Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Western Hockey League Roundup for Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

Kootenay ICE 2, Swift Current Broncos 1 (SO)

Payton Krebs and Brett Davis scored in the shootout to push the ICE to the win. Davis's goal just shy of the 16:00 minute mark of the third, countered a late first period goal by Swift Current's Ethan Regnier. Jesse Makaj made 41 saves for the ICE, Joel Hofer 28 for the Broncos, in front of  2,162 at the Inovation Credit Union i-plex in Swift Current.

Brandon Wheat Kings 5, Prince George Cougars 4

Stelio Mattheos paced the Brandon offense with a goal, 3 assists and 11 shots Tuesday night. Linden McCorrister had a goal and 2 assists, Connor Guttenberg tallied a goal and assist, while Braden Schneider and Luka Burzan added singles, with Ethan Kruger stopping 26 shots in the Brandon net. For the Cougars, Vladislav Mikhalchuk had a goal and 2 assists, Josh Maser and Cole Moberg both had a goal and an assist, Matej Toman a goal and 39 saves from the goaltending duo of Taylor Gauthier and Isaiah DiLaura. 2,236 looked on at Prince George's CN Centre.

Spokane Chiefs 4, Seattle Thunderbirds 1

3,312 at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena watched Bailey Brkin stop 22 of 23 shots to lead the Chiefs to the win. Riley Woods scored twice, Jake McGrew and Egor Arbuzov once. The Seattle goal was scored by Dillon Hamaliuk.Liam Hughes made 28 saves.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Western Hockey League schedule for Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

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

Kootenay ICE (4-7-2-1) at Swift Current Broncos (1-14-0-0) 6:00pm
Brandon Wheat Kings (6-3-3-2) at Prince George Cougars (5-6-1-2) 6:30pm
Seattle Thunderbirds (7-3-2-0) at Spokane Chiefs (7-4-1-2) 7:05pm

Western Hockey League roundup for Sunday, October 28th, 2018

Regina Pats 7, Swift Current Broncos 1

The Pats won for just the 4th time in 15 games with the thumping of the Broncos. Austin Pratt and Sergei Alkhimov scored twice each for Regina, Nick Henry, Scott Mahovlich and Riley Krane one each. Aaron Hyman added 3 assists and Max Paddock made 21 saves. Joona Kiviniemi scored the lone goal for Swift Current, Joel Hofer made 33 saves. Attendance at the Brandt Centre in Regina was 4,804.

Saskatoon Blades 5, Calgary Hitmen 3

A Kristian Roykas Mathinsen goal at 12:43 stood as the game-winner, as Saskatoon won at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary. Kirby Dach scored twice, including an empty netter, while Eric Florchuk and Josh Patterson added singles. Hitmen goals were scored by Jake Kryski, Carson Focht and Zach Huber. Nolan Maier had 38 saves for the B;ades, Jack McNaughton 36 for Calgary.

Edmonton Oil Kings 6, Lethbridge Hurricanes 3

A 3 goal second period was the difference in Edmonton's win. Quinn Benjafield and Jake Neighbours tallied a pair apiece for Edmonton, David Kope one and Trey Fix-Wolansky had a four-point night, with a goal and 3 assists. Boston Bilous made 21 saves. For the Hurricanes, goals were scored by Taylor Ross, Jake Elmer and Dylan Cozens. Carl Tetachuk had 24 saves. 5,754 attended the contest at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

Red Deer Rebels 8, Kootenay ICE 5

Kootenay scored three times on the power play but it wasn't enough, as Red Deer won by 3. Reese Johnson scored 3 for the Rebels. Alexander Alexeyev contributed a goal and 2 assists, Blake Sydlowski, Josh Tarzwell and Aeshdeep Bains 1 goal each, Brandon Hagel 3 assists and Austin Schellenberg 2 helpers. Dallas Hines, Cameron Hausinger, Jonathan Smart, Martin Bodak and Brad Ginnell scored once each for the ICE, with Ginnell adding 2 helpers. Ethan Anders made 36 saves for the Rebels, Duncan McGovern 18 for Kootenay. Attendance at Western Financial Place in Cranbrook was 2,094.

Kamloops Blazers 5, Portland Winterhawks 2

Kamloops even their record at 6-6-0-1 win the win before 2,871 at Portland's Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Five different players, Montana Onyebuchi, Josh Pillar, Brodi Stuart, Orrin Centazzo and Kobe Mohar scored goals for the Blazers, Cody Glass and Ryan Hughes had a goal and assist each for Portland. Dylan Garand's 32 saves helped Kamloops to their 4th straight win. Shane Farkas made 29 saves for the Winterhawks.

Vancouver Giants 3, Brandon Wheat Kings 2 (SO)

Two Vancouver power goals, plus a third round shootout marker helped the Giants win before 3,378 at the Langley Events Centre. Milos Roman and Brayden Watts scored in regulation and Watts in the shootout for Vancouver. For Brandon, Connor Gutenberg and Caiden Daley scored the goals. Trent Miner made 37 saves for the Giants, Jiri Patera 27 for the Wheat Kings.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Western Hockey League schedule for Sunday, October 28th, 2018

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

Swift Current Broncos (1-13-0-0) at Regina Pats (3-11-0-0) 3:00pm
Saskatoon Blades (8-5-2-0) at Calgary Hitmen (4-8-2-0) 3:00pm
Lethbridge Hurricanes (7-4-1-2) at Edmonton Oil Kings (8-7-0-1) 3:00pm
Red Deer Rebels (9-4-1-0) at Kootenay ICE (4-6-2-1) 3:00pm
Brandon Wheat Kings (6-3-3-1) at Vancouver Giants (10-3-2-0) 4:00pm
Kamloops Blazers (5-6-0-1) at Portland Winterhawks (7-5-0-1) 5:00pm

Americans grab comeback win in Spokane

(Spokane, Washington) - A four-goal third period, coming on the heels of an huge defensive stand on an extended 2-man shorthanded situation late in the second, propelled the Tri-City Americans to a 5-3 win over the Spokane Chiefs Saturday night, before 7,917 at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.

Jaret Anderson-Dolan, recently returned by the NHL's Los Angeles Kings, opened the scoring late in the first, off assists from Ethan McIndoe and Eli Zummack, putting the Chiefs on top 1-0 at the 14:56 mark. Then, with 61 seconds left in the period, Spokane doubled their lead on a Luke Toporowki goal, assisted by Ty Smith and goaltender Bailey Brkin. The marker, at 18:59, put the Chiefs up 2-0 after one.

In the second, special teams played an important part in building momentum for the Americans. With McIndoe in the box with a double-minor for board, Parker AuCoin scored on the first-half of the man advantage, assisted by Nolan Yaremko and Isaac Johnson at 1:46, cutting the Spokane lead to 2-1. Then, late in the middle frame, penalties 2 seconds apart to Riley Bruce and Mitchell Brown, put Tri-City down down men. But solid play on the back end, plus strong goaltending, killed the disadvantage, keeping the Chiefs lead at 2-1 through 40 minutes.

The Americans used that late penalty kill to springboard into control in the third. Brett Clayton's goal, his second of the year, assisted by Sasha Mutala and Riley Sawchuk, brought the visitors even at 2-2, 4:40 into the final frame. Anderson-Dolan would give Spokane the lead back at 3-2 with a power play goal at 7:39, assisted by McIndoe and Zummack. However, the goal failed to stem the Tri-City comeback. Mutala's third of the year, coming on the power play at 9:59, with the lone assist going to Tom Cadieux, brought the visitors even again at 3-3. Johnson's 6th goal of the year, with Roman Kalinichenko and Yaremko helping out at 15:32, proved to be the game-winner, putting the Americans back on top, 4-3. Yaremko's team-leading 10th of the season, into an empty net at 19:52, with the assist going to Dom Schmiemann sealed the deal and Tri-City would skate away with the 5-3 victory.

Beck Warm, manning the nets for the 12th time in 13 games this season, made 30 saves for the Americans. Bailey Brkin, after entering the game with a sub 2 goals against average, would have four shots elude him, while making 27 saves for the Chiefs. Tri-City, off to a bit of a slow start of special teams in the early part of the campaign, received a stellar effort from their special teams Saturday night, going 2-for-4 on the power play and 3-of-4 on the penalty kill.

The Americans, winners of five straight, with the past four coming on the road, improve to 9-4-0-0 on the season, Spokane slips to 7-4-1-2. The win moves the Ams into second place in the U.S. Division, 2 points behind first place Everett and one point ahead of third place Spokane. Tri-City is off until Friday, November 2nd, when the travel to Everett to play the Silvertips. Everett has won the only meeting between the two teams so far this season, taking a 3-2 decision in Kennewick on September 29th. The Chiefs return to the ice on Tuesday, October 30th, hosting the Seattle Thunderbirds.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Western Hockey League Roundup for Saturday, October 27th, 2018

Prince Albert Raiders 6, Regina Pats 2

The Raiders ran their CHL-best record to 15-1-0-0 with a convincing 6-2 home ice win over the Regina Pats, in front of 2,510 at the Art Hauser Centre. Sean Montgomery, Justin Nachbaur and Brett Leason scored first period goals, then Noah Gregor on the power play, Eric Pearce shorthanded and Jakob Brook, also shorthanded, staked the Raiders to a 6-0 lead just past the midway point of the second. Regina would respond with a second period goal from Nick Henry and another in the third from Garrett Wright but could get no closer, with Prince Albert winning 6-2. Ian Scott had 19 saves for the Raiders and Dean McNabb 23 stops for the Pats, who lost their fifth straight and 11th in 14 starts this season.

Everett Silvertips 4, Swift Current Broncos 1

A two-goal third period opened up a close game, allowing the Tips to skate to the 4-1 win at the Innovation Credit Union i-plex in Swift Current, in front of 2,275. Everett's Connor Dewar scored a shortie, but Tanner Nagel responded later, tying the game 1-1 after one. Gianni Fairbrother's shorthanded goal late in the period staked the visitors to a 2-1 lead through 40 minutes. Dewar tallied his second of the night just 15 seconds into the third, then Riley Sutter wrapped it up with an empty-netter 1:25 from the end, giving Everett the 4-1 win. Dustin Wolf made 22 saves for the Silvertips, Isaac Poulter made 37 saves for the Broncos.

Edmonton Oil Kings 5, Saskatoon Blades 2

The Oil Kings got two goals from  Quinn Benjafield, singles from Vladimir Alistrov and Brett Kemp, plus an empty-netter from Trey Fix-Wolansky, skating to a 5-2 win over Saskatoon, with 7,219 looking on at Rogers Place in Edmonton. Gary Haden shorthanded late in the second, then even strength late in the third, accounted for the Blades offense. Dylan Myskiw stopped 23 in the Oil Kings net and Dorrin Luding 40 for Saskatoon.

Moose Jaw Warriors 4, Medicine Hat Tigers 3 (SO)

Moose Jaw rallied from 3-0 down early in the third, then potted two in the shootout, to take a comeback win in Medicine Hat's Canalta Centre. 3,104 attended the contest. Hayden Ostir and Tyler Preziuso in the first and Kaxson Steele early in the third, staked the Tigers to a 3-0 lead.  But Tate Popple at 4:39, Josh Broch at 12:13 and Brayden Tracy, with the goaltender off at 19:41, lit the lamp to square the game and force free hockey. After a scoreless overtime, Tristan Langan scored in the shootout, giving the Warriors the win. Brodan Salmond had 24 saves for Moose Jaw, Mads Sogaard 29 for Medicine Hat.

Kelowna Rockets 4, Prince George Cougars 3 (OT)

The Kelowna Rockets, recovering from a disasterous start to their season, got a power play goal from Nolan Foote 43 seconds into overtime, pushing Kelowna past the Cougars in overtime, before 4,682 at Prospera Place in Kelowna. Beside Foote's game-winner, Kelowna got goals from Lassi Thompson, as well as power play goals from Erik Gardiner and Kyle Topping. Josh Maser, Jackson Leppard on the power play and Ryan Schoettler scored for PG. Roman Basran made 30 saves for the Rockets, who won for the 4th time in their past five games. Taylor Gauthier, in goal for the Cougars, made 29 saves.

Kamloops Blazers 6, Portland Winterhawks 2

Jermaine Loewen's 3 goals paced the Blazers to the win, in front of 4,554 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland. Kamloops, who went 2 for 6 on the power play, also had goals from Connor Zary, Martin Lang and Carson Denomie, while getting 32 saves from Dylan Ferguson. Goal scorers for Portland were Joachim Blichfeld and Mason Mannek. Shane Farkas made 22 saves. 

Tri-City Americans 5, Spokane Chiefs 3

The Tri-City Americans, playing the 4th of 11 straight road games, grabbed a comeback win in front of 7,917 at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. Jaret Anderson-Dolan and Luke Toporowski staked Spokane to a 2-0 lead after one. A Parker AuCoin power play goal for the Ams, cut the deficit to 2-1 after two. In the third, Brett Clayton and Sasha Mutala with the man advantage, sandwiched around Anderson-Dolan's second of the night, tied the game at 3. Tri-City wrapped it up with third period goals from Isaac Johnson and Nolan Yaremko into an empty net, to skate to their fifth straight win. Beck Warm made 30 saves for the Americans, Bailey Brkin had 27 saves for Spokane.

Seattle Thunderbirds 5, Vancouver Giants 1

Seattle goals coming from Matthew Wedman, who scored twice, Noah Philip, Dillon Hamaliuk and Samuel Huo, plus 41 saves from Liam Hughes, gave the TBirds a big road win. Milos Roman scored the lone Giants goal, with David Tendeck and Trent Miner combined for 19 saves. A crowd of 3,029 watched the game at the Langley Events Centre in Langley.

Victoria Royals 3, Brandon Wheat Kings 1

Two third goals broke a 1-1 tie, sending Victoria to the home win, before 4,703 at the Save-On Foods Memorial Arena. Stelios Mattheos on the power play for Brandon and Kaid Oliver with 7 seconds left for the Royals scored in the first period. After a scoreless second, Oliver scored at 9:46 of the third, then Ralph Jarratt added an empty net, shorthanded goal with 28 seconds left, gave Victoria the win.

Americans continue road trip tonight

The Tri-City Americans play game four of their mammoth 11 game tour away from home tonight, as they travel into the hostile environs of the Spokane Memorial Arena, to face-off with their arch-rivals, the Spokane Chiefs. The two teams met twice during the 2018 pre-season, with the Chiefs winning twice in Kennewick by scores of 7-3 and 5-1. Then, in the regular season lid-lifter, the Americans rolled to a dominant 6-1 home ice victory over Spokane. This is the second of twelve regular season meetings between the two teams.

Overall: 8-4-0-0 for 16 points, 3rd in U.S. Division

Home: 4-3-0-0

Away : 4-1-0-0

Streak: 4 wins

The Americans are making the most of their homes away from home, as the current road slate started with a 3-2 overtime with over Seattle on October 20th and continues through their semi-annual swing through the East, which concludes in Saskatoon on November 17th. Tri-City is led by Captain Nolan Yaremko, who has tallied 9 goals and 12 assists in 12 games. Beck Warm has manned the net for 11 of the first 12 games this season, compiling a 2.80 goals against average and a .905 saves percentage. Tri-City is 6-4-0-0 in their past 10 games. The Americans are 10 for 54, 18.5% on the power play and 42 of 54 on the penalty kill, 77.8%. Last season, the Ams were 5-3-4-0 versus their arch rivals. In their last game, the Americans won in Prince George 4-3 in a shootout. Their next game after tonight, is on Friday, November 2nd, at Everett.

Overall: 7-3-1-2 for 17 points, 2nd in U.S. Division

Home: 3-0-0-1

Away: 4-3-1-1

Streak: 1 win

The Chiefs, 5-2-1-2 in their past 10, are paced by Riley Woods and Ty Smith. Woods has 8 goals and 9 assists for 17 points in 13 games, while Smith has 2 goals and 15 assists in 11 games. In 8 games, Bailey Brkin has an 1.98 goals against average and .935 saves percentage, while Dawson Weatherill is at 5.16 and .813 in 5 appearances. Spokane, 7-3-1-1 last season against Tri-City, is 14 for 57, 24.6% on the power play and 43 of 52 on the penalty kill, 81.1% with 1 short handed goal for. The Chiefs won 4-1 at home versus Portland last night and next play on Tuesday, October 30th, hosting Seattle.

Game time is 7:05pm. Craig West calls the play-by-play on Newstalk 870 KFLD, beginning at 6:45pm.

Western Hockey League schedule for Saturday, October 27th, 2018

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

Regina Pats (3-10-0-0) at Prince Albert Raiders (14-1-0-0) 6:00pm
Everett Silvertips (9-5-0-0) at Swift Current Broncos (1-12-0-0) 6:00pm
Saskatoon Blades (8-4-2-0) at Edmonton Oil Kings (7-7-0-1) 6:00pm
Moose Jaw Warriors (5-4-3-0) at Medicine Hat Tigers (8-6-0-1) 6:30pm
Prince George Cougars (5-6-0-2) at Kelowna Rockets (5-10-0-0) 7:05pm
Kamloops Blazers (4-6-0-1) at Portland Winterhawks (7-4-0-1) 6:00pm
Tri-City Americans (8-4-0-0) at Spokane Chiefs (7-3-1-2) 7:05pm
Seattle Thunderbirds (6-3-2-0) at Vancouver Giants (10-2-2-0) 7:00pm
Brandon Wheat Kings (6-2-3-1) at Victoria Royals (8-3-0-0) 7:05pm

Western Hockey League Roundup for Friday, October 26th, 2018

Everett Silvertips 2, Moose Jaw Warriors 1 (OT)

Wyatte Wylie scored 21 seconds into the extra session to push the Tips to the win at Moose Jaw. Tristan Langan scored late in the first for the Warriors, who got 19 saves from Brodan Salmond. Sahvan Khaira scored late in the second for Everett, Dustin Wolf stopped 21 of 22 shots. Attendance in Moose Jaw was 3,117.

Medicine Hat Tigers 8, Regina Pats 5

James Hamblin and Ryan Chyzowski scored twice each for the Tigers, while Logan Christensen, Tyler Preziuso, Josh Williams and Jaxson Steele added singles on the road, sending Regina to their 10th loss in 13 games to start the season, in front of 4,543 at the Brandt Centre. Aaron Hyman, Jake Leschyshyn, Nick Henry, Duncan Pierce and Liam Schioler tallied markers for the Pats. Jordan Hollett had 31 saves for Medicine Hat, Max Paddock and Dean McNabb combined to make 26 saves for Regina. 4 of the Tigers goals came on the power play.

Red Deer Rebels 4, Saskatoon Blades 3 (OT)

Alex Morozoff's goal 1:21 into the extra session propelled the Rebels to the home win in front of 4,073 at the Enmax Centrium. Brandon Hagel scored twice and Jeff de Wit also lit the lamp for Red Deer, Ethan Anders made 23 saves. The Blades, who scored twice in the third to force the extra session, had goals from Max Gerlach, Brandon Schludhaus and Kirby Dach, plus 44 stops from Nolan Maier.

Lethbridge Hurricanes 7, Calgary Hitmen 6

5,251 at the Scotiabank Saddledome got their money's worth, goal-wise. The two teams combined for 4 goals in the first period, 5 in the second and four more in the third. Jadon Joseph scored twice for the Canes, with singles coming from Calen Addison, Jordy Bellerive, Zachary Cox and Keltie Jeri-Leon, while Logan Barlage added a goal and two assists. Igor Merezhko chipped in with 3 assists. Reece Klassen made 26 saves. For the Hitmen, Mark Kastelic, Ryder Korczak and Kaden Elder all scored two goals each, with Carl Stankowski and Jack McNaughton combined to make 23 saves. Cox's goal at 13:26 of the third was the game-winner for Lethbridge.

Edmonton Oil Kings 7, Kootenay ICE 2

A four-goal second period propelled  Edmonton to the win, in front of 2,208 at Western Financial Place in Cranbrook. The Oil Kings, who went 2 for 4 on the power play, were led by Vladimir Alistrov, Quinn Benjafield, Conner McDonald and Ty Gerla, who all had a goal and assist each. Liam Keeler, Scott Atkinson andMatthew Robertson added singles, with Dylan Miskiw stopped 39 of 41 shots faced. Fot the ICE, Cameron Hausinger and Cole Muir were the goal scorers, Duncan McGovern and Jesse Makaj teamed up for 30 saves. Edmonton scored twice on the power play in four chances.

Spokane Chiefs 4, Portland Winterhawks 1

4,407 at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena looked on, as Carter Chorney, Eli Zummack, Adam Beckman and Nolan Reid scored to push the Chiefs past Portland. Joachim Blichfeld scored for Portland. In net, Bailey Brkin made 36 saves for Spokane, Dante Giannuzzi 18 for Portland.

Kamloops Blazers 7, Seattle Thunderbirds 2

Kamloops skated to their second straight win, with 3 goals in both the second and third periods. Zane Franklin led the Blazers with the hat trick, Nolan Kneen scored twice, Connor Zary had a goal and 3 assists and Jermaine Loewen added a goal and assist. Seattle's goals were scored by Simon Kubicek and Noah Philip. Dylan Ferguson stopped 31 of 33 shots faced for Kamloops, with Liam Hughes and Cole Schwebius combining for 29 saves for the TBirds. Both of Seattle's goals were scored on the power play. Attendance at the Showare Center in Kent was 4,069.

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