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WHL Roundup: A look at Saturday's games

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The Tri-City Americans are close to taking top spot in the Western Hockey League standings thanks to a four-game winning streak.

?We?ve had really good wins this week,? said Tri-City coach Jim Hiller. ?We?re in a bit of a groove.?

The Americans (19-6-0), who are in first place in the Western Conference, extended their winning streak on Saturday when they defeated the Regina Pats 6-1.

The win moved Tri-City one point behind the league-leading Kootenay Ice.

Adam Hughesman, Jordan Messier and Brendan Shinnimin each had a goal and an assist for Tri-City while Mason Wilgosh, Justin Feser and Patrick Holland added singles.

Holland also chipped in two assists.

Ricard Blidstrand scored the lone goal for the Pats (13-10-2).

Eric Comrie made 20 saves for the win while Matt Hewitt turned aside 13 of 18 shots before being relieved by Adam Beukeboom, who stopped 10 of 11 shots.

Tri-City went 1-for-5 on the power play as Regina failed to score on five opportunities with the man advantage.

Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Moose Jaw 4, Brandon 3; Calgary 8, Prince Albert 2; Vancouver 4, Saskatoon 1; Edmonton 5, Lethbridge 2; Medicine Hat 4, Red Deer 1; Kamloops 8, Seattle 2; Swift Current 3, Everett 1; Kelowna 6, Victoria 5 and Prince George 5, Spokane 4.

At Kennewick, Wash., Hughesman opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 4:46 of the first period, giving the Americans a 1-0 lead.

Before the period was through, Messier and Holland scored less than four minutes apart to make it 3-0 after 20 minutes of play.

Blidstrand got Regina on the board at 16:58 of the second period, making it 3-1 Tri-City, however, Wilgosh scored 35 seconds later to restore the Americans three-goal lead.

Before the period was through, Shinnimin scored to make it 5-1 Americans.

Beukeboom replaced Hewitt in the Pats net to start the third period however Feser scored at 9:51 to make it a 6-1 final for Tri-City.

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Warriors 4 Wheat Kings 3

At Moose Jaw, Sask., Eric Arnold scored twice lifting the Warriors (16-8-2) over Brandon (16-10-2).

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Hitmen 8 Raiders 2

At Prince Albert, Sask., Brady Brassart scored twice and added an assist as Calgary (14-10-2) beat the Raiders (6-20-2).

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Giants 4 Blades 1

At Saskatoon, Cain Franson scored twice to lead Vancouver (16-9-2) over the Blades (18-8-1).

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Oil Kings 5 Hurricanes 2

At Edmonton, Michael St. Croix scored twice and assisted on two others as the Oil Kings (15-8-3) beat Lethbridge (6-20-1).

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Tigers 4 Rebels 1

At Red Deer, Alta., Tyler Bunz made 29 saves, leading Medicine Hat (16-9-3) past the Rebels (14-7-2).

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Blazers 8 Thunderbirds 2

At Kamloops, B.C., Brendan Ranford picked up his 200th career point as the Blazers (16-7-1) beat Seattle (10-12-1).

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Broncos 3 Silvertips 1

At Everett, Wash., Taylor Vause scored twice and Jon Groenheyde made 32 saves, leading Swift Current (11-13-3) over the Silvertips (5-17-4).

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Rockets 6 Royals 5

At Kelowna, B.C., Brett Bulmer scored a hat trick as the Rockets (10-12-3) defeated Victoria (11-14-1).

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Cougars 5 Chiefs 4

At Spokane, Wash., Charles Inglis had a goal and an assist as Prince George (8-17-2) beat the Chiefs (11-7-3).

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