March 1st, 2024

WHL roundup: Pasternak nets three as Royals romp past Blazers 7-2

By The Canadian Press on January 20, 2024.

VICTORIA – Dawson Pasternak scored three goals and teammate Justin Kipkie added a pair as the Victoria Royals defeated the visiting Kamloops Blazers 7-2 in Western Hockey League action on Saturday at Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena.

Ryan Spizawka and Casper Evensen Haugen also scored for the Royals (24-14-3-3). The teams were scoreless after the first period, but the Royals took a 5-1 lead into the third. Cole Reschny had four assists for the Royals, while Tyson Laventure had three helpers.

Harrison Brunicke and Kai Matthew scored for the Blazers (10-28-3-2).

Royals netminder Braden Holt saved 26 of 28 shots, while Blazers goalie Jesse Sanche stopped 15 of 22 shots.

Elsewhere in the WHL on Saturday:

WARRIORS 4 BRONCOS 3

MOOSE JAW, Sask. – Brayden Yager scored at 19:29 of the third period as the Moose Jaw Warriors edged the visiting Swift Current Broncos 4-3.

Atley Calvert scored twice for the Warriors (27-15-0-2), while Matthew Savoie added a single.

Rylan Gould scored twice for the Broncos (22-18-2-2), while Ryan McCleary netted a single.

WHEAT KINGS 6 HURRICANES 0

BRANDON, Man. – Ethan Eskit stopped 38 shots to earn the shutout as the Brandon Wheat Kings blanked the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes 6-0.

Brett Hyland scored twice for the Wheat Kings (22-15-4-1), while Charlie Elick, Nolan Flamand, Carter Klippenstein and Dominik Petr netted singles.

Hurricanes goaltender Brady Smith kicked out seven of nine shots, while Harrison Meneghin stopped 25 of 29 shots for the Hurricanes (21-19-3-0).

PATS 5 TIGERS 4 (OT)

REGINA, Sask. – Zane Rowan scored at 4:25 of overtime as the Regina Pats edged the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers 5-4.

Logan Peskett, Braxton Whitehead, Tyson Buczkowski and Tye Spencer also scored for the Pats (16-22-4-2).

Shane Smith, Hunter St. Martin, Andrew Basha and Tomas Mrsic scored for the Central Division-leading Tigers (27-14-3-0).

REBELS 2 RAIDERS 1

RED DEER, Alta. – Ollie Josephson scored at 18:23 of the third period to lift the Red Deer Rebels over the visiting Prince Alberta Raiders 2-1.

Kalan Lind also scored for the Rebels (25-13-1-4).

Jacob Hoffrogge scored for the Raiders (19-22-0-3).

AMERICANS 5 THUNDERBIRDS 4

SEATTLE, Wash. – Max Curran scored the game-winning goal at 7:41 of the second period as the visiting Tri-City Americans edged the Seattle Thunderbirds 5-4.

Jackson Smith, Deagan McMillan, Carter Savage and Andrew Fan also scored for the Americans (17-22-2-1).

Jordan Gustafson scored twice for the Thunderbirds (14-22-2-0), while Nico Myatovic and Jeremy Hanzel netted singles.

CHIEFS 2 WILD 1

WENATCHEE, Wash. – Chase Bertholet scored the game-winning goal at 13:17 of the first period as the visiting Spokane Chiefs edged the Wenatchee Wild 2-1.

Conner Roulette also scored for the Chiefs (16-214-0).

Kenta Isogai scored for the Wild (24-15-4-0).

WINTERHAWKS 2 COUGARS 1

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Diego Buttazzoni scored a power-play goal at 6:14 of the third period to snap a 1-1 tie and lifted the visiting Portland Winterhawks to a 2-1 victory over the Prince George Cougars.

Nate Danielson also scored for the Winterhawks (28-11-2-1).

Ondrej Becher scored for the B.C. Division-leading Cougars (30-13-0-1).

* This roundup was generated automatically with a CP-developed application.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 20, 2024.

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