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Kamloops Blazers burn Seattle 5-4 in overtime as Mucha reaches milestone

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Forward C.J. Stretch made sure a milestone night for goaltender Kurtis Mucha was extra special.

Stretch went end-to-end and scored the winning goal in overtime to give the Kamloops Blazers a 5-4 Western Hockey League victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds Friday night.

Mucha tied a Canadian Hockey League record by appearing in his 239th regular season WHL game.

He now shares the milestone for career appearances by a goaltender with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Ryan Mior (P.E.I., Gatineau, 2003-08).

Mucha stopped 23 shots, while Calvin Pickard of Seattle turned aside 28.

The Thunderbirds have lost 16 straight games.

Elsewhere in the WHL it was Vancouver 5 Saskatoon 2; Brandon 10 Regina 2; Chilliwack 3 Swift Current 0; Edmonton 4 Lethbridge 1; Spokane 6 Kootenay 4; Red Deer 3 Prince George 1; Calgary 4 Kelowna 1 and Everett 3 Tri-City 2.

At Kamloops, B.C., Jordan DePape, Colin Smith, Brendan Ranford and Dalibor Bortnak also scored for the Blazers (28-29-6).

Prab Rai had a pair of goals for Seattle (14-34-1), while Mitch Elliot, and Colin Jacobs also tallied.

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Giants 5 Blades 2

At Saskatoon, Brendan Gallagher scored twice and added an assist as Vancouver topped the Blades.

Neil Manning, Craig Cunningham and Milan Kytnar had the other goals for Vancouver (37-20-4).

Stefan Elliott and Walker Wintoneak tallied for Saskatoon (40-14-6).

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Wheat Kings 10 Pats 2

At Brandon, Man., Toni Rajala scored three times and added two assists as the Wheat Kings blasted Regina.

Shayne Wiebe scored twice for Brandon (42-16-4), while Brayden Schenn, Scott Glennie, Jesse Sinatynski, Jay Fehr and Aaron Lewadniuk also tallied.

Jordan Eberle and Jordan Weal replied for Regina (25-29-7).

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Bruins 3 Broncos 0

At Swift Current, Sask., Lucas Gore stopped 31 shots to earn his fourth shutout of the season to lead Chilliwack over the Broncos.

Jamie Crooks connected for a pair of power-play goals for Chilliwack (27-28-6) while Shayne Neigum also tallied.

Morgan Clark made 17 saves for Swift Current (31-28-4).

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Oil Kings 4 Hurricanes 1

At Edmonton, the Oil Kings snapped a three-game losing streak with a win over Lethbridge.

Michael St. Croix scored twice for Edmonton (13-36-12), while Cameron Abney and Sebastian Svendsen had singles.

Austin Fyten scored for Lethbridge (17-38-6).

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Chiefs 6 Ice 4

At Cranbrook, B.C., Strefan Ulmer scored twice and added an assist as Spokane won a see-saw battle with Kootenay.

Anthony Bardaro, Kyle Beach and Brady Brassart also scored for Spokane (37-20-4), while Levko Koper added an empty-net goal.

Matt Fraser, Brayden McNabb, Dustin Sylvester and Max Reinhart supplied the offence for Kootenay (37-19-5).

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Rebels 3 Cougars 1

At Red Deer, Alta., Daulton Siwak had the eventual winner as the Rebels downed Prince George.

Andrej Kudrna and Brett Ferguson also scored for Red Deer (35-22-4), with all three goals coming in the second period.

Alex Rodger notched a power-play goal for the Cougars (11-45-3).

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Hitmen 4 Rockets 1

At Kelowna, B.C., Martin Jones made 24 saves as Calgary beat the Rockets.

Zak Stebner, Cody Sylvester, Ian Schultz and Del Cowan scored for the Hitmen (42-17-2).

Tyson Barrie replied for Kelowna (29-27-5).

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Silvertips 3 Americans 2

At Kennewick, Wash., Kellen Tochkin scored a pair of goals, including the winner, to lead Everett over Tri-City.

Alex Theriau also scored for the Silvertips (38-19-4).

Brooks Macek and Neal Prokop scored for the Americans (41-16-3).

(With files from Brandon Sun, Kelowna Daily Courier, Red Deer Advocate)

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