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Procyshen scores second straight winner to give Tri-City 2-0 lead on Rockets

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Taylor Procyshen is getting used to playing the hero for the Tri-City Americans.

Procyshen scored the game-winner for the second straight night as the Americans rallied to defeat the Kelowna Rockets 3-2 and take a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series on Saturday night.

Both of Procyshen's winners have come late in the game. In the series opener, he scored his second goal of the playoffs with less than two minutes remaining to snap a 3-3 tie and give Tri-City the opening game of the series.

Saturday's winner was scored with 2:43 remaining as Procyshen took a cross-ice pass and beat Rockets netminder Mark Guggenberger from nearly the same spot as where he scored the winner on Friday night.

In his fifth playoff campaign with the Americans, the 20-year-old Procyshen is fifth on the team with eight points (three goals, five assists) and has recorded at least a point in each of Tri-City's first seven games.

Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Vancouver 4, Spokane 1; and Brandon 6, Medicine Hat 3.

At Kennewick, Wash., the Americans scored all three of their goals in the third period to erase a 2-0 Kelowna lead. Tri-City rookie Brooks Macek sparked the Americans' comeback when he took the puck from Mitchell Callahan in the crease and poked it into the net at 5:43 of the third. Four minutes later, Petr Stoklasa tipped Tyler Schmidt's shot past Guggenberger to tie the game at 2-2.

Mitch Fadden set up Procyshen's winner and finished with two assists, while Chet Pickard made 24 saves for the Americans to pick up his 17th playoff victory.

Jamie Benn and Cody Almond scored for the Rockets. Guggenberger stopped 31 shots.

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Giants 4, Chiefs 1

At Vancouver, Jon Blum scored two goals as the Giants thumped Spokane to take a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series.

Craig Cunningham and Casey Pierro-Zabotel also scored for Vancouver, which enjoyed a 34-19 edge in shots and led 2-0 after the first period and 4-0 after the second.

Vancouver coach Don Hay moved into a tie for second place in all-time playoff victories with 87. He equalled the mark set by former New Westminster Bruins bench boss Ernie (Punch) McLean, who watched the game.

Hay is still well short of former Portland and Edmonton coach Ken Hodge's 107 post-season wins.

Drayson Bowman found the net for the Chiefs in the third period to spoil Tyson Sexsmith's shutout bid.

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Wheat Kings 6, Tigers 3

At Medicine Hat, Alta., Nathan Green scored twice and added an assist as Brandon doubled up on the Tigers to take the opening game of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Green, Jordan Hale, Del Cowan and Matt Calvert scored for the Wheat Kings in the second period. Green's second goal of the game and a third-period marker from Mark Stone sealed the win for Brandon.

Linden Vey, Thomas Carr and Sean Ringrose scored for Medicine Hat, which trailed 4-3 after 40 minutes.

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