September 22, 2012 (ISN) – Here is a summary of all the other action not covered below in the Western Hockey League’s Friday night, opening night line-up.
BLAZERS DOWN ROCKETS IN OVERTIME
Tim Bozon scored his third goal of the game 2:49 into overtime to lead the Kamloops Blazers to a 6-5 victory over the visiting Kelowna Rockets in Western Hockey League action on Friday night.
Colin Smith scored and set up three more, Landon Cross had a goal and an assist and Matt Needham added a single while JC Lipon picked up three helpers for the Blazers (1-0-0-0), who raised their 2011-12 B.C. Division pennant to the rafters prior to the contest. Taran Kozun stopped nine of 11 shots he faced over the third period and overtime to post the win after replacing Cole Cheveldave, who made 23 saves on 26 shots over the first two periods.
Ryan Olsen, Tyson Baillie, Henrik Hyberg, Myles Bell and Dylen McKinlay scored for the Rockets (0-0-1-0), who went 1-for-5 on the power play. Jordon Cooke made 29 saves in a losing cause.
WHEAT KINGS 3, PATS 2
Jens Meilleur scored the go-ahead goal on a power play 4:03 into the third period as the Brandon Wheat Kings edged the visiting Regina Pats 3-2 on Friday.
Taylor Cooper – with his first WHL marker – and Eric Roy also counted for the Wheat Kings (1-0-0-0), who connected for two goals on seven power plays in the contest. Corbin Boes stopped 27 of 29 shots to earn his first win of the campaign.
Morgan Klimchuk and Dyson Stevenson scored for the Pats (0-1-0-0), who also got two assists from Emil Sylvegard. Matt Hewitt made 30 saves in the defeat.
HURRICANES 4, TIGERS 2
Sam McKechnie’s shorthanded marker 11:36 into the second frame stood as the winner as the Lethbridge Hurricanes doubled up the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers 4-2 on Friday.
Brady Ramsay, Jamal Watson and Jaimen Yakubowski also scored for the Hurricanes (1-0-0-0), who converted one of six power play opportunities. Ty Rimmer turned in a 36-save performance to post the win.
Jayden Hart had a goal and an assist and Kale Kessy also scored for the Tigers (0-1-0-0), who outshot the Hurricanes 38-22 in the game. Marek Langhamer made 18 saves in a losing cause.
WARRIORS 4, BRONCOS 3 O/T
Andrew Johnson converted a penalty shot 2:43 into overtime to give the Moose Jaw Warriors a 4-3 victory over the visiting Swift Current Broncos on Friday night.
Sam Fioretti, Carter Hansen and Justin Kirsch also scored for the Warriors (1-0-0-0), who rallied from a 3-0 deficit en route to the season-opening win. Justin Paulic made 23 saves to claim the win.
Levi Bews, Colby Cave and Justin Spagrud scored for the Broncos (0-0-1-0), who allowed three goals on nine Warriors’ power play chances. Eetu Laurikainen turned aside 34 of 38 shots in the defeat.
BLADES 2, RAIDERS 1 S/O
Shane McColgan and Matej Stransky scored in a shootout to propel the visiting Saskatoon Blades to a 2-1 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders on Friday.
Christian Stockl scored the lone marker in regulation for the Blades (1-0-0-0), who were scoreless on four power play chances. Andrey Makarov stopped 40 of 41 shots he faced in regulation play, and was beaten just once in the shootout to record the win.
Antoine Corbin scored the only goal for the Raiders (0-0-0-1), who were blanked on six power play opportunities. Luke Siemens turned in a 39-save effort in regulation play but was beaten twice in the shootout to absorb the loss.