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WHL: League-leading Prince Albert cruises past Lethbridge

The Canadian Press

10/10/2012 12:44:45 AM

Grabbing an early lead doesn't do much good against the best team in the Western Hockey League.

The Prince Albert Raiders were trailing by a goal just 21 seconds into the first period but still cruised to a 4-1 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Tuesday.

Mike Winther, Sawyer Lange, Riley Guenther and Mark McNeill scored for the league-leading Raiders (7-0-1).

Russell Maxwell opened the scoring for the Hurricanes (2-5-0), but his shot was the only one that would beat Prince Albert goaltender Luke Siemens.

Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Regina 3, Portland 2 (OT); and Red Deer 3, Swift Current 2.

At Lethbridge, Alta., the Raiders tied the game at one 4:22 into the second period on Winther's goal.

Just over five minutes later they had the lead when Lange struck on the power play.

Guenther's goal at 5:40 in the third made it 3-1 and McNeill added some unnecessary insurance with an empty-net goal in the final minute.

Siemens finished with 19 saves, while the Raiders scored twice in the second and twice in the third for the win.

Ty Rimmer stopped 31 shots for Lethbridge.

Pats 3, Winterhawks 2

At Regina, Lane Scheidl scored the overtime winner to give the Pats (4-5-0) a win over Portland (4-3-1).

Rebels 3, Broncos 2

At Swift Current, Sask., Brooks Maxwell's first goal of the season lifted Red Deer (4-5-1) past the Broncos (3-1-4).