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SATURDAY’S GAMES:In Moose Jaw, the Red Deer Rebels scored three first-period goals en route to a 4-1 victory over the Warriors. . . . F Meyer Nell, with his seventh, F Riley Sheen, with No. 6, and D Brett Cote, with his seventh, got the Rebels off to that lead. . . . Red Deer (18-11-4) has won four straight and plays in Brandon this afternoon. . . . The Warriors (15-15-3) had won their previous two games. . . .
In Saskatoon, F Braden Christoffer scored with 3.3 seconds left in the third period to give the Regina Pats a 5-4 victory over the Blades. . . . F Cameron Hebig’s seventh goal, 18 seconds into the third period, gave Saskatoon a 4-3 lead. . . . Regina F Carter Harrison scored his second goal of the season at 6:02 to tie the game. . . . Christoffer won it with his 11th goal. . . . F Sam Steel had a goal, his ninth, and two assists for the Pats. The goal was a shorthanded effort. . . . Blades F Brett Stovin scored the Teddy Bear goal, his 10th, at 2:21 of the first period. . . . Saskatoon D Jordan Thomson was back in the lineup after missing 16 games with a concussion. . . . Regina improved to 19-11-1, while the Blades (7-24-3) lost their 10th straight (0-8-2). . . . After the game, Bob Woods, the Blades’ GM and head coach, was talking change. “There are going to be changes. End of story. I don’t care,” Woods told Daniel Nugent-Bowman of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix. “I’ll play with 16- and 17-year-olds because they’re supposed to make those types of mistakes. Eighteen, 19-, 20-year-olds aren’t supposed to make those types of mistakes. They’re not setting a good example right now. That just says that they’re not the right types of leaders.” . . . Nugent-Bowman’s game story is right here. . . .
In Calgary, the Hitmen erased a 1-0 deficit with three straight goals en route to a 5-3 victory over the Kamloops Blazers. . . . F Cole Ully gave the Blazers a 1-0 lead when he scored his 15th goal at 8:29 of the first period. . . . Calgary F Connor Rankin tied it with his 15th at 10:25, via the PP, and the Hitmen took the lead on second-period goals by D Loch Morrison, his third, and F Chase Lang, his 14th, also via the PP. . . . F Adam Tambellini later got his 18th goal for Calgary. . . . The Blazers had D Nolan Kneen, the third overall pick in the 2014 bantam draft, in their lineup. . . . Calgary D Keegan Kanzig was a healthy scratch -- Scott Fisher of the Calgary Sun tweeted that it was for “team discipline” -- by a team that was missing three other defencemen. Travis Sanheim is at the Canadian national junior team’s selection camp, while Ben Thomas and Colby Harmsworth have undisclosed injuries. . . . Attendance was 10,012. . . . The Hitmen (18-11-3) have won four in a row. . . . The Blazers (12-18-5) have lost five straight and now are in the basement of the 10-team Western Conference, one point behind the Vancouver Giants. . . . The Hitmen entertain the Kelowna Rockets this afternoon, while the Blazers are in Lethbridge where Peter Anholt makes his debut as the Hurricanes’ head coach. . . .
In Cranbrook, F Matt Alfaro broke a 3-3 tie in the third period and the Kootenay Ice went on to a 6-3 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings. . . . Alfaro scored his fifth goal at 8:01. . . . The Ice took a 3-1 lead into the third period, only to have the Oil Kings tie it on goals from D Blake Orban, his sixth, 25 seconds in, and F Brandon Ralph, his second, at 5:46. . . . The Ice later got insurance from D Bryan Albee, his third, at 16:27, and F Ryan Chynoweth, his first, an empty-netter at 19:25. . . . The Ice (17-17-0) has won two in a row. . . . The Oil Kings now are 15-13-5. . . . Taylor Rocca of the Cranbrook Daily Townsman has more right here. . . .
In Medicine Hat, F Cole Sanford and F Trevor Cox each had two goals and three assists to help the Tigers to a 7-4 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders. . . . F Steve Owre, the third member of that line, had a goal and an assist. . . . Owre and Cox were plus-5; Sanford was plus-4. . . . Sanford is up to 23 goals, while Cox and Owre each has 11. . . . The Tigers improved to 23-8-2. . . . The Raiders (15-18-1) have lost five in a row (0-4-1). . . .
In Vancouver, G Cody Porter stopped 27 shots to lead the Giants to a 4-0 victory over the Victoria Royals. . . . Porter has two shutouts in his freshman season. . . . D Mason Geertsen scored twice, giving him four, and added an assist. . . . Vancouver was 3-for-5 on the PP; Victoria was 0-for-5. . . . The Giants, who are 5-0-0 under head coach Claude Noel, held a 51-27 edge in shots. . . . Victoria scratched F Brandon Magee with an undisclosed injury. . . . Vancouver (15-18-0) has won six in a row and vacated the Western Conference basement in the process. The Giants now are ninth, one point ahead of the Kamloops Blazers. . . . The Royals (17-16-2) have lost two in a row. They were beaten 6-3 at home by the Giants on Friday night. . . . Steve Ewen of the Vancouver Province has more right here. . . .
In Spokane, F Liam Stewart broke a 3-3 tie late in the third period as the Chiefs beat the Prince George Cougars, 3-2. . . . Stewart scored his 11th goal at 15:56. . . . The Chiefs took a 2-0 lead in the first period. . . . F Hudson Elynuik scored his first goal, a Teddy Bear goal, at 9:16 and F Adam Helewka got No. 16 at 14:22. . . . D Marc McNulty scored both Prince George goals, at 18:45 of the first and 7:18 of the second. . . . He’s got six goals this season. . . . Attendance was 8,038. . . . The Chiefs (16-12-3), who visit Prince George on Tuesday and Wednesday, have won two in a row. . . . The Cougars (17-16-0) had a four-game winning streak end. . . .
In Kent, Wash., F Miles Koules broke a 1-1 tie at 12:39 of the third period to give the Portland Winterhawks a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds. . . . Koules has 13 goals. . . . D Blake Heinrich drew assists on both Portland goals. . . . F Chase De Leo scored his 17th goal for Portland at 3:30 of the second, on a PP. . . . Seattle tied it on F Keegan Kolesar’s 10th goal at 6:15 of the second. . . . Portland G Brendan Burke stopped 34 shots, 11 more than Seattle’s Taran Kozun. . . . The Winterhawks now are 18-14-3, while Seattle slipped to 13-15-4. . . . Portland is in Kennewick, Wash., for a game with the Tri-City Americans tonight. . . .
In Everett, F Remi Laurencelle broke a 2-2 tie in the second period and that goal stood up as the winner as the Silvertips got past the Tri-City Americans, 4-2. . . . Laurencelle, who has seven goals, scored at 10:36 of the second. . . . F Kohl Bauml added insurance with his 12th at 13:45. . . . The third period was scoreless. . . . Each team scored twice on the PP. . . . Everett G Carter Hart turned aside 21 shots, 14 fewer than Tri-City’s Evan Sarthou. . . . D Noah Juulsen drew two assists for Everett (19-8-4). . . . D Brandon Carlo had two assists for the Americans (17-14-1), who are at home to Portland tonight. . . . Everett F Nikita Scherbak returned after a one-game absence due to the flu. But F Jake Mykitiuk (flu) sat this one out. Everett continues to be without D Ben Betker (concussion).
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