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O'Brien scores twice, including game-winner as Thunderbirds beat Giants

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Jim O'Brien scored twice, including the game-winner at 11:58 of the third period on a power play, to lead the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 3-2 Western Hockey League victory over the Vancouver Giants on Sunday.

Seattle goaltender Calvin Pickard stopped 40 shots for the Thunderbirds.

The win was the second straight for Seattle over Vancouver.

O'Brien opened the scoring for Seattle (30-29-1-3) with his 22nd goal of the season at 3:42 of the first period. James Henry evened it for Vancouver (49-7-1-3) with a power-play goal at 11:17 of the period.

Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Tri-City 4 Portland 1; Kelowna 4 Chilliwack 1; Kootenay 3 Prince Albert 2 (OT); and Regina 4 Moose Jaw 1.

At Kent, Wash., Evander Kane gave the Giants the lead with his 40th goal of the season before Jeremy Boyer tied it for Seattle by scoring on a penalty shot at 4:02 of the third period.

Vancouver backup goaltender Jamie Tucker lost for the first time in regulation this season. The win lifted Seattle to 13-3-0-0 at the new ShoWare Center in Kent and 20-7-0-1 at home this season.

Americans 4 Winter Hawks 1

At Portland, Ore., Mitch Fadden and Kruise Reddick each had a goal and an assist to lead Tri-City over the Winter Hawks.

Tri City (43-16-0-3) also had goals from Jordan Messier and Johnny Lazo. Fadden scored on the power play, Reddick in an empty net.

Radim Valchar replied for Portland (15-41-2-2).

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Rockets 4 Bruins 1

At Chilliwack, B.C., Mikael Backlund had two assists as Kelowna beat the Bruins.

Ryley Grantham, Tyler Myers, Tyson Barrie and Lucas Bloodoff scored for Kelowna (38-20-2-2).

Scott MacDonald replied for Chilliwack (15-42-2-4).

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Ice 3 Raiders 2 (OT)

At Prince Albert, Sask., Dominik Pacovsky scored his second goal of the game in overtime as Kootenay beat the Raiders.

Kevin King also scored for Kootenay (29-25-2-6).

Ryan Harrison and Ryan McDonald replied for Prince Albert (27-32-4-1).

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Pats 4 Warriors 1

At Moose Jaw, Sask., Jordan Eberle scored the game-winning goal and added three assists as the Regina beat the Warriors.

Mitch Czibere scored twice and Matt Robertson added a power-play goal for the Pats (24-31-1-5) who have won two straight over the Warriors.

Jason Bast replied for the Warriors (16-41-1-2).

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