Reinhart’s winner helps Oil Kings crush Warriors

November 24, 2012, 2:43 AM

THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON — Five different players hit the back of the net as the Edmonton Oil Kings routed the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors 5-1 in Western Hockey League action on Friday night.

Captain Griffin Reinhart scored the game winner on the power play at 8:10 of the second period with a cannon from the point that squeezed under the pad of Warriors’ goaltender Justin Paulic.

Michael St. Croix, T.J. Foster, Keegan Lowe and Brandon Baddock had the other goals for the Oil Kings (15-5-4).

Tanner Eberle had the lone goal for the Warriors (8-11-6).

Laurent Brossoit stopped 22 shots for the win as Paulic made 35 saves in a losing cause.

St. Croix opened up the scoring on a two-man advantage, rifling home a cross-ice feed from Dylan Wruck.

Eberle put Moose Jaw on the board at 6:07 of the second after he picked up the puck from a deflection off the skate of Edmonton defender Ashton Sautner and tucked in a backhand.

After Reinhart’s go-ahead goal, Foster doubled Edmonton’s lead at 18:56, fighting off Kendall McFaull to chip the puck over Paulic’s right pad.

Lowe gave the Oil Kings a 4-1 lead at 2:38 of the third, jumping on a loose puck in the high slot and wristing it glove-side.

Baddock closed out scoring with a deflection in tight at 13:35.

Edmonton went 2-for-4 on the power play while Moose Jaw failed to score on its only chance with the man advantage.

Portland Winterhawks 4, Kootenay Ice 2

PORTLAND, Ore. — Nicolas Petan scored twice in the third period as the Portland Winterhawks came from behind to beat the visiting Kootenay Ice 4-2 on Friday afternoon in Western Hockey League action.

Brendan Leipsic scored an empty-net goal and added an assist for the Winterhawks (19-4-1), which gives him 10 goals and 18 assists in his last 12 games, and Ty Rattie chipped in with two assists.

Paul Bittner scored in the first period for Portland (19-4-1), which won for the 15th time in its last 16 outings.

Levi Cable and Kyle O’Connor scored second-period goals for the Ice (7-13-1), who sit last in the Central Division.

Mac Carruth made 20 saves for the win as Wyatt Hoflin stopped 45-of-48 shots in a losing cause.

Portland went 1-for-5 on the power play, while Kootenay finished 0-for-1.

With Portland trailing 2-1, Petan scored his 14th goal of the season at the 11:37 mark of the third period to even the score. Then, Petan put the Winterhawks ahead with a power-play goal with 2:26 remaining in regulation.

Calgary Hitmen 4, Medicine Hat Tigers 1

CALGARY — Cody Sylvester had two goals and an assist to lead the Calgary Hitmen to a 4-1 win over the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers in Western Hockey League action on Friday.

Victor Rask had a goal and an assist for the Hitmen (17-5-3), who have won four straight games and nine of their past 10, and Pavlo Padakin scored the other.

Elgin Pearce scored for the Tigers (11-15-1), who have lost six in a row.

Hitmen goalie Chris Driedger made 24 saves to improve his record to 14-3-2. Driedger has a personal winning streak of seven straight games.

Marek Langhamer started in net for the Tigers and stopped 16 of the 20 shots he faced before he was relieved by Cam Lanigan at 16:02 of the second period. Lanigan turned aside all seven shots he faced.

The Hitmen went 2-for-7 with the man advantage, while the Tigers scored once on five power-play chances.

Calgary led 1-0 after the first period on a late goal by Rask.

Sylvester then scored a shorthanded goal and a power-play goal in the second period before Padakin scored to put the Hitmen up 4-0.

With the Tigers enjoying a two-man advantage early in the third period, Pearce scored his ninth goal of the season to spoil Driedger’s shutout bid.

Prince Albert Raiders 6, Brandon Wheat Kings 0

BRANDON, Man. — Davis Vandane had a goal and two assists and Luke Siemens made 18 saves as the Prince Albert Raiders blanked the host Brandon Wheat Kings 6-0 on Friday in Western Hockey League play.

Mark McNeill and Josh Morrissey each had a goal and an assist for the Raiders (17-7-2) while Zach Hodder, Logan McVeigh and Carson Perreaux scored a goal apiece.

Corbin Boes stopped 38 shots in a losing cause for the Wheat Kings (10-12-3).

Prince Albert went 1-for-7 on the power play while Brandon failed to score on three chances with the man advantage.

Red Deer Rebels 2, Lethbridge Hurricane 1

RED DEER, Alta. – Matt Bellerive scored the lone goal in the shootout as the Red Deer Rebels downed the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes 2-1 on Friday in Western Hockey League action.

Conner Bleackley scored a second-period goal for the Rebels (14-11-2), who have won four games in a row.

Jaimen Yakubowski scored in the first period for the Hurricanes (13-13-2), who are winless in their last five contests.

Patrik Bartosak turned aside 23 shots for his 12th win of the season as Ty Rimmer made 44 saves in a losing cause.

Red Deer went 0-for-6 on the power play while Lethbridge failed to score on two chances with the man advantage.

Saskatoon Blades 3, Kamloops Blazers 2

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Nathan Burns scored the winning goal late in the third period as the Saskatoon Blades beat the host Kamloops Blazers 3-2 on Friday in Western Hockey League action.

Burns’ goal was his first in eight games with the Blades since being acquired from the Vancouver Giants.

Logan Harland and Matej Stransky also scored for Saskatoon (11-11-1), which trailed 2-0 going into the third period.

Chase Souto and Colin Smith scored for Kamloops (19-6-2).

Andrey Makarov stopped 41 shots for the win as Cole Cheveldave turned aside 19 shots in a losing cause.

Saskatoon went 0-for-5 on the power play while Kamloops went 0-for-6.

Prince George Cougars 5, Victoria Royals 4

VICTORIA — Brett Roulston and Ryan Hanes both scored twice as the Prince George Cougars defeated the host Victoria Royals 5-4 on Friday in Western Hockey League action.

Colin Jacobs also scored for the Cougars (9-11-4) while Alex Forsberg had three assists.

Steven Hodges, Jamie Crooks, Ben Walker and Brandon Magee responded for the Royals (12-12-0).

Victoria opened the scoring five minutes into the first when Prince George’s goaltender Mac Engel whiffed on a long point shot by Hodges.

The Cougars responded just 45 seconds later with a point shot of their own by Roulston that eluded Victoria’s goaltender Patrik Polivka.

The Cougars took a 2-1 lead on a snap shot by Hanes that went right under the crossbar from a pass by Forsberg.

Prince George boosted their lead to 3-1 with only three seconds left in the first when Jacobs blasted one in on the power play, again from Forsberg.

Roulston got his second goal of the game early in the second period to make it 4-1 as he beat Polivka in the top corner under the crossbar. The goal chased Polivka from net as backup Coleman Vollrath took over in relief.

Crooks brought the Royals to within two goals on the power play when he converted a pass from Magee in the slot, snapping it top corner past Engel.

Walker made the game 4-3 with a quick release off an Alex Gogolev feed from the right face-off circle, but Prince George stretched the lead to two goals again when Hanes scored a juicy rebound for his second of the game.

Magee deflected in a Brett Cote slap shot in the second half of the third, making the game 5-4, but that’s as close as the Royals would get.

Engel made 20 saves for the win as Polivka allowed four goals on 15 shots in 23 minutes of action. Vollrath stopped 12-of-13 shots in relief.

Prince George went 2-for-6 on the power play while Victoria scored once on four chances with the man advantage.

Kelowna Rockets 5, Regina Pats 1

KELOWNA, B.C. — JT Barnett scored twice as the Kelowna Rockets downed the visiting Regina Pats 5-1 on Friday in Western Hockey League play.

Ryan Olsen, Madison Bowey and Colton Sissons also scored for the Rockets (13-8-2), who won for the first time in three outings, while Myles Bell chipped in with three assists.

Lane Scheidl scored the lone goal for the Pats (11-13-3), who lost in regulation time for the first time in six games.

Jordon Cooke made 15 saves for the win as Matt Hewitt turned aside 29 shots in defeat.

Kelowna went 1-for-1 on the power play while Regina failed to score with three chances on the man advantage.

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