WEDNESDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPThu Jan 17
ROYALS EDGE BLAZERS IN SHOOTOUT – Tyler Stahl scored the winner in the eighth round of a shootout to lift the Victoria Royals to a 3-2 victory over the visiting Kamloops Blazers in Western Hockey League action on Wednesday night.
Steven Hodges enjoyed his second consecutive two-goal performance, netting both goals in regulation play for the Royals (23-17-1-2), who defeat the Blazers for a second straight night while stretching their win streak to three games overall. Patrik Polivka made 31 saves through regulation, and denied six of eight Blazers’ shootout chances to post his 19th win of the season.
Dylan Willick and Cole Ully got goals for the Blazers (29-13-2-3), who were blanked on three power play chances in the contest as they drop their second decision in as many nights in Victoria. Taran Kozun made 26 saves through regulation play but was beaten three times in the shootout to absorb the loss.
ROCKETS 5, CHIEFS 3
Colton Sissons scored his 16th goal of the season and chipped in an assist to lead the Kelowna Rockets to a 5-3 win over the visiting Spokane Chiefs on Wednesday.
Rourke Chartier – with a goal and an assist – Ryan Olsen, Tyrel Goulbourne and Zach Franko also scored for the Rockets (29-13-2-3), who scored the game’s first four goals as they post their 18th consecutive home-ice win. Jordon Cooke made 17 saves to record his 23rd win of the season.
Todd Fiddler netted his 29th goal of the season and Alessio Bertaggia scored his first two goals for the Chiefs (28-15-1-0), who see their lead dwindle to two points over Tri-Cities for fourth place in the Western Conference. Eric Williams allowed four goals on 19 shots over the first half of the game, taking the loss, while Garret Hughson stopped all 13 shots he faced in relief.
AMERICANS 9, GIANTS 5
Jesse Mychan scored a hat trick and set up another for a four-point effort to help the visiting Tri-City Americans to a 9-5 win over the Vancouver Giants on Wedensday.
Parker Bowles scored twice, Justin Feser and Drydn Dow each tallied a goal and two assists, and Brian Williams and Mitch Topping added singles for the Americans (26-16-1-2), who post their third win in row while scoring 20 goals in that span. Luke Lee-Knight made 12 saves on 15 shots over the first 50 minutes of the game to take the win while Troy Trombley stopped five of seven shots in relief.
Travis McEvoy, Tristan Sieben, Luca Leone, Dalton Sward and Thomas Foster scored for the Giants (12-33-0-0), who gave up the game’s first five goals as they drop their fifth decision over their last six games. Jared Rathjen and Payton Lee combined for 19 saves in a losing effort.
ICE 3, RAIDERS 2 O/T
Sam Reinhart scored his second goal of the game 4:34 into overtime to lift the visiting Kootenay Ice to a 3-2 win over the Prince Albert Raiders on Wednesday.
Jaedon Descheneau scored and set up both of Reinhart’s goals and Jordyn Boyd picked up two assists for the Ice (19-25-1-0), who roared back from a 2-0 deficit in the third period to post their second win in a row and their ninth win in 10 games. Makenzie Skapski turned in a 38-save performance to earn the win.
Anthony Bardaro and Mike Winther scored for the Raiders (26-15-1-3), who suffer their third loss to the Ice this season. Luke Siemens made 31 saves in a losing cause.