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WHL Roundup: A look at Friday's games

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The Western Hockey League has a new team atop its leader board.

Chase Schaber scored twice as the Kamloops Blazers defeated the host Seattle Thunderbirds 5-3 on Friday in WHL action.

The victory was Kamloops' eighth in a row and gives them a one-point lead over the Tri-City Americans for top spot in WHL standings.

Colin Smith and Bronson Maschmeyer had a goal and an assist each for the Blazers (33-10-3) while Chase Souto added a single.

Chance Lund lead the Thunderbirds (17-25-1) offensively with two goals as Seth Swenson scored the other.

Cam Lanigan made 30 saves for the win while Daniel Cotton turned aside 35 shots in defeat.

Kamloops went 1 for 6 on the power play as Seattle failed to score on six chances with the man advantage.

The Blazers and the Americans will have an opportunity to battle for first place this Saturday when Tri-City hosts Kamloops.

Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Moose Jaw 6, Kootenay 5 (OT); Victoria 6, Prince Albert 4; Medicine Hat 3, Regina 2 (OT); Edmonton 6, Swift Current 1; Saskatoon 3, Brandon 2; Calgary 5, Prince George 1; Lethbridge 6, Kelowna 3; Spokane 3, Tri-City 1 and Vancouver 4, Everett 3.

At Kent, Wash., Souto scored 2:30 into the game and Smith added another seven minutes later to make it 2-0 Blazers.

Lund cut the lead in half with a goal for Seattle at 17:59.

Kamloops increased their lead to 4-1 when Schaber and Maschmeyer scored the only goals of the second period, coming three minutes apart.

Lund scored his second of the game 2:37 into the third period and Swenson helped chip away the lead with another Thunderbirds' goal at 17:07, but Schaber scored into an empty net with six seconds remaining in regulation to secure a victory for the Blazers.

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Warriors 6 Ice 5 (OT)

At Moose Jaw, Sask., Andrew Johnson scored twice, including the game winner, as the Warriors (28-14-5) picked up their third win in a row by defeating Kootenay (26-13-6).

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Royals 6 Raiders 4

At Prince Albert, Sask., Victoria (15-27-5) scored three power-play goals and Keith Hamilton made 28 saves, handing the Raiders (15-28-3) their fourth straight defeat.

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Tigers 3 Pats 2 (OT)

At Regina, Cole Grbavac scored 2:07 into overtime as Medicine Hat (27-16-4) won its third straight game by defeating the Pats (25-17-6).

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Oil Kings 6 Broncos 1

At Swift Current, Sask., Mark Pysyk and Tyler Maxwell scored two goals apiece as Edmonton (31-11-5) crushed the Broncos (18-23-5).

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Blades 3 Wheat Kings 2

At Saskatoon, Alex Moodie made 33 saves, earning the game's first star, and Kyle Schmidt's first goal of the season stood as the winner as the Blades (28-18-1) edged Brandon (23-21-3).

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Hitmen 5 Cougars 1

At Calgary, Victor Rask scored twice and Calder Brooks had a goal and an assist as the Hitmen (26-17-3) defeated Prince George (15-28-2).

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Hurricanes 6 Rockets 3

At Kelowna, B.C., Brody Sutter scored twice and set up one more as Lethbridge (18-30-1) doubled up the Rockets (19-23-5).

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Chiefs 3 Americans 1

At Kennewick, Wash., Mac Engel made 37 saves, earning the game's first star, as Spokane (23-14-6) snapped the Americans' (34-11-0) 13-game home-ice winning streak.

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Giants 4 Silvertips 3

At Vancouver, Brett Kulak scored two goals, including the game winner, as the Giants (27-17-2) snapped a three-game losing streak by defeating Everett (9-28-9).

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