Saturday, December 14, 2013

Rockets really rolling

SUDBURY SATURDAY NIGHT:
In Regina, F Myles Bell scored his second OT goal in as many nights as the Kelowna Rockets got past the Pats, 5-4. . . . After a scoreless third period, Bell, who played two seasons with the Pats, scored his 15th goal of the season at 3:07 of extra time. . . . On Friday night, Bell scored in OT as the Rockets beat the Wheat Kings 6-5 in Brandon. . . . Last night, Kelowna F Tyson Baillie had a goal, his 13th, and three assists. He has a goal and six helpers since being snubbed by those who picked the rosters for the Top Prospects game. . . . D Colby Williams scored twice for Regina, which held 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3 leads. . . . The Rockets are 4-0 on their East Division swing and have won 11 straight road games. . . . Overall, Kelowna has won 10 in a row and 19 of 20. The Rockets (26-3-2) are atop the overall standings. . . . The Pats have points in five straight and are tied for fifth with Brandon in the Eastern Conference. . . .

In Saskatoon, F Carson Bolduc scored twice to help the Kamloops Blazers to a 3-2 victory over the Blades. . . . The goals were the first for Bolduc with the Blazers since he was acquired from the Prince George Cougars on Nov. 26. . . . Bolduc’s second goal broke a 2-2 tie at 8:19 of the third period. . . . Saskatoon D Nolan Reid had tied the score with a PP goal at 1:17 of the third. Reid, a 15-year-old from Deer Valley, Sask., scored his first WHL goal in his second game. . . . The Blazers have won three in a row for the first time this season. . . . Saskatoon has dropped nine in a row. . . .

In Brandon, the Wheat Kings scored the game’s first two goals and went on to beat the Moose Jaw Warriors, 4-1. . . . Brandon D Rene Hunter assisted on each of the first two goals en route to a three-assist game. . . . Brandon G Jordan Papirny turned aside 37 shots. . . . The Wheat Kings have points in four straight games. . . . The Warriors have lost seven in a row. . . .

In Cranbrook, F Tim Bozon and F Luke Philp had shootout goals as the Kootenay Ice edged the Swift Current Broncos, 3-2. . . . Swift Current F Graham Black broke a 1-1 tie at 5:32 of the third period, only to have Ice F Jaedon Descheneau tie it at 17:54. . . . Black has 17 goals; Descheneau has 23. . . . Ice G Mackenzie Skapski stopped 41 shots and was perfect on two shootout attempts. According to WHL Facts (@WHLFacts), Skapski is 11-for-11 in shootout stops this season, after stopping 24 of 25 last season. . . . The Broncos have lost three in a row. . . .

In Red Deer, the Rebels scored a 3-2 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes by winning a six-round shootout. . . . Red Deer F Nell Meyer, who has one goal in 29 games, scored in the sixth round to win it. . . . Lethbridge F Reid Duke forced OT with his sixth goal at 16:13 of the third period. . . . Red Deer G Patrik Bartosak turned aside 42 shots and was beaten only once in the shootout. . . . Red Deer F Lukas Sutter scored his fifth goal on a penalty shot at 13:31 of the third. . . . The victory left Red Deer at 16-16-2, making it the 17 of the WHL’s 22 teams to have at least a .500 winning percentage. . . .

In Medicine Hat, the Tigers scored the only two goals of the shootout and beat the Victoria Royals, 4-3. . . . F Curtis Valk and F Miles Koules both scored for the Tigers in the shootout. . . . Royals F Austin Carroll forced OT with goals at 8:02 and 9:35 of the third period. . . . He’s got 17 goals. . . . Victoria D Chaz Reddekopp, a 16-year-old from West Kelowna, scored his first WHL goal in his 28th game, 27 of which he has played this season. . . .

In Portland, F Paul Bittner scored three times in the third period to help the Winterhawks to a 5-3 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds. . . . Bittner tied the score 2-2 with his seventh goal 14 seconds into the third, via the PP. . . . He gave his side its first lead at 10:30, on another PP, and later added an empty-netter. . . . It was his second three-goal game this season, both against Seattle. . . . F Scott Eansor, a 17-year-old from Englewood, Colo., scored his first goal in his 30th game for Seattle. . . . F Chase De Leo and D Garrett Haar each had three assists for the Winterhawks. . . . Portland D Keoni Texeira, a 16-year-old from Fontana, Calif., scored his first WHL goal at 4:43 of the second and it was the Teddy Bear goal. It came in his 32nd game. . . . D Adam Henry had two goals, giving him five, for Seattle, which had won eight straight. . . . The Thunderbirds dressed 16 skaters, two under the maximum. . . . Portland F Brendan Leipsic took a headshot major and game misconduct for a hit on Seattle F Keegan Kolesar at 9:12 of the third. . . . The score was 2-2 at the time, but Seattle took three minor penalties on Leipsic’s major. . . . The Winterhawks trail the Kelowna Rockets by four points in the race for first overall. . . . Kelowna holds three games in hand. . . .

In Everett, the Vancouver Giants scored five of the game’s last six goals and beat the Silvertips, 6-3. . . . F Jackson Houck had two goals, giving him 17, and an assist for Vancouver. . . . F Josh Winquist got his 24th goal and an assist for Everett. . . . Houck tied the game 2-2 at 5:46 of the second period. . . . F Carter Popoff gave the Giants their first lead with his ninth goal, via the PP, 53 seconds into the third. . . . Houck then stretched the lead to two at 7:04. . . . F Alex Baer drew assists on both Houck goals. . . . The Giants, who have won four in a row, had beaten the visiting Silvertips 3-0 on Friday night. . . . Everett has lost three in a row and five of six. . . . Vancouver is 7-1-2 in its last 10. . . .

In Spokane, the Chiefs struck for four first-period goals and they went on to beat the Prince George Cougars, 6-3. . . . WHL scoring leader Mike Holmberg and F Mike Aviani each had a goal and two assists in the first period. . . . Holmberg finished with two goals and two assists. He leads the WHL in goals (37) and points (74). His first goal, at 4:35 of the first, was the Teddy Bear goal. . . . Aviani finished his 25th goal and four helpers. . . . The Chiefs were 3-for-8 on the PP. . . . The Cougars scored three second-period goals to cut the Spokane lead to 4-3. . . . Former Spokane F Todd Fiddler had a goal, his 15th, and two assists for Prince George. . . . The Chiefs put it away with two third-period goals, from D Jeff Rayman, who scored his first WHL goal in his eighth game, and Holmberg.


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