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Gal scores first playoff goal as Chiefs beat Giants 3-2 in quadruple OT @NHLdotcom

Blake Gal couldn't have picked a better moment to score his first WHL playoff goal.

Gal scored at 6:05 in the fourth overtime as the Spokane Chiefs beat the Vancouver Giants 3-2 on Friday night in the second-longest playoff game in WHL history.

The Chiefs posted their third straight win and took a 3-2 series lead after dropping the first two games in Vancouver and taking two back in Spokane.

The total time of 126 minutes and five seconds fell about 11 minutes shy of the record of 136 minutes and 56 seconds set by the Kamloops Blazers and Kootenay Ice in Cranbrook, B.C., on March 25, 2003.

Gal, a 16-year-old rookie from Lethbridge, Alta., raced in on a partial breakaway and slid in a shot off Vancouver defenceman Mike Berube's stick as Vancouver goaltender Tyson Sexsmith was caught going the other way.

Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Brandon 6, Medicine Hat 2; and Kelowna 5, Tri-City 2.

At Vancouver, Tyler Johnson and Drayson Bowman tallied for the Chiefs in regulation time.

Evander Kane, projected as an early first-round choice in this summer's NHL draft, scored and assisted on Vancouver's other goal by Brent Regner.

The clubs combined for 123 shots as Vancouver held a 64-59 edge. Spokane goaltender Dustin Tokarski made 62 saves while Vancouver counterpart Tyson Sexsmith stopped 56 shots.


Wheat Kings 6, Tigers 2

At Brandon, Man., defenceman Colby Robak scored three goals and two assists as the Wheat Kings completed a sweep of Medicine Hat in their Eastern Conference semifinal.

Aaron Lewadniuk, Scott Glennie and Nathan Green also scored for Brandon, which will face the Calgary Hitmen in the Eastern Conference final.

Jayce Coyle and Travis Dunstall replied for the Tigers.


Rockets 5, Americans 2

At Kennewick, Wash., Kelowna moved within one win of advancing to the Western Conference Finals after beating the shorthanded Americans to take a 3-2 semifinal series lead.

Lucas Bloodoff, Ian Duval, Stepan Novotny, Mikael Backlund and Colin Long all scored for the Rockets, who won in Kennewick for the first time since Feb. 25, 2006, a string of nine straight losses. Jamie Benn added a pair of assists.

Tri-City, playing without top scorers Mitch Fadden and Jason Reese because of injuries, got goals from Petr Stoklasa and Jordan Messier.

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