COUGARS SHUT DOWN SILVERTIPS – Mac Engel made 21 saves to claim his first shutout of the season as the Prince George Cougars blanked the visiting Everett Silvertips 4-0 in Western Hockey League action on Saturday night.
Colin Jacobs scored two goals, Jake Mykitiuk and Zach Pochiro added singles and Rinalds Rosinskis chipped in three assists for the Cougars (15-28-2-4), who exact revenge on the Silvertips for Friday’s 3-2 defeat in Prince George.
Austin Lotz turned in a 35-save effort in a losing cause for the Silvertips (21-27-1-2), who were blanked on five power play chances while giving up two goals on five Cougars’ man advantage chances.
ROCKETS 6, RAIDERS 2
Cody Fowlie scored twice and Tyson Baillie tallied a goal and two assists to lead the Kelowna Rockets to a 6-2 win over the visiting Prince Albert Raiders on Saturday.
Damon Severson and Jesse Lees each picked up a goal and an assist while Ryan Olsen notched his 25th goal of the season for the Rockets (37-10-2-1), who earn their 21st straight home win and improve to 30-4-1 since October 28th. Jordon Cooke stopped 17 shots to claim his 20th straight victory.
Austin Daae and Mark McNeill scored for the Raiders (28-17-1-3), who trailed 3-0 after the first period and 5-0 after the second frame en route to their second straight loss. Andy Desautels made 38 saves in the defeat.
TIGERS 4, CHIEFS 3
Curtis Valk netted the go-ahead goal on a power play 7:54 into the third period as the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers edged the Spokane Chiefs 4-3 on Saturday.
Cam Lanigan turned in an outstanding 55-save performance to earn the win for the Tigers (25-23-2-1), who post their second win in as many nights on their U.S. Division tour and move into a tie with Swift Current for sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Hunter Shinkaruk and Boston Leier each notched a goal and an assist and Miles Koules also scored for the Tigers.
Todd Fiddler – with his 34th and 35th goals of the season – and Blake Gal scored for the Chiefs (30-18-2-0), who outshot the visitors 58-31 but come away with their second straight defeat. Garret Hughson made 27 saves in the loss.
WINTERHAWKS 7, AMERICANS 0
Oliver Bjorkstrand notched his first WHL hat trick to pace the visiting Portland Winterhawks to a 7-0 win over the Tri-City Americans on Saturday.
Brendan Burke stopped 25 shots to record his third shutout and 15th win of the season for the Winterhawks (39-7-1-2), who record their second straight shutout win of the weekend. Brendan Leipsic scored twice and set up another, Seth Jones and Nic Petan also scored and Chase De Leo picked up three assists for the Winterhawks.
Luke Lee-Knight turned aside 33 of 40 shots he faced in the loss for the Americans (28-19-1-2), who drop their second straight decision and remain in fifth place in the Western Conference.
ROYALS 4, GIANTS 1
Brandon Magee scored two goals as the Victoria Royals skated to a 4-1 win over the visiting Vancouver Giants on Saturday.
Jamie Crooks and Brandon Fushimi also scored for the Royals (27-17-1-2), who down the Giants for a second straight night while extending their season-high win streak to seven games. Patrik Polivka made 17 saves in the victory.
Cain Franson notched his 20th goal of the season for the Giants (12-38-0-0), who went 0-for-5 on the man advantage as they see their losing skid hit six games. Jared Rathjen made 23 saves while taking the loss versus his old Club.
REBELS 3, HURRICANES 2 S/O
Rhyse Dieno scored the only goal in a shootout to lift the Red Deer Rebels to a 3-2 victory over the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes on Saturday.
Dieno sent the game to overtime with the tying goal 18:28 into the third period while Brady Gaudet also scored in regulation play for the Rebels (26-20-4-2), who put a halt to a three-game losing skid and move four points ahead of Lethbridge for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Patrik Bartosak stopped 29 of 32 shots in regulation, and wasn’t beaten in the shootout to take the win.
Macoy Erkamps and Sam Mckechnie scored for the Hurricanes (23-21-1-7), who have been involved in nine games decided by a shootout and lost seven of them. Ty Rimmer turned in a valiant 43-save effort through regulation play, but was beaten once in the shootout to absorb the loss.
OIL KINGS 5, WHEAT KINGS 2
Curtis Lazar scored his 22nd and 23rd goals of the season to pace the Edmonton Oil Kings to a 5-2 win over the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday.
Dylan Wruck – with a goal and two assists – Michael St. Croix and Stephane Legault also scored while Henrik Samuelsson chipped in three assists for the Oil Kings (34-11-2-3), who broke open a 2-2 game with three goals in a 6:05 span in the second period as they post their fourth straight win. Tristan Jarry made 26 saves to claim the victory.
Jayce Hawryluk scored his 10th goal of the season and added an assist while Eric Roy also counted for the Wheat Kings (18-28-2-2), who have allowed at least 44 shots against in each of their last four games. Curtis Honey turned in a 47-save effort in the setback.
WARRIORS 5, BRONCOS 2
Sam Fioretti scored his 25th goal of the season and added an assist to lead the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors to a 5-2 win over the Swift Current Broncos on Saturday.
Brayden Point and Justin Kirsch also each picked up a goal and an assist while Bryson Gore and Tanner Eberle also scored for the Warriors (16-25-3-6), who went 2-for-8 on the power play while earning their second win in as many nights. Justin Paulic made 32 saves in the win.
Ryon Moser and Reece Scarlett scored for the Broncos (24-21-3-2), who had won their previous seven games, including four straight at home. Landon Bow made 19 saves in a losing effort.
ICE 3, PATS 1
Sam Reinhart got his 25th goal of the season and chipped in an assist to lead the visiting Kootenay Ice to a 3-1 victory over the Regina Pats on Saturday.
Jon Martin and Levi Cable also scored for the Ice (23-25-2-0), who improve to 13-1-1 over their last 15 games and now sit just one point out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Mackenzie Skapski made 22 saves to earn his 22nd win of the season.
Lane Scheidl notched his 24th goal of the season for the Pats (18-27-3-2), who see their losing skid hit seven games as they remain eight points out of a playoff spot in the conference. Matt Hewitt turned aside 35 of 37 shots in the defeat.