WEDNESDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPThu Jan 31
AMERICANS DOWN COUGARS; FESER PLAYS 300th CONSECUTIVE GAME – Justin Feser picked up three assists while marking his 300th consecutive regular-season contest as his Tri-City Americans skated to a 5-2 win over the visiting Prince George Cougars in WHL action on Wednesday night.
Malte Stromwall and Parker Bowles each tallied a goal and an assist while Jesse Mychan, Michal Plutnar and Connor Rankin also scored for the Americans (29-19-1-2), who had opened up a 3-0 lead by the 3:23 mark of the second period. Luke Lee-Knight turned in a 42-save performance to claim the win.
Chase Witala scored both goals for the Cougars (15-30-2-4), who suffer their second straight defeat and have won just three of their last 17 games. Brett Zarowny and Mac Engel combined for 27 saves in the loss for Prince George.
GIANTS 5, RAIDERS 1
Jackson Houck scored twice to pace the Vancouver Giants to a 5-1 win over the visiting Prince Albert Raiders on Wednesday.
Brendan Rouse chipped in a goal and two assists while Arvin Atwal – with his first WHL goal – and Carter Popoff also scored for the Giants (13-38-0-0), who scored three times in the first period en route to snapping six-game losing skid. Jared Rathjen made 22 saves in the win.
Mark McNeill got his 20th goal of the season for the Raiders (29-18-1-3), who close out their B.C. Division tour with a 2-3 record. Luke Siemens turned aside 52 of 57 shots he faced in a losing cause for the Raiders.
WINTERHAWKS 5, BLAZERS 2
Brendan Leipsic scored and set up two more to lead the Portland Winterhawks to a 5-2 win over the visiting Kamloops Blazers on Wednesday night.
Nic Petan and Taylor Peters each notched a goal and an assist while Ty Rattie and Joe Mahon also scored for the Winterhawks (41-7-1-2), who trailed 2-0 after the opening period but rallied for five unanswered goals as they post their fourth win in a row. Mac Carruth made 22 saves in the victory.
Dylan Willick and Colin Smith scored for the Blazers (33-15-2-3), who see a three-game winning streak come to an end. Cole Cheveldave stopped 32 of 36 shots he faced in the setback.
BRONCOS 5, HITMEN 4
Ryon Moser scored the winner with just one second on the clock as the Swift Current Broncos edged the visiting Calgary Hitmen 5-4 on Wednesday.
Adam Lowry tallied a goal and three assists for a four-point effort while Levi Bews – with a goal and an assist – Coda Gordon and Richard Nedomlel also scored for the Broncos (25-21-3-2), who have won eight of their last nine games. Eetu Laurikainen made 29 saves to post his 19th win of the season.
Brady Brassart netted his 20th and 21st goals of the season while Alex Roach also scored twice for the Hitmen (33-14-1-3), who have lost four of their last five games on the road. Chris Driedger made 22 saves in a losing effort.
WARRIORS 3, PATS 2 S/O
Jordan Messier scored the winner in the fourth round of a shootout to lift the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors to a 3-2 victory over the Regina Pats on Wednesday.
Justin Kirsch and Bryson Gore scored in regulation for the Warriors (17-26-3-6), who pick up their third win over their last four outings. Justin Paulic made 33 saves through regulation play, and wasn’t beaten in the shootout to claim the victory.
Braden Christoffer and Stephen Hak scored for the Pats (18-27-3-3), who see their losing skid hit eight games. Matt Hewitt turned in a 33-save effort through regulation play, but allowed one goal in the shootout to absorb the loss.
BLADES 5, WHEAT KINGS 1
Darren Dietz and Lukas Sutter each scored and set up another to help lead the visiting Saskatoon Blades to a 5-1 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Wednesday.
Nathan Burns, Michael Ferland and Collin Valcourt also scored for the Blades (25-21-0-3), who went 1-for-2 on the power play as they improve to 4-1-0-1 over their last six games. Andrey Makarov turned in a 38-save performance to backstop the Blades to the win.
Jayce Hawryluk scored the lone marker for the Wheat Kings (18-30-2-2), who were shut out on four power play chances as they suffer their third loss in a row. Curtis Honey made 29 saves in the loss.
OIL KINGS 4, ICE 2
Curtis Lazar got his 24th goal of the season to help the Edmonton Oil Kings double up the visiting Kootenay Ice 4-2 on Wednesday afternoon.
Luke Bertolucci notched a goal and an assist while TJ Foster and Cody Corbett also scored for the Oil Kings (36-11-2-3), who roll to their sixth straight victory and pad their Eastern Conference lead to seven points over Calgary. Laurent Brossoit turned in a 31-save effort to claim his 23rd win of the season.
Joey Leach and Sam Reinhart scored for the Ice (23-26-2-0), who suffer just their second regulation setback over their last 16 games. Wyatt Hoflin made 39 saves in the loss.