The Regina Pats kept their playoff hopes alive with a much needed win Saturday night.
Jordan Weal had two goals and two assists to lift Regina to a 5-3 victory over the Chilliwack Bruins in Western Hockey League action. Both teams entered the game needing to make up some ground towards a possible playoff spot. Despite the win the Pats remain in tenth place in the Eastern Conference, four points behind the Prince Albert Raiders.
The Bruins are still in eighth, two points behind the Kamloops Blazers. Six other teams in the Western Conference have clinched playoff berths.
Elsewhere in the WHL it was Prince Albert 3 Vancouver 2 (OT); Saskatoon 6 Brandon 4; Edmonton 3 Prince George 2; Kootenay 2 Lethbridge 1 (SO); Medicine Hat 4 Moose Jaw 0; Calgary 4 Kamloops 3; Portland 3 Kelowna 2; Everett 4 Seattle 2 and Spokane 2 Tri-City 1.
At Regina, Sask., Jordan Eberle scored and added two assists for Regina (26-29-7), while Brett Leffler and Hampus Gustafsson chipped in as well.
Chilliwack (27-29-6) had singles from Jamie Crooks, Shane Niegum and Ryan Howse.
Raiders 3 Giants 2 (OT)
At Prince Albert, Sask., Ryan Button scored the overtime winner to complete the Raiders comeback win over Vancouver.
Brandon Herrod and Igor Revenko also scored for Prince Albert (29-27-5).
Brendan Gallagher scored both goals for the Giants (37-20-5).
Blades 6 Wheat Kings 4
At Saskatoon, Sask., Jyri Niemi had the power-play winner as the Blades dumped Brandon.
Darian Dziurzynski had a goal and an assist for Saskatoon (41-14-6), while Derek Hulak, Marek Viedensky, Gaelan Patterson and Jeremy Boyer chimed in as well.
Colby Robak, Brayden Schenn, Jordan Hale and Jay Fehr supplied the offence for the Wheat Kings (42-17-4).
Oil Kings 3 Cougars 2
At Edmonton, Cameron Abney's goal and assist helped the Oil Kings edge Prince George.
Devin Balness and Robin Soudek also scored for Edmonton (14-36-12).
Parker Stanfield and Brock Hirsche had markers for the Cougars (11-46-3).
Ice 2 Hurricanes 1 (SO)
At Lethbridge, Alta., Dustin Sylvester scored the shootout winner as Kootenay outlasted the Hurricanes.
Carter Bancks had a short-handed goal for Lethbridge (17-38-7).
Christian Magnus tied it up for Kootenay (38-19-5).
Tigers 4 Warriors 0
At Medicine Hat, Alta., Tyler Bunz made 35 saves as the Tigers blanked Moose Jaw.
Mark Isherwood scored twice for the Tigers (34-21-8), while Jace Coyle and Kale Kessy netted singles.
Jeff Bosch turned away 24 shots in goal for Moose Jaw (28-24-8).
Hitmen 4 Blazers 3
At Kamloops, B.C., the Blazers' Kurtis Mucha set a Canadian Hockey League record for career games played but couldn't stop Calgary.
Giffen Nyren, Cody Sylvester, Kris Foucault and Tyler Fiddler scored for the Hitmen (43-17-2)
Chase Schaber scored twice for Kamloops (28-30-6) and Brendan Ranford tallied.
Winterhawks 3 Rockets 2
At Portland, Ore., Troy Rutkowski capped a rally as the Winterhawks beat Kelowna.
Luke Walker and Nino Niederreiter also scored for Portland (38-22-3).
Lucas Bloodoff and Brett Bulmer answered for Kelowna (29-28-5).
Silvertips 4 Thunderbirds 2
At Kent, Wash., Everett overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat Seattle.
Byron Froese had the winner for the Silvertips (39-29-41), while Maxwell and Dan Iwanski also scored. Shane Harper added an empty net goal.
Chance Lund and Prab Rai replied for Seattle (14-35-11).
Chiefs 2 Americans 1
At Kennewick, Wash., Brady Brassart and Blake Gal scored two quick goals as Spokane on to a victory over Tri-City.
James Reid finished with 32 saves for the Chiefs (38-20-4).
Brett Plouffe had the lone goal and Alex Pechurskiy had 22 saves for the Americans (41-17-3).