Pushed to the brink of elimination, the Calgary Hitmen roared into the second round of the Western Hockey League playoffs with three straight wins.
Jimmy Bubnick and Cody Sylvester each scored twice as the Hitmen earned a 6-2 win in Game 7 of their series with the Moose Jaw Warriors on Monday. Brandon Kozun added a goal and two assists for the regular-season champion Hitmen, who rebounded from a 3-1 deficit to take the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final series 4-3.
Tyler Shattock had a goal and an assist, while Michael Stone and Cody Beach each chipped in with a pair of helpers.
Elsewhere in the WHL, Kelowna nipped Everett 2-1 and Spokane edged Portland 4-3.
At Calgary, Jason Bast and Dylan Hood scored for the Warriors, who won the first two games of the series and held a 3-1 advantage before the Hitmen reeled off three straight victories.
Calgary goaltender Martin Jones made 25 stops, while Moose Jaw's Jeff Bosch stopped 28 shots at the other end.
The Hitmen move on to face the Medicine Hat Tigers in the second round, with Game 1 set for Friday night in Calgary.
Rockets 2 Silvertips 1
At Everett, Wash., Lucas Bloodoff scored the game-winner midway through the second period as Kelowna beat the Silvertips and advanced to the second round of the playoffs.
Geordie Wudrick also scored and Mark Guggenberger made 40 saves in goal as Kelwona won the series 4-3.
The Rockets face the Tri-City Americans in the next round.
Chris Langkow scored the lone goal for Everett.
Chiefs 4 Winterhawks 3
At Portland, Ore., Levko Koper had two goals and Tyler Johnson added three assists to lead Spokane forced Game 7 in its series with the Winterhawks.
The home team has yet to win a game in the series. Game 7 is Wednesday in Spokane,Wash.
Tyler Beach, on the power play, and Kenton Miller also scored for Spokane.
Troy Rutkowski, on the power play, Luke Walker and Nino Niederreiter replied for Portland.