After being dominated by the Saskatoon Blades all season, the Moose Jaw Warriors finally found a way to beat the East Division leaders.
Dylan Hood scored twice as the Warriors ended an 11-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Blades in Western Hockey League action Saturday night.
The victory allowed the Warriors (15-35-1-1) to salvage a split of their home-and-home series with the Blades (37-12-3-1), who won 6-2 in Moose Jaw on Friday. Saskatoon saw its 10-game winning streak come to an end and suffered its first regulation loss of 2009.
The win was the Warriors' first in a decidedly one-sided season series between the two clubs. The Blades won the first five meetings by a combined score of 39-10. Their next meeting comes Feb. 25 in Saskatoon.
On Saturday, Saskatoon opened the scoring with a power-play goal early in the first period before Hood, Cody Smuk and Martin Filo all scored to make it a 3-1 Moose Jaw lead after 20 minutes. Filo assisted on Hood and Smuk's first-period goals.
In other WHL action Saturday, it was: Swift Current 3 Prince Albert 1; Brandon 7 Calgary 6 (OT); Edmonton 1 Regina 0; Lethbridge 3 Red Deer 0; Kamloops 6 Medicine Hat 4; Everett 5 Portland 0; Vancouver 4 Prince George 1; Spokane 6 Kootenay 0; Seattle 2 Kelowna 1 (OT); and Tri-City 6 Chilliwack 0.
At Saskatoon, Hood's goal midway through the second period held up as the game-winner despite Walker Wintoneak scoring twice for the Blades to make it a one-goal game.
Jeff Bosch stopped 25 shots to earn the win for the Warriors. Saskatoon netminder Adam Morrison made 16 saves in the loss.
Broncos 3 Raiders 1
At Swift Current, Sask., Liam Darragh's first goal as a member of the Broncos stood up as the game winner as the Broncos downed Prince Albert.
Geordie Wudrick and John Negrin, with an empty net goal, also scored for Swift Current (29-23-1-1).
Dustin Cameron, with his 29th goal, provided the lone offence for the Raiders (24-28-3-1).
Wheat Kings 7 Hitmen 6 (OT)
At Calgary, Jay Fehr scored a power-play goal 49 seconds into overtime to lead Brandon over the Hitmen.
Andrew Clark assisted on the goal and scored twice in regulation for the Wheat Kings (34-15-3-1), while Brayden Schenn also scored two times. Matt Lowry had a goal and an assist, Nathan Green added a single and Colby Robak and Scott Glennie each had two assists.
Paul Postma scored twice and had an assist for Calgary (43-7-3-1), while Kyle Bortis had a goal and an assist. Brandon Kozun, Kris Foucault and Ian Schultz added singles, while Alex Plante and Jason MacDonald had two helpers apiece.
Oil Kings 1 Pats 0
At Edmonton, Torrie Jung turned aside 32 shots as the Oil Kings blanked Regina.
Robin Soudek put Edmonton (23-26-1-4) on the board with 1:23 left in the first.
Linden Rowat stopped 26 shots for the Pats (23-25-1-5) in defeat.
Hurricanes 3 Rebels 0
At Red Deer, Alta., rookie netminder Michael Tadjdeh turned aside 38 shots to record his first WHL shutout as Lethbridge shut down the Rebels.
Scoring for the Hurricanes (26-23-3-2) were Ben Wright, Zach Boychuk and Austin Fyten.
Darcy Kuemper made 15 saves for Red Deer (17-26-1-7).
Blazers 6 Tigers 4
At Kamloops, B.C., Tyler Shattock scored twice to lead the Blazers past Medicine Hat.
Kenton Dulle scored on a second-period penalty shot while Zach Stebner, Brendan Ranford and Shayne Wiebe added singles for Kamloops (25-24-1-4).
Linden Vey, with two, Sean Ringrose and Tyler Ennis replied for the Tigers (28-20-3-3).
Silvertips 5 Winter Hawks 0
At Portland, Ore., Shane Harper had two goals and an assist, Zack Dailey had a goal and two assists and Tyler Maxwell had two goals to help Everett cruise past the Winter Hawks.
Thomas Heemskerk made 31 saves for the Silvertips (22-23-6-1).
Kurtis Mucha stopped 17 shots for Portland (12-34-1-2).
Giants 4 Cougars 1
At Prince George, B.C., Craig Schira scored twice and added an assist as Vancouver disposed of the Cougars.
Brent Regner had a goal and an assist and Evander Kane also scored for the Giants (44-4-0-3), who have won eight straight.
Brett Connolly had the lone marker for Prince George (19-32-0-2).
Chiefs 6 Ice 0
At Spokane, Wash., Dustin Tokarski posted his second straight shutout, making 29 saves as the Chiefs rocked Kootenay.
Tyler Johnson scored twice and added an assist, while Mitch Wahl, Jared Spurgeon and Drayson Bowman all had a goal and an assist for Spokane (33-14-0-3), which won its 11th in a row. Dustin Donaghy also scored and Levko Koper added three assists.
Todd Mathews stopped 40 shots for the Ice (25-21-2-5).
Thunderbirds 2 Rockets 1 (OT)
At Kent, Wash., Jim O'Brien scored his 18th goal of the season at 3:39 of overtime to lift the Thunderbirds over Kelowna.
Jonathan Parker opened the scoring for Seattle (23-26-1-3) with a power-play goal in the first period.
The Rockets (29-19-1-2) tied it on Jamie Benn's 31st goal of the season at 16:57 of the second period.
Americans 6 Bruins 0
At Kennewick, Wash., Johnny Lazo had a pair of goals and Chet Pickard posted his second shutout in as many nights as the Americans closed the door on Chilliwack.
Mitch Fadden, Taylor Procyshen, Tyler Schmidt and Jordan Messier also scored for Tri-City (36-14-0-3), while Pickard had 21 saves.
Lucas Gore finished with 34 saves for the Bruins (14-33-2-4), who have lost all three games against Tri-City this season.