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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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Quote of the Day

I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.

— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic