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The Calgary Hitmen survived a rally by the Moose Jaw Warriors to post a 7-3 win and even their Western Hockey League playoff series Saturday night.

The Hitmen trailed the series 3-1 before winning Thursday and Saturday. The deciding seventh game will be Monday night in Calgary.

"We really focused on taking pucks and bodies to the net," said Del Cowan, who had three points. "That was our main focus and I thought our team and my line did that."

The Warriors cut the lead to 4-3 heading into the second intermission.

"They scored two quick goals, but we tried to forget about the period," said Cowan. "We knew we had a one-goal lead and focus on the third."

Cowan scored his second of the game 1:12 into the third period before Ian Schultz added two insurance markers.

Moose Jaw's Quinton Howden had three assists as he saw his first action of the series after returning from a broken collar bone. Jason Bast added two assists for Moose Jaw.

"We obviously wanted to get it done tonight, but if you told us before the series we'd be going to Calgary for a Game 7 with a 2-1 record in their rink I would have taken it," said Bast, the Warriors captain.

The eighth-seeded Warriors finished 29 points behind Calgary, the WHL's regular season champions.

Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Kelowna 5 Everett 4; and Portland 4 Spokane 3.

At Moose Jaw, Sask., Cowan and Schultz both scored twice for the Hitmen, while Jimmy Bubnick, Joel Broda and Giffen Nyren added singles.

Thomas Frazee, Ryan Stanton and Connor Cox replied for Moose Jaw.


Rockets 5 Silvertips 4

At Kelowna, B.C., Tyson Barrie scored twice as the Rockets staved off elimination with a victory over Everett.

Lucas Bloodoff scored the winner midway through the third period for Kelowna, while Shane McColgan and Codey Ito also had goals to level the best-of-seven series at 3-3.

Scott MacDonald opened scoring for the Silvertips, while Daniel Iwanski, Byron Froese and Shane Harper also tallied.

Game 7 will take place in Everett, Wash., on Monday night. The home team has won every game in the series.


Winterhawks 4 Chiefs 3

At Spokane, Wash., Ryan Johansen had a pair of goals as Portland shaded the Chiefs.

Riley Boychuk and Luke Walker also scored for the Winterhawks.

Jared Cowen, Mitch Wahl and Kyle Beach supplied the offence for Spokane.

The Winterhawks have rallied in the playoff series, winning three straight to take a 3-2 lead. Game 6 will be in Portland, Ore., on Monday night.

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