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WHL: Barzal scores in OT, Thunderbirds go up 3-0 on Silvertips

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The Canadian Press
3/26/2014 2:13:16 AM
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KENT, Wash. - Mathew Barzal scored 3:47 into overtime as the Seattle Thunderbirds downed the visiting Everett Silvertips 4-3 on Tuesday in Western Hockey League playoff action.

Scott Eansor had a pair of goals in regulation for the Thunderbirds, who lead the first-round matchup 3-0, and Branden Troock added a single goal.

Patrick Bajkov scored twice for the Silvertips, Mirco Mueller had a goal and an assist and Manraj Hayer assisted on all three of his club's goals.

Taran Kozun made 28 saves for Seattle while Everett's Austin Lotz turned away 25-of-29 shots in a losing cause.

The Thunderbirds can clinch the series on Friday when the Silvertips host Game 4.

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OIL KINGS 4 RAIDERS 3

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. — Riley Kieser broke a 3-3 deadlock at 17:28 of the third period as the Oil Kings edged Prince Albert to go up 3-0 in their first-round series.

Griffin Reinhart, Edgars Kulda and Brett Pollack also scored for Edmonton, which trailed 3-2 after 40 minutes of play.

Jayden Hart, Chance Braid and Leon Draisaitl supplied the scoring for the Raiders.

Tristan Jarry stopped 24 shots for the Oil Kings while Prince Albert's Cole Cheveldave turned away 33-of-37 shots in defeat.

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BRONCOS 3 TIGERS 1

SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. — Eetu Laurikainen stopped 30-of-31 shots as the Broncos took Game 3 of their first-round matchup against Medicine Hat.

Julius Honka, Nathan Burns and Jake DeBrusk scored for Swift Current, which still trails the series 2-1.

Cole Sanford scored the lone goal for the Tigers.

Medicine Hat's Marek Langhamer made 36 saves in a losing cause.

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ICE 5 HITMEN 4

CRANBROOK, B.C. — Jaedon Descheneau scored the winner with 52 seconds remaining in regulation as Kooteny slipped past Calgary to even its first-round series at two games apiece.

Luke Philp, Zach Franko, Sam Reinhart and Levi Cable also scored for the Ice.

Kootenay's Mackenzie Skapski allowed four goals on 18 shots before giving way to Wyatt Hoflin, who stopped all 20 shots he faced in 26 minutes of relief.

Ben Thomas, Greg Chase, Jake Virtanen and Pavel Padakin scored for the Hitmen while Chris Driedger kicked out 27 shots in defeat.

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WINTERHAWKS 6 GIANTS 3

VANCOUVER — Brendan Leipsic had two goals and two assists as Portland doubled up the Giants in Game 3 of Round 1 action.

Derrick Pouliot, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Taylor Leier each had a goal and an assist for the Winterhawks, who lead the series 3-0, and Paul Bittner added a single goal.

Vancouver got goals from Joel Hamilton, Trent Lofthouse and Alec Baer.

Portland's Brendan Burke made 25 saves for the win as Payton Lee turned away 28-of-34 shots for the Giants.

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AMERICANS 4 ROCKETS 3

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Eric Comrie stopped 52 shots, including 34 through the first two periods of play, as Tri-City downed Kelowna to take Game 3 in Round 1 play.

Philip Tot, Justin Gutierrez and Brian Williams each had a goal and an assist for the Americans, who led 3-0 heading into the third period, and Jessey Astles scored once.

Marek Tvrdon, Myles Bell and Justin Kirkland scored third-period goals for the Rockets, who lead the series 2-1.

Kelowna's Jordon Cooke made 33 saves in a losing cause.

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