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WHL Roundup: Kootenay takes 3-2 series lead over Hitmen with 6-5 win

Friday, 03.28.2014 / 12:44 AM / News

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WHL Roundup: Kootenay takes 3-2 series lead over Hitmen with 6-5 win

CALGARY - Jaedon Descheneau scored two goals — including the eventual winner — and added an assist as the Kootenay Ice edged the Calgary Hitmen 6-5 to extend their lead on the best-of-seven playoff series.

Sam Reinhart scored a goal and assisted on four more, and Luke Philp, Matt Alfaro and Levi Cable also scored for the Ice, who lead the series 3-2. Wyatt Hoflin stopped 26 shots for the win.

Calgary scored twice in the third period — off shots from Greg Chase and Adam Tambellini, his second of the game — to pull within one with less than two minutes to go. Elliott Peterson and Kenton Helgeson also scored, and Chase added two assists for a three-point night.

Chris Driedger started in net for the Hitmen, giving up four goals on 14 shots. Mack Shields stopped 8-of-10 shots in relief.

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ROYALS 4 CHIEFS 2

SPOKANE, Wash. — Patrik Polivka made 32 saves as the Royals ended Spokane's playoff run in four straight games.

Jordan Fransoo, Logan Nelson, and Austin Carroll had a goal and an assist apiece, and Ben Walker also scored for Victoria.

Tyson Helgesen had a goal and an assist for the Chiefs, and Connor Chartier rounded the Spokane offence.

Eric Williams shouldered the loss after stopping 17-of-21 shots.

Quote of the Day

It's about enjoying the moment. It's pretty cool to get that many people together and that excited about hockey to the point they really want you to mess up. They've got a ton of red jerseys and you have to sit back and appreciate people love hockey that much and you are the one out there who gets to play the game. Just try and stick with that respect for the game and also the mentality that for me it's just about entering the fight and seeing how long I can stay in it.

— Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller on what he expects from the fans in Calgary for Game 6