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WHL Roundup: Hurricanes score five times in the first, beat Giants 7-4

Thursday, 01.10.2013 / 1:34 AM / News

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WHL Roundup: Hurricanes score five times in the first, beat Giants 7-4

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. - The Lethbridge Hurricanes used a big first period to power past the Vancouver Giants on Wednesday.

The Hurricanes scored five times in the first en route to a 7-4 victory over the Vancouver Giants in Western Hockey League action.

Reid Duke scored twice and added an assist for the Hurricanes (21-18-6), while Jaimen Yakubowski had two goals of his own.

Remi Laurencelle chipped in with a goal and an assist, and Adam Henry and Michael Sofillas also scored for Lethbridge.

Ty Rimmer made 28 saves to get the win.

Anthony Ast, Luca Leone, Travis McEvoy and Jackson Houck replied for Vancouver (11-32-0). Tyler Morrisson had three assists for the Giants, with Cain Fraser adding two of his own.

Jared Rathjen stopped 24 shots in taking the loss.

Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Swift Current 5, Red Deer 2; Prince Albert 9, Regina 4; Calgary 6, Moose Jaw 4; Tri-City 3, Kamloops 1; Portland 3, Prince George 0; Kelowna 6, Victoria 1; and Spokane 4, Seattle 1.

At Lethbridge, Alta., trailing 5-1 after the first period, the Giants cut the Raiders' lead to 5-4 after two periods.

But Yakubowski made it 6-4 at 6:43 of the third before adding an empty netter with 64 seconds left in regulation.

Lethbridge finished the night 1-for-3 on the power play, while Vancouver wound up 2-for-3.

Broncos 5, Rebels 2

At Swift Current, Sask., Patrik Bartosak made 33 saves as the Broncos (19-20-5) downed Red Deer (23-18-4).


Raiders 9, Pats 4

At Prince Albert, Sask., seven players had a goal and an assist for the Raiders (25-14-3) in their romp over Regina (18-22-4).


Hitmen 6, Warriors 4

At Moose Jaw, Sask., Brady Brassart scored twice and Brooks Macek and Cody Sylvester each added a goal and two assists as Calgary (29-10-4) got past Moose Jaw (14-22-7).


Americans 3, Blazers 1

At Kamloops, B.C., Beau McCue broke a 1-1 tie just 30 seconds into the third period as Tri-City (23-15-3) topped the Blazers (28-11-4).


Winterhawks 3, Cougars 0

At Portland, Ore., Mac Carruth made 23 saves in picking up his franchise-record 106th career victory as the Winterhawks (35-5-1) shut out Prince George (12-24-5) for their 12th straight win.


Rockets 6, Royals 1

At Kelowna, B.C., Damon Severson and Ryan Olsen each had a goal and an assist as the Rockets(30-10-2) thumped Victoria (20-16-3).


Chiefs 4, Thunderbirds 1

At Spokane, Wash., Eric Williams made 30 saves as the Chiefs (27-13-1) defeated Seattle (16-23-3).

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