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West is best in battle of division leaders as Vancouver and Tri-City win @NHL

The Eastern Conference division leaders paid a visit to their Western Conference counterparts on Saturday night.

When the dust settled, it was the West who had the last laugh.

The B.C. Division leading Vancouver Giants got goals from five different players as they dominated the East Division's Saskatoon Blades en route to a 5-1 victory in the Western Hockey League.

Across the border, Chet Pickard made 35 saves as the red-hot Tri-City Americans of the U.S. Division shut down the high-powered offence of the Central Dvision leading Calgary Hitmen 4-1 to win their eighth straight.

The Giants (23-2-0-3) fired 22 shots in the first period, while holding Saskatoon to only 18 over the entire game.

The game was never really in contention as Adam Basford opened the scoring for Vancouver on the power play five minutes into the first period. Evander Kane added his 18th goal of the season on a two man-advantage and Lance Bouma made it 3-0 before the game was 10 minutes old.

The loss ended a 12-game road winning streak for the Blades (22-8-2-0) as they finished their B.C. Division road trip with a 4-1 record.

Elsewhere in the WHL on Saturday, it was: Brandon5, Medicine Hat 1; Prince Albert 8, Moose Jaw 3; Lethbridge 5, Edmonton 3; Red Deer 3, Kamloops 2; Kelowna 5, Chilliwack 2; Seattle 3, Portland 1; Prince George 4, Everett 3 (OT); and Spokane 6, Kootenay 2.

At Vancouver, Jonathan Blum and Craig Cunningham also scored for the Giants, who have won nine of their last 10. Adam Chorneyko had the lone reply for Saskatoon.

Tyson Sexsmith made 17 saves to record the victory, while Blades netminder Braden Holtby stopped 34 shots.

At Kennewick, Wash., Adam Hughesman, Taylor Procyshen and Kruise Reddick each had a goal and two assists as the Americans (22-7-0-2) broke open a close game with a pair of goals in the third period to hand Calgary its first regulation loss in 14 games.

Tri-City's Mitch Fadden opened the scoring just 58 seconds into the game, inciting a rain of 2,513 stuffed animals.

Carson McMillan scored the lone goal for Calgary (25-5-1-1), while goaltender Martin Jones made 26 saves.


Wheat Kings 5, Tigers 1

At Brandon, Man., Scott Glennie scored two goals and two assists to lift the Wheat Kings over Medicine Hat.

Brayden Schenn picked up a goal and two assists, while Del Cowan and Andrew Clark also scored for Brandon (17-11-1-1).

Travis Dunstall scored the lone goal for the Tigers (18-9-2-3).


Raiders 8, Warriors 3

At Prince Albert, Sask., Justin Bernhardt had a four-point night, with two goals and two assists, as the Raiders routed Moose Jaw.

Ryan Harrison scored twice, Ryan McDonald had a goal and three assists, while Dustin Cameron, Jordan Kochan and Nathan Deck also scored for Prince Albert (14-20-1-0), which snapped a nine-game winless skid.

Joel Broda scored a pair and Ian Duval added a goal for the Warriors (7-21-0-1), who have lost seven straight.


Hurricanes 5, Oil Kings 3

At Edmonton, Mitch Versteeg's goal and two assists helped extend Lethbridge's winning streak to six games as they defeated the Oil Kings.

Carter Bancks scored the game-winner 8:30 into the third period. Colton Sceviour, Cam Braes and Brent Henke also scored for the Hurricanes (17-12-0-1).

Adrian Van de Mosselaer, Brent Raedeke and Robin Soudek replied for Edmonton (14-17-1-3).


Rebels 3, Blazers 2

At Red Deer, Alta., Carter Smith notched the winning goal at 3:59 of the third period as the Rebels edged Kamloops.

Brennen Wray and Steve Oursov also scored for Red Deer (11-17-0-5).

CJ Stretch and Tyler Shattock replied for the Blazers (13-16-1-3).


Rockets 5, Bruins 2

At Kelowna, B.C., Jamie Benn scored his league-leading 24th goal of the season and added an assist as the Rockets downed Chilliwack.

Lucas Bloodoff, Aaron Borejko, Mitchell Callahan and Brandon McMillan also scored for Kelowna (19-11-0-0), which is now 4-0 against the Bruins this season, including three shutout wins.

Kevin Sundher opened the scoring and Brett Ward also replied for the Bruins (9-18-2-2), who have lost seven straight.


Thunderbirds 3, Winter Hawks 1

At Portland, Ore., Calvin Pickard played 58 minutes of shutout hockey to lead Seattle past the Winter Hawks.

Chris Cloud scored the eventual game-winner at 14:58 of the third period. Jonathon Parker and Greg Scott had the other goals for the Thunderbirds (13-14-1-2).

Luke Walker found the net for Portland (8-23-0-0) to end Pickard's shutout bid.


Cougars 4, Silvertips 3 (OT)

At Prince George, B.C., Cameron Cepeck scored the overtime winner and added two assists in regulation to give the Cougars the win over Everett.

Marke Viedensky and Dallas Jackson had a goal and an assist each for Prince George (12-18-0-1). Dana Tyrell also scored.

Graham Potuer, Tyler Maxwell and Zack Dailey all scored for the Silvertips (14-12-4-0).


Chiefs 6, Ice 2

At Spokane, Wash., Drayson Bowman scored two of the Chiefs' five first-period goals as they thrashed Kootenay.

Mitch Wahl, Jared Spurgeon, Steve Kuhn and Dustin Donaghy also scored for Spokane (18-9-0-3). Bowman added two assists and Brett Bartman also recorded a pair of helpers.

Michael Stickland and Brayden McNabb scored for the Ice (16-13-2-3).

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