WEDNESDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPThu Nov 29
ROCKETS EDGE AMS – Myles Bell scored his 16th and 17th goals of the season to help lead the Kelowna Rockets to a 3-2 triumph over the visiting Tri-City Americans in Western Hockey League action on Wednesday night.
Dylen McKinlay’s goal 10:27 into the second frame was the difference-maker for the Rockets (16-8-1-1), who were held scoreless on four power play chances as they post their fourth consecutive victory. Jordon Cooke made 25 saves in the victory.
Connor Rankin and Drydn Dow scored while Michal Plutnar chipped in two assists for the Americans (16-9-1-1), who suffer their second straight setback and remain in third place in the U.S. Division standings. Eric Comrie made 20 saves in a losing cause.
WARRIORS 2, GIANTS 1
Morgan Rielly’s fifth goal of the season, scored 15:09 into the third period, was the winner as the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors eked out a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Giants on Wednesday.
Kendall McFaull – with his first of the season – also scored for the Warriors (10-11-3-4), who outshot the Giants 34-16 as they improve to 2-0 through two games of their B.C. Division road trip. Justin Paulic made 15 saves to record his seventh win of the season.
Tristan Sieben scored the lone marker for the Giants (7-18-0-0), who went scoreless on four power play chances as they drop their fifth straight decision. Payton Lee turned in a 32-save performance in the defeat.
ICE 5, OIL KINGS 4 S/O
Sam Reinhart and Luke Philp scored in a shootout to lift the Kootenay Ice to a 5-4 win over the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings on Wednesday.
Philp scored twice and set up another while Reinhart added a goal and two assists for the Ice (8-15-1-0), who also got a goal from Jon Martin, while Erik Benoit drew a pair of assists. Mackenzie Skapski stopped 20 of 25 shots over the third period and overtime, and wasn’t beaten in the shootout to claim the win after replacing Wyatt Hoflin, who made 14 saves on 17 shots through the first two frames.
Dylan Wruck scored twice while Keegan Lowe and Cole Benson each added singles for the Oil Kings (16-5-2-3), who fall to 0-3 in shootouts this season but move into a tie with Calgary for first place in the Central Division. Laurent Brossoit made 17 saves through regulation play, but was beaten twice in the shootout to take the loss.
HURRICANES 6, RAIDERS 4
Jaimen Yakubowski scored twice and set up two more to pace the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes to a 6-4 win over the Prince Albert Raiders on Wednesday.
Russ Maxwell and Axel Blomqvist each picked up a goal and an assist while Jamal Watson and Sam Mckechnie also scored for the Hurricanes (14-13-1-2), who overturned a 4-3 deficit with three unanswered third-period goals as they snap a six-game losing skid. Christopher Tai made 27 saves to claim his first WHL victory.
Sawyer Lange – with a goal and two assists – Logan McVeigh, Mark McNeill and Jonas Knutsen counted for the Raiders (18-8-0-2), who were blanked on three power play chances as they see a three-game win streak snapped. Luke Siemens made 28 saves in the loss.
BRONCOS 5, WHEAT KINGS 1
Adam Lowry got his 11th goal of the season as the visiting Swift Current Broncos scored three times in the first period en route to a 5-1 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Wednesday.
Chance Lund, Ryon Moser, Tanner LeSann and Graham Black also scored for the Broncos (11-12-3-2), who earn their second win in as many nights over the Wheat Kings. Eetu Laurikainen made 24 saves to record his 11th win of the season.
John Quenneville scored the only goal for the Wheat Kings (10-15-2-1), who failed to convert on five power play chances as they suffer their fourth loss in a row. Corbin Boes made 26 saves in a losing effort.