The Medicine Hat Tigers were less than a minute away from stealing a point against the Brandon Wheat Kings, but Keith Aulie made sure they left the game empty-handed.
Aulie scored with 12 seconds remaining in the third period to give the Wheat Kings a much-deserved 3-2 victory over Medicine Hat on Saturday in the Western Hockey League.
Brandon (15-10-1-1) owned the majority of the scoring chances throughout the game, outshooting the Tigers 32-21, but had trouble converting on numerous chances.
The Wheat Kings led 2-1 late in the third, but Sean Ringrose scored for Medicine Hat (16-8-2-3) to tie the game with less than four minutes remaining.
That's when Aulie and his teammates stepped up.
"We got charged up and came back and scored the big goal," said Aulie, who is a Calgary Flames draft pick. "It definitely feels good to come in here and play good in this barn. It is a tough barn to play in."
Scott Glennie assisted on Aulie's goal along with Jay Fehr, who scored Brandon's other two goals as well.
Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Tri-City 5, Vancouver 3; Edmonton 4, Moose Jaw 0; Kamloops 4, Spokane 2; Kelowna 3, Chilliwack 0; Kootenay 6, Everett 3; Red Deer 4, Swift Current 3; Regina 7, Prince George 1; and Seattle 5, Portland 3.
At Medicine Hat, Alta., Zdenek Okal opened the scoring for the Tigers, who came out flat after six days off.
Andrew Hayes made 19 saves for the Wheat Kings, while Medicine Hat netminder Ryan Holfeld stopped 29 shots.
Americans 5, Giants 3
At Kennewick, Wash., Americans coach Don Nachbaur beat Vancouver coach Don Hay in a rare battle between two 400-win WHL bench bosses.
Jason Reese, Mitch Fadden, Kruise Reddick, Jarrett Toll and Johnny Lazo all had goals for Tri-City (19-7-0-2), which has won five straight and is 12-1 on home ice.
Adam Basford, Jonathan Blum and Casey Pierro-Zabotel scored for the Giants (21-2-0-3).
Oil Kings 4, Warriors 0
At Edmonton, Tomas Vincour scored two power-play goals and Torrie Jung stopped all 15 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season as the Oil Kings blanked Moose Jaw.
Brett Breitkreuz and Rhett Rachinski added singles for Edmonton (12-14-1-3), which went 3-for-9 with the man-advantage.
The Warriors (7-18-0-1), who fell to 2-10 away from the Moose Jaw Civic Centre, got 25 saves from Jeff Bosch.
Blazers 4, Chiefs 2
At Spokane, Wash., Jimmy Bubnick scored a pair of goals to help lead Kamloops over the Chiefs.
Cole Grbavac and Jake Trask had the other goals for the Blazers (13-14-0-3).
Tyler Johnson and Jared Spurgeon replied for Spokane (16-9-0-3), which fell five points behind Tri-City for top spot in the U.S. Division.
Rockets 3, Bruins 0
At Kelowna, B.C., Jamie Benn and Tyler Myers had a goal and an assist each as the Rockets held Chilliwack to only 11 shots in a 3-0 victory.
Tyson Barrie opened the scoring on a first-period power-play for Kelowna (17-10-0-0).
Mark Friesen made 32 saves for the Bruins (9-15-2-2).
Ice 6, Silvertips 3
At Everett, Wash., Dustin Sylvester scored three goals and assisted on two others to lift Kootenay over the Silvertips.
Michael Stickland fired the game-winner midway through the third period for the Ice (16-10-2-3). Andrew Bailey and Max Reinhardt also scored.
Shane Harper, with two, and Chris de la Lande replied for Everett (14-11-3-0).
Rebels 4, Broncos 3
At Red Deer, Alta., Steve Oursov and Connor Redmond scored their first WHL goals to help the Rebels defeat Swift Current.
Willie Coetzee and Landon Ferraro, with the eventual winner at 15:51 of the third period, also connected for Red Deer (10-16-0-5).
Matt Tassone scored twice for the Broncos (16-12-0-1), while Brad Hoban had the other goal.
Pats 7, Cougars 1
At Prince George, B.C., Michael MacAngus scored 17 seconds after the opening faceoff and Regina coasted to victory over the Cougars.
Brett Leffler, with two, Graham Hood, Rudolf Cerveny, Mitch Czebere and Koltyn Miller, with his first WHL goal in the final minute, also scored for the Pats (16-11-1-3).
Prince George (10-17-0-1) captain Dana Tyrell scored the lone goal for the Cougars.
Thunderbirds 5, Winter Hawks 3
At Portland, Ore., David Richard and Greg Scott both had a goal and an assist as Seattle took down the Winter Hawks.
The Thunderbirds (12-13-1-2) also got goals from Jeremy Schappert, Devon LeBlanc, and Brenden Silvester. Charles Lund added two assists.
Troy Rutkowski, Ryan Kerr and Killian Hutt replied for Portland (7-21-0-0).