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WHL Roundup: Blades down Oil Kings 3-2 to maintain winning streak

Wednesday, 03.13.2013 / 1:54 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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WHL Roundup: Blades down Oil Kings 3-2 to maintain winning streak

The surging Saskatoon Blades continued their late climb up the Eastern Conference standings.

Shane McColgan had a regulation goal and the shootout winner as the Blades rallied to defeat the Edmonton Oil Kings 3-2 in Western Hockey League action Tuesday night.

The Blades have posted an impressive 21-1-1 record in their last 23 games, including an 18-game winning streak, to climb their way from seventh place to second in the East.

Brendan Walker had the other tally for Saskatoon (44-22-4) and netminder Andrey Makarov made 39 saves in goal.

Keegan Lowe and Dylan Wruck had the goals for Edmonton (49-15-6), while netminder Laurent Brossoit turned aside 35 shots.

McColgan was the only player to score in the shootout, backhanding the puck five-hole behind Brossoit.

Lowe opened up scoring at 11:02 of the first period for Edmonton, finishing off a 2-on-2 with Wruck as he slipped the puck past Makarov.

Saskatoon had the better of the chances early in the second period, making stacked-pad saves on both Lukas Sutter and Darren Dietz. But it was Wruck with the only goal in the middle stanza to make it 2-0 Edmonton, jumping on a rebound to lift the backhand up and over Makarov's left pad.

Blades' captain Walker continued his hot play in March, putting Saskatoon on the board at 4:13 of the third with a labelled wrist shot off the post and in behind Brossoit. The tally was Walker's fifth goal and 10th point in the past six games.

McColgan knotted the game up at two apiece at 8:31. He was left unchecked to stretch out and knock home a rebound off Brossoit's left pad, forcing extra time.

Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Calgary 6 Medicine Hat 3; Kootenay 3 Lethbridge 1; Moose Jaw 5 Regina 0; Portland 4 Victoria 1; Seattle 8 Tri-City 3 and Spokane 6 Prince George 4.

Chiefs 6 Cougars 4

At Spokane, Wash., Adam Helewka and Mitch Holmberg each had a goal and an assist as the Chiefs held on for a win over the Prince George Cougars (21-39-8).

Spokane (41-25-2) led 5-0 in the third period before Prince George mounted a furious comeback with four straight goals.

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Ice 3 Hurricanes 1

At Cranbrook, B.C., Brock Montgomery scored a tiebreaking goal in the second period to lift the Kootenay Ice (34-33-2) over the Lethbridge Hurricanes (26-33-10).

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Thunderbirds 8 Americans 3

At Kent, Wash., Luke Lockhart had two goals and an assist to pace the Seattle Thunderbirds (24-37-9) past the Tri-City Americans (40-25-4).

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Winterhawks 4 Royals 1

At Victoria, the Portland Winterhawks (54-12-3) scored four unanswered goals in the second period en route to a victory over the Victoria Royals (33-30-7).

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Warriors 5 Pats 0

At Regina, Justin Paulic stopped all 31 shots he faced as the Moose Jaw Warriors (44-22-4) blanked the Pats (25-37-8).

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Hitmen 6 Tigers 3

At Calgary, Cody Sylvester and Victor Rask had a goal and two assists each as the Hitmen dumped the Medicine Hat Tigers for their fifth straight victory.

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Quote of the Day

I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.

— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic