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WHL Roundup: Jake Virtanen's two goals lead Calgary past Regina 5-1

Wednesday, 01.22.2014 / 1:24 AM / News

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WHL Roundup: Jake Virtanen's two goals lead Calgary past Regina 5-1

CALGARY - Jake Virtanen scored twice, including once shorthanded, as the Calgary Hitmen cruised past the Regina Pats 5-1 on Tuesday in the Western Hockey League.

Brady Brassart, Mike Winther and Pavel Padakin also scored for Eastern Conference-leading Calgary (31-11-5).

Jesse Zgraggen had the lone goal for the Pats (24-19-5).

Hitmen goaltender Mack Shields turned aside 31 shots, three better than Regina's Daniel Wapple.

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COUGARS 5 HURRICANES 2

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — The Cougars scored three unanswered goals to beat Lethbridge.

Tyler Mrkonjic, Marc McNulty, Jordan Tkatch, Troy Bourke and Brett Roulston had a goal each for Prince George (18-24-7).

Bryton Sayers and Taylor Cooper replied for the league-worst Hurricanes (9-35-5), who dropped their fifth straight.

Adam Beukeboom stopped 24 shots in net for the Cougars, while Jonny Hogue made 39 saves for Lethbridge.

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THUNDERBIRDS 3 WARRIORS 2 (SO)

SEATTLE — Shea Theodore scored the only shootout goal as the Thunderbirds won their seventh straight game.

Scott Eansor and Ethan Bear gave Seattle (29-14-5) a 2-0 lead before the game was four minutes old.

Brayden Point scored twice for Moose Jaw (13-26-8), including a power-play goal with eight seconds left in regulation to force extra time.

Taran Kozun made 29 saves for the Thunderbirds. Brody Willms, meanwhile, stopped 35 shots for the Warriors.

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ROYALS 2 TIGERS 1

VICTORIA — Coleman Vollrath made 28 saves to help the Royals edge Medicine Hat.

Brandon Magee and Brandon Fushimi had a goal each for Victoria (31-16-2).

Curtis Valk gave the Tigers (26-16-3) some hope with a second-period goal.

Medicine Hat goaltender Marek Langhamer meanwhile stopped 28 shots.

Quote of the Day

You know what? We've played in some pretty special buildings along this playoff run so far. You start in Detroit, you go to Montreal, you come here … I think it's the first team to beat three Original Six teams to get to the Final if I'm not mistaken. That says how tough the road has been. Those are tough places to win.

— Lightning forward Steven Stamkos after Game 7 win vs. Rangers on Friday in New York