WHL Roundup: Broncos rout Oil Kings in season series finale

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Moose Jaw Warriors (4) at Saskatoon Blades (2)
Moose Jaw (46-12-1-2) // Saskatoon (31-29-2-1)

The Moose Jaw Warriors picked up their 46th win of the season Sunday, doubling up the Saskatoon Blades by a 4-2 final.

Brayden Burke scored twice and had three points while Justin Almeida added a pair of assists and Adam Evanoff stopped 33 shots.

Both clubs were tied after 20 minutes following goals from Ryan Peckford and Braylon Shmyr. Burke struck in the second period for both his goals, pushing the Warriors ahead for good.

Goals from Josh Paterson and Jayden Halbgewachs’ 59th goal of the year into an empty net to closed out the third. Brandon Schuldhaus picked up an assist on Halbgewachs’ goal. Paterson’s goal was the 100th point of his WHL career.

Evanoff had a strong performance, stopping 13 shots in the first, 11 in the second, and nine in the third. Nolan Maier stopped 32 of 35 shots in the loss.

Almedia’s two-point game gave him 80 points (34G-46A) in 61 games. Burke is now one assist shy of 250 for his WHL career. Both teams went a combined 0-for-seven on the power play.

The win aided the Warriors’ pursuit of the Eastern Conference crown as they remained two points up on the Swift Current Broncos with two games in-hand. The Blades remained just two points ahead of the Prince Albert Raiders for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Leading 4-1 in the season series, the Warriors and Blades will meet for the final time in the regular season on Saturday, March 3 (7:00 p.m. CST) at Mosaic Place.

Brandon Wheat Kings (6) at Calgary Hitmen (3)
Brandon (33-24-3-2) // Calgary (19-34-5-2)

The Brandon Wheat Kings continued their four-game road trip with a win in Calgary Sunday, earning a 6-3 decision over the Hitmen to sweep the season series between the two clubs.

Logan Thompson stood tall against a barrage of shots, stopping 45 of 48 in the victory while Ty Lewis (Colorado Avalanche) added a pair of goals and Luka Burzan added a goal and an assist.

It was the Hitmen who struck first though as Conner Chaulk scored the only goal of the first period. That game quickly changed in the second though as Cole Reinhardt and Schael Higson put the Wheat Kings up by one, before Jakob Stukel (Vancouver Canucks) and Burzan traded goals to keep Brandon’s advantage at one heading to the third.

After Ty Lewis extended the Wheat Kings’ lead to two in the third, Jake Kryski brought the Hitmen within a goal late in the period, but empty-net goals from Ty Lewis and Ben McCartney put the game out of reach.

Stelio Mattheos (Carolina Hurricanes) had a pair of assists while four other Wheat Kings collected a helper in the victory. With the win, Brandon moved within a point of the Regina Pats for third in the East Division with a game in-hand.

Swift Current Broncos (8) at Edmonton Oil Kings (0)
Swift Current (44-14-4-1) // Edmonton (18-36-6-2)

In his final trip of the regular season to Rogers Place, Swift Current Broncos goaltender Stuart Skinner (Edmonton Oilers) put on a good show for the team that drafted him last June.

Skinner stopped all 20 shots for his 12th career WHL shutout as the Broncos dominated the Oil Kings by a 8-0 final, with a four-point performance from captain Glenn Gawdin (Calgary Flames) leading the offensive charge.

Beck Malenstyn (Washington Capitals) added a goal and four points, with three primary assists, for a career-high performance. Tyler Steenbergen (Arizona Coyotes) added a pair of goals while Sahvan Khaira and Matteo Gennaro each had a goal and an assist. Connor Horning had the other Broncos goal in the victory.

The Broncos scored twice in the first, three times in the second and three more time the third, with just one of their goals coming on the power play.

Giorgio Estephan added a pair of assists while Colby Sissons (New Jersey Devils), Josh Anderson (Colorado Avalanche), and Kole Gable found their way onto the scoresheet with a single assist.

Josh Dechaine made 30 saves in 52:42 of action while Boston Bilous stopped all three shots sent his way in a little over seven minutes of action. Trey Fix-Wolansky led the Oil Kings with four shots in the game.

The win helped the Broncos earn the victory in the season series with a 3-1 record, outscoring the Oil Kings 26-6 along the way. The Broncos remained two points behind the Warriors for first in the East Division with the victory.

Spokane Chiefs (5) at Everett Silvertips (2)
Spokane (36-21-3-2) // Everett (41-18-2-3)

For the first time in February, the Everett Silvertips took a regulation loss.

In the finale of the regular season series with the Spokane Chiefs Sunday in Everett, it was Spokane taking the victory on the strength of a three-goal second period and 29 saves from Donovan Buskey.

Bryce Kindopp opened the scoring with the only goal of the first, but the Chiefs responded with five straight goals. Three of those came in the second as Riley Woods, Riley McKay, and Kailer Yamamoto (Edmonton Oilers) struck in a 8:17 span to take control of the game.

Filip Kral’s sixth of the season served as the insurance goal Sunday and Matt Leduc scored his first career WHL goal to round out Spokane’s offence in the game. Sean Richards reached the 20-goal plateua late in the third, but it wasn’t enough to turn the tide in the contest.

Dustin Wolf stopped 24 of 29 shots as he took a regulation loss for the first time since January 6, 2018.

Ty Smith continued his fabulous week with a pair of assists while six other Chiefs picked up a single assist to find their way onto the scoresheet. Four different Silvertips had a single assist in the loss.

The win brought the Chiefs within a single point of the Portland Winterhawks for second in the U.S. Division while the Silvertips remained a comfortable nine points ahead of the Winterhawks for the division lead.

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