WEDNESDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPThu Jan 10
HAWKS SHUT OUT COUGARS – Mac Carruth stopped all 23 shots he faced to post his 19th win and fourth shutout of the season as the Portland Winterhawks downed the visiting Prince George Cougars 3-0 in Western Hockey League action on Wednesday night.
The win was also the 106th of Carruth’s WHL career for the Winterhawks, setting a new franchise record for career victories.
Troy Rutkowski, Brendan Leipsic and Taylor Leier scored and Ty Rattie picked up two assists for the Winterhawks (35-5-1-0), who earn their 12th straight victory, matching a season-high, and keeping them comfortably in first place in the overall WHL standings.
Mac Engel turned in a valiant 46-save effort in a losing cause for the Cougars (12-24-1-4), who were outshot 49-23 by the hosts as they suffer their second loss in as many nights in Portland and their seventh loss in a row overall.
ROCKETS 6, ROYALS 1
Damon Severson and Ryan Olsen each tallied a goal and two assists to lead the Kelowna Rockets to a 6-1 win over the visiting Victoria Royals on Wednesday.
MacKenzie Johnston – with a goal and an assist – Myles Bell, Carter Rigby and Zach Franko also scored for the Rockets (30-10-1-1), who scored five times in the second period en route to their seventh straight victory and move into first place in the B.C. Division. Jordon Cooke made 17 saves in the win.
Trent Lofthouse got his first goal as a member of the Royals (20-16-1-2), who went 0-for-3 on the power play in the contest. Patrik Polivka stopped 32 of 38 shots in the loss for Victoria.
CHIEFS 4, THUNDERBIRDS 1
Mitch Holmberg got his 25th goal of the season to help lead the Spokane Chiefs to a 4-1 win over the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds on Wednesday.
Liam Stewart, Mike Aviani and Carter Proft, who converted a penalty shot, also counted for the Chiefs (27-13-1-0), who have posted three straight wins over the Thunderbirds and remain six points up on Tri-Cities for fourth place in the Western Conference. Eric Williams stopped 30 shots to earn his 21st win of the season.
Alex Delnov scored the only goal for the Thunderbirds (16-23-2-1), who see their losing skid extended to 12 games. Danny Mumaugh made 34 saves in the setback for the T-Birds.
AMERICANS 3, BLAZERS 1
Eric Comrie stopped 34 of 35 shots he faced to backstop the visiting Tri-City Americans to a 3-1 win over the Kamloops Blazers on Wednesday.
Beau McCue scored the go-ahead goal just 30 seconds into the third period for the Americans (23-15-1-2), who have taken two of three meetings versus the Blazers this season, while Michal Plutnar and Justin Feser also scored.
Tim Bozon – with his 26th goal of the season – scored the lone tally for the Blazers (28-11-2-2), who suffer just their third regulation setback at home this season. Cole Cheveldave made 24 saves in the defeat.
HURRICANES 7, GIANTS 4
Reid Duke and Jaimen Yakubowski each scored twice to lead the Lethbridge Hurricanes to a 7-4 triumph over the visiting Vancouver Giants on Wednesday.
Remi Laurencelle, Michael Sofillas and Adam Henry also found the net for the Hurricanes (21-18-1-5), who scored five times over the opening 10:50 of the contest, while Macoy Erkamps picked up three assists and was +5 for the game. Ty Rimmer made 28 saves to claim the win.
Luca Leone got his first WHL marker while Jackson Houck, Travis McEvoy and Anthony Ast also scored for the Giants (11-32-0-0), who close out their Central Division road trip with their fourth straight loss. Jared Rathjen made 24 saves in the defeat.
BRONCOS 5, REBELS 2
Adam Lowry had a goal and an assist as the Swift Current Broncos skated to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Red Deer Rebels on Wednesday.
Jay Merkley scored in his debut for the Broncos and Richard Nedomlel got his first goal of the season while Reece Scarlett and Colby Cave also counted for Swift Current (19-20-3-2), who went 1-for-3 on the power play as they post their second win in a row. Eetu Laurikainen made 32 saves to claim his 14th victory of the season.
Matt Bellerive scored both goals for the Rebels (23-18-2-2), who suffer their second loss in a row and see their lead cut to just two points over Lethbridge for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Patrik Bartosak made stopped 33 shots in the defeat.
RAIDERS 9, PATS 4
Mark McNeill, Leon Draisaitl and Josh Morrissey each picked up a goal and two assists as the Prince Albert Raiders pulled off a 9-4 win over the visiting Regina Pats on Wednesday.
Davis Vandane, Dakota Conroy, Mike Winther and Shane Danyluk each finished with a goal and an assist, Carson Perreaux added a single and Dylan Busenius chipped in three assists for the Raiders (25-14-0-3), who broke open a 5-4 contest with four more goals in the third period. Andy Desautels made 19 saves on 20 shots to post the win after replacing starter Luke Siemens, who allowed three goals on seven shots in the first 10 minutes of the game.
Chandler Stephenson – with a goal and two assists – Morgan Klimchuk, Dyson Stevenson and Lane Scheidl scored for the Pats (18-22-2-2), who see their five-game winning streak come to an end. Matt Hewitt made 37 saves in the loss.
HITMEN 6, WARRIORS 4
Brady Brassart scored twice to lead the visiting Calgary Hitmen to a 6-4 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors on Wednesday.
Brooks Macek tallied a goal and two assists while Jesse Zgraggen, Alex Roach and Cody Sylvester also scored for the Hitmen (29-10-1-3), who claim their fifth straight win and improve to 15-2-0-1 on the road this season. Chris Driedger made 15 saves on 16 shots to post the win after replacing starter Mack Shields, who gave up three goals on 16 shots over the first 25 minutes of the game.
Justin Kirsch – with a goal and an assist – Tyler Bell, Jordan Messier and Braiden Doucette scored for the Warriors (14-22-3-4), who slump to their fifth straight setback. Daniel Wapple made 27 saves in the defeat.