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WHL Roundup: Big third period blasts Kelowna Rockets past Tigers 6-5 @NHLdotcom

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. - Nick Merkley's goal late in the game held up as the winner as the Kelowna Rockets used a three-goal third period to blast the Medicine Hat Tigers 6-5 on Tuesday in Western Hockey League action.

Calvin Thurkauf and Tomas Soustal also scored for Kelowna (5-2-0) in the final 20 minutes of play. Tanner Wishnowski, Rourke Chartier and Justin Kirkland supplied the rest of the offence.

Trevor Cox scored twice for the Tigers (2-2-1) and Cole Sanford had a goal and two assists. James Hamblin and David Quenneville had the other goals.

Jackson Whistle made 33 saves for the Rockets.

Nick Schneider shouldered the loss, stopping 26-of-32 shots.



BRANDON, Man. ? John Quenneville scored two goals and set up two more to pace the Wheat Kings past Vancouver.

Reid Duke also found the back of the net twice for Brandon (3-1-1). Jayce Hawryluk had a goal and four assists and Nolan Patrick and Braylon Shmyr also scored.

Carter Popoff scored twice for the Giants (3-1-1). Clayton Kirichenko had the other goal.



PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. ??? Jordan Tkatch scored two goals, including an empty-netter with eight seconds to play, as the Raiders topped Kootenay.

Reid Gardiner had a goal and an assist for Prince Albert (4-1-0). Jesse Lees and Luke Coleman also scored.

Bryan Allbee, Austin Wellsby and Zac Zborosky scored for the Ice (1-4-0). Kootenay's Max Patterson was given a game misconduct 13:03 into the first period.



LETHBRIDGE, Alta. ??? Tyler Wong and Andrew Nielsen each scored two goals as the Hurricanes stormed past Red Deer.

Egor Babenko rounded out the offence for Lethbridge (3-2-0), which was 3 for 6 on the power play.

Brandon Hagel and Adam Musil had power-play goals for the Rebels (4-1-0).



VICTORIA ??? Hudson Elynuik had two goals, including an empty-netter with less than a minute to play, as Spokane topped the Royals.

Dominic Zwerger had the other goal for the Chiefs (3-1-0).

Dante Hannoun scored on the power play for Victoria (4-1-0).


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