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WHL Roundup: Giants honour late co-owner Quinn with win over Winterhawks

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VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Giants honoured late co-owner Pat Quinn with a win on Friday.

The Giants beat the Portland Winterhawks 3-2 in Western Hockey League action, in Vancouver's first home game since Quinn's death on Nov. 23.

The team held a pre-game ceremony in honour of Quinn, a former player, coach and executive in the National Hockey League. Vancouver also unveiled a jersey patch and logo to commemorate him.

On the ice, it was Jackson Houck who scored twice and added an assist for the Giants (11-18-0). Carter Popoff rounded out the attack, in the debut of head coach Claude Noel.

Noel previously coached the Winnipeg Jets from 2011-14 and was hired by Vancouver on Nov. 30.

Miles Koules and Alex Schoenborn each had a goal for Portland (15-13-3), which had its six-game winning streak snapped in the loss.

Payton Lee got the win, making 32 saves, while Brendan Burke turned aside 34 shots for the Winterhawks.

The Giants went 2 for 5 on the power play while Portland was scoreless on six chances.

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BRONCOS 5 HURRICANES 2

SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. ??? Coda Gordon scored twice and added an assist as the Broncos defeated Lethbridge.

Colby Cave, Jay Merkley and Andreas Schumacher rounded out the Swift Current (15-12-4) attack. The win snaps a three-game losing skid for the Broncos.

Taylor Cooper and Zane Jones found the back of the net for the Hurricanes (6-18-4).

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PATS 3 WHEAT KINGS 2

BRANDON, Man. ??? Adam Brooks had a pair of goals for Regina in its win over the Wheat Kings.

Braden Christoffer had the other goal for the Pats (18-10-1), who won their fifth straight.

Nolan Patrick and Reid Duke replied with their ninth goals of the season for Brandon (21-7-2).

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HITMEN 6 OIL KINGS 2

CALGARY ??? Connor Rankin had a hat trick as the Hitmen dominated Edmonton.

Jordy Stallard, Adam Tambellini and Elliott Peterson also scored for Calgary (16-11-3).

Mitchell Walter and Garan Magnes chipped in for the Oil Kings (14-11-5) in the third period.

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REBELS 2 WARRIORS 1

RED DEER, Alta. ??? Conner Bleackley scored the game-winning goal on the power play for the Rebels as they edged Moose Jaw.

It was Bleackley's second goal of the game, after tying the score for Red Deer (15-11-4) in the first period.

Jack Rodewald opened the scoring for the Warriors (12-13-3).

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ICE 2 CHIEFS 1

CRANBROOK, B.C. ??? Captain Sam Reinhart scored on the power play in the third period to lift Kootenay over Spokane.

Jaedon Descheneau opened the scoring 41 seconds into the game for the Ice (14-15-0), who won their third straight.

Jason Fram responded with a late second-period goal for the Chiefs (14-10-3).

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RAIDERS 5 BLAZERS 4

KAMLOOPS, B.C. ??? Jayden Hart scored a power-play goal at 19:34 of the third period as Prince Albert edged the Blazers.

Simon Stransky had a goal and two assists for the Raiders (15-14-0). Reid Gardiner, Dylan Stewart and Gage Quinney rounded out the attack.

Matt Revel struck twice for Kamloops (12-14-5), with Cole Ully and Logan McVeigh also chipping in.

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COUGARS 4 ROCKETS 3

KELOWNA, B.C. ??? Chase Witala had two of Prince George's four second-period goals in its win over the Rockets.

Sam Ruopp and Marc McNulty also scored for the Cougars (14-15-0).

Nick Merkley, Rourke Chartier and Justin Kirkland scored for Kelowna (23-4-3).

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ROYALS 6 BLADES 3

VICTORIA ????????? Axel Blomqvist recorded a hat trick as the Royals doubled up Saskatoon.

Joe Hicketts, Greg Chase and Chaz Reddekopp also had goals for Victoria (16-14-2), which scored four straight in the third period.

Ryan Coghlan, Alex Forsberg and Brett Stovin supplied the offence for the Blades (7-21-2), who haven't won in six games.

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THUNDERBIRDS 3 AMERICANS 1

KENT, Wash. ????????? Ryan Gropp had a goal and an assist as Seattle downed Tri-City.

Jerret Smith and Ethan Bear also chipped in with goals for the Thunderbirds (12-12-4).

Jordan Topping responded with his first of the season for the Americans (15-13-0).

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TIGERS 5 SILVERTIPS 2

EVERETT, Wash. ????????? Trevor Cox had a hat trick and added an assist to lead Medicine Hat over the Silvertips.

Chad Labelle and Cole Sanford rounded out the attack for the Tigers (20-6-2), for their fourth-straight win.

Remi Laurencelle had two second-period goals for Everett (17-6-4).

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