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Special teams play big role as Saskatoon thumps Edmonton 7-1

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Walker Wintoneak's two power-play goals and short-handed markers by Travis Toomey and Curtis Hamilton pushed the Saskatoon Blades past the Edmonton Oil Kings 7-1 in Western Hockey League action Wednesday night.

After a scoreless first, Edmonton (23-28-2-4) got in penalty trouble early in the second period and paid dearly.

Wintoneak's first goal with the man advantage came at 2:22 after he chipped a rebound over Edmonton goalie Torrie Jung's right pad.

Just 14 seconds later, Edmonton's Brett Breitkreuz was sent to the box for cross checking, allowing Wintoneak to tip-in his second off a point shot from Duncan Siemans to put the Blades (39-12-3-1) up by two.

Brendan Dowd cut the lead in half at 12:29 on Edmonton's first power play of the game, wristing the puck from the point, beating Braden Holtby.

Edmonton fell apart in the third, allowing four goals before the period was seven minutes old.

Saskatoon's Toomey picked the top corner on Jung 30 seconds into the period with the Blades down a man. Josh Nicholls stretched the lead to 4-1, skating across the net and sniping past Jung's blocker at 2:42.

Hamilton replicated Toomey's short-handed tally, followed by Derek Hulak's one-timer from the slot at made it 6-1 at 6:18.

Toomey added a power-play goal short-side on Jung at 10:57.

Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Red Deer 4 Moose Jaw 3 (SO); Prince George 4 Chilliwack 1; Kamloops 4 Everett 3 (SO); and Lethbridge 4 Portland 3.

At Edmonton, Jung stopped 24 shots in net for Edmonton, while Holtby stopped 19 in the crease for Saskatoon.

The contest marked Blades defenceman Ryan Funk's 200th career game in the WHL.

Rebels 4 Warriors 3 (SO)

At Moose Jaw, Sask., Luke Egener scored the lone goal in the shootout to give Red Deer a win over the Warriors.

Cass Mappin, Brennen Wray and Landon Ferraro scored in regulation for Red Deer (17-27-1-7).

Matt MacKay, Jason Bast and Dylan Hood replioed for Moose Jaw (15-35-1-1).

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Cougars 4 Bruins 1

At Prince George, the Cougars got two goals from Marek Viedensky and Parker Stanfield added a goal and two assists in a win over Chilliwack.

Tyler Halliday also scored for the Cougars (20-32-0-2).

Alexander Wiklund replied for Chilliwack (14-34-2-4).

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Blazers 4 Silvertips 3 (SO)

At Kamloops, B.C., C.J. Stretch and Kenton Dulle scored in a shootout to give the Blazers a 4 victory over Everett Silvertips.

Dulle, Scott Wasden and Shayne Wiebe scored for Kamloops (26-25-1-4) in regulation time, with Dan Iwanski, Byron Froese and Zack Dailey replying for Everett (22-23-6-2).

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Hurricanes 4 Winter Hawks 3 (OT)

At Portland, Ore., Colton Sceviour had a goal and two assists to lead Lethbridge to an overtime victory over the Winter Hawks.

Lethbridge (27-23-3-2) also had goals from Zack Boychuk, Austin Fyten, and Luca Sbisa, who scored the overtime winner.

Portland (12-35-1-2) had goals from Chris Francis, Colin Reddin and Joel Ridgeway.

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