SATURDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPSun Jan 20
ROYALS EDGE BLAZERS – Brandon Magee scored two power play goals in the third period to lift the visiting Victoria Royals to a 5-4 win over the Kamloops Blazers in Western Hockey League action on Saturday night.
Alex Gogolev scored and set up three more while Brandon Fushimi and Steven Hodges also scored for the Royals (25-17-1-2), who went 3-for-10 on the power play as they pull off their fifth win in a row. Patrik Polivka made 28 saves to earn the win.
Matt Needham scored a hat trick and Marek Hrbas notched a goal and an assist for the Blazers (30-14-2-3), who suffer their fifth setback over their last seven games and fall six points behind Kelowna for first place in the B.C. Division. Taran Kozun made 11 saves on 15 shots over the first 43 minutes of the game while Cole Cheveldave made five saves on six shots over the last 17 minutes to absorb the loss.
COUGARS 3, REBELS 1
Klarc Wilson scored and set up another to pace the visiting Prince George Cougars to a 3-1 win over the Red Deer Rebels on Saturday night.
Mac Engel stopped 31 of 32 shots to claim the victory for the Cougars (14-25-2-4), who earn their first road victory since a 5-4 win in Victoria on November 23rd. Zach Pochiro and Daniel Gibb also scored and Chase Witala picked up two assists in the victory.
Joel Hamilton scored the only marker for the Rebels (25-19-3-2), who went 1-for-6 on the power play in the setback. Patrik Bartosak made 21 saves in a losing cause.
TIGERS 4, HITMEN 0
Marek Langhamer made 30 saves to record his first WHL shutout as the Medicine Hat Tigers blanked the visiting Calgary Hitmen 4-0 on Saturday.
Blake Penner, Jacob Doty, Chad Labelle and Elgin Pearce scored for the Tigers (22-22-2-1), who post their second win in a row and improve to 6-2-1 over their last nine games.
Chris Driedger made 20 saves in a losing cause for the Hitmen (31-12-1-3), who failed to capitalize on eight power play chances in the contest as they drop their second decision over their last three games.
WHEAT KINGS 3, BLADES 2 S/O
Nick Walters scored the decisive goal in the 12th round of a shootout to lift the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings to a 3-2 triumph over the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday night.
Colton Waltz and Tim McGauley scored in regulation for the Wheat Kings (17-26-2-2), who earn their third victory over their last four games and move into 11th place in the Eastern Conference. Corbin Boes turned in a 43-save performance through regulation and was beaten just once on 12 Blades’ shootout chances to record his 10th win of the season.
Collin Valcourt and Lukas Sutter scored in regulation play for the Blades (22-20-0-3), who fall to 3-6-0-2 over their last 11 outings and now sit tied for seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Andrey Makarov stopped 31 shots in regulation, but was beaten twice in the shootout to take the loss.
BRONCOS 2, PATS 1
Colby Cave got his 13th goal of the season to help lead the visiting Swift Current Broncos to a 2-1 triumph over the Regina Pats on Saturday night.
Graham Black – with his 19th of the season – also scored for the Broncos (23-20-3-2), who stretch their winning streak to six games and leapfrog Lethbridge into fifth place in the Eastern Conference. Eetu Laurikainen stopped 30 of 31 shots he faced to backstop the Broncos to the victory.
Morgan Klimchuk tallied his 24th goal of the season for the Pats (18-26-2-2), who were blanked on five power play chances as they see their losing skid hit five games. Matt Hewitt made 21 saves in a losing cause.
ICE 3, WARRIORS 2 S/O
Zach McPhee scored the only goal through a 10-round shootout to lift the visiting Kootenay Ice to a 3-2 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors on Saturday.
Sam Reinhart scored a shorthanded marker and set up another while Jaedon Descheneau also counted in regulation play for the Ice (21-25-1-0), who sweep their four-game trek through the East Division and post their 11th win in 12 games. Mackenzie Skapski made 22 saves through regulation play, and was perfect through 10 rounds of the shootout to claim the victory.
Kendall McFaull scored both goals in regulation play for the Warriors (14-24-3-6), who suffer their ninth loss in a row and fall to 3-6 in games decided in a shootout. Justin Paulic made 23 saves through three periods and extra time, but was beaten once in the shootout to suffer the defeat.
SILVERTIPS 3, HURRICANES 2
Mitch Skapski scored his first WHL goal to pace the Everett Silvertips to a 3-2 victory over the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes on Saturday.
Mirco Mueller and Tyler Sandhu – with a goal and an assist – also scored while Josh Winquist had two assists for the Silvertips (19-26-0-2), who post their second win in as many nights. Austin Lotz turned in a 30-save effort to record the victory.
Reid Duke scored for a third straight game while Adam Henry also counted for the Hurricanes (22-21-1-5), who drop to sixth place in the Eastern Conference with the defeat. Christopher Tai made 30 saves in the loss.
ROCKETS 5, GIANTS 3
Carter Rigby scored three goals to lead the Kelowna Rockets to a 5-3 triumph over the visiting Vancouver Giants on Saturday.
MacKenzie Johnston and Jesse Lees also scored and Colton Heffley picked up two assists for the Rockets (34-10-2-1), who have won 19 straight home games and now sit just five points behind Portland for first place in the overall WHL standings. Jordon Cooke made 19 saves to post the win.
Cain Franson scored two goals and Brendan Rouse notched a goal and an assist for the Giants (12-35-0-0), who suffer their third loss in a row and remain in 10th place in the Western Conference. Jared Rathjen made 31 saves for Vancouver.
THUNDERBIRDS 4, WINTERHAWKS 3
Adam Kambeitz’s 10th goal of the season, scored midway through the third period, stood as the winner as the Seattle Thunderbirds edged the visiting Portland Winterhawks 4-3 on Saturday night.
Roberts Lipsbergs, Connor Honey and Branden Troock also scored for the Thunderbirds (17-26-2-1), who snap a 15-game losing skid by beating the top team in the WHL. Brandon Glover made 25 saves to earn his 16th win of the season.
Brendan Leipsic scored his 30th of the season, Ty Rattie netted his 20th of the campaign and Nic Petan picked up a goal and an assist for the Winterhawks (37-6-1-1), who suffer back-to-back losses for the first time since early October. Brendan Burke made 35 saves in the setback.
AMERICANS 4, CHIEFS 3 O/T
Malte Stromwall scored 21 seconds into overtime to lift the visiting Tri-City Americans to a 4-3 win over the Spokane Chiefs on Saturday.
Parker Bowles scored twice while Jesse Mychan also scored for the Americans (27-17-1-2), who earn their fourth win in five games and now sit just one point back of the Chiefs for fourth place in the Western Conference. Luke Lee-Knight made 39 saves to backstop the Ams to the victory.
Todd Fiddler got his 30th of the season while Carter Proft and Dylan Walchuk also scored for the Chiefs (28-16-2-0), who drop their third straight decision. Eric Williams made 18 saves in the defeat.