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Etem scores hat trick, including OT winner, as Tigers take 3-0 lead over Blades @NHLdotcom

Emerson Etem led the Western Hockey League with 61 goals in the regular season.

The Medicine Hat Tigers is proving to be just as dangerous in the playoffs.

Etem scored his third goal of the game in overtime and the Medicine Hat Tigers moved within a game of the Western Hockey League Eastern Conference semifinals with a 3-2 win over the Saskatoon Blades on Tuesday.

The Tigers lead the best-of-seven conference quarter-final 3-0. Game 4 is Wednesday in Saskatoon.

Etem now has a league-leading 10 points (six goals, four assists) in three games in the playoffs, one more point than Ty Rattie and Sven Baertschi of the Portland Winterhawks.

Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Brandon 3 Calgary 1; Moose Jaw 5 Regina 3; Spokane 3 Vancouver 2; Kamloops 7 Victoria 5; Tri-City 4 Everett 0; and Portland 6 Kelowna 3.

At Saskatoon, Michael Burns and Matej Stransky replied for Saskatoon.

Tigers netminder Tyler Bunz stopped 32 shots. Andrey Makarov had 33 saves for the Blades.

Special teams were ineffective for both sides. The Tigers failed to score on four power play opportunities, while the Blades were shut out on five chances.

Wheat Kings 3 Hitmen 1

At Winnipeg, Ryan Pulock and Mark Stone had a goal and an assist each as Brandon took a 3-1 series lead over Calgary. Game 5 is Thursday at Winnipeg's MTS Centre.


Warriors 5 Pats 3

At Regina, Quinton Howden had two goals and an assist as Moose Jaw took a 2-1 series lead over the Pats. Game 4 is Wednesday in Regina.


Chiefs 3 Giants 2

At Spokane, Wash., Blake Gal had a goal and an assist to help the Chiefs cut into Vancouver's series lead. The Giants are up 2-1, with Game 4 Wednesday in Spokane.


Blazers 7 Royals 5

At Victoria, Colin Smith had a goal and three assists and Kamloops scored six second-period goals to defeat the Royals. Kamloops has a commanding 3-0 series lead and can finish the sweep Wednesday night in Victoria.


Americans 4 Silvertips 0

At Everett, Wash., Brendan Shinnimin scored twice in two minutes to break a scoreless deadlock, and Tri-City took a 3-0 series lead over the Silvertips. Game 4 is Wednesday in Everett.


Winterhawks 6 Rockets 3

At Kelowna, B.C., Sven Baertschi and Ty Rattie both had two goals and two assists, as the Winterhawks took a 3-0 series lead over the Rockets. Game 4 is Thursday in Kelowna.

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