WHL Friday Round up

in regular season

October 14, 2017

by Robert Murray

Here’s a wrap of the Friday night games in the Western Hockey League.

Kamloops Blazers (4)  at Prince George Cougars (1)  
Kamloops (1-9-0-0) // Prince George (3-4-2-0)

The Kamloops Blazers came ready to play Friday against the Prince George Cougars, earning their first win of the 2017-18 regular season at the CN Centre.

Garrett Pilon had a goal and three points while Connor Zary added a goal and an assist in the team’s first win since March 18, 2017, which also came against the Cougars at the CN Centre.

Prior to the win, the Blazers were 0-9-0-0 to start. The Cougars are now one game under .500 with a 2-4-2-0 record.

Dylan Ferguson made 24 saves on 25 shots for the victory while Taylor Gauthier took t
he loss while making 17 saves on 20 shots.

Kody McDonald opened the scoring Friday, but the Blazers answered back with Pilon scoring later in the period and Zary putting the Blazers ahead for good early in the second. Brodi Stuart and Jermaine Loewen tacked on goals in the third as eight different Blazers recorded a point in the win.

The two teams will meet again at the CN Centre Saturday. Puck drop is schedule for 7:00 p.m. MT.



Calgary Hitmen (4)  at Kelowna Rockets (3)  
Calgary (3-5-1-0) // Kelowna (4-2-0-1)

The Calgary Hitmen concluded a three-game road trip in Kelowna Friday, scoring a big 4-3 victory over the Rockets.

Cael Zimmerman’s first career WHL goal stood up as the game-winner as the Hitmen pulled themselves a game close to five-hundred while Nick Schneider made 31 saves for his third win of the season.

Mark Kastelic and Nolan Foote traded goals in the first period. Hunter Campbell and Jakob Stukel then struck for goals in the second period, taking a one-goal lead into the third after Kyle Topping notched his third of the season to keep the Rockets in the game.

Zimmerman’s goal 11:49 into the final period was well-timed, with Jack Cowell cutting the lead to one again less than two minutes later, which is how things would stay for the remainder of the game.

Brodan Salmond faced 26 shots, stopping 22 of them.

The Hitmen are back home to host the Lethbridge Hurricanes Sunday. The Rockets meanwhile will venture south of the border for a pair of games against the Portland Winterhawks Saturday and Sunday.



Victoria Royals (6) at Spokane Chiefs (8)
Victoria (7-1-1-0) // Spokane (5-4-0-0)

The Spokane Chiefs may have had to score eight goals to do it, but a team has finally beaten the Victoria Royals in regulation this season.

Jake McGrew had a hat trick and Jaret Anderson-Dolan had a goal and two assists while Hayden Ostir added a pair of goals in the Chiefs’ largest offensive showing so far this season.

The Chiefs jumped out to a 4-2 lead after the first and then traded a pair of goals in each remaining period with the Royals to put a cap on a 14-goal game.

The Royals were enjoying the first lead of the game after an early goal from Regan Nagy before the Chiefs reeled off four goals in the span of 155 seconds to take a commanding lead. Up 8-4 late in the third, Eric Florchuk and Tyler Soy added goals for the Royals to make the game close, though the Chiefs never let their visitors any closer.

Dawson Weatherill saved 20 of the 26 shots sent his way. Griffen Outhouse had a rough go in net, making 22 saves on 29 shots. Dean McNabb allowed one goal on 11 shots in nearly 17 minutes of action.

The Chiefs host the Tri-City Americans Saturday while the Royals head to Seattle for their first date with the Thunderbirds this season Saturday.


Vancouver Giants (0) at Swift Current Broncos (1)  
Vancouver (2-4-0-1) // Swift Current (8-0-0-0)

Logan Flodell had been good for the Swift Current Broncos through their first seven games. Friday against the Vancouver Giants, he was great.

Flodell made 38 saves, including 17 in the first, while Tyler Steenbergen scored his league-leading 16th goal in a 1-0 shutout of the visiting Giants.

After a scoreless first, the Broncos utilized their hottest scoring option midway through the second. Sahvan Khaira passed the puck from behind the net to Colby Sissons, who hit Steenbergen around center ice. From there, the Sylvan Lake, Alta. product did the rest, skating around the Giants’ defence and burying the puck past David Tendeck for the game’s only goal.

To Tendeck’s credit, he held the Broncos’ potent offence at bay, making 30 saves over the course of the evening. Flodell was shaper though, making eight more saves in the second and 13 in the third to close the door on the Giants.

The Broncos remain at home to host the Edmonton Oil Kings Saturday while the Giants will continue on to Moose Jaw to battle the Warriors.



Everett Silvertips (4) at Lethbridge Hurricanes (3)  
Everett (4-6-0-0) // Lethbridge (3-4-0-0)

The Everett Silvertips snapped a three-game losing streak at the right moment, ending a three-game home winning streak by the Lethbridge Hurricanes at the same time Friday with a 4-3 victory.

Riley Sutter had a pair of goals, including the game-winner with 3:42 to go in the game. Bryce Kindopp also added a pair of goals  in the victory as the Silvertips ended a swing through Alberta with a 2-3 record.

Kindopp and Sutter scored at the start and end of the first period respectively to give the visitors a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes. The Hurricanes found their legs in the second period, rattling off three straight goals. Jordy Bellerive scored twice while Dylan Cozens added his fourth of the season to put the Hurricanes back on top.

The Silvertips wrestled back control of the lead in the third as Kindopp scored 5:59 into the final period, followed by Sutter’s goal later on.

All three of the Hurricanes goals came on the man-advantage while the Silvertips went 0-for-5 on the power play Friday. Dorrin Luding made 29 saves for his third win of the season. Stuart Skinner made 32 stops in the losing effort.

Connor Dewar and Giorgio Estephan each had a pair of assists for the Tips and Canes respectively.

The Silvertips are in Cranbrook, B.C. Saturday to complete their road trip through the Central Division against the Kootenay ICE. The Hurricanes will head north to Calgary Sunday to battle the Hitmen at the Saddledome.


Regina Pats (2) at Prince Albert Raiders (1) OT  
Regina (4-4-1-0) // Prince Albert (3-3-1-0)

The Regina Pats pulled themselves back to even ground on the season Friday, defeating the Prince Albert Raiders 2-1 on Josh Mahura’s overtime goal Friday at the Art Hauser Centre.

Emil Oksanen scored for the Pats late in the second and Spencer Moe tied up the game early in the third. Mahura broke the tie 1:55 into overtime.The Pats caught the Raiders on a change and with Mahura hanging back in the slot as the open man, Matt Bradley fed him the puck for the overtime winner, his third goal of the season.

Tyler Brown was sharp Friday, making 25 saves on 26 shots. Curtis Meger made 31 saves on 33 shots in the overtime loss.

The Pats are home Sunday afternoon to play the Edmonton Oil Kings while the Raiders will now head east for a pair of games against the Brandon Wheat Kings.


Saskatoon Blades (2) at Medicine Hat Tigers (5)  
Saskatoon (2-5-0-0) // Medicine Hat (5-3-0-0)

David Quenneville had a goal and four points Friday as the Medicine Hat Tigers gave the Saskatoon Blades a rough welcome in their first trip to the province of Alberta this season.

Quenneville opened the scoring 6:11 into the first, but Jackson Caller responded for the Blades to keep things even after 40 minutes. James Hamblin and Josh Paterson traded goals for the Tigers and Blades respectively in a 2:23 span in the second. Mark Rassell put the Tigers on top for good with 2:23 to go in the middle period, securing his third game-winner of the season and 11th of his WHL career.

Josh Williams and Kristians Rubins scored in the third period to add some extra insurance for the Tigers. Jordan Hollett had a strong 26-save performance as the Ottawa Senators prospect earned his second win of the season. Ryan Kubic stopped 32 of the 37 shots he faced Friday.

The Tigers will now enjoy a week off before welcoming the Kootenay ICE to the Canalta Centre next Saturday. The Blades wrap up their road trip in Red Deer against the Rebels Saturday.


90 Oct. 14 PA 0 BDN 0 7:30 PM CDT Westman Place – Brandon, MB
91 Oct. 14 EVT 0 KTN 0 7:00 PM MDT Western Financial Place – Cranbrook, BC
92 Oct. 14 VAN 0 MJ 0 7:00 PM MDT Mosaic Place – Moose Jaw, SK
93 Oct. 14 SAS 0 RD 0 7:00 PM MDT Enmax Centrium – Red Deer, AB
94 Oct. 14 EDM 0 SC 0 7:00 PM MDT Credit Union I-Plex – Swift Current, SK
95 Oct. 14 KEL 0 POR 0 6:00 PM PDT Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Portland, OR
96 Oct. 14 KAM 0 PG 0 7:00 PM PDT CN Centre – Prince George, BC
97 Oct. 14 TC 0 SPO 0 7:05 PM PDT Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena – Spokane, WA
98 Oct. 14 VIC 0 SEA 0 7:05 PM PDT ShoWare Center – Kent, WA