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WHL Roundup: Zane Jones helps keep Hitmen hot in 2-1 win over Rockets

Wednesday, 10.23.2013 / 1:04 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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WHL Roundup: Zane Jones helps keep Hitmen hot in 2-1 win over Rockets

Zane Jones had a timely goal to keep the Calgary Hitmen one of the hottest teams in the Western Hockey League.

Jones scored with a little over a minute left in the third period as Calgary edged the Kelowna Rockets 2-1 on Tuesday.

The Hitmen are on a seven-game point streak, having won six of those contests with one shootout loss.

Elliott Peterson had a short-handed goal for Calgary (9-3-1) in the first period, while Chris Driedger made 38 saves in net to earn the win.

The Hitmen are first in the WHL's Eastern Conference, tied with the Seattle Thunderbirds for the second-best record in the league behind the Spokane Chiefs.

Justin Kirkland also scored shorthanded for Kelowna (7-2-2). Jackson Whistle stopped 19 shots for the Rockets.

Neither team scored on the power play, with Calgary going 0 for 4 and Kelowna 0 for 3.

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Winterhawks 3 Hurricanes 2

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — Portland scored three quick goals and then held on to that early lead to slip past the Hurricanes.

Keegan Iverson, Brendan Leipsic and Chase De Leo all scored in less than a 10-minute span in the first period for the Winterhawks (8-3-1). Brendan Burke made 26 saves for the win.

Brady Ramsay scored in the second period for Lethbridge (2-11-1) and Axel Blomqvist added a goal in the third. Goalie Corbin Boes stopped 38 shots.

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Americans 4 Broncos 1

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Philip Tot struck twice — once into an empty net — as Tri-City downed Swift Current.

Brian Williams and Braden Purtill also scored for the Americans (5-8-1), while Evan Sarthou earned the win with 31 saves.

Connor Sanvido had the lone goal for the Broncos (6-7-1). Eetu Laurikainen turned aside 31 shots in net.

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