WHL playoffs see Blazers and Hitmen in lead

Tim Bozon scored two goals and added two assists to lead the Kamloops Blazers to a 5-1 Western Hockey League playoff victory over the Portland Winterhawks on Tuesday night.

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BLAZERS 5 WINTERHAWKS 1

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Tim Bozon scored two goals and added two assists to lead the Kamloops Blazers to a 5-1 Western Hockey League playoff victory over the Portland Winterhawks on Tuesday night.

The Winterhawks still lead the best-of-seven Western Conference final 2-1, with Game 4 in Kamloops on Wednesday. Colin Smith, Joel Edmundson and Aaron Macklin also scored for Kamloops, which broke a 1-1 tie with four second-period goals. Ty Rattie had Portland’s goal to open the scoring on a power play at 5:32 of the first period. Kamloops goaltender Cole Cheveldave stopped 35 shots, while Mac Carruth of the Winterhawks turned aside 24.

HITMEN 5 OIL KINGS 2

CALGARY — The Calgary Hitmen scored all of their goals in an explosive second period Tuesday to beat the Edmonton Oil Kings 5-2 in Game 3 of their Western Hockey League playoff series.

The Hitmen now lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final 2-1. Game 4 is at Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday. Greg Chase, Brady Brassart, Elliott Peterson, Calder Brooks and Victor Rask scored for Calgary. The Oil Kings’ Trevor Cheek opened the scoring on the power play at 6:29 of the first period. Curtis Lazar scored Edmonton’s other goal, also during a man advantage, in the third.

Chase tied the game at one for Calgary just 24 seconds into the second, then Brassard and Peterson scored within 40 seconds of each other for a 3-1 lead.

Chris Driedger made 32 saves for the Hitmen. Laurent Brossoit stopped 22-of-27 shots for the Oil Kings before being replaced by Tristan Jarry for the third period.

The Hitmen were 2-for-8 on the power play while the Oil Kings were 2-for-5.

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