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WHL Roundup: Holmberg nears scoring title as Chiefs edge Americans in shootout

Saturday, 03.15.2014 / 2:04 AM / News

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WHL Roundup: Holmberg nears scoring title as Chiefs edge Americans in shootout

SPOKANE, Wash. - Mitch Holmberg scored his 62nd goal of the season in regulation and then scored in the shootout as the Spokane Chiefs edged the visiting Tri-City Americans 4-3 on Friday in Western Hockey League action.

Holmberg currently leads the WHL in scoring with 118 points in 71 games and has an eight-point lead over the second-leading scorer, Nicolas Petan of the Portland Winterhawks. Eric Williams made 26 saves for the win.

Connor Chartier and Keanu Yamamoto also scored for the Chiefs (40-25-6) in regulation and Liam Stewart scored the shootout winner.

Jessey Astles had a pair of goals for the Americans (28-32-10), who dropped their fifth straight game, and Parker Bowles scored once. Evan Sarthou turned away 39-of-42 shots in a losing cause.

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HITMEN 5 ICE 4 (SO)

CRANBROOK, B.C. — Jake Virtanen had a goal and an assist in regulation and had the shootout winner as Calgary slipped past Kootenay.

Brady Brassart, Joe Mahon and Greg Chase also scored for the Hitmen (47-17-7).

Luke Philp scored twice for the Ice (39-27-5) and set up goals by Jagger Dirk and Sam Reinhart.

Calgary's Chris Driedger made 37 saves for the win. Kootenay's Mackenzie Skapski gave up three goals on 16 shots before giving way to Wyatt Hoflin, who stopped 16-of-17 shots in 36 minutes of relief.

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RAIDERS 7 BLADES 2

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. — Collin Valcourt had two goals and two assists and Leon Draisaitl scored once and set up three more as the Raiders crushed Saskatoon to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Josh Morrissey and Dakota Conroy each had a goal and two assists for Prince Albert (34-32-5), which is tied for eighth place with the Red Deer Rebels in the Eastern Conference. Calder Brooks and Gage Quinney added a goal apiece.

Cory Millette and Mitch Lipon scored for the Blades (16-50-5), who dropped their 11th game in a row.

Nick McBride made 18 saves for the Raiders. Troy Trombley stopped 31-of-38 for Saskatoon.

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WHEAT KINGS 4 PATS 3 (OT)

REGINA — Eric Roy scored the winner at 2:18 of the extra period as Brandon slipped past the Pats.

Peter Quenneville had two goals and an assist in regulation for the Wheat Kings (33-29-9), who hold down the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference, and Richard Nejezchleb added a goal and an assist.

Dmitry Sinitsyn, Dryden Hunt and Connor Gay supplied the scoring for Regina (39-25-7), which clinched first place in the East Division despite the loss.

Jordan Papirny made 29 saves for Brandon while Dawson MacAuley turned away 31-of-35 shots for the Pats.

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BRONCOS 5 WARRIORS 4

SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. — Jay Merkley had a pair of goals, including one shorthanded into an empty net, as the Broncos snapped Moose Jaw's four-game win streak.

Glenn Gawdin, Nathan Burns and Colby Cave also scored for Swift Current (37-25-9) and Eetu Laurikainen made 26 saves for the victory.

Bryson Gore scored twice for the Warriors (21-41-9) while Brayden Point and Sam Fioretti had the others.

Moose Jaw's Zach Sawchenko stopped 33-of-37 shots in defeat.

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BLAZERS 5 COUGARS 1

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Bolton Pouliot stopped 35 shots, including 17 in the third period, as the Blazers beat Prince George to avoid their ninth straight loss.

Collin Shirley, Nick Chyzowski, Cole Ully, Deven Sideroff and Nathan Looysen supplied the offence for Kamloops (14-52-5).

Troy Bourke scored the lone goal for the Cougars (26-37-8), who dropped their sixth game in a row.

Brett Zarowny allowed four goals on 23 shots for Prince George before Ty Edmonds took over at the 2:20 mark of the third period. Edmonds stopped 9-of-10 shots in relief.

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SILVERTIPS 5 ROYALS 3

VICTORIA — Ivan Nikolishin had a goal and two assists as Everett beat the Royals to improve to 10-0-1 in its last 11 games.

Zane Jones, Manraj Hayer, Matt Pufahl and Noah Juulsen also scored for the Silvertips (38-23-9) and Joshua Winquist tacked on two assists.

Victoria (48-19-4) got goals from Tyler Soy, Steven Hodges and Mitch Skapski.

Everett's Austin Lotz made 23 saves for the win as Patrik Polivka turned aside 26-of-31 shots for the Royals.

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ROCKETS 6 GIANTS 5

VANCOUVER — Madison Bowey and Justin Kirkland each scored twice as Kelowna held off the Giants from a third-period comeback.

Myles Bell had a goal and two assists for the Rockets (56-11-4) and Rourke Chartier added the other.

Ty Ronning had a pair of goals for Vancouver (32-28-11), which trailed 6-1 after 40 minutes of play, and Dmitry Osipov, Joel Hamilton and Jackson Houck scored a goal apiece.

Jackson Whistle made 29 saves for Kelowna. Ryan Kubic allowed six goals on 30 shots for the Giants.

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WINTERHAWKS 5 THUNDERBIRDS 2

KENT, Wash. — Oliver Bjorkstrand had two goals and four points as Portland toppled Seattle for its fifth win in a row.

Taylor Leier had a goal and an assist for the Winterhawks (52-13-5) while Brendan Leispic and Mathew Dumba each scored once.

Roberts Lipsbergs and Ryan Gropp scored for the Thunderbirds (40-24-6).

Portland's Brendan Burke made 30 saves for the win as Seattle's Taran Kozun turned away 46-of-51 shots in defeat.

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Quote of the Day

Great players need great players to play with. That's why we'll have a training camp and we'll find who the best two guys are suited to play with Stamkos.

— Tampa Bay Lightning associate coach Rick Bowness on Steven Stamkos' potential linemates for the 2014-15 season