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Wednesday's WHL Roundup

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Gary Nunn's goal midway through the third period gave the Vancouver Giants a 4-3 victory over the Tri-City Americans in WHL action Wednesday night.

Nunn gave Vancouver broke a 3-3 tie on a stellar effort at 10:37 of the third period. He raced in on a breakaway, deked Tri-City goaltender Chet Pickard and roofed a backhand.

Casey Pierro-Zabotel, Craig Cunningham and Andrej Kudrna also scored for the Giants (11-0-0-3), who remained undefeated in regulation time before a crowd of 5,672 at the Pacific Coliseum. Vancouver coach Don Hay is now one victory shy of 400 in his WHL career.

Kruise Reddick, Justin Feser and Tyler Schmidt replied for Tri-City (10-4-0-1).

Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Saskatoon 3 Calgary 2; Regina 7 Moose Jaw 3; Kootenay 3 Red Deer 2; Kelowna 7 Seattle 3; Brandon 6 Prince George 5 (SO); and Lethbridge 7 Chilliwack 2.

At Vancouver, the Giants outshot the Americans 40-22, but the Americans still led 2-1 after the first period and 3-2 after the second as their power play went two-for-six.

Vancouver posted its fourth straight win despite being blanked on three man-advantage opportunities.

Pierro-Zabotel opened the scoring 1:19 into the game as he put in Evander Kane's rebound off the post. With the assist, Kane extended his points streaking to a league-leading 14 games.

Tri-City goaltender Pickard engineered Reddick's tying goal on a power player less than three minutes later. Pickard fired the puck from his end to Taylor Procyshen near the Vancouver blue-line. Battling along the boards, Procyshen fed Reddick and he put a wrist shot over Vancouver netminder Tyson Sexsmith.

Feser gave the Americans a 2-1 lead on another power play at 13:34. The goal came with only three seconds left in Pierro-Zabotel's roughing penalty.

Cunningham created a 2-2 tie at 4:27 of the second period as he stuffed the puck around a kneeling Pickard.

Schmidt put the Americans ahead 3-2 with only 33.3 seconds left in the middle session as he fooled Sexsmith on a long wrist shot from just inside the blue line.

Kudrna brought the Giants even on a spectacular goal at 8:07 of the third period. Starting from his own blue line, he rushed up the middle of the ice, stickhandled between two defencemen and beat Pickard with a high wrist shot to his glove side.

Blades 3 Hitmen 2

At Saskatoon, Chris Langkow scored the game-winning goal and the Blades held on for a 3-2 win over Calgary.

Stefan Elliott and Jyri Niemi also scored for the Blades (12-5-1-0).

Brett Sonne and Kyle Bortis replied for the Hitmen (13-4-1-0).

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Pats 7 Warriors 3

At Regina, Colten Teubert and Rudolf Cerveny each scored two goals to help the Pats beat Moose Jaw.

Jordan Eberle, Graham Hood and Matt Strueby also scored for Regina (9-5-1-2).

Jason Bast, with two, and Quinton Howden replied for Moose Jaw (5-9-0-1).

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Ice 3 Rebels 2

At Red Deer, Alta., Matt Fraser's second goal of the game with 39 seconds remaining gave Kootenay a win over the Rebels.

Hayden Rintoul also scored for Kootenay (9-6-2-3).

Carter Smith and Landon Ferraro scored for Red Deer (5-8-0-5).

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Rockets 7 Thunderbirds 3

At Kelowna, B.C., Colin Long and Jamie Benn each had a goal and three assists as the Rockets defeated Seattle.

Lucas Bloodoff, with two goals, Stepan Novotny, Dylan Hood and Evan Bloodoff also scored for Kelowna (10-7-0-0).

Gregg Scott, Jim O'Brien and Prab Rai replied for Seattle (4-10-0-1).

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Wheat Kings 6 Cougars 5 (SO)

At Prince George, B.C., Darren Bestland scored the first two goals of his Western Hockey League career, keying a comeback that led Brandon to a shootout victory over the Cougars.

Brayden Schenn scored the only goal of the shootout .

Dana Tyrell scored two goals for Prince George (7-9-0-1), with singles from Brian Matte, Cameron Cepek and Alex Poulter.

Del Cowan, Matt Lowry and Scott Glennie had the other goals for Brandon (9-5-1-0).

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Hurricanes 7 Bruins 2

At Chilliwack, B.C., Zach Boychuk and Carter Ashton each scored twice as Lethbridge hammered the Bruins.

Colton Sceviour had a goal and three assists for the Hurricanes (9-6-0-0), while Dwight King and Austin Fyten also scored.

Kevin Sundher and Ryan Howse replied for Chilliwack (5-9-1-1).

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