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Wheat Kings, Giants sweep their way to second round of WHL playoffs

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The second round of the Western Hockey League playoffs is starting to take shape after the Brandon Wheat Kings swept their first-round Eastern Conference series before the Vancouver Giants followed suit in the West.

Defenceman Alexander Urbom scored 16:27 into overtime Wednesday as the Wheat Kings beat the Swift Current Broncos 3-2 and swept them from the WHL playoffs.

Urbom's second game-winner in as many nights came in one of four overtime games Wednesday.

Meanwhile,Brendan Gallagher scored at 15:41 of the third period and the Giants swept the Kamloops Blazers with a 5-4 win.

At Regina, Travis Hamonic and Brayden Schenn also scored for the Wheat Kings.

Reece Scarlett and Taylor Vause replied for the Broncos, who played their home games in Regina because Swift Current, Sask., is the site of the world women's curling championship this week.

Mark Friesen stopped 45 shots for the Broncos, while Jacob DeSerres made 20 saves for Brandon.

Elsewhere in WHL playoff action it was: Medicine Hat 5 Kootenay 1; Saskatoon 2 Red Deer 1 (OT); Portland 2 Spokane 1; Kelowna 5 Everett 4 (2OT); and Tri-City 4 Chilliwack 3 (OT).

At Kamloops, B.C, Milan Kytnar, James Henry and Craig Cunningham also scored for Vancouver, which won two of the games in overtime.

Colin Smith, with two, Jake Trask and Austin Madaisky replied for Kamloops.

Kamloops goaltender Jon Groenheyde stopped 26 shots, while Mark Segal of the Giants turned aside 25.

Tigers 5 Ice 1

At Medicine Hat, Alta., Taylor Gal had a goal and two assists as the Tigers beat Kootenay and drew even in their first-round Western Hockey League playoff series.

Game 5 in the best-of-seven series goes Friday in Cranbrook, B.C.

Emerson Etem, Tomas Kundratek, Mark Isherwood and Wacey Hamilton also scored for the Tigers.

Dominik Pacovsky replied for the Ice.

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Blades 2 Rebels 1 (OT)

At Red Deer, Alta., Marek Viedensky scored at 5:03 of overtime to lift Saskatoon over the Rebels.

The Blades have a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final. Game 4 is Thursday in Red Deer.

Stefan Elliott replied for the Rebels.

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Winterhawks 2 Chiefs 1

At Spokane, Wash., defenceman Troy Rutkowski scored the game winner as Portland beat the Chiefs.

Spokane still leads the best-of-seven first-round series 2-1 and will return home for Game 4 on Friday.

Nino Niederreiter also scored for Portland while Kyle Beach replied for Spokane.

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Rockets 5 Silvertips 4 (2OT)

At Kelowna,B.C., Geordie Wudrick scored his second goal of the game in double overtime, Mark Guggenberger made 39 saves and the Rockets beat Everett.

The first-round series is tied 2-2 with Game 5 Friday in Everett, Wash.

Spencer Main, Brett Bulmer and Antoine Corbin also scored for Kelowna.

Shane Harper, Markus McCrea, Clayton Cumiskey and Ryan Murray scored for Everett.

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Americans 4 Bruins 3 (OT)

At Chilliwack, B.C., Kruise Reddick scored in overtime as Tri-City beat the Bruins.

The Americans lead the first-round series 3-1. Game 5 is Friday in Kennewick,Wash.

Patrick Holland, Brendan Shinnimin and Brooks Macek also scored for the Americans.

Jamie Crooks and Kevin Sundher scored in the last minute of regulation for Chilliwack to send the game to overtime. Ryan Howse also scored for the Bruins.

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