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Originally published January 18, 2014 at 8:24 PM | Page modified January 18, 2014 at 10:57 PM

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Thunderbirds beat Blazers for sixth straight win


Seattle Times staff

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KAMLOOPS, B.C. – One streak came to an end and one continued Saturday night at the Interior Savings Centre.

Roberts Lipsbergs, Kevin Wolf and Justin Hickman all scored to give the Seattle Thunderbirds a 3-2 victory over the Kamloops Blazers. The T-birds have won six games in a row and look to make it seven on Tuesday when the Moose Jaw Warriors come to ShoWare Center.

Seattle goalie Taran Kozun, acquired at the Jan. 10 trade deadline from the Blazers, started his T-Birds tenure with two straight shutouts. The Blazers scored at 17:42 of the second to end his shutout streak.

Kozun went 161:58 without allowing a goal. He made 30 saves on 32 shots and has won all three games he has played for the T-birds. His overall win loss record is 8-19-2-1.

The T-birds are in fourth place in the Western Conference with a 28-14-2-3 record.

Other WHL

The Everett Silvertips blew a 3-1 third-period lead, but earned a shoot-out win over the Moose Jaw Warriors, 4-3, at Comcast Arena in Everett. Austin Lotz made 16 saves for the Silvertips.

Men’s basketball

Riley Stockton registered a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double and was one of four double-figure scorers for Seattle Pacific in a 73-49 Great Northwest Athletic Conference victory over Simon Fraser at West Gym in Burnaby, B.C. The Falcons won their fourth consecutive league game to retain first place with a 6-2 record. Senior point guard David Downs paced SPU with 14 points and seven assists.

• Forward Anye Turner had game-highs of 21 points and 14 rebounds, leading No. 19 Western Washington to an 84-71 win over Montana State-Billings in a GNAC contest at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.

Women’s basketball

Katie Benson scored 23 points to help Seattle Pacific win a back-and-forth battle against Central Washington, 73-65, in a GNAC game.

Betsy Kingma added 12 points, and Suzanna Ohlsen chipped in 11 for the Falcons, who won their third straight game.

• Guard Katie Colard scored a game-high 21 points, leading Western Washington to a 79-73 victory over conference-leading Saint Martin’s in a GNAC game at Marcus Pavilion on the SMU campus.

• Eastern Washington held off visiting Sacramento State, 78-65, in a Big Sky game at Reese Court in Cheney.

Men’s tennis

Washington defeated UC-Santa Barbara, 4-3. Freshman Gal Hakak clinched the winning point with a 6-5, 6-2 victory in No. 3 singles.

track and field

Washington State’s Briauna Watley won the women’s 200-meter dash with a meet record time of 25.19 seconds and teammate Terrance Chambers won the men’s 200 in a meet record time of 22.27 to lead the Cougars at the 12th Annual WSU Open Indoor Track and Field Meet at the Indoor Facility on the Pullman campus

• Seattle U athletes broke two school records at the UW Indoor Preview at the Dempsey Indoor Facility. Shaddye Melu set one mark in the high jump with a leap of six feet, 10.25 inches. He finished in a tie for fourth.

Rosalyn DiLillo broke the SU record with a 600-meter time of 1 minute, 40.78 seconds and won her heat in the event.



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