WHL Roundup: Vancouver Giants topple Prince George Cougars

Jaden Lipinski’s hat trick helped the Vancouver Giants upset the Prince George Cougars in the Western Hockey League on Wednesday.

The Cougars (14-6-0-0) top the WHL’s Western Conference while the Giants rank among the bottom tier of teams in the conference at 8-11-1-0.

Vancouver snapped a three-game losing streak and ended Prince George’s run of home wins at five straight.

Giants goalie Brett Mirwald made 38 saves for the win. His counterpart with Prince George, Ty Young, made 24.

Adam Titlbach, Jakob Oreskovic and Ty Halaburda were Vancouver’s other goal scorers.

Ondrej Becher scored Prince George’s lone goal.

In other WHL games Wednesday, the Edmonton Oilers Kings beat the Regina Pats 6-1, the Wenatchee Wild defeated the Tri-City Americans 5-2 and the Everett Silvertips edged the Prince Albert Raiders 4-3.


Jesse Heslop’s second-period goal stood up as the game-winner for the Silvertips. Heslop also had two assists in the game.

Carter Bear, Teague Patton and Austin Roest each contributed a goal to Everett’s win while Silvertips goalie Ethan Chadwick stopped 23 shots.

Sloan Stanick scored a pair of goals and Niall Crocker also scored for Prince Albert. 

Raiders netminder Chase Coward stopped 39 shots in the loss.


Conor Geekie led the Wild with a pair of goals. Hayden Moore, Kenta Isogai and Matthew Savoie each scored a goal for Wenatchee.

Wild netminder Daniel Hauser stopped 27 of 29 shots.

Pasha Bocharov and Jordan Gavin scored for the Americans. Goalie Kyle Kelsey made 33 saves.

Oil Kings 6, Pats 1

Oil Kings goaltender Kolby Hay’s 28 saves helped Edmonton snap a three-game losing streak with a road victory.

Edmonton got contributions from six different goal scorers — Skyler Bruce, Smyth Rebman, John Szabo, Cole Miller, Ty Nash and Marc Lajoie.

Captain Tanner Howe countered with Regina’s lone goal. Ewan Huet and Kelton Pyne split duties in the Pats net with Huet stopped 18 of 23 and Pyne 12 of 13.

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