The Kelowna Rockets landed the knockout punch early against the Medicine Hat Tigers.
The visiting Rockets scored on their first three shots Wednesday in a 6-1 Western Hockey League win over the shell-shocked Tigers. Mitchell Callahan had two goals for the Rockets (39-20-1-3), while Stepan Novotny, Cody Almond, Evan Bloodoff and Spencer Main also scored.
The previous time these two clubs played, the Rockets bombed the Tigers 10-1 in Kelowna back on Jan. 30.
Willie Desjardins, the Tigers head coach and general manager, was hoping his club would have a better outing this time around. Instead, he got a nasty case of deja vu.
"They were certainly finding the net," Desjardins told the Medicine Hat News. "Sometimes things like that happen. The third one was a deflection. It was just tough. We wanted to go, but everything were doing was going bad. "
Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Brandon 4 Lethbridge 2; Saskatoon 8 Moose Jaw 4; Edmonton 4 Red Deer 1; Prince Albert 5 Kootenay 3; Calgary 6 Regina 3; Spokane 5 Kamloops 2; Vancouver 8 Everett 0; and Tri-City 8 Chilliwack 1.
At Medicine Hat, Alta., Travis Dunstall replied for the Tigers (33-24-4-3).
Mark Guggenberger made 17 stops earning the win in goal for the Rockets. Tyler Bunz started in goal for the Tigers, but he was chased after letting in three goals on three shots. Ryan Holfeld made 19 stops for the home side in relief.
Wheat Kings 4 Hurricanes 2
At Brandon, Man., James Priestner made 34 saves to backstop the Wheat Kings over Lethbridge.
Jay Fehr, Andrew Clark, Matt Calvert and Aaron Lewadniuk scored for the Wheat Kings (43-16-3-1).
Zach Boychuk and Colton Sceviour replied for the Hurricanes (30-28-3-2).
Blades 8 Warriors 4
At Saskatoon, Charles Inglis scored twice as the Blades beat Moose Jaw.
Burke Gallimore, Teigan Zahn, Walker Wintoneak, Colin Joe and Derek Hulak also scored for the Blades (45-15-3-1).
Matt MacKay, Quinton Howden, Riley Reinbolt and Brendan Rowinski replied for the Warriors (17-43-1-2).
Oil Kings 4 Rebels 1
At Edmonton, Brendan Dowd scored two goals and added an assist in the Oil Kings' victory over Red Deer.
Tomas Vincour also scored twice for Edmonton (27-31-2-5).
Jordie Deagle replied for Red Deer (19-34-1-9).
Raiders 5 Ice 3
At Cranbrook, B.C., Prince Albert forward Brandon Herrod had a goal and two assists in a win over Kootenay.
James Dobrolowski, with a pair, Jordan Hickmott and Ryan Kowalski also scored for the Raiders (28-32-4-1).
Ian Barteaux, Drew Czerwonka and Max Reinhart replied for the Ice (29-26-2-6).
Hitmen 6 Pats 3
At Calgary, Joel Broda and Brett Sonne both had two goals and an assist to lead the Hitmen over Regina.
Carson McMillan added a goal and an assist for the Hitmen (55-7-3-1), winners of 12 straight games. Kris Foucault also scored, while defenceman Keith Seabrook chipped in with three assists.
Mitch Czibere, Alex Pym and Victor Bartley scored for the Pats (25-33-1-5).
Chiefs 5 Blazers 2
At Kamloops, B.C., left-winger Drayson Bowman scored four goals Wednesday night, leading the Spokane Chiefs to a 5-2 Western Hockey League victory over the Kamloops Blazers.
Justin McCrae also scored for the Chiefs (40-19-0-3), while right-winger Brady Calla had three assists.
Scott Wasden and Curtis Kulchar replied for the Blazers (28-30-2-4).
Giants 8 Silvertips 0
At Everett, Wash., Garry Nunn scored a hat trick as Vancouver routed the Silvertips.
Craig Cunningham and Adam Basford each added two goals as Vancouver ran up its second straight lopsided victory against Everett. The Giants prevailed 7-0 when the teams last met Jan. 24 in Vancouver.
James Wright also scored for Vancouver (51-7-1-3).
Thomas Heemskerk stopped 23 of 28 shots while Kent Simpson stopped 18 of 21 in relief for Everett (25-29-7-2).
Americans 8 Bruins 1
At Kennewick, Wash., Mason Wilgosh and Mitch Fadden each scored two goals, Jason Reese had a goal and two assists and Tri-City hammered Chilliwack.
Kruise Reddick, Brett Plouffe and Brooks Macek also scored for the Americans (44-16-0-3).
Jesse Craige scored the lone goal for the Bruins (15-43-2-5).