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Royals overcome Etem's four-goal night in 5-4 victory over Tigers

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VICTORIA - Hayden Rintoul scored his second goal of the game with 24 seconds left as the Victoria Royals overcame a four-goal performance by Emerson Etem and beat the Medicine Hat Tigers 5-4 in Western Hockey League action Friday.

Etem, the WHL leader with 11 goals, dominated the game. But Victoria scored three times in the third, including two power-play goals, to seal the victory.

Etem could have added a fifth goal, but he missed on a penalty shot in the second period.

Rintoul also had two assists for the Royals (4-3-0). Robin Soudek, Logan Nelson and Jamie Crooks also scored.

Matthew Konan and Dylan Bredo each had two assists for Medicine Hat (3-3-0).

Etem started his goal-scoring tear with a short-handed goal 3:55 into the first period in the first period.

Soudek then tied the game with his fifth goal of the year while killing a Medicine Hat penalty, firing a wrist shot past Tigers goalie Tyler Bunz.

An early second-period fight between Tiger Adam Rehak and Royal Tim Traber set the tone for a penalty-filled game.

Rintoul got his first goal on the power play to briefly put the Royals up 2-1, but a pair of Etem goals put the Tigers back in the lead.

The Royals scored two quick power play goals early in the third to take the lead 4-3. Nelson got his sixth goal on a wraparound, while fellow rookie Crooks got his fifth.

Etem added his fourth goal in the third on a Tigers' man advantage to tie the game at four.

Rintoul's boomer from the point in the last minute of the game was the difference for Victoria.

Royals goalie Keith Hamilton had a strong game, stopping a number of clear cut breakaways and finishing the game with 38 saves.

Bunz stopped 27 shots for the Tigers.

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