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Chet Pickard picks up where his brother left off as Tri-City edges Spokane @NHLdotcom

As if facing one Pickard brother a week wasn't bad enough, the Spokane Chiefs got a double dose this weekend - and it wasn't pretty.

Tri-City goaltender Chet Pickard made 41 saves and the Americans' two first-period goals stood up in a 2-1 victory over the Chiefs on Saturday night in Western Hockey League action.

"I knew tonight was a big game," said Pickard, whose little brother Calvin, a rookie goalie for the Seattle Thunderbirds, shut out the Chiefs 3-0 on Friday. "I was jacked up. It's a team game, but the last time we played them I didn't feel I played well. The guys played well in front of me tonight."

Despite registering at least 12 shots in every period, the Chiefs could only manage one goal against the elder Pickard, who has only allowed four goals in his last four games.

The win gives Tri-City a little breathing room over Spokane in the U.S. Division standings. The division-leading Americans (42-16-0-3), who have won four straight, increased their lead over the Chiefs (39-18-0-3) to six points.

Spokane, which leads the 12-game season series between the division rivals 5-4, has one game in hand on Tri-City.

Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Vancouver 5, Kamloops 4 (OT); Brandon 8, Swift Current 3; Calgary 2, Red Deer 1 (SO); Kelowna 3, Everett 2; Medicine Hat 8, Lethbridge 3; Moose Jaw 3, Prince Albert 2; Prince George 4, Edmonton 3 (SO); Saskatoon 5, Kootenay 3; and Seattle 4, Portland 3.

At Kennewick, Wash., Mitch Fadden opened the scoring 14 seconds into the game and Adam Hughesman scored midway through the first period for the Americans.

Mitch Wahl scored a shorthanded goal for Spokane in the second period, while Dustin Tokarski stopped 34 shots.


Giants 5, Blazers 4 (OT)

At Kamloops, B.C., Evander Kane scored his third goal of the game 30 seconds into overtime as Vancouver edged the Blazers.

Nick Ross and Garry Nunn had the other goals for the Giants (49-6-1-3).

Scott Wasden, with two, Tyler Shattock and Dalibor Bortnak scored for Kamloops (28-30-1-4).


Wheat Kings 8, Broncos 3

At Brandon, Man., Matt Calvert, Mark Stone and Brayden Schenn had three points each as the Wheat Kings beat Swift Current.

Calvert and Stone had two goals and an assist each, while Schenn notched a goal and two assists. Colby Robak, Nathan Green and Andrew Clark also scored for Brandon (42-16-3-1), which is 7-0 against Swift Current this season.

Geordie Wudrick, Jordan Peddle and Justin Dowling replied for the Broncos (34-27-1-1).


Hitmen 2, Rebels 1 (SO)

At Red Deer, Alta., Michael Stone scored the tying goal with 3:50 remaining in the third period and Calgary pulled out a shootout win over the Rebels.

Joel Broda and Kris Foucault, with the winner, scored shootout goals for the Hitmen (54-7-3-1), while Willie Coetzee had the lone Rebels marker in the shootout.

Luke Egener scored in regulation for Red Deer (19-33-1-9).


Rockets 3, Silvertips 2

At Everett, Wash., Tyler Myers scored both the tying and game-winning goals to lead Kelowna over the Silvertips.

Lucas Bloodoff also scored for the Rockets (37-20-1-3), who overcame a 2-0 deficit after one period.

Graham Potuer and Trevor Bauer scored for Everett (25-28-7-2).


Tigers 8, Hurricanes 3

At Medicine Hat, Alta., Tyler Ennis netted four goals and an assist as the Tigers thrashed Lethbridge in a penalty-filled game.

Sean Ringrose, Zdenek Okal, Mark Isherwood and Brennan Bosch all netted singles for Medicine Hat (33-23-4-3). Bosch, the Tigers captain, also had four assists on the night.

Carter Bancks, Luca Sbisa and Kyle Beach replied for the Hurricanes (30-27-3-2).


Warriors 3, Raiders 2

At Prince Albert, Sask., Travis Hamonic scored on a third-period power play to help Moose Jaw defeat the Raiders.

Jason Bast had a goal and an assist and Corey Scott also scored for the Warriors (17-41-1-2).

Ryan McDonald scored and added an assist while Dustin Cameron had the other marker for Prince Albert (27-32-3-1).


Cougars 4, Oil Kings 3 (SO)

At Prince George, B.C., Brett Connolly and Marek Viedensky scored in the shootout as the Cougars outlasted Edmonton.

Tyler Halliday scored twice in regulation for Prince George (24-37-0-2). Justin Maylan had the other marker

Tomas Vincour, Brenden Dowd and Brandon Lockerby scored for the Oil Kings (26-31-2-5).


Blades 5, Ice 3

At Saskatoon, Burke Gallimore scored the eventual winner late in the second period as the Blades defeated Kootenay.

Stefan Elliott, Chris Langkow, Walker Wintoneak and Colin Joe also scored for Saskatoon (44-15-3-1).

Brayden McNabb scored twice and added an assist for the Ice (28-25-2-6). Kevin King also scored.


Thunderbirds 4, Winter Hawks 3

At Portland, Ore., Jonathon Parker had two goals and two assists, including the winning goal, as Seattle beat the Winter Hawks.

Greg Scott had two goals and an assist for the Thunderbirds (29-29-1-3).

Portland (15-40-2-1) got goals from Chris Francis, Radim Valchar and Riley Boychuk.

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