T-BIRDS TAKE DOWN COUGARS – Shea Theodore scored twice and chipped in an assist to lead the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 6-1 victory over the visiting Prince George Cougars in Western Hockey League action on Tuesday.
Griffin Foulk got his first WHL tally and Justin Hickman – with a goal and an assist – Luke Lockhart and Connor Honey added singles while Alex Delnov added three assists for the Thunderbirds (19-28-3-1), who pad their lead to six points over the Cougars for eighth place in the Western Conference. Brandon Glover made 29 saves to record the win.
Chase Witala tallied his ninth goal of the season for the Cougars (15-29-2-4), who were held scoreless on five power play chances in the contest. Mac Engel made 32 saves in the setback.
WINTERHAWKS 6, SILVERTIPS 0
Ty Rattie scored twice and Brendan Burke made 17 saves to post his second straight shutout as the visiting Portland Winterhawks skated to a 6-0 win over the Everett Silvertips on Tuesday.
The victory clinches the Winterhawks a playoff spot in the Western Conference as both Vancouver and Prince George can no longer catch them in the standings.
Nic Petan scored and set up two more while Taylor Leier, Preston Kopeck and Troy Rutkowski also counted for the Winterhawks (40-7-1-2), who earn their third straight shutout win and hit the 40-win mark for the fourth straight season.
Daniel Cotton made 35 saves in a losing cause for the Silvertips (21-28-1-2), who suffer their second straight shutout loss and now sit just three points up on Seattle for seventh place in the Western Conference.
RAIDERS 6, ROYALS 5 S/O
Leon Draisaitl scored the lone goal in a shootout as the visiting Prince Albert Raiders edged the Victoria Royals 6-5 on Tuesday.
Mark McNeill sent the game to overtime with the tying goal with one second remaining on the clock while Davis Vandane – with a goal and two assists – Carson Perreaux, Draisaitl and Shane Danyluk also counted in regulation play for the Raiders (29-17-1-3), who improve to 2-2 on their B.C. Division road trip. Luke Siemens made 28 saves through 56 minutes of regulation play, and wasn’t beaten in the shootout to post the win.
Alex Gogolev and Steven Hodges each tallied a goal and an assist while Mitch Deacon, Brandon Magee and Jack Walker also scored for the Royals (27-17-1-3), who see a seven-game winning streak snapped. Coleman Vollrath made 30 saves through regulation play, but was beaten once in the shootout to absorb the loss.
HITMEN 3, TIGERS 2
Pavlo Padakin broke a 2-2 tie with his 15th goal of the season early in the third period as the visiting Calgary Hitmen edged the Medicine Hat Tigers 3-2 on Tuesday.
Victor Rask and Cody Sylvester also scored and Brooks Macek chipped in two assists for the Hitmen (33-13-1-3), who rallied from a 2-0 deficit to post their second straight victory. Mack Shields made 24 saves to claim his eighth victory of the season.
Hunter Shinkaruk scored twice, including his 30th goal of the season, for the Tigers (25-24-2-1), who went 1-for-5 on the power play as they see a two-game win streak come to an end. Cam Lanigan turned in a 45-save performance in the loss.