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    WHL roundup: Hitmen pounce on Pats with offensive outburst

    CALGARY — The Calgary Hitmen scored four goals in the first period, then traded offensive outbursts the rest of the way Sunday to defeat the visiting Regina Pats 7-3 in one of two Western Hockey League games on the schedule. Oliver Tulk scored three times for Calgary, which improved to two wins and an overtime loss in three outings. Zac Funk, Matteo Danis, Grayden Siepmann and Riley Fiddler-Schultz chipped in with singles. Tyson Galloway had three assists, while Funk had two. Jaxsin Vaughan, Ale

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    OHL roundup: Ottawa outlasts Otters in winning debut at home

    OTTAWA — The Ottawa 67’s made their home debut a successful one on Sunday, skating to a 4-2 win over the Erie Otters in one of four games on the Ontario Hockey League schedule. The 67’s, who defeated the Oshawa Generals 7-6 in a Friday shootout, are now 2-0. Brady Stonehouse, Brad Gardiner, Luca Pinelli and Tyler Boucher scored for Ottawa, who outshot the Otters 38-33. Elias Cohen had a goal and assist for the winless Otters (0-2-1), while Malcolm Spence chipped in with one goal. WOLVES 6 STEELH

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    QMJHL roundup: Disciplined Olympiques roll past visiting Remparts 3-1

    GATINEAU, Que. — The Gatineau Olympiques scored a goal in each period and played solid defence in a 3-1 victory over the visiting Quebec Remparts in one of five Quebec Major Junior Hockey League games on Sunday. Cristiano Spadafora, Zachary Dean and Isaac Belliveau scored for the Olympiques (1-1-2). Nathan Gaucher scored for the Remparts (3-1). Gatineau outshot Quebec 26-23. TITAN 5 WILDCATS 3 Noah Ryan scored twice for Acadie-Bathurst as the Titan improved to 1-1-1. Alexis Daniel, Preston Louns

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    Behind the stripes: What 3 NHL officials enjoy off the ice

    It has been almost three decades since the NHL took the names off the back of officials' jerseys and replaced them with numbers. Since then, with the notable exception of Wes McCauley with his popular, flamboyant calls, most referees and linesmen generally fly under the radar and don't mind the relative anonymity. But it's their lives away from the rink that humanize them to players and coaches, by building rapport and helping games go smoother. “It’s huge,” referee Garrett Rank said. “It kind o