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WHL: Dansereau lifts Swift Current over Medicine Hat

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The Canadian Press
3/21/2009 2:36:36 AM
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Keegan Dansereau helped the Swift Current Broncos secure home ice advantage for the first round of the Western Hockey League playoffs - then he took full advantage of it.

Dansereau scored a hat trick, including the game-winner with 6:55 left in regulation, to lift Swift Current to a 4-2 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday night.

Dansereau, who led the Broncos' in scoring during the regular season with 81 points (37 goals, 44 assists), finished the season on a six-game point streak, with two goals and seven assists in that span.

On Friday, he scored his first goal on a two-man advantage midway through the second period to tie the game at 1-1. The Saskatoon native then gave Swift Current a 3-2 lead with seven minutes remaining in the third before completing the hat trick with an empty-netter.

With the win, the Broncos hold a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final series. Game two is in Swift Current on Saturday.

Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Brandon 7, Kootenay 2; Kelowna 4, Kamloops 2; Tri-City 6, Everett 5 (OT); Spokane 2, Seattle 1; Vancouver 8, Prince George 2; and Saskatoon 5, Lethbridge 1.

At Swift Current, Sask., Taylor Vause scored the other goal for the Broncos. Tyler Ennis, who scored 43 goals during the regular season for the second straight time, replied with both Medicine Hat goals.

Swift Current netminder Travis Yonkman earned the win in goal with a 36-save performance. Tigers goaltender Ryan Holfeld allowed three goals on 32 shots in the loss.

Wheat Kings 7, Ice 2

At Brandon, Man., Brayden Schenn and Nathan Green scored two goals apiece as the Wheat Kings beat Kootenay.

Schenn also picked up an assist for a three-point game, while Matt Lowry, Scott Glennie and Jay Fehr added three assists each for Brandon, which took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final.

Andrew Clark, Matt Calvert and Colby Robak also scored for the Wheat Kings, while Max Reinhart and Ian Barteaux replied for the Ice.

Rockets 4, Blazers 2

At Kelowna, B.C., Jamie Benn had three points as the Rockets defeated Kamloops.

Stepan Novotny, Tyler Myers, Tyson Barrie and Colin Long scored for Kelowna, which leads the best-of-seven Western Conference quarter-final series 1-0.

Scott Wasden and Kenton Dulle replied for the Blazers, who led 1-0 after the first period, but trailed 3-1 after two. Kamloops hasn't advanced past the first round since 1998-99, when the Blazers went to the league final.

Americans 6, Silvertips 5 (OT)

At Kennewick, Wash., Justin Feser scored the winner eleven minutes into overtime as the Americans edged Everett in the opening game of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

The Americans had a 5-3 lead in the third, but gave up a goal by Tyler Maxwell at 16:47 of the period. Then Daniel Bartek tied the game with 21.9 seconds left to send it into overtime.

Kruise Reddick had a goal and two assists for Tri-City, while Adam Hughesman, Johnny Lazo and Lane Werbowski each had a goal and an assist. Tyler Schmidt also scored.

Bartek also had two assists, while Ryan White had a pair of goals. Dan Iwanski also scored for the Silvertips.

Chiefs 2, Thunderbirds 1

At Spokane, Wash., Drayson Bowman scored both goals as the Chiefs opened their first-round playoff series against Seattle with a victory.

Spokane's Brady Calla assisted on both Bowman markers.

Charles Wells opened the scoring with a goal for the Thunderbirds.

Giants 8, Cougars 2

At Vancouver, Craig Schira led the way with two goals and an assist as the Giants cruised past Prince George in their series opener.

Jonathan Blum had a goal and two assists, Evander Kane and Mikhail Fisenko had a goal and an assist each, while Andrej Kudrna, Brent Regner and Lance Bouma also scored for Vancouver, which outshot the Cougars 53-18.

Robbie Ciolfi and Marek Viedensky found the net for Prince George.

Blades 5, Hurricanes 1

At Saskatoon, Jyri Niemi had a goal and an assist as the Blades beat Lethbridge to take a 1-0 series lead.

Stefan Elliott, Curtis Hamilton, Chris Langkow and Walker Wintoneak also scored for Saskatoon.

Cam Braes scored the lone goal for the Hurricanes two minutes and 10 seconds into the game. 

Swift Current Broncos (Photo: TSN)

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