WHL Playoffs: McGauley’s hat trick helps Wheat Kings advance

Tim McGauley. (Marissa Baecker/Getty)

BRANDON, Man. – Tim McGauley found the back of the net three times to power the Brandon Wheat Kings into the next round of the Western Hockey League playoffs with a 7-3 victory over the Moose Jaw Warriors on Friday.

Tyler Coulter scored one goal and set up two more for Brandon, which won the best-of-seven series in five games. Ty Lewis, Mitch Wheaton and Macoy Erkamps also scored.

Jayden Halbewachs had a goal and an assist for the Warriors. Tanner Jeannot and Nikita Popugaev supplied the rest of the offence.

Wheat Kings goaltender Jordan Papirny made 26 saves. Moose Jaw’s Zach Sawchenko stopped 29 shots in the losing effort.

Brandon was 1 for 3 on the power play while the Warriors went 1 for 4.

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RED DEER, Alta. — Rylan Toth stopped 28 shots and the Rebels got goals from five different players to close within a win of the third round.

Brandon Hagel, with a goal and an assist, Haydn Dleury, Josh Mahura, Evan Polei and Grayson Pawlenchuck supplied the offence for Red Deer, which took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. Adam Musil was given a game misconduct in the second period.

Sean Richards had the lone goal for Regina.

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EVERETT, Wash. — Ryan Gropp’s second period goal stood as the winner and Seattle took a 3-1 series lead with a win over the Silvertips.

Josh Ulrich also scored with Gropp tacking on an assist.

Patrick Baljov scored for Everett.

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VICTORIA — Rourke Chartier scored twice to lift Kelowna to a 3-2 series lead over the Royals.

Justin Kirland and Tyson Bailie also found the back of the net for the Rockets.

Matthew Phillips supplied the offence for Victoria.