WHL Roundup: Lotz stops 65 but still loses
A superhuman effort by Everett Silvertips goaltender Austin Lotz was made moot by the penalty shot that beat him.
Lotz made 65 saves but he was beat by Cole Ully's penalty shot in overtime that lifted the Kamloops Blazers to a 4-3 victory in Western Hockey League play Wednesday.
Ully, who also scored in regulation, was granted the penalty shot after Silvertips defenceman Ben Betker was sent off for tripping just 1:17 into overtime.
Lotz meanwhile was stellar from the start, blanking the Blazers through a first period where Everett was outshot 29-6 but still lead 2-0.
Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Edmonton 4, Saskatoon 2; Kootenay 3, Medicine Hat 2; Prince Albert 3, Prince George 2; and Spokane 5, Portland 4 (SO).
At Kamloops, B.C., Tim Bozon, JC Lipon and Ully each scored in the second period as the Blazers (31-14-5) finally broke through against Lotz.
Reid Petryk and Mirco Mueller each scored in the first period for Everett (20-26-3), while Ryan Harrison's short-handed goal 5:40 into the third sent the game to OT.
Kamloops goaltender Cole Cheveldave had an easier night than Lotz, and stopped 18 shots for the win.
Oil Kings 4, Blades 2
At Saskatoon, Griffin Reinhart scores twice for the Oil Kings (33-11-5), who beat the Blades (23-21-3) for their third straight win.
Ice 3, Tigers 2
At Cranbrook, B.C., Luke Philp scored the tie-breaking goal as Kootenay (22-25-1) held off Medicine Hat (23-23-3).
Raiders 3, Cougars 2
At Prince George, B.C., Mike Winther tipped in the winning goal as Prince Albert (28-15-4) rallied from a two-goal deficit against the Cougars (14-27-6).
Chiefs 5, Winterhawks 4
At Spokane, Wash., Brenden Kichton scored in the shootout and regulation while Eric Williams made 41 saves to lead the Chiefs (30-16-2) past league-leading Portland (37-7-3).