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WHL Roundup: Hitmen beat Raiders 4-2 to extend winning streak to six in a row

Wednesday, 01.08.2014 / 3:44 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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WHL Roundup: Hitmen beat Raiders 4-2 to extend winning streak to six in a row

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. - Cal Babych tied the game with his second goal of the season early in the second period as the Calgary Hitmen won their sixth in a row, defeating the Prince Albert Raiders 4-2 on Tuesday in Western Hockey League play.

Brady Brassart put Calgary (28-8-5) ahead for good at 17:01 of the period.

Tomas Andrlik got the Raiders (21-18-2) on the board first with his first goal of the season at 2:57 of the opening period. Greg Chase tied it for the Hitmen with his 25th goal of the season, and Calder Brooks put the Raiders back in front before the period was out.

Zane Jones rounded out the scoring for Calgary 41 seconds into the third period.

Chris Driedger made 24 saves for the Hitmen, while Cole Cheveldave handled 22 shots for the Raiders.

Calgary was 0 for 3 on the power play, and Prince Albert was 0 for 4.

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WHEAT KINGS 5 REBELS 2

BRANDON, Man. — Chad Robinson snapped a 2-2 tie at 4:30 of the third period to lead the Wheat Kings past Red Deer.

Quintin Lisoway scored in the first period, and Richard Nejezchleb made it 2-0 Brandon in the second, before the Rebels tied it in the period with goals from Evan Polei and Grayson Pawlenchuk just over two minutes apart.

Tyler Coulter and Colton Waltz rounded out the scoring for the Wheat Kings (22-16-4).

Jordan Papirny made 29 saves for Brandon, while Patrik Bartosak stopped 35 shots for Red Deer (20-19-2).

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TIGERS 2 BLADES 1

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. — Chad Butcher scored the winner at 15:33 of the third period to give the Tigers their win over Saskatoon.

The goal was just Butcher's second of the season.

Troy Trombley kept the game close for the Blades (12-28-4), making 36 saves, while his Medicine Hat (24-14-3) counterpart Daniel Wapple handled 18 shots.

Logan McVeigh opened the scoring for the Tigers in the first period, and Cory Millette tied it for Saskatoon at the 11 minute mark of the third.

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THUNDERBIRDS 9 COUGARS 7

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — Ryan Gropp had three goals and Shea Theodore had three assists in Seattle's win over the Cougars.

It's the second time this season Prince George (16-22-5) allowed nine goals in a game.

Adam Henry, Calvin Spencer, Scott Eansor, Alexander Delnov, Evan Wardley and Roberts Lipsbergs also scored for the Thunderbids (23-14-5) in their highest scoring game of the season.

Todd Fiddler had three goals and two assists for the Cougars. Zach Pochiro had two goals and two assists, while Klarc Wilson and Brad Morrison completed the scoring for Prince George.

Logan Flodell made 21 saves for Seattle. Ty Edmonds made 18 stops for the Cougars.

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AMERICANS 2 BLAZERS 1

Kennewick, Wash. — Tri-City did all its scoring on the power play, with Lucas Nickles getting the winner at 18:22 of the third period to edge Kamloops.

Brian Williams opened the scoring in the second period for the Americans (19-19-4).

That lead was short-lived, with the Blazers' (10-28-4) Josh Connolly tying it 20 seconds later.

Eric Comrie made 26 saves for Tri-City, Taran Kozun made 26 for Kamloops.

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