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WHL Roundup: A look at Friday's games

Saturday, 01.05.2013 / 2:14 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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WHL Roundup: A look at Friday's games

Kale Kessy scored twice in his debut as the Kamloops Blazers downed the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds 6-1 on Friday in Western Hockey League play.

The 20-year-old forward, who was acquired by Kamloops from the Vancouver Giants on Wednesday, has 11 goals in 30 games, which ties his career high that was set in 2009 as a member of the Medicine Hat Tigers.

Cole Ully had a goal and two assists for the Blazers (28-10-4), who have won three games in a row, while Brendan Ranford had four assists.

Ranford has one goal and eight points in his last three outings.

Matt Needham, Joe Kornelson and Josh Connolly each scored to round out Kamloop's offence.

Justin Hickman scored the lone goal for the Thunderbirds (16-20-3), who are winless in nine contests.

Taran Kozun stopped 22-of-23 shots for the win as 16-year-old rookie Danny Mumaugh made 30 saves in defeat.

Kamloops, which has the league's second-best power play, went 2 for 5 with the man advantage while Seattle went 1 for 3.

Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Regina 3, Medicine Hat 2 (SO); Saskatoon 6, Prince Albert 3; Calgary 6, Moose Jaw 1; Kootenay 4, Swift Current 1; Vancouver 5, Red Deer 4 (SO); Kelowna 4, Prince George 2; Tri-City 3, Victoria 2 (OT) and Everett 3, Spokane 2.

At Kamloops, B.C., Hickman opened the scoring for Seattle on the power play at 14:38 of the first period, but after that all the offence was one sided for the home team.

Ully replied for Kamloops at 18:45 of the first to tie the game and Kornelson, Needham and Kessy scored in the second period to give the Blazers a 4-1 lead.

Connolly scored Kamloop's second power-play goal of the game 35 seconds into the third period and Kessy added his second of the game at 14:03.

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Pats 3 Tigers 2 (SO)

At Regina, Morgan Klimchuk scored the winner in the shootout and Matt Hewitt turned aside 26 shots as the Pats (16-21-4) edged Medicine Hat (17-20-3) for their third straight victory.

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Blades 6 Raiders 3

At Saskatoon, Josh Nicholls scored twice and set up one more and Patrick Johnson turned aside 36 shots as the Blades (21-18-1) doubled up Prince Albert (24-13-3).

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Hitmen 6 Warriors 1

At Calgary, Brooks Macek had a goal and two assists while rookie defenceman Colby Harmsworth set up three goals for his club as the Hitmen (26-10-4) downed Moose Jaw (14-19-7).

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Ice 4 Broncos 1

At Cranbrook, B.C., Mackenzie Skapski stopped 26 shots and Erik Benoit, Sam Reinhart and Jaedon Descheneau each had a goal and an assist as Kootenay (14-24-1) extended its win streak to four games by beating Swift Current (17-20-5).

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Giants 5 Rebels 4 (SO)

At Red Deer, Alta., Brett Kulak scored once in regulation then the winner in the shootout and Tyler Fuhr made 27 saves as Vancouver (11-28-0) slipped past the Rebels (22-16-4), who are winless in four contests.

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Rockets 4 Cougars 2

At Prince George, B.C., Zach Franko had a goal and two assists and Jordon Cooke turned away 26 shots as Kelowna (28-10-2) extended its win streak to five games by doubling up the Cougars (12-21-5).

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Americans 3 Royals 2 (OT)

At Victoria, Michal Plutner scored at 4:59 into overtime and Eric Comrie stops 27-of-29 shots as Tri-City (22-14-3) beat the Royals (19-15-3).

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Silvertips 3 Chiefs 2

At Everett, Wash., Reid Petryk scored twice, including the winner on a penalty shot at 17:16 of the third period, and Austin Lotz made 33 saves as the Silvertips (16-23-2) edged Spokane (24-13-1), which is winless in its last three games.

Note to readers: Removed reference to WHL debut for Mumaugh

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