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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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