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WHL Roundup: Warm hot between the pipes as Ams shutout T-Birds
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Medicine Hat Tigers (4) at Calgary Hitmen (2)
Lethbridge (11-6-0-0) //  Calgary (6-11-1-0)

Bob Ridley’s 3,800th WHL broadcast ended on a winning note as the Medicine Hat Tigers doubled up the Calgary Hitmen Friday.

Mark Rassell had a pair of goals and an assist while Kristians Rubins notched the game-winning goal as the Tigers increased their lead at the top of the Central Division.

The Hitmen got on the board first from a Jakob Stukel goal, but Jaegar White’s first goal of the season kept things tied after 20 minutes. Luke Coleman put the Hitmen ahead early in the second, but Rassell’s first of the game once kept things tied at the end of the period.

In the third, Rubins scored 2:30 into the period and Rassell notched the insurance goal with 55 seconds to go. Jordan Hollett made 23 saves for the victory, beating out Nick Schneider, who made 26 saves on 30 shots in the game.

Prince Albert Raiders (5) at Kootenay ICE (3)
Prince Albert (8-6-3-0) // Kootenay (8-10-1-0)

The Prince Albert Raiders kicked off a six-game road trip with a victory Friday, downing the Kootenay ICE by a 5-3 final in Cranbrook, B.C.

Justin Nachbaur had a pair of goals in a four-goal first period explosion for the Raiders, who were able to control the game the rest of the way. Sean Montgomery and Cole Fonstad also scored in the first period.

Dallas Hines and Alec Baer scored in the second period to bring the ICE close, but Spencer Moe’s third goal of the season kept things out of reach. Colton Veloso scored the lone goal of the third period for the ICE.

In net, Ian Scott made 36 saves on 39 shots for his fifth victory of the season while Bailey Brkin and Duncan McGovern combined to make 24 saves.

Spokane Chiefs (6) at Lethbridge Hurricanes (3)
Spokane (9-7-1-2) // Lethbridge (7-9-1-0)

Kailer Yamamoto made up for lost time in his season debut Friday for the Spokane Chiefs, notching four points and helping his club to a 6-3 victory on the road in Lethbridge.

Ty Smith also added a goal and three points while Nolan Reid had a pair of assists.

Jake Elmer struck for the first goal of the evening to put the Hurricanes up temporarily, but the Chiefs found their way through, scoring three times in the first to take the lead in their favour. Second period goals from Ethan McIndoe and Smith kept the Chiefs firmly in the drivers seat while Zach Fischer scored for the Chiefs in the third. Jaret Anderson-Doland and Tyson Helgesen also scored for the Chiefs.

Giorgio Estephan and Ryan Vandervlis scored for the Hurricanes in the loss.

Dawson Weatherill made 33 saves on 36 shots to claim the victory. Stuart Skinner stopped 27 shots in the loss.

Moose Jaw Warriors (3) at Regina Pats (2)
Moose Jaw (14-4-0-0) // Regina (11-7-2-0)

Jayden Halbgewachs scored a pair of goals, including the game-winning goal in the final minute of the third period, to earn an important regulation victory for the Warriors over their Trans-Canada rivals.

Tristyn DeRoose scored the opening goal of the game 8:07 into the first, followed 47 seconds into the second by Halbgewachs’ first of the game. Matt Bradley responded for the Pats with his 15th of the season 28 seconds after the Warriors went up by two to cut their lead in half and Sam Steel scored three minutes later to tie up the game.

That would be all the offence in the game until Halbgewachs’ late goal to keep the Warriors in the East Division lead.

Brody Willms was solid once again, making 31 saves to top the Pats while Tyler Brown made 27 saves in the loss. 

Swift Current Broncos (6) at Saskatoon Blades (4)
Swift Current (12-3-1-0) // Saskatoon (7-9-1-0)

The Swift Current Broncos didn’t make things easy on themselves in the second and third period of Friday’s game against the Saskatoon Blades, but thankfully did enough in the first period to earn the victory and two important points.

First period goals from Tyler Steenbergen, Colby Sissons, Glenn Gawdin and Aleksi Heponiemi overwhelmed the Blades, who answered back with goals from Chase Wouters and Braylon Shmyr.

Logan Foster put the Broncos up by three in the second period, with his goal proving to be timely as the Blades answered back with goals from Libor Hajek and Michael Farren to keep them within a goal late in the third.

Thankfully for the Broncos, Connoer Chaulk scored his third of the season into the empty net to clinch the victory.

Logan Flodell made 29 saves for his second-straight victory while the Blades split duties in net between Ryan Kubic and Joel Grzybowski, who combined for 16 saves.

Red Deer Rebels (2) at Kamloops Blazers (4)
Red Deer Rebels (8-10-1-0) // Kamloops (6-12-0-0)

Less than a month ago, Dylan Garand was helping British Columbia win the 2017 WHL Cup. Friday, Garand had his first career WHL victory.

Garand stopped 31 of 33 shots Friday at the Sandman Centre as the Blazers scored a 3-2 victory over the visiting Red Deer Rebels.

WHL On the Run Player of the Week Jermaine Loewen, Joe Gatenby and Nick Chyzowski scored in the first, second and third period respectively while Jared Dmytriw and Kristian Reichel scored for the Rebels.

Quinn Benjafield had a pair of assists while Garrett Pilon also added a helper in the victory. The story of the game was Garand though as he stopped 12 shots in the first, eight more in the second and 11 in the third for the win. Ethan Anders stopped 29 shots in the loss.

Everett Silvertips (3) at Prince George Cougars (4) SO
Everett (7-10-1-1) // Prince George (6-8-2-2)

Jared Bethune scored the lone goal of the shootout as the Prince George Cougars captured a shootout victory against the Everett Silvertips Friday.

Jackson Leppard had a goal and an assist while Josh Maser had a pair of assists in the Cougars’ sixth victory of the season.

Gianni Fairbrothers’ first career WHL goal and Sean Richards’ fifth of the season had the visiting side up by a 2-0 score after 20 minutes. Kody McDonald got the Cougars back into the game 32 seconds into the second period though, though Richards’ would score his second of the game to restore the two-goal. The lead would be cut back down to a single goal 44 seconds later as Leppard struck for his sixth of the season.

In the third, Beaumont, Alta. native Jack Sander scored his first career WHL goal to force extra time, where the Cougars would prevail.

Tavin Grant made 22 saves, including three more in the shootout, beating out Carter Hart, who made 20 saves in the contest.

Edmonton Oil Kings (2) at Victoria Royals (3)
Edmonton (5-11-2-0) // Victoria (14-5-1-0)

The Victoria Royals were given a scare Friday by the Edmonton Oil Kings, but found enough time to regroup and comeback in the third for their Western Conference-leading 14th victory of the season.

Brett Kemp and Kobe Mohr scored midway through the first and early in the second respectively to put the visiting side up by a pair of goals, but the Royals would not be denied two points Friday.

Eric Florchuk scored 12:31 into the second period followed by goals from Ryan Peckford and Tyler Soy in the third to complete the comeback.

Griffen Outhouse stopped 32 shots, including 24 in the first two periods combined, before shutting the door for good on the Oil Kings’ eight third period shots. Travis Child made 19 saves in the loss.

Vancouver Giants (4) at Kelowna Rockets (5) OT
Vancouver (6-8-2-2) // Kelowna (9-6-2-1)

Carsen Twarynski’s 10th goal of the season came in overtime on home ice Friday as the Kelowna Rockets edged the Vancouver Giants by a 5-4 final.

Tyler Benson had a pair of goals and Brad Morrison added a goal and two assists for the Giants , but it wasn’t enough to overcome goals from five different Rockets players in their ninth victory of the season.

 

Gordie Ballhorn opened the scoring 13:53 into the first, though Ty Ronning and Benson responded with goals in the final portion of the opening period to put the visiting side ahead.

Leif Mattson had the lone goal of the second to tie things up after 40 minutes, setting the stage for a wild third period.

Morrison opened the scoring 4:45 into the final period, followed later by a short-handed goal for Kole Lind, his 10th of the season. Conner Bruggen-Cate and Benson traded goals in the second half of the third period, sending the game to overtime.

In the extra period, it only took 88 second for Cal Foote to find Twarynski for the game-winner.

James Porter picked up the win with 24 saves while Todd Scott stopped 30 shots in the loss.

Tri-City Americans (4) at Seattle Thunderbirds (0)
Tri-City (12-4-2-0) // Seattle (9-6-1-1)

Beck Warm made 43 saves for his first career WHL shutout Friday as the Tri-City Americans blanked the defending Ed Chynoweth Cup champions.

Dylan Coghlan had a pair of goals and an assist while Carson Focht had a goal and two points. Nolan Yaremko rounded out the scoring for the Ams Friday. Yaremko scored the game-winning goal in the first before they tacked on three more in the second to move into sole possession of first place in the U.S. Division.

Warm was busy and stayed hot the entire game, making 18 saves in the first, eight in the second and 17 more in the third. He also kept the Thunderbirds scoreless on all six of their power play opportunities.

Matt Berlin stopped 22 shots in the loss.

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