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WHL: Hurricanes move into 7th with win over Pats

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The Canadian Press
3/2/2009 12:19:50 AM
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Juha Metsola's stingy play has the Lethbridge Hurricanes' playoff hopes looking brighter.

Metsola made 34 saves to help the Lethbridge Hurricanes beat the Regina Pats 4-1 in Western Hockey League action Sunday night.

The win moved Lethbridge (32-29-3-2) in sole possession of seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Regina (25-35-1-5) lost its fourth in a row and remained in 10th place in the East.

Elsewhere in WHL action, it was: Vancouver 6 Chilliwack 2; Tri-City 5 Portland 3; and Everett 2 Seattle 1 (SO).

At Regina, Lethbridge got on the board first five minutes in when Regina netminder Damien Ketlo coughed up the puck behind his net and Craig Orfino took advantage of the turnover.

The Hurricanes added to their lead 36 seconds into the second period with a power-play goal. Zach Boychuk, a first-round pick of the Carolina Hurricanes, scored his 22nd of the year on assists from Luca Sbisa and Kyle Beach. Sbisa has 13 points in 12 games after returning from a 39 game stint with the Philadelphia Flyers, and Beach is a first-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Three minutes later, Lethbridge's Brent Henke converted a great feed from Brody Sutter to make it 3-0.

Moments later Regina appeared to have gotten on the board when Matt Strueby tipped in a Victor Bartley point shot but the goal was called off as Strueby's stick was above the cross bar on the play.

Regina ended Metsola's shutout bid late in the second when Matt Robertson banged in a rebound for his 23rd of the year.

Dwight King finished off Regina with an empty netter, his 24th goal of the year.

Ketlo made 29 saves in a losing effort.

Giants 6 Bruins 2

At Chilliwack, B.C., Brent Regner scored twice as Vancouver pummelled the Bruins 6-2.

Evander Kane, Craig Cunningham, Brendan Gallagher and Bronson Maschmeyer each scored as Vancouver (54-7-1-3) had four unanswered goals in the second period to pull away from the Bruins.

Ryan Howse and Blair Wentworth scored for Chilliwack (15-45-2-5).

Americans 5 Winter Hawks 3

At Kennewick, Wash., Adam Hughesman scored a pair of third-period goals and Taylor Procyshen, Kruise Reddick and Jarrett Toll each had two assists in leading Tri-City to victory over Portland.

Mitch Fadden, Jason Reese and Brendan Shinnimin also scored for the U.S. Division-leading Americans (47-16-0-3).

Luke Walker, with two goals, and Daniel Johnston replied for Portland (16-44-2-2).

Silvertips 2 Thunderbirds 1 (SO)

At Kent, Wash., Shane Harper scored a power-play goal late in the third period to tie the game and then had the winning shootout goal to lift Everett over Seattle.

Thomas Heemskerk made 29 saves for Everett (26-31-7-2).

Prab Rai scored for Seattle (31-29-1-4).

Lethbridge Hurricanes (Photo: TSN)

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