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Americans move into first in U.S. division with 4-1 win over Rockets

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The Tri-City Americans moved into first place in the U.S. Division with a 4-1 win over the Kelowna Rockets in Western Hockey League action Tuesday.

Brooks Macek, Taylor Procyshen, Jarret Toll and Kruise Reddick scored for Tri-City (12-5-0-1), which moved two points ahead of the idle Spokane Chiefs and into the division lead.

Cody Almond scored the lone goal for Kelowna (12-8-0-0).

Chet Pickard finished with 24 saves for the Americans.

Kris Lazaruk and Adam Brown combined for 19 saves for the Rockets.

In other WHL action, Kamloops beat Chilliwack 6-3 and Seattle downed Edmonton 8-2.

At Kennewick, Wash., the Americans took to the ice wearing black, yellow and white - the franchise's original colours from 1988.

The team changed to its current red, white and blue colours in 1992.

Blazers 6 Bruins 3

At Kamloops, B.C., the Blazers scored twice in the game's first 89 seconds and skated to a victory over Chilliwack.

Shayne Wiebe, with two, Jake Trask, Brendan Ranford, Giffen Nyren and Kenton Dulle scored for Kamloops (9-9-0-2).

David Robinson, Alexander Wiklund and Brandon Manning replied for Chilliwack (5-11-1-1), which has lost nine in a row.

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Thunderbirds 8 Oil Kings 2

At Seattle, Greg Scott scored on a penalty shot and added a short-handed goal to help the Thunderbirds beat Edmonton.

Jim O'Brien also scored twice and Prab Rai had a goal and two assists for Seattle (5-10-1-1). Devon LeBlanc, Jonathan Parker and Sena Acolotse also scored.

Clayton Cumiskey and T.J. Foster had goals for Edmonton (8-11-1-1).

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