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Rai scores 2, Pickard stops 42 as Seattle beats Rockets 3-1 to snap winless streak

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It took the Seattle Thunderbirds' best players to pull them out of a deep hole on Sunday night.

Team scoring leader Prab Rai scored twice and stud goaltender Calvin Pickard made 42 saves to help the Thunderbirds win their first game since Jan. 9, upsetting the Kelowna Rockets 3-1 in Western Hockey League action.

Seattle was winless in 17 games (0-12-5) while dropping to second-last in the Western Conference.

Despite his team's struggles, Rai has continued to produce at career levels in his fifth WHL season. The Surrey, B.C., native has five goals in his last three games for a season total of 37, eclipsing his previous best of 25.

Rai scored the eventual winner midway through the third period and added an empty-netter to seal the deal. He also added an assist.

Elsewhere in the WHL it was Edmonton 6 Lethbridge 4; Kootenay 3 Medicine Hat 1; and Prince Albert 3 Swift Current 2.

At Kent, Wash., Branden Troock had the other goal for the Thunderbirds (15-35-11).

Pickard, the top-ranked North American goaltender in the Central Scouting Bureau's mid-season draft rankings, stopped 30 Kelowna shots in the first two periods, while Seattle managed only 15.

Tyson Barrie spoiled Pickard's shutout bid with under four minutes left in the game as the Rockets (29-29-5) fired 13 more shots in the final 20 minutes.

Mark Guggenberger stopped 20 shots for Kelowna.

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Oil Kings 6 Hurricanes 4

At Lethbridge, Alta., trailing the Hurricanes 3-1, Edmonton scored five unanswered goals to steal the victory.

Drew Nichol scored twice for the Oil Kings (15-36-12), while Gary Nunn, T.J. Foster, Robin Soudek and Cameron Abney also scored.

Cam Braes scored twice for Lethbridge (17-39-7). Daniel Johnston and Ryon Moser added goals.

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Ice 3 Tigers 1

At Medicine Hat, Alta., Kootenay downed the Tigers to strengthen its hold on fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

Dustin Sylvester, Steele Boomer and Max Reinhart scored for the Ice (39-19-5).

Tristan King had the goal for the Tigers (34-22-8).

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Raiders 3 Broncos 2

At Swift Current, Sask., Brandon Herrod's 35th goal of the season in the second period was the game-winner as Prince Albert topped the Broncos.

Brendon Wall and Ryan Button also scored for the Raiders (30-27-5).

Broncos leading scorer Cody Eakin collected his 41st of the year, and Michael Stickland added his 18th of the season in the loss for Swift Current (31-29-4).

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