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WHL: Hitmen edge Oil Kings to take over top spot in East

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The Canadian Press
3/2/2014 1:48:42 AM
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EDMONTON -- Chris Driedger stopped 38 shots, including 22 in the final period, as the Calgary Hitmen edged the host Edmonton Oil Kings 3-2 on Saturday in Western Hockey League action.

Elliott Peterson, Connor Rankin and Kenton Helgesen supplied the scoring for the Hitmen (43-15-7), who are 11-0-1 in their last 12 games. Greg Chase assisted on all three.

Edgars Kulda and Mitchell Moroz scored for the Oil Kings (44-16-3), who now trail Calgary by two points for top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Tristan Jarry turned away 31-of-34 shots for Edmonton.

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RAIDERS 4 ICE 2

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. -- Leon Draisaitl's goal at 3:04 of the third period was the difference as the Raiders doubled up Kootenay.

Dakota Conroy, Reid Gardiner and Carson Perreaux also scored for Prince Albert (30-30-5) while Draisaitl tacked on an assist for a two-point night.

Zach McPhee and Levi Cable scored for the Ice (37-24-4) and Landon Peel set up both goals.

Nick McBridge made 25 saves for the Raiders as Mackenzie Skapski turned aside 23-of-27 shots for Kootenay.

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BRONCOS 7 HURRICANES 4

SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. -- Julius Honka scored twice and Graham Black had a goal and two assists as the Broncos toppled Lethbridge.

Dillon Heatherington, Colby Cave, Andrew Johnson and Jake DeBrusk also scored for Swift Current (32-24-9).

Carter Folk, Lenny Hackman, Jamal Watson and Michal Holub supplied the scoring for the Hurricanes (12-50-5), who dropped their ninth straight contest.

Landon Bow made 26 saves for the Broncos. Jonny Hogue started in net for Lethbridge, but was pulled after allowing three goals on 10 shots in 13 minutes of action. Teagan Sacher stopped 28-of-31 shots in 45 minutes of relief.

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WHEAT KINGS 8 BLADES 5

SASKATOON -- Jayce Hawryluk scored twice and added three assists as Brandon handed the Blades their fifth loss in a row.

Ryan Pulock, Eric Roy, John Quenneville, Chad Robinson, Tim McGauley and Quintin Lisoway also scored for the Wheat Kings (31-26-8).

Nick Zajac had a pair of goals for Saskatoon (16-44-5) and Ryan Graham, MacKenzie Johnston and Connor Sanvido each scored once.

Brandon's Curtis Honey made 30 saves for the win. Troy Trombley gave up eight goals on 38 shots for the Blades.

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PATS 7 WARRIORS 3

MOOSE JAW, Sask.-- Dmitry Sinitsyn had two goals and two assists and Morgan Klimchuk also scored twice as Regina downed the Warriors.

Chandler Stephenson, Kyle Burroughs and Dyson Stevenson also scored for the Pats (37-23-6) and Colby Williams chipped in with three assists.

Sam Fioretti and Brayden point had a goal and an assist each for Moose Jaw (17-39-9) and Tanner Eberle scored once.

Regina's Daniel Wapple made 26 saves for the win while Zach Sawchenko turned away 23-of-30 shots for the Warriors.

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TIGERS 7 BLAZERS 1

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. -- Curtis Valk and Trevor Cox both had two goals and two assists as the Tigers handed Kamloops its fourth straight loss.

Cole Sanford, Steven Owre and Anthony Ast also scored for Medicine Hat (41-22-3) and Miles Koules chipped in with three assists.

Matt Bellerive scored the lone goal for the Blazers (13-48-5) while defenceman Matt Thomas was a team-worst minus-4.

Nick Schneider made 30 saves for the Tigers as Bolton Pouliot gave up seven goals on 37 shots.

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ROYALS 2 COUGARS 1

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. -- Patrik Polivka made 31 saves as Victoria slipped past the Cougars

Jack Walker and Axel Blomqvist scored for the Royals (45-17-4), who are 9-1-0 in their last 10 games.

Prince George (26-34-8) got its lone goal from Todd Fiddler.

Ty Edmonds turned aside 19-of-21 shots for the Cougars, who are on a three-game slide.

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ROCKETS 3 GIANTS 1

VANCOUVER -- Jordon Cooke stopped 32 shots as Kelowna defeated the Giants for its fourth win in as many outings.

Rourke Chartier, Marek Tvrdon and Cole Linaker scored for the league-leading Rockets (52-9-4).

Cain Franson gave Vancouver (30-26-10) a 1-0 lead midway through the first period before allowing three unanswered goals from Kelowna.

Jared Rathjen stopped 25-of-28 shots in defeat.

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THUNDERBIRDS 4 WINTERHAWKS 1

KENT, Wash. -- Taran Kozun made 41 saves as Seattle halted Portland's 21-game winning streak.

Justin Hickman, Branden Troock, Shea Theodore and Alxander Delnov scored for the Thunderbirds (39-19-6).

Chase De Leo scored for the Winterhawks (47-13-5) while Corbin Boes stopped 31-of-35 shots in a losing cause.

Portland last suffered defeat on Jan. 10th when it fell 3-2 in a shootout to Victoria.

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AMERICANS 3 CHIEFS 0

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Eric Comrie stopped all 34 shots his way as Tri-City blanked the Chiefs to end an eight-game losing streak.

Parker Bowles, Brandon Carlo and Brian Williams scored for the Americans (28-29-8), who hold the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Eric Williams turned aside 26-of-29 shots for Spokane (36-23-6), which has already clinched a playoff position in the west.

WHL leading scorer Mitch Holmberg failed to earn a point in his second straight outing for the Chiefs and remains with 107 points in 65 contests.

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