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WHL: Hitmen defeat Pats to reach 50 wins on season

The Canadian Press

2/15/2009 2:55:23 AM

Brandon Kozun played such a large role in the Calgary Hitmen's 49 previous wins this season, it was only fitting he led the way to their 50th.

Calgary's leading scorer had two goals and an assist to help the Hitmen knock off the Regina Pats 5-2 in Western Hockey League action Saturday night.

This is the third time in franchise history Calgary (50-7-3-1) has reached the 50-win milestone. The last time was 1999-2000, when the Hitmen went 58-10-2-2 to win the Central Division, but lost to the Kootenay Ice in the Eastern Conference final.

Kozun has 92 points (36 goals, 56 assists) in 61 games and sits second in WHL scoring, trailing only Casey Pierro-Zabotel of the Vancouver Giants, who has 99 points (32-67).

On Saturday, Jordan Eberle opened the scoring for Regina on a power play in the first period. It was his 30th goal of the season and 100th of his WHL career. Carson McMillan, with his first of two goals on the night, replied less than a minute later on a Hitmen power-play to knot the score at 1-1.

Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Vancouver 3, Chilliwack 2; Kelowna 5, Prince George 1; Lethbridge 3, Red Deer 0; Medicine Hat 5, Kamloops 3; Saskatoon 4, Swift Current 3; Seattle 7, Portland 2; Spokane 11, Edmonton 2; and Tri-City 4, Everett 1.

At Regina, Paul Postma also scored for Calgary, which is on a 12-game point streak.

Mitch Czibere added a goal for the Pats (23-31-1-5), who lost their seventh game in a row.

Martin Jones making 27 saves for the Hitmen. Regina netminder Linden Rowat stopped 32 shots.

Giants 3, Bruins 2

At Vancouver, the Giants needed two goals from Casey Pierro-Zabotel to beat struggling Chilliwack.

James Henry also scored for Vancouver (48-5-1-3).

Alexander Wilklund and Scott Ramsay had goals for the Bruins (14-39-2-2), who have won just twice in 18 games.

Rockets 5, Cougars 1

At Kelowna, B.C., Mikael Backlund had a three-point night, with two goals and an assist, as the Rockets beat Prince George.

Ian Duval, Lucas Bloodoff and Ryley Grantham also scored for Kelowna (35-19-1-2).

Greg Fraser replied for the Cougars (23-34-0-2).

Hurricanes 3, Rebels 0

At Lethbridge, Alta., the Hurricanes posted their second shutout in as many nights, this time against Red Deer.

Kyle Beach opened the scoring with a power-play marker late in the second period for Lethbridge (30-25-3-2). Mitch Versteeg and Zach Boychuk also scored.

Cam Gorchynski took the loss for Red Deer (19-31-1-7), stopping 18 shots.

Medicine Hat 5, Kamloops 3

At Medicine Hat, Alta., Colton Grant scored twice as the Tigers downed Kamloops.

Tyler Ennis, Jace Coyle and Linden Vey added goals for Medicine Hat (31-22-4-3).

Jake Trask, C.J. Stretch and Linden Saip replied for the Blazers (27-29-1-4).

Blades 4, Broncos 3

At Swift Current, Sask., Saskatoon rebounded from a lopsided 7-1 loss in Medicine Hat on Friday to defeat the Broncos.

Walker Wintoneak led the Blades with a pair of goals, while Adam Chorneyko and Milan Kytnar also found the net for the Blades (42-14-3-1).

Geordie Wudrick, Derek Claffey and Jordan Peddle replied for Swift Current (33-25-1-1).

Thunderbirds 7, Winter Hawks 2

At Kent, Wash., a four-goal second period helped lift the Thunderbirds over Portland.

Prab Rai led the charge with a shorthanded goal and three assists, while Greg Scott and Jim O'Brien both had two goals for Seattle (26-28-1-3). Jeremy Boyer and Erik Fleming also scored.

The Winter Hawks (14-28-2-2) had goals from Colin Redden and Chris Francis.

Chiefs 11, Oil Kings 2

At Spokane, Wash., Tyler Johnson, Dustin Donaghy and Drayson Bowman each scored twice as the Chiefs dismantled Edmonton.

Jared Spurgeon had a goal and four assists, Levko Koper scored and added three assists, Ondrej Roman had a goal and two assists and Blake Gal rounded out the scoring for Spokane (37-16-0-3).

Michael Burns and Brett Breitkreuz replied for the Oil Kings (25-31-2-4).

Americans 4, Silvertips 1

At Everett, Wash., Johnny Lazo scored twice in 11 seconds as Tri-City defeated the Silvertips.

Mitch Fadden and Taylor Procyshen also scored for the Americans (39-16-0-3), who maintained a four-point lead over Spokane for first place in the U.S. Division.

Ryan White scored the lone goal for Everett (24-26-7-2).