SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. — Jesse Zaharichuk scored twice and assisted on the winner as the Kootenay Ice snapped their 16-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Swift Current Broncos on Sunday in Western Hockey League action.
Kootenay’s last victory was on Nov. 21 — a 2-1 win over the Broncos.
Bryan Allbee broke a 1-1 deadlock at 18:40 of the third period for the Ice (7-31-3). Zaharichuk secured the two points by putting his second goal of the game into an empty net while Swift Current was playing six-on-five.
Lane Pederson opened the scoring for the Broncos (12-22-5) early in the second period with a power-play goal before Zaharichuk responded with the equalizer before the second intermission.
Kootenay's Wyatt Hoflin made 25 saves to improve to 5-22-1 on the season. Travis Child kicked out 24-of-26 shots for Swift Current.
There was only one power-play opportunity the entire game, when Ice forward Matt Alfaro was given a minor for slashing 48 seconds into the second period.
BLADES 6 WARRIORS 3
SASKATOON -- Bryton Sayers had a pair of goals and Cameron Hebig tacked on three assists as the Blades doubled up Moose Jaw.
Mason McCarty, Wyatt Sloboshan, Connor Gay and Josh Paterson also scored for Saskatoon (15-20-3) while Brock Hamm made 14 saves for the win.
Jesse Shynkaruk scored once for the Warriors (19-15-4) and assisted on goals from Dryden Hunt and Marc McNulty. Brody Willms stopped 26-of-31 shots in defeat.
RAIDERS 7 PATS 3
REGINA -- Reid Gardiner scored twice and added an assist while Rylan Parenteau made 24 saves as Prince Albert defeated the Pats.
Matteo Gennaro scored once and set up two more for the Raiders (23-12-4), who also got goals from Sean Montgomery, Jordan Tkatch, Cal Babych and Jesse Lees.
Jared McAmmond, Sam Steel and Austin Wagner supplied the offence for Regina (17-17-6). Jordan Hollett started, and finished, in net and allowed four goals on 18 shots in 36:12 of ice time. Tyler Brown took the loss after stopping 13-of-16 shots in a relief appearance ending with an undisclosed injury that forced Hollett back into the game.
WHEAT KINGS 4 HITMEN 1
CALGARY -- Jordan Papirny made 34 saves and Nolan Patrick struck twice as Brandon got past the Hitmen.
Stelio Matheos and Tyler Coulter also found the back of the net for the Wheat Kings (24-12-4).
Beck Malenstyn kept Calgary (25-15-2) from being shut out. Nik Amundrud turned aside 24-of-27 shots in a losing cause.
GIANTS 5 COUGARS 3
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. -- Alex Baer had two goals and an assist and Ryan Kubic stopped 32 shots as Vancouver beat the Cougars.
David Brumm, Dmitry Osipov and Carter Popoff also scored for the Giants (15-20-5) and Brennan Menell chipped in with three helpers.
Brad Morrison, Jesse Gabriel and Brogan O'Brien had a goal apiece for Prince George (23-14-2). Nick McBride made 17 saves in a losing effort.
WINTERHAWKS 5 CHIEFS 1
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Dominic Turgeon had two goals and an assist and Adin Hill made 30 saves as the Winterhawks toppled Spokane.
Ryan Hughes, Alex Schoenborn and Skyler McKenzie also scored for Portland (20-17-1).
Dominic Zwerger was the lone scorer for the Chiefs (19-15-5), who got a 26-save outing from Tyson Verhelst.