BLAZERS KNOCK DOWN HITMEN – JC Lipon continued his red-hot stretch, netting two goals and two assists to help lead the visiting Kamloops Blazers to a 5-2 win over the Calgary Hitmen in Western Hockey League action on Sunday.
Lipon, who enjoyed his second straight four-point effort, now leads the WHL in scoring with 22 points in just nine games this season.
Colin Smith also scored twice while adding an assist and Aspen Sterzer netted his first of the season for the Blazers (8-0-0-1), who converted five of 10 power play chances en route to their sixth straight victory. Cole Cheveldave stopped 13 of 15 shots he faced to claim the win.
Brady Brassart and Cody Sylvester scored for the Hitmen (6-1-1-1), who suffer their first regulation defeat of the season. Chris Driedger made 26 saves in the defeat.
ICE 1, OIL KINGS 0
Mackenzie Skapski turned in a 25-save effort to post his first career WHL shutout as the Kootenay Ice eked out a 1-0 victory over the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings on Sunday.
Colin Shirley scored the game’s only goal for the Ice (3-5-0-0), who blanked the Oil Kings on three power play chances on the way to recording their second straight victory.
Tristan Jarry turned aside 21 of 22 shots he faced in a losing cause for the Oil Kings (5-3-1-1), who suffer their second loss of the weekend.
BLADES 6, TIGERS 3
Josh Nicholls scored twice and set up another as the visiting Saskatoon Blades doubled up the Medicine Hat Tigers 6-3 on Sunday.
Darren Dietz tallied a goal and three assists while Shane McColgan, Matej Stransky and Brett Stovin also scored for the Blades (4-7-0-0), who post back-to-back wins for the first time this season. Andrey Makarov made 29 saves to record the victory.
Hunter Shinkaruk scored for a third straight game while Trevor Cox and Curtis Valk each netted a goal and an assist for the Tigers (4-6-1-0), who gave up three power play goals on four Blades’ chances in the contest. Marek Langhamer made 27 saves in the defeat.
AMERICANS 5, WARRIORS 0
Eric Comrie made 24 saves to claim his second shutout of the season and fifth of his WHL career as the visiting Tri-City Americans blanked the Moose Jaw Warriors 5-0 on Sunday.
Justin Feser scored a pair of goals while Clint Filbrandt – with his first WHL marker – Lucas Nickles and Connor Rankin also counted for the Americans (6-3-0-1), who pick up their third straight win and fifth victory in six games.
Daniel Wapple and Justin Paulic combined for 17 saves in the defeat for the Warriors (4-4-0-1), who failed to convert on four power play chances.