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Walker with three points as the Blades extend their win streak to season-high eight games

Sunday, 02.10.2013 / 1:54 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Walker with three points as the Blades extend their win streak to season-high eight games

Brenden Walker had two goals and an assist as the Saskatoon Blades downed the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes 5-2 on Saturday in Western Hockey League play.

The victory extends Saskatoon's win streak to a season-high eight games and it now holds the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference standings, one point ahead of the Red Deer Rebels.

Shane McColgan, Matej Stranksy and Nathan Burns each had a goal and an assist for the Blades (31-21-3) and Michael Ferland chipped in with three assists.

Stransky has picked up at least one point in every game during Saskatoon's run and he has six goals and 13 points in the process.

Kolten Olynek and Ryan Pilon scored for the Hurricanes (25-25-9), who are winless in three games.

Andrey Makarov made 27 saves for the win as Ty Rimmer turned away 34 shots in a losing cause.

Saskatoon went 1 for 5 on the power play while Lethbridge failed to score on three chances with the man advantage.

Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Swift Current 3, Prince Albert 0; Regina 7, Brandon 3; Kootenay 4, Moose Jaw 0; Kamloops 5, Red Deer 3; Vancouver 4, Prince George 1; Portland 5, Kelowna 1; Calgary 4, Seattle 3 (OT) and Spokane 5, Tri-City 2.

At Saskatoon, Walker opened the scoring 5:52 into the first period before Olynek responded for Lethbridge at 11:04.

Stransky regained the lead for the Blades before the first period was through and Walker made it 3-1 late in the second period.

Burns made it 4-1 with a power-play goal 7:56 into the third period, however Pilon replied less than four minutes later to keep Lethbridge in the game.

McColgan, however, killed any hope of a Hurricanes' comeback when he scored at 15:26.

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Broncos 3 Raiders 0

At Swift Current, Sask., Eetu Laurikainen stopped 35 shots for his first WHL shutout and Adam Lowry had a goal and an assist as the Broncos (26-24-5) blanked Prince Albert (31-20-5) for their first win in four outings.

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Pats 7 Wheat Kings 3

At Brandon, Man., Lane Scheidl and Braden Christoffer each scored two goals as Regina (20-30-6) halted its three-game slide by defeating the Wheat Kings (20-33-4), who sit last in the Eastern Conference.

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Ice 4 Warriors 0

At Cranbrook, B.C., Mackenzie Skapski stopped 25 shots and Collin Shirley and Sam Reinhart each had a goal and an assist as Kootenay (26-27-2) blanked Moose Jaw (18-29-9) for its third win in a row.

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Blazers 5 Rebels 3

At Kamloops, B.C., JC Lipon had two goals and two assists and Brendan Ranford scored once and set up two more as the Blazers (37-15-5) beat Red Deer (29-22-6) for their fourth straight victory.

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Giants 4 Cougars 1

At Prince George, B.C., Cain Franson, Brett Kulak and Travis McEvoy each had a goal and an asisst as Vancouver (14-41-0) halted its three-game winless streak by defeating the Cougars (17-31-8).

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Winterhawks 5 Rockets 1

At Kelowna, B.C., Nicolas Petan scored three times to become the WHL's first 40-goal scorer this season and Ty Rattie had a goal and three assists as Portland (45-8-3) beat the Rockets (40-13-4) for the second straight night on the road.

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Hitmen 4 Thunderbirds 3 (OT)

At Kent, Wash., Victor Rask scored 46 seconds into overtime and Cody Sylvester had two goals in regulation as Calgary (36-16-4) edged the Thunderbirds (19-32-6), who are winless in their last six games.

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Chiefs 5 Americans 2

At Spokane, Wash., Riley Whittingham scored two goals and Eric Williams turned away 30-of-32 shots as the Chiefs (31-21-2) beat Tri-City (31-20-3), moving them within one point of the Americans for fifth spot in the Western Conference.

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