WHL Roundup: Phillips leads Royals over Americans to stay perfect

Jonathon Howe


Everett Silvertips (1) at Red Deer Rebels (4)  
Everett (3-5-0-0) // Red Deer (4-3-0-0)

The Red Deer Rebels sent the Everett Silvertips to their second straight loss on a road trip through the Central Division Tuesday at the Enmax Centrium.

Grayson Pawlenchuk, Lane Zablocki and Kristian Reichel each had a goal and an assist in the Rebels’ fourth victory of the season. Jared Dmytriw scored into the empty net to round out the scoring.

After going down 1-0 in the first period, the Silvertips evened up the scoring 4:16 into the second period on Orrin Centazzo’s second goal of the season. Pawlenchuk answered back for the Rebels 5:05 later though, scoring what would be the eventual game-winner.

Reichel scored later in the second and Dmytriw scored late in the third. Ethan Anders was at his best Tuesday, making 28 saves on 29 shots. Dorrin Luding took the loss after making 31 saves on 34 shots.

The Rebels are in Cranbrook, B.C. to face the Kootenay ICE Thursday. The Silvertips continue their road trip Wednesday in Medicine Hat.

Lethbridge Hurricanes (2) at Swift Current Broncos (6)  
Lethbridge (3-3-0-0) // Swift Current (7-0-0-0)

Multi-point efforts by five different members of the Swift Current Broncos helped keep their club perfect Tuesday at the Credit Union I-Plex against the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Artyom Minulin had three assists and Tyler Steenbergen added a pair of goals, while Riley Stotts had a pair of points, including the game-winning goal 5:48 into the third period.

Kaden Elder had a goal and an assist while Conner Chaulk added a pair of helpers while Aleksi Heponiemi dangled his way around the Hurricanes’ defence for his fourth goal of the season.

Steenbergen had put the Broncos up with the opening goal of the game before the Hurricanes answered back. Giorgio Estephan scored late in the first and Caled Addison potted his second of the season early in the second to give the visitors a 2-1 lead.

That’s when the Broncos kicked things into high gear, with Elder evening up the game before the second was done, followed by four third period goals to capture their seventh victory of the season. Steenbergen continued to add to his league-leading goal and point totals. Through his first seven games, the Slave Lake, Alta. product is averaging 2.14 goals per game and three points per game.

Logan Flodell made 45 saves on 47 shots to pick up his sixth win of the season, out-dueling Stuart Skinner at the other end of the ice, who finished with 29 saves.

The Broncos will take their perfect record into the next matchup Friday as the Vancouver Giants make their way through town. The Hurricanes are at home Friday to host the Everett Silvertips.

Calgary Hitmen (1)  at Prince George Cougars (7)  
Calgary (1-5-1-0) // Prince George (3-3-2-0)

The Prince George Cougars didn’t leave their fifth crack at a first home win to chance.

Kody McDonald had a hat trick and Jared Bethune added a goal and two assists as the Cougars routed the visiting Calgary Hitmen by a 7-1 score Tuesday at the CN Centre.

After a scoreless first 20 minutes, the Cougars bolted out of the gates, scoring twice in a 1:35 span to take a 2-0 lead early in the second period. After 10 more minutes, Bethune tallied a short-handed goal to increase the Cougars’ lead to three. Matteo Gennaro got one back for the Hitmen, but the Cougars received a late second period goal from Josh Maser to keep the lead at three.

In the third, McDonald added two more goals while while Aaron Boyd scored short-handed to round out the scoring.

Nick Schneider and Matthew Armitage combined to make 27 saves in the contest. Taylor Gauthier wasn’t overly tested, but picked up his first career WHL win with a 16-save performance.

The Cougars welcome the Kamloops Blazers to the CN Centre starting Friday for a pair of games while the Hitmen will take on the Blazers Wednesday at the Sandman Centre.

Spokane Chiefs (0) at Portland Winterhawks (3)  
Spokane (4-4-0-0) // Portland (6-1-0-0)

Hours after being named the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week, Cole Kehler showed those deciding on the award that they hadn’t made a mistake.

Kehler made 43 saves as the Portland Winterhawks shutout the Spokane Chiefs by a 3-0 score at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, marking the third straight victory by the Winterhawks against the Chiefs in the 2017-18 season series between the two clubs.

Kieffer Bellows scored in the first, Alex Overhardt lit the lamp with a short-handed goal in the second and Brad Ginnell rounded out the scoring in the third. Skyler McKenzie had a pair of assists.

Kehler was credited with 11 saves in the first, 19 more in the second and 13 in the third. Dawson Weatherill had himself a heavy workload as well between the pipes for the Chiefs, making 37 saves on 40 shots in the loss.

The Winterhawks will stay at home this weekend as they host the Kelowna Rockets for games Saturday and Sunday. The Chiefs will return home now to open a four-game home stand beginning Friday versus the Victoria Royals.

Tri-City Americans (2) at Victoria Royals (8)
Tri-City (3-4-0-0) // Victoria (7-0-0-0)

The Victoria Royals maintained their perfect record Tuesday with an offensive showing at home.

Matthew Phillips had a pair of goals and a four-point game while Tyler Soy had a goal and three points and Regan Nagy scored twice in the lopsided win over the visiting Tri-City Americans. Jared Legien had the game-winner as part of a two-point effort.

The Royals scored three times in the first and four more in the second, never surrendering the lead. Ryan Peckford started the game with a bang, scoring 10 seconds into the contest. Over the next 6:30, the Royals would add two more goals, building an early lead.

Dino Kambeitz and Phillips scored 1:58 apart in the midway point of the second period while Soy and Nagy scored 1:11 apart near the end of the second. Jordan Topping and Dylan Coghlan scored for the Ams in the loss.

Griffen Outhouse took the win in Tuesday’s contest while both Patrcik Dea and Beck Warm combined to make 29 saves. The Royals and Americans meet again Wednesday at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena.

Vancouver Giants (2) at Seattle Thunderbirds (3) (SO)
Vancouver (2-3-0-1) // Seattle (4-2-0-1)

The Seattle Thunderbirds had to do a little extra work to earn their fourth victory of the season, downing the Vancouver Giants in a shootout.

The team traded goals in the first and second period, with Sami Moilanen opening the scoring. Brayden Watts tied the game back up for the Giants after 20 minutes. In the second, the Thunderbirds once again went up a goal thanks this time to Austin Strand. Like clockwork though, Brad Morrison scored before the end of the period to keep things deadlocked.

In the shootout, Noah Philp and Zack Andrusiak scored for the T-Birds while Ty Ronning had the lone goal of the shootout for Vancouver.

Liam Hughes came away with the victory, making 33 saves in regulation and overtime, followed by three more in the shootout. Todd Scott took the loss after making 23 saves in regulation and overtime before making two more in the shootout.

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