Newspaper article The Canadian Press

WHL Roundup: Max Gerlach's Hat Trick Leads Tigers to 8-2 Rout of Blades

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

WHL Roundup: Max Gerlach's Hat Trick Leads Tigers to 8-2 Rout of Blades

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WHL: Gerlach leads Tigers in 8-2 rout of Blades


SASKATOON - Max Gerlach had a natural hat trick to lead the Medicine Hat Tigers to their ninth win in a row, an 8-2 rout of the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday in Western Hockey League action.

Chad Butcher had a pair of goals as Medicine Hat (20-5-1) strengthened its grip on the top spot in the WHL. Zach Fischer, David Quenneville and John Dahlstrom rounded out the Tigers' attack, while Nick Schneider made 22 saves for the win.

Braylon Shmyr had both goals for Saskatoon (10-16-1). Logan Flodell stopped 17-of-21 shots for the Blades in 22:27 of work, before Gerlach's first goal chased him from net and made it 4-2. Brock Hamm turned aside 18-of-22 shots in relief.

Medicine Hat was 3 for 7 on the power play and the Blades went 1 for 7 with the man advantage.



CALGARY -- Tyler Wong had a hat trick to bring his season total up to 16 goals as Lethbridge doubled the Hitmen.

Giorgio Estephan had the power-play winner for the Hurricanes (11-11-3) at the 15:22 mark of the first period.

Micheal Zipp and Beck Malenstyn scored as Calgary (8-12-2) lost its third straight.



EVERETT, Wash. -- Carter Hart stopped all 26 shots he faced as the Silvertips shut out Prince George.

Montana Onyebuchi, Bryce Kindopp and Patrick Bajkov supplied the offence for Everett (18-3-4).

Ty Edmonds made 18 saves for the Cougars (18-5-2).



KELOWNA, B.C. -- Kole Lind scored 3:25 into overtime as the Rockets eked out a win over Regina.

Tomas Soustal and Devante Stephens also scored for Kelowna (14-11-0).

Nick Henry and Lane Zablocki supplied the offence for the Pats (17-2-4).



CRANBROOK, B.C. -- Tyler Steenbergen had the game-winning goal 7:54 into the third period as Swift Current edged Kootenay.

Lane Pederson, Kaden Elder and Kole Gable also scored for the Broncos (14-8-6). …

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