Saturday, December 8, 2018

Western Hockey League schedule for Saturday, December 8th, 2018

Here's Saturday's schedule around the Western Hockey League for December 8th, 2018 (All times Pacific):

Saskatoon Blades (17-10-3-0) at Moose Jaw Warriors (16-6-4-1) 5:00 pm
Brandon Wheat Kings (14-8-3-3) at Prince Albert Raiders (27-1-0-1) 5:00 pm
Kamloops Blazers (12-11-1-1) at Edmonton Oil Kings (15-11-3-2) 6:00 pm
Swift Current Broncos (5-22-1-1) at Red Deer Rebels (18-9-2-0) 6:00 pm
Prince George Cougars (11-15-1-2) at Portland Winterhawks (17-10-0-2) 6:00 pm
Everett Silvertips (23-7-1-0) at Seattle Thunderbirds (10-13-3-0) 6:05 pm
Regina Pats (8-21-0-1) at Medicine Hat Tigers (14-14-1-2) 6:30 pm
Victoria Royals (13-12-0-0) at Vancouver Giants (20-6-2-0) 7:00 pm
Kootenay ICE (7-20-4-1) at Spokane Chiefs (15-10-2-2) 7:05 pm
Lethbridge Hurricanes (15-9-3-2) at Tri-City Americans (14-12-1-1) 7:05 pm

Ams downed by Seattle

Kennewick, WA -- Seattle's Zack Andrusiak scored just 14 seconds into the contest and the Thunderbirds never looked back, skated to a 4-1 win over the Tri-City Americans Friday night, before 3,214 at the Toyota Center.

Andrusiak dented the twine as the clock ticked for just the 14th time Friday night, with assists going to Matthew Wedman and Nolan Volcan, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead.

The Americans would tie the game near the midway point of the contest, with Captain Nolan Yaremko firing one home for his 13th goal of the season, assisted by Kyle Olson and Aaron Hyman. The power play goal, coming at 9:55, tied the game 1-1 through 40 minutes.

However, it was all Seattle in the third. Dillon Hamaliuk scored from Noah Philip and Andrej Kukuca at 1:42, Simon Kubicek scored from Jake Lee at 11:24 and Wedman scored unassisted into an empty net at 17:39 to wrap things up, giving the TBirds the 4-1 win.

Goaltending was pretty good at both ends. Seattle's Cole Schwebius, making a rare start, made the most of his chance, stopping 21 shots for his first decision since November 2nd. And despite allowing 4 goals, Beck Warm was outstanding in the Tri-City net, holding his team in the contest, with 39 saves.

The Thunderbirds outshot the Americans 43 to 22. Tri-City was 1-for-2 on the power play and 4-of-4 on the penalty kill.

With the win, Seattle improves to 10-13-3-0 for 23 points, 7 points back of 4th place Tri-City in the U.S. Division. The Americans slip to 14-12-1-1 for 30 points, 4 points behind 3rd place Spokane in the U.S. Division and still is possession of the number one Western Conference playoff spot.

Coming up: The Americans host the Lethbridge Hurricanes Saturday night in the annual Teddy Bear Toss Night. Tickets still remain, but are almost all game. They are available at all the usual outlets. The game is also the first SWX televised contest of the season, with Craig West sliding over from the radio booth to provide the TV play-by-play, beginning at 7:00 pm. John Meissner comes in to provide the radio play-by-play call on Newstalk 870 KFLD and, beginning with the Gesa Credit Union warm-up show, beginning at 6:45 pm. The Americans won last season's meeting between the two teams, 6-3 in Lethbridge on February 13th. The Hurricanes lost 6-2 at Spokane last night.

Western Hockey League roundup for Friday, December 7th, 2018

Prince Albert Raiders 5, Brandon Wheat Kings 2

Raiders scored 4 times in the second to put it away. Noah Gregor, Ozzy Wiesblatt and Cole Fonstad had a goal and assist each for the Raiders, who are now 27-1-0-1. Eric Pearce and Sean Montgomery scored one each, Donovan Buskey made 24 saves. For Brandon, Ben McCartney and Connor Gutenberg scored goals, Jiri Patera made 36 saves, with 3,738 in attendance at Westoba Place.

Moose Jaw Warriors 3, Saskatoon Blades 2

Warriors scored once in each period to win, in front of 3,236 at SaskTel Centre. Luke Ormsby, Tristan Langan on the power play and Brayden Tracey, on the power play midway through the third with the game-winner for Moose Jaw, Brodan Salmond made 33 saves. For the Blades, Eric Florchuk and Josh Paterson scored, Nolan Maier made 22 saves. Langan added two assists for the Warriors, who went 2-for-3 on the power play and 5-of-5 on the penalty kill.

Calgary Hitmen 3, Swift Current Broncos 2

Calgary's Josh Prokop scored the game-winner with 23 seconds left in regulation. Egor Zamula scored earlier in the third and Riley Stotts in the second for the Hitmen, who got 11 saves from Jack McNaughton. Swift Current's Joona Kiviniemi and Ethan O'Rourke scored, Isaac Poulter made 42 saves for the Broncos. Game played at the Scotiabank Saddledome in front of a crowd of 5,560.

Red Deer Rebels 4, Regina Pats 3 (SO)

Regina built a 3-1 lead early in the third, but the Rebels fought back with two late ones, then won it in the shootout. Brandon Hagel opened the scoring late in the first for Red Deer, before the Pats took over with second period goals by Austin Pratt and Sergei Alkhimov and an early third period by Scott Mahovlich. Red Deer responded with goals by Cameron Hausinger  and Alex Morozoff to tie it. The Rebels' Brett Davis round two marker was the only shootout goal between the two teams and was the game decider. Ethan Anders made 25 saves for Red Deer, Max Paddock 32 for Regina. Attendance at the Enmax Centrium was 3,721.

Kelowna Rockets 2, Victoria Royals 0

Lane Zablocki and Nolan Foote, on the power play into an empty net, scored third period goals and Roman Basran made 16 saves, to power Kelowna to the win, before 4,822 at Prospera Place. Griffen Outhouse made 30 saves for Victoria.

Portland Winterhawks 5, Prince George Cougars 2

Joachim Blichfeld and Seth Jarvis pointed Portland towards victory with a pair of first period power play goals, Robbie Fromm-Delorme, Cody Glass short handed and John Ludvig added goals in the second and Shane Farkas made 23 saves to lead the Hawks to the win before 5,183 at the Moda Center. Josh Maser in the second and VladislavMikhalchuk in the third scored power play goals for Prince George, with the tandem of Taylor Gauthier and Isaiah DiLaura combining for 30 saves. Portland went 2-for-2 on the power play, the Cougars were 2-for-8.

Spokane Chiefs 6, Lethbridge Hurricanes 2

Spokane scored twice in each period to cruise to the win, before 5,011 at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. Riley Woods and Luc Smith had 2 goals and 1 assist each, Jake McGrew and Cordel Larson scored once each, Eli Zummack contributed 4 assists to the winning effort and Bailey Brkin made 28 saves for the Chiefs, who went 3-for-4 on the power play and 2-of-3 on the penalty kill. For Lethbridge, Igor Merezhko and Jackson Shepard scored goals, Carl Tetachuk and Reece Klassen teamed up to make 23 saves.

Seattle Thunderbirds 4, Tri-City Americans 1

A 3 goal third period sparked Seattle to their 4th road victory of the season and 10th victory over all, in front of 3,214 at the Toyota Center. For the Thunderbirds, Zack Andrusiak scored a mere 14 seconds into the contest, followed with third period goals by Dillon Hamaliuk, Simon Kubicek and Matthew Wedman into an empty net. The Tri-City goal was scored by Captain Nolan Yaremko and came on the power play. Cole Schwebius stood tall in the Seattle goal, making 21 saves. At the other end, despite allowing 4, Beck Warm was outstanding for the Americans, making 39 saves

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Ams mount comeback only to drop shootout at Kelowna

Kelowna, BC -- The Tri-City Americans battled back from an early second period 3-0 hole Wednesday night, before being outscored 2-0 in the deciding shootout, losing to the Kelowna Rockets 4-3, before 4,181 at Prospera Place in Kelowna.

Despite a shots advantage of only 11-10 in the opening 20 minutes, the Rockets would score twice to grab the lead, as Erik Gardiner scored from Lane Zablocki and Kyle Topping at 8:15, then Liam Kindree lit the lamp, assisted by Nolan Foote and Libor Zabransky at 14:07.

The Kelowna lead grew in the opening stages of the second, as Nolan Foote scored from Kindree at 1:54, for a 3-0 Rocket lead. The Americans comeback would begin just before the horn to end the second period, as Parker AuCoin scored his 14th of the season from Krystof Hrabik and Aaron Hyman on the power play at 19:56, making it 3-1 Kelowna after two.

In the third, the Tri-City comeback continued, as AuCoin scored his second of the night and 15th of the season, coming once again on the power play, with Hrabik and Nolan Yaremko assisting at 8:53 to make it a 3-2 game, advantage Rockets. The Americans continued to apply heavy pressure and finally drew even at 17:24 as defenseman Aaron Hyman scored his 6th of the season and 1st with Tri-City, assisted by Samuel Stewart and Kyle Olson, knotting the score at 3-3 and forcing overtime.

The extra session featured plenty of action, but neither team registered a shot of goal and the game would move on to the deciding shootout, to see who would get the extra standings point. The Americans sent out, in succession, Nolan Yaremko and Kyle Olson, but both were stopped. Kelowna's Kindree was stopped in round one, but Foote and Leif Mattson would score in the next two rounds, giving the Rockets the 4-3 win.

Goaltending was superb at both ends. James Porter made 28 saves for Kelowna, sprinkling in several big ones along the way. Talyn Boyko, making just his second career start and third appearance, got stronger as the game went along, finishing the night with 24 saves for Tri-City. Special teams continued to spark to life from their early season funk for the Americans, going 2-for-7 on the power play and 2-of-2 on the penalty kill.

With the win, the Rockets improve to 13-15-2-0 for 28 points, second in the B.C. Division. Tri-City slips to 14-11-1-1 for 30 points, 4th in the U.S. Division. The Americans have come up winless in 7 of their past 9 games.

Coming up: Tri-City returns home Friday night to face the Seattle Thunderbirds, 7:05 pm faceoff at the Toyota Center, with Craig West calling the action on Newstalk 870 KFLD and beginning at 6:45 pm. Then, on Saturday, the Americans host the Lethbridge Hurricanes for the teams' annual "Teddy Bear Toss Night," with game time set for 7:05 pm. Tickets for both contests are available at the Toyota Center box office and all Ticketmaster locations, plus online at

Western Hockey League roundup for Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

Medicine Hat Tigers 6, Moose Jaw Warriors 5 (OT)

The two teams combined for 9 goals in the first two periods, but it was a Tigers power play goal early in overtime that decided things, before 3,004 at Mosaic Place. For Medicine Hat, Ryan Jevne scored twice, including the game-winner 1:16 into overtime, while also adding an assist. Daniel Baker had a goal and two assists, Joel Craven, James Hamblin and Tyler Preziuso scored a goal each, Ryan Chyzowski added 3 assists, Linus Nassen 2 assists and Jordan Hollett 1 assist and 40 saves. For Moose Jaw, Jett Woo had a goal and 3 assists, Josh Brook and Tristan Langan a goal and assist each, Luke Ormsby and Keenan Taphorn a goal each, with Adam Evanoff making 40 saves.

Edmonton Oil Kings 6, Regina Pats 1

Steady pressure on the pedal all night helped Edmonton cruise past Regina, before 4,720 at Rogers Place. Trey Fix-Wolansky had a goal and 3 assists for the Oil Kings, Vince Loschiavo a goal and 2 assists, Dylan Guenther, Jake Neighbours, Matthew Robertson and Carter Souch had a goal each, Todd Scott had 24 saves. For Regina, Riley Krane scored, Max Paddock made 32 saves.

Lethbridge Hurricanes 3, Kootenay ICE 2 (OT)

Dylan Cozens scored at 1:17 of overtime to power Lethbridge past the ICE, in front of 1,923 at Western Financial Place. Also scoring for Lethbridge were Alex Cotten and Jake Leschyshyn, Reece Klassen made 28 saves. For Kootenay, Cole Muir and Jakin Smallwood scored, Jesse Makaj made 36 saves.

Kamloops Blazers 3, Victoria Royals 2

Several close games in the WHL and this one was no exception. Kamloops came from 2-0 down after one, scoring once in the second and twice in the third, grabbing a win when trailing after two for just the second time in eight such situations this season. For the Blazers, goals came from Kyrell Sopotyk, Jermaine Loewen and the eventual winner from Josh Pillar, with Dylan Garand making 19 saves. Victoria goals were scored by D-Jay Jerome and Phillip Schultz, Brock Gould made 26 saves.

Kelowna Rockets 4, Tri-City Americans 3 (SO)

Tri-City fought back from a 3-0 deficit to force free hockey, but were outgunned in the shootout, for their 7th non-win in their past nine starts. Kelowna built a 3-0 lead early in the second on goals by Erik Gardiner, Liam Kindree and Nolan Foote, but the Americans, as is their custom, refused to quit, responding with a pair of goals from Parker AuCoin, then the equalizer from Aaron Hyman at 17:24 of the third. After a scoreless overtime, Nolan Foote and Leif Mattson scored in rounds 2 and 3 of the shootout for the Rockets, while Tri-City was blanked. allowing Kelowna to escape with the extra standings point, in front of 4,181 at Prospera Place. Goaltending was pretty sharp at both ends. James Porter made 28 saves, several big ones among them for the Blazers. In the Americans goal, Talyn Boyko made just his second-ever WHL start and got stronger as the game progressed, ending the night with 24 saves. Tri-City went 2-for-7 on the power play and 2-of-2 on the penalty kill.

Everett Silvertips 4, Spokane Chiefs 2

Everett skated to their seventh consecutive win, before 3,627 fans at Angel of the Winds Arena. Silvertips goal scorers were Jackson Berezowski, Bryce Kindopp, Jake Christansen and Sean Richards into an empty net, with Dustin Wolff making 25 saves. For Spokane, Ethan McIndoe and Riley Woods scored third period power play goals, Bailey Brkin made 33 saves.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Ams look for payback in matchup with Kelowna

The Tri-City Americans seek a bit of payback for a home-ice overtime loss last week, when they meet the Kelowna Rockets Wednesday night at Kelowna's Prospera Place.

Tri-City, 14-11-1-0 on the season, is 1-1-1-0 against the Rockets this season, including last Friday's 3-2 overtime loss to Kelowna at the Toyota Center. The Ams won 5-4 in Kelowna on October 13th, while Kelowna won in Kennewick 3-2 on October 12th. Nolan Yaremko paces the Tri-City attack with 1 goal and 5 assists in 3 games, while Beck Warm is 0-1-1 in net, with a 3.06 goals against average and a .905 saves percentage. Backup Talyn Boyko's only start of the season came in that 5-4 win in Kelowna on October 13th. For the Rockets, leading scorers with 4 points each, are Leif Mattson (2g, 2a), Kaeden Korczak (1g, 3a) and Kyle Topping (1g, 3a), all in 3 games. In net, James Porter is 1-0-0-0, 1.99 and 9.29, while Roman Basran is 1-1-0-0, 3.53 and .885. The Americans are 2-for-9 on the power play and 15-of-18 on the penalty kill in the series, while Kelowna is 3-for-18 on the power play and 7-of-9 on the penalty kill. Tri-City enters the night 4th in the U.S. Division and first in the Western Conference Wild Card standings. The Rockets are tied with Victoria for second in the B.C Division.

Game time is set for 7:05 pm. The live broadcast, with Craig West calling the play-by-play, comes over Newstalk 870 KFLD and beginning at 6:45 pm Wednesday evening.

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