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Vey scores twice as Tigers solve Holtby and hammer Saskatoon 7-1 @NHLdotcom

After being frustrated by Saskatoon Blades netminder Braden Holtby all season, the Medicine Hat Tigers finally figured him out.

Linden Vey scored twice as Medicine Hat hammered the Blades 7-1 in Western Hockey League action on Friday night.

Holtby, a fourth-round pick of the Washington Capitals in 2008, allowed just two goals in three previous games against the Tigers this season, recording two shutouts including a 3-0 win on Tuesday in Saskatoon.

On Friday, Brennan Bosch, Travis Dunstall and Colton Grant each scored goals for the Tigers to chase Holtby from the net after facing just seven shots. The Marshall, Sask., native lasted six minutes and 37 seconds before being pulled, his shortest start of the season.

Medicine Hat kept on scoring after that, notching four more goals to hand the Blades their worst loss since their season opener, an 8-2 drubbing at the hands of the Prince Albert Raiders on September 19, 2008.

Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Swift Current 9, Prince Albert 1; Kelowna 3, Vancouver 2 (OT); Edmonton 3, Tri-City 2; Calgary 4, Brandon 2; Everett 4, Seattle 0; Lethbridge 2, Kamloops 0; Moose Jaw 4, Regina 2; Prince George 5, Chilliwack 2; Red Deer 2, Kootenay 1; and Spokane 4 Portland 1.

At Medicine Hat, Alta., Mark Isherwood and Vey added power-play goals in the second period, and Tyler Ennis and Vey added insurance markers in the third for Medicine Hat (30-22-4-3).

Derek Hulak scored for Saskatoon (41-14-3-1), which lost for just the fourth time on the road this season.

Ryan Holfeld made 19 saves in the Medicine Hat net. At the other end, Saskatoon backup Adam Morrison stopped 25 of 29 shots after replacing Holtby.


Broncos 9, Raiders 1

At Prince Albert, Sask., Matt Tassone scored four goals and added an assist as Swift Current trampled the Raiders.

Justin Dowling and Cody Eakin had a goal and two assists each for the Broncos (33-24-1-1), while Spencer McAvoy, Geordie Wudrick and Taylor Vause also scored.

Dustin Cameron had the lone reply for Prince Albert (26-30-3-1).


Rockets 3, Giants 2 (OT)

At Kelowna, B.C., Colin Long scored the game-winning goal in overtime as the Rockets defeated Vancouver.

Tyson Barrie opened the scoring and Jamie Benn, with his 36th goal of the season, also scored for Kelowna (34-19-1-2), which entered Friday's game with a 0-5 record against Vancouver.

Casey Pierro-Zabotel and Evander Kane replied for the Giants (47-5-1-3), who led 2-1 midway through the third until Benn levelled the score.


Oil Kings 3, Americans 2

At Kennewick, Wash., Craig McCallum scored the game winner with 5:42 remaining in the third period to lead Edmonton over the Americans.

Brett Breitkreuz and Robin Soudek also scored for the Oil Kings (25-30-2-4), who moved into an eighth-place tie with Prince Albert in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Tyler Schmidt had a goal and an assist and Kruise Reddick also scored for Tri-City (38-16-0-3), which saw its lead over Spokane shrink to four points in the U.S. Division race.


Hitmen 4, Wheat Kings 2

At Brandon, Man., Bostjan Golicic scored two goals and assisted on another as Calgary beat the Wheat Kings.

Kris Foucault and Joel Broda also scored for the Hitmen (49-7-3-1).

Darren Bestland and Matt Lowry replied for Brandon (38-16-3-1).


Silvertips 4, Thunderbirds 0

At Everett, Wash., Byron Froese had a goal and two assists and Thomas Heemskerk stopped all 24 shots he faced to record his second shutout of the season as the Silvertips blanked Seattle.

Taylor Ellington, Mike Alexander and Graham Potuer also scored for Everett (24-25-7-2), which snapped a franchise-record six-game home losing streak.

Calvin Pickard made 19 saves in goal for the Thunderbirds (25-28-1-3).


Hurricanes 2, Blazers 0

At Lethbridge, Alta., Carter Bancks tallied with four seconds left in the first period and Juha Metsola stopped all 18 shots he faced as the Hurricanes shut the door on Kamloops.

Dwight King also scored for Lethbridge (29-25-3-2).

Justin LeClerc stopped 31 shots for the Blazers (27-28-1-4).


Warriors 4, Pats 2

At Moose Jaw, Sask., Jason Bast and Martin Filo each scored a goal and an assist as the Warriors defeated Regina.

Quinton Howden and Cody Smuk added goals for Moose Jaw (16-38-1-2).

Jordan Eberle and Brett Leffler found the net for the Pats (23-30-1-5).


Cougars 5, Bruins 2

At Chilliwack, B.C., Brett Connolly scored his first WHL hat trick to lead Prince George past the Bruins.

Justin Maylan and Tyler Halliday also scored for the Cougars (23-33-0-2).

David Robinson and Randy McNaught replied for Chilliwack (14-38-2-4).


Rebels 2, Ice 1

At Red Deer, Alta., Carter Smith opened the scoring and assisted on the game-winner as the Rebels edged Kootenay.

Willie Coetzee scored on a power play midway through the second period for Red Deer (19-30-1-7).

Drew Czerwonka had the only marker for the Ice (27-23-2-6), who fired 17 shots in the third period but couldn't beat Rebels netminder Darcy Kuemper.


Chiefs 4, Winter Hawks 1

At Portlant, Ore., Ondrej Roman scored shorthanded to lift Spokane over the Winter Hawks.

Justin McCrae, Tyler Johnson and Brady Calla also scored for the Chiefs (36-16-0-3).

Travis Ehrhardt scored for Portland (14-37-2-2).

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