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The Canadian Press
3/9/2014 1:40:38 AM
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PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. -- Calder Brooks and Leon Draisaitl scored 13 seconds apart in the third period as the Prince Albert Raiders edged the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings 3-2 on Saturday in Western Hockey League action.

Dakota Conroy also scored for the Raiders (33-30-5), who jumped over Brandon for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a game in hand.

Rihards Bukarts scored both goals for the Wheat Kings (31-29-0), who are on a four-game slide with three regular-season games remaining.

Nick McBride made 21 saves for Prince Albert while Jordan Papirny turned away 34-of-37 shots for the Wheat Kings.

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WARRIORS 4 OIL KINGS 1

MOOSE JAW, Sask. -- Sam Fioretti and Jack Rodewald each had a pair of goals as the Warriors downed Edmonton.

Brayden Point and Tanner Eberle each chipped in with two assists for Moose Jaw (20-40-9).

Curtis Lazar scored for the Oil Kings (47-18-3).

Justin Paulic made 31 saves for the Warriors as Edmonton's Tyler Santos stopped 21-of-25 shots in a losing cause.

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HITMEN 2 BLADES 1

SASKATOON -- Chris Driedger stopped 43-of-44 shots as Calgary slipped past the Blades.

Colby Harmsworth and Alex Roach supplied the scoring for the Hitmen (45-17-7).

Jordon Thomson scored for Saskatoon (16-47-5), which dropped its eighth game in a row, and Troy Trombley kicked out 30-of-32 shots in defeat.

Calgary and Edmonton are tied with 97 points apiece. The Oil Kings remain first in the Eastern Conference because they have a game in hand.

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ICE 3 PATS 1

CRANBROOK, B.C. -- Jaedon Descheneau scored once and set up two more as Kootenay downed Regina.

Jagger Dirk and Luke Philp also scored for the Ice (39-25-4) and Sam Reinhart had two assists.

The Pats (38-25-6) got their lone goal from Morgan Klimchuk.

Mackenzie Skapski made 27 saves for Kootenay while Regina's Dawson MacAuley stopped 28-of-30 shots in defeat.

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BRONCOS 5 HURRICANES 3

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. -- Graham Black and Jay Merkley each had a pair of goals as Swift Current handed the Hurricanes their 11th loss in a row.

Codo Gordon had a goal and two assists for the Broncos (35-25-9) and Julius Honka chipped in with three assists.

Jamal Watson, Brady Ramsay and Tyler Wong scored for Lethbridge (12-52-5).

Swift Current's Landon Bow made 22 saves for the win. Teagan Sacher gave up five goals on 33 shots in two periods of play for the Hurricanes. Stuart Skinner stopped all nine shots he faced in relief.

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TIGERS 5 REBELS 3

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. -- Curtis Valk had three goals and an assist as the Tigers defeated Red Deer.

Blake Penner and Anthony Ast also scored for Medicine Hat (42-23-4) and Trevor Cox had two assists.

Wyatt Johnson scored once for the Rebels (33-31-5) and assisted on goals by Scott Feser and Adam Musil.

Marek Langhamer made 20 saves for the Tigers while Red Deer's Patrik Bartosak turned aside 40-of-44 shots in defeat.

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WINTERHAWKS 4 GIANTS 1

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Adin Hill stopped 28 shots and Oliver Bjorkstrand and Brendan Leipsic each had a goal and an assist as the Winterhawks toppled Vancouver.

Chase De Leo and Keegan Iverson also scored for Portland (50-13-5).

Joel Hamilton scored the lone goal for the Giants (31-27-10).

Vancouver's Payton Lee turned away 30-of-34 shots in defeat.

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CHIEFS 8 COUGARS 0

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. -- Mitch Holmberg had three goals and an assist and Mike Aviani scored once and set up three others as Spokane crushed the Cougars.

Markson Bechtold, Jason Fram, Marcus Messier and Riley Whittingham also scored for the Chiefs (38-24-6) and Keanu Yamamoto had three assists.

Spokane's Eric Williams made 28 saves for his fourth shutout of the season.

Adam Beukeboom allowed three goals on 19 shots for Prince George (26-36-8) while Ty Edmonds stopped 13-of-18 shots in his 31 minutes of action for the Cougars.

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ROCKETS 7 AMERICANS 0

KELOWNA, B.C. -- Jordon Cooke made 20 saves and seven different players scored as the Rockets blanked Tri-City.

Madison Bowey, Damon Severson, Nick Merkley, Rourke Chartier, Kris Schmidl, Marek Tvrdon and Ryan Olsen supplied the offence for Kelowna (54-10-4), which went 4 for 4 on the power play.

Evan Sarthough turned aside 39-of-46 shots for the Americans (28-32-8), who have just one win in their last 10 contests.

Tri-City has a four-point lead over Prince George for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with two games in hand.

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SILVERTIPS 5 THUNDERBIRDS 2

KENT, Wash. -- Joshua Winquist scored twice and Austin Lotz made 31 saves as Everett downed Seattle.

Patrick Bajkov, Dawson Leedahl and Zane Jones also scored for the Silvertips (36-23-9), who are 8-0-1 in their last nine games, and Ivan Nikolishin added two assists.

Shea Theodore and Russell Maxwell responded for the Thunderbirds (39-22-6).

Seattle's Taran Kozun allowed four goals on 27 shots before giving way to Danny Mumaugh, who stopped both shots he faced in 16 minutes of relief.

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ROYALS 3 BLAZERS 2

VICTORIA -- Taylor Crunk kicked off three straight goals for the Royals with a goal nine seconds into the game en route to downing Kamloops.

Brett Cote and Tyler Soy also scored for Victoria (47-17-4), which won its fifth game in a row.

Matt Revel and Matt Needham scored in the third period for the Blazers (13-51-5), who are on a seven-game skid.

Patrik Polivka made 18 saves for the Royals while Bolton Pouliot stopped 29 shots for Kamloops.

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