A dominating performance from Emerson Etem wasn't enough to beat the Victoria Royals.
Hayden Rintoul scored his second goal of the game with 24 seconds left as the Royals overcame Etem's four-goal night and beat the Medicine Hat Tigers 5-4 in Western Hockey League action Friday.
Etem, the WHL leader with 11 goals, dominated the game. But Victoria scored three times in the third, including two power-play goals, to seal the victory.
Etem could have added a fifth goal, but he missed on a penalty shot in the second period.
Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Brandon 6 Prince George 3; Red Deer 4 Calgary 2; Edmonton 3 Moose Jaw 1; Regina 5 Lethbridge 4 (SO); Kamloops 6 Spokane 4; Tri-City 5 Kelowna 2; Everett 4 Portland 2; and Prince Albert 5 Seattle 0.
At Victoria, Rintoul also had two assists for the Royals (4-3-0). Robin Soudek, Logan Nelson and Jamie Crooks also scored.
Matthew Konan and Dylan Bredo each had two assists for Medicine Hat (3-3-0).
Etem started his goal-scoring tear with a short-handed goal 3:55 into the first period in the first period.
Soudek then tied the game with his fifth goal of the year while killing a Medicine Hat penalty, firing a wrist shot past Tigers goalie Tyler Bunz.
An early second-period fight between Tiger Adam Rehak and Royal Tim Traber set the tone for a penalty-filled game.
Rintoul got his first goal on the power play to briefly put the Royals up 2-1, but a pair of Etem goals put the Tigers back in the lead.
The Royals scored two quick power play goals early in the third to take the lead 4-3. Nelson got his sixth goal on a wraparound, while fellow rookie Crooks got his fifth.
Etem added his fourth goal in the third on a Tigers' man advantage to tie the game at four.
Rintoul's boomer from the point in the last minute of the game was the difference for Victoria.
Royals goalie Keith Hamilton had a strong game, stopping a number of clear cut breakaways and finishing the game with 38 saves.
Bunz stopped 27 shots for the Tigers.
Wheat Kings 6 Cougars 3
At Brandon, Man., Mike Ferland scored three goals and set up another as the Wheat Kings (4-1-1) beat Prince George (2-3-1).
Rebels 4 Hitmen 2
At Calgary, John Persson and Colten Mayor each had a goal and an assist to lead Red Deer (3-2-0) over the Hitmen (1-3-0).
Oil Kings 3 Warriors 1
At Moose Jaw, Sask., Martin Gernat scored twice as Edmonton (3-1-2) beat the Warriors (4-2-0).
Pats 5 Hurricanes 4 (SO)
At Regina, Dominik Volek scored the winning shootout goal as the Pats (5-1-0) beat Lethbridge (2-3-1).
Blazers 6 Chiefs 4
At Kamloops, B.C., left-winger Brendan Ranford scored a goal and set up two others, leading the Blazers (3-1-0) over Spokane (1-2-1).
Americans 5 Rockets 2
At Kennewick, Wash., Adam Hughesman had two goals and an assist and rookie Eric Comrie finished with 27 saves as Tri-City (4-2-0)downed Kelowna (3-1-0).
Silvertips 4 Winterhawks 2
At Everett, Wash., Kent Simpson stopped 40 shots, leading the Silvertips (1-1-2) over Portland (3-3-0).
Raiders 5 Thunderbirds 0
At Kent, Wash., Tyler Vanscourt scored a hat trick and Eric Williams made 36 saves to lift Prince Albert (2-4-1) over the Thunderbirds (0-3-0).