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03/28/2014 12:35 EDT | Updated 05/27/2014 05:59 EDT

WHL Roundup: Kootenay takes 3-2 series lead over Hitmen with 6-5 win

CALGARY - Jaedon Descheneau scored two goals — including the eventual winner with 0.1 second left in the second period — and added an assist as the Kootenay Ice edged the Calgary Hitmen 6-5 to extend their lead on the best-of-seven Western Hockey League playoff series on Thursday.

Desheneau's second goal of the night was reviewed by the video goal judge after the play, and the WHL issued a statement confirming that the goal did trickle into the net before time expired in the period.

"The video evidence in the Video Goal Judge booth clearly showed the puck had crossed the line with 0.1 seconds remaining on the clock," the league said. "The Video Goal Judge booth is considered the official time clock when reviewing goals and is the same system utilized by the NHL."

Sam Reinhart scored a goal and assisted on four more, and Luke Philp, Matt Alfaro and Levi Cable also scored for the Ice, who lead the series 3-2. Wyatt Hoflin stopped 26 shots for the win.

Calgary scored twice in the third period — off shots from Greg Chase and Adam Tambellini, his second of the game — to pull within one with less than two minutes to go. Elliott Peterson and Kenton Helgeson also scored, and Chase added two assists for a three-point night.

Chris Driedger started in net for the Hitmen, giving up four goals on 14 shots. Mack Shields stopped 8-of-10 shots in relief.

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ROYALS 4 CHIEFS 2

SPOKANE, Wash. — Patrik Polivka made 32 saves as the Royals ended Spokane's playoff run in four straight games.

Jordan Fransoo, Logan Nelson, and Austin Carroll had a goal and an assist apiece, and Ben Walker also scored for Victoria.

Tyson Helgesen had a goal and an assist for the Chiefs, and Connor Chartier rounded the Spokane offence.

Eric Williams shouldered the loss after stopping 17-of-21 shots.

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