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WHL Tonight: Wedman supplies offence as Rockets top Wheaties in shootout

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A four-game schedule of action across the Western Hockey League Tuesday saw the road team claim three of the wins. In Manitoba, the Kelowna Rockets continued their strong play with a shootout victory against the Brandon Wheat Kings as Matthew Wedman found his scoring touch. In Saskatchewan, Brayden Tracey capped off an epic comeback for the Moose Jaw Warriors in overtime while a familiar face in Cyle McNabb had a career-best night against his former team in a rout for the Medicine Hat Tigers. The lone game of the night in a Western Conference market saw the Spokane Chiefs double up the Seattle Thunderbirds.

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Kelowna Rockets at Brandon Wheat Kings – Scoring & Highlights

Matthew Wedman notched his first goal as a member of the Kelowna Rockets then scored the only goal of the shootout as the 2020 Memorial Cup presented by Kia hosts extended their point streak to nine games with a 2-1 shootout victory against the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Wedman scored late in the first and 2020 NHL Draft prospect Ridly Grieg tied up the game early in the second to account for all the offence through 65 minutes.

In the shootout, Roman Basran denied all three attempts while Wedman scored in the third round. The win capped an impressive performance by Basran, who stopped 33 of 34 shots through regulation and overtime.

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Kamloops Blazers at Moose Jaw Warriors – Scoring & Highlights

Brayden Tracey (Anaheim Ducks) sliced through the opposition defence and scored 19 seconds into overtime Tuesday as the Moose Jaw Warriors came all the way back from a 4-0 deficit to win 5-4.

The first 28:11 of regulation belonged to the Blazers, who received a pair of goals from Josh Pillar as well as strikes from Sean Strange and Ryan Hughes to lead 4-0.

Moose Jaw would have a response though as Garrett Wright’s first of the season and a pair of goals from captain Owen Hardy would cut the deficit to one by the end of the second. In the third, Tracey evened up the game with 7:02 left in regulation. He then completed his three-point night early into the extra frame.

Adam Evanoff battled through the tough start to stop 48 shots and earn the victory.

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Medicine Hat Tigers at Saskatoon Blades – Scoring & Highlights

For the second time this season, the Medicine Hat Tigers recorded double-digit goals against an opponent, erupting for an 11-3 victory against the Saskatoon Blades.

Cyle McNabb recorded the first hat trick of his WHL career as part of a four-point night in his return to the SaskTel Centre while captain James Hamblin recorded five assists for the first five-point game of his WHL career.

Also scoring for Medicine Hat Tuesday were Bryan Lockner and Lukas Svejkovsky, who each had a pair of goals in the victory. Daniel Baker, Elijah Brown, Brett Kemp, and Ryan Chyzowski also scored as part of multi-point efforts.

The Tigers scored five times in the first then added three goals in each of the second and third periods. A pair of goals from Chase Wouters and Jayden Wiens’ fifth goal of the season featured for the home side.

2020 NHL Draft prospect Garin Bjorklund stopped 20 of 23 shots to earn the win while Evan Fradette stopped both shots sent his way in 9:05 of action for his first taste of WHL action.

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Spokane Chiefs at Seattle Thunderbirds – Scoring & Highlights

Beginning the next stage of their season without their captain and starting goaltender, the Spokane Chiefs doubled up the Seattle Thunderbirds by a 4-2 final Tuesday on the road.

Adam Beckman (Minnesota Wild) scored twice as part of a three-point night while second-period goals from Michael King and Eli Zummack also aided in the victory. 2020 NHL Draft prospect Bear Hughes contributed a pair of assists in the win.

For the home side, 2020 NHL Draft prospect Tyrel Bauer and rookie Matthew Rempe found the back of the net for the Thunderbirds.

Campbell Arnold stopped 19 of 21 shots to earn the win between the pipes.

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