The Saskatoon Blades have had the Brandon Wheat Kings' number all season, and Saturday night was more of the same.
Walker Wintoneak and Gaelen Patterson scored two goals apiece to lead Saskatoon to an 8-1 rout of the Wheat Kings on Saturday night in the Western Hockey League.
The Blades have not lost in regulation against Brandon all season, posting a 5-0-2 record against their main division rival. Saturday's victory was the most lopsided of the season series, during which Saskatoon has outscored the Wheat Kings 34-18.
Chris Langkow, Travis Toomey, Derek Hulak and Mylan Kytnar also scored for the Blades (47-15-3-1), who extended their East Division lead to eight points over the second-place Wheat Kings with their second victory over Brandon in as many nights.
Saskatoon is six points away from clinching the East Division, meaning that any combination of Blades victories or Wheat Kings losses totalling six points will hand Saskatoon the division crown.
Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Vancouver 3, Everett 0; Kelowna 2, Calgary 1; Moose Jaw 6, Edmonton 5 (OT); Tri-City 5, Spokane 2; Kootenay 2, Medicine Hat 0; Kamloops 6, Prince George 2; Red Deer 3, Prince Albert 2; Seattle 5, Portland 3; and Swift Current 5, Lethbridge 2.
At Brandon, Man., Matt Calvert replied the Wheat Kings (43-18-3-1), who visit the Blades on Tuesday for the final regular-season meeting between the teams.
Saskatoon goaltender Braden Holtby made 28 saves, while James Priestner stopped 24 shots in the Brandon net.
(With files from the Brandon Sun)
Giants 3, Silvertips 0
At Everett, Wash., Jamie Tucker recorded his third shutout in three starts against the Silvertips this season, making 24 saves for Vancouver.
Andrej Kudrna, Garry Nunn and Casey Pierro-Zabotel scored for the Giants (53-7-1-3), who have won four straight.
Thomas Heemskerk made 48 saves in goal for Everett (25-31-7-2), which lost its fifth straight.
Rockets 2, Hitmen 1
At Calgary, Collin Bowman scored a power-play goal at 5:09 of the third period to lead Kelowna past the Hitmen.
Cody Almond also scored for the Rockets (40-21-1-3), who ended Calgary's 12-game winning streak and avenged a 4-3 loss they suffered to the Hitmen in Kelowna earlier this season on December 14.
Tomas Karpov scored the lone goal for the Hitmen (55-8-3-1), who lost for just the third time in regulation at the Pengrowth Saddledome. The Hitmen failed in their bid to tie a league record with their 33rd home-ice victory of the season.
Warriors 6, Oil Kings 5 (OT)
At Moose Jaw, Sask., Dylan Hood scored 1:57 into overtime as the Warriors completed a come-from-behind win over Edmonton.
Cody Smuk scored twice for Moose Jaw (18-44-1-2), which overcame a 4-2 third period deficit to snap a three-game losing streak. Cory Scott, Kevin Smith and Matt MacKay had the other goals for the Warriors.
Tyler Hlookoff scored twice for the Oil Kings (27-31-4-5), while T.J. Foster, Brendan Dowd and Brent Raedeke also scored.
Americans 5, Chiefs 2
At Spokane, Wash., Kruise Reddick and Mitch Fadden both scored twice to lead Tri-City over the Chiefs.
The game between the two U.S. Division rivals turned ugly in the third period, with two separate line brawls involving 14 players totalling 255 penalty minutes.
Tyler Schmidt had a goal and an assist and Taylor Procyshen chipped in three assists for the Americans (46-16-0-3).
Tyler Johnson had a goal and an assist and Drayson Bowman also scored for Spokane (41-20-0-3).
Ice 2, Tigers 0
At Medicine Hat, Alta., Todd Matthews made 30 saves and Kootenay got two late goals to blank the Tigers.
Ice forward Tylan Stevens broke a scoreless tie at 10:44 of the third period while Ian Barteaux also scored for Kootenay (31-26-2-6).
Ryan Holfeld made 36 saves in met for Medicine Hat (34-25-4-3).
Blazers 6, Cougars 2
At Prince George, B.C., C.J. Stretch and Shayne Wiebe had two goals and an assist each as Kamloops beat the Cougars.
Jimmy Bubnick had a goal and an assist and Zak Stebner also scored for the Blazers (30-30-2-4).
Brett Connolly and Parker Stanfield found the net for Prince George (24-39-0-2).
Rebels 3, Raiders 2
At Red Deer, Alta., Landon Ferraro and Jordie Deagle scored first-period goals as the Rebels jumped out to a three-goal lead and hung on to edge Prince Albert.
Cody Gross scored in the second period for Red Deer (21-34-1-9).
Igor Revenko and Justin Bernhardt responded with third-period goals for the Raiders (28-34-4-1).
Thunderbirds 5, Winter Hawks 3
At Kent, Wash., Jonathan Parker and Prab Rai both scored twice and Thomas Hickey had three assists to lift the Thunderbirds over Portland.
Charles Wells also scored for Seattle (31-29-1-3).
Radim Valcar, Ty Rattie and Oliver Gabriel replied for the Winter Hawks (16-43-2-2).
Broncos 5, Hurricanes 2
At Swift Current, Sask., Jan Dalecky sparked a four-goal third period with two goals and two assists as the Broncos beat Lethbridge.
Swift Current (37-27-1-1) also had goals from Cody Eakin and Derek Claffey, while Geordie Wudrick scored into an empty net in the final minute.
The Hurricanes (31-29-3-2) replied with a shorthanded goal from Zach Boychuk and a five-on-three powerplay goal by Dwight King.