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WHL Roundup: Dea, Focht lead Ams to shootout victory in Spokane
Larry Brunt

 

Kootenay ICE (0) at Brandon Wheat Kings (2)
Kootenay (8-9-1-0) // Brandon (10-6-0-1)

Cole Reinhardt scored his fourth goal of the season in the first period, Rylan Bettens scored his fifth of the season in the third and Logan Thompson stopped all 23 shots sent his way as the Brandon Wheat Kings earned a weekend split with the Kootenay ICE.

Reinhardt’s goal 17:33 into the first was unassisted. Bettens’ goal with 9:18 to go in the third period featured helpers by Kale Clague and Ben McCartney.

Bailey Brkin made 30 saves on 32 shots, but took the loss. Alec Baer led the ICE with six shots while both Cale Fleury and Colton Kroeker each had three shots to their credit.

Lethbridge Hurricanes (3) at Calgary Hitmen (6)
Lethbridge (7-8-1-0) //  Calgary (6-10-1-0)

Another day, another 6-3 win for the Calgary Hitmen over the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Vladislav Yeryomenko had a pair of goals, including the game-winner, while Andrei Grishakov and Matteo Gennaro each had a goal and an assist in the Hitmen’s second-straight victory Saturday at home.

Luke Coleman added a goal and two helpers while Jakob Stukel had three assists to his name.

The Hitmen jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first period, but the Hurricanes fought back with goals from Calen Addison, Zane Franklin and Koletrane Wilson to make the game close.

Nick Schneider made 28 saves for his sixth win of the season. Stuart Skinner stopped 11 of 15 shots and was replaced by Reece Klassen.


Saskatoon Blades (3) at Edmonton Oil Kings (2)
Saskatoon (7-8-1-0) // Edmonton (5-10-2-0)

It wasn’t quite as gripping as the Battle of Endor, but the Saskatoon Blades will take their two points and jump into hyperspace on the road back home after an important 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings on Star Wars Night at Rogers Place.

There was no way to tell who shot first, but Libor Hajek did come up with the game’s first goal, scoring 14:18 parsecs into the first period to put his team ahead. Josh Paterson snuck in a goal late in the first period to put the Blades up by two after 20 minutes.

Trey Fix-Wolansky scored early in the first and Tomas Soustal early into the third to even up the score, but Cameron Hebig fired a proton torpedo of a shot past Boston Bilous with nine seconds left for the game-winning goal.

Ryan Kubic made 29 saves to improved to 4-1 in his past five games.

Red Deer Rebels (2) at Swift Current Broncos (4)
Red Deer Rebels (8-9-1-0) // Swift Current (10-4-1-0)

Tyler Steenbergen scored a pair of goals and three points while Aleksi Heponiemi had a goal and an assist as the Swift Current Broncos atoned for a loss Friday with a home win against the Red Deer Rebels.

The Rebels opened the scoring on a goal from Grayson Pawlenchuk and then led 2-1 after 40 minutes, but the Broncos roared back in the third.

A pair of goals from Steenbergen and Kaden Elder’s game-winner went unanswered by the Rebels.

Logan Flodell made 22 stops in the victory while Ethan Anders took the loss for the Rebels.


Moose Jaw Warriors (3) at Prince Albert Raiders (2)
Moose Jaw (13-4-0-0) // Prince Albert (7-6-3-0)

The Moose Jaw Warriors scored three goals in the third period of Saturday’s game against the Prince Albert Raiders to extend their winning streak to three games.

Jayden Halbgewachs, Brayden Burke and Brett Howden scored for the Warriors while Jordy Stallard and Curtis Miske responded for the Raiders.

Halbgewachs’ goal with 2:12 to go in the third stood up as the game-winner.

Noah Gregor had a pair of assists while Adam Evanoff made 16 saves to stay perfect on the season. Ian Scott made 25 saves in the loss.

Seattle Thunderbirds (3) at Medicine Hat Tigers (4) (OT)
Seattle (9-5-1-1) // Medicine Hat (10-6-0-0)

Mark Rassell’s 14th goal of the season lifted the Medicine Hat Tigers over the Seattle Thunderbirds in overtime Saturday.

Ryan Chyzowski, Hayden Ostir and Rassell scored in regulation for the Tigers. Blake Bargar and a pair of goals by Turner Ottenbreit accounted for all of Seattle’s offence as their four-game winning streak came to an end, though they still have points in six of seven games from their road trip.

Michael Bullion and Jordan Hollett split the time in net, combining for 33 saves. Liam Hughes took the loss while making 23 saves.

Kelowna Rockets (2) at Victoria Royals (4)
Kelowna (8-6-2-1) // Victoria (13-5-1-0)

Twenty-four hours after being defeated by a 4-2 score, the Victoria Royals turned the tables on the Kelowna Rockets, winning by a similar score Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena Saturday.

Ryan Peckford had a pair of goals and Tyler Soy had a pair of assists as the Victoria Royals earned their Western Conference-leading 13th victory of the season.

The Royals burst out of the gates with three goals in the first and one more in the second while the Rockets had a pair of third period goals to cut the Royals’ lead in half.

Griffen Outhouse finished with 20 saves in the contest while Brodan Salmond made 28 saves in the loss.

Vancouver Giants (5) at Kamloops Blazers (4)
Vancouver (6-8-1-2) // Kamloops (5-12-0-0)

Ty Ronning had a pair of goals, Tyler Benson had a goal and two assists and Todd Scott made 43 saves as the Vancouver Giants held off a late charge to defeat the Kamloops Blazers.

The Giants scored three goals in the first and added two more in the second while the Blazers had a pair of goals in both the second and third period each.

Max Palaga and WHL Cup Champion Dylan Garand split time in net Saturday, combining for 18 saves. Scott was rock solid for the Giants in his third win of the season.

Tri-City Americans (3) at Spokane Chiefs (2) SO
Tri-City (11-4-2-0) // Spokane (8-7-1-2)

Carson Focht’s goal in the seventh round of the shootout lifted the Tri-City Americans to a hard-fought victory Saturday against the Spokane Chiefs.

Kyle Olson and Juuso Valimaki scored in the first and second respectively for the Americans while Jaret Anderson-Dolan and Cedric Chenier scored in the second and third respectively for the Chiefs before things headed to extra time.

Patrick Dea hung on for the victory, making 50 saves while Dawson Weatherill took the loss despite making 43 saves in the contest.

Portland Winterhawks (3) at Everett Silvertips (1)
Portland (12-4-0-0) // Everett (7-10-1-0)

Cole Kehler made 39 saves and three different members of the Portland Winterhawks scored Saturday in a road victory over the Everett Silvertips.

Carter Hart finished with 39 saves to his credit but goals from Kieffer Bellows and Alex Overhardt, as well as an empty-net goal by Skyler McKenzie, sealed Everett’s fate at home.

Sean Richards had the lone goal for the Silvertips.

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