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.
WHEAT KINGS 8 GIANTS 3
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.
RAIDERS 5 ICE 3
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.
HURRICANES 5 REBELS 2
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).
CHIEFS 3 ROYALS 1
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).