Cheveldave stops 24 as Blazers blank Giants

Cole Cheveldave made 27 saves to earn his second shutout of the season and lead the Prince Albert Raiders to a 4-0 win over the Regina Pats in Western Hockey League action on Monday.
February 23, 2013, 2:31 AM

THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER — Cole Cheveldave made 24 saves as the Kamloops Blazers blanked the host Vancouver Giants 6-0 on Friday in Western Hockey League play.

Colin Smith, Brendan Ranford and Cole Ully had a goal and an assist each for the Blazers (41-16-5) and Joe Kornelsen had two assists.

Dylan Willick, Chase Souto and Kale Kessy also scored to round out Kamloops’ offence.

Cain Franson and Jackson Houck were a team-worst minus-3 for the Giants (15-45-2), who are winless in four games.

Vancouver’s Payton Lee took the loss after allowing five goals on 17 shots in 28 minutes of action. Jared Rathjen replaced Lee midway through the second period and stopped 11-of-12 shots in relief.

Kamloops went 1 for 5 on the power play while Vancouver failed to score on seven chances with the man advantage.

In other WHL action, Matej Stransky scored three goals and added an assist as the Saskatoon Blades defeated the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings 7-4.

The victory was Saskatoon’s 14th straight, which is a new franchise record and ties the Portland Winterhawks and Kelowna Rockets for the longest winning streak this season in the WHL. The last time the Blades lost was a 4-2 decision to the Edmonton Oil Kings on Jan. 23rd.

Darren Dietz scored twice for the Blades (37-21-3) while Brendan Walker scored once and set up two more.

Josh Nicholls had a goal apiece and Dalton Thrower, Collin Valcourt and Shane McColgan each chipped in with two assists to round out Saskatoon’s offence.

Taylor Cooper and Chad Robinson each had a goal and an assist for the Wheat Kings (21-36-5), who are winless in three games, and Eric Roy and Jens Meilleur scored a goal apiece.

Andrey Makarov made 25 saves for the win as Corbin Boes took the loss after stopping 25-of-27 shots in 41 minutes of relief. Boes replaced starter Curtis Honey late in the third period after Honey allowed four goals on 16 shots.

Saskatoon went 1 for 4 on the power play while Brandon scored once on two chances with the man advantage.

Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Moose Jaw 4, Regina 3; Medicine Hat 2, Swift Current 1 (SO); Calgary 6, Prince Albert 5 (SO); Red Deer 2, Lethbridge 0; Portland 6, Prince George 2; Spokane 6, Edmonton 4; Tri-City 6, Everett 2; Kelowna 8, Victoria 3 and Kamloops 6, Vancouver 0.

At Saskatoon, Stransky opened the scoring 4:10 into the first period and Dietz made it 2-0 for the Blades at 12:10.

Stransky added two more goals before the opening 20 minutes were through to give Saskatoon a 4-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

Robinson put the Wheat Kings on the board 34 seconds into the second period, however Dietz restored a four-goal lead for his club at 11:55.

Roy and Meilleur scored for Brandon to make it 5-3 after 40 minutes of play.

Walker and Cooper traded goals 28 seconds apart before Nicholl’s capped Saskatoon’s offence with a goal at 19:33 into an empty net.

Warriors 4 Pats 3

At Moose Jaw, Sask., Brayden Point scored once and set up two more and Morgan Rielly had a goal and an assist as the Warriors (21-31-9) edged Regina (21-34-5) to move within nine points of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Tigers 2 Broncos 1 (SO)

At Swift Current, Sask., Curtis Valk and Miles Koules scored in the shootout and Marek Langhamer stopped 29-of-30 shots as Medicine Hat (31-28-3) edged the Broncos (28-26-7) to maintain sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Hitmen 6 Raiders 5 (SO)

At Calgary, Brooks Macek scored the lone goal of the shootout and added two assists in regulation as the Hitmen (40-17-4) slipped past Prince Albert (33-22-6) for their eighth win in a row on home ice.

Rebels 2 Hurricanes 0

At Lethbridge, Alta., Patrik Bartosak stopped 32 shots for his third shutout as Red Deer (33-22-6) won its fourth game in a row by blanking the Hurricanes (25-27-9), who are winless in five games.

Winterhawks 6 Cougars 2

At Prince George, B.C., Ty Rattie scored twice and set up one more and Seth Jones, Nicolas Petan and Taylor Leier had a goal and an assist each as Portland (50-9-3) defeated the Cougars (18-35-8) to set a new franchise record with 25 road victories.

Chiefs 6 Oil Kings 4

At Spokane, Wash., Mike Aviani scored twice and Brenden Kichton had three assists as the Chiefs (35-24-2) beat Edmonton (43-14-5) for their first win in three outings.

Americans 6 Silvertips 2

At Kennewick, Wash., Justin Feser and Jesse Mychan had two goals and two assists each Tri-City (35-22-3) handed Everett (21-35-5) its 11th loss in a row.

Rockets 8 Royals 3

At Victoria, Myles Bell had two goals and two assists while Madison Bowey, Cody Fowlie and Dylen McKinlay had a goal and an assist apiece as Kelowna (43-15-4) defeated the Royals (32-23-5), who are winless in five games.

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