WHL Roundup: Road teams run wild Tuesday

Chad Baker


Spokane Chiefs (6) at Calgary Hitmen (4)
Spokane (8-5-0-1) // Calgary (4-8-1-0)

Nolan Reid had a goal and four points, Los Angeles Kings prospect Jaret Anderson-Dolan had a pair of assists in his hometown  and Donovan Buskey made 30 saves for his first career WHL victory as the Spokane Chiefs took down the Calgary Hitmen by a 6-4 final.

The Chiefs had to work some magic in the third period, scoring four unanswered goals to shock the Hitmen. Calgary started the game strong with goals from Andrei Grishakov and Matteo Gennaro giving the home side a 2-0 lead 6:38 into the game.

Zach Fischer scored to get one back for the Chiefs, but Cael Zimmerman quickly restored the two-goal lead moments later. Hudson Elynuik closed out a five-goal first period with his seventh goal of the season with 1:57 to go in the opening period.

That would be all the scoring until the third, where the Hitmen still looked sharp in the early going. Matteo Gennaro had the lone goal through the first 5:27 of the period.

The Chiefs found their game shortly after that though. First, Reid scored his fifth of the season 7:18 into the period. Six minutes later, Riley McKay added his second of the season to tie up the game. Even with time running out, the Chiefs kept pressing as Eli Zummack scored just after the five-minute remaining mark passed for what would turn out to be the game-winning goal. With 11 seconds left in the game, Riley Woods scored into the empty net to complete the victory.

Buskey was shaky in the first period, but settled down after that, making 15 saves in the final two periods to give the Chiefs time to get back in the game. Nick Schneider made 32 saves on 37 shots in the loss.

The Chiefs are off the Medicine Hat Wednesday to continue their tour of the Central Division against the Tigers while the Hitmen will look to avoid falling for the second-straight game when they travel to Lethbridge to face the Hurricanes.

Regina Pats (6) at Kootenay ICE (3)
Regina (8-5-1-0) // Kootenay (5-7-1-0)

The Regina Pats opened up a four-game road trip with a big two points Tuesday in Cranbrook, B.C. against the Kootenay ICE.

Josh Mahura had a pair of goals, George King scored the game-winner while Sam Steel and Emil Oksanen each had a pair of assists in the victory as the Pats climbed to within four points of the idle Brandon Wheat Kings for third in the division.

Mahura opened the scoring in the first, but the ICE tied it up 19 seconds later on Brett Davis’ fifth goal of the season. Matt Bradley notched his 12th of the campaign eight minutes later and Bryce Platt scored late in the period to give the Pats a three-goal cushion after 20 minutes.

In the second, King, Robbie Holmes and Mahura all scored in a 7:17 span to give the Pats an insurmountable lead. That was more than enough goal support for Tyler Brown, who finished with 23 saves to for his sixth win of the season. Bailey Brkin made 33 saves on 39 shots in the loss while Davis and Colton Veloso scored in the third for the ICE.

The Pats’ road trip will continue Wednesday in Lethbridge against the Hurricanes while the ICE will welcome the Seattle Thunderbirds to town Friday.

Medicine Hat Tigers (5) at Red Deer Rebels (2)
Medicine Hat (7-4-0-0) // Red Deer (6-6-0-0)

Michael Bullion stopped 30 of 32 shots and five different skaters scored Tuesday as the Medicine Hat Tigers took over sole possession of first place in the Central Division with a win in Red Deer against the Rebels.

David Quenneville’s late second period power play goal stood up as the game-winner as the visiting Tigers scored four unanswered goals in the game.

Brandon Hagel opened the scoring for the Rebels as the one goal of the first period to give the home side their first of two leads in the game. Ryan Chyzowski answered back early in the second for the Tigers, but the Rebels went ahead 69 seconds later from the stick of Lane Zablocki to restore the lead.

The Tigers then went to work in the later portion of the period. With 3:51 to go with Ryan Jevne tallying his fourth goal of the season, evening things up. Less than three minutes later, Quenneville added his fourth of the season as the last lead change of the night.

Tyler Preziuso and Joel Craven rounded out the scoring the third.

Ethan Anders and Lasse Petersen split time in net Tuesday, with Anders allowing five goals on 27 shots and Petersen stopping all five shots he saw.

The Tigers will look to extend their winning streak to two games Wednesday when Spokane Chiefs come to the Canalta Centre. For the Rebels, they’ll continue a six-game home stand against the same Chiefs Friday.

Victoria Royals (7) at Saskatoon Blades (2)
Victoria (10-3-1-0) // Saskatoon (3-7-1-0)

By the matter of an hour or so, the Victoria Royals became the first team in the Western Hockey League to reach 10 wins Tuesday, putting on an offensive display at the SaskTel Centre against the Saskatoon Blades.

Regan Nagy had a hat trick and four points, Yan Khomenko had three assists and the tandem of Griffen Outhouse and Dean McNabb combined to stop 38 shots as the Royals rebounded appropriately after losing back-to-back games for the second time this season.

Dante Hannoun scored 87 seconds into Tuesday’s game followed by two goals from Nagy to round out the first period. In the second, Jared Legien scored 4:43 into the period, followed seven minutes later by Nagy completing his hat trick and a few minutes later by Tyler Soy’s sixth goal of the season.

Dryden Michaud got one back for the Blades 71 seconds after Soy’s goal, but Matthew Phillips scored late in the period to restore the lead to six. The lone goal of the third came from Josh Paterson of the Blades.

Ryan Kubic and Joel Grzybowski made nine and 10 saves respectively Tuesday for the Blades.

The Royals evened up their record on their seven-game road trip to 3-3. They’ll look to come out ahead when they travel to the Art Hauser Centre to face the Prince Albert Raiders Wednesday. The Blades are in Swift Current Friday to face the Broncos at the Credit Union I-Plex.

Moose Jaw Warriors (6) at Portland Winterhawks (4)
Moose Jaw (10-3-1-0) // Portland (9-3-0-0)

In a battle of one of the beasts of the East against one of the best in the West, the Moose Jaw Warriors prevailed over the Portland Winterhawks Tuesday.

Brett Howden had a pair of goals and an assist while Jayden Halbgewachs added a goal and four-points in the Warriors’ 10th victory of the season as they temporarily took over sole possession of first in the Eastern Conference.

Howden and Skyler McKenzie traded goals for the Warriors and Winterhawks in the first period before the Warriors took control of the game. Jett Woo scored early in the second period to give Moose Jaw their second lead of the game, but a Kieffer Bellows goal once again levelled the scoring midway through the period.

Howden scored for Moose Jaw three-and-a-half minutes after Bellows’ goal, followed four minutes later by Tanner Jeannot’s fifth of the season to put the Warriors up by two heading to the third.

Alex Overhardt gave the home fans some life in the third, scoring his fourth of the season 2:40 into the period to bring Portland within one. Luka Burzan capitalized 16 seconds later though to restore the two-goal lead. Bellows had his second of the contest with 3:35 to go in the period, but Halbgewachs scored his lone goal of the contest with 50 seconds to go into the empty net to clinch the victory.

Brody Willms made 31 saves for his eighth win of the season, placing him one off the league lead.

The Warriors will continue their road trip against the Tri-City Americans Wednesday. For the Winterhawks, they’ll be back in action Sunday when they host the Everett Silvertips.

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