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WHL Roundup: Oil Kings win Battle of Alberta to open 2017
Andy Devlin

 

A brand-new year brought a trio of games across the Western Hockey League Sunday afternoon.

The Battle of Alberta saw the Edmonton Oil Kings secure an overtime triumph while the Regina Pats peppered the Prince Albert Raiders net with 72 shots en route to a big win.

Finally, the Swift Current Broncos also used overtime to edge the Saskatoon Blades, marking a successful start to 2017.

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Calgary Hitmen (3) at Edmonton Oil Kings (4) – OT
Calgary (14-17-3-1) // Edmonton (18-17-3-1)

Lane Bauer scored 21 seconds into overtime, giving the Edmonton Oil Kings a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Hitmen on New Year’s Day.

Trailing 3-2 heading into the third period, Matteo Gennaro notched his 12th goal of the season to tie the game for Calgary and force the extra period.

Colton Kehler provided two goals while captain Aaron Irving chipped in with two helpers for the Oil Kings. Patrick Dea made 33 saves and grabbed an assist of his own en route to his 16th win of the campaign.

Prince Albert Raiders (2) at Regina Pats (7)
Prince Albert (8-29-1-1) // Regina (25-3-6-1)

The Regina Pats reached the 25-win mark following a 7-2 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders on Sunday.

The Pats hammered Raiders goaltender Nicholas Sanders with a whopping 72 shots. Despite surrendering seven goals, the Prince Albert puck-stopper turned in a noteworthy effort, making 65 saves in defeat.

For the Pats, captain Adam Brooks secured a goal and two assists, while Austin Wagner tallied two goals and an assist. Also earning multipoint performances were Braydon Buziak (1G-1A), Bryan Lockner (1G-1A) and Lane Zablocki (2A).

Rookie goaltender Max Paddock made his first career WHL start and turned aside 30 shots for his first career WHL victory.

Swift Current Broncos (5) at Saskatoon Blades (4) – OT
Swift Current (21-11-3-4) // Saskatoon (18-15-4-0)

Artyom Minulin scored 2:53 into overtime and Glenn Gawdin registered a hat trick as the Swift Current Broncos secured a 5-4 win over the Saskatoon Blades to open 2017.

Leading 3-2 heading into the third period, Conner Chaulk made it a 4-2 game before the Blades erased the deficit courtesy goals from Braylon Shmyr and Jesse Shynkaruk.

Shmyr finished the day with two goals and an assist, while Shynkaruk had himself a goal and two assists.

Travis Child earned his 12th win of the season for the Broncos.

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