WEDNESDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPThu Dec 13
ROCKETS TOP HURRICANES – Carter Rigby and JT Barnett scored first-period goals to propel the visiting Kelowna Rockets to a 3-1 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes in Western Hockey League action on Wednesday night.
Colton Heffley added a late empty-net marker while Damon Severson chipped in two assists for the Rockets (21-9-1-1), who got goals from Rigby and Barnett just 49 seconds apart in the opening frame en route to their fourth straight win. Jordon Cooke stopped 20 of 21 shots in the victory.
Defenceman Connor Sutton scored his first WHL goal for the Hurricanes (16-15-1-4), who were shut out on four power play chances as they fall to 3-7-0-3 over their last 13 games. Ty Rimmer turned aside 24 of 26 shots he faced in the setback.
HITMEN 2, REBELS 1
Brooks Macek and Victor Rask struck 26 seconds apart in the third period to lift the visiting Calgary Hitmen to a 2-1 win over the Red Deer Rebels on Wednesday night.
Chris Driedger turned in a 35-save performance to post his 17th win of the season for the Hitmen (21-7-1-3), who snap a two-game losing skid and overtake Prince Albert for first place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Joel Hamilton scored the only goal for the Rebels (19-12-2-1), who suffer their first regulation defeat over their last 11 games. Bolton Pouliot, making his first start since November 3rd, made 29 saves on 31 shots while absorbing the loss for the Rebels.
OIL KINGS 5, BLAZERS 2
Henrik Samuelsson scored two goals to lead the Edmonton Oil Kings to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Kamloops Blazers on Wednesday.
Curtis Lazar – with his 14th of the season – Cole Benson and Mitch Moroz also counted for the Oil Kings (20-7-2-3), who held the Blazers scoreless on eight power play chances as they earn their second win in a row. Tristan Jarry turned aside 37 of 39 shots he faced to claim his eighth win of the season.
Aaron Macklin notched his first WHL marker while Tim Bozon tallied his 18th goal of the season for the Blazers (25-8-1-2), who suffer their first loss in seven road games versus the Central Division this season. Cole Cheveldave made 30 saves in the defeat.
BLADES 5, WARRIORS 2
Shayne Gwinner scored his second goal in five games as a member of the Saskatoon Blades to help them post a 5-2 victory over the Warriors in Moose Jaw on Wednesday night.
Josh Nicholls, Shane McColgan and Matej Stransky each picked up a goal and an assist and Adam Kambeitz also counted for the Blades (17-14-0-1), who post their fourth straight win and improve to 12-5-0-1 since the end of October. Alex Moodie stopped 20 shots to claim his second win in as many nights.
Brandon Potomak and Travis Brown – with a goal and an assist – scored for the Warriors (12-15-3-4), who were tied at 1-1 after the first period but allowed three second-period goals en route to the loss. Daniel Wapple made 30 saves in a losing cause.