The Swift Current Broncos made a statement with their win Saturday night.
Morgan Clark made 37 saves as the Broncos posted their first shutout of the season, a 6-0 win over the Red Deer Rebels in Western Hockey League action Saturday night. The 19-year-old earned his third career clean sheet. Clark, a former Red Deer Rebel, improved his season record to 17-12-0-1.
Justin Dowling's hat trick led Swift Current's offence. Dowling scored a pair of goals 3:49 apart in the third period to reach the 25-goal mark. The 19-year-old now has a pair of three-goal efforts this season.
After a scoreless opening period, the Broncos broke the game open with four unanswered goals in the middle period, including a trio of markers 2:05 apart late in the period.
Cody Eakin is again tied for the league scoring lead after he notched his 38th goal of the season.
Elsewhere in the WHL it was Regina 5 Kootenay 4 (OT); Saskatoon 4 Brandon 3 (OT); Calgary 2 Medicine Hat 0; Kelowna 1 Chilliwack 0; Kamloops 2 Lethbridge 1; Edmonton 5 Prince George 2; Tri-City 5 Vancouver 4 (SO); Everett 5 Spokane 1 and Portland 6 Seattle 3.
At Swift Current, Sask., Dillon Wagner and Michael Stickland also scored for the Broncos (28-25-3).
Darcy Kuemper gave up three goals on 18 shots for Red Deer (30-21-4) before giving way to Kraymer Barnstable who stopped 15 of 18 shots.
Pats 5 Ice 4 (OT)
At Regina, Sask., Jordan Eberle had a goal and two assists to lead the Pats to a stunning come-from-behind overtime victory over Kootenay.
Cody Carlson, Mitch Spooner, Carter Ashton and Andrew Rieder also scored for Regina (24-25-7).
Jesse Ismond had a hat trick for the Ice (34-17-5), while Dustin Sylvester added a marker.
Blades 4 Wheat Kings 3 (OT)
At Saskatoon, Sask., Gaelan Patterson scored in overtime as the Blades edged Brandon.
Stefan Elliott, Walker Wintoneak and Darian Dziurzynski scored in regulation for Saskatoon (36-12-6).
Toni Rajala, Shayne Wiebe and Matt Calvert replied for the Wheat Kings (37-16-4).
Hitmen 2 Tigers 0
At Calgary, Martin Jones stopped 33 shots to lead the Hitmen to a win over Medicine Hat.
Joel Broda scored the game-winning goal for Calgary (36-16-2) and Del Cowan added an empty-net goal as insurance.
Tyler Bunz made 23 saves for the Tigers (32-18-8).
Rockets 1 Bruins 0
At Chilliwack, B.C., Adam Brown made 26 saves as Kelowna shut out the Bruins.
Lucas Bloodoff was the lone scorer for Kelowna (28-25-4).
Lucas Gore stopped 33 shots for Chilliwack (24-26-6).
Blazers 2 Hurricanes 1
At Kamloops, B.C., Ryan Funk had the third-period winner to lift the Blazers over Lethbridge.
Jordan DePape also scored for Kamloops (26-25-6).
Carter Bancks had the lone goal for Lethbridge (16-34-5).
Oil Kings 5 Cougars 2
At Prince George, B.C., a four-goal outburst from Edmonton doomed the Cougars to a loss.
Robin Soudek, Garry Nunn and Sebastian Svendsen scored even-strength goals within one minute. T.J. Foster added another on the power play for Edmonton (12-33-12), while Cameron Maclise also scored.
Nick Buonassissi and Parker Stanfield replied for the Cougars (10-40-3).
Americans 5 Giants 4 (SO)
At Langley, B.C., Patrick Holland had a goal and an assist, as well as the shootout winner, as Tri-City rallied to defeat Vancouver.
Tyler Schmidt, Justin Feser, Neal Prokop had the other goals for the Americans (38-13-2).
Milan Kytnar, Lance Bouma, Brett Breitkreuz and James Wright had goals for the Giants (33-20-4).
Silvertips 5 Chiefs 1
At Everett, Wash., Byron Froese had two goals and two assists, leading the Silvertips to a win over Spokane.
Kellan Tochkin, Tyler Maxwell and Alex Theriau also scored for Everett (34-18-3).
Kyle Beach had the only goal for Spokane (31-20-4).
Winterhawks 6 Thunderbirds 3
At Kent, Wash., Portland scored four unanswered goals to beat Seattle.
Luke Walker, Stefan Schneider, Oliver Gabriel and Nino Niederreiter all had goals in the second period as the Winterhawks (34-20-3). Troy Rutkowski and Taylor Peters also tallied.
Brenden Dillon and Charles Wells scored in the first period for Seattle (14-31-9) and Luke Lockhart scored in the third period.