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Rai gets five points on his birthday as the Thunderbirds thump Portland 6-1

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Seattle Thunderbirds star winger Prab Rai gave himself the best birthday gift of all.

Rai celebrated his 19th birthday with two goals and three assists to lead Seattle to a 6-1 rout of the Portland Winter Hawks on Saturday night in the Western Hockey League.

It was the fourth multi-goal performance by Rai this season. The Surrey, B.C., native, selected 131st overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2008 NHL draft, now has 29 points in 26 games. His 16 goals during that span put him on pace to shatter his previous best of 20 in 72 games last season.

Jim O'Brien had a pair of goals and an assist and Thomas Hickey and Jonathan Parker each had three assists for the Thunderbirds (10-13-1-2), who scored three goals on their first 10 shots to chase Portland starting goaltender Keith Hamilton from the net 12 minutes and 14 seconds into the first period.

Brenden Silvester and Greg Scott had the other goals for Seattle.

Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Brandon 5, Saskatoon 4 (OT); Edmonton 4, Prince Albert 2; Kelowna 6, Prince George 2; Kootenay 4, Moose Jaw 1; Lethbridge 3, Red Deer 0; Medicine Hat 4, Regina 1; Spokane 3, Swift Current 2 (SO); Tri-City 7, Everett 2; and Vancouver 6, Kamloops 1.

At Seattle, Portland (7-19-0-0) got goals from Brad Ross and Radim Valchar. The Winter Hawks are 5-7-0-0 under new coach Mike Johnston.

Calvin Pickard made 27 saves for the Thunderbirds, while Kurtis Much replaced Hamilton for Portland, stopping 22 of 25 shots.

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Wheat Kings 5, Blades 4 (OT)

At Saskatoon, Scott Glennie capped a hat trick by scoring the winning goal 12 seconds into overtime as Brandon fended off the Blades.

Brayden Schenn assisted on all three of Glennie's markers, while Mark Schneider opened the scoring for the Wheat Kings (14-9-1-1) and Nathan Green also scored.

Chirs Langkow had a pair of goals for Saskatoon (17-7-2-0) and Darian Dziurzynski and Gaelan Patterson added singles.

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Oil Kings 4, Raiders 2

At Edmonton, Brent Raedeke's goal with 6:20 left in the third period was the winner as the Oil Kings doubled up on Prince Albert.

Edmonton (11-14-1-3) got off to a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Jeff Lee and Mark Pysyk. Adrian Van de Mosselaer added an insurance marker.

Ryan McDonald and Justin Bernhardt scored for the Raiders (13-18-0-0).

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Rockets 6, Cougars 2

At Prince George, B.C., Colin Long had four points, three of them assists, to lead Kelowna to a convincing road victory over the Cougars.

Mitchell Callahan had two goals an assist for the Rockets (16-10-0-0). Jamie Benn, Long, Stepan Novotny and Lukas Matejka had the other Kelowna goals.

Import winger Marek Viedensky had both goals for Prince George (10-16-0-1).

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Ice 4, Warriors 1

At Moose Jaw, Sask., Andrew Bailey scored a pair of power-play goals as Kootenay defeated the Warriors.

Bailey opened the scoring in the second period and Joe Antilla made it 2-0 for the Ice (15-9-2-3) heading into the third.

Michael Stickland rounded out the scoring for Kootenay, while Travis Hamonic scored the lone goal for Moose Jaw (7-16-0-1).

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Hurricanes 3, Rebels 0

At Red Deer, Alta., Juha Metsola stopped 31 shots for his third shutout of the season while Colton Sceviour scored once and picked up two assists as Lethbrige blanked the Rebels.

Zach Boychuk and Carter Ashton also scored for the Hurricanes (12-12-0-1).

Darcy Kuemper made 23 saves for Red Deer (8-16-0-5).

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Tigers 4, Pats 1

At Medicine Hat, Alta., Tyler Ennis broke a 1-1 tie seven minutes into the third period as the Tigers downed Regina.

Zdenek Okal, Sean Ringrose and Bretton Cameron also scored for Medicine Hat (16-7-2-3).

Brett Leffler replied for the Pats (15-10-1-3).

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Chiefs 3, Broncos 2 (SO)

At Swift Current, Sask., Drayson Bowman was the only player to score in the shootout as Spokane bucked the Broncos.

The Chiefs (16-7-0-3) had first period goals from Jered Cowen and Mitch Wahl.

Swift Current (16-10-0-1) replied with goals from Matt Tassone and Jan Dalecky.

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Americans 7, Silvertips 2

At Everett, Wash., Kruise Reddick scored a hat trick as Tri-City pummelled the Silvertips.

Mitch Fadden, Brett Plouffe, Brooks Macek and Jason Reese also scored for the Americans (16-7-0-2).

Dale Hunt and Shane Harper scored for Everett (13-9-3-0), which saw its four-game winning streak come to an end.

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Giants 6, Blazers 1

At Kamloops, B.C., defenceman Jon Blum scored two goals as Vancouver won its 20th of the season, routing the Blazers.

Brent Regner, James Wright, Brendan Gallagher and Garry Nunn also scored for the Giants (20-1-0-3).

Brady Calla replied for Kamloops (11-14-0-3) who dropped a 6-4 decision to Vancouver on Friday.

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