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WHL Roundup: Connor Rankin scores SO winner as Hitmen edge Cougars 4-3 @NHLdotcom

CALGARY - Connor Rankin scored the deciding goal in a shootout as the Calgary Hitmen slipped past the Prince George Cougars with a 4-3 victory in Western Hockey League action on Wednesday.

Travis Sanheim had a goal and an assist for Calgary (32-17-5), while Jake Virtanen and Kenton Helgesen rounded out the offence. Adam Tambellini also scored in the shootout.

Brad Morrison and Zach Pochiro led the Cougars (21-32-4) with a goal and a helper apiece. Tate Olson had the other goal.

Hitmen goaltender Brendan Burke made 19 saves through regulation and overtime and shut down 4-of-5 skaters in the shootout.

Prince George's Ty Edmonds stopped 49 shots through 65 minutes and added three more on five attempts in the shootout.

Calgary was 2 for 5 on the power play while the Cougars scored once on two chances with the man advantage.



PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. ??? Nick McBride stopped all 24 shots he faced as the Raiders blanked Spokane.

Tim Vanstone led Prince Albert (23-31-2) with a goal and an assist, while Colton Heffley and Matteo Gennaro rounded out the attack.

Garret Hughson made 27 saves for the Chiefs (26-24-4).



CRANBROOK, B.C. ??? Levi Cable and Rinat Valiev had a goal and two assists apiece as the Ice toppled Medicine Hat.

Jaedon Descheneau and Tim Bozon each scored a goal and set up another for Kootenay (28-26-1), while Vince Loschiavo and Sam Reinhart rounded out the attack.

Markus Eisenschmid, Chad Butcher and Cole Sanford replied for the Tigers (36-16-3).



LETHBRIDGE, Alta. ??? Jamal Watson scored twice, including a short-handed, empty-net goal, and added an assist to lead the Hurricanes over Moose Jaw.

Andrew Nielsen had a three-point night for Lethbridge (16-32-6), also firing a short-handed shot in an empty net and setting up two other goals. Florian Baltram, Johnny Wesley and Mike Winther rounded out the attack.

Jiri Smejkal led the Warriors (21-29-4) with a goal and two helpers and Tanner Eberle also scored.



VANCOUVER ??? Carter Popoff scored twice, including an empty-net goal with 26 seconds remaining in the game, as the Giants topped Edmonton.

Vladimir Bobylev also scored for Vancouver (23-29-3), and Tyler Benson chipped in with two assists.

Lane Bauer had the lone goal for the Oil Kings (25-26-6), opening up the scoring at 9:42 of the first period.



EVERETT, Wash. ??? Lukin Vladislav scored the only goal of a shootout to lift Tri-City over the Silvertips.

Beau McCue tied the game at 14:28 of the third period to force extra time, while Brendan O'Reilly and Lucas Nickles also scored for the Americans (26-26-3).

Remi Laurencelle and Nikita Scherbak had a goal and an assist apiece for Everett (34-16-5), which got out to an early 2-0 lead in the first period. Patrick Bajkov rounded out the offence.

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