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WHL Roundup: Cougars score seven goals in the first period to beat Blades 10-6

Thursday, 01.30.2014 / 1:54 AM / News

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WHL Roundup: Cougars score seven goals in the first period to beat Blades 10-6

SASKATOON - The Prince George Cougars scored seven times in the opening period to defeat the Saskatoon Blades 10-6 in Western Hockey League action on Wednesday.

Joseph Carvalho opened the floodgates with a power-play goal at 5:20 of the period, and Todd Fiddler, Troy Bourke and Jordan Tkatch scored in a 3:21 span made it 4-0.

Prince George wasn't finished, as Jansen Harkins scored the first of his two goals to make it 5-0. Brad Morrison and Tate Olson also scored for the Cougars (20-26-7) in the period.

Zach Pochiro reached the 20-goal mark for the season with goals for Prince George in the second and third period. Harkins scored his second goal of the game in the third period.

Cameron Hebig scored twice for Saskatoon (14-34-4), while Logan Harland, Ryan Graham, Connor Sanvido and Mitch Lipon rounded out the scoring.

Ty Edmonds made 36 saves for Prince George. Troy Tromblay started in goal for Saskatoon and was lifted after it was 5-0. Nathan Alalouf then came in to make his WHL debut, and allowed two goals on eight shots while finishing up the period before Tromblay returned. His bottom line was 21 saves on 29 shots.

TIGERS 6 ICE 2

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. — Curtis Valk scored 1:32 into the first period, and the Tigers took a 5-0 lead into the third period to defeat Kootenay.

Miles Koules, Chad Labelle, Cole Sanford and Trevor Cox got the other Medicine Hat (29-17-30) goals in the first. Anthony Ast completed the scoring for the Tigers in the third.

Luke Philip and Zak Zborosky scored in the third period for Kootenay (25-21-4).

Marek Langhamer finished with 30 saves for the Tigers. Wyatt Hoflin made 28 stops for the Ice.

HURRICANES 3 RAIDERS 2

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — Jonny Hogue made 41 saves, and Brady Ramsay scored the winning goal in the third period as the Hurricanes snapped an eight-game losing streak, as they came back from a 2-0 deficit to beat Prince Albert.

Josh Morrisey scored twice to give the Raiders (23-24-3) a 2-0 lead in the first period.

Jamal Watson got one back in the first period for the Hurricanes (10-38-5-), and Taylor Cooper tied it in the second.

Cole Cheveldave finished with 17 saves for Prince Albert.

AMERICANS 4 HITMEN 1

CALGARY — Brian Williams scored his 30th and 31st goals of the season and Eric Comrie turned back 39 shots as Tri-City defeated the Hitmen.

The teams were scoreless going into the third period, before Greg Chase opened the scoring for Calgary at 1:24.

Williams tied the game at 3:04 for Tri-City (25-21-5) and Braden Purtil scored the winner at 11:34.

Ty Comrie made it 4-1 and Williams added an empty-netter.

Mark Shields made 27 saves for the Hitmen (31-13-6), who lost their third in a row.

REBELS 4 WHEAT KINGS 3 (SO)

RED DEER, Alta. — The Rebels went to a seven round shootout with Brandon to win their fifth in a row.

Preston Kopeck, Scott Feser and Rhyse Dieno scored in regulation for Red Deer (27-21-2).

Rihards Bukarts, Pulock, Ryan and Peter Quenneville replied for the Wheat Kings (26-18-6).

Quenneville sent the game to overtime with his 16th goal of the season at 18:18 of the third period.

Patrik Bartosak made 39 saves for Red Deer. Jordan Papirny turned back 26 shots for Brandon.

WINTERHAWKS 8 SILVERTIPS 1

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Winterhawks won their eighth in a row, with Paul Bittner leading the way two goals and two assists in their lopsided win over Everett.

Chase De Leo, Ethan Price, Nicolas Petan, Dominic Turgeon, Brendan Leipsic and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored the other Portland (34-12-5) goals. Bjorkstrand's was his 34th of the season.

Patrick Bajkov scored for Everett (24-22-5).

Corbin Boes finished with 27 saves for the Winterhawks.

Austin Lotz stopped 20 of shots for the Silvertips, and Daniel Cotton allowed a goal on 10 shots.

GIANTS 5 BLAZERS 3

VANCOUVER — Dalton Sward had two goals and an assist to lead the Giants over Kamloops.

Sward opened the scoring with a power play goal at 4:16 and assisted on Arvin Atwal's power play goal a few minutes later to make it 2-0.

Dominik Volek and Cain Franson got the other Vancouver (25-19-8) goals.

Cole Ully scored twice for Kamloops. Collin Shirly also scored for the Blazers (11-35-5).

Payton Lee made 16 saves for the Giants, while Cole Kehler stopped 26 shots for Kamloops.

CHIEFS 6 ROCKETS 5 (SO)

KELOWNA, B.C. — Jason Fram scored the only goal of the shootout as Spokane got by the Rockets.

Reid Gow scored twice for the Chiefs (31-15-4), who won their fourth in a row, and sixth in seven games.

Mitch Holmberg picked up his league-leading 46th goal of the season and added a pair of assists for Spokane. Holmberg also leads the WHL in scoring with 90 points.

Liam Stewart and Carter Proft rounded out the scoring for the Chiefs.

Damon Severson, Rourke Chartier, Kris Schmidli, Colton Heffley and Ryan Olsen replied for Kelowna (40-8-3), which lost its second in a row

Eric Williams allowed five goals on 27 shots in 40 minutes for Spokane. Teammate Garret Hughson stopped all eight shots he faced in the third period and overtime.

Jordan Cooke made 25 saves for the Rockets.

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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

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