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WHL Roundup: Calgary beats Lethbridge to stay atop Central Division

Wednesday, 11.21.2012 / 1:14 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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WHL Roundup: Calgary beats Lethbridge to stay atop Central Division

The Calgary Hitmen remain atop the Central Division thanks to a big night from goalie Chris Driedger.

Driedger made 42 saves as the Hitmen edged the Lethbridge Hurricanes 3-2 in Western Hockey League play Tuesday.

The win kept Calgary (15-5-3) one point ahead of the Edmonton Oil Kings, who stayed in the hunt by beating Swift Current 2-1.

The Hurricanes (13-11-2) meanwhile are five points back of Calgary after dropping their third straight game.

Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Red Deer 4, Medicine Hat 0; Prince George 4, Regina 3 (SO); and Victoria 5, Saskatoon 2.

At Lethbridge, Alta., Greg Chase, Alex Roach and Carson Samoridny each scored for the Hitmen.

Ryan Pilon and Jay Merkley replied for Lethbridge, which capitalized on just one of eight power-play opportunities.

Hurricanes goaltender Ty Rimmer meanwhile finished the night with 17 saves.

Oil Kings 2, Broncos 1

At Edmonton, Stephane Legault scored two power-play goals for the Oil Kings (14-5-4) in a win over Swift Current (9-12-5).

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Rebels 4, Tigers 0

At Medicine Hat, Alta., Patrik Bartosak stopped 43 shots for Red Deer (13-11-2), which blanked the Tigers (11-14-1).

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Cougars 4, Pats 3 (SO)

At Prince George, B.C., Daulton Siwak and Carson Bolduc each scored in the shootout for the Cougars (8-11-4), who scored three times in the second period against Regina (10-12-3).

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Royals 5, Blades 2

At Victoria, Jamie Crooks scored two goals, including one shorthanded, to lead the Royals (12-11-0) past Saskatoon (10-11-1).

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