Monday, February 10, 2014

Winterhawks streak at 13

F Malte Strömwall (Tri-City, 2011-13) has been loaned by Växjö (Sweden, SHL) to Troja-Ljungby (Sweden, Allsvenskan) for three games during the SHL’s Olympic break. Strömwall played one game with Troja-Ljungby in the autumn, recording one assist.
Two full-patch Hells Angels drew 15-year jail sentences last week for their roles in an attack that left former WHL F Dain Phillips dead. Phillips played 82 WHL games (1978-80), 34 with the Lethbridge Broncos and 48 with the Medicine Hat Tigers. . . . Kim Bolan of the Vancouver Sun has more right here.
TUESDAY’S WHL GAMES (all times local):
Kootenay at Moose Jaw, 7 p.m.
Prince Albert at Calgary, 7 p.m.
Brandon at Medicine Hat, 7 p.m.
In Prince George, the Portland Winterhawks ran their winning streak to 13 games as they dumped the Cougars, 8-4. . . . The Cougars went into the game having won six in a row. . . . Portland scored four times on eight power-play opportunities and twice while shorthanded. . . . The Cougars were 3-for-8 on the PP. . . . Portland’s franchise record for consecutive victories is 15 (1979-80, 1997-98). . . . The Winterhawks play in Prince George again on Wednesday. . . . Portland F Chase De Leo tied a career single-game high with five points, two of them goals. He‘s got 31 goals. . . . Portland F Taylor Leier had a goal and three assists. He‘s got 28 goals. . . . Portland F Nic Petan had one assist as he moved to within one point of Spokane Chiefs F Mitch Holmberg, who leads the WHL with 93 points. . . . The visitors had a 50-32 edge in shots. . . . F Zach Pochiro scored twice for the Cougars. Pochiro, who has 24 goals this season, has scored seven times in his last seven games. . . . During their winning streak, the Winterhawks have outscored the opposition, 76-23. . . . The Cougars dressed 17 skaters, one under the maximum. Scratched with injuries were F Jari Erricson, F Alex Forsberg, D Zach Gonek, D Peter Kosterman, F David Soltes, F Chase Witala and G Brett Zarowny. . . . The Winterhawks (29-12-5), who are 14-0-1 in their last 15 outings, are second in the overall standings, nine points behind the Kelowna Rockets. . . . The Cougars (24-27-7) slipped four points behind the Tri-City Americans in the chase for the Western Conference’s final playoff spot. . . .

In Vancouver, the Victoria Royals completed a weekend road sweep with a 3-2 victory over the Giants. . . . D Travis Brown won it with his 11th goal of the season, via the PP, at 17:13 of the third period. . . . The Royals won in Kamloops (3-1) on Friday night and in Kelowna (6-4) on Saturday. . . . The Giants held leads of 1-0 and 2-1. . . . Vancouver F Dominik Volek scored his 19th goal, on the PP, at 16:44 of the first period. The Giants had been 0-for-19 on the PP over their previous three games. . . . Victoria F Logan Fisher tied it, with his sixth, just 33 seconds into the second. . . . Vancouver took the lead again when F Cain Franson got his 22nd at 3:41 of the second. . . . The Royals tied it on F Austin Carroll’s 28th, just 1:42 later. . . . Attendance was a season-high 11,621. . . . The Giants continue to be without D Dalton Thrower (ankle). . . . The Royals (38-16-4) are 8-0-2 in their last 10 and hold a five-point lead over the fourth-place Seattle Thunderbirds in the Western Conference. . . . The Giants (27-22-9) have lost three in a row and are six pints behind the fifth-place Spokane Chiefs. . . .

In Kamloops, F Taylor Vickerman was credited with the winning goal as the Tri-City Americans beat the Blazers, 2-1. . . . This was a game between two teams that struggle to score and the lack of offensive confidence was glaring in both offensive zones. . . . The winner came when Vickerman redirected a point shot by D Mitch Topping past G Bolton Pouliot for his third goal of the season at 15:00 of the third period. . . . Tri-City G Eric Comrie stopped 30 shots and held the Blazers at bay in the last minute when they won four straight faceoffs, three by F Matt Revel, in the Americans' zone. . . . Revel scored the game's first goal, at 3:30 of the third, tucking a Cole Ully centring pass in behind Comrie. . . . Tri-City F Jessey Astles equalized at 5:23, going wide on a defender and ripping a rolling puck past Pouliot off the left wing. . . . Pouliot finished with 29 saves. . . . The Americans won the season series 4-0-0, outscoring the Blazers, 11-5. . . . It's the third time a team has swept the season series. The Americans went 4-0-0 in 2009-10, while the Blazers were 5-0-0 in 2002-03. . . . The Americans now are 8-8-0 against teams in the B.C. Division. . . . With six players scratched due to injury, the Blazers added F Deven Sideroff, 16, to their lineup. D Connor Clouston, F Luke Harrison, G Justin Myles, F Matt Needham, F Tyson Ness and F Chase Souto all are out with injuries. . . . The Blazers , who have lost 10 in a row, slipped into a tie with the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL cellar. Each team is 11-41-5. . . . Kamloops also was officially eliminated from playoff contention with the loss. . . . The Americans (27-24-5) are eighth in the Western Conference, three points behind the Everett Silvertips and four ahead of Prince George. . . .

In Kelowna, F Tyrell Goulbourne scored twice and added an assist to help the Rockets to a 7-3 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds. . . . Goulbourne has 11 goals. . . . He also find time to accumulate 19 minutes in penalties. . . . The Rockets, who had lost their previous two games, both at home, led 6-0 early in the third period. . . . Kelowna G Jackson Whistle stopped 27 shots. . . . Seattle G Taran Kozun, who has been on such a run, started but didn't get through the second period. He stopped 15 of 19 shots before Danny Mumaugh came on at 7:28 of the second period. . . . Kelowna lost F Tyson Baillie with an injury to his right leg after a collision with Seattle D Jared Hauf in the second period. Baillie didn’t return to the game. . . . The Rockets (44-8-4) are atop the overall standings, nine points up on Portland and 11 ahead of the Edmonton Oil Kings. . . . Seattle (35-17-5) is fourth, five points behind Victoria.

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