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Everett's Winquist earning the spotlight

by Adam Kimelman /

When it comes to the Everett Silvertips, most of the talk surrounds defenseman Ryan Murray, the second pick of the 2012 NHL Draft. Forward Joshua Winquist, a candidate for the 2013 draft, is doing his best to steal some of Murray's spotlight.

The 19-year-old forward had three goals and two assists for the Silvertips, as they won both games over the weekend. The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder had a goal and two assists in a 3-2 win at the Prince Albert Raiders on Friday, and scored two goals in a 3-2 win at the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday.

Winquist leads Everett with eight goals, 13 points and a plus-8 rating.

Here is how a few other Western Hockey League draft prospects fared this past weekend:

* Lethbridge center Russell Maxwell had a pair of goals in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Kamloops Blazers on Friday.

* Tri-City right wing Phillip Tot and center Marcus Messier each scored two goals in the Americans' 6-3 win at the Regina Pats on Friday.

* Eetu Laurikainen turned aside 43 of 44 shots in the Swift Current Broncos' 2-1 win against Saskatoon on Friday.

* Spokane Chiefs left wing Adam Helewka scored both his team's goals in a 2-1 defeat of the Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday.

* Edmonton center Curtis Lazar, who earned an A rating in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of players to watch for this year's draft, scored two goals in the Oil Kings' 4-2 defeat of the Medicine Hat Tigers on Saturday.

* Kamloops' JC Lipon scored two goals and had an assist in the Blazers' 6-3 win at Kootenay on Saturday. Lipon leads the WHL with 13 goals, 19 assists and 32 points in just 13 games.

* Portland Winterhawks center Nicolas Petan had three assists in his team's 6-1 defeat of Seattle on Saturday. Petan, who earned a C-rating from Central Scouting, is fifth in the league with 13 assists.

* Prince Albert left wing Dakota Conroy scored a pair of goals, including the eventual game-winner, in the Raiders' 4-1 win against Swift Current on Sunday.

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