Another well-rounded 11-game slate on the WHL schedule and after a wild Tuesday return from holiday break, it was the goaltenders’ turns to shine.
Stealing the spotlight was Griffen Outhouse, who pitched a shutout for the Victoria Royals in a win over the Prince George Cougars.
Matt Berlin made 47 saves, but it wasn’t quite enough for the Seattle Thunderbirds as the Spokane Chiefs stole an overtime win.
Nick Schneider kicked out 40 pucks to earn his league-leading 25th win as the Medicine Hat Tigers edged the Calgary Hitmen.
Dylan Ferguson continued to do yeoman’s work with Connor Ingram away at the World Junior Championship, making 46 saves as the Kamloops Blazers grounded the Kelowna Rockets.
Enough teasing – let’s just give you the full-meal deal right now…
Regina Pats (1) at Brandon Wheat Kings (2) – SO
Regina (23-3-6-1) // Brandon (16-15-4-0)
Logan Thompson made 39 saves and Tyler Coulter scored the lone shootout goal as the Brandon Wheat Kings edged the Regina Pats by a 2-1 margin Wednesday night.
All of the scoring in regulation came during the opening period as Nick Henry notched his 15th of the campaign to get Regina a 1-0 lead only to see Ty Lewis strike for his 18th to knot the affair.
Thompson’s performance was good enough for his fifth win of the season. Tyler Brown made 34 saves in defeat.
— Brandon Wheat Kings (@bdnwheatkings) December 29, 2016
Medicine Hat Tigers (3) at Calgary Hitmen (2)
Medicine Hat (27-10-1-0) // Calgary (13-17-2-1)
The Medicine Hat Tigers are rolling once again.
With a 3-2 win over the Calgary Hitmen on Wednesday night, the Tabbies have collected six consecutive victories.
Nick Schneider made 40 saves for his WHL-leading 25th win of the season while Gary Haden, Zach Fischer and David Quenneville scored consecutively to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead before the four-minute mark of the second period.
Beck Malenstyn and Jordy Stallard scored in the third period, but the Calgary comeback fell short.
Red Deer Rebels (2) at Edmonton Oil Kings (7)
Red Deer (17-15-4-2) // Edmonton (17-16-3-1)
Davis Koch registered four assists and the Edmonton Oil Kings saw contributions from key names en route to a 7-2 win over the Red Deer Rebels on Wednesday
Captain Aaron Irving provided a goal and two assists, as did Will Warm, while veteran forward Lane Bauer found the back of the net twice. Patrick Dea made 17 saves to secure his 15th win of the season.
The Oil Kings scored early and often, building a 5-0 lead before the midpoint of the second period.
— Edmonton Oil Kings (@EdmOilKings) December 29, 2016
Vancouver Giants (1) at Everett Silvertips (4)
Vancouver (14-19-1-2) // Everett (25-4-6-0)
The veterans led the way Wednesday night as the Everett Silvertips claimed a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Giants.
Patrick Bajkov, Graham Millar and Dominic Zwerger each recorded a goal and an assist to fuel the Everett offense, while goaltender Mario Petit made 22 saves for his eighth win of the season.
Eetu Tuulola rounded out the scoring for the Silvertips, notching his 10th goal of the season.
— Everett Silvertips (@WHLsilvertips) December 29, 2016
Kelowna Rockets (1) at Kamloops Blazers (5)
Kelowna (23-13-2-0) // Kamloops (22-14-1-1)
Garrett Pilon scored twice and Dylan Ferguson made 46 saves, continuing his strong play in stead of Connor Ingram, as the Kamloops Blazers defeated the Kelowna Rockets by a 5-1 margin Wednesday.
Pilon scored his eighth of the season and second of the night 8:58 into the second period, breaking a 1-1 tie and giving Kamloops the lead for good. Jermaine Loewen, Deven Sideroff and Travis Walton scored in the third period to seal the win.
Ferguson’s effort earned him his eighth triumph of the season.
— Kamloops Blazers (@blazerhockey) December 29, 2016
Kootenay ICE (1) at Lethbridge Hurricanes (4)
Kootenay (7-23-7-1) // Lethbridge (19-13-3-2)
Brett Davis scored twice and Stuart Skinner made 29 saves as the Lethbridge Hurricanes bounced back for a 4-1 win over the Kootenay ICE Wednesday night.
Jordy Bellerive scored a power-play goal with 7:59 to go in the second period, breaking a 1-1 tie.
Skinner’s 29 stops were good enough for his 17th win of the season.
— LethbridgeHurricanes (@WHLHurricanes) December 29, 2016
Swift Current Broncos (1) at Moose Jaw Warriors (4)
Swift Current (19-11-3-4) // Moose Jaw (21-9-4-1)
Brett Howden celebrated the signing of his first NHL contract with a first-star performance, tallying a goal and an assist to lead the Moose Jaw Warriors to a 4-1 victory over the Swift Current Broncos on Wednesday.
Howden, who signed his entry-level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday, provided the game-winning marker. He also assisted on Brayden Burke’s opening marker. Burke went on to finish the evening with a goal and two assists.
Zach Sawchenko made 29 saves for his 14th win of the season.
HIGHLIGHTS: Moose Jaw (4) vs Swift Current (1) December 28th https://t.co/CTV9IneBd4
— Moose Jaw Warriors (@MJWARRIORS) December 29, 2016
Tri-City Americans (3) at Portland Winterhawks (4)
Tri-City (20-16-3-0) // Portland (20-17-1-0)
Henri Jokiharju clicked for a goal and two assists, guiding the Portland Winterhawks to a 4-3 win over the Tri-City Americans on Wednesday.
Colton Veloso scored with 3:05 to go in regulation, giving the Winterhawks a 4-2 advantage before Michael Rasmussen pulled the Americans back within one goal with only 30 seconds left on the clock. But that’s as close as the Tri-City comeback bid came as Portland held on.
Michael Bullion made 33 saves for his fifth win of the season.
— Portland Winterhawks (@pdxwinterhawks) December 29, 2016
Prince Albert Raiders (2) at Saskatoon Blades (3)
Prince Albert (8-27-1-1) // Saskatoon (14-20-3-1)
Josh Paterson scored a power-play goal with 3:28 to go in regulation and that marker stood as the game-winner as the Saskatoon Blades edged the Prince Albert Raiders by a 3-2 final Wednesday night.
Paterson’s eighth of the season gave the Blades a 3-1 advantage, but Carson Miller scored his second of the night 43 seconds later to make it a one-goal game down to the wire.
Brock Hamm made 24 saves for his fourth win of the season, while Ian Scott turned aside 39 shots in the loss.
— Saskatoon Blades (@BladesHockey) December 29, 2016
Seattle Thunderbirds (4) at Spokane Chiefs (5) – OT
Seattle (18-13-3-1) // Spokane (15-14-5-1)
Ty Smith scored 1:12 into overtime, pacing the Spokane Chiefs to a 5-4 win against the Seattle Thunderbirds on Wednesday.
Kailer Yamamoto had quite the night, collecting a goal and three assists, while Hudson Elynuik chipped in with two goals and an assist.
On the other side, Matt Berlin made 47 saves for Seattle, but it was Jayden Sittler collecting his ninth win of the campaign by making 16 stops.
— Spokane Chiefs (@spokanechiefs) December 29, 2016
Prince George Cougars (0) at Victoria Cougars (3)
Prince George (26-10-2-0) // Victoria (19-15-4-0)
Griffen Outhouse knocked away all 40 shots sent his direction, backstopping the Victoria Royals to a 3-0 shutout of the Prince George Cougars on Wednesday.
The performance served as Outhouse’s second shutout of the season and sixth of his WHL career, while also boosting him to 19 wins on the season.
The run support was there as Jack Walker’s 18th of the season came in the first period and stood as the eventual winner. Vladimir Bobylev scored his first since returning to Vancouver Island from Russia and Chaz Reddekopp notched one more for good measure.
The Royals downed the Cougars 3-0 on Wed in a physical affair to take both games of the weekday series.
— Victoria Royals (@victoriaroyals) December 29, 2016