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WHL Roundup: Oil Kings secure top spot in Eastern Conference with win over Rebels

Sunday, 03.16.2014 / 1:54 AM / News

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WHL Roundup: Oil Kings secure top spot in Eastern Conference with win over Rebels

RED DEER, Alta. - Henrik Samuelsson and Curtis Lazar each had two goals and two assists as the Edmonton Oil Kings secured top spot in the Eastern Conference by defeating the host Red Deer Rebels 7-4 on Saturday in Western Hockey League action.

Cody Corbett scored once and set up three more for the Oil Kings (50-18-3) while Edgars Kulda and Mitchell Moroz added single goals.

Haydn Fleury, Rhyse Dieno, Vukie Mpofu and Aspen Sterzer scored for the Rebels (34-32-5), who sit ninth in the East two points behind Prince Albert for the final playoff position.

Edmonton's Tristan Jarry made 26 saves for his league-leading 44th win of the season. Red Deer's Patrik Bartosak stopped 35-of-42 shots in a losing cause.

The Oil Kings went 5 for 8 on the power play while the Rebels failed to score on five chances with the man advantage.

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WHEAT KINGS 6 PATS 3

BRANDON — Peter Quenneville scored three times and Jordan Papirny made 35 saves as the Wheat Kings doubled up Regina to clinch the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference.

Ryan Pulock, Nolan Patrick and Jens Meilleur also scored for Brandon (34-29-9) while Tim McGauley tacked on three assists.

Dmitry Sinitsyn, Boston Leier and Connor Gay supplied the scoring for the Pats (39-26-7).

Regina's Dawson MacAuley and Tyler Fuhr combined to stop 26-of-31 shots in a losing cause.

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HITMEN 6 ICE 3

CALGARY — Greg Chase had two goals and two assists as the Hitmen downed Kootenay for its fourth win in a row.

Mike Winther and Pavel Padakin each had a goal and two assists for Calgary (48-17-7) and Jake Virtanen and Ben Thomas added single goals.

Luke Philp, Jaedon Descheneau and Austin Vettrl scored for the Ice (39-28-5), who are on a four-game slide.

Chris Driedger made 26 saves for the Hitmen. Kootenay's Mackenzie Skapski stopped 8-of-12 shots before giving way to Wyatt Hoflin, who made 10 saves in 32 minutes of relief.

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BRONCOS 3 WARRIORS 1

MOOSE JAW, Sask. — Eetu Laurikainen stopped 29 shots and Coda Gordon's goal at 10:18 of the first period stood up as the winner as Swift Current slipped past the Warriors.

Nathan Burns and Jay Merkley also scored for the Broncos (38-25-9) while Gordon tacked on an assist for a two-point outing.

Jack Rodeald scored the lone goal for Moose Jaw (21-42-9), which finishes the regular season 18 points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Justin Paulic stopped 31-of-34 shots for the Warriors.

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RAIDERS 6 BLADES 4

SASKATOON — Jayden Hart had a pair of goals as Prince Albert defeated the Blades to keep its playoff hopes alive.

Collin Valcourt scored once and set up two more for the Raiders (35-32-5), who sit eighth in the Eastern Conference standings, while Dakota Conroy, Carson Perreaux and Leon Draisaitl added a goal apiece.

Chase Clayton scored twice for Saskatoon (16-51-5), which finishes its season on a 12-game slide.

Nick McBride made 39 saves for Prince Albert as Troy Trombley kicked out 25-of-30 shots for the Blades.

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TIGERS 6 HURRICANES 3

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. — Curtis Valk had two goals and two assists and Cole Sanford scored once and set up three more as the Tigers topples Lethbridge.

Trevor Cox also scored twice for Medicine Hat (43-24-4) while Alex Mowbray added a single goal.

Reid Duke, Bryton Sayers and Tyler Bell scored for the Hurricanes (12-54-5), who are on a 13-game skid with one game remaining on schedule.

Marek Langhamer made 32 saves for the Tigers as Lethbridge's Stuart Skinner turned away 35-of-41 shots in defeat.

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WINTERHAWKS 7 THUNDERBIRDS 0

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oliver Bjorkstrand scored three times and Brenden Burke made 28 saves as the Winterhawks blanked Seattle.

Mathew Dumba scored once and assisted on three more for Portland (53-13-5), which extended its win streak to six games, while Paul Bittner, Adam Rossignol and Taylor Leier added the others.

Defencemen Jared Hauf and Evan Wardley were both a team-worst minus-3 for the Thunderbirds (40-25-6).

Seattle's Danny Mumaugh turned aside 37-of-44 shots in defeat.

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COUGARS 8 BLAZERS 3

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — Todd Fiddler scored four times and Troy Bourke had a goal and three assists as the Cougars downed Kamloops.

Sam Ruopp scored once and set up two more for Prince George (27-37-8), which halted a six-game slide, and Brad Morrison and Klarc Wilson added single goals.

Deven Sideroff, Matt Needham and Jesse Shynkaruk scored for the Blazers (14-53-5).

Ty Edmonds made 28 saves for the Cougars while Bolton Pouliot stopped 43-of-51 shots for Kamloops.

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SILVERTIPS 3 ROYALS 2

EVERETT, Wash. — Austin Lotz made 22 saves and Carson Stadnyk broke a 2-2 deadlock at 18:32 of the third period as the Silvertips edged Victoria.

Mirco Mueller and Ben Betker also scored for Everett (39-23-9), which is 11-0-1 in its last 12 contests.

The Royals (48-20-4) got goals from Tyler Soy and Logan Nelson.

Coleman Vollrath turned away 22-of-25 shots for the Royals, who have dropped three games in a row.

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ROCKETS 5 GIANTS 3

KELOWNA, B.C. — Carter Rigby had a pair of goals and Nick Merkley had a goal and two assists as the Rockets downed Vancouver.

Rourke Chartier and Madison Bowey also scored for Kelowna (57-11-4) and Ryan Olsen tacked on two assists.

Jackson Houck scored twice for the Giants (32-29-11) and set up Joel Hamilton as well.

Jordon Cooke made 29 saves for the Rockets. Vancouver's Payton Lee stopped 35-of-40 shots in defeat.

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AMERICANS 3 CHIEFS 0

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Eric Comrie only had to make 18 saves as Tri-City snapped a five-game losing streak by blanking Spokane.

Beau McCue, Parker Bowles and Jessey Astles registered a goal apiece for the Americans (29-32-10).

Eric Williams allowed three goals on 14 shots for the Chiefs (40-26-6) before getting pulled for Garret Hughson at the 9:27 mark of the second period. Hughson stopped all 11 shots he faced in relief.

Comrie's shutout was his fourth of the season and ninth of his WHL career.

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Quote of the Day

We think that Randy is a very good coach. Our players think that Randy is a very good coach. We think that he's going to get the most out of this group. With the addition of the two assistants, a bit of a different dynamic, we're very comfortable that this is a quality coaching staff that's going to maximize the potential of this team.

— Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on head coach Randy Carlyle and his staff