The first week of February has been more than kind to Matt Calvert and the Brandon Wheat Kings.
Calvert scored three goals and added two assists to lead the Wheat Kings to a 6-1 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings in the Western Hockey League on Saturday night. In three games so far this month, Calvert has racked up 10 points (four goals, six assists). The Brandon, Man., native is on pace to top his previous season total of 64 points, with 46 points through 42 games this season.
All three of Calvert's goals came on special-team situations, with two on the power play and one unassisted shorthanded marker for the Wheat Kings, who have outscored their opponents 18-5 in the past week.
Brandon has only lost three times in its last 20 games and has a firm grip on third place in the Eastern Conference, sporting a 14-point lead on the fourth-place Medicine Hat Tigers.
Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Kelowna 5, Kamloops 1; Lethbridge 5, Everett 4; Medicine Hat 5, Moose Jaw 2; Prince Albert 3, Regina 1; Spokane 3, Kootenay 2 (SO); Swift Current 5, Red Deer 3; Tri-City 7, Seattle 1; and Vancouver 4, Portland 2.
Robin Soudek replied for the Oil Kings (24-29-2-4).
Brandon netminder James Priestner made 23 saves, while Cam Lanigan stopped 32 shots for Edmonton.
Rockets 5, Blazers 1
At Kelowna, B.C., Jamie Benn and Kyle St. Denis each had a goal and assist as the Rockets soared over Kamloops.
Kenton Dulle replied for Kamloops (26-26-1-4), which lost 6-1 on home ice to Kelowna on Tuesday night.
Hurricanes 5, Silvertips 4
At Everett, Wash., Kyle Beach had a goal and two assists as Lethbridge jumped out to a four-goal lead, then hung on to defeat the Silvertips.
Beach, in his first game in Everett since the Silvertips traded him to Lethbridge in January, led the Hurricanes (28-24-3-2) with three points, while Brennan Yadlowski, Austin Fyten, Carter Ashton and Brody Sutter also scored.
Tigers 5, Warriors 2
At Medicine Hat, Alta., Sean Ringrose scored a hat trick to lead the Tigers over Moose Jaw.
Raiders 3, Pats 1
At Regina, Brandon Herrod had two assists to help Prince Albert rub out the Pats.
Jordan Rowley, Dustin Cameron and Ryan McDonald scored for the Raiders (25-29-3-1), who moved closer to a playoff spot.
Victor Bartley had the lone marker for Regina (23-28-1-5), which has only four goals in its last four games.
Chiefs 3, Ice 2 (SO)
Brady Calla and Bowman paced the Chiefs (34-15-0-3) to a 2-0 lead through two periods.
Kootenay (26-21-2-6) came back with two goals - one by Dominic Pacovsky and another by Kevin King.
Broncos 5, Rebels 3
At Swift Current, Sask., Taylor Vause scored the game-winner on a power play with 6:50 left in regulation to lift the Broncos over Red Deer.
Geordie Wudrick scored his 22nd and 23rd goals of the season, including an insurance marker into the empty net. Swift Current (30-24-1-1) also had shorthanded goals from Cody Eakin and Michael Stickland.
The Rebels (18-29-1-7) fought back from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits, twice tying the game with goals from Jordie Deagle, Carter Smith and Willie Coetzee.
Americans 7, Thunderbirds 1
At Kennewick, Wash., Mitch Fadden had four goals, including a second-period hat trick, to help the Americans rout Seattle.
Thomas Hickey scored the lone goal for the Thunderbirds (24-27-1-3), who had their three-game win streak.
Giants 4, Winter Hawks 2
At Portland, Ore., Evander Kane scored two power-play goals to lead Vancouver past the Winter Hawks.
The Giants (46-4-0-3) also had goals from Craig Schira and Alex Rodgers.