Joel Broda knew just how to celebrate his return to Calgary's active roster.
Broda recorded a natural hat trick to lead the Calgary Hitmen to a 5-0 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors in Western Hockey League action on Friday night. After missing the past three games due to concussion-like symptoms, Broda made his return to the Hitmen lineup and scored once in the second period and twice in the third to give him a team-leading 24 goals on the season.
Calgary moved into sole possession of top spot in the Central Division.
Netminder Martin Jones stopped all 23 shots he faced for his third shutout of the year and 11th of his career, while Tyler Shattock chipped in with a pair of assists.
Elsewhere in the WHL it was Regina 6 Swift Current 5 (SO); Kootenay 5 Saskatoon 4; Brandon 6 Prince Albert 2; Lethbridge 4 Edmonton 1; Kamloops 4 Chilliwack 3; Kelowna 4 Prince George 1; Tri-City 4 Vancouver 2 and Everett 4 Portland 3.
At Calgary, Jimmy Bubnick and Brandon Kozun also scored for the Hitmen (31-15-2).
Moose Jaw goalie Jeff Bosch started in net for the Warriors (25-16-5) and stopped 24 of 29 shots before being pulled at 5:05 of the third. Brandon Glover was forced to make just two saves in a relief appearance.
Pats 6 Broncos 5 (SO)
At Regina, Sask., Jordan Eberle and Jordan Weal scored in the shootout to lift the Pats to a win over Swift Current.
Colten Teubert, Garrett Mitchell and Eberle all had a goal and an assist in regulation for Regina (21-24-4), while Mitch McColm and Cass Mappin also tallied.
Michael Stickland scored twice for Swift Current (24-22-3), while Justin Dowling, Matt Tassone and Adam Lowry all had markers.
Ice 5 Blades 4
At Saskatoon, Sask., Matt Fraser had a hat trick to lead Kootenay to a win over the Blades.
Dustin Sylvester scored twice for Kootenay (30-15-3).
Stefan Elliott, Sena Acolatse, Randy McNaught and Gaelan Patterson replied for Saskatoon (32-10-5).
Wheat Kings 6 Raiders 2
At Brandon, Man., Aaron Lewadniuk scored twice as the Wheat Kings thrashed Prince Albert.
Brayden Schenn and Scott Glennie each picked up a goal and two assists for Brandon (31-16-3), while Mark Stone and Colby Robak also scored.
Dustin Cameron and Craig McCallum replied for the Raiders (25-22-3).
Hurricanes 4 Oil Kings 1
At Lethbridge, Alta., Brandon Anderson made 25 saves for the Hurricanes as they earned a win over Edmonton.
Mark Reners, Graham Hood, Cam Braes and Jacob Berglund scored for Lethbridge (16-26-5).
Adrian Van De Mosselaer had the only goal for the Oil Kings (10-28-11).
Blazers 4 Bruins 3
At Kamloops, B.C., C.J. Stretch scored two goals to help the Blazers to a win over Chilliwack.
Dalibor Bortnak and Ryan Hanes also scored for Kamloops (23-22-5).
Roman Horak, Jamie Crooks and Kevin Sundher replied for the Bruins (22-23-6).
Rockets 4 Cougars 1
At Prince George, B.C., Brandon McMillan scored twice as Kelowna blasted the Cougars.
Tyson Barrie and Mitchell Callahan also tallied for Kelowna (20-25-4).
Taylor Makin was the lone scorer for Prince George (9-36-2).
Americans 4 Giants 2
At Kennewick, Wash., Alex Pechurskiy stopped all 25 shots he faced in relief of Drew Owsley to help Tri-City topple Vancouver.
Tyler Schmidt, Sergei Drozd, Justin Feser and Johnny Lazo all scored for the Americans (36-11-1).
Neil Manning scored twice for Vancouver (29-18-3).
Silvertips 4 Winterhawks 3
At Portland, Ore., Shane Harper had a goal and an assist to lift the Everett over the Winterhawks.
Ryan Murray, Alex Theriau, and Byron Froese added markers for Everett (30-16-3).
Ryan Johansen scored on the power play for Portland (28-19-2), while Chris Francis and Riley Boychuk also scored.