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rAMERICANS 3, THUNDERBIRDS 2 S/O
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rShaun Vey tallied the deciding goal in a shootout to hand the Tri-City Americans a 3-2 victory over the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds on Wednesday night.
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rTaylor Procyshen scored both goals for the Americans (6-1-0-0), including the tying goal with only 13 second to play in the third period. Carey Price turned in a 29-save effort through three periods and overtime, and denied all three Seattle shooters in the shootout to earn the victory. The win - their sixth in a row - moves the Ams past Everett and into first place in the U.S. Division.
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rKyle Pess - with a goal and an assist - and Aaron Gagnon scored in regulation for the Thunderbirds (1-2-0-3) while Derek Yeomans made 22 saves through 65 minutes of regulation and overtime, but was beaten once in the shootout to take the loss. It's the third shootout loss of the season for the T-Birds, who now sit fourth in the U.S. Division.
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