BLADES LOCK UP EAST DIVISION; RAIDERS CLINCH PLAYOFF SPOT – Elliott Peterson scored twice and set up another as the visiting Calgary Hitmen rallied from a 3-1 deficit to post a 4-3 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders in Western Hockey League action on Wednesday night.
Despite the loss, the Raiders clinch a playoff berth thanks to Lethbridge’s loss to Red Deer. The Raiders’ loss, meanwhile, means the Saskatoon Blades clinch the East Division title for the third time in the last five seasons.
Chase Clayton and Cody Sylvester also scored and Colby Harmsworth chipped in two assists for the Hitmen (42-20-1-4), who trailed 3-1 midway through the contest but scored three unanswered goals en route to their second win in as many nights. Chris Driedger turned aside 38 of 41 shots to claim the victory.
Leon Draisaitl scored his 20th goal of the season and added an assist while Mark McNeill – with a goal and an assist – and Jonas Knutsen also counted for the Raiders (35-26-2-4), who will play post-season hockey for just the second time over the last six years. Luke Siemens made 28 saves in the defeat.
REBELS 4, HURRICANES 0
Patrik Bartosak turned in another terrific effort, stopping all 39 shots he faced to claim his fifth shutout of the season to lead the visiting Red Deer Rebels to a 4-0 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Wednesday.
Turner Elson scored twice while Wyatt Johnson and Mathew Dumba also found the net for the Rebels (38-24-4-2), who win their fourth straight game and pad their lead to six points over the Raiders for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
Ty Rimmer stopped 24 of 28 shots he faced in the setback for the Hurricanes (26-30-3-7), who suffer their third consecutive shutout loss on home ice and remain six points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
OIL KINGS 6, PATS 3
Michael St. Croix continued his hot streak, netting three goals and an assist to pace the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings to a 6-3 victory over the Regina Pats on Wednesday.
Dylan Wruck, Cody Corbett and T.J. Foster also scored for the Oil Kings (47-15-2-3), who overturned a 3-2 deficit in the third period en route to their fourth win in a row, and now need just one more point to clinch the Central Division and Eastern Conference titles. Laurent Brossoit made 11 saves to record his 31st win of the season.
Lane Scheidl and Kyle Burroughs each picked up a goal and an assist while Braden Christoffer also counted for the Pats (24-36-3-4), who were outshot 38-14 by the Oil Kings as they see their three-game winning streak snapped. Matt Hewitt stopped 32 shots in the defeat.
WARRIORS 2, BRONCOS 1
The visiting Moose Jaw Warriors scored twice in the opening period and held on for a 2-1 victory over the Swift Current Broncos on Wednesday night.
Brandon Potomak and Brayden Point scored for the Warriors (23-34-4-6), who also got two assists from Sam Fioretti as they post their second win in a row. Justin Paulic turned in a 37-save performance to earn the victory.
Chance Lund scored the only marker for the Broncos (32-29-3-4), who outshot the Warriors 38-24 in the contest. Eetu Laurikainen made 22 saves in a losing cause.
ROCKETS 4, ROYALS 3 S/O
Rourke Chartier scored in the sixth round of a shootout to lift the Kelowna Rockets to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Victoria Royals on Wednesday.
Madison Bowey scored twice and Jesse Lees also scored in regulation play for the Rockets (47-16-3-1), who sent the game to overtime with Bowey’s tying goal 19:12 into the third period. Jordon Cooke made 20 saves in regulation and wasn’t beaten through six rounds of a shootout to backstop the Rockets to the win.
Jack Walker and Austin Carroll each picked up a goal and an assist while Jamie Crooks netted his 32nd goal of the season for the Royals (32-27-2-5), who took a 3-2 lead on Carroll’s goal 18:45 into the third period only to see Bowey tie it up less than 30 seconds later. Coleman Vollrath made 27 saves through 65 minutes of play, but allowed one goal in the shootout to absorb the loss.
THUNDERBIRDS 4, CHIEFS 2
Shea Theodore got his 17th goal of the season as the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds doubled up the Spokane Chiefs 4-2 on Wednesday.
Roberts Lipsbergs, Connor Sanvido and Riley Sheen also scored and Luke Lockhart chipped in a pair of helpers for the Thunderbirds (23-36-7-1), who overturned a 2-0 deficit with four unanswered goals, including three in the third period, to post the win. Brandon Glover made 27 saves, including stopping a third-period penalty shot, to post the win.
Mike Aviani and Carter Proft scored for the Chiefs (39-25-2-0), who see their five-game winning streak snapped and remain one point back of Tri-Cities for fourth place in the Western Conference. Eric Williams made 26 saves in the loss.