Jesse Ismond scored three goals and added an assist to lift the streaking Kootenay Ice over the struggling Edmonton Oil Kings 4-2 on Wednesday afternoon in the Western Hockey League.
Max Reinhart had the other goal for the Ice (26-15-3), and also picked up an assist. Kootenay has won ten games in a row and is one victory away from tying the franchise record set from Jan. 2-29, 2005.
Cameron Maclise and Drew Nichol scored for the Oil Kings (10-24-11), who have lost eight in a row. Edmonton newcomer Mike Piluso, who came to the Oil Kings in a trade with Vancouver on Sunday, beat Nathan Lieuwen cleanly six minutes into the second but rattled his shot off the crossbar.
Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Regina 4 Brandon 2; Saskatoon 4 Calgary 1; Lethbridge 2 Swift Current 1; Spokane 4 Medicine Hat 2; Kamloops 5 Portland 4; Red Deer 2 Prince George 1; and Tri-City 2 Seattle 1 (OT).
At Edmonton, Torrie Jung stopped 31 shots for the Oil Kings, who went 1-for-4 on the power play. Nathan Lieuwen stopped 30 shots for Kootenay, which failed to score on its only man advantage opportunity.
Pats 4 Wheat Kings 2
At Regina, Jordan Weal had two goals and an assist to lead the Pats to a victory over Brandon.
Blades 4 Hitmen 1
At Saskatoon, Steven Stanford made 37 saves as the WHL-leading Blades beat struggling Calgary.
Hurricanes 2 Broncos 1
At Swift Current, Sask., Linden Rowat stopped 38 shots in backstopping Lethbridge to a win over the Broncos.
Chiefs 4 Tigers 2
At Medicine Hat, Alta., James Reid made 25 saves as Spokane beat the Tigers.
Blazers 5 Winterwahks 4
At Kamloops, B.C., newly-acquired goaltender Kurtis Mucha turned aside 30 shots to lead the Blazers over Portland.
Rebels 2 Cougars 1
At Prince George, B.C., Darcy Kuemper made 29 saves as Red Deer edged the Cougars.
Americans 2 Thunderbirds 1 (OT)
At Kennewick, Wash., Brooks Macek scored in overtime to lead Tri-City over Seattle.