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WHL: Feser's big night leads Americans over Giants

The Canadian Press

2/20/2013 1:47:20 AM

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Justin Feser scored at even strength, on the power play and short-handed Tuesday as the Tri-City Americans defeated the Vancouver Giants 5-4 in the Western Hockey League.

Feser, who also had an assist in recording his seventh career hat trick, opened his account with a power-play goal in the first before scoring at even strength in the second and short-handed in the third.

Rookie Jackson Houck scored two goals for Vancouver, the second coming with 2:17 left in game to pull the Giants within 5-4.

The Giants pulled goalie Jared Rathjen with 1:08 left to play, but could not get the equalizer.

Malte Stromwall and Parker Bowles also scored for Tri-City (34-22-3), which has won three in a row and moved into fourth place in the Western Conference standings.

Troy Trombley recorded 27 saves for his third win in as many starts.

Blake Orban and Cain Franson added goal for the Giants (15-44-2), who have lost three in a row. Rathjen finished with 24 saves.

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Red Deer 3, Regina 2 (SO)

RED DEER, Alta. -- Turner Elson tied the game with a minute to go in regulation and Dominik Volek connected in the shootout Tuesday as the Red Deer Rebels edged the Regina Pats 3-2 in the Western Hockey League.

Rhyse Dieno had the other goal in regulation for Red Deer (32-22-6). Former Rebels forward Lane Scheidl had both goals for Regina (20-33-7).

Patrik Bartosak turned aside 20 shots to post his 26th win of the season for Red Deer. Matt Hewitt made 40 saves in taking the loss for Regina.