WHL Roundup: Fizer records goal and assist as Royals hold on for 5-4 win over Blazers

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VICTORIA — Tarun Fizer scored his 16th goal of the season before assisting the eventual winner from Brandon Cutler at 10:35 of the third period as the Victoria Royals held on for a 5-4 victory over the Kamloops Blazers in Western Hockey League action on Saturday.

Kaid Oliver also recorded a goal and an assist for Victoria (28-18-5), who extend their point streak to four games. 

Alex Bolshakov and Carson Miller supplied the rest of the Royals' offence.

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Caedan Bankier, Quinn Schmiemann, Max Martin and Orrin Centazzo replied for the Blazers (32-15-4), who are in the midst of a four-game skid.

Centazzo now has 35 goals this season, good for second in the WHL behind only Spokane's Adam Beckman who leads the league with 39 goals.

Adam Evanoff turned aside 31-of-35 shots in victory.

Rayce Ramsay made 34 saves in defeat.

Victoria failed to score on four power-play opportunities, while Kamloops went 1 for 4 on the power play.

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WINTERHAWKS 4 ROCKETS 2

KELOWNA, B.C. — Seth Jarvis scored his team-leading 29th and 30th goals of the campaign, while Joel Hofer made 36 saves for his league-leading 28th win of the season as Portland (37-7-7) doubled up Kelowna (23-25-3). The Rockets have now lost five in a row.

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HURRICANES 3 RAIDERS 1

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — Oliver Okullar had a pair of goals, including his team-leading 30th, and Carl Tetachuk turned aside 27-of-28 shots as Lethbridge (32-12-7) downed Prince Albert (28-16-9) for their third straight win.

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BLADES 8 WARRIORS 2

MOOSE JAW, Sask. — Tristen Robins and Colton Dach each recorded two goals and two assists during a stretch of six unanswered Blades' goals in Saskatoon's (26-20-5) rout against Moose Jaw (12-34-2).

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REBELS 3 HITMEN 0

RED DEER, Alta. — Ben King opened the scoring 46 seconds into the game and Ethan Anders matched a season-high with 41 saves for his first shutout of the campaign as Red Deer (18-28-5) blanked Calgary (28-17-5).

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PATS 6 BRONCOS 2

REGINA — Robbie Holmes recorded a career-high four points with a short-handed goal and three assists to help lift Regina (18-26-5) past Swift Current (10-36-4) for its fifth consecutive win.

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SILVERTIPS 5 THUNDERBIRDS 2

KENT, Wash. — Jake Christiansen recorded the game's first and last goal, and chipped in a pair of helpers as Everett () extended its point streak to nine games with a convincing victory over Seattle ().

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CHIEFS 6 AMERICANS 0

SPOKANE, Wash. — Jack Finley scored twice, Adam Beckman recorded his league-leading 39th goal and 84th point of the season, and James Porter Jr. made 25 saves for his second shutout of the campaign as Spokane (29-17-5) kept Tri-City (15-30-5) off the scoresheet.

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GIANTS 5 COUGARS 2

LANGLEY, B.C. — Seth Bafaro had a goal and two assists, while Trent Miner chipped a goal and a helper to lift Vancouver (24-20-5) past Prince George (16-27-7) for its fifth win in six games.

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ICE 4 TIGERS 1

WINNIPEG — Liam Hughes made a season-high 39 saves and Michal Teply scored twice, including the winner at 16:38 of the second period, and added an assist as Winnipeg (31-19-1) beat Medicine Hat (33-16-3).

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 8, 2020.

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