WHL Roundup: Gropp lifts Thunderbirds over Pats

Ryan Gropp, of the Seattle Thunderbirds, pictured here playing for Team Orr, had a three-point game on Friday. (Peter Power/CP)

SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. – Lane Pederson had two goals and an assist as the Swift Current Broncos snapped a six-game losing streak with a 7-4 win over the Calgary Hitmen on Friday night in Western Hockey League action.

Jon Martin also scored twice for the Broncos (13-26-5). Jamal Watson, Tyler Steenbergen and Scott Feser rounded out the attack while Artyom Minulin tacked on four helpers.

Keegan Kanzig, Beck Malenstyn, Pavel Karnaukhov and Jordy Stallard provided the offence for Calgary (26-17-2).

Travis Child made 25 saves for the win in net. Cordy Porter took the loss after kicking out 13-of-19 shots in 40 minutes. Nik Amundrud went the rest of the way, making two saves in relief.

The Broncos scored twice on six chances with the man advantage while Calgary had one power-play goal on four opportunities.

Andrew Fyten of the Hitmen was ejected midway through the second period after a major penalty for checking to the head.

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WHEAT KINGS 4 REBELS 0

BRANDON, Man. -- Jordan Papirny stopped all 29 shots he faced as the Wheat Kings blanked Red Deer.

Jordan Thomson, Tyler Coulter, Macoy Erkamps and Nolan Patrick all scored for Brandon (27-12-4), which won its fourth in a row.

Rylan Toth turned aside 29-of-32 shots in 40 minutes of work before giving way to Trevor Martin, who made 14 saves for the Rebels (29-14-2).

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RAIDERS 4 ICE 2

CRANBROOK, B.C. -- Reid Gardiner scored twice and added two assists as Prince Albert doubled up the Ice.

Simon Stransky had two power-play goals and an assist for the Raiders (26-14-4), who won their third in a row.

Tanner Lishchynsky and Austin Wellsby, on the power play, opened the scoring for Kootenay (8-34-3).

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HURRICANES 6 BLAZERS 2

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. -- Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Andrew Nielsen and Cory Millette both had a pair of goals as the Hurricanes downed Kamloops for their sixth-straight win.

Egor Babenko and Ben Duperreault also scored for Lethbridge (32-12-0), which got three assists from Kord Pankewicz.

Matt Revel and Deven Sideroff had goals for the Blazers (21-15-7).

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TIGERS 4 OIL KINGS 3 (SO)

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. -- Max Gerlach scored the decisive goal in the shootout as the Tigers slipped past Edmonton.

Mason Shaw, Chad Butcher and Caleb Fantillo had goals in regulation for Medicine Hat (17-22-4), which was outshot 49-23.

Tyson Gruninger, Luke Bertolucci and Brandon Baddock scored for the Oil Kings (17-21-6).

Baddock was later ejected in the first after receiving a major penalty for checking from behind.

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ROYALS 4 ROCKETS 3

VICTORIA -- Alex Forsberg scored twice and added an assist as the Royals held off a late rally by Kelowna.

Matthew Phillips had a goal and two assists for Victoria (26-15-4). Tyler Soy had the other.

Tanner Wishnowski, Nick Merkley and Calvin Thukauf supplied the offence for the Rockets (29-11-3).

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WINTERHAWKS 3 CHIEFS 2

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Alex Schoenborn scored the winner late in the second period as Portland edged the Chiefs.

Dominic Turgeon and Cody Glass, on the power play, rounded out the attack for the Winterhawks (22-19-2).

Evan Fiala and Keanu Yamamoto found the back of the net for Spokane (20-18-5).

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AMERICANS 4 BLADES 3

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Jordan Topping had two goals and an assist as the Americans snapped a three-game skid with a win over Saskatoon.

Maxwell James and Parker Bowles also chipped in for Tri-City (18-23-2).

Braylon Shmyr struck twice, with Mason McCarty adding the other for the Blades (16-25-3), who scored all their goals in the third period.

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SILVERTIPS 3 GIANTS 2

VANCOUVER -- Connor Dewar scored the eventual winner in the second period as Everett continued to roll with a win over the Giants.

Remi Laurencelle opened the scoring, with Patrick Bajkov also chipping in for the Silvertips (25-12-4). They're now 6-0-2 in their last eight games.

Dmitry Osipov and Alex Baer had goals for Vancouver (17-22-5).

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THUNDERBIRDS 4 PATS 2

KENT, Wash. -- Ryan Gropp had two goals and an assist as the Thunderbirds doubled up Regina.

Donovan Neuls and Keegan Kolesar also scored, with Mathew Barzal tacking on three assists for Seattle (2415-3).

Sean Richards and Luc Smith found the back of the net for the Pats (19-20-6).