Brenden Walker helped the Brandon Wheat Kings jump over Saskatoon in the standings on Wednesday night.
Walker scored the game-winner in the third to lift Brandon to a 5-3 victory over the Blades in Western Hockey League play. Walker's goal, eight minutes into the third period, broke a 3-3 tie as the Wheat Kings improved to 45-18-4 and took over first place in the WHL's East Division, one point ahead of the Blades.
Shayne Wiebe had a goal and two assists, while Aaron Lewadniuk, Matt Calvert and Brayden Schenn, with an empty-netter, also scored for the Wheat Kings.
Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Kootenay 7 Edmonton 3; Medicine Hat 3 Moose Jaw 2 (SO); Prince Albert 3 Red Deer 2; and Kelowna 3 Spokane 2 (SO).
At Brandon, Man., Gaelen Patterson, Josh Nicholls and Derek Hulak replied for the Blades, who fell to 43-16-7.
Brandon netminder Jacob DeSerres made 22 saves, while Steven Stanford stopped 19 shots for Saskatoon.
Ice 7 Oil Kings 3
At Edmonton, Matt Fraser scored twice as Kootenay snapped a three-game skid with a win over the Oil Kings.
Dustin Sylvester, Kevin King, Steele Boomer, Max Reinhart and Brayden McNabb also scored for Kootenay (40-22-5).
Stephane Legault, Mike Piluso and Dylan Wruck scored for the Oil Kings (16-38-13).
Tigers 3 Warriors 2 (SO)
At Medicine Hat, Alta., Wacey Hamilton scored the shootout winner as the Tigers downed Moose Jaw.
Bretton Cameron and Linden Vey scored for the Tigers (36-23-8) in regulation. Connor Cox and Kevin Smith replied for the Warriors (32-24-10).
Raiders 3 Rebels 2
At Red Deer, Alta., Justin Maylan scored the game-winner six minutes into the third as Prince Albert edged the Rebels.
Jordan Rowley and Jordan Hickmott also scored for Prince Albert (31-31-5), which kept its slim playoff hopes alive.
Cullen Morin and Andrej Kudrna replied for Red Deer (38-24-4).
Rockets 3 Chiefs 2 (SO)
At Kelowna, B.C., Geordie Wudrick and Brandon McMillan scored in the shootout to lift the Rockets over Spokane.
Evan Bloodoff and Brandon McMillan scored in regulation for the Rockets (31-30-6).
Tyler Johnson and Brenden Kichton replied for the Chiefs (40-21-5).