Justin Dowling picked a great time for his first-career Western Hockey League action.
Dowling scored three times for Swift Current as the Broncos beat the Brandon Wheat Kings 5-4 on Saturday night. Dowling now has 18 goals on the season, including 12 in his past nine games. The 19-year-old scored a goal in each period, with his hat trick coming at 4:30 of the third.
Swift Current also got goals from Derek Claffey and Cody Eakin, with his league-leading 25th of the season.
Aaron Lewadniuk led the Wheat Kings with a pair of goals. Matt Calvert, with his 18th of the season, and Jay Fehr also scored for Brandon.
Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Prince Albert 6 Lethbridge 1; Moose Jaw 3 Edmonton 2 (OT); Calgary 5 Saskatoon 4; Medicine Hat 4 Red Deer 1; Spokane 4 Regina 0; Vancouver 6 Prince George 2; Everett 6 Tri-City 1; Chilliwack 3 Kamloops 0; Portland 5 Seattle 3; and Kootenay 4 Kelowna 2.
At Swift Current, Sask., Broncos goaltender Morgan Clark improved to 12-8-1 on the year with a 26-save performance. Wheat Kings netminder Andrew Hayes dropped to 12-8-1 after surrendering five goals on 35 shots.
Swift Current was 2-for-6 on the power play, while Brandon was unable to convert five man-advantage opportunities.
The Broncos improve to 14-12-2. Brandon's four-game winning streak ends with the Wheat Kings falling to 17-11-2.
Brandon still holds a 3-1 lead over Swift Current in their six-game regular-season series.
Raiders 6 Hurricanes 1
At Prince Albert, Sask., Igor Revenko scored two goals as the Raiders dumped Lethbridge.
Brandon Herrod, Jordan Rowley, Jordan Hickmott and Colin Reddin, with his first as a Raider, also scored for Prince Albert (15-12-3).
Lethbridge slipped to 8-15-4.
Warriors 3 Oil Kings 2 (OT)
At Edmonton, Dylan Hood scored the game-winner as Moose Jaw came back to defeat the Oil Kings 3-2.
Spencer Edwards and Quinton Howden also scored for Moose Jaw (16-10-2). Edwards snapped a 12-game pointless streak with his goal and an assist. Brandon Glover stopped 27 shots in net for the Warriors.
Michael Burns and Brent Raedeke scored for Edmonton (8-13-8). Netminder Torrie Jung stopped 26 shots.
Hitmen 5 Blades 4
At Saskatoon, Brandon Kozun had a four-point night as Calgary held off a late rally by the Blades.
Kozun scored twice and added two assists for Calgary (20-8-1), while Joel Broda also scored two goals and Ian Schultz had a single.
Charles Inglis, Travis Toomey, Burke Gallimore and Derek Hulak each scored for the Blades (20-4-3), who scored three straight goals in the third to come up one short of the extra time.
Tigers 4 Rebels 1
At Red Deer, Alta., Tyler Bunz made 32 saves as Medicine Hat defeated the Rebels 4-1.
Matt MacKay had a goal and an assist for the Tigers (16-9-5). Emerson Etem, Kale Kessy and Bretton Cameron also scored.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had the lone goal for Red Deer (13-14-0). Goaltender Darcy Kuemper stopped 34 shots.
Chiefs 4 Pats 0
At Spokane, Wash., James Reid stopped all 22 shots he faced as the Chiefs shut out Regina.
Kenton Miller and Tyler Johnson each had a goal and an assist for Spokane (15-8-2), while Steve Kuhn and Ryan Letts, into an empty net, also scored.
Dawson Guhle stopped 24 shots in defeat for Regina (15-12-3).
Giants 6 Cougars 2
At Prince George, B.C., Brendan Gallagher scored four goals to pace Vancouver (18-8-3) to a victory over the Cougars (4-20-2).
Silvertips 6 Americans 1
At Kennewick, Wash., rookie D. Jay McGrath and Shane Harper each scored twice and Kent Simpson finished with 36 saves as Everett beat Tri-City.
Kellan Tochkin and Byron Froese also scored for Everett (16-8-1), which got two assists from Campbell Elynuik.
After winning nine straight home games to start the season, the Americans (19-8-0) have lost three of four at home. Tri-City hadn't lost back-to-back games at home since the 2007-08 season.
Bruins 3 Blazers 0
At Chilliwack, B.C., Lucas Gore needed only 15 saves for his second shutout of the season as the Bruins cruised past Kamloops.
Jesse Craige had a goal and an assist for Chilliwack (12-13-5), while Chris Collins and Alexander Wiklund also scored.
Jon Groenheyde stopped 33 shots for the Blazers (11-14-4).
Winterhawks 5 Thunderbirds 3
At Portland, Ore., Spencer Bennett scored twice to help the Winterhawks down Seattle.
Portland (18-12) also got goals from Brad Ross, Nino Niederreiter, and Riley Boychuk. Portland was 1-for-5 with the man advantage. Nielsen also added an assist.
Seattle (10-16-4) got goals from Lindsay Nielsen, Prab Rai, and Charles Wells.
Ice 4 Rockets 2
At Kelowna, B.C., Brayden McNabb scored the tying and winning goals for Kootenay as the Ice doubled up the Rockets.
Dustin Sylvester, with a goal and an assist, and Max Reinhart also scored for the Ice (13-13-2).
Shane McColgan and Tyler Halliday replied for the Rockets (13-14-1).