CALGARY - The Calgary Hitmen's impressive winning streak ended at eight games, thanks to another big night from Emerson Etem.
Etem scored twice to lead the medicine Hat Tigers to a 5-1 win over the Hitmen in Western Hockey League action Sunday. Etem now has 39 goals in 40 games, one goal less than leage-leader Ty Rattie of the Portland Winterhawks.
Brendan Hurley, Curtis Valk and Cole Grbavac also scored for the Tigers (26-16-4), who won their second straight game. Tyler Bunz made 29 saves in the Medicine Hat net to record his 25th win of the season.
Jimmy Bubnick scored the lone goal of the game for the Hitmen (25-17-3).
Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Wheat Kings 6, Blades 4; Warriors 2, Royals 0; Ice 3, Pats 2 (OT); Blazers 3, Hurricanes 0; Silvetips 3, Rockets 2; and Oil Kings 5, Cougars 0.
At Calgary, Brandon Glover started in net for the Hitmen and stopped 29 of 34 shots he faced before being replaced by Chris Driedger in the third period after Medicine Hat?s fifth goal. Driedger made 11 saves in a relief appearance.
Hurley gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead through one period of play before Etem and Valk scored goals 43 seconds apart in the first minute of the second period.
After Bubnick scored to end Bunz???s shutout bid, Etem notched his 39th goal of the season to put Medicine Hat up 4-1.
Grbavac then added an insurance marker in the third period, in which the Tigers outshot the Hitmen 19-2.
Wheat Kings 6, Blades 4
At Saskatoon, Brenden Walker's hat trick led the Brandon over the Blades.
Paul Clarelli, Darian Dzuirzynski and Michael Ferland also scored for Brandon (23-20-3).
Michael Burns, Ryan Olsen, Brett Stovin and Chris Collins each scored for Saskatoon (27-18-1).
Warriors 2, Royals 0
At Moose Jaw, Sask., Spencer Tremblay made 23 saves to record his first WHL shutout as the Warriors beat the Victoria Royals.
James Henry and Cam Braes scored for the Warriors (27-14-5).
The Royals dropped to 14-27-5.
Ice 3, Pats 2 (OT)
At Regina, Sam Reinhart scored in overtime and in the third period to tie the game as the Kootenay Ice won against Regina.
Brock Montgomery rounded out the scoring for Kootenay (26-13-5).
Both Regina (25-17-5) goals came from Morgan Klimchuk.
Blazers 3, Hurricanes 0
At Kamloops, B.C., goaltender Cole Cheveldave turned aside 24 shots, leading the Blazers over the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
Chase Schaber, Chase Souto and Tim Bozon scored for the Blazers (32-10-3), who won their seventh straight game.
The Hurricanes (17-30-1) have lost three of four on a swing into the B.C. Division.
Silvetips 3, Rockets 2
At Kelowna, B.C., Kent Simpson made 34 saves to backstop the Everett Silvertips over the Rockets.
Kohl Bauml lead the Everett offence with a goal and an assist. Manraj Hayer and Nick Walters also scored for the Silvertips (9-27-9).
Colton Sissons and Shane McColgan replied for Kelowna (19-22-5).
Oil Kings 5, Cougars 0
At Edmonton, Michael St. Croix, scored three straight goals and Laurent Brossoit made 26 saves as the Edmonton Oil Kings blanked the Prince George Cougars.
Edmonton (30-11-5) maintained its six-point lead over Moose Jaw for first place in the Eastern Conference.
Prince George (15-27-2) has scored a league-low 100 goals so far this season.