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WHL Roundup: JC Lipon stays hot in Kamloops Blazers 5-2 win over Calgary Hitmen

Sunday, 10.14.2012 / 11:14 PM / News

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WHL Roundup: JC Lipon stays hot in Kamloops Blazers 5-2 win over Calgary Hitmen

JC Lipon continued his hot hand for the Kamloops Blazers with two goals and two assists in a 5-2 win over the host Calgary Hitmen on Sunday in Western Hockey League play.

Lipon is currently riding a six-game point streak that includes nine goals and 18 points. He now has 22 points in nine games this season to lead the Western Hockey League in scoring.

The game was a battle of the only two WHL teams which had yet to suffer a regulation-time loss this season.

Colin Smith also had two goals and added an assist for Kamloops (8-0-1), while Aspen Sterzer added a single goal.

Marek Hrbas also chipped in two assists for the Blazers.

Brady Brassart and Cody Sylvester scored for the Hitmen (6-1-2), whose winning streak was halted at three games.

Kamloops goaltender Cole Cheveldave made 13 saves to improve his record to 6-0-0 this season, while Calgary netminder Chris Driedger stopped 26 shots in a losing cause.

The Blazers were successful with the man advantage as they went 5-for-9 on the power play. Calgary went 2-for-4 with the man advantage.

Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Kootenay 1 Edmonton 0; Saskatoon 6 Medicine Hat 3 and Tri-City 5 Moose Jaw 0.

At Calgary, Brassart opened the scoring 11:27 into the first period.

Smith responded for the Blazers at 14:59 to make it 1-1 after 20 minutes of play.

Sylvester restored the lead for Calgary 4:29 into the second period, but Kamloops scored three unanswered goals for a 4-2 lead heading into the final period.

Lipon scored at 6:00, Sterzer followed at 15:26 and Lipon added his second at 18:52.

Smith added one more goal for the Blazers at 11:59 of the third.


Ice 1 Oil Kings 0

At Cranbrook, B.C., goalie Mackenzie Skapski made 25 saves for his first career shutout as Kootenay (3-5-0-0) blanked Edmonton (5-3-1-1).


Blades 6 Tigers 3

At Medicine Hat, Alta., Darren Dietz had a goal, three assists and was a plus-2 to help Saskatoon (4-8-0) dumped the Tigers (4-6-1).


Americans 5 Warriors 0

At Moose Jaw, Sask., Eric Comrie made 24 saves to earn his second shutout of the season as the Tri-City Americans (6-3-0-1), beat the Moose Jaw Warriors (4-4-0-1)

(With files from the Medicine Hat News)

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