It's no surprise to Western Hockey League fans: the Prince George Cougars won't be making the playoffs.
With a 3-1 effort the Portland Winterhawks officially knocked Prince George out of the WHL post-season Saturday night. The Cougars, who are in last place overall, can no longer catch the Chilliwack Bruins for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Portland is chasing the Tri-City Americans for first place in the U.S. Division. The Winterhawks gained one point on their rivals Saturday night as Tri-City lost to the Spokane Chiefs in overtime.
Prince George was out-shot 36-31 by Portland. Both teams went 0-for-4 on the power play.
Elsewhere in the WHL it was Swift Current 4 Medicine Hat 1; Regina 6 Edmonton 1; Saskatoon 3 Lethbridge 2 (OT); Red Deer 3 Prince Albert 1; Vancouver 4 Chilliwack 2; Kamloops 4 Kelowna 3 (SO); Spokane 4 Tri-City 3 (OT) and Everett 5 Moose Jaw 1.
At Prince George, B.C., Chris Francis opened scoring for Portland (37-20-3) while Stefan Schneider and Ryan Johansen also tallied. Ian Curtis stopped 30 shots.
Parker Stanfield was the lone scorer for Prince George (11-43-3). Hudson Stremmel made 33 saves.
Broncos 4 Tigers 1
At Swift Current, Sask., Adam Lowry and Cody Eakin both scored twice to lift the Broncos to a win over Medicine Hat.
Morgan Clark stopped 23 shots for Swift Current (29-27-4).
Zdenek Okal collected his ninth of the season to count the lone goal for Medicine Hat (33-20-8).
Pats 6 Oil Kings 1
At Edmonton, Matt Strueby, Jordan Eberle and Jordan Weal all had three point nights as Regina defeated the Oil Kings.
Strueby's pair of goals gives him 31 on the campaign. Kyle Mulder, Brett Leffler, Eberle and Weal scored singles for the Pats (25-28-7).
Garry Nunn scored the only goal for the Oil Kings (12-36-12).
Hurricanes 3 Blades 2 (OT)
At Lethbridge, Alta., Derek Hulak scored with 58 seconds left in overtime to hand Saskatoon a win over the Hurricanes.
Charles Inglis and Marek Viedensky also scored for the Blades (29-12-6).
Dustin Donaghy and Cam Braes scored for Lethbridge (12-36-12).
Rebels 3 Raiders 1
At Red Deer, Alta., Brett Ferguson scored the eventual game-winner early in the second period as the Rebels downed Prince Albert.
Daulton Siwak and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also tallied for Red Deer (33-21-4).
Craig McCallum notched the lone goal for Prince Albert (28-26-5).
Giants 4 Bruins 2
At Chilliwack, B.C., James Henry had the winner and two assists as Vancouver doubled the Bruins.
Craig Cunningham, Brent Henke and Tomas Vincour also scored for the Giants (33-20-4).
Jesse Craige scored both of the goals for Chilliwack (25-26-6).
Blazers 4 Rockets 3 (SO)
At Kelowna, B.C., C.J. Stretch and Chase Schaber scored in the shootout as Kamloops edged the Rockets.
Stretch scored twice in regulation for the Blazers (27-27-6), while JC Lipon also tallied.
Brett Bulmer, MacKenzie Johnston and Antonie Corbin supplied the offence for Kelowna (29-26-5).
Chiefs 4 Americans 3 (OT)
At Spokane, Wash., Kyle Beach had a hat trick that included the overtime winner as the Chiefs cut Tri-City down to size.
Tyler Johnson had the other goal for Spokane (34-20-4).
Sergei Drozd, Mason Wilgosh and Johnny Lazo found the back of the net for Tri-City (39-15-3).
Silvertips 5 Warriors 1
At Everett, Wash., Tyler Maxwell scored twice leading the Silvertips to a victory over Moose Jaw.
Chris de la Lande, Chris Langkow and Scott MacDonald also scored for Everett (36-19-3).
Quinton Howden scored for the Warriors (27-22-8).