WHL Roundup: Yaremko, Warm lead Americans past Rockets

Doug Love


Moose Jaw Warriors (1) at Kootenay ICE (2)
Moose Jaw (7-2-0-0) // Kootenay (4-5-1-0)

Bailey Brkin was rock solid and Brett Davis scored the game-winning goal as the Kootenay ICE skated to a 2-1 victory, shocking the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors Tuesday evening.

The 18-year-old Brkin, acquired by the ICE from the Swift Current Broncos earlier this year, turned aside 28 of the 29 shots sent his way. The performance was good enough to earn Brkin, a product of Sherwood Park, Alta., his third triumph of the campaign.

While the ICE netminder took care of business in the blue paint, it was a pair of veterans getting the job done at the other end. Vince Loschiavo opened the scoring 5:54 into the second period, securing his fourth strike of the season to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.

After Tanner Jeannot knotted the affair midway through the second, it was Dallas Stars prospect Brett Davis finding the back of the net to restore the Kootenay lead before the second intermission. Davis’ fourth goal of the campaign came with only 2:15 remaining in the middle period and held up to go into the books as the game-winning marker.

With the win, the ICE improve to 4-5-1-0 on the season. Meanwhile, the high-flying Warriors were handed only their second regulation loss of 2017-18.

Vancouver Giants (5) at Prince Albert Raiders (4) – OT
Vancouver (3-4-1-1) // Prince Albert (3-4-3-0)

Ty Ronning scored twice and Dawson Holt was the overtime hero as the Vancouver Giants edged the Prince Albert Raiders by a 5-4 margin Tuesday night at the Art Hauser Centre.

A back-and-forth affair from start to finish, the two teams traded leads before Holt ended the game with his first goal of the season 2:35 into the extra period.

Brayden Watts continued his hot start to the year, notching his seventh goal of the campaign to open the scoring before Ronning registered his fifth of the season only 48 seconds later to extend the Vancouver lead to 2-0 only 2:21 into the proceedings.

Just as quickly, the Raiders replied as Jordy Stallard sent his sixth to the back of the net, followed up by recently-acquired Sergei Sapego striking for his first-career WHL goal. Just how quickly was that response from the Raiders? Only 65 seconds separated the two goals and both came by the 4:50 mark of the first period. While the Giants required 2:21 to take a 2-0 lead, the Raiders needed 2:29 to set the slate even at 2-2.

But the first period scoring frenzy wasn’t finished there.

Ronning found the back of the net for the second time on the night only 31 seconds later to restore the advantage for the visitors.

Some relatively quiet moments carried the contest into the latter stages of the first period where Parker Kelly and Sean Montgomery scored back-to-back in a span of 91 seconds. Just like that, the host Raiders owned a 4-3 lead through a mere 20 minutes of play.

Rookie Alex Kannok Leipert notched his first goal of the season 8:25 into the second period. That was good enough to tie the game 4-4 and exhaust both offenses for the remainder of regulation.

Holt ended the night 2:35 into overtime.

Goaltender David Tendeck went the distance for the visiting Giants, making 33 saves to secure his third win of the year.

Kelowna Rockets (1) at Tri-City Americans (2)
Kelowna (4-4-1-1) // Tri-City (6-4-0-0)

Beck Warm made 33 saves and Nolan Yaremko accounted for all the offense as the Tri-City Americans snuck past the Kelowna Rockets by a 2-1 score Tuesday evening in Kennewick.

The 19-year-old Yaremko put the hosts ahead 1-0 with his first goal of the season coming 10:24 into the first period. He added to the lead with his second of the night 12:24 into the second period, giving the Americans a two-goal cushion heading into the final 20 minutes of play.

After only outshooting the Ams by a combined mark of 22-21 through 40 minutes of play, the Rockets turned up the pressure in the third period, firing 12 shots in on the Tri-City net while limiting the opponent to a mere three pucks in on goaltender James Porter.

Of the 12 third period shots from Kelowna it took a power-play opportunity before veteran Dillon Dube found a hole in Warm, making it a 2-1 contest with only 1:35 to go in regulation.

Still, the Americans were able to fend off the pressing Rockets and lay claim to a sixth victory.

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