Tyson Sexsmith was all that stood between the Vancouver Giants and a rare losing streak.
Sexsmith had a stellar game for Vancouver, backstopping the Giants to an 3-1 victory over the Kelowna Rockets in Western Hockey League action on Wednesday night. Brent Regner, Andrej Kudrna and Brendan Gallagher scored for Vancouver (15-1-0-3), which was outplayed, outhit and outshot by its B.C. Division rival. The Giants' win came one day after Vancouver suffered its first regulation-time loss of the season, 3-2 in Chilliwack on Tuesday afternoon.
Mitchell Callahan, with a breakaway goal, replied for Kelowna (12-9-0-0), which was the better team on the night, but couldn't beat Sexsmith more than once.
The Rockets, who visit Vancouver on Friday night, wore replica jerseys in honour of the 50th anniversary of the 1958 Kelowna Packers, the first Canadian team to play in the former Soviet Union.
Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Calgary 6 Regina 2; Everett 5 Moose Jaw 2; Saskatoon 2 Seattle 1 (SO); Medicine Hat 4 Edmonton 3 (SO); and Spokane 5 Lethbridge 2.
At Kelwona, B.C., Adam Brown made 21 saves for the Rockets, while Sexsmith, who was named the CHL's goaltender of the week on Tuesday, turned aside 36 shots for the Giants.
Last week, Sexsmith recorded his WHL-record 22nd shutout.
Hitmen 6 Pats 2
At Regina, Brandon Kozun scored two goals to help Calgary win its sixth straignt by knocking off the Pats.
Jason MacDonald, Carson McMillan, Brendan Rowinski, and Alex Plante also scored for Calgary (19-4-1-0).
Victor Bartley and Michael MacAngus replied for Regina (13-7-1-3).
Silvertips 5 Warriors 2
At Moose Jaw, Sask., Tyler Maxwell scored twice for Everett as the Silvertips beat the Warriors.
Kyle Beach, Tyler Ellington, Kellan Tochkin also scored for the Silvertips (10-8-3-0).
Nathan MacMaster and Tomas Karpov replied for the Warriors (6-13-0-1).
Blades 2 Thunderbirds 1 (SO)
At Saskatoon, Adam Chorneyko scored in the sixth round of a shootout to lead the Blades over Seattle.
Stefan Elliott scored in regulation for Saskatoon (15-6-1-0).
Jim O'Brien scored for Seattle (7-11-1-2) .
Tigers 4 Oil Kings 3 (SO)
At Medicine Hat, Alta., Tristan King scored the shootout winner to lead the Tigers to a victory over Edmonton
Bretton Cameron, Sean Ringrose and Tyler Ennis also scored for the Tigers (11-7-2-2).
Brandon Lockerby, Jeff Lee and Brett Breitkreuz scored for Edmonton (9-12-1-2).
Chiefs 5 Hurricanes 2
At Spokane, Wash., Levko Koper scored two goals and the Chiefs buried three power-play goals, beating Lethbridge in a rematch of last season's Western Hockey League championship series.
Mitch Wahl, Trevor Glass and Seth Compton also scored for Spokane (13-4-0-3).
Brent Henke and Dwight King scored for Lethbridge (9-10-0-1).