In a season filled with disappointment, Joel Broda and Travis Hamonic are giving the Moose Jaw Warriors something to cheer about.
Broda scored twice, notching his league-leading 34th and 35th goals of the season, and Hamonic had a three-point night for Moose Jaw as the Warriors defeated the Rockets 5-2 in Western Hockey League action on Saturday night.
Hamonic, Joey Kornelson, and Ryan Stanton also scored for Moose Jaw (14-25-0-1), which won its third game in a row despite having the Eastern Conference's worst record. On Friday, Hamonic had a hat trick and Broda scored twice as the Warriors shelled the Kamloops Blazers 8-4.
A six-foot centre from Prince Albert, Broda now has nine goals in four games. It took him until the end of October - 13 games - to score his first nine goals of the season. He then scored 10 goals in November, 12 in December, and has four in two games to start January.
Hamonic is on a little run of his own, with seven points (five goals, two assists) in his last three games.
The Warriors are nearing the end of a seven-game road trip that includes five games against B.C. Division teams. Moose Jaw closes out its trip on Tuesday in Prince George, and is 3-1 in B.C. thus far.
Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Brandon 4, Regina 2; Calgary 2, Kootenay 0; Chilliwack 5, Red Deer 3; Kamloops 2, Vancouver 1; Portland 2, Spokane 1; Prince Albert 5, Saskatoon 4 (SO); Seattle 4, Everett 3; Swift Current 6, Lethbridge 0; and Tri-City 5, Prince George 2.
At Kelowna, B.C., Cody Almond and Lucas Bloodoff, both with their 14th goals of the season, replied for the Rockets (23-16-0-0), who surrendered two goals in the first five minutes and trailed 4-1 and 5-2 at the period breaks.
Deven Dubyk made 37 saves for the Warriors. For Kelowna, starter Kris Lazaruk was pulled in the 16th minute after giving up four goals on 10 shots. Adam Brown made 16 saves in relief.
Wheat Kings 4, Pats 2
At Regina, Brayden Schenn had a goal and two assists to lead Brandon over the Pats.
Scott Glennie, Matt Lowry and Darren Bestland also scored for the Wheat Kings (23-13-2-1), who won their third straight.
Garrett Mitchell and Mitch Czibere replied for Regina (19-19-1-4), which has lost five of its last six.
Hitmen 2, Ice 0
At Calgary, Martin Jones made 31 saves as the Hitmen blanked Kootenay.
Carson McMillan scored his 20th goal of the season on a first-period power play for Calgary (35-5-1-1). Brendan Rowinski added an empty-netter to secure Calgary's 10th straight win.
Kootenay (19-17-2-4) netminder Nathan Lieuwen stopped 26 shots.
Bruins 5, Rebels 3
At Chilliwack, B.C., Ryan Howse had a four-point night, recording a hat trick and an assist as the Bruins defeated Red Deer.
Andy Smith had a goal and an assist, while Brett Ward also scored for Chilliwack (12-25-2-2).
Landon Ferraro scored a pair and Steve Oursov added one for the Rebels (15-21-1-5).
Blazers 2, Giants 1
At Vancouver, Tyler Shattock scored the game-winner early in the third period as Kamloops handed the Giants their first regulation loss of the season at home.
Alex Rodgers opened the scoring for the Blazers (17-20-1-4).
Mikhail Fisenko had the lone goal for Vancouver (32-3-0-3).
Winter Hawks 2, Chiefs 1
At Spokane, Wash., Sawyer Mick scored the game-winning goal as Portland defeated the defending Memorial Cup champion Chiefs.
Stefan Schneider had the other goal for the Winter Hawks (12-25-0-1), who have won three straight.
Kenton Miller responded with a minute remaining in the second for Spokane (22-14-0-3).
Raiders 5, Blades 4 (SO)
At Saskatoon, Dustin Cameron scored the winner in the fourth round of the shootout as Prince Albert outlasted the Blades.
James Dobrowolski had two goals, and Matt Robertson and Blaine Tendler added one each for the Raiders (20-22-2-0). Igor Revenko chipped in with three assists.
Derek Hulak and Gaelan Patterson had a goal and an assist each for Saskatoon (27-11-2-1). Walker Wintoneak and Burke Gallimore also scored.
Thunderbirds 4, Silvertips 3
At Kent, Wash., the Thunderbirds celebrated the opening of the new $84.5 million ShoWare Center with a victory over Everett.
Brenden Silvester scored the first goal in the new arena, while Jeremy Boyer, Greg Scott and Sena Acolatse also scored for Seattle (16-20-1-2).
The Silvertips (17-16-5-0) got a goal from Dale Hunt and two by Shane Harper.
Broncos 6, Hurricanes 0
At Swift Current, Sask., Keegan Dansereau had a hat trick and an assist to spark the Broncos to a rout of Lethbridge.
Swift Current (24-17-0-1) also had a two-goal performance from Cody Eakin and a single by Matt Tassone.
Hurricanes (20-20-0-2) starting netminder Michael Tadjdeh gave up three goals on five shots in 7:59 of play. Brandon Anderson finished the game, stopping 17 of 20 shots.
Americans 5, Cougars 2
At Prince George, B.C., Taylor Procyshen had a goal and an assist to lead Tri-City past the Cougars.
Cam Stevens, Tyler Schmidt, Jordan Messier and Mitch Fadden added goals for the Americans (27-10-0-2).
Dallas Jackson and Parker Stanfield replied for Prince George (14-26-0-1).