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WHL: Niemi has three points as Saskatoon pounds Red Deer

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The Canadian Press
2/7/2009 3:15:24 AM
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Jyri Niemi had a goal and two assists as the Saskatoon Blades hammered the Red Deer Rebels 8-1 on Friday night in the Western Hockey League.

Chris Langkow, Derek Hulak, Walker Wintoneak, Gaelan Patterson, Adam Chorneyko and Colin Joe all had a goal and an assist for Saskatoon (40-12-3-1). Burke Gallimore rounded out the scoring.

Carter Smith had the lone marker for the Rebels (18-28-1-7).

Braden Holtby made 25 saves for the Blades, while Red Deer netminder Darcy Kuemper stopped 24 shots.

Calgary 6 Swift Current 2

Kyle Bortis had a goal and three assists as the Calgary Hitmen powered to a 6-2 win over the host Swift Current Broncos in WHL action Friday.

Calgary (46-7-3-1), which connected for three power-play goals and once on a penalty shot, is now on a 7-0-1-0 run over its last eight games.

Brett Sonne led the Hitmen with a pair of goals, giving him 36 on the season.

Kootenay 4 Moose Jaw 1

Matt Fraser had a goal and an assist while Eric Frere had two assists as the Kootenay Ice beat the Moose Jaw Warriors 4-1 in WHL action Friday night.

Fraser opened the scoring on the power play with his 10th at 18:59 of the first period. The Ice got another power-play goal, again late in the period, when Max Reinhart stuffed his eighth of the season past Warrior goaltender Jeff Bosch at 19:57 to make it 2-0.

Tylan Stephens got his 21st of the season five minutes into the third to make it 3-0 before the Warriors finally got on the board with a weak shot that surprised Ice goaltender Todd Mathews halfway through the third period. Jesse Ismond scored on a breakaway at 17:17 to round out the scoring for the Ice.

Todd Mathews stopped 15 of 16 shots to get the win while Jeff Bosch saw 36 shots on the night, stopping 32.

Edmonton 2 Regina 1

T.J. Foster scored the game winner to help the Edmonton Oil Kings beat the Regina Pats 2-1 in Western Hockey League action Friday night.

Coming into the game Edmonton (24-28-2-4), Regina (23-27-1-5) and Prince Albert were all battling for the eighth and final playoff spot on the WHL's Eastern Conference.

Seattle 7 Lethbridge 4

Greg Scott scored four goals, the last into an empty net, to lift the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 7-4 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Friday night in the Western Hockey League.

Prab Rai had the game-winning goal at 17:08 of the third period and four assists for Seattle (24-26-1-3), which won its third straight game. Thomas Hickey and Sena Acolatse also scored.

Zach Boychuk had two goals and Colton Sceviour had three assists for Lethbridge (27-24-3-2). Brody Sutter and Kyle Beach added singles.

Calvin Pickard made 30 saves for the Thunderbirds, while Hurricanes netminder Juha Metsola stopped 26 shots.

Portland 3 Tri-City 1

Brad Ross scored a power-play goal early in the third period to lead the Portland Winter Hawks to a 3-1 victory over the Tri City Americans in Western Hockey League action Friday night.

Portland (13-34-2-2) got a goal from Radim Valchar and Riley Boychuk scored the insurance marker late in the third period.

Jason Reese scored the only goal for Tri City (36-15-0-3).

Americans goalie Chet Pickard made 17 saves, while Ian Curtis stopped 39 shots for the victory. 

Prince George 2 Chilliwack 1

Justin Maylan scored the winner with less than three minutes remaining as the Prince George Cougars edged the Chilliwack Bruins 2-1 on Friday night in the Western Hockey League.

Brett Connolly also scored for Prince George (21-32-0-2).

Matt Meropoulis found the net for the Bruins (14-35-2-4), who have lost five straight.

Kevin Armstrong made 27 saves for the Cougars. Chilliwack netminder Mark Friesen stopped 31 shots.

Saskatoon Blades (Photo: TSN)

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