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WHL Roundup: Holmberg with four points as Chiefs down Cougars

Saturday, 11.16.2013 / 1:44 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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WHL Roundup: Holmberg with four points as Chiefs down Cougars

SPOKANE, Wash. - Mitch Holmberg continued with his offensive dominance on Friday as the Spokane Chiefs defeated the visiting Prince George Cougars 5-2 in Western Hockey League play.

The 20-year-old forward scored twice and added two assists, giving him 25 goals and 55 points in just 22 games. He currently leads the WHL in both categories.

Jason Fram, Liam Stewart and Mike Aviani also scored for the Chiefs (15-7-0) while Reid Gow had three assists.

Todd Fiddler scored for the Cougars (8-13-4) and earned an assist on Zach Pchiro's goal for a two-point performance.

Spokane's Eric Williams made 24 saves for the win as Prince George's Ty Edmonds stopped 25-of-29 shots in defeat.

The Chiefs scored on their only power-play opportunity while the Cougars went 0 for 4.

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RAIDERS 3 ICE 2

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. — Cole Cheveldave stopped 28 shots as the Raiders edged Kootenay.

Josh Morrissey, Jayden Hart and Chance Braid scored for Prince Albert (13-8-2) and Leon Draisaitl chipped in with two assists.

Tim Bozon scored both goals for the Ice (11-10-2) and Luke Philp assisted on each of them.

Kootenay's Wyatt Hoflin made 23 saves in a losing cause.

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WHEAT KINGS 6 BLADES 2

BRANDON, Man. — Tim McGauley scored twice and Ryan Pulock had a goal and two assists as the Wheat Kings handed Saskatoon its fourth straight loss.

Peter Quenneville, Braylon Schmyr and Ryley Lindgren also scored for Brandon (12-11-0), which has won three games in a row.

Nikita Scherbak and Cory Millette supplied the offence for the Blades (9-13-3).

Jordan Papirny made 17 saves for the Wheat Kings while Alex Moodie stopped 44-of-50 shots in defeat.

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HITMEN 3 BRONCOS 2 (SO)

CALGARY — Radel Fazleev scored the winner as the Hitmen halted Swift Current's nine-game win streak.

Chris Driedger made 37 saves for Calgary (11-6-4), which snapped its four-game slide, while Kenton Helgesen and Greg Chase scored in regulation.

The Broncos (15-8-2) got goals from Jay Merkley and Graham Black.

Landon Bow stopped 35 shots for Swift Current.

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REBELS 4 WARRIORS 2

RED DEER, Alta. — Matt Bellerive's goal 6:38 into the second period stood up as the winner as the Rebels doubled up Moose Jaw.

Haydn Fleury, Dominik Volek and Meyer Nell also scored for Red Deer (10-11-1) while Wyatt Johnson tacked on two assists.

Brayden Point and Alexey Sleptsov scored for the Warriors (7-15-4).

Patrik Bartosak made 17 saves for the Rebels. Zachary Sawchenko stopped 27 shots for Moose Jaw.

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AMERICANS 5 PATS 3

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Brian Williams scored twice and Tri-City jumped out to a four-goal lead en route to defeating Regina.

Lucas Nickels and Marcus Messier had a goal and an assist apeice for the Americans (13-9-2) while Philip Tot scored once.

The Pats (12-10-0) were led offensively by Braden Christoffer, Boston Leier and Adam Brooks.

Eric Comrie made 28 saves for Tri-City while Nick Schneider stopped 23 shots for Regina.

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ROYALS 2 THUNDERBIRDS 1 (OT)

VICTORIA — Logan Nelson scored 52 seconds into extra time as the Royals dealt Seattle its sixth loss in a row.

Brandon Magee scored in the second period for Victoria (13-9-1) and earned the game's first star.

Brandon Troock scored the lone goal for the Thunderbirds (11-8-3).

Coleman Vollrath made 21 saves for the Royals while Seattle's Danny Mumaugh gave his team a chance to win by turning aside 32-of-34 shots.

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GIANTS 3 TIGERS 2

VANCOUVER — Jared Rathjen stopped 31 shots as the Giants slipped past Eastern Conference-leading Medicine Hat.

Ty Ronning, Dalton Sward and Jackson Houck scored for Vancouver (9-11-3), which led 3-0 less than 13 minutes into the game.

Miles Koules and Tommy Vannelli responded for the Tigers (15-4-3), who lost in regulation for the first time in 10 contests.

Medicine Hat's Daniel Wapple made 32 saves in a losing effort.

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SILVERTIPS 3 WINTERHAWKS 2

EVERETT, Wash. — Tyler Sandhu scored twice, including the winner, as the Silvertips hung on to defeat Portland.

Manraj Hayer had a goal and an assist for Everett (15-3-4), which led 3-0 after 40 minutes of play, and Matt Pufahl had two assists.

Oliver Bjorkstrand and Derrick Pouliot scored third-period goals for the Winterhawks (16-5-2), who were 8-1-1 in their last 10 games heading into action.

Austin Lotz made 28 saves for the Silvertips. Brendan Burke kicked out 33-of-36 shots for Portland.

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