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Wednesday's WHL Roundup

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James Henry scored three goals, James Wright had a goal and three assists, and the Vancouver Giants never let up in an 11-1 dismantling of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in Western Hockey League action Wednesday.

Craig Cunningham had a pair of goals, and David Musil and Milan Kytnar each had a goal and two assists to lead the way for the Giants. Lance Bouma, Brett Breitkreuz, and Connor Redmond also scored in the blowout.

Mark Segal (11-7-0) needed to make only 16 saves to pick up his 11th win of the season.

Brandon Anderson (9-12-2), coming off mop-up duties the night before in Chilliwack, was pulled after two periods Wednesday.

Carter Bancks scored the only goal for Lethbridge (16-32-5), which lost 9-2 to the Chilliwack Bruins on Tuesday.

Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Brandon 5 Red Deer 3; Calgary 2 Swift Current 1; Prince Albert 7 Saskatoon 3; Kootenay 2 Moose Jaw 1; Kamloops 4 Portland 3 (OT); Kelowna 5 Edmonton 4 (SO); and Spokane 2 Everett 1.

At Langley,B.C., Vancouver (32-20-3) opened the scoring just two minutes into the game. James Wright threw the puck out to the front of the net where Bouma was able to fire home his 13th of the season.

With the first power play of the game, the Giants doubled their lead. Neil Manning sent a cross-crease pass to Henry and with most of the net to shoot at, he made no mistake.

At 13:17 Breitkreuz knocked a puck out of the air to make it 3-0. Dillon Scholten stopped an Anderson clearing attempt and took a shot from point that Breitkreuz was able to deflect for his 12th of the year.

Lethbridge got on the board on an power play. Daniel Johnston threw the puck towards the net and it ricocheted first off Wright's skate, then Bancks, and then Segal's.

The Giants restored the three-goal cushion two minutes later. Wright chipped the puck to neutral zone where Henry and Brent Henke broke in on Anderson two-on-one. Henry kept the puck, scoring his fourth short-handed goal of the season.

Vancouver didn't let up. Musil fired a strong wrist shot that beat Anderson top corner at 7:44.

The WHL's leading scorer got in on the action on another power play in the second. Cunningham released a rocked from the top of the face-off circle for his 32nd of the season.

Cunningham made it a pair when he took a pass from Kevin Connauton at the top of the circle at 19:22.

Redmond jammed a puck into the net during a goal-mouth scramble 22 seconds later to make it 8-1 before the end of the second.

The Giants reached their highest goal-scoring output of the season when Kytnar beat Ville Kolppanen, who replaced Anderson in the Lethbridge net.

The Giants hit double-digits when Musil took a shot from the point, deflected by Henry, giving the 18-year-old the hat trick. Tomas Vincour also assisted, giving him a four-game point streak.

Wright's goal was his first of the season in his fourth game, and his 100th WHL point. Wright had played 48 games with the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning this season.

Wheat Kings 5 Rebels 3

At Brandon, Man., Brayden Schenn scored two goals and set up another as the Wheat Kings defeated Red Deer.

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Hitmen 2 Broncos 1

At Swift Current, Sask., Justin Kirsch's first career WHL goal early in the third period lifted Calgary over the Broncos.

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Raiders 7 Blades 3

At Prince Albert, Sask., Justin Maylan scored twice as the Raiders defeated Saskatoon.

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Ice 2 Warriors 1

At Moose Jaw, Sask., Hayden Rintoul scored halfway through the second period to push Kootenay over the Warriors.

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Blazers 4 Winterhawks 3 (OT)

At Portland, Ore., C.J. Stretch scored in overtime to help Kamloops defeat the Winterhawks.

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Rockets 5 Oil Kings 4 (SO)

At Kelowna, B.C., Geordie Wudrick scored twice in regulation before adding the shootout winner, as the Rockets topped the Edmonton Oil Kings.

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Chiefs 2 Silvertips 1

At Spokane,Wash., Tyler Johnson had a goal and an assist and the Chiefs held Everett to 10 shots in the final two periods.

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