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WHL Roundup: Delnov scores twice, including winner, as Thunderbirds beat Chiefs

Sunday, 01.12.2014 / 1:54 AM / News

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WHL Roundup: Delnov scores twice, including winner, as Thunderbirds beat Chiefs

KENT, Wash. - Alexander Delnov scored twice, including the winner, as the Seattle Thunderbirds edged the visiting Spokane Chiefs 4-3 in overtime Saturday in Western Hockey League action.

Delnov scored 2:14 into extra time for Seattle, which halted Spokane's four-game win streak.

Roberts Lipsbergs had two goals and two assists for the Thunderbirds (25-14-5) while Ryan Gropp and Shea Theodore each tacked on two assists.

Connor Chartier led the Chiefs (26-13-3) offensively with a pair of goals and Mike Aviani and scored the other.

Seattle's Danny Mumaugh made 22 saves for the win as Eric Williams turned away 29-of-33 shots for Spokane.

The Thunderbirds went 2 for 8 on the power play while the Chiefs scored once on four chances with the man advantage.

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REBELS 3 BRONCOS 0

SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. — Patrik Bartosak stopped 34 shots as Red Deer blanked the Broncos.

Haydn Fleury had a goal and an assist for the Rebels (22-20-2) and Aspen Sterzer and Presten Kopeck scored the others.

The defensive pairing of Brett Lernout and Brycen Martin were caught on the ice for all three goals against for Swift Current (23-16-6).

Eetu Laurikainen made 35 saves for the Broncos.

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PATS 6 BLADES 2

SASKATOON — Dryden Hunt had a pair of goals as Regina handed the Blades their fourth loss in a row.

Morgan Klimchuk and Chandler Stephenson each had a goal and two assists for the Pats (23-17-5), who led 5-0 after the first period, while Dyson Stevenson and Jesse Zgraggen had a goal apiece.

Cameron Hebig and Connor Sanvido scored for Saskatoon (12-31-4).

Daniel Wapple made 28 saves for Regina. Alex Moodie started in net for the Blades but was pulled after allowing three goals on six shots. Troy Trombley turned away 26-of-29 shots in 52 minutes of relief.

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WHEAT KINGS 5 RAIDERS 2

BRANDON — John Quenneville scored twice and set up one more as the Wheat Kings downed Prince Albert.

Jesse Gabriel had a goal and an assist for Brandon (23-17-4) while Rihards Bukarts and Eric Roy each scored once.

Josh Morrissey and Carson Perreaux scored for the Raiders (22-19-2) and Sawyer Lange assisted on both goals.

Jordan Papirny made 23 saves for the Wheat Kings as Cole Cheveldave kicked out 37-of-42 shots for Prince Albert.

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OIL KINGS 8 HURRICANES 0

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — Edgars Kulda had two goals and two assists and Tyler Santos made 23 saves as Edmonton crushed the Hurricanes for its sixth straight victory.

Riley Keiser also scored twice for the Oil Kings (29-12-1) and Blake Orban had a goal and two assists. Reid Petryk, Mads Eller and Brett Pollock also scored for Edmonton.

Defenceman Macoy Erkamps was a team-worst minus-7 for Lethbridge (9-32-5).

Jarred Schamerhorn and Jonny Hogue combined to stop 33-of-41 shots for the Hurricanes.

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ROCKETS 5 TIGERS 4

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. — Rourke Chartier had two goals as Kelowna slipped past the Tigers.

Mitchell Wheaton, Nick Merkley and Kris Schmidl also scored for the Rockets (35-5-2) while Damon Severson and Ryan Olsen chipped in with two assists apiece.

Curtis Valk scored once and set up two more for Medicine Hat (24-15-3) and Blake Penner, Anthony Ast and Trevor Cox had the others.

Jackson Whistle made 36 saves for Kelowna as Marek Langhamer stopped 35 shots for the Tigers.

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COUGARS 4 BLAZERS 3 (SO)

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Troy Bourke and Jordan Tkatch both scored in the shootout as Prince George edged the Blazers.

Todd Fiddler scored twice in regulation for the Cougars (17-23-6) and Brad Morrison scored once.

Tyson Ness, Matt Revel and Jesse Shynkaruk supplied the scoring for Kamloops (10-29-5), which dropped its fifth straight contest.

Adam Beukeboom made 18 saves for Prince George. Bolton Pouliot stopped 33-of-36 shots for the Blazers.

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AMERICANS 3 SILVERTIPS 2 (OT)

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Philip Tot scored with just 31 seconds remaining in overtime as Tri-City downed Everett.

Eric Comrie turned away 35 of 37 for the Americans (20-20-4) while Brian Williams and Braden Purtill also scored.

Patrick Bajkov and Ivan Nikolishin had a goal apiece for the Silvertips (24-13-7).

Austin Lotz made 29 saves for Everett, earning the game's second star for his effort.

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WINTERHAWKS 2 ROYALS 1

VICTORIA — Oliver Bjorkstrand scored the eventual with five minutes remaining in regulation as Portland beat the Royals.

Brendan Leipsic had a goal and an assist for the Winterhawks (27-12-5), but failed to score on a penalty shot in the first period that would have put his club ahead 2-0.

Jordan Fransoo scored for Victoria (29-15-2).

Brendan Burke made 23 saves for Portland while Coleman Vollrath turned aside 33-of-35 shots for the Royals.

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