Monday, November 19, 2018

Western Hockey League schedule for November 20th, 2018

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

Lethbridge Hurricanes (9-7-2-2) at Prince Albert Raaiders (20-1-0-0) 5:00 pm
Regina Pats (7-15-0-0) at Kamloops Blazers (8-9-1-1) 7:00 pm
Calgary Hitmen (8-12-2-0) at Everett Silvertips (16-7-1-0) 7:05 pm

Western Hockey League roundup for Sunday, November 19th, 2018

Moose Jaw Warriors 9, Kootenay ICE 1

4 goals in each of the first two periods allowed Moose Jaw to breeze past the ICE before 2,139 at Western Financial Place in Cranbrook. Ryan Peckford had a huge game for the Warriors with 4 goals and an assist, Tyler Smithies has 2 goals and an assist, Brayden Tracey and Yegor Buyalski a goal and assist each, Tate Popple 1 goal and Adam Evanoff 19 saves. Owen Pederseon scored the lone Kootenay goal, Duncan McGovern and Jesse Makaj combined to make 34 saves. Moose Jaw went 3-for-3 on the power play, the ICE did not have a power play opportunity in the game.

Kamloops Blazers 7, Prince George Cougars 3

Kamloops built up a 5 goal lead through 40 minutes and cruised home to the win from there, before 2,301 at CN Centre in Prince George. The Blazers were led by Orrin Centazzo and Luc Smith with 2 goals and 1 assist each, Zane Franklin 1 goal and 4 assists, Martin Lang with 1 goal, Luke Zazula and Nolan Kneen with 3 assists each and Dylan Garand with 25 saves. Kamloops went 2-for-3 on the power play and 8-of-9 on the penalty kill. Prince George scored all three of their goals in the third period, with the lamplighters coming from Cole Moberg on the power play, Connor Bowie and Austin Crossley. Isaiah DiLaura and Taylor Gauthier combined for 31 saves.

Victoria Royals 3, Vancouver Royals 1

Two quality teams played a real nail biter Sunday in front of 3,078 at the Langley Events Centre. Dylan Plouffe opened the scoring for Vancouver, but the Royals responded with goals from Logan Doust and D-Jay Jerome to lead 2-1 after one. That score would hold until the closing moments of regulation, when Victoria's Dino Kambeitz would pop a short handed goal into an empty net with 13 seconds remaining to seal the deal. Griffen Outhouse made 28 saves for the victorious Royals, Trent Miner had 22 saves for the Giants.

Spokane Chiefs 3, Everett Silvertips 2 (OT)

Riley Woods scored all three Spokane goals Sunday night, his 18th of the season coming 2:27 into overtime, pushing the Chiefs past Everett. The win drew Spokane within one point of second place Portland and six points of first place Everett in the U.S. Division. Bailey Brkin picked up his first win in two weeks, making 38 saves. Wyatte Wylie scored a first period power play goal for the 'Tips, Dawson Butt scored at even strength in the second.Dustin Wolf took the overtime loss, while making 21 saves. Max Palage started and made 3 saves on 5 shots faced in 8:42 of work. Attendance at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett was 4,517.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Western Hockey League schedule for Sunday, November 18th, 2018

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

Kamloops Blazers (7-9-1-1) at Prince George Cougars (9-9-1-2) 2:00 pm
Moose Jaw Warriors (9-5-3-1) at Kootenay ICE (7-13-3-1) 3:00 pm
Victoria Royals (11-6-0-0) at Vancouver Giants (14-5-2-0) 4:00 pm
Spokane Chiefs (11-8-1-2) at Everett Silvertips (16-7-0-0) 4:05pm

Western Hockey League roundup for Saturday, November 17th, 2018

Saskatoon Blades 5, Tri-City Americans 3

A three-goal burst in the third won it for Saskatoon. Erik Florchuk scored twice for Saskatoon, Kirby Dach added a goal and 3 assists, Josh Paterson a goal and assist, Randan Schmidt a goal and Nolan Maier 29 saves. For Tri-City, Mitchell Brown, Dom Schmiemann and Parker AuCoin scored goals, Beck Warm made 35 saves. Attendance at SaskTel Centre was 3,832.

Prince Albert Raiders 6, Brandon Wheat Kings 0

Raiders have won 13 straight and are now 20-1-0-0, thanks in part to a 4 goal third period. Sean Montgomery scored twice for the Raiders, Noah Gregor had a goal and an assist as did Brett Leason, Carson Miller and Cole Fonstad each scored once. Ian Scott made 26 saves for his 4th shutout this season and second in his past three games. For Brandon, Jiri Patera made 40 saves. Attendance at Westoba Place in Brandon was 3,678.

Medicine Hat Tigers 2, Swift Current Broncos 0

The Tigers scored twice in the first and made it hold up for the win, in front of 2,382 at Innovation Credit Union i-plex in Swift Current. Ryan Chyzowski scored both Medicine Hat goals, while netminder Mads Sogaard made 48 saves. For Swift Current, who has been shut out three times in their past four games, Joel Hofer made 28 saves.

Kelowna Rockets 3, Edmonton Oil Kings 1

Kelowna scored twice in the second and that was enough to win the contest, played before 8,458 at Rogers Place in Edmonton. Despite launching just 13 shots on net, the Rockets were able to get three home. Liam Kindree scored a power play for Kelowna and Coach Adam Foote's son Nolan scored both second period goals for the Rockets, aided by a pair of assists by Leif Mattson. David Kope scored the scored for the Oil Kings just shy of the midway point of the opening period. Roman Basran made 26 saves for Kelowna, Boston Bilous had 10 saves for Edmonton.

Moose Jaw Warriors 3, Lethbridge Hurricanes 2

Moose Jaw scored once in each period to win before 3,498 at Enmax Centre in Lethbridge, in a contest where the two teams combined for 88 minutes in penalties. Tristan Langan scored twice, once on the power play for the Warriors, with Braden Tracey adding a power play goal and Brodan Salmond making 22 saves. For the Hurricanes, Logan Barlage scored, Zachary Cox scored on the power play and Carl Tetachuk made 38 saves. Moose Jaw was 2-for-8 with the extra man, Lethridge was 1-for-3.

Red Deer Rebels 5, Kootenay ICE 4 (OT)

Reece Johnson finished off the hat trick 2:50 into overtime, giving the Rebels the win before 3,782 at the Enmax Centrium in Red Deer. Jeff de Wit had a goal and assist, Alex Morozoff a goal, Brandon Hagel 4 assists and Ethan Anders 26 saves for Red Deer. For Kootenay, Connor McClennon tallied 2 goals and 1 assist, Jonathan Smart a goal and assist, Owen Pederson a goal and Jesse Makaj 35 saves. The Rebels were 3-for-4 on the power play, the ICE were 1-for-2.

Kamloops Blazers 5, Prince George Cougars 1

The Blazers cruised to the win, before 2,600 at CN Centre in Prince George. Josh Pillar and Jermaine Loewen scored for the Blazers in the first, Loewen again in the second, Zane Franklin and Luc Smith in the third, before the Cougars' Mike MacLean responded late for Prince George. Dylan Ferguson, who had a no decision and 3 losses in his previous four appearences, made 13 saves for the win for Kamloops. Cougars goaltender Taylor Gauthier made 31 saves. The Blazers were 3-for-7 on the power play, those 3 being the final 3 goals they scored on the night. Prince George was 0-for-2 on the power play.

Seattle Thunderbirds 6, Portland Winterhawks 4

The Thunderbirds snapped a seven-game winless slide with the win over their arch rivals, before 5,052 at the accesso ShoWare Center. A Jake Gricius power play goal and a goal by Clay Hanus marker staked Portland to a 2-0 lead at 7:59 of the first, but Seattle goals by Jared Davidson and Samuel Huo had it tied 2-all after one. A pair of goals by Matthew Wedman had the T-Birds up 4-2 after two, then in the third the teams traded goals. Andrej Kukuca for the Thunderbirds, Nick Perna for the Hawks, Zack Andrusiak for Seattle and Gricius again for Portland, to make the final score 6-4 in favor of Seattle. Liam Hughes made 51 saves for the T-Birds and Dante Giannuzzi had 30 saves for the Winterhawks. Portland went 2-for-5 on the power play, Seattle was 0-for-3.

Calgary Hitmen 5, Spokane Chiefs 1

The Hitmen rolled to the win before 5,810 at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. Calgary's Mark Kastelic scored 3, Riley Stotts 2, James Malm had 3 assists, Egor Zamula 2 helpers, Carl Stankowski 33 saves for Calgary. Adam Beckman scored for Spokane, Dawson Weatherill made 24 saves for the Chiefs. The Hitmen were 2-for-2 on the power play, Spokane was 1-for-2.

Victoria Royals 2, Regina Pats 1

A late third period Royals goal was the difference, in front of 5,526 at Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena in Victoria. Pats captain Jake Leschyshyn scored in the first, before the Royals Kaid Oliver tied it with a power play goal late. It stayed 1-1 until late in the third, when Victoria's Tanner Sidaway scored at 17:15 to break the tie. The Royals would hold on from there for the win. Griffen Outhouse made 17 saves for Victoria, Max Paddock 25 for Regina.

Everett Silvertips 6, Vancouver Giants 5

The top teams in the U.S. and B.C. Divisions got together Saturday night and Everett came out on top, before 6,789 at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett. Connor Dewar scored twice and added an assist for Everett, Sean Richards scored a pair, with Luke Ormsby and Jake Christiansen notched one apiece. For Vancouver, Davis Koch scored twice, Jared Dmytriw had a goal and 2 assists, Dawson Holt and and Matt Barberis a goal and assist each. In goal, Dustin Wolf made 17 saves for the Silvertips, David Tendeck made 28 stops for Vancouver. Everett was 1-for-5 on the power play, the Giants were 2-for-6.

Third period blitz sends Blades past Ams

Saskatoon, SK -- Three goals in the final 6:07 was the difference Saturday night, as the Saskatoon Blades rallied for a 5-3 win over the Tri-City Americans, before 3,832 at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon.

The Blades scored first just 55 seconds into the contest, as Kirby Dach scored from Dawson Davidson, giving the home team an early 1-0 lead. The lead would last until just past the six minute mark, as Mitchell Brown scored his 2nd of the season for Tri-City, assisted by Samuel Stewart and Riley Sawchuk at 6:06, squaring the game 1-1 after 20 minutes.

After the Americans had enjoyed a 17-8 shots advantage in the opening period, things were much more even in the second, with the two teams combing for 23 shots. Saskatoon connected on the power play with a Josh Paterson goal, assisted by Dawson Davidson and Dach at 7:43, putting the Blades on top 2-1. It didn't take Tri-City long to even it up however. Dom Schmiemann's first with the Americans, off assists from Isaac Johnson and Kyle Johnson, tied the game 2-2 after two.

Midway through the third, the Americans would take the lead on a deflection goal by Parker AuCoin, his 12th goal of the season. Hrabik drew the lone assist at 10:13 that put Tri-City on top at 3-2. Things would swing pretty quickly and decisively in favor of the home team after that. Eric Florchuk scored from Dach at 13:53, Randen Schmidt scored from Paterson and Emil Malysjev at 15:32 and Florchuk scored again from Dach and Kristian Roykas Marthinsen at 17:34. The Americans would empty the net with 1:10 left to no avail and Saskatoon would skate on to the 5-3 victory.

Nolan Maier backstopped his team to the victory, making 29 saves along the way for the Blades. Beck Warm was solid in goal for the Americans once again, making 35 saves. Saskatoon, which outshot Tri-City 40-32, 32-15 over the final two periods, went 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Americans were 0-for-2. With the win, the Blades improve to 14-7-2-0, while Tri-City slips to 12-8-0-0.

The Americans 11-game swing finally has come to an end. Tri-City won 7 of the 11 games and went 2-4 through the East Division. The Americans return to the friendly confines of the Toyota Center in Kennewick for the first time in 34 days next Friday, when they host the Kamloops Blazers, with game time set for 7:05pm. Tickets are available at the Toyota Center box office, Ticketmaster or at the door on game night. Calgary visits the Toyota Center next Saturday, also at 7:05.

Ams wrap up road trip in Saskatoon

The Tri-City Americans finally put the wraps on their lengthy 11-game road trip tonight, as they take on the Saskatoon Blades in a Western Hockey League contest at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon.

The Americans enter tonight's contest with a record of 12-7-0-0, after last night's hard fought 3-1 loss at Prince Albert. Tri-City carries a road record of 8-4-0-0 into tonight's game, while the Blades sport a home record of 5-3-1-0. The Americans are led in scoring by Captain Nolan Yaremko, who has 11 goals and 15 assists for 26 points in 19 games. Goaltender Beck Warm has played 18 of the 19 games so far for Tri-City, with 11 wins, a 2.86 goals against average and a .906 saves percentage. On special teams, the Americans are 17.5% on the power play and 77.6% on the penalty kill. Saskatoon is led in scoring by Kirby Dach, who has 12 goals and 23 assists for 35 points in 22 games. Goaltender Nolan Maier has appeared in 19 games, with 11 wins, a 2.79 goals against average and a .912 saves percentage. The Blades are 21.0% on the power play and 82.3% on the penalty kill. The teams met once last season, with Saskatoon grabbing a 5-2 win November 28th at Toyota Center.

Game time Saturday is 5:00 pm at SaskTel Centre. The live broadcast, with Craig West calling the action, airs on Newstalk 870 KFLD and online at beginning at 4:45 pm. The Ams finally return home for their first home action in over a month, hosting Kamloops next Friday and Calgary next Saturday, 7:05 pm both nights, at Toyota Center.

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