VICTORIA â€” Ryan Gropp had a hat trick to lead the Seattle Thunderbirds past the Victoria Royals 3-1 on Tuesday in Western Hockey League play.
Matt Berlin made 17 saves as Seattle (32-15-5) stretched its point streak to nine games including eight wins.
Dante Hannoun replied for Victoria (30-20-4) and Griffen Outhouse stopped 29-of-31 shots in net.
The Thunderbirds went 0 for 3 on the power play and the Royals were 1 for 4 with the man advantage.
Victoria had its four-game win streak snapped.
COUGARS 4 GIANTS 1
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. â€” Jesse Gabrielle scored and added two assists as the Cougars topped Vancouver.
Jared Bethune and Nikita Popugaev also found the back of the net as Prince George (37-16-3) reeled off three unanswered goals. Radovan Bondra opened scoring in the first.
Jack Flaman was the lone scorer for the Giants (17-32-5), who are winless in their last eight games.
The Canadian Press