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WHL Roundup: Gabriel three points, Papirny 31 saves as Wheat Kings take Game 1

Sunday, 03.23.2014 / 1:44 AM / News

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WHL Roundup: Gabriel three points, Papirny 31 saves as Wheat Kings take Game 1

REGINA - Jesse Gabriel had a goal and two assists and Jordan Papirny made 31 saves as the Brandon Wheat Kings doubled up the Regina Pats 6-3 to open its Western Hockey League first-round tilt with a win.

John Quenneville, Jayce Hawryluk, Ryan Pilon and Ryan Pulock each had a goal and an assist for the Wheat Kings and Peter Quenneville added a single goal.

Morgan Klimchuk, Dryden Hunt and Connor Gay scored for Regina.

Pats netminder Dawson MacAuley allowed four goals on 10 shots and was pulled 16:46 into the first period. Tyler Fuhr stopped 23-of-25 shots in relief.

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OIL KINGS 5 RAIDERS 3

EDMONTON — Brett Pollack scored twice and Curtis Lazar had a goal and two assists as the Oil Kings beat Prince Albert in Game 1 of their first-round matchup.

Tyler Robertson and Dysin Mayo each had a goal and an assist for Edmonton while Tristan Jarry made 21 saves for the win.

Josh Morrissey and Dakota Conroy had a goal and an assist apiece for the Raiders and Brendan Guhle added the other.

Prince Albert's starter Nick McBride was pulled at 13:55 of the first period after giving up three goals on nine shots. Cole Cheveldave stopped 32-of-33 shots in relief.

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HITMEN 5 ICE 0

CALGARY — Chris Driedger made 34 saves and Landon Welykholowa had a pair of goals as the Hitmen blanked Kootenay to take Game 2 in Round 1 action.

Brady Brassart and Adam Tambellini each had a goal and two assists for Calgary, which evened the series 1-1, and Alex Roach added a single goal.

Luke Philp led the Ice with five shots on net.

Kootenay's Mackenzie Skapski turned away 27-of-32 shots in a losing cause.

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TIGERS 4 BRONCOS 2

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. — Chad Butcher broke a 2-2 deadlock at 12:58 of the third period to lift the Tigers over Swift Current in Game 2 of their first-round matchup.

Trevor Cox, Miles Koules and Tommy Vannelli each had a goal and an assist for Medicine Hat, which leads the series 2-0.

Nathan Burns and Jake DeBrusk had a goal and an assist apiece for the Broncos.

Marek Langhamer made 34 saves for Medicine Hat. Eetu Laurikainen stopped 33-of-37 shots for Swift Current.

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WINTERHAWKS 3 GIANTS 0

PORTLAND, Ore. — Brendan Burke only had to stop 15 shots and Boston Leier had a goal and an assist as the Winterhawks blanked Vancouver to go ahead 2-0 in Round 1 play.

Nicolas Petan and Alex Schoenborn also scored for Portland.

Giants goaltender Payton Lee gave his club a chance to compete, stopping 40-of-43 shots in a losing cause.

With the score 1-0, Schoenborn and Leier scored less than two minutes apart to blow the game open in the second period.

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ROCKETS 3 AMERICANS 1

KELOWNA, B.C. — Rourke Chartier scored the game's first goal and then capped the night with an empty netter as the Rockets took Game 1 of their first-round clash with Tri-City.

Myles Bell also scored for Kelowna and Jordon Cooke made 32 saves for the victory.

The Americans got their lone goal from Brian Williams

Eric Comrie turned away 32-of-34 shots for the Tri-City.

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THUNDERBIRDS 2 SILVERTIPS 1

KENT, Wash. — Taran Kozun made 38 saves, including 31 through the first 40 minutes, as Seattle edged Everett for a 1-0 lead in its first-round matchup.

Russell Maxwell and Shea Theodore both scored power-play goals in the first period for the Thunderbirds.

Patrick Bajkov replied with a power-play goal for the Silvertips early in the second period.

Everett's Austin Lotz turned aside 20-of-22 shots in defeat.

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ROYALS 2 CHIEFS 1 (OT)

VICTORIA — Travis Brown scored 8:10 into the extra period as the Royals won Game 1 of their first-round meeting with Spokane.

Ben Walker also scored for Victoria while Brandon Magee assisted on both of his club's goals.

Patrik Polivka kicked out 26-of-27 shots for the Royals.

Riley Whittingham scored for the Chiefs and Eric Williams made 31 saves in a losing cause.

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