Beating the Edmonton Oil Kings may not be the ultimate test in the Western Hockey League, but when you're Ryan Howse and the Chilliwack Bruins, you'll take what you can get.
Howse scored a hat trick to spark Chilliwack's offence and help the Bruins win for the first time in 10 games as they downed the Edmonton Oil Kings 6-2 on Friday night.
The 17-year-old Prince George, B.C., native scored twice in the first period and added another midway through the third as Chilliwack (6-11-1-1) scored five goals on 10 shots to chase Oil Kings starter Torrie Jung from the net early in the second period.
It was the first win for the Bruins since a 2-1 shootout victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds on October 12, and the time since October 10 that they have scored more than three goals in a game.
Edmonton (9-12-1-1) has lost three of its last four, allowing 21 goals in the process.
Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Brandon 5, Swift Current 3; Calgary 5, Kootenay 2; Moose Jaw 5, Prince Albert 4; Portland 2, Spokane 1; Regina 4, Medicine Hat 2; Saskatoon 1, Everett 0 (OT); Seattle 5, Red Deer 2; Tri-City 5, Kamloops 4 (SO); and Vancouver 5; Prince George 0.
At Chilliwack, B.C., David Robinson, Dylen McKinlay and Randy McNaught also scored for the Bruins, while Jadon Potter had three assists. Tomas Vincour scored a pair for the Oil Kings.
Mark Friesen made 35 saves for Chilliwack, while Cam Lanigan stopped eight of the nine shots he faced after replacing Jung.
Wheat Kings 5, Broncos 3
At Brandon, Man., Matt Calvert scored two third-period goals, including the game-winner, as the Wheat Kings beat Swift Current.
Brayden Schenn, Aaron Lewadniuk and Darren Bestland also scored for Brandon (11-6-1-0), which fell behind 2-1 early in the third period before storming back with four straight goals.
Cody Eakin notched all three goals for the Broncos (14-6-0-0).
Hitmen 5, Ice 2
At Cranbrook, B.C., Brendan Rowinski had two second-period goals to lead Calgary over the Ice.
Mackenzie Royer, Paul Postma and Kyle Bortis also scored for the Hitmen (16-4-1-0).
Max Reinhart and rookie Drew Czwerwonka replied for Kootenay (10-9-2-3).
Warriors 5, Raiders 4
At Moose Jaw, Sask., Joel Broda scored a natural hat trick as the Warriors found the net four times in the third period to edge Prince Albert.
Jason Bast and Thomas Frazee added goals for Moose Jaw (6-11-0-1), which snapped a six-game losing streak.
Justin Bernhardt scored three goals for the Raiders (11-12-0-0) and Dustin Cameron had a goal and two assists as Prince Albert carried a 3-0 lead into the second period.
Winter Hawks 2, Chiefs 1
At Spokane, Wash., Kurtis Mucha stopped 39 shots as Portland knocked off the Chiefs.
Tayler Jordan and Brock Cornish scored for the Winter Hawks (4-13-0-0).
Steven Kuhn scored the lone goal for Spokane (11-4-0-3).
Pats 4, Tigers 2
At Regina, Mitch Czibere scored nine minutes into the third period to give the Pats the lead as they went on to defeat Medicine Hat.
Brett Leffler opened the scoring 65 seconds into the game, Alex Pym scored early in the second period and Jordan Weal added an empty-netter to ice the game for Regina (12-6-1-3).
Joey Frazer and Tyler Ennis replied for the Tigers (8-7-2-2).
Blades 1, Silvertips 0 (OT)
At Saskatoon, Milan Kytnar scored the only goal of the game 38 seconds into overtime to give the Blades the victory over Everett.
Braden Holtby stopped all 25 shots for the Blades (13-6-1-0), while Everett (9-7-2-0) netminder Shayne Barrie made 35 saves.
Thunderbirds 5, Rebels 2
At Seattle, Jonathan Parker broke a 2-2 tie with the game-winning goal in the second period to help the Thunderbirds over Red Deer.
Devon LeBlanc, Brenden Silvester, Luke Lockhart and Prab Rai rounded out the scoring for Seattle (6-10-1-1).
Red Deer (6-11-0-5) came back with goals from Cass Mappin and Landon Ferraro.
Americans 5, Blazers 4 (SO)
At Kennewick, Wash., Mitch Fadden scored the only goal in the shootout to lead the Americans past Kamloops.
Brett Plouffe, Mason Wilgosh, Jarrett Toll and Taylor Procyshen scored in regulation for Tri-City (13-5-0-1).
Giffen Nyren, Jake Trask, Tyler Shattuck and Dalibor Bortnak replied for the Blazers (10-9-0-3).
Giants 5, Cougars 0
At Prince George, B.C., Evander Kane, Casey Pierro-Zabotel and James Wright each contributed a goal and an assist as Vancouver demolished the Cougars.
Jonathon Blum opened the scoring on the power play five minutes and 41 seconds into the game. Mike Berube also scored for the Giants (13-0-0-3).
Tyson Sexsmith stopped 24 shots to earn the shutout for Vancouver, while Cougars netminding duty was split between Joe Caligiuri, who made 26 saves on 31 shots over the first two periods, and Kevin Armstrong, who stopped 20 shots in the third for Prince George (8-11-0-1).