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Blades top Wheat Kings, set franchise mark for consecutive wins

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The Canadian Press
2/23/2013 2:43:26 AM
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Matej Stransky scored three goals and added an assist as the Saskatoon Blades defeated the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings 7-4 on Friday in Western Hockey League play.

The victory was Saskatoon's 14th straight, which is a new franchise record and ties the Portland Winterhawks and Kelowna Rockets for the longest winning streak this season in the WHL. The last time the Blades lost was a 4-2 decision to the Edmonton Oil Kings on Jan. 23rd.

Darren Dietz scored twice for the Blades (37-21-3) while Brendan Walker scored once and set up two more.

Josh Nicholls had a goal apiece and Dalton Thrower, Collin Valcourt and Shane McColgan each chipped in with two assists to round out Saskatoon's offence.

Taylor Cooper and Chad Robinson each had a goal and an assist for the Wheat Kings (21-36-5), who are winless in three games, and Eric Roy and Jens Meilleur scored a goal apiece.

Andrey Makarov made 25 saves for the win as Corbin Boes took the loss after stopping 25-of-27 shots in 41 minutes of relief. Boes replaced starter Curtis Honey late in the third period after Honey allowed four goals on 16 shots.

Saskatoon went 1 for 4 on the power play while Brandon scored once on two chances with the man advantage.

Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Moose Jaw 4, Regina 3; Medicine Hat 2, Swift Current 1 (SO); Calgary 6, Prince Albert 5 (SO); Red Deer 2, Lethbridge 0; Portland 6, Prince George 2; Spokane 6, Edmonton 4; Tri-City 6, Everett 2; Kelowna 8, Victoria 3 and Kamloops 6, Vancouver 0.

At Saskatoon, Stransky opened the scoring 4:10 into the first period and Dietz made it 2-0 for the Blades at 12:10.

Stransky added two more goals before the opening 20 minutes were through to give Saskatoon a 4-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

Robinson put the Wheat Kings on the board 34 seconds into the second period, however Dietz restored a four-goal lead for his club at 11:55.

Roy and Meilleur scored for Brandon to make it 5-3 after 40 minutes of play.

Walker and Cooper traded goals 28 seconds apart before Nicholl's capped Saskatoon's offence with a goal at 19:33 into an empty net.

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Warriors 4 Pats 3

At Moose Jaw, Sask., Brayden Point scored once and set up two more and Morgan Rielly had a goal and an assist as the Warriors (21-31-9) edged Regina (21-34-5) to move within nine points of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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Tigers 2 Broncos 1 (SO)

At Swift Current, Sask., Curtis Valk and Miles Koules scored in the shootout and Marek Langhamer stopped 29-of-30 shots as Medicine Hat (31-28-3) edged the Broncos (28-26-7) to maintain sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings.

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Hitmen 6 Raiders 5 (SO)

At Calgary, Brooks Macek scored the lone goal of the shootout and added two assists in regulation as the Hitmen (40-17-4) slipped past Prince Albert (33-22-6) for their eighth win in a row on home ice.

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Rebels 2 Hurricanes 0

At Lethbridge, Alta., Patrik Bartosak stopped 32 shots for his third shutout as Red Deer (33-22-6) won its fourth game in a row by blanking the Hurricanes (25-27-9), who are winless in five games.

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Winterhawks 6 Cougars 2

At Prince George, B.C., Ty Rattie scored twice and set up one more and Seth Jones, Nicolas Petan and Taylor Leier had a goal and an assist each as Portland (50-9-3) defeated the Cougars (18-35-8) to set a new franchise record with 25 road victories.

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Chiefs 6 Oil Kings 4

At Spokane, Wash., Mike Aviani scored twice and Brenden Kichton had three assists as the Chiefs (35-24-2) beat Edmonton (43-14-5) for their first win in three outings.

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Americans 6 Silvertips 2

At Kennewick, Wash., Justin Feser and Jesse Mychan had two goals and two assists each Tri-City (35-22-3) handed Everett (21-35-5) its 11th loss in a row.

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Rockets 8 Royals 3

At Victoria, Myles Bell had two goals and two assists while Madison Bowey, Cody Fowlie and Dylen McKinlay had a goal and an assist apiece as Kelowna (43-15-4) defeated the Royals (32-23-5), who are winless in five games.

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Blazers 6 Giants 0

At Vancouver, Cole Cheveldave made 24 saves and Colin Smith, Brendan Ranford and Cole Ully had a goal and an assist each as Kamloops (41-16-5) blanked the Giants (15-45-2), who are winless in four games.

Saskatoon Blades (Photo: TSN)

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