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WHL Roundup: Petan powers Winterhawks past Rockets; Portland leads series 3-1

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PORTLAND, Ore. - Nicolas Petan had a hat trick as the Portland Winterhawks downed the Kelowna Rockets 5-1 on Wednesday to tighten their grip on the Western Hockey League playoff series.

The win gives Portland a 3-1 lead in the WHL's Western Conference final.

Oliver Bjorkstrand and Paul Bittner also scored for the Winterhawks, while Corbin Boes made 31 saves. Bittner's goal was into an empty net.

Nick Merkley was the lone scorer for Kelowna, while Jordon Cooke stopped 31-of-35 shots.

Portland was 3 for 8 on the power play, while the Rockets went 0 for 5.

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OIL KINGS 4 TIGERS 1

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. — Brett Pollock scored twice, including the winner, as Edmonton topped the Tigers.

The Oil Kings now lead the WHL's Eastern Conference final 3-1.

Captain Griffin Reinhart and Riley Kieser also scored for Edmonton, as Tristan Jarry made 22 saves.

Cole Sanford had the only goal for Medicine Hat and Marek Langhamer stopped 26 shots.

The Oil Kings scored on one of their two power plays, while the Tigers went 1 for 6 with the man advantage.

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