Currently mired in a lengthy losing streak, the Chilliwack Bruins were looking for answers, but all they found against the Brandon Wheat Kings were more of the same questions.
Nathan Green had two goals and an assist as the Brandon Wheat Kings handed the Bruins their eighth loss in a row, hammering them 7-3 in Western Hockey League action Friday night.
Chilliwack has allowed at least five goals in each of its last six games. During their eight-game losing streak, the Bruins (5-10-1-1) have been outscored 42-11.
Jay Fehr opened the scoring 15 minutes into the game and added two assists for Brandon. Chilliwack tied the game before the end of the first period on a goal Matt Meropoulis, but the Wheat Kings (10-5-1-0) came alive in the second, scoring four goals to put the game out of reach.
The game turned ugly with five minutes remaining in the second period after a questionable hit by Liam Darragh led to two fights resulting in 46 penalty minutes.
Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Everett 3, Spokane 2; Kamloops 5, Lethbridge 2; Kootenay 4, Medicine Hat 2; Portland 4, Tri-City 1; Red Deer 5, Regina 4 (SO); and Swift Current 4, Prince Albert 1.
At Chilliwack, B.C., Jordan Hale, Aaron Lewadniuk, Scott Glennie and Andrew Clark also scored for Brandon, which has won five of its last six and seven of its last 10 games. Patrik Bhungal and Ryan Howse scored the Bruins' other goals.
James Priestner made 26 saves for the Wheat Kings, while Chilliwack netminder Mark Friesen stopped 20 shots.
Silvertips 3, Chiefs 2
At Everett, Wash., Tyler Maxwell scored the winner with less than three minutes remaining as the Silvertips defeated Spokane.
Kyle Beach and Zack Dailey also scored for Everett (8-6-1-0).
Blake Gal and Levko Koper found the net for the Chiefs (9-3-0-3).
Blazers 5, Hurricanes 2
At Kamloops, B.C., Tyler Shattock had two goals and the Blazers scored the game's last three as they beat Lethbridge.
Jake Trask, Dalibor Bortnak and C.J. Stretch also scored for Kamloops (8-8-0-2), who have won four in a row.
Colton Sceviour and Carter Bancks replied for the Hurricanes (9-7-0-0).
Ice 4, Tigers 2
At Cranbrook, B.C., Dustin Sylvester scored a short-handed breakaway goal with four minutes remaining to lift the Ice over Medicine Hat.
Dominik Pacovsky, Kevin King and Michael Stickland also scored for Kootenay (10-6-2-3).
Wacey Hamilton scored eight seconds into the game and Bretton Cameron had the other goal for the Tigers (7-5-2-2).
Winter Hawks 4, Americans 1
At Kennewick, Wash., Mike Johnston won his coaching debut for Portland and Kurtis Mucha stopped 31 shots as the Winter Hawks downed Tri-City.
Chris Francis, Radim Valchar, Riley Boychuk and Colin Reddin scored for Portland (3-12-0-0).
Jason Reese had the lone goal for the Americans (10-5-0-1).
Rebels 5, Pats 4 (SO)
At Regina, Willie Coetzee had two goals and an assist and Brett Ferguson had the only goal in the shootout as Red Deer edged the Pats.
Carter Smith and Cody Gross also scored for the Rebels (6-8-0-5).
Victor Bartley, Alex Pym, Jordan Weal and Michael MacAngus replied for Regina (9-5-1-3).
Broncos 4, Raiders 1
At Swift Current, Sask., rookie Christian Magnus scored his first WHL goal five minutes into the first period to pace the Broncos to their third straight victory, a 4-1 win over Prince Albert.
Grant Toulmin, Jan Dalecky and Geordie Wudrick also scored for Swift Current (12-5-0-0).
Jordan Hickmott answered for the Raiders (10-9-0-0).