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Wudrick strikes twice as Kelowna Rockets down Vancouver Giants 4-3

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The Kelowna Rockets spoiled the coming home party for the Vancouver Giants Friday night.

Geordie Wudrick scored twice for the Rockets as they took a 4-3 game over the Giants in Western Hockey League action.

The game was the first at Pacific Coliseum since Jan. 3. The Giants had been forced to play 27 games outside the friendly confines of the Coliseum as it was being used for figure skating and short-track speed skating for the Olympics.

The Giants played their home games in nearby Langley, B.C.

Despite the loss, Vancouver still sits at the top of the B.C. Division, 11 points ahead of second place Kelowna.

With two games left in the regular season, the Giants have guaranteed themselves the second seed in the WHL's Western Conference.

Elsewhere in the WHL it was Brandon 9 Regina 3; Saskatoon 4 Prince Albert 1; Medicine Hat 5 Lethbridge 4; Calgary 7 Edmonton 2; Kootenay 4 Red Deer 2; Portland 4 Chilliwack 3 (OT); Prince George 5 Kamloops 1; Tri-City 4 Spokane 3 and Everett 3 Seattle 1.

At Vancouver, Brandon McMillan and Shane McColgan also tallied for Kelowna (34-31-6), while Adam Brown made 29 saves to record his 30th victory of the season.

Milan Kytnar, Brendan Gallagher and Neil Manning replied for the Giants (40-25-5). Goaltender Mark Segal stopped 25 shots.

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Wheat Kings 9 Pats 3

At Regina, Sask., Matt Calvert had a hat trick and added two assists as Brandon surged to a win over the Pats.

Brayden Schenn and Scott Glennie both had a goal and three assists for Brandon (49-18-4), while Brenden Walker, Brent Raedeke, Shayne Wiebe, and Toni Rajala added singles.

Jordan Eberle, Hampus Gustafsson and Brett Leffler supplied the offence for Regina (30-34-7).

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Blades 4 Raiders 1

At Saskatoon, Sask., Marek Viedensky had the eventual winner as the Blades defeated Prince Albert.

Duncan Siemens, Josh Nicholls and Brent Benson rounded out the offence for Saskatoon (46-18-7).

Dustin Cameron was the lone scorer for the Raiders (31-35-5).

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Tigers 5 Hurricanes 4

At Lethbridge, Alta., Matt MacKay scored the winner with five minutes left to play as Medicine Hat nipped the Hurricanes.

Bretton Cameron had back-to-back goals for Medicine Hat (40-23-8), while Taylor Gal and Wavey Hamilton added markers.

Graham Hood, Philip Tot and Jacob Berglund gave Lethbridge (20-43-8) a 3-1 lead at the end of the second. Brody Sutter tallied in the third period.

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Hitmen 7 Oil Kings 2

At Calgary, Brandon Kozun had a goal and two assists to lead the Hitmen to a win over Edmonton.

Cody Sylvester, Tyler Fiddler and Michael Stone had a goal and an assist each for Calgary (51-17-3). Ian Schultz, Tyler Shattock and Mackenzie Royer added singles.

Michael St. Croix and Robin Soudek scored for the Oil Kings (16-42-13).

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Ice 4 Rebels 2

At Red Deer, Alta., James Martin's late goal was the winner as Kootenay downed the Rebels .

Jesse Ismond and Max Reinhart notched their 21st goals of the season for the Ice (42-24-5), who got an empty-net marker from Ryan Molle in the final minute.

Alex Petrovic and Turner Elson replied for Red Deer (39-27-5).

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Winterhawks 4 Bruins 3 (OT)

At Chilliwack, B.C., Ryan Johansen scored twice including in overtime as Portland slipped by the Bruins.

Oliver Gabriel and Taylor Peters had the other goals for the Winterhawks (43-25-3).

Roman Horak, Jamie Crooks and Ryan Howse supplied the offence for Chilliwack (32-32-7).

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Cougars 5 Blazers 1

At Kamloops, B.C., Alex Rodgers set up four goals to lead the Prince George to an upset over the Blazers.

Brett Connolly scored twice for the Cougars (12-56-3), while James Dobrowolski, Spencer Asuchak and Garrett Thiessen also tallied.

Brendan Ranford had the only goal for Kamloops (32-33-6).

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Americans 4 Chiefs 3

At Spokane, Wash., Jordan Messier scored the winner at the 12:23 mark of the third as Tri-City bested the Chiefs.

Justin Feser had a short-handed goal for the Americans (47-21-3), while Brett Plouffe and Kruise Reddick added power-play markers.

Blake Gal, Brett Bartman and Tyler Johnson answered for Spokane (43-22-5).

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Silvertips 3 Thunderbirds 1

At Everett, Wash., the Silvertips kept themselves in the hunt for the top seed in the Western Conference by defeating Seattle.

Markus McCrea, Kellan Tochkin and Scott MacDonald scored as Everett (45-20-5) kept pace with first-place Tri-City.

Charles Wells had the only goal for the Thunderbirds (18-40-12).

(With files from Red Deer Advocate)

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