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WHL Roundup: Saturday, March 16, 2019

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PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The Western Hockey League will need a tiebreaker to determine the final playoff spot.

Jermaine Loewen scored twice as the Kamloops Blazers beat the Prince George Cougars 4-2 on Saturday to set up a must-win game against the Kelowna Rockets for a spot in the post-season.

The Blazers and Rockets, each with 64 points, will meet Tuesday in Kamloops, B.C., for a tiebreaker game to determine the final playoff berth in the B.C. Division and Western Conference.

Connor Zary and Kobe Mohr also scored for the Blazers (28-32-8). Dylan Garand made 29 saves for the victory.

Vladislav Mikhalchuk and Cole Moberg replied for the Cougars (19-41-8). Taylor Gauthier turned away 21 shots in defeat.

ROCKETS 3 GIANTS 2 (OT)

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KELOWNA, B.C. — Mark Liwiski scored the winner at 3:40 of overtime as the Rockets edged Vancouver to keep their season alive for one more game.

Cayde Augustine and Alex Swetlikoff scored in regulation for Kelowna (28-32-8). Roman Basran had 19 saves for the win.

Justin Sourdif and Jadon Joseph scored while David tendeck made 32 saves for the Giants (48-15-5).

CHIEFS 10 AMERICANS 1

SPOKANE, Wash. — Adam Beckman scored a hat trick and Bear Hughes added a pair of goals as the Chiefs hammered Tri-City.

Nolan Reid, Ethan McIndoe, Luc Smith, Cordel Larson and Jake McGrew also scored for Spokane (40-21-7). Bailey Brkin made 19 saves for the victory.

Nolan Yaremko scored for the Americans (34-28-6). Talyn Boyko kicked out 37-of-47 shots in a losing cause.

SILVERTIPS 5 ROYALS 1

EVERETT, Wash. — Martin Fasko-Rudas had a hat trick as the Silvertips dismantled Victoria.

Dawson Butt and Jalen Price also scored for the Silvertips (47-16-5). Max Palaga turned aside 18 shots for the win.

D-Jay Jerome replied for the Royals (34-30-4). Brock Gould kicked out 39 shots in a losing cause.

HURRICANES 3 TIGERS 2

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. — Nick Henry had a pair of goals to lead Lethbridge past the Tigers.

Jake Elmer scored shorthanded while Bryan Thomson turned away 29 shots for the Hurricanes (40-18-10).

Brett Kemp and Ryan Jevne had goals for Medicine Hat (35-27-6). Jordan Hollett made 29 stops in defeat.

THUNDERBIRDS 5 WINTERHAWKS 2

KENT, Wash. — Noah Philp scored twice and Roddy Ross made 45 saves as Seattle downed Portland.

Matthew Wedman, Nolan Volcan and Owen Williams also scored for the Thunderbirds (30-29-8).

Jared Freadrich and Josh Paterson scored for the Winterhawks (40-21-6), who got 33 saves from Shane Farkas.

WARRIORS 6 BRONCOS 0

MOOSE JAW, Sask. — Tristin Langan had two goals and an assist and Brodan Salmond made 22 saves as the Warriors blanked Swift Current.

Carson Denomie, Justin Almeida, Kjell Kjemhus and Daemon Hunt also scored for Moose Jaw (40-20-8).

Riley Lamb turned away 40 shots for the Broncos (11-51-6).

WHEAT KINGS 5 PATS 4 (SO)

BRANDON, Man. — Stelio Mattheos and Luka Burzan scored in the shootout to lift the Wheat Kings over Regina.

Connor Gutenberg had a goal and three helpers as Braydyn Chizen, Linden McCorrister and Ben McCartney also scored in regulation for Brandon (31-29-8). Ethan Kruger made 34 saves for the win.

Ty Kolle struck twice while Carter Massier and Austin Pratt had the others for the Pats (19-45-4). Max Paddock kicked out 38 shots in a losing effort.

RAIDERS 3 BLADES 1

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. — Noah Gregor’s second goal of the night stood up as the winner as the Raiders got by Saskatoon.

Sean Montgomery also scored as Ian Scott kicked out 24 shots for Prince Albert (54-10-4).

Max Gerlach was the lone Blades (45-15-8) skater to beat Scott. Dorrin Luding made 29 saves in defeat.

OIL KINGS 6 HITMEN 1

EDMONTON — Scott Atkinson scored twice and Dylan Myskiw made 21 saves as the Oil Kings toppled Calgary.

Josh Williams, Vince Loschiavo, Jake Neighbours and Conner McDonald also scored for Edmonton (41-18-8).

Mark Kastelic replied for the Hitmen (36-25-6). Jack McNaughton turned away 23 shots in a losing cause.

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