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Home ice has been the key to the Prince Albert Raiders' recent success.

Cole Holowenko stopped 36 shots as his Raiders defeated the Saskatoon Blades 5-2 on Thursday night in Western Hockey League action.

The victory was Prince Albert's sixth straight at home as they have now picked up points in nine of their last 10 games and moved out of the Eastern Conference basement.

Mark McNeill, Mike Winther and Kellan Tochkin each had a goal and an assist for the Raiders (14-22-3) while Matt Waseylenko and Brandon Herrod scored the others.

Lukas Sutter had a goal and an assist for the Blades (20-16-1) as Duncan Siemens chipped in a goal.

Alex Moodie turned aside 27 shots in a losing effort.

Neither team could score with the power play as Prince Albert went 0-for-4 and Saskatoon 0-for-6.

Ten of the Raiders' 14 wins have come in front of their home crowd.

Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Red Deer 4, Kootenay 2; Medicine Hat 5, Lethbridge 2 and Tri-City 5, Kelowna 1.

At Prince Albert, Sask., Siemens opened the scoring 1:09 into the game and less than five minutes later Sutter added another to give Saskatoon an early 2-0 lead.

Waseylenko cut into the Blades lead 23 seconds later and before the period was finished Winther scored short handed to tie the game at two.

McNeill scored at 2:47 of the second period, giving the Raiders their first lead of the game.

Herrod added on one more second period goal to give Prince Albert a two-goal lead heading into the final period.

Tochkin scored at 15:47 of the third period to finalize the Raiders victory.


Rebels 4 Ice 2

At Red Deer, Alta., Tyson Ness scored twice and set up one more as the Rebels (17-17-3) doubled up Kootenay (22-11-3).


Tigers 5 Hurricanes 2

At Lethbridge Alta., Hunter Shinkaruk scored once and set up two more as Medicine Hat (22-12-4) picked up their fourth straight victory by beating the Hurricanes (14-24-1).


Americans 5 Rockets 1

At Kennewick, Wash., Brendan Shinnimin had his first career hat trick, including two short-handed goals, as Tri-City (28-7-0) defeated Kelowna (14-18-5).

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