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WHL Roundup: A look at Friday's games

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The Western Hockey League has a new scoring leader.

Ty Rattie scored a hat trick as the Portland Winterhawks defeated the Victoria Royals 7-6 on Friday night in Western Hockey League action.

It was the third hat trick of the season for Rattie, who now leads the entire Canadian Hockey League in goals with 36. With an assist to give him a four-point night, Rattie took over the WHL lead in points with 67, one more than Brandon Wheat Kings forward Mark Stone.

Brendan Leipsic scored twice and added two assists for the Winterhawks (23-11-3), Derek Pouliot had a goal and an assist while Tyler Wotherspoon scored a single goal.

Jamie Crooks had three goals and an assist for the Royals (13-22-4), and Zane Jones scored twice. Kevin Sundher rounded out Victoria's scoring with a goal and two assists.

Mac Carruth picked up the win, making 33 saves, while Keith Hamilton stopped 47 shots in defeat.

Portland went 2-for-11 on the power play as the Royals scored once on four opportunities with the man advantage.

Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Regina 4, Swift Current 1; Saskatoon 9, Prince Albert 4; Edmonton 7, Brandon 1; Spokane 3, Kootenay 2 (OT); Medicine Hat 3, Lethbridge 2; Calgary 6, Kamloops 3; Vancouver 5, Prince George 1 and Seattle 2, Moose Jaw 0.

At Portland, Ore., Crooks opened the scoring at the seven minute mark of the first period to give the Royals a 1-0 lead, but 53 seconds later Rattie scored to tie it up.

Crooks and Rattie exchanged goals again later in the first period, making it 2-2 after 20 minutes of play.

Jones and Sundher scored early in the second, giving Victoria a 4-2 lead, however Leipsic, Wotherspoon and Rattie responded to make it 5-4 Portland.

Jones and Crooks each scored again before the period was through to give the Royals a 6-5 lead heading into the third period.

Leipsic scored on the power play early in the third to tie the game at six and Pouliot scored the game-winning goal at 6:36.

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Pats 4 Broncos 1

At Regina, Jordan Weal scored a goal and added three assists as the Pats (20-15-4) handed Swift Current (14-19-5) their fifth straight loss.

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Blades 9 Raiders 4

At Saskatoon, Lukas Sutter, Jake Trask and Dalton Thrower combined for seven goals as the Blades (21-16-1) crushed Prince Albert (14-23-3).

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Oil Kings 7 Wheat Kings 1

At Brandon, Laurent Brossoit stopped 41 shots, earning first star of the game, and Michael St. Croix scored twice as Edmonton (25-9-4) crushed the Wheat Kings (21-15-2).

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Chiefs 3 Ice 2 (OT)

At Cranbrook, B.C., Brenden Kichton scored the winner in a shootout to lift Spokane (17-11-5) over Kootenay (22-11-4).

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Tigers 3 Hurricanes 2

At Medicine Hat, Alta., Curtis Valk scored a power-play goal in the third period to lift the Tigers (23-12-4) over Lethbridge (14-25-1).

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Hitmen 6 Blazers 3

At Kamloops, B.C., Jake Virtanen scored his first Western Hockey League goal as Calgary (18-16-3) doubled up the Blazers (25-10-3).

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Giants 5 Cougars 1

At Vancouver, Wes Vannieuwenhuizen scored his first goal of the season and it stood up as the game winner as the Giants (24-13-2) defeated Prince George (13-22-2).

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Silvertips 2 Warriors 0

At Kent, Wash., Calvin Pickard made 40 saves to record his second shutout of the season and lift the Thunderbirds (16-17-1) over Moose Jaw (23-10-4).

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