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Wednesday's WHL Roundup

Saturday, 01.31.2009 / 3:05 AM / News

The Canadian Press

Drayson Bowman and Dustin Tokarski are leading the Spokane Chiefs' charge for top spot in the U.S. Division.

Bowman scored a hat trick and added two assists while Tokarski posted his fifth shutout of the season as the Spokane Chiefs won their 10th straight game in style, pounding the Chilliwack Bruins 6-0 on Friday night in the Western Hockey League.

Tokarski made 33 saves to pick up the shutout, his second in nine games and third in the past 14. He is tied with Calgary Hitmen netminder Martin Jones for the most shutouts in the league this season.

Bowman has points in his last nine games, totalling nine goals and eight assists in that span. The Littleton, Colo., native leads the Chiefs with 50 points (24 goals, 26 assists) in 39 games.

Spokane (32-14-0-3) hasn't lost since a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Portland Winter Hawks on Jan. 3. The Chiefs have outscored their opponents 47-10 in the 10 games since then to keep pace with the division-leading Tri-City Americans, whom they trail by six points with three games in hand.

Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Tri-City 2, Portland 0; Saskatoon 6, Moose Jaw 2; Prince Albert 4, Swift Current 3 (OT); Kootenay 3, Brandon 2; Calgary 3, Lethbridge 2 (OT); Kelowna 10, Medicine Hat 1; Vancouver 3, Prince George 2; and Seattle 3, Everett 1.

At Spokane, Wash., Mitch Wahl had a goal and two assists, Brady Calla added a goal and an assist and Trevor Glass also scored for the Chiefs.

Mark Friesen stopped 39 shots in defeat for the Bruins (14-32-2-4).

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Americans 2, Winter Hawks 0

At Portland, Ore., Chet Pickard made 22 saves to earn his fourth shutout of the season as Tri-City blanked the Winter Hawks.

Kruise Reddick and Justin Feser scored second-period goals for the Americans (35-14-0-3).

Ian Curtis stopped 21 shots for Portland (12-33-1-2), which has lost 10 in a row.

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Blades 6, Warriors 2

At Moose Jaw, Sask., Gaelan Patterson scored a goal and an assist as Saskatoon won their 10th straight game with a victory over the Warriors.

Walker Wintoneak, Derek Hulak, Curtis Hamilton, Colin Joe and Chris Langkow scored for the Blades (37-11-3-1), who have also earned at least a point in 14 straight games.

Jason Bast and Jesse Paradis replied for Moose Jaw (14-35-1-1), which dropped their 11th straight game.

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Raiders 4, Broncos 3 (OT)

At Prince Albert, Sask., Dustin Cameron scored on a power play 25 seconds into overtime to help the Raiders edge Swift Current.

Cameron also added two assists in regulation while Justin Bernhardt and Ryan McDonald had a goal and an assist each for Prince Albert (24-17-3-1). Bryce Lamb scored the other Raiders' goal.

John Negrin and Justin Dowling both scored and added an assist for the Broncos (28-23-1-1). Keegan Dansereau also scored.

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Ice 3, Wheat Kings 2

At Cranbrook, B.C., Kevin King assisted on all three Kootenay goals as the Ice beat Brandon.

Kootenay (25-20-2-5) got the lead back 19 seconds into the second period with a power-play goal by Andrew Bailey and Brayden McNabb wired his sixth of the season on a two-man advantage at 13:04 of the second to make it 3-1. Ian Barteaux also scored.

Scott Glennie and Andrew Clark scored for the Wheat Kings (33-15-3-1).

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Hitmen 3, Hurricanes 2 (OT)

At Lethbridge, Alta., Keith Seabrook scored the overtime winner as Calgary came back to defeat the Hurricanes.

Brett Sonne scored the tying goal for the Hitmen (43-7-2-1) on a power play midway through the third period. Erik Bonsor also scored.

Zach Boychuk had a goal and an assist and Carter Ashton scored a power-play goal for Lethbridge (25-23-3-2).

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Rockets 10, Tigers 1

At Kelowna, B.C., Cody Almond had a natural hat trick and Jamie Benn added two goals as the Rockets pummelled Medicine Hat.

Mitchell Callahan, with two goals, Stepan Novotny, Ian Duval and Evan Bloodoff also scored for Kelowna (29-19-0-2), which led 3-1 and 8-1 at the period breaks.

Zdenek Okal replied for the Tigers (28-19-3-3).

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Giants 3, Cougars 2

At Prince George, B.C., Craig Cunningham scored and added an assist to lift Vancouver over the Cougars.

Evander Kane and Nick Ross also scored for the Giants (43-4-0-3), who won their seventh straight.

Art Bidlevskii and Tyler Halliday replied for Prince George (19-31-0-2).

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Thunderbirds 3, Silvertips 1

At Everett, Wash., Greg Scott scored two goals, leading Seattle past the Silvertips.

Jonathan Parker also scored and Jacob DeSerres made 27 saves in goal for the Thunderbirds (22-26-1-3), who pulled within one point of Everett for sixth place in the Western Conference.

Shane Harper scored and Kent Simpson stopped 27 shots for Everett (21-23-6-1), which lost its eighth straight.

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