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Jonathon Howe

 

Lethbridge Hurricanes (5) at Prince Albert Raiders (2)
Lethbridge (41-17-4-3) // Prince Albert (17-41-5-2)

Matt Alfaro scored twice and added an assist as the Lethbridge Hurricanes secured a 5-2 win over the Prince Albert Raiders Friday night.

The Hurricanes went 3-for-6 on the power play, with Alfaro’s 24th of the season opening the festivities. From there, Zak Zborosky hit the 40-goal plateau with another power-play marker in the first period.

The second period saw Simon Stransky and Max Martin bookend a goal from Egor Babenko as the two teams hit the third period separated by one goal.

Tyler Wong notched his 48th of the season and Alfaro registered his second of the night on the power play to seal the win.

Ryan Gilchrist made 38 saves for eighth win of the season.

Wong (1G-2A), Giorgio Estephan (2A), Alfaro (2G-1A) and Brennan Menell enjoyed solid nights on the scoresheet for the Hurricanes.

Medicine Hat Tigers (6) at Regina Pats (4)
Medicine Hat (46-18-1-0) // Regina (44-11-7-1)

Jordan Henderson logged three points, including two assists, as the Medicine Hat Tigers defeated the Regina Pats by a 6-4 margin Friday night.

The Pats jumped out to a 3-0 lead courtesy goals from Austin Wagner, Nick Henry and Josh Mahura.

Jordan Henderson and Mark Rassell started the comeback in the second period before Sam Steel broke away for a short-handed goal late in the middle period.

Clayton Kirichenko made it a 4-3 game 1:58 into the third and Chad Butcher pulled the Tigers even with 6:11 to go in regulation. Steven Owre notched the game-winner with a deflection from a bad angle with only 4:10 to go in the period and Zach Fischer iced it with an empty-netter.

Michael Bullion made 33 saves for his 18th win of the season.

Owre (1G-1A), Butcher (1G-1A), Henderson (1G-2A) and Fischer (1G-1A) struck for multipoint efforts on behalf of the Tigers. Steel (1G-1A) and Brooks (2A) were the lone Pats to do the same.

Calgary Hitmen (1) at Brandon Wheat Kings (6)
Calgary (24-30-8-2) // Brandon (29-26-7-3)

The Brandon Wheat Kings scored four times in the second period to take control of the game, en route to a 6-1 win over the Calgary Hitmen Friday night.

Nolan Patrick opened the scoring in the first period before Ty Lewis, Reid Duke and Tyler Coulter, twice, scored in the second period as the Wheat Kings owned a 5-1 advantage after 40 minutes of play.

Jake Kryski scored the lone goal for the Hitmen in the second period, while Stelio Mattheos rounded out the scoring in the third.

Logan Thompson made 36 saves for his 12th win of the season.

Kootenay ICE (0) at Saskatoon Blades (4)
Kootenay (14-39-8-2) // Saskatoon (25-31-6-2)

Logan Flodell made 20 saves, backstopping the Saskatoon Blades to a key 4-0 victory over the Kootenay ICE Friday night.

Jesse Shynkaruk and Mason McCarty scored in the first period before Kirby Dach and Markson Bechtold recorded second period tallies to complete the offensive output for the Blades.

The win, combined with a loss for the Calgary Hitmen pulled the Blades into a tie with those same Hitmen for the second wild card seed in the Eastern Conference.

McCarty (1G-1A), Bechtold (1G-1A), Michael Farren (3A) and Dach (1G-1A).

Kamloops Blazers (4) at Prince George Cougars (8)
Kamloops (38-22-2-4) // Prince George (41-20-3-2)

Kody McDonald and Jared Bethune each scored twice as the Prince George Cougars locked down an 8-4 win over the Kamloops Blazers Friday night.

The Cougars scored five times in the second period to take control.

With a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes, Colby McAuley, Nikita Popugaev, Brendan Guhle, Radovan Bondra and Jared Bethune scored in the second period as Prince George carried a 7-3 lead into the second intermission.

Bethune hit the 20-goal plateau in the third period before Collin Shirley rounded out the scoring.

Ty Edmonds made 27 saves for his 28th win of the season.

Sam Ruopp (2A), Josh Curtis (2A), Jesse Gabrielle (2A), McAuley (1G-1A), Guhle (1G-3A), Bethune (2G-1A), Bondra (1G-1A) and McDonald (2G-1A) all made major contributions to the offense for Prince George.

Shirley (1G-1A) and Lane Bauer (2A) registered multipoint efforts for the Blazers.

With the win, the Cougars moved five points ahead of the Blazers in the race for the B.C. Division title.

Vancouver Giants (4) at Portland Winterhawks (5) – OT
Vancouver (19-40-3-3) // Portland (33-26-1-3)

Ryan Hughes scored 1:44 into overtime as the Portland Winterhawks edged the Vancouver Giants 5-4 Friday night.

That marker spoiled a third period comeback put forth by the Giants as Jordan Wharrie and Jordan Borstmayer scored in the final two minutes of the third period to force overtime.

Keegan Iverson, Skyler McKenzie, Brad Ginnell and Matt Revel also scored for the Winterhawks, while Ty Ronning and Jack Flaman also replied for the Giants.

Cole Kehler made 27 saves for his 26th win of the season.

Tri-City Americans (2) at Seattle Thunderbirds (3)
Tri-City (38-23-3-0) // Seattle (41-18-4-2)

Sami Moilanen scored twice as the Seattle Thunderbirds snuck past the Tri-City Americans by a 3-2 margin Friday night.

Mathew Barzal opened the scoring with his 10th of the season before Moilanen followed up with a pair as the Thunderbirds jumped out to a 3-0 lead.

The Americans staged a third period comeback, as Dylan Coghlan and Kyle Olson made it close, but the Thunderbirds ultimately held on to prevail.

Rylan Toth made 27 saves for his 34th win of the season.

Spokane Chiefs (3) at Victoria Royals (4)
Spokane (26-28-6-3) // Victoria (36-23-4-1)

The Victoria Royals scored three unanswered goals to post a 4-3 win over the Spokane Chiefs Friday night.

Dante Hannoun scored twice in the second period and Matthew Phillips notched the winner in the third period as the Royals overcame a 3-1 deficit to secure two points.

Jack Walker scored the other goal for the Royals, while Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Ondrej Najman and Ethan McIndoe replied for the Chiefs.

Griffen Outhouse made 26 saves for his 33rd victory of the campaign.

Kelowna Rockets (3) at Everett Silvertips (2) – SO
Kelowna (39-21-5-0) // Everett (38-14-8-3)

Nolan Foote scored the lone goal in a six-round shootout as the Kelowna Rockets knocked off the Everett Silvertips 3-2 Friday night.

Reid Gardiner scored both of the regulation markers for the Rockets, while Jake Christiansen and Patrick Bajkov replied for the Silvertips.

The victory launched the Kelowna Rockets to a berth in 2017 WHL Playoffs.

Michael Herringer made 34 saves for his 28th triumph of the season.

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