July 17th, 2024

WHL roundup: Blades sharp on defence, edge Tigers 3-1

By The Canadian Press on March 8, 2024.

SASKATOON – Egor Sidorov’s goal at 16:21 of the second period stood up as the winner as the Saskatoon Blades edged the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers 3-1 in Western Hockey League action on Friday at the SaskTel Centre.

Tanner Molendyk and Fraser Minten (empty-netter) also scored for the East Division-leading Blades (44-12-2-3), who outshot the visitors 28-24.

Andrew Basha scored for the Central Division-leading Tigers (35-21-5-2), who trailed 1-0 after the first period and 2-0 heading into the third.

The Tigers went 1-for-2 on the power play, while the Blades went 0-for-4.

Elsewhere in the WHL on Friday:

OIL KINGS 3 RAIDERS 2 (OT)

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – Gavin Hodnett scored at 1:56 of overtime as the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings edged the Prince Albert Raiders 3-2.

Gracyn Sawchyn and Landon Hanson scored for the Oil Kings (23-36-2-1) in regulation.

Sloan Stanick and Niall Crocker scored for the Raiders (29-27-2-3), who outshot the Oil Kings 30-27.

WARRIORS 6 PATS 3

MOOSE JAW, Sask. – Matthew Savoie had two goals and an assist as the Moose Jaw Warriors beat the visiting Regina Pats 6-3.

Denton Mateychuk, Lynden Lakovic, Brayden Schuurman and Atley Calvert also scored for the Warriors (41-19-0-2), who outshot the Pats 50-28.

Zackary Shantz, Braxton Whitehead and Zackary Shantz scored for the Pats (21-36-4-2), who trailed 3-1 after the first period and 4-2 heading into the third.

REBELS 4 HITMEN 3

CALGARY, Alta. – Kalan Lind had a goal and assist as the visiting Red Deer Rebels edged the Calgary Hitmen 4-3.

Carson Birnie, Ollie Josephson and Talon Brigley also scored for the Rebels (32-22-2-6).

Carson Wetsch, Keets Fawcett and Maxim Muranov scored for the Hitmen (26-28-7-1).

WHEAT KINGS 4 HURRICANES 0

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – Brett Hyland had a goal and assist and Carson Bjarnason made 23 saves to post the shutout as the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings blanked the Lethbridge Hurricanes 4-0.

Matteo Michels, Joby Baumuller and Jayden Wiens also scored for the Wheat Kings (30-26-6-1), who outshot the Hurricanes 29-23.

Netminder Harrison Meneghin stopped 25 shots for the Hurricanes (29-27-5-0).

SILVERTIPS 4 ROYALS 1

EVERETT, Wash. – Ben Hemmerling had a goal and two assists as the Everett Silvertips beat the visiting Victoria Royals 4-1.

Cade Zaplitny, Jesse Heslop and Julius Miettinen also scored for the Silvertips (40-18-2-3), who outshot the Royals 45-17.

Ben Riche scored for the Royals (28-26-5-4), who led 1-0 after the first period but trailed 3-1 heading into the third.

THUNDERBIRDS 5 CHIEFS 4

SEATTLE, Wash. – Sawyer Mynio scored twice and Nico Myatovic added two assists as the Seattle Thunderbirds edged the visiting Spokane Chiefs 5-4.

Jeremy Hanzel, Simon Lovsin and Nathan Pilling also scored for the Thunderbirds (23-36-2-0), who outshot the Chiefs 49-44.

Shea Van Olm, Chase Harrington, Chase Bertholet and Hayden Paupanekis scored for the Chiefs (26-29-5-1).

COUGARS 5 GIANTS 3

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Terik Parascak and Zac Funk each scored twice as the Prince George Cougars beat the visiting Vancouver Cougars 5-3.

Hudson Thornton also scored for the B.C. Division-leading Cougars (42-15-1-3), who outshot the visitors 44-33.

Cameron Schmidt scored twice for the Giants (29-28-4-0), while Jaden Lipinski netted a single.

ROCKETS 9 BLAZERS 1

KELOWNA, B.C. – Andrew Cristall scored twice and added five assists as the Kelowna Rockets blitzed the visiting Kamloops Blazers 9-1.

Carter Kowalyk, Max Graham, Marek Rocak, Luke Schelter, Kayden Longley, Gabriel Szturc and Dylan Wightman also scored for the Rockets 30-28-3-1), who outshot the Blazers 40-31.

Blake Swetlikoff scored for the Blazers (20-36-3-3), who trailed 3-0 after the first period and 5-0 after the second.

WILD 8 AMERICANS 1

KENNEWICK, Wash. – Briley Wood scored twice and added three assists as the visiting Wenatchee Wild whipped the Tri-City Americans 8-1.

Evan Friesen, Maddix McCagherty, Hayden Moore, Miles Cooper, Rodzers Bukarts and Kenta Isogai also scored for the Wild (32-25-4-0), who outshot the Americans 42-17.

Parker Bell scored for the Americans (22-36-2-1), who were tied 1-1 after the first period and trailed 3-1 heading into the third.

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

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 8, 2024.

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