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WHL: Plutner scores last-second OT winner for Americans

The Canadian Press

1/5/2013 1:50:56 AM

Tri-City 3, Victoria 2

VICTORIA -- Michal Plutner scored with one second remaining in overtime as the Tri-City Americans beat the host Victoria Royals 3-2 on Friday in Western Hockey League play.

Brian Williams and Zachary Yuen also scored for the Americans (22-14-3) while Eric Comrie made 27 saves for the victory.

Steven Hodges and Jordan Fransoo scored for the Royals (19-15-3) as Patrik Polivka turned aside 31 saves in a losing cause.

Tri-City went 1 for 5 on the power play while Victoria failed to score on four chances with the man advantage.

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Kamloops 6, Seattle 1

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - Kale Kessy scored twice in his debut as the Kamloops Blazers downed the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds 6-1 on Friday in Western Hockey League play.

The 20-year-old forward, who was acquired by Kamloops from the Vancouver Giants on Wednesday, now has 11 goals in 30 games, which ties his career high that was set in 2009 as a member of the Medicine Hat Tigers.

Cole Ully had a goal and two assists for the Blazers (28-10-4), who have won three games in a row, while Brendan Ranford had four assists.

Matt Needham, Joe Kornelson and Josh Connolly each scored once to round out Kamloop's offence.

Justin Hickman scored the lone goal for the Thunderbirds (16-20-3), who are now winless in nine contests.

Taran Kozun stopped 22-of-23 shots for the win as 16-year-old rookie Danny Mumaugh picked up the loss after making 30 saves in his WHL debut.

Everett 3, Spokane 2

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EVERETT, Wash. -- Reid Petryk scored twice, including the winner on a penalty shot at 17:16 of the third period, as the Everett Silvertips edged the visiting Spokane Chiefs 3-2 on Friday in Western Hockey League action.

Petryk earned the penalty shot after being tripped up from behind by Spokane defenseman Reid Gow while on a breakaway.

Joshua Winquist also scored for the Silvertips (16-23-2) while Austin Lotz made 33 saves for the victory.

Blake Gal and Mike Aviani scored for the Chiefs (24-13-1), who are winless in three games, and Garret Hughson turned aside 23 shots in defeat.

Everett failed to score on two chances with the man advantage while Spokane went 1 for 4 on the power play.

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Kelowna 4, Prince George 2

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - Zach Franko had a goal and two assists as the Kelowna Rockets doubled up the host Prince George Cougars 4-2 on Friday in Western Hockey League play.

Myles Bell had a goal and an assist for the Rockets (28-10-2), who extended their win streak to five games, while Colton Sissons and Cody Fowlie each scored once.

Ryan Hanes and Caleb Belter scored for the Cougars (12-21-5), who are now winless in four contests.

Jordon Cooke made 26 saves for the win as Mac Engel turned aside 23 shots in defeat.

Kelowna went 0 for 2 on the power play while Prince George failed to score on three chances with the man advantage.

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Vancouver 5, Red Deer 4

RED DEER, Alta. -- Brett Kulak scored once in regulation then the winner in the shootout as the Vancouver Giants edged the host Red Deer Rebels 5-4 on Friday in Western Hockey League action.

Cain Franson, Trevor Cheek and Jackson Houck also scored for the Giants (11-28-0), who came into the contest with only two wins in their last 10 contests, and Anthony Ast chipped in with two assists.

Dominik Volek scored twice for the Rebels (22-16-4), who are winless in four games, and Turner Elson had a goal and an assist.

Tyler Fuhr made 27 saves for the win as Bolton Pouliot allowed three goals on 19 shots before getting replaced by Grant Naherniak, who picked up the loss after stopping 11-of-12 shots in relief.

Vancouver went 2 for 4 on the power play while Red Deer went 1 for 3.

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Kootenay 4, Swift Current 1

CRANBROOK, B.C. - Mackenzie Skapski stopped 26 shots as the Kootenay Ice downed the visiting Swift Current Broncos 4-1 on Friday in Western Hockey League play.

Erik Benoit, Sam Reinhart and Jaedon Descheneau each had a goal and an assist for the Ice (14-24-1), who have won four games in a row, while Brock Montgomery added a single goal.

Tanner LeSann scored the lone goal for the Broncos (17-20-5), who are winless in three outings, and Steven Myland made 16 saves in a losing cause.

Kootenay went 1 for 3 on the power play while Swift Current failed to score on three chances with the man advantage.

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Saskatoon 6, Prince Albert 3

SASKATOON - Josh Nicholls scored twice and set up one more as the Saskatoon Blades doubled up the visiting Prince Albert Raiders 6-3 on Friday in Western Hockey League play.

Darren Dietz had a goal and an assist for the Blades (21-18-1) while Shayne Gwinner, Adam Kambeitz and Lukas Sutter each scored once.

Riley Guenther, Jayden Hart and Anthony Bardaro scored for the Raiders (24-13-3), who have an eight-point lead on Saskatoon for first in the East Division.

Patrick Johnson stopped 36 shots for the win as Luke Siemens made 40 saves in a losing cause.

Saskatoon went 1 for 4 on the power play while Prince Albert scored once on seven chances with the man advantage.

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Calgary 6, Moose Jaw 1

CALGARY - Brooks Macek had a goal and two assists to lead the Calgary Hitmen to a 6-1 win over the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors in Western Hockey League action on Friday.

Cody Sylvester had a goal and an assist for the Hitmen (26-10-4), while rookie defenceman Colby Harmsworth set up three of Calgary's goals. Alex Roach, Pavlo Padakin, Brendan Hurley and Zane Jones also scored.

Carter Hansen scored the lone goal of the game for the Warriors (14-19-7), who have lost two straight games and five of their past seven.

Calgary goalie Chris Driedger made 26 saves to improve his record to 21-7-3.

Daniel Wapple started in net for the Warriors and stopped just 5-of-9 shots he faced before he was relieved by Justin Paulic at 14:19 of the second period following Calgary's fourth goal.

Paulic stopped 7-of-8 shots he faced before Wapple returned to the net for the third period. Wapple then stopped 11 shots in the final period to finish the game with 16 saves.

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Regina 3, Medicine Hat 2

REGINA -- Morgan Klimchuk scored the winner in the shootout as the Regina Pats edged the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers 3-2 on Friday in Western Hockey League action.

Trent Ouellette and Jack Rodewald scored in regulation time for the Pats (16-21-4), who have won three straight games, and Matt Hewitt made 26 saves for the win.

Jacob Doty and Elgin Pierce scored for the Tigers (17-20-3) as Cam Lanigan turned aside 31 shots in a losing cause.

Regina went 1 for 6 on the power play while Medicine Hat scored once on four chances with the man advantage.