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Dudas scores once, adds assist as Pats beat Beach-less Hurricanes 3-2

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It didn't take long for the Lethbridge Hurricanes to struggle without Kyle Beach.

Defenceman Jesse Dudas had a goal and an assist as the Regina Pats held on for a 3-2 win over the Hurricanes on Wednesday night in the Western Hockey League.

The win ended a three-game losing streak for the Pats (23-24-1-5), while moving them to within two points of Lethbridge (25-23-2-2) for seventh place in the WHL's Eastern Conference standings.

The Hurricanes have lost two straight, dropping the first of three games they'll play without their hottest offensive threat.

Beach was suspended Tuesday after firing a puck into the stands at the end of Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Red Deer Rebels. The Chicago Blackhawks prospect has nine goals and five assists in just nine games since joining Lethbridge in a trade with the Everett Silvertips last month.

In addition to Wednesday's loss, Beach will miss Friday's game against the powerhouse Calgary Hitmen and Saturday's rematch with the Rebels.

He's eligible to return Feb. 4 against the Portland Winter Hawks.

In his absence, the Hurricanes struggled to find the net for the first 2 1/2 periods against Regina. World junior gold medallist Zach Boychuk and Colton Sceviour scored late, but Lethbridge couldn't beat Pats netminder Linden Rowat for the tying goal.

In other WHL action Wednesday, it was: Swift Current 5 Moose Jaw 3; Brandon 2 Edmonton 1; Kamloops 3 Seattle 2; Kelowna 4 Prince George 1; Vancouver 4 Medicine Hat 3; Spokane 9 Everett 1; and Tri-City 5 Portland 2.

At Lethbridge, Alta., Graham Hood and Brett Leffler had the other goals for the Pats, while Rowat earned the win with a 25-save performance.

Juha Metsola turned aside 26 shots in defeat for Lethbridge, which had scored 17 goals in its previous three games.

Broncos 5 Warriors 3

At Moose Jaw, Sask., Michael Stickland's game winner led Swift Current past the Warriors.

Eric Doyle, Justin Dowling, Matt Tassone and Jan Dalecky also scored for the Broncos (28-23-0-1), who have won two straight.

Corey Scott, Dylan Hood and Quinton Howden replied for Moose Jaw (14-34-1-1), winless in a season-high 10 straight.

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Wheat Kings 2 Oil Kings 1

At Edmonton, James Priestner turned aside 33 shots in Brandon's win over the Oil Kings.

Scott Glennie and Matt Lowry scored for the Wheat Kings (33-14-3-1).

Jeff Lee countered with the lone goal for Edmonton (23-25-2-4).

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Blazers 3 Thunderbirds 2

At Kamloops, B.C., Brendan Ranford's game winner lifted the Blazers past Seattle.

Linden Saip and Seth Compton also scored for Kamloops (24-24-1-4).

Jim O'Brien replied with both goals for Seattle (21-26-1-3).

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Rockets 4 Cougars 1

At Kelowna, B.C., Jamie Benn had a goal and an assist in the Rockets' win over Prince George.

Stepan Novotny, Cody Almond and Colin Long added singles for Kelowna (28-19-0-2).

Tyler Halliday provide the only offence for the Cougars (19-30-0-2).

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Giants 4 Tigers 3

At Vancouver, James Henry scored with 3:26 left as the Giants rallied past Medicine Hat.

Craig Cunningham, Gary Nunn and James Wright also had goals for Vancouver (42-4-0-3), which stormed back from a 3-1 deficit for its sixth straight win.

Travis Dunstall, Tyler Ennis and Mark Isherwood scored for Medicine Hat (28-18-3-3).

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Chiefs 9 Silvertips 1

At Everett, Wash., Mitch Wahl scored once and assisted on three others as Spokane routed the Silvertips for its ninth win in a row.

Drayson Bowman, Jared Cowan, Tyler Johnson and Jared Spurgeon each had a goal and an assist for the Chiefs (31-14-0-3), while Brady Calla, Ondrej Roman, Stefan Ulmer and Levko Koper added singles.

Cameron Abney replied for Everett (21-22-6-1), now winless in its last seven games.

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Americans 5 Winter Hawks 2

At Kennewick, Wash., Taylor Procyshen's two-goal, two-assist effort helped the Americans beat struggling Portland.

Jason Reese, Mitch Fadden and Petr Stoklasa added singles for Tri-City (34-14-0-3).

Killian Hutt and Luke Walker scored for the Winter Hawks (12-32-1-2), losers of nine straight.

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