WHL roundup: Winnipeg better late than never vs. Brandon

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Brandon, Man. – Josh Medernach’s second goal of the game, scored at 18:26 of the third period, allowed Winnipeg ICE to force overtime in the Western Hockey League on Saturday night at Westoba Place.

And Zach Benson’s goal with 6.7 seconds left in overtime gave ICE a hard-fought 4-3 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Brandon’s scorers were Brett Hyland, Mason Ward and Nolan Ritchie. Hyland also contributed with two assists. Evan Friesen scored Winnipeg’s other goal.

Brandon led 1-0 after the first period and the teams were tied 1-1 at the start of the third. Winnipeg edged Brandon 43-30.

Elsewhere on Saturday, the Medicine Hat Tigers opened their home schedule by beating the Lethbridge Hurricanes 9-1.

Oasiz Wiesblatt scored twice for the Tigers, with singles added by Reid Andresen, Andrew Basha, Owen MacNeil, Bogdans Hodass, Rhett Parsons, Brendan Lee and Tyler MacKenzie.

Brayden Edwards scored for the Hurricanes, who trailed 4-1 after 20 minutes and 8-1 early in the third.

In Moose Jaw, Sask., the Regina Pats scored three times in the second period en route to a 6-3 win over the Warriors.

Connor Bedard scored the hat trick for the Pats, with singles from Borya Valis, Parker Berge and Easton Armstrong. Bedard also got help.

Nathan Pilling, Atley Calvert and Brayden Yager scored for the Warriors.

In Prince George, BC, the visiting Tri-City Americans scored three times in the first and four times in the third to claim an 8-3 win over the Cougars.

Ethan Ernst and Dwayne Jean Jr. led the Americans with two goals, with singles scored by Reese Belton, Jake Sloan, Adam Mechura and Lukas Dragicevic.

Koehn Ziemmer scored twice for the Cougars, while Riley Heidt had one goal.

The Everett Silvertips scored twice in the first period and added two more in the second to top the visiting Vancouver Giants 4-1 at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Wash.

Jackson Berezowski, Eric Jamieson, Beau Courtney and Roan Woodward scored for Everett, while Jaden Lipinski scored for the Giants.

In Red Deer, Alta., the Rebels scored two unanswered goals in the third period to beat the Edmonton Oil Kings 5-3.

Carter Anderson, Kai Uchacz, Jhett Larson, Frantisek Formanek and Hunter Mayo scored singles for the Rebels, while Shea Van Olm, Logan Dowhaniuk and Rhett Melnyk scored for the Oil Kings.

The Swift Current Broncos needed a shootout to defeat the Hitmen 3-2 in Calgary.

Braeden Lewis and Clarke Caswell scored in regulation time for the visitors from Saskatchewan, while Oliver Tulk and Billal Noori scored for Calgary.

Luke Mistelbacher was the only one to score in the shootout. Swift Current had outscored the Hitmen 37-21 up to this point.

Tyler Parr scored with a second left in overtime to give the Saskatoon Blades a 2-1 victory over the visiting Prince Albert Raiders.

Saskatoon’s Lukas Hansen and Prince Albert’s Hayden Pakkala traded first-period goals in the All-Saskatchewan battle. The Raiders outscored the hosts 25-16.

On Vancouver Island, the visiting Spokane Chiefs scored three goals in the third period and cut the Victoria Royals 5-4.

Berkly Catton, Mac Gross, Saige Weinstein, Jake Gudelj and Raegan Wiles scored for the Chiefs, while Riley Gannon, Luke Shipley, Justin Kipkie and Nate Misskey scored for Victoria.

Gabe Klassen of the Portland Winterhawks scored four goals, including one on a penalty shot in the first period and a shorthanded scorer in the third that sparked his team’s late comeback and forced overtime against the host Rockets in Kelowna, in British Columbia.

The Winterhawks were down 5-3 with less than five minutes remaining when Klassen scored his fourth of the night and Luke Schelter made it 5-5 at 16:25. And the visitors capped the comeback when Luca Cagnoni scored 2:48 into extra time.

Gabriel Szturc and Andrew Cristall each scored two goals for Kelowna. Adam Kydd added a single.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on September 24, 2022.

This story was originally published September 25, 2022 1:26 a.m.

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