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WHL Roundup: A look at Friday's games

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The Vancouver Giants gave Victoria an unwelcome return to the Western Hockey League.

Brendan Jensen made 26 saves Friday as Vancouver defeated the Royals 5-2 in Victoria's first WHL regular-season game in 17 years.

Cain Franson, with a goal and an assist, Anthony Ast, Marek Tvrdon, Jordan Martinook and Dalton Sward scored for the Giants (1-0-0), while Nathan Burns added two assists.

Steven Hodges and Robin Soudek replied for Victoria (0-1-0). Braden Gamble stopped 28 shots in the losing effort.

Friday was the first regular-season WHL game for a Victoria team since 1994. The Chilliwack Bruins moved to Victoria this summer.

Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Moose Jaw 4, Brandon 3; Regina 5, Swift Current 1; Red Deer 3, Kootenay 2 (SO); Saskatoon 4, Prince Albert 3; and Portland 3, Everett 2 (SO).

At Vancouver, the Giants opened the scoring with 1:38 to go in the first. Burns fed the puck down to Franson, who found Ast cutting in front.

The Giants had a goal disallowed on a four-minute power play in the second but scored 74 seconds later when Kiefer McNaughton's point shot was deflected by Tvrdon at 12:06.

Jensen picked up an assist on the Giants' third goal when Franson rushed down the left wing and unleashed a wicked wrist shot that beat Gamble stick side at 18:49 of the second.

Victoria got on the board 95 seconds into the third when Hodges backhanded the puck past Jensen.

Martinook restored the three-goal lead while shorthanded at 9:35, knocking the water bottle off the net to the delight of the 6,818 in attendance.

Victoria added a second goal when Soudek put a shot past Jensen at 15:30, but Sward scored into an empty net to seal it.

Warriors 4, Wheat Kings 3

At Brandon, Man., Brett Lyon scored three times and added an assist as Moose Jaw (1-1-0) downed the Wheat Kings (1-1-0).

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Pats 5, Broncos 1

At Regina, Chandler Stephenson scored two goals and added two assists as the Pats (1-0-1) got past Swift Current (0-1-0).

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Rebels 3, Ice 2 (SO)

At Red Deer, Alta., Brooks Maxwell scored the winning goal in the shootout as the Rebels (1-0-0) defeated Kootenay (0-0-1).

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Blades 4, Raiders 3

At Saskatoon, Jesse Paradis scored twice on special teams as the Blades (1-0-0) edged Prince Albert (0-1-0).

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Winterhawks 3, Silvertips 2 (SO)

At Portland, Ore., Derrick Pouliot scored the only goal in the shootout to lead the Winterhawks (1-0-0) over Everett (0-0-1).

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