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WHL: Hitmen prevail in battle of division leaders

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The Canadian Press
10/31/2009 2:48:26 AM
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The Vancouver Giants ran into a wall named Martin Jones on Friday night.

Jones made 33 saves for his first shutout of the season as the Calgary Hitmen blanked the Vancouver Giants 2-0 in a battle of Western Hockey League division leaders.

Jones, a 19-year-old North Vancouver, B.C., native who is in the running to play for Canada's world junior team, helped the Hitmen steal a win after being outshot 33-22. Jones had seven shutouts for Calgary last season.

The Central Division-leading Hitmen (13-4-0) moved into first place overall in the WHL, three points ahead of the Western Division-leading Giants (10-4-3).

Vancouver trailed 1-0 after the first period despite outshooting Calgary 15-5

Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Chilliwack 7 Kamloops 1; Kootenay 2 Brandon 1; Moose Jaw 7 Swift Current 4; Prince Albert 4 Regina 1; Red Deer 4 Medicine Hat 2; Saskatoon 5 Edmonton 2; Seattle 4 Lethbridge 3; Spokane 4 Kelowna 3; and Tri-City 3 Prince George 2.

At Vancouver, Brandon Kozun scored in the first period and Ian Schultz added an empty-netter for the Hitmen, who entered the game as the top-ranked major junior team in the country.

The Giants dominated the first period, but trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes as Jones, a Los Angeles Kings prospect who has already signed with the NHL club, robbed Sebastien Svendsen and Brandon Scholten.

Vancouver netminder Jamie Tucker stopped 20 shots.

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Bruins 7 Blazers 1

At Kamloops, B.C., Chilliwack got goals from seven different players in a rout of the Blazers.

Mitch McColm, Roman Horak, David Robinson, Kevin Sundher, Ryan Howse, Tim Traber and Dylen McKinlay all scored for the Bruins (6-6-4), who have won two in a row.

Matej Bene replied for Kamloops (8-8-2), which has lost six straight.

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Ice 2 Wheat Kings 1

At Cranbrook, B.C., Dustin Sylvester scored the game-winner on a late power play as the Ice edged Brandon.

Steele Boomer also scored a goal for Kootenay (6-11-0).

Aaron Lewadniuk was the lone scorer for the Wheat Kings (9-7-2).

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Warriors 7 Broncos 4

At Moose Jaw, Sask., Quinton Howden scored a goal and added two assists as the Warriors beat Swift Current.

Brendan Rowinski scored twice for Moose Jaw (11-5-0) as they scored four unanswered goals to break a 3-3 tie. Ryan Stanton added a goal and two assists, while Jason Bast, Nathan MacMaster and Thomas Frazee also scored.

Cody Eakin scored twice and Justin Dowling also scored for the Broncos (9-7-1).

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Raiders 4 Pats 1

At Prince Albert, Sask., Igor Revenko had the winning goal and an assist as the Raiders defeated Regina.

Mark McNeill and Jordan Hickmott also scored and had an assist for Prince Albert (9-8-0), which won its fourth straight. Ryan Harrison added a goal.

Colten Teubert had the only goal for the Pats (6-9-2), on assists from Jordan Eberle and Jordan Weal.

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Rebels 4 Tigers 2

At Red Deer, Alta., Josh Cowen scored twice as the Rebels overthrew Medicine Hat.

Nathan Green and Willie Coetzee netted the other goals for Red Deer (8-8-0).

Taylor Gal and Tristan King replied for the Tigers (8-6-4).

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Blades 5 Oil Kings 2

At Saskatoon, Walker Wintoneak and Derek Hulak both had a goal and two assists to lead the Blades over Edmonton.

Gaelan Patterson also scored and had an assist for Saskatoon (11-3-2) while Darian Dziurzynski and Curtis Hamilton also found the net.

Robin Soudek and Mark Pysyk scored for the Oil Kings (7-9-2).

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Thunderbirds 4 Hurricanes 3

At Lethbridge, Alta., Jonathan Parker and Brendan Rouse both had a goal and two assists to lead Seattle over the Hurricanes.

Defenceman Brad Haber added a score and an assist for the Thunderbirds (4-10-2), while Mikhail Sentyurin also had a goal.

Mitch Maxwell had a goal and an assist for Lethbridge (5-10-2), while Craig Orfino and captain Carter Bancks each scored.

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Chiefs 4 Rockets 3

At Kelowna, B.C., Kyle Beach had a three-point night with two goals and one assist as Spokane beat the Rockets.

Tyler Johnson also scored two goals for the Chiefs (6-5-1), who ended a two-game losing streak.

Tyson Barrie had two goals and Mitchell Callahan replied for Kelowna (8-7-1).

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Americans 3 Cougars 2

At Prince George, B.C., Jordan Messier's power-play goal lifted Tri-City over the Cougars.

Messier scored with 15.5 seconds left in regulation. Adam Hughesman and Patrick Holland also scored for the Americans (12-3-0).

Parker Stanfield and Dallas Jackson replied for Prince George (3-11-0).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calgary Hitmen (Photo: TSN)

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