WHL Roundup: Porter stops 28, Lind tallies hat trick as Rockets shutout Blazers
Medicine Hat Tigers (4) at Lethbridge Hurricanes (5)
Medicine Hat (19-15-2-0) // Lethbridge (16-17-2-0)
Giorgio Estephan and Jordy Bellerive (Pittsburgh Penguins) each had a goal and an assist, but it was Zane Franklin’s 11th goal of the season with 7:11 to go that stood up as the difference Friday as the Lethbridge Hurricanes earned a split on a home-and-home set with the Medicine Hat Tigers.
Igor Merezhko had the lone goal of the first period and Dylan Cozens scored 81 seconds into the second to put the Hurricanes up by a pair. Jaegar White responded moments later though with his fifth of the season to cut the Tigers’ deficit in half. The scoring continued exactly 100 seconds later as Estephan notched his 16th of the season to restore the two-goal advantage.
The rush of offence continued four minutes later as David Quenneville (New York Islanders) scoring his 15th goal of the season to ultimately bring his side within one after 40 minutes.
In the third, rookie Ryan Chyzowski scored his 12th of the season to tie up the contest, but the Hurricanes were far from being done offensively. Bellerive scored with 10:23 to go in the period and Franklin notched the game-winner 3:12 later. Mark Rassell would bring the visitors within a goal with 4:15 to go, but that’s as close as they’d come.
Reece Klassen stood tall with 37 saves on 41 shots, beating out Jordan Hollett (Ottawa Senators) who made 29 saves Friday.
Tonights Three Stars:
⭐️ Jordy Bellerive
⭐️⭐️ Zane Franklin
⭐️⭐️⭐️ David Quenneville
— LethbridgeHurricanes (@WHLHurricanes) December 30, 2017
Kelowna Rockets (3) at Kamloops Blazers (0)
Kelowna (22-11-2-1) // Kamloops (16-18-0-2)
After being denied his second career WHL shutout Wednesday on home ice, Kelowna Rockets goaltender James Porter made good on his desire for a clean sheet by stopping all 28 shots sent his way in a 3-0 blanking of the Kamloops Blazers.
Kole Lind (Vancouver Canucks) scored his third career WHL hat trick, accounting for all of Kelowna’s offence in the Rockets’ 22nd victory of the season. Lind scored 12:34 into the first period followed by goals 2:07 apart in the second.
Nolan Foote had a pair of assists in the contest for the only other multi-point effort in the game. Libor Zabransky, Jack Cowell, and Leif Mattson all had assists in the victory.
Porter was solid once again in net, making seven saves in the first, 13 in the second and eight in the third. Porter has now won three straight games and stopped 114 of the last 115 shots sent his way.
Dylan Ferguson (Vegas Golden Knights) stopped 30 of 33 shots in the loss. Luke Zazula, captain Nick Chyzowski and Jermaine Loewen each had four shots in the game to lead the Blazers Friday.
— Kelowna Rockets (@Kelowna_Rockets) December 30, 2017
Portland Winterhawks (3) at Tri-City Americans (2) — OT
Portland (22-12-0-1) // Tri-City (19-10-4-0)
After the Tri-City Americans handed the Portland Winterhawks a loss at home Wednesday, the Winterhawks returned the favour in overtime Friday in a 3-2 overtime game ended by Skyler McKenzie (Winnipeg Jets).
After the goaltenders duelled eachother for 40 minutes, the offensive gates opened in the third.
Parker AuCoin scored 96 seconds into the period to put the Americans up early, but Ty Kolle responded nearly seven minutes later with his fourth of the season for the Winterhawks. Jordan Topping restored the one-goal lead for the home side in the second half of the period, but the Winterhawks weren’t ready to quit.
Mason Mannek notched his fifth of the season at a timely moment with exactly one minute to go in regulation, sending the game to overtime. In the extra period, it took McKenzie 2:45 to put the Winterhawks ahead for good.
Alex Overhardt contributed a pair of assists in the winning effort Friday. Ryan Hughes and Brendan De Jong (Carolina Hurricanes) assisted on the game-winning goal. Kyle Olson (Anaheim Ducks) and Dylan Coghlan (Vegas Golden Knights) each picked up assists for the Americans.
Shane Farkas stopped 39 of 41 for his fourth victory of the season. Patrick Dea stopped 36 of 39 in the overtime loss.
🚨🚨🚨WINTERHAWKS WIN🚨🚨🚨 WE WIN WITH AN OT GOAL FROM @S_Mckenzie19
— Portland Winterhawks (@pdxwinterhawks) December 30, 2017
Spokane Chiefs (4) at Seattle Thunderbirds (5)
Spokane (19-14-1-2) // Seattle (16-14-4-1)
It went down to the final seconds, but the Seattle Thunderbirds pulled out a 5-4 victory against the visiting Spokane Chiefs Friday.
Five different Thunderbirds scored in the victory while Noah Philp had a goal and an assist. Dillon Hamaliuk and Donovan Neuls each had a pair of helpers in the victory.
Nolan Volcan had the lone goal of the first period, but the Chiefs came roaring back in the second. After Riley Woods and Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Los Angeles Kings) put Spokane up by one, Philp’s eighth of the season restored the game to a tie with 1:59 to go in the middle period. The Chiefs utilized that time effectively, with Woods tallying his second of the game and Eli Zummack scoring short-handed to close out the period with the visitors in front by a pair of goals.
The Thunderbirds found the strength they needed in the third. Nikita Malukhin scored his third of the season 1:41 into the period, followed Zack Andrusiak 9:54 into the period to tie up the game once again. Turner Ottenbreit would complete the comeback with his fifth of the season less than two minutes after Andrusiak’s tying goal to put Seattle ahead for good.
Matt Berlin held things together the rest of the way, finishing with 29 saves on 33 shots. Donovan Buskey finished with 21 saves on 26 shots in the loss.
Both Woods and Anderson-Dolan finished with three-point efforts for the Chiefs Friday in the one-goal loss.
VICTORY!!! T-Birds win 5-4!!!! pic.twitter.com/VlqVBNhy4K
— Seattle Thunderbirds 2017 WHL Champions (@SeattleTbirds) December 30, 2017
Vancouver Giants (2) at Everett Silvertips (1)
Vancouver (19-14-2-2) // Everett (22-14-1-1)
The Vancouver Giants atoned immediately for a lopsided loss Wednesday with a gutsy 2-1 victory in the home of the U.S. Division leaders.
Matt Fontyene scored the opening goal of the game 51 seconds into the second period, but the Giants responded later in the period with goals from Dawson Holt and Tyler Benson (Edmonton Oilers) to win their third straight road game and claim two points for the seventh time in their last eight games.
David Tendeck made 34 saves, including nine in the third, to preserve the victory. Dustin Wolf stopped 23 of 25 shots in the loss.
David Tendeck stops 34. @TylerBenson_17 and @DawsonHolt supplied second period goals and the Giants earn a massive 2-1 road victory against the Everett Silvertips! What a response! The @PGCougars are next tomorrow night at home!
More to come!
— Vancouver Giants (@WHLGiants) December 30, 2017