Monday, November 12, 2018

Western Hockey League schedule for Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

Here's Tuesday's schedule around the Western Hockey League (All times Pacific):

Tri-City Americans (11-5-0-0) at Moose Jaw Warriors (7-5-3-1) 5:00pm
Medicine Hat Tigers (9-8-1-2) at Saskatoon Blades (12-7-2-0) 5:00pm
Regina Pats (7-12-0-0) at Kootenay ICE (6-12-2-1) 6:00pm
Spokane Chiefs (9-7-1-2) at Seattle Thunderbirds (7-8-2-0) 7:05pm

Western Hockey League roundup for Monday, November 12th, 2018

Edmonton Oil Kings 6, Lethbridge Hurricanes 4

Edmonton built a two-goal lead through 40 minutes and then held on for the road win before 3,428 at Enmax Centre in Lethbridge. Brett Kemp and Trey Fix-Wolansky tallied a goal and two assists each, Vince Loschiavo had a goal and an assist, Liam Keeler, Jalen Luypen and Connor McDonald scored singles, Quinn Benjafield added 3 assists and Dylan Myskiw made 17 saves. For the Hurricanes, Zachary Cox scored twice, Jordy Bellerive a goal and assist, Dylan Cozens a goal and Reece Klassen 23 saves.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Western Hockey League schedule for Monday, November 12th, 2018

Here's Monday's schedule around the Western Hockey League (All times Pacific):

Edmonton Oil Kings (12-7-1-1) at Lethbridge Hurricanes (8-5-2-2) 6:00pm

Ams grab win in Brandon

Brandon, MB - A Brandon goal early in the third forced free hockey, but a Connor Bouchard goal in the seventh round of the shootout proved to be the difference, as the Tri-City Americans won for the seventh time on the road this season, defeating the Brandon Wheat Kings 3-2, in front of 4,286 in a Remembrance Day matinee special at Westoba Place in Brandon.

The Wheat Kings led it 1-0 after one, as Stelio Mattheos slammed home a rebound goal at 18:51 of the first, assisted by Braden Schneider and Ben McCartney.

Tri-City, looking to start a new win streak after Friday's loss at Regina, took the lead with a pair of goals in the second. Riley Sawchuk bounced one in off the goaltender from the corner, for his 8th of the season, assisted by Bouchard at 2:29, tying the game 1-1. The Ams then grabbed the lead late in the period. Blake Stevenson, fresh off a three-game suspension, scored his 3rd of the season off a drop pass in the right circle from Bouchard at 16:59. Sawchuk got the other assist, giving Tri-City a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.

The lead wouldn't hold however. Just past the three minute mark, Luka Berzan redirected a Zach Wytnick shot from the center point, tying the game for Brandon at 3-3. The goal, also assisted by Linden McCorrister, came on the power play at 3:18.

The Americans got the only shot on goal in the extra session and the contest would proceed to a deciding shootout, to see which team would get the extra standings point.

Neither team could dent the twine in the first two rounds, but both scored in the third, Isaac Johnson for Tri-City and Ben McCartney for the Wheat Kings. Both goaltenders would hold strong from there and the shootout would proceed to round seven. Bouchard would score for the Americans and Beck Warm would slam the door on Brandon's Caiden Daley, giving Tri-City the 3-2 win, running their road record this season to an impressive 7-2 and pushing them into third in the U.S. Division, 3 points behind second place Portland. The Americans were 0-for-2 on the power play, the Wheat Kings were 1-for-1 with the extra man.

Both goaltenders were impressive throughout the contest, with Warm making 22 saves for Tri-City and Jiri Patera making 22 saves for Brandon. With the win, the Americans improve to 11-5-0-0 for 22 points and sit third in the U.S. Division, the Wheat Kings slip to 9-4-3-3 for 24 points, third in the East. Tri-City is off Monday, their next action is Tuesday at the Moose Jaw Warriors. Face-off is set for 5:00pm PDT, with Craig West rink side at Mosaic Place calling the action on Newstalk 870 KFLD and online at beginning at 4:45pm. Brandon hits the ice again on Friday, November 16th at home against Medicine Hat.

Western Hockey League roundup for Sunday, November 11th, 2018

Tri-City Americans 3, Brandon Wheat Kings 2 (SO)

The Ams scored twice in the second period, then in the seventh round of the shootout, to grab their seventh road win of the season, before 4,286 in a Remembrance Day matinee at Westoba Place in Brandon. Stelio Mattheos's 18th goal of the season staked the Wheat Kings to a 1-0 lead after one. Tri-City would then get second period counters from Riley Sawchuk and Blake Stephenson to lead through 40, but a Brandon goal early in the third by Luka Burzan forced extra hockey. After a scoreless hockey, the teams locked horns in a shoot out duel. Isaac Johnson for the Americans and Ben McCartney for the Wheat Kings broke through in round three, but it took Connor Bouchard's seventh round goal to win it for the visitors. Beck Warm had 22 saves for Tri-City, Jiri Patera 22 for Brandon.

Red Deer Rebels 3, Swift Current Broncos 2 (OT)

Reese Johnson's goal 60 seconds into overtime won it for Red Deer, before 2,319 at Innovation Credit Union i-plex in Swift Current. Zak Smith had a goal and assist, Josh Tarzwell had a goal, Alexander Alexeyev recorded two assists and Byron Fancy made 15 saves for the Rebels. For Swift Current, Ben King and Max Patterson each had a goal and assist, Joel Hofer, who faced 35 shots in the final 40 minutes, made 44 saves.

Calgary Hitmen 7, Kootenay ICE 3

Calgary broke open a one-goal game with three late third period goals to win. Riley Stotts tallied 2 goals and an assist, Carson Focht and James Malm a goal and 3 assists each, Egor Zamula, Mark Kastelic and Tye Carriere one goal each and Kack McNaughton 29 saves for the Hitmen, who went 2-for-4 on the power play, before 6,287 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary. For Kootenay, goals came from Brad Ginnell, Martin Bodak and Brett Davis, with Duncan McGovern stopping 37 pucks. The ICE were 2-for-8 with the man advantage.

Everett Silvertips 5, Kamloops Blazers 2

Everett kept their U.S. Division lead at three points over second place Portland with the Sunday win in Kamloops, before 3,796 at the Sandman Centre. Jackson Berezowski, Jalen Price and Connor Dewar had a goal and assist each for the Silvertips, Jake Christiansen and Wyatte Wylie also scored, Max Palaga made 26 saves. The Blazers had goals from Luc Smith and Nolan Kneen, plus 28 saves from the duo of Dylan Ferguson and Rayce Ramsay.

Portland Winterhawks 4, Kelowna Rockets 2

Joachim Blichfeld scored twice, assisted both times by Cody Glass, leading the Winterhawks to the win in front of 4,096 at Veteran's Memorial Coliseum in Portland. Mason Mannek and Reece Newkirk also scored for Portland, Shane Farkas made 29 saves. Kelowna's goal scorers were Mark Liwiski and Kyle Crosbie, Roman Basran made 37 saves.

Prince George Cougars 1, Vancouver Giants 0

A goal 8 minutes into the contest by the Cougars' Ethan Browne was the only marker on the contest played at the Langley Events Centre, coming on a Prince George power play in front of 3,124 fans. Isaiah DiLaura picked up his first shut out with 26 saves. Vancouver's David Tendeck made 31 saves. The loss ended the Giants three game win streak.

Americans look to rebound at Brandon

The Tri-City Americans, winding down towards the end of a lengthy 11-games away from home, look to rebound from Friday's four goal loss at Regina, with a rare matinee contest in Brandon Sunday against the East Division Wheat Kings.

Tri-City enters Sunday's contest with a record of 10-5-0-0 and currently sits fourth in the U.S. Division, 6 points behind first place Everett. The Americans are led by Captain Nolan Yaremko, who has tallied 11 goals and a team best 15 assists for 26 points. He is tied for the team goal scoring lead with Parker AuCoin, who scored the Ams lone goal in the Friday night loss to the Pats. Goaltender Beck Warm leads the team defensively, appearing in 14 of 15 games so far this season, with 9 wins, a 2.91 goals against average and a .909 saves percentage. Kyle Olson tops the team with 27 penalty minutes. Yaremko's 11 goals include a team-best 5 power play markers.

Brandon's offense is paced by Stelio Mattheos. His 17 goals are tied with former American Brett Leason, now with Prince Albert, for the league goal scoring lead. His 14 assists give him a team-high 31 points. Mattheos also leads the Wheat Kings in power play goals with 9 and penalty minutes, with 26. Jiri Patera has been the work horse in goal, appearing in 15 of 18 games, compiling a 2.85 goals against average and an .917 saves percentage.

In special teams, Brandon ranks 7th on the power play, scoring 19 times in 75 opportunities, a rate of 25.3%, while allowing just one short handed goal. On the penalty kill, the Wheaties rank just 21st at 68.1%, killing just 49 of 72 short handed situations. They have, however, scored 3 short handed goals. Tri-City is 17th in the WHL at 20.3%, 14-for 69, having yet to allow a short handed goal. On the penalty kill, the Americans rank 12th, with 50 kills in 65 situations, 76.9%. They have yet to pick up a short handed goal.

The teams have met just three times in the past five seasons. Tri-City has a record of 2-1-0, while Brandon is 1-1-1. Last season, a Jordan Topping power play goal 2:49 into overtime propelled the Americans to a 4-3 win at the Toyota Center, in the only contest between the two teams.

Game time Sunday at Westoba Place in Brandon is set for 12:30pm PST. The live game broadcast, with Craig West calling the play-by-play, can be heard on Newstalk 870 KFLD and online at beginning with the Gesa Credit Union warm-up show at 12:15pm PST. After Sunday, the Americans play at Moose Jaw on Tuesday the 13th, Swift Current Wednesday the 14th, Prince Albert Friday the 16th and Saskatoon Saturday the 17th, finally returning home to face Kamloops on Friday, November 23rd and Calgary Saturday, November 24th. Brandon's next action after Sunday against Tri-City, is a home contest on Friday the 16th versus Medicine Hat.

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