WHL Roundup: Benson's hat trick leads Ice past Chiefs 6-3 for second straight win

WINNIPEG — Zach Benson recorded a hat trick and one assist as the Winnipeg Ice cruised past the lowly Spokane Chiefs 6-3 on Friday.

Conor Geekie, with two goals and one assist, and Vladislav Shilo also scored for Winnipeg (24-4-0), which has won two in a row. Daniel Hauser made 25 saves.

Tommaso De Luca scored two goals while Carter Streek added the other for Spokane (5-19-0-1). Cooper Michaluk stopped 38-of-43 shots.

Entering the third period tied at 2-2, Benson and Geekie each scored their second of the night to flip the momentum of the game.

After De Luca made it a 4-3 game a few minutes later, Benson capped his hat trick with a power play marker at 16:53 of the final frame before Shilo added an empty netter under two minutes later.

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THUNDERBIRDS 3 SILVERTIPS 2

EVERETT, WA. — Mekai Sanders netted the game-winning goal 13:13 into the third period as Seattle (19-4-1) edged Everett (15-11-1). Jared Davidson scored the game-tying goal at 3:16 of the final frame and Scott Ratzlaff made 35 saves.

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WARRIORS 9 HITMEN 2

MOOSE JAW, SASK. — Martin Rysavy had two goals and three assists, Josh Hoekstra added two goals and Moose Jaw (19-10-0) pummelled Calgary (14-8-3-1). The Warriors scored all nine of their goals before the third period, six of which came in the second.

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REBELS 4 OIL KINGS 2

RED DEER, ALTA. — Kai Uchacz recorded a goal and an assist as Red Deer (20-5-1-3) defeated Edmonton (4-24-1) for its second straight win. Rhett Stoesser made 19 saves in the win.

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HURRICANES 5 TIGERS 3

LETHBRIDGE, ALTA. — Tyson Zimmer scored twice, including the winner as Lethbridge (17-11-0-1) downed Medicine Hat (10-15-4-1). The Tigers turned a 3-1 deficit into a tie game going into the third period before Zimmer scored again, followed by Jett Jones' empty netter.

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BLAZERS 2 GIANTS 1

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Matthew Seminoff scored the game-winning goal at 11:54 of the third period to lead Kamloops (15-6-3-2) past Vancouver (10-13-3-2). Shea Van Olm netted the tying goal 4:39 into the second, shortly after Ty Halaburda put the Giants on the board.

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AMERICANS 4 COUGARS 3 (OT)

KENNEWICK, WA. — Tyson Greenway netted the game-winning goal 21 seconds into overtime as Tri-City (13-13-0) earned a comeback win over Prince George (14-13-1). Down 3-1 early in the third period, the Americans scored three unanswered to close out the contest.

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PATS 3 RAIDERS 2

PRINCE ALBERT, SASK. — Riley Ginnell scored two goals and Regina (15-12-1-1) defeated Prince Albert (10-17-2). Stanislav Svozil added the other while Drew Sim made 25 saves.

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ROYALS 3 ROCKETS 2

KELOWNA, B.C. — Jake Poole notched a goal and an assist as Victoria (5-21-3) used an early lead to edge Kelowna (10-13-2). The Royals jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period and held off a Rockets from tying it for the final 11:42 of the third.

This roundup was generated automatically with a CP-developed application.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 9, 2022.

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