WHL Roundup: Blazers hold on to beat struggling Royals 3-2

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KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Fraser Minten's power-play goal midway through the third period proved to be the difference as the Kamloops Blazers edged the Victoria Royals 3-2 on Friday in Western Hockey League play.

Matthew Seminoff and Connor Zary also scored to help the Blazers (10-2-0) to a third straight win.

Brayden Schuurman and Brandon Cutler found the back of the net for the Royals (1-11-1), who are on an eight-game skid.

Kamloops netminder Dylan Ernst only had to make 14 saves for the win. Adam Evanoff kicked out 31-of-34 shots for Victoria.

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ICE 4 BLADES 1

REGINA — Owen Pederson struck twice, Connor McClennon had a goal and two helpers and Gage Alexander made 25 saves as Winnipeg (16-5-1) improved to 4-0-1 in its last five games with a win over Saskatoon (14-5-3), which is on a four-game slide.

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SILVERTIPS 6 CHIEFS 1

SPOKANE, Wash. — Zach Ashton scores his first two goals of the season to help build up a six-goal lead and Dustin Wolf came 1:40 away from his fifth shutout of the season as Everett (13-3-0) downed the Chiefs (4-7-3) for its fourth consecutive win.

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PATS 4 WARRIORS 1

REGINA — Roddy Ross stopped 30-of-31 shots including all 22 his way through the first two periods and Cole Dubinsky had a goal and an assist to lead the Pats (9-10-3) over Moose Jaw (8-12-2).

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ROCKETS 5 COUGARS 1

KELOWNA, B.C. — Jake Pool scored once and set up two more and Roman Basran turned away 24-of-25 shots as the Rockets (4-2-0) dealt Prince George (4-7-2) its fourth loss in a row.

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HITMEN 6 HURRICANES 3

CALGARY — Adam Kydd scored two goals 50 seconds apart, the Hitmen (7-6-2) put up four goals in a 3:11 span in the first period, and Brayden Peters stopped 31-of-34 shots to double up Lethbridge (7-9-2).

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 23, 2021.

The Canadian Press