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WHL: Samuelsson helps Oil Kings down Wheat Kings

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The Canadian Press
1/1/2013 10:18:00 AM
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The Oil Kings beat the Brandon Wheat Kings 6-2 on Monday and moved three points clear of rival Calgary after the Hitmen fell 3-2 to Kootenay.

Keegan Lowe also had a pair of goals while Mitchell Moroz added a single for Edmonton (25-8-5) in the first of four meetings against the Wheat Kings. Edmonton won last year's season series 3-1.

Tim McGauley and Richard Nejezchleb had the goals for Brandon (14-21-4).

Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Tri-City 6, Spokane 3; and Portland 5, Seattle 0.

At Edmonton, Moroz opened up the scoring for the Oil Kings at 10:30 of the first period, taking the puck just inside the left faceoff circle and wiring it above the glove of Brandon netminder Corbin Boes.

Samuelsson doubled Edmonton's lead 1:14 later, streaking in on the right wing and beating Boes to the blocker side.

McGauley pulled Brandon back within one with 3:18 remaining, corralling a rebound off Oil King netminder Laurent Brossoit's left pad and tucking it home.

Lowe restored Edmonton's two-goal margin at 2:56 of the second, letting loose a cannon from the point through traffic to make it 3-1 Oil Kings.

Samuelsson added his second of the game at 8:48, finishing off a goalmouth scramble from a sharp angle to put Edmonton up by three.

Lowe and Samuelsson's third period power-play goals put the game out of reach for Brandon before Nejezchleb's late goal with 3:38 remaining.

Boes stopped 30 shots in net for the Wheat Kings, while Brossoit turned aside 21 for Edmonton.

Ice 3, Hitmen 2

At Cranbrook, B.C., Brock Mongomery scored twice and Levi Cable had the decisive goal to put Kootenay (12-24-1) ahead of Calgary (24-10-4).

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Americans 6, Chiefs 3

At Kennewick, Wash., Parker Bowles had two goals to help Tri-City (21-14-3) overcome Spokane (24-12-1).

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Winterhawks 5, Thunderbirds 0

At Portland, Ore., Mac Carruth made 31 saves as the league-leading Winterhawks (32-5-1) beat Seattle (16-19-3) for their ninth straight victory.

Edmonton Oil Kings (Photo: TSN)

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