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The Moose Jaw Warriors continue to surprise in the Western Hockey League playoffs.

Jason Bast scored twice, including the winner, to lead Moose Jaw to a 4-1 win over the Calgary Hitmen in WHL post-season action Saturday night.

With the win, Moose Jaw jumped out to a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven series against Calgary.

The Hitmen finished atop the WHL standings in the regular season with 107 points, 29 ahead of the Warriors.

Calgary is the only top seed in the WHL to have lost a game in the post-season thus far, let alone two.

Moose Jaw will host the second and third games of the series on Monday and Tuesday at the Moose Jaw Civic Centre.

Elsewhere in the WHL it was Brandon 5 Swift Current 3; Kootenay 4 Medicine Hat 0; Saskatoon 3 Red Deer 0; Tri-City 8 Chilliwack 1; Vancouver 6 Kamloops 3; Spokane 5 Portland 4 and Everett 5 Kelowna 2.

At Calgary, Dylan Hood scored once and set up another for the Warriors, Antonin Honejsek also scored, while Thomas Frazee chipped in with a pair of assists.

Kris Foucault counted the lone goal of the game for the Hitmen.


Wheat Kings 5 Broncos 3

At Brandon, Man., Aaron Lewadniuk had a pair of goals and assisted on two others to lead the Wheat Kings over Swift Current.

Jay Fehr added a goal and two assists as Brandon took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final. Brayden Schenn and Travis Hamonic also scored.

Cody Eakin, Justin Dowling and Stepan Novotny replied for the Broncos.

Swift Current will be the home team for Game 3 of the best-of-seven series on Tuesday, although the contest will be played in Regina because the Broncos' home arena is occupied by the world women's curling championship.


Ice 4 Tigers 0

At Cranbrook, B.C., goaltender Todd Mathews stopped 20 shots as Kootenay shut out Medicine Hat.

Kevin King scored twice for the Ice, while Max Reinhart and Elgin Pearce chipped in as well. Mathews earned his first WHL playoff shutout.

Tyler Bunz stopped 25 shots for the Tigers.

The series resumes Tuesday night in Medicine Hat with the Ice holding a 2-0 lead.


Blades 3 Rebels 0

At Saskatoon, Steven Stanford made 21 saves as the Blades blanked Red Deer.

Gaelan Patterson scored twice for Saskatoon, while Curt Gogol added a single.

Darcy Kuemper stopped 24 shots for the Rebels.

The Blades lead the series 1-0, and will host Game 2 Sunday night.


Americans 8 Bruins 1

At Kennewick, Wash., Brendan Shinnimin had a hat trick and an assist to lead Tri-City past Chilliwack.

Todd Kennedy had a pair of goals for the Americans, while Jordan Messier, Kruise Reddick and Eric Mestery also found the back of the net.

Chilliwack's Roman Horak scored on a penalty shot at 14:42 of the third on Alex Pechurskiy.

Tri-City leads the series 2-0. Chilliwack hosts Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Wednesday.


Giants 6 Blazers 3

At Vancouver, Craig Cunningham scored two goals and added three assists as the Giants doubled Kamloops.

Kevin Connauton also scored twice for the Giants while Brendan Gallagher provided a goal and three assists. James Henry netted Vancouver's other marker.

Brendan Ranford, C.J. Stretch and Dalibor Bortnak replied for the Blazers.

The win gave the Giants a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Games 4 and 5 go Tuesday and Wednesday in Kamloops.


Chiefs 5 Winterhawks 4

At Portland, Ore., Kyle Beach scored twice, the second with 1:28 left in the game, to lead Spokane over the Winterhawks.

Steve Kuhn, Stefan Ulmer and Tyler Johnson added markers for the Chiefs.

Taylor Aronson had a power-play goal to put Portland up 2-0 half way through the first period. Stefan Schneider, Brad Ross and Luca Sbisa also tallied.

Spokane leads the series 1-0. Game 2 will be in Portland Sunday night.


Silvertips 5 Rockets 2

At Everett, Wash., Shane Harper scored twice leading the Silvertips to a win over Kelowna.

Chris Langkow and Ryan Murray each added a goal and two assists for Everett, which took a 2-0 series lead. Markus McCrea also tallied.

Geordie Wudrick and Lucas Bloodoff scored for the Rockets.

Game 3 is in Kelowna Tuesday night.

(With files from Brandon Sun, Cranbrook Daily Townsman)

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