WHL: Valk scores four to lead Tigers past Hitmen

The Canadian Press
10/27/2012 3:18:07 AM
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CALGARY - Curtis Valk scored four goals and an assist to lead the Medicine Hat Tigers to a 10-1 win over the Calgary Hitmen in Western Hockey League action on Friday.

Hunter Shinkaruk scored once and set up four others for the Tigers (6-8-1), while Boston Leier, Ty Stanton, Dylan Bredo, Chad Labelle and Gavin Broadhead also scored.

Dylan Busenius, Tyler Lewington, Kyle Becker, Derek Ryckman and Spenser Jensen all chipped in with two assists each.

Cody Sylvester scored the lone goal of the game for the Hitmen (8-3-2).

Cam Lanigan made 24 saves for the win.

Chris Driedger started in net for the Hitmen and stopped nine of the 13 shots he faced before he was relieved by rookie netminder Mack Shields at 4:50 of the second period. Shields finished the game with 14 saves.

The Tigers led 2-0 after the first period on goals by Leier and Shinkaruk.

Medicine Hat then erupted for five goals in the second, three of them off the stick of Valk. Stanton and Bredo also scored in the middle period as the Tigers built up a 7-0 lead.

Labelle and Valk scored early in the third before Sylvester finally broke Lanigan's shut-out bid at 14:13.

Broadhead then rounded out the scoring for Medicine Hat at 19:14.

The Tigers went 4-for-10 with the man advantage, while the Hitmen failed to score on five power-play chances.


Colin Smith had a goal and three assists as the Kamloops Blazers crushed the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings 8-1 on Friday in Western Hockey League play.

Tim Bozon and Dylan Willick each scored twice for the Blazers (13-0-1), who are the only team remaining in the WHL without a regulation-time loss, and Cole Ully, Jordan DePape and Tyler Hansen added a goal apiece.

JC Lipon chipped in with three assists to push his league-leading point total to 35 points in 14 games.

Alessio Bertaggia scored for the Wheat Kings (7-6-2), who were playing in their sixth consecutive road contest.

Cole Cheveldave stopped 20 shots for the win as Corbin Boes allowed four goals on 14 shots and was pulled from Brandon's net 14 minutes into the game.

Curtis Honey stopped 25-of-29 shots in relief.

Kamloops went 3-for-6 on the power play while Brandon went 1-for-6

Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Medicine Hat 10, Calgary 1; Swift Current 5, Kootenay 2; Lethbridge 6, Regina 1; Moose Jaw 3, Prince Albert 2; Kelowna 3, Red Deer 1; Vancouver 4 Victoria 1; Everett 6, Spokane 5 and Seattle 3, Tri-City 1.

At Kamloops, B.C., the Blazers jumped out to a 5-0 lead before the first period was finished.

Smith opened the scoring at 2:34, Ully followed at 7:59, Bozon scored the next two and Depape scored the fifth at 18:35.

Willick made it 6-0 for Kamloops just 22 seconds into the second period and Hansen added another goal at 4:02.

Willick made it 8-0 early in the third period before Bertaggia finally got Brandon on the board at 15:52.


Broncos 5 Ice 2

At Cranbrook, B.C., Eetu Laurikainen stopped 39-of-41 shots, earning the game's first star, as Swift Current (6-6-4) handed Kootenay (4-9-0) its fourth straight defeat.


Hurricanes 6 Pats 1

At Lethbridge, Alta., Jamal Watson scored twice and Ty Rimmer made 28 saves as the Hurricanes (7-7-1) downed Regina (6-8-1).


Warriors 3 Raiders 2

At Prince Albert, Sask. Brayden Point scored twice and Justin Paulic picked up an assist on each of his club's three goals as Moose Jaw (7-5-2) edged the Raiders (8-4-2).


Rockets 3 Rebels 1

At Red Deer, Alta., Colton Sissons scored twice and Jackson Whistle made 30 saves as Kelowna (7-5-2) beat the Rebels (7-8-2) for its third win in its last four outings.


Giants 4 Royal 1

At Vancouver, Marek Tvrdon scored three times and set up one more as the Giants (3-9-0) snapped a five-game losing streak with a win against Victoria (9-5-0).


Silvertips 6 Chiefs 5

At Everett, Wash. Kohl Bauml scored twice and Daniel Cotton made 29 saves as the Silvertips (6-7-1) picked up their fourth straight victory by beating Spokane (9-5-0).


Thunderbirds 3 Americans 1

At Seattle, Brandon Glover stopped 44-of-45 shots, earning the game's first star, and Roberts Lipsberg's goal at 4:12 of the third period stood up as the winner as the Thunderbirds (6-5-0) beat Tri-City (9-4-2).

Medicine Hat Tigers (Photo: TSN)


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