SASKATOON - Dalton Thrower scored three times and set up two more as the Saskatoon Blades defeated the visiting Victoria Royals 9-6 on Saturday in Western Hockey League action.
Michael Burns had two goals and two assists for the Blades (29-18-1), Ryan Olsen scored once and assisted on another while Kyle Schmidt, Lukas Sutter and Darren Dietz added single goals.
Austin Carroll and Jamie Crooks had a goal and an assist each for the Royals (15-28-5) as Brandon Magee, Logan Nelson, Robin Soudek and Luke Harrison scored the others.
Alex Moodie made 22 saves for the win while Keith Hamilton allowed seven goals on 40 shots in defeat.
Saskatoon went 1 for 5 on the power play as Victoria failed to score on three opportunities with the man advantage.