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Hitmen roar to WHL regular-season title by winning nine straight

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The Calgary Hitmen ended the regular season in style Sunday afternoon.

Brandon Kozun set up four goals to lead the Hitmen to an 8-1 win over the Red Deer Rebels in Western Hockey League action.

Calgary won its final nine games of the regular season to capture the Scotty Munro Trophy as the WHL's top team.

The Hitmen will face the eighth-place Moose Jaw Warriors in the first round of the playoffs.

Kozun overtook Jordan Eberle of the Regina Pats to win the Bob Clarke Trophy as the WHL's leading scorer. Kozun, who counted 32 goals and 75 assists in 65 games, finished one point ahead of Eberle, who scored 50 times and set up 56 others in 57 games.

Red Deer finished sixth in the Eastern Conference standings and will face the Saskatoon Blades in the first round of the upcoming WHL playoffs.

Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Seattle 4 Vancouver 3 (OT); Swift Current 5 Moose Jaw 4 (SO); and Spokane 3 Everett 2.

At Calgary, Joel Broda had a pair of goals and added two assists for the Hitmen (52-17-3).

Kris Foucault also scored twice for the Hitmen, while Michael Stone, Ben Wilson, Del Cowan and Justin Kirsch added singles.

Brett Ferguson scored the lone goal of the game for the Rebels (39-28-5)

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Thunderbirds 4 Giants 3 (OT)

At Kent, Wash., Luke Lockhart scored 2:26 into overtime to lift Seattle over Vancouver.

The Giants, winners of the B.C. Division, will play the Kamloops Blazers in the first round of the post-season. Seattle missed the playoffs.

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Broncos 5 Warriors 4 (SO)

At Moose Jaw, Sask., Jordan Peddle scored in the ninth round of the shootout as Swift Current edged the Warriors.

The Broncos finished seventh in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of Moose Jaw.

Swift Current will play the Brandon Wheat Kings in the first round of the playoffs, while Moose Jaw takes on the Calgary Hitmen.

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Chiefs 3 Silvertips 2

At Spokane, Wash., Mitch Holmberg scored the winning goal in the third period and the Chiefs spoiled Everett's chance to finish first in the Western Conference.

U.S. Division rivals Everett and Tri-City both finished with 97 points, but the Americans had one more win and took top spot in the West.

As a result, the Silvertips finish third and will face the Kelowna Rockets in the first round of the playoffs.

The Chiefs finished fourth and will host the Portland Winterhawks in the first round.

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