Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Silvertips move into penthouse ... Koch in record book ... Ferguson rolling ... Outhouse slams door

WEDNESDAY’S GAMES:

At Brandon, F Tyler Coulter scored the only goal of a shootout as the Wheat Kings beat the Regina Pats,
LOGAN THOMPSON
2-1. . . . Regina took a 1-0 lead when F Nick Henry scored his 15th goal, on a PP, at 12:32 of the first period. . . . Brandon tied it at 17:02 as F Ty Lewis scored No. 18. . . . With Regina shooting first in the circus, Brandon G Logan Thompson denied F Sam Steel, Henry and F Adam Brooks. . . . Brandon F Reid Duke didn’t score on the home side’s first attempt, with Coulter scoring as the second Wheat Kings shooter. . . . Regina had what it thought was a goal disallowed late i the second period when Brooks was ruled to have scored off a pass that had been gloved to him. . . . The Pats also hit two posts on a third-period PP. . . . Thompson stopped 39 shots through OT, five more than Regina’s Tyler Brown. . . . In his WHL career, Thompson is 5-0 in shootouts and a perfect 14-for-14 versus the shooters. . . . The Pats were 1-7 on the PP; the Wheat Kings were 0-4. . . . Brandon improved to 16-15-4. . . . The Pats (23-3-7) had won their previous two games. . . . The Pats beat the visiting Wheat Kings 7-4 on Tuesday. . . . Announced attendance: 4,339.
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At Calgary, G Nick Schneider stopped 40 shots to lead the Medicine Hat Tigers to a 3-2 victory over the
NICK SCHNEIDER
Hitmen. . . . One night earlier, in Medicine Hat, the Tigers beat the Hitmen, 5-4, in a shootout. . . . Last night, the Tigers scored the game’s first three goals. . . . F Gary Haden (3) got it started at 8:28 of the first period, with F Zach Fischer (19) making it 2-0 at 10:01. . . . D David Quenneville scored his 20th goal of the season at 3:57 of the second period, for a 3-0 edge. . . . The Hitmen made it interesting on third-period goals from F Beck Malenstyn (13), at 10:47 of the third period, and F Jordy Stallard (7), at 14:01. . . . Quenneville has 20 goals in 36 games this season; he went into the season with 20 goals in 132 regular-season games. . . . Schneider leads the WHL with 24 victories. . . . Calgary starter Cody Porter surrendered three goals on 12 shots in 23:57. Kyle Dumba came on in relief to stop all 23 shots he faced in 35:31. . . . Each team was 0-4 on the PP. . . . The Tigers (27-10-1) have won six in a row. . . . The Hitmen (13-17-3) had points in their previous two games (1-0-1). . . . Announced attendance: 9,048.
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At Edmonton, D Davis Koch recorded four assists to help the Oil Kings to a 7-2 victory over the Red Deer
DAVIS KOCH
Rebels. . . . On Tuesday, the host Rebels blanked the Oil Kings, 3-0. . . . Last night, the Oil Kings’ offence had its best night of this season. The home boys scored the game’s first five goals and led 5-0 halfway through the second period. . . . D Anatolii Elizarov (5) scored shorthanded at 10:58 of the first period for a 1-0 lead. . . . F Branden Klatt (4) upped that to 2-0 at 12:10. . . . F Colton Kehler (9) struck on a PP at 3:49 of the second period, followed by D Will Warm (4), at 7:31, and F Lane Bauer (23), at 9:28. . . . Red Deer cut into the deficit on goals from F Cameron Hausinger (4) and F Dawson Martin (6), at 11:38 and 13:28. . . . Bauer’s 24th goal and one from D Aaron Irving (13) finished the scoring at 14:33 of the second period and 16:58 of the third. . . . Warm added two assists to his goal, while Irving also had two assists, as did D Brayden Gorda. . . . Edmonton G Patrick Dea blocked 17 shots. . . . Red Deer starter Riley Lamb, who posted the shutout on Tuesday, was beaten four times on 21 shots in 27:31. . . . Byron Fancy came on in relief to make his WHL debut. He allowed three goals on 18 shots in 32:29. Fancy, who will turn 16 on Sunday, was a second-round pick by Red Deer in the 2016 bantam draft. He plays for the midget AAA Lethbridge Hurricanes, but is with the Rebels while Lasse Petersen is with the Danish national junior team. . . . There were only seven PPs in the game despite the teams combining for 156 penalty minutes. . . . Edmonton was 1-3 on the PP; Red Deer was 1-4. . . . The Oil Kings (17-16-4) had lost their previous two games (0-1-1). . . . The Rebels slid to 17-15-6. . . . Announced attendance: 12,689.
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At Everett, the Silvertips scored the game’s first three goals and went on to beat the Vancouver Giants, 4-
PATRICK BAJKOV
1. . . . The Giants beat the visiting Silvertips 5-4 in OT on Tuesday night. . . . Last night, F Patrick Pajkov got the home side started with his 18th goal, at 5:34 of the first period. . . . F Graham Millar (9) made it 2-0 at 14:12. . . . F Eetu Tuulola (10) gave Everett a 3-0 lead, on a PP, at 3:18 of the second period. . . . D Jeff Rayman, with his third goal of the season, and third in four games, scored for Vancouver at 7:27 of the second. . . . The Silvertips iced it when F Dominic Zwerger scored his 16th goal into an empty net, at 17:40 of the third. . . . Zwerger, Bakkov and Millar added an assist each. . . . Everett D Kevin Davis picked up an assist to run his point streak to 10 games. . . . G Mario Petit stopped 22 shots for the winners. . . . Vancouver’s Ryan Kubic turned back 31 shots. . . . Everett was 1-5 on the PP; Vancouver was 0-3. . . . The Silvertips (25-4-6) are 4-0-1 in their last five games and hold down first place in the overall standings. . . . Announced attendance: 4,602.
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At Kamloops, G Dylan Ferguson continued his strong play as he stopped 46 shots to lead the Blazers to
DYLAN FERGUSON
a 5-1 victory over the Kelowna Rockets. . . . The Rockets had beaten the visiting Blazers 3-2 on Tuesday night. . . . Last night, F Garrett Pilon scored twice for the Blazers, giving him eight this season. . . . Pilon gave the home side a 1-0 lead at 5:21 of the first period. . . . Kelowna pulled even when F Nolan Foote (9) scored, on a PP, at 3:03 of the second period . . . Pilon snapped the tie at 8:58. . . . Blazers F Jermaine Loewen (4) added insurance at 2:17 of the third period. . . . The Blazers put it away when F Deven Sideroff (23) scored, on a PP, at 11:12 and F Travis Walton (3) counted at 19:13. . . . F Nic Holowko, who is playing alongside Pilon and Sideroff with Rudolfs Balcers at the World Junior Championship with Latvia, had two assists. . . . With G Connor Ingram at the WJC with Canada, Ferguson made his eighth straight start. He is 5-2-1 and has allowed two or fewer goals in six of those games. . . . Kelowna got 20 saves from G Brodan Salmond. . . . Each team was 1-6 on the PP. . . . F Luc Smith, acquired Tuesday from the Regina Pats, made his Kamloops debut, playing between Loewen and F Quinn Benjafield. . . . The Rockets revealed that F Erik Gardiner, 17, will remain with them for the remainder of the season. He had been with the SJHL’s Humboldt Broncos when Kelowna acquired his rights from the Regina Pats in a deal that had D Jonathan Smart head east. Gardiner, the younger brother of former Prince Albert Raiders F Reid Gardiner, had an assist last night. He has a goal and five assists in six games since joining the Rockets. . . . Kamloops (22-14-2) is third in the B.C. Division, two points behind the Rockets (23-13-2), who had been 4-0-1 in their previous five games. . . . Announced attendance: 4,456.
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BRETT DAVIS
At Lethbridge, F Jordy Bellerive broke a 1-1 tie at 12:01 of the second period and the Hurricanes went on to a 4-1 victory over the Kootenay Ice. . . . On Tuesday night, the Ice got past the visiting Hurricanes, 6-4. . . . Last night, F Brett Davis gave the hosts a 1-0 lead with his fourth goal, at 4:36 of the first period. . . . Ice F Matt Alfaro (11) tied it at 5:56. . . . Bellerive scored his 14th goal, on a PP, at 12:01 of the second period, with Davis sniping again, on a PP, at 16:16. . . . F Tanner Nagel iced it with his seventh goal, at 5:37 of the third period. . . . The Hurricanes got 29 stops from G Stuart Skinner, while the Ice’s Payton Lee turned aside 33 shots. . . . Lethbridge was 2-4 on the PP; Kootenay was 0-4. . . . The Hurricanes (19-13-5) has lost their previous three games (0-2-1). . . . The Ice now is 7-23-8. . . . Announced attendance: 4,028.
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At Moose Jaw, F Brayden Burke scored once and added two assists to help the Warriors to a 4-1 victory
BRAYDEN BURKE
over the Swift Current Broncos. . . . A night previous the host Broncos beat the Warriors, 6-1. . . . Burke has three goals and 19 assists in 15 games with the Warriors since being acquired from the Lethbridge Hurricanes. He had put up four goals and 19 assists in 15 games with Lethbridge at the time of the trade. . . . Burke’s seventh goal of the season got things going at 11:33 of the first period. . . . Burke drew the secondary assist on F Brett Howden’s 17th goal, at 6:24 of the second. . . . Broncos F Tyler Steenbergen got his 26th, at 8:16 of the second, to get his guys to within one. . . . Moose Jaw F Tanner Jeannot added insurance with his 11th, at 9:55. . . . F Jayden Halbgewachs of the Warriors became the season’s first 30-goal man when he scored at 5:58 of the third period. He is the WHL’s top sniper. . . . Howden also had an assist. . . . Warriors G Zach Sawchenko earned the victory with 29 saves. . . . At the other end, Taz Burman stopped 22 shots. . . . Swift Current was 0-3 on the PP; Moose Jaw was 0-4. . . . The Warriors (21-9-5) had lost their previous two games. . . . The Broncos (19-11-7) have points in their previous five games (4-0-1). . . . Announced attendance: 3,016.
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At Portland, D Henri Jokiharju had a goal and two assists as the Winterhawks skated past the Tri-City
HENRI JOKIHARJU
Americans, 4-3. . . . The Americans had beaten the visiting Winterhawks, 6-2, the previous night. . . . Last night, the Winterhawks erased a 2-1 deficit with three straight goals. . . . D Keoni Texeira gave Portland a 1-0 lead with his eighth goal at 1:33 of the first period, on a PP. . . . Tri-City F Morgan Geekie (20) tied it just 43 seconds later. . . . F Parker AuCoin (12) gave the Amerians the lead at 5:01 with his third goal in two games. . . . F Brendan De Jong (6) pulled Portland into a 2-2 tie at 1:38 of the second and the Winterhawks took the lead when Jokijarju (6) scored, on a PP, at 17:17. . . . Portland F Colton Veloso provided insurance with his ninth goal, at 16:55 of the third period. . . . Americans F Tyler Sandhu’s 10th goal, at 19:30, made it interesting at the end. . . . The Winterhawks got 33 saves from G Michael Bullion. . . . Tri-City starter Evan Sarthou stopped 38 shots, with Rylan Parenteau coming on for a five-second appearance late in the third period. . . . Portland was 2-5 on the PP; Tri-City was 0-7. . . . The Winterhawks (20-17-1) snapped a three-game losing skid. . . . The Americans now are 20-16-3. . . . Announced attendance: 6,148.
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At Saskatoon, D Mark Rubinchik scored once and added an assist as the Blades beat the Prince Albert
MARK RUBINCHIK
Raiders, 3-2. . . . Rubinchik, a freshman from Russia, scored his first goal in his 29th game. He also has eight assists. . . .  F Braylon Shmyr, who scored twice in a 5-3 loss in Prince Albert on Tuesday night, gave the Blades a 1-0 lead with 4.7 seconds left in the first period. . . . Rubinchik made it 2-0, on a PP, at 9:32 of the second period. . . . F Carson Miller pulled the Raiders to within a goal at 14:12 of the third period, but Saskatoon F Josh Paterson (8) got that one back, on a PP, at 16:32. . . . Miller made it close with his second goal, and fourth of the season, at 17:15. . . . F Jesse Shynkaruk had two assists for the Blades. . . . Saskatoon got 24 saves from G Brock Hamm, while Ian Scott blocked 39 for Prince Albert. . . . Saskatoon was 2-5 on the PP; Prince Albert was 1-5. . . . The Blades (14-20-4) had lost their previous four games (0-2-2). . . . The Raiders slipped to 8-27-2. . . . Announced attendance: 3,673.
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At Spokane, D Ty Smith’s goal at 1:12 of OT gave the Chiefs, who had a 52-20 edge in shots, a 5-4
TY SMITH
victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds. . . . F Kailer Yamamoto had a goal and three assists for the Chiefs. . . . The Thunderbirds had beaten the Chiefs 3-2 in Kent, Wash., on Tuesday night. . . . Last night, the Thunderbirds overcame 3-1 and 4-3 deficits before losing in extra time. . . . The visitors took a 1-0 lead when F Keegan Kolesar (5) scored at 7:10 of the first period. . . . Spokane then scored three in a row — D Tyson Helgesen (5) tied it at 9:12 before F Hudson Elynuik (14) scored twice, shorthanded at 1:05 of the second period and again at 4:53. . . . Seattle tied it on goals from F Nolan Volcan (13), at 7:41, and F Zack Andrusiak (3), at 10:14. . . . Yamamoto (21) put Spokane back out front, at 11:20 of the third period. . . . Seattle tied it, again, when D Jarret Tyszka (4) scored at 14:13. . . . Smith’s second goal of the season won it, off assists from Yamamoto and Elynuik. . . . Yamamoto, who came up short on a first-period penalty shot, has four goals and 13 assists over his past eight games. He has 21 goals and 27 assists in 29 games. . . . Seattle got two assists from each of F Ryan Gropp and F Donovan Neuls. . . . Spokane G Jayden Sittler stopped 16 shots. . . . Seattle got 47 saves from G Matt Berlin. . . . Spokane was 0-2 on the PP; Seattle was 0-4. . . . The Chiefs (15-14-6) had lost their previous two games. . . . Seattle (18-13-4) is 2-0-1 in its past three games. . . . The Thunderbirds were without their top three centres. Scott Eansor was scratched after suffering an undisclosed injury on Tuesday. Mathew Barzal (Canada) and Alexander True (Denmark) are at the World Junior Championship. . . . Announced attendance: 4,809.
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At Victoria, G Griffen Outhouse turned aside 40 shots to lead the Royals to a 3-0 victory over the Prince
GRIFFEN OUTHOUSE
George Cougars. . . . On Tuesday night, the Royals got past the visiting Cougars, 5-1. . . . F Jack Walker (9) got the Royals rolling at 8:42 of the first period. . . . F Vladimir Bobylev made it 2-0 at 10:03 of the second period, with his first goal since rejoining the Royals from his native Russia prior to Christmas. . . . D Chaz Reddekopp (7) completed the scoring at 4:19 of the third period. . . . That was Outhouse’s first shutout this season and the fifth of his career. . . . G Nick McBride stopped 21 shots for the Cougars. . . . G Riley Mathieson, who signed with the Royals this week, backed up Outhouse. Mathieson plays for the junior B Saanich Braves. . . . Victoria was 0-6 on the PP; Prince George was 0-5. . . . Victoria F Matt Phillips had a 10-game point streak snapped. He put up 19 points, including nine goals, during that stretch. . . . The Royals (19-15-4) have points in three straight (2-0-1). . . . The Cougars (26-10-2) have lost two in a row and have fallen off the top rung of the overall standings. . . . Announced attendance: 5,833.
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THURSDAY’S GAMES (all times local):

No Games Scheduled.
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FRIDAY’S GAMES (all times local):

Moose Jaw at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.
Edmonton at Calgary, 7 p.m.
Prince George at Everett, 7:35 p.m.
Victoria at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.
Lethbridge at Medicine Hat, 7:30 p.m.
Regina at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.
Kootenay at Red Deer, 7 p.m.
Portland vs. Seattle, at Kent, Wash., 7:35 p.m.
Tri-City at Spokane, 7:05 p.m.
Saskatoon at Swift Current, 7 p.m.
Kamloops vs. Vancouver, at Langley, B.C., 7:30 p.m.

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