(ISN) – The Brandon Wheat Kings clinched the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference thanks to a win over the Saskatoon Blades, while the Tigers’ Emerson Etem hit the 60-goal mark in Western Hockey League action on Saturday night.
GIANTS 3, BLAZERS 2
Nathan Burns’ 12th goal of the season 12:35 into the third period was the winner as the visiting Vancouver Giants edged the Kamloops Blazers 3-2 on Saturday night.
Marek Tvrdon scored twice for the Giants (38-26-2-3), who overturned a 2-1 deficit with two goals 1:16 apart in the third period as they split their weekend home-and-home series versus the Blazers. Adam Morrison made 26 saves in the win.
Brandon Herrod – with his 28th of the season – and JC Lipon scored for the Blazers (46-18-2-3), who sit three points back of Portland for first place in the Western Conference. Cole Cheveldave made 22 saves in the loss.
SILVERTIPS 3, ROYALS 0
Kent Simpson turned aside 26 shots to record his second shutout of the season as the Everett Silvertips blanked the visiting Victoria Royals 3-0 on Saturday.
Cody Fowlie scored a pair of goals and Josh Winquist also counted while Brennan Yadlowski had three assists for the Silvertips (21-38-1-8), who earn their fourth win in five games and leapfrog the Royals into seventh place in the Western Conference.
Keith Hamilton made 24 saves in a losing cause for the Royals (22-41-2-4), who retain a four-point lead over Seattle and Prince George for a playoff spot in the Western Conference.
COUGARS 3, ROCKETS 1
Troy Bourke scored twice and set up another to pace the visiting Prince George Cougars to a 3-1 victory over the Kelowna Rockets on Saturday.
Ricard Blidstrand also scored while Caleb Belter and Spencer Asuchak each picked up two assists for the Cougars (22-44-0-2), who earn their second win in a row and move into a tie with Seattle for ninth place in the Western Conference. Drew Owsley made 19 saves to claim his 21st win of the season.
Myles Bell – with his 15th of the season – scored the only goal for the Rockets (29-31-3-6), who suffer their second loss in a row but are already locked into sixth place in the Western Conference. Adam Brown kicked aside 21 of 23 shots he faced in the setback.
WINTERHAWKS 11, THUNDERBIRDS 3
Rookie Nick Petan scored four goals and Brad Ross tallied three goals and an assist to lead the visiting Portland Winterhawks to an 11-3 thrashing of the Seattle Thunderbirds on Saturday.
Cam Reid scored twice and set up two more, Brendan Leipsic had a goal and two assists, Taylor Leier added a single and Ty Rattie picked up four assists for the Winterhawks (48-17-3-1), who led 5-1 after the first period and 8-3 after two periods of play as they post their second straight win and move back into first place in the Western Conference. Mac Carruth made 18 saves in 52:35 of work to post the win while Brendan Burke made four saves to close out the contest.
Braeden Laroque, Connor Sanvido and Seth Swenson scored for the Thunderbirds (22-43-1-1), who allow 11 goals to the Winterhawks for the second time this season. Calvin Pickard made 42 saves in the loss.
CHIEFS 3, ICE 2
Darren Kramer and Colin Valcourt scored 29 seconds apart in the third period to lift the Spokane Chiefs to a 3-2 triumph over the visiting Kootenay Ice on Saturday night.
Marek Kalus – with his 19th of the season – also scored while Brenden Kichton picked up two helpers for Spokane (38-23-5-4), who went 1-for-4 on the power play in the contest. Eric Williams made 20 stops to claim his seventh win as a member of the Chiefs.
Joey Leach tallied his 10th of the season and Elgin Pearce netted his 20th for the Ice (36-25-4-4), who have lost two straight and four of their last six games. Nathan Lieuwen made 36 saves in absorbing the loss.
TIGERS 3, HURRICANES 1
Emerson Etem scored his 59th and 60th goals of the season as the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers skated to a 3-1 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Saturday.
Etem becomes the first player in 11 seasons to reach the 60-goal plateau. Layne Ulmer scored 63 goals for Swift Current in 2000-01.
Boston Leier also scored for the Tigers (42-22-2-3), who also were celebrating play-by-play man Bob Ridley’s 3,000th regular-season broadcast. Tyler Bunz made 27 saves to post his 39th victory of the season.
Juraj Bezuch scored the only marker for the Hurricanes (27-41-0-1), who went 0-for-3 on the power play as they suffer their second loss in as many nights. Damien Ketlo made 32 saves in the defeat.