WHL Roundup: League-leading Kelowna Rockets win 11th straight game

Sunday, 12.15.2013 / 11:24 PM The Canadian Press

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. - The Kelowna Rockets overcame an early deficit to win their 11th straight game and improve on the best record in the Western Hockey League.

Kelowna scored three unanswered goals in the third period to beat the Prince Albert Raiders 5-3 on Sunday.

Riley Stadel, Nick Merkley, Tyrell Goulbourne, Tyson Baillie and Myles Bell each scored for the Rockets (27-3-2).

Dakota Conroy, with a goal just 50 seconds into the game, Chance Braid and Gage Quinney also scored for the Raiders (17-15-2).

Jordon Cooke made 28 saves for Kelowna, while Cole Cheveldave stopped 39 shots in net for Prince Albert.

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ROYALS 6 HURRICANES 1

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — The Royals had little problem romping past the worst team in the WHL.

Ryan Gagnon, Mitch Skapski, Ben Walker, Steven Hodges, Brandon Magee and Austin Carroll each scored for Victoria (22-13-2).

Tyler Wong had the lone goal for the Hurricanes (5-27-5) in the second period.

Coleman Vollrath finished with 30 saves in net for Victoria, while Lethbridge's Teagan Sacher was pulled after allowing five goals on 22 shots. Corbin Boes took over and made seven saves.

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HITMEN 5 BRONCOS 2

CALGARY — The Hitmen never trailed en route to their eighth straight win.

Kenton Helgesen, Linden Penner, Zane Jones, Radel Fazleev and Travis Sanheim had a goal apiece for Calgary (21-7-5).

Brett Lernout and Zac Mackay had a pair of goals in the second period for Swift Current (19-13-5).

Calgary's Chris Driedger stopped 24 shots, while Landon Bow allowed four goals on 31 shots at the other end of the ice.

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OIL KINGS 4 BLADES 0

EDMONTON — The Oil Kings earned their ninth straight win after overwhelming Saskatoon.

Luke Bertolucci, Cole Benson, Reid Petryk and Lane Bauer each scored for Edmonton (23-9-1), which outshot the Blades 21-2 in the first period.

Troy Trombley gave up all four goals on 42 shots for Saskatoon (10-24-3) before Alex Moodie came in to make six saves.

Edmonton's Tristan Jarry meanwhile earned the shutout with 27 saves.

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WARRIORS 5 BLAZERS 2

MOOSE JAW, Sask. — Brayden Point scored twice as the Warriors erupted with a three-goal second period.

Sam Fioretti, Tanner Eberle and Torrin White also scored for Moose Jaw (9-21-6).

Matt Needham and Cole Ully replied for Kamloops (9-22-4).

Warriors goalie Justin Paulic stopped 24 shots. At the other end of the ice, Taran Kozun's game ended after he gave up four goals on 30 shots. Cole Kehler stopped all 10 shots he faced in relief.

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CHIEFS 2 SILVERTIPS 0

EVERETT, Wash. — Eric Williams made 29 saves as Spokane shut out the Silvertips.

Williams was on fire in the third period when the Chiefs (21-12-2) were outshot 11-3.

Tyler King and Mike Aviani had a goal each for Spokane.

Daniel Cotton meanwhile made 18 saves in net for Everett (21-10-4), which dropped its fourth straight.

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TIGERS 4 PATS 3 (SO)

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. — Tommy Vannelli scored the only goal in the shootout as the Tigers got by Regina.

Miles Koules, Cole Sanford and Trevor Cox had a goal each for Medicine Hat (20-10-3) in regulation.

Boston Leier, Dane Schioler and Austin Wagner replied for the Pats (18-13-3).

Tigers goalie Daniel Wapple finished with 26 saves, while Nick Schneider stopped 39 for Regina.

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COUGARS 3 GIANTS 1

VANCOUVER — Ty Edmonds had a spectacular effort with 41 saves as Prince George survived an away game against the Giants.

Edmonds picked up his game in the second and third periods when the Cougars (14-18-5) were outshot 25-11 and 10-4, respectively.

Zach Pochiro, Klarc Wilson and Jordan Tkatch each scored for Prince George.

Carter Popoff had the only goal for Vancouver (17-13-7) in the first period while Payton Lee stopped 23 shots.

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