Ferguson still in NHL … Delay of game? What delay of game? … Hart ties franchise record

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The Vegas Golden Knights had three goaltenders on the ice when they practised at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Wednesday morning and, yes, one of them was Dylan Ferguson of the Kamloops Blazers.

Ferguson, 19, has been with the Golden Knights since being recalled under emergency conditions on Oct. 30.

Ferguson, who is from Lantzville, which is on Vancouver Islander, made his NHL debut on Tuesday night during an 8-2 loss to the host Edmonton Oilers. He came on in relief of Maxime Lagace to stop one of two shots in 9:14 of playing time.

The Golden Knights are scheduled to play the host Canucks tonight, and chances are that Ferguson will be backing up Lagace for an eighth straight game.

There was speculation earlier Wednesday that Lagace had been injured in Edmonton, but that chatter seemed to fade away after he joined Ferguson on the ice yesterday morning.

G Malcolm Subban, one of the team’s three injured goaltenders, also was on the ice, his first appearance in almost a month. He has been out since Oct. 22 when he was injured while stretching to make a save. Also on the shelf are veteran starter Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion), who has resumed skating, and Oscar Dansk.

Gary Lawless of the Golden Knights has more on Ferguson right here.

Ed Willes of Postmedia wrote about Ferguson on Thursday, too. That piece is right here.

The Blazers are at home to the Vancouver Giants on Friday night and the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Saturday. If Ferguson isn’t back, the Blazers will continue to go with two freshmen goaltenders — Max Palaga, 17,  and Dylan Garand, 15.


There was an interesting sequence of events during the Prince George Cougars’ 5-4 victory over the host Kamloops Blazers on Wednesday night.

The Cougars were clinging to a 4-3 lead at 8:55 of the third period when they cleared the puck into the Kamloops zone from the neutral zone. As G Dylan Garand of the Blazers gloved the puck on the fly, referee Bryan Bourdon, stationed to Garand’s right, yelled at the goaltender to move it.

With forecheckers closing in, Garand hung on to the puck. Bourdon whistled play dead, pointed at Garand and then pointed to the penalty box. It seemed that the referee had called Garand for delay of game.

However, something happened on the way to the penalty box and the call wasn’t made.

Asked later what happened, Richard Matvichuk, the Cougars’ head coach, shrugged and said: “I don’t know.”

Then, at 15:16, a near-identical play occurred, this time in the Prince George zone. The Blazers, still trailing 4-3, dumped the puck at Cougars G Tavin Grant from the neutral zone. He played the puck with his stick and pulled it into his glove.

Nick Panter, the other referee, immediately signalled a penalty and hit Grant for delay of game. This time, the call stuck.

While killing that penalty, the Cougars got a goal from F Kody McDonald at 16:38 and it stood up as the game-winner.

But how did one goaltender get penalized and not the other? What happened to the apparent delay-of-game call on Garand?

“I don’t know,” Matvichuk reiterated.

Matvichuk, who is in his second season with the Cougars, was of the opinion that neither goaltender should have been penalized.

“As much as we’re trying to speed the game up, these kids are under so much pressure,” he said. “It’s a hockey game. If a goalie freezes the puck, he freezes the puck. It is what it is.

“I understand there are times when we try to speed the game up, but we have to remember these guys are here to develop and try to get to the next level.

“What happens if one of those kids puts the puck down, on either side, and shoots it into somebody and they score? He gets into trouble, that’s what happens.”


The Portland Winterhawks went shopping on Tuesday night. Yes, they did.

It was their fifth annual ‘Shop With a Hawk’ event in which the players go Christmas shopping with children from the Boys and Girls Clubs, all thinks to the club’s booster club, Fred Meyer and the Sunshine Division.

Thanks to the Winterhawks Booster Club each child had $100 with which to shop, and they were shown around the Hollywood Fred Meyer store by the players.

It’s worth noting that over the five years the booster club has donated more than $15,000 and it has helped more than 125 children.


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The Kootenay Ice has returned F Connor McClennon, 15, to the Northern Alberta X-Treme prep team that plays in the CSSHL. McClennon, who is from Wainwright, Alta., was the second overall selection in the WHL’s 2017 bantam draft. He was pointless in two games with the Ice. . . .

D Brendan O’Reilly, a veteran of 153 games over four seasons with the Tri-City Americans, has joined the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs. O’Reilly, 20, is from Southlake, Texas. He lost his roster spot with the Americans when they had to get down to three 20-year-olds. He then joined the BCHL’s Chilliwack Chiefs, putting up a goal and three assists in 13 games.


The SJHL’s Yorkton Terriers announced Wednesday that they have named Mat Hehr as their general manager and head coach. He had been serving as interim GM/head coach since the club fired Casey O’Brien on Oct. 31. . . . Hehr had been an assistant coach under O’Brien, who was in his second season as GM and head coach. O’Brien had been with the Terriers since 2011 . . . Hehr joined the Terriers in November 2016 after being on staff with the La Ronge Ice Wolves. . . . The Terriers were 3-12-0 when O’Brien was dismissed. They went into Wednesday at 3-16-2.


WEDNESDAY:

At Regina, F Nick Henry had a goal and an assist in his third game after off-season shoulder surgery, leading the Pats to a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Hitmen. . . . The Pats (12-8-2) had lost their previous two games. . . . The Hitmen (11-9-2) have lost three in a row. . . . F Emil Oksanen (11) gave Regina a 1-0 lead, on a PP, at 2:52 of the first period. . . . Calgary tied it on a PP at 7:20 when F Matteo Bennaro got No. 13. . . . Regina went out front 3-1 on goals from F Sam Steel (6), at 11:18 of the first period, and F Matt Bradley (16), at 11:30 of the second. . . . Calgary got back to wishin one at 12:03 as F Tristen Nielsen (6) scored. . . . Henry (1) restored the two-goal lead 15 seconds into the third period. . . . F Luke Coleman (5) pulled Calgary back to within a goal, on a PP, at 10:42. . . . Steel also had an assist. . . . Calgary got two assists from each of D Jake Bean and D Vladislav Yeryomenko. . . . The Hitmen were 2-4 on the PP; the Pats were 1-4. . . . G Max Paddock earned the victory with 25 saves. . . . At the other end, Nick Schneider stopped 36 shots. . . . D Cale Fleury, who was acquired by Regina from the Kootenay Ice on Monday, made his Pats debut. He was plus-1 with three shots on goal. . . . Announced attendance: 5,754.


At Saskatoon, D Evan Fiala’s goal at 18:48 of the third period broke a 4-4 tie as the Blades beat the Moose Jaw Warriors, 5-4. . . . Saskatoon (8-10-1) had lost two straight. . . . The Warriors (16-5-0) had a six-game winning streak snapped. They continue to lead the overall standings by three points over the idle Victoria Royals. . . . The teams were tied 2-2 after the first period. . . . F Noah Gregor (11), at 0:57, and F Justin Almeida (11), shorthanded at 15:44, counted for the visitors, with F Alec Zawatsky, with his first WHL goal, at 1:47, and F Caleb Fantillo (4), at 17:53, replying for the home boys. . . . Saskatoon went up 4-2 on second-period goals from F Braylon Shmyr (9), at 3:14, and F Gage Ramsay (2), at 7:45. . . . The Warriors came right back and tied it. F Tanner Jeannot (12) counted at 17:31 of the second, then F Daemon Hunt, a 15-year-old, scored his first WHL goal at 8:39 of the third period. . . . Fiala won it with his first goal of the season. . . . F Cam Hebig and D Libor Hajek each had two assists for the Blades. . . . The Warriors got two assists from F Jayden Halbgewachs and one from Gregor. . . . Saskatoon was 0-4 on the PP; Moose Jaw was 0-3. . . . The Blades got 34 saves from G Ryan Kubic. . . . Moose Jaw G Brody Willms blocked 46 shots as the Blades unleashed a season-high 51 shots. . . . D Matt Sanders made his WHL debut with the Warriors. Sanders, 16, was a fifth-round selection in the 2016 WHL bantam draft. He is the younger brother of G Nick Sanders, who was released by the Prince Albert Raiders on Oct. 27 and now is with the AJHL’s Lloydminster Bobcats. . . . Included in the Warriors scratches were D Josh Brook, D Jett Wood, D Matthew Benson, D Dmitri Zaitsev and F Brett Howden, all key contributors and all injured. . . . Announced attendance: 2,745.


At Langley, B.C., F Tyler Benson drew three assists to lead the Vancouver Giants to a 4-2 victory over the Red Deer Rebels. . . . The Giants (9-8-4) have points in five straight games (4-0-1). . . . The Rebels (9-12-1) are 1-5-0 on a seven-game road trip that ends Friday in Cranbrook, B.C. . . . F James Malm gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead at 7:48 of the first period. . . . Red Deer took a 2-1 lead on goals from F Kristian Reichel (9), at 19:30 of the first, and F Brandon Cutler (1), at 6:17 of the second. . . . Vancouver F Brayden Watts (8) tied it at 12:53. . . . Malm, who has 10 goals, broke the deadlock at 12:04. He’s got six goals over his past three games. . . . F Ty Ronning scored his 20th goal of the season into an empty net at 19:29. He’s got 20 goals in 21 games. He also has scored in eight straight games. That’s 10 games shy of the WHL record that belongs to his father, Cliff, who did it with the 1984-85 New Westminster Bruins. . . . Benson has six assists over his past two games. In the eight games he has played this season, he has four goals and eight assists. . . . Vancouver was 1-2 on the PP; Red Deer was 0-2. . . . G David Tendeck stopped 31 shots for the winners, four more than Red Deer’s Ethan Anders. . . . Announced attendance: 2,277.


At Kamloops, the Prince George Cougars built up a 3-0 lead and hung on to beat the Blazers, 5-4. . . . The Cougars (7-9-4) moved four points ahead of the fifth-place Blazers in the B.C. Division. . . . The Blazers (7-13-0) had won their previous two games. . . . The visitors got first-period goals from F Ethan O’Rourke, at 4:18, D Cole Moberg, at 7:56, and O’Rourke again, at 15:19. . . . O’Rourke went into the game with two career goals in 39 games. . . . Moberg, who also had an assist, scored his first goal this season, in his 19th game. He scored once in four games last season. . . . D Chance Adrian earned assists on the last two of those goals, his first career points coming in his 13th game. . . . F Jermaine Loewen got the Blazers on the scoreboard at 6:13 of the second period. Loewen has scored in five straight games. He has nine goals in 14 games this season. In three previous seasons, he totalled 14 goals in 170 games. . . . F Brogan O’Brien, perhaps the best player on the ice in this one, scored his fourth goal at 12:24 of the second for a 4-1 lead. . . . Kamloops got to within a goal on scores from F Quinn Benjafield (5), at 18:32 of the second, and F Nick Chyzowski (6), on a PP, at 4:20 of the third. . . . F Kody McDonald (11) stretched the lead to two with a shorthanded goal at 16:38. . . . The Blazers got back to within a goal when F Garrett Pilon (8) scored with 46.9 seconds left. . . . The Blazers got two assists from Pilon and one each from Loewen and Chyzowski. . . . Kamloops was 1-5 on the PP; Prince George was 0-5. . . . G Tavin Grant stopped 27 shots to earn the victory. . . . While Grant, 19, was in Kamloops with the Cougars, his junior A rights were changing teams with the BCHL’s Prince George Spruce Kings having acquired them from the CCHL’s Carleton Place Canadians. . . . The Blazers got 33 saves from G Dylan Garand, 15, who made his second career WHL start. . . . F Connor Zary and F Carson Denomie were among the Blazers’ scratches. Both players were injured in Saturday’s 4-2 victory over the host Seattle Thunderbirds. . . . Announced attendance: 3,405.


At Everett, G Carter Hart stopped 25 shuts and tied a franchise record with his 21st career shutout as the Silvertips beat the Prince Albert Raiders, 2-0. . . . The Silvertips (9-10-2) have points in three straight games (2-0-1). . . . The Raiders (9-8-3) are 2-2-0 on a six-game trip that continues in Kennewick, Wash., and Spokane on Friday and Saturday nights. . . . Hart, who tied the career record held by Leland Irving, has put up back-to-back shutouts. He has two shutouts this season. . . . F Sean Richards (8) scored the game’s first goal, at 6:08 of the second period. He’s got goals in four straight games. . . . F Patrick Bajkov (10) got the game’s other goal, at 14:27 of the third period. Bajkov now has 216 career points, tying him with F Joshua Winquist for second spot on the franchise list. F Zach Hamill is No. 1, at 262 points. . . . D Kevin Davis had two assists. . . . Prince Albert was 0-3 on the PP; Everett was 0-8. . . . The Raiders have been shorthanded 28 times over their past three games. In Portland on Sunday, the Winterhawks were 5-12 on the PP in a 6-1 victory over the Raiders. On Tuesday, the Raiders beat host Seattle 6-4 despite the Thunderbirds going 2-8 on the PP. . . . G Ian Scott stopped 40 shots for the Raiders. . . . The Silvertips lost D Montana Onyebuchi at 13:16 of the first period with a charging major and game misconduct for a hit on F Carson Miller. Onyebuchi then was was involved in a fight with D Cody Paivarinta. There was leakage. . . . Announced attendance: 2,864.


THURSDAY (all times local):

No Games Scheduled.


FRIDAY (all times local):

Calgary at Moose Jaw, 7 p.m.

Brandon at Saskatoon, 7:05 p.m.

Swift Current at Medicine Hat, 7:30 p.m.

Red Deer vs. Kootenay, at Cranbrook, B.C., 7 p.m.

Edmonton at Prince George, 7 p.m.

Vancouver at Kamloops, 7 p.m.

Lethbridge at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.

Prince Albert vs. Tri-City, at Kennewick, Wash., 7:05 p.m.

Victoria at Spokane, 7:05 p.m.

Seattle at Everett, 7:35 p.m.


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Banged-up Warriors drop host Broncos … Ferguson gets real taste of NHL … Rassell hat trick sparks Tigers

F Adam Řehák (Medicine Hat, 2011-12) has been released by Invicta Dynamos Gillingham (England, English National Division 1) by mutual agreement. He had six goals and two assists in eight games.


The Moose Jaw Warriors are a bit banged up — they scratched seven skaters from Tuesday night’s game against the host Swift Current Broncos.

That’s why the Warriors brought in D Daemon Hunt, 15, D Matthew Sanders, 16, and D Drae Gardiner, 16.

Hunt, from Brandon, was a first-round pick in the WHL’s 2017 bantam draft. He had one assist in two earlier games with the Warriors. Hunt has 12 assists in 11 games with the midget AAA Brandon Wheat Kings.

Sanders and Gardiner are from Calgary and play for the midget AAA Calgary Buffaloes. Sanders, a fifth-round selection in the 2016 bantam draft, has one goal and eight assists in 14 games. Gardiner, an eighth-round pick in the 2016 bantam draft, has a goal and six assists in 13 games.

Hunt and Gardiner were in Moose Jaw’s lineup last night in Swift Current, while Sanders was a healthy scratch.

The Warriors are missing four defencemen. They have been playing without Josh Brook and Dmitri Zaitsev, then lost Jett Woo and Matthew Benson to undisclosed injuries during a 3-1 victory over the visiting Regina Pats on Sunday.

Brook and Woo are out week-to-week, with Zaitsev listed as day-to-day, and Benson as TBD.

With the three additions, the Warriors now have 11 defencemen on their roster.


With F Kirby Dach having returned from the U-17 World Hockey Challenge, the Saskatoon Blades have sent F Logan Doust, 16, back to the major midget Vancouver-Northwest Giants. . . . Doust, a ninth-round selection in the 2016 WHL bantam draft, was pointless in three games with the Blades.

Meanwhile, the Blades will be without D Seth Bafaro for their next three games as he completes a four-game WHL suspension. With him out of the lineup, they will keep D Randen Schmidt, 17, on their roster until Bafaro is eligible to return. Things will be re-evaluated at that point. Schmidt was brought in from the midget AAA Regina Pat Canadians.


The Kamloops Blazers are likely to be without G Dylan Ferguson again tonight as they play host to the Prince George Cougars.

Ferguson became the fifth goaltender to play for the expansion Vegas Golden Knights this NHL season as he entered in the third period of an 8-2 loss to the host Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.

Ferguson left Kamloops on Oct. 30 to join the Golden Knights under the emergency recall rule. The Golden Knights have three goaltenders, including starter Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion), on the injured list.

When last night’s game started, Ferguson was on the bench backing up Maxime Lagace again. That marked Ferguson’s seventh game as the Golden Knights’ No. 2 goaltender.

Ferguson, 19, replaced Lagace with the Oilers holding a 7-2 lead in the third period. Ferguson stopped one of two shots in 9:14, giving up a PP goal to F Mark Letestu at 15:38.

Vegas next is scheduled to play on Thursday against the host Vancouver Canucks. Ferguson is from Lantzville, which is on Vancouver Island.

The Blazers start a stretch of three games in four nights tonight. They are scheduled to entertain the Vancouver Giants on Friday night and the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Saturday.

With Ferguson gone, the Blazers have been using freshman Max Palaga, a 17-year-old native of Kamloops, and Dylan Garand, 15, who plays at the Delta Hockey Academy.

The Blazers (7-12-0) are 3-1-0 since Ferguson left to join the Golden Knights.


The junior B Surrey Knights of the Pacific Junior Hockey League haven’t won a game in two years. It all adds up to an 84-game losing streak. . . . David Ebner of The Globe and Mail takes a look right here at how things got to this state.


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D Trevor Longo, who was released by the Medicine Hat Tigers, has joined the BCHL’s Salmon Arm Silverbacks. Longo, from North Vancouver, B.C., was a sixth-round pick by the Tigers in the WHL’s 2015 bantam draft. This season, he was pointless in four games with the Tigers. . . .

The Lethbridge Hurricanes have dropped F Jayden Davis from their roster, and he has returned to the SJHL’s Estevan Bruins. Davis, who turned 18 on Tuesday, is from Alameda, Sask. He had one goal in 11 games with the Hurricanes. Last season, he had five goals and 16 assists in 45 games with the Bruins.


TUESDAY:

At Brandon, F Ty Lewis scored 27 seconds into OT to give the Wheat Kings a 6-5 victory over the Calgary Hitmen. . . . Brandon (12-6-1) has won three in a row. . . . Calgary (6-11-3) has lost three straight (0-1-2). . . . This was the first of four games in five nights for the Hitmen. . . . The Wheat Kings scored the game’s last three goals as they never once held the lead before Lewis scored his 10th goal of the season. . . . Calgary held a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from F Jakob Stukel, at 4:54 of the first period, and D Jake Bean (3), at 6:25 of the second. . . . Brandon pulled even on second-period scores by F Baron Thompson (4), at 7:12, and F Stelio Mattheos, at 10:56. . . . The Hitmen went back out front by two as F Tristen Nielsen scored at 2:49 of the third period and Stukel (10) got his second, at 3:53. . . . F Connor Gutenberg (4) scored shorthanded, at 5:59, as the Wheat Kings crawled back to within a goal. . . . But the Hitmen went back out front by two as Nielsen (6) scored, at 8:01. . . . Mattheos (13) cut the deficit to one at 12:07, and F Linden McCorrister (6) forced OT with a PP goal, at 18:31. . . . D Kale Clague had four assists for Brandon; he was in on two of the last three goals. . . . McCorrister added two assists, with Lewis, Gutenberg and Thompson adding one each. . . . The Hitmen got two assists from D Vladislav Yeryomenko. . . . Brandon was 1-2 on the PP; Calgary was 0-4. . . . G Logan Thompson earned the victory with 32 stops, 15 more than Calgary’s Nick Schneider. . . . Announced attendance: 3,443.


At Swift Current, F Jayden Halbgewachs scored three times and added two assists to lead the Moose Jaw Warriors to a 7-4 victory over the Swift Current Broncos. . . . The Warriors (16-4-0) have won six in a row and nine of 10. They are riding high atop the WHL’s overall standings. They also lead the second-place Broncos by five points in the East Division. The Broncos hold two games in hand. . . . The Broncos (13-4-1) had won their previous three games. . . . Moose Jaw, which scratched seven skaters, was 4-6 on the PP; the Broncos were 1-2. . . . F Logan Foster (2) gave the Broncos a 1-0 lead at 5:33 of the first period. . . . F Barrett Sheen (3), acquired Monday from the Kootenay Ice, pulled his new club even at 6:36. . . . The Warriors went ahead at 10:25 on a PP score by F Noah Gregor (10). . . . The Broncos tied it at 11:13 on a goal from F Tyler Steenbergen. . . . The Warriors took a two-goal lead on PP goals from Halbgewachs, at 17:50 of the first, and F Justin Almedia, at 0:12 of the second period. . . . F Aleksi Heponiemi (15) got the Broncos to within a goal, on a PP, at 4:04, but Almeida (11) got that one back at 12:47. . . . Steenbergen got his WHL-leading 28th goal at 19:25. . . . The Warriors put it away on two third-period goals from Halbgewachs, the first on a PP at 8:33 and the second at 16:22. . . . Almeida also had two assists, as did F Tanner Jeannot. F Brayden Burke had four assists for Moose Jaw, and Gregor had one. . . . Almeida has 11 goals in 20 games this season. Last season, he totalled 11 goals in 70 games — he had four goals in 37 games with the Prince George Cougars, then added seven in 33 games after being dealt to Moose Jaw. . . . F Glenn Gawdin had two assists for the Broncos, with Steenbergen and Heponiemi each getting one. That meant that the Broncos’ hot line totalled seven points. . . . Steenbergen leads the WHL scoring race with 49 points, one more than Heponiemi and nine more than Gawdin. . . . The Warriors got 23 saves from G Brody Willms. At the other end, Logan Flodell stopped 34 shots. . . . D Artyom Minulin was among the Broncos’ scratches. . . . The Warriors scratched D Jett Woo, D Josh Brook, F Tyler Smithies, F Brecon Wood, F Brett Howden, who missed his third straight game, D Matthew Benson and D Dmitri Zaitsev. . . . Announced attendance: 2,129.


At Medicine Hat, F Mark Rassell scored three times to lead the Tigers to a 4-1 victory over the Kootenay Ice. . . . The Tigers (12-6-0) have won five in a row. . . . The Ice (8-12-1) has lost four straight. . . . The Ice was playing its first game since it traded away D Cale Fleury, the team captain, and veteran F Barrett Sheen on Monday. F Cole Muir, who was acquired from the Regina Pats in the Fleury deal, was in the Ice’s lineup, but D Jonathan Smart wasn’t. . . . Medicine Hat took a 3-0 lead on a first-period goal from F Ryan Jevne (5), at 11:20, and two from Rassell, at 13:52 and 16:54, the latter on a penalty shot. . . . F Sebastian Streu (2) scored the Ice’s goal at 19:57. . . . Rassell, who has 20 goals, completed his first hat trick of this season, and the second of his career, at 13:01 of the third period. He now has eight goals in his past four games. . . . The Tigers were 0-2 on the PP; the Ice was 0-1. . . . G Jordan Hollett earned the victory with 30 saves. . . . G Duncan McGovern, acquired by the Ice from the Tigers on Oct. 23, started for Kootenay and made 24 saves. . . . In each of its last three games, the Tigers have faced a goaltender who used to play for them. On the weekend, they twice beat G Nick Schneider and the Calgary Hitmen. . . . The Tigers scratched F James Hamblin (knee) for a second straight game. . . . The Ice remains without veteran forwards Jeff de Wit and Colton Kroeker. . . . Announced attendance: 3,058.


At Kelowna, the Rockets scored twice in the game’s first five minutes en route to a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings. . . . Kelowna (11-6-3) has won three in a row and now trails the B.C. Division-leading Victoria Royals by four points. Kelowna has two games in hand. . . . The Oil Kings (5-13-2) have lost seven straight. . . . Edm is 0-3-0 on a swing through the B.C. Division that will wrap up with a doubleheader in Prince George on Friday and Saturday. When the trip ends, the Oil Kings will have played five games in four B.C. Division cities, missing only Kamloops. But they will have driven through Kamloops twice. . . . F Dillon Dube scored 25 seconds into the first period and F Kyle Topping (8) made it 2-0 at 4:22. . . . The Oil Kings got to within a goal at 10:49 when F Trey Fix-Wolansky (9) counted. . . . Dube (10) got that one back at 12:59. . . . F Davis Koch (8) scored for the visitors at 8:21 of the second period. . . . The Rockets put it away on two third-period goals from F Carsen Twarynski, at 0:18 and 19:18, the latter into an empty net. . . . The Rockets got two assists from F Liam Kindree, who has a goal and six assists over his past four games. Dube and Twarynski each added an assist. . . . Fix-Wolansky and Koch each had an assist for the visitors. . . . Kelowna was 0-2 on the PP; Edmonton was 1-5. . . . G James Porter stopped 21 shots for Kelowna. With G Brodan Salmond (knee) out for up to six weeks, the Rockets had Roman Basran backing up for this one. He plays for the major midget Okanagan Rockets, who play out of Kelowna. Basran, 16, was a third-round pick by Kelowna in the 2016 bantam draft. . . . G Travis Child stopped 24 shots for Edmonton. . . . The game marked a return to Kelowna for F Tomas Soustal, who was dealt to the Oil Kings on Oct. 3. He had one assist. . . . Announced attendance: 4,326.


At Kent, Wash., the Prince Albert Raiders scored the game’s last three goals and beat the Seattle Thunderbirds, 6-4. . . . The Raiders (9-7-3) are 2-1-0 on a six-game road trip. This was the start of a stretch of four games in five nights in four different cities. . . . The Thunderbirds (9-8-2) have lost four in a row (0-3-1). . . . The game featured five goals on special teams, three of them shorties, two of those by the Raiders. . . . F Spencer Moe (4) put the visitors ahead 1-0 at 5:11 of the first period. . . . D Austin Strand tied it, on a PP, at 8:27. He’s got 10 goals this season, nine of them on the PP. . . . The Raiders took a 3-1 lead on goals from F Brett Season (3), shorthanded, at 9:31, and F Parker Kelly (11), at 12:00. . . . Seattle scored the next three goals to take a 4-3 lead. . . . F Zack Andrusiak (8) scored, on a PP, at 14:53. D Turner Ottenbreit got his fourth goal while shorthanded, at 0:40 of the second period. . . . D Jarret Tyszka (1) broke the 3-3 tie at 14:14. . . . F Curtis Miske got Prince Albert back into a tie 16 seconds into the third period. . . . F Jordy Stallard (15) broke the tie at 14:48. . . . Miske (6) iced it with a shorthanded empty-netter at 19:25. . . . Stallard, who also had an assist, is riding a 12-game point streak. He’s got 22 points, including 12 goals, over that stretch. . . . Stallard has his 15 goals in 19 games. Last season, he totalled 14 goals in 40 games. He had eight goals in 32 games with the Calgary Hitmen, then added six goals in eight games after being dealt to the Raiders. A shoulder injury shortened his season. . . . Miske and Leason added an assist each. . . . F Noah Philp and F Nolan Volcan each had two assists for Seattle. . . . The Thunderbirds were 2-8 on the PP; the Raiders were 0-4. . . . In their last two games, the Raiders have allowed seven PP goals on 20 opportunities. Six of those PP goals have come on 5-on-3s. . . . Each of the goaltenders — Prince Albert’s Ian Scott and Seattle’s Matt Berlin — stopped 26 shots. . . . Seattle F Donovan Neuls left in the second period after apparently suffering a cut to one hand when he was slashed. He returned in the third period but was having problems holding his stick. . . . F Sami Moilanen was among Seattle’s scratches. He didn’t finish Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the visiting Kamloops Blazers. . . . Announced attendance: 4,526.


At Victoria, G Riley Lamb stopped 28 shots in his first start of the season and his Red Deer Rebels scored a 5-3 victory over the Royals. . . . Red Deer (9-11-1) had lost is previous six games (0-5-1). . . . Victoria (14-7-1) has lost two in a row and now is 8-2-1 at home. . . . Lamb suffered a broken thumb in training camp. He made his first appearance this season on Saturday when he came on in relief during a 5-2 loss to the Rockets in Kelowna. . . . Last night, the Rebels got off to a 2-0 lead on second-period goals from F Austin Pratt (6), at 3:02, and F Kristian Reichel (8), at 4:38. . . . The Royals then took a 3-2 lead, getting goals from F Matthew Phillips (16), at 10:13 of the second, F Jared Legien (9), at 2:04 of the third period, and F Regan Nagy (17), on a PP, at 5:15. . . . Red Deer won it with three goals in 6:55. . . . F Mason McCarty (11) tied the score at 12:18, and F Reese Johnson (6) broke the tie, at 14:52. . . . F Lane Zablocki (7) got the empty-netter, at 19:13. . . . D Alex Alexeyev, McCarty and Pratt each had two assists for the winners. . . . Red Deer was 0-2 on the PP; Victoria was 1-5. . . . The Royals got 25 saves from G Dean McNabb. . . . The Rebels are 1-4-0 on a seven-game trek that actually began in Regina and will continue in Vancouver on Wednesday and end in Cranbrook on Friday. . . . Announced attendance: 4,337.


WEDNESDAY (all times local):

Calgary at Regina, 7 p.m.

Moose Jaw at Saskatoon, 7:05 p.m.

Red Deer vs. Vancouver, at Langley, B.C., 7 p.m.

Prince George at Kamloops, 7 p.m.

Prince Albert at Everett, 7:05 p.m.


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Pats add veteran d-man from Ice … Saskatoon, Kootenay move goalies … Warriors add some size, grit

F Rihards Burkarts (Brandon, Portland, 2013-16) has been released by mutual agreement by Zlín (Czech Republic, Extraliga). He had two goals and two assists in 17 games. . . .

F Ian McDonald (Tri-City, 2000-06) has signed a contract for the rest of this season with Selb (Germany, Oberliga) after his release by mutual agreement by Gherdëina Selva Val Gardena (Italy, Alps HL) on Sunday. He had nine goals and 10 assists in 15 games with Gherdëina this season. 


When you are the host team for the next Memorial Cup, tradition dictates that your roster is in a constant state of flux prior to the Jan. 10 trade deadline.

The Regina Pats, the host team for the 2018 Memorial Cup, continued down that road on Monday when they sent a potential five assets to the Kootenay Ice, getting back veteran D Cale Fleury, who is to turn 19 on Sunday, in the exchange.

Going to the Ice: D Jonathan Smart, 18; F Cole Muir, 16; and two or three bantam draft picks — a second-rounder in 2018, a sixth in 2018 and an undisclosed conditional pick in 2019 or 2020. The latter likely is conditional on Fleury playing in the WHL as a 20-year-old.

Originally, the second-round pick belonged to the Medicine Hat Tigers. It moved to Regina in a deal that had G Jordan Hollett move to the Tigers on May 23. In exchange for Hollett, 18, the Pats got F Matt Bradley, 20, the second-round pick and a fifth-rounder in 2019.

The sixth-round pick actually goes back to the Ice after having been sent to Regina for G Kurtis Chapman, who was released by Kootenay on Monday.

Fleury, the Ice’s captain since January, is from Carlyle, Sask. The Ice selected him in the fourth round of the 2013 bantam draft. The Montreal Canadiens picked him in the third round of the NHL’s 2017 draft. His older brother, Haydn, played in the WHL with the Red Deer Rebels and now is a defenceman with the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes.

Cale is in his fourth WHL season, all of them with Kootenay. In 218 regular-season games, he put up 86 points, including 26 goals. Last season, he had 11 goals and 27 assists in 70 games.

Smart, from Kelowna, was a first-round selection by the Kelowna Rockets in the 2014 bantam draft. He is the son of former WHLer Jason Smart, and his grandfather, Russ, is a long-time WHL scout.

This season, Jonathan has 12 points, including two goals, in 21 games. In 132 regular-season games, he has 47 points, seven of them goals.

The Pats acquired Smart from Kelowna last season, sending D James Hilsendager and F Erik Gardiner to the Rockets.

Muir, from Vista, Man., is in his first WHL season and has one assist in 12 games. The Pats selected him in the second round of the 2016 bantam draft. Last season, he had 16 goals and 16 assists in 40 games with the midget AAA Yellowhead Chiefs in Manitoba.


John Paddock, the Pats’ general manager and head coach, pulled the trigger on the trade with Kootenay after the Pats were swept by the rival Moose Jaw Warriors in a Friday-Sunday doubleheader.

The Warriors won 3-2 in Regina on Friday, then returned home and won 3-1, on Sunday. When the games were done, the Pats were six points behind the Eastern Conference-leading Warriors, who also are atop the WHL’s overall standings.

After Sunday’s game, Greg Harder of the Regina Leader-Post wrote:

“There were rumblings on the weekend that the Pats — and perhaps the Warriors as well — were close to making a significant trade. Paddock wouldn’t tip his hand, but he did say there won’t be a knee-jerk reaction based solely on two lacklustre games.”

Paddock also told Harder:

“That’s the last thing on my mind. With the (trade) deadline (on Jan. 10), different guys have different ideas of when they want to do things. We have different things that we’re working on all the time to tweak some things.”

Obviously, Paddock is wanting to tweak his defence, and you have to wonder if he won’t make another deal down the road to bring in a high-end defenceman. As Jan. 10 nears and the non-contenders start auctioning off assets, there could be an all-star defenceman or two come available. Paddock, you can bet, will be first in line with his shopping cart.


The Moose Jaw Warriors got bigger and stronger up front on Monday when they acquired F Barrett Sheen, 19, from the Kootenay Ice for a fifth-round selection in the 2018 bantam draft.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Sheen, from Airdrie, Alta., has two goals, five assists and 51 penalty minutes in 18 games this season. Last season, he totalled eight goals, 10 assists and 159 penalty minutes in 55 games with the Ice. (The WHL credits Sheen with 129 penalty minutes; the league doesn’t include misconducts or game misconducts in its individual penalty totals.)

In 2015-16, Sheen had four goals and eight assists in 46 games with the Lethbridge Hurricanes.


The Saskatoon Blades have made a switch with their goaltenders, dropping Joel Grzybowski, 18, and adding Nolan Maier, 16. . . . Grzbowski, from Hafford, Sask., was an 11th-round selection in the 2014 bantam draft. This season, in five appearances, he was 0-1-0, 4.20, .843. He is expected to join the SJHL’s Battlefords North Stars. . . . Maier, from Yorkton, Sask., was a second-round pick in the 2016 bantam draft. He has been playing with the SJHL’s Yorkton Terriers, where he is 1-5-1, 5.15, .897. . . . The plan now is for Maier to spend the remainder of the season in Saskatoon backing up Ryan Kubic, 19.


The Kootenay Ice dropped G Kurtis Chapman, 19, from its roster on Monday. He is expected to join the AJHL’s Calgary Mustangs. Chapman, who was acquired from the Regina Pats on Sept. 13, was 4-5-0, 3.91, .880 with the Ice this season. . . . The Ice now is carrying two goaltenders — Bailey Brkin, 18, who came over from the Swift Current Broncos, and Duncan McGovern, 17, who was acquired from the Medicine Hat Tigers.


The Everett Silvertips, who it seems once looked at playing a game on the deck of an aircraft carrier, would be interested in playing an outdoor game at Seattle’s Safeco Field. However, Zoran Rajcic, the COO of CSH International, Inc., which owns the Silvertips, has told Jesse Geleynse of the Everett Herald that nothing is in the works at this moment. . . . “Is there an interest level? Absolutely,” Rajcic said. “I wouldn’t say ‘no’ to that. But we haven’t done anything (about it).” . . . Craig Herkimer, the president of KevaWorks, an event-management and promotions company based in California, has expressed an interest in being involved. He told Geleynse, via email: “Nothing has been confirmed, but many people in the sports community are interested in bringing this kind of event to the area.” . . . Geleynse’s piece is right here.


The KHL is on a scheduled break these days, allowing players to leave their teams to take part in various international competitions. Patrick Conway has taken advantage of the situation to write about the KHL’s teams and attendance. It’s interesting stuff and it’s all right here. . . . You are free to read it and then wonder how these teams are able to pay the salaries they do when attendance numbers don’t seem to be awfully healthy.


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F Seth Bafaro of the Saskatoon Blades has been suspended for four games after he took a checking-from-behind major and game misconduct during a 6-4 loss to the visiting Swift Current Broncos on Friday. Bafaro has already missed one game, the Blades’ 3-1 loss to the host Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday.


MONDAY:

No Games Scheduled.


TUESDAY (All times local):

Calgary at Brandon, 7 p.m.

Moose Jaw at Swift Current, 7 p.m.

Kootenay at Medicine Hat, 7 p.m.

Edmonton at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.

Prince Albert vs. Seattle, at Kent, Wash., 7:05 p.m.

Red Deer at Victoria, 7:05 p.m.


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Rebels deal for some grit … Silvertips add local flavour … T-Birds hot on road

F Roman Tománek (Calgary, Seattle, 2004-06) has signed a two-game tryout contract with Beyreuth (Germany, DEL2). He was released by mutual agreement by Freiburg (Germany, DEL2) on Tuesday, after recording one assist in 13 games.


The Red Deer Rebels have acquired F Lukus MacKenzie, 18, from the Saskatoon Blades for a fourth-round selection in the 2018 WHL bantam draft.

MacKenzie, who was a late scratch from the Blades’ 2-1 OT victory over the host Lethbridge Hurricanes on Wednesday night, has four assists in 13 games this season.

MacKenzie, from Calgary, was a third-round selection by the Blades in the 2014 bantam draft. In 121 regular-season games, he has eight goals and 16 assists.

At 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, MacKenzie will bring some physical play and an edge to the Rebels’ forward ranks.

The deal was announced Thursday morning, less than 12 hours after the Rebels dropped a 4-2 decision to the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds, a game that was followed by an epic rant from Brent Sutter, Red Deer’s general manager and head coach.

The Rebels gave up a 2-1 third-period lead, with the winning goal, by Seattle F Donovan Neuls, coming with the home team on its fifth straight PP.

Sutter didn’t hold back after the game. He told reporters that the difference was “bad coaching.“

He continued:

“Playing those guys in the third period, our so-called best players. . . . They were terrible tonight and I shouldn’t have had them on the ice in the third period. I shouldn’t have had them on the power play in the last four minutes. That’s my fault.

“It’s unacceptable. (Brandon) Hagel was terrible tonight, (Lane) Zablocki was awful.

“Our older players didn’t play like they need to play and when you have that, when your best players aren’t your best players and they’re your worst players, you struggle. And you put other players in situations that they probably struggle in, too.”

Greg Meachem of reddeerrebels.com has more right here.


Having dealt F Lukus MacKenzie to the Red Deer Rebels, the Saskatoon Blades added F Alec Zawatsky to their roster.

Zawatsky, 18, had two goals and two assists in five games with the BCHL’s Cowichan Capitals, then was dealt to the SJHL’s Notre Dame Hounds. He had nine goals and 10 assists in 13 games with the Hounds.

Zawatsky, who is from Yorkton, Sask., practised with the Blades in Lethbridge on Thursday.

Zawatsky is expected to make his WHL debut tonight against the host Medicine Hat Tigers.

His father, Ed, played four seasons (1987-91) at Colorado College before going on to a pro career that included nine seasons in Germany. He also has coached the SJHL’s Yorkton Terriers and now scouts for the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks.


The Everett Silvertips have acquired F Luke Ormsby, 18, from the Seattle Thunderbirds for a ninth-round selection in the 2018 WHL bantam draft.

Ormsby was born in Port Angeles, Wash., and has lived in Everett and Bellingham. He also played in Everett’s minor hockey ranks.

“We’re excited to welcome an individual like Luke to the Silvertips family, who brings proven experience at this level and a is homegrown player as well,” Garry Davidson, Everett’s general manager, said in a news release.“His hard work, beginning in Everett Youth Hockey, gave him the necessary tools to improve each year and reach the WHL level. He gets around the ice very well, and shows up to play with emotion and intensity.”

This season, Ormsby was pointless in 11 games with Seattle. Last season, he had six goals and five assists in 11 regular-season games, then added one assist in 13 playoff games.

The Thunderbirds selected him in the ninth round of the 2014 WHL bantam draft.

Ormsby had left the Thunderbirds on Monday and was to have joined the BCHL’s Wenatchee Wild.

At the time, Seattle general manager Russ Farwell said: “He is going to Wenatchee to play. We are releasing him. It was a mutual decision.”


F Kalen Szeto, who turned 15 on Oct. 12, has committed to attend Yale U and play for the Bulldogs, starting with the 2020-21 season. . . . He was a fifth-round selection by the Saskatoon Blades in the WHL’s 2017 bantam draft. . . . This season, Szeto, who is from Vancouver, has four goals and 10 assists in 10 games with the Burnaby Winter Club Prep team in the CSSHL. . . . Last season, he had 97 goals and 81 assists in 67 games with the BWC’s bantam A1-T1 side.


F Zach Michaelis of Elk River, Minn., has committed to attend the u of Nebraska-Omaha and play for the Mavericks starting with the 2021-22 season. He turned 15 on May 30. . . . Michaelis was a fourth-round selection by the Prince George Cougars in the 2017 bantam draft. . . . Last season, Michaelis played for a bantam team at Shattuck St. Mary’s in Faribault, Minn. This season, he is playing at Elk River High School and with the U-15 Minnesota Blades.


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F Lucas Cullen has joined the BCHL’s West Kelowna Warriors. Cullen, 18, is from Kelowna. He left the Calgary Hitmen on Oct. 24 to pursue other hockey opportunities. He had one assist in seven games this season. Last season, Cullen had four goals and four assists in 37 games. The Hitmen selected him in the fifth round of the 2014 bantam draft. . . .

The Medicine Hat Tigers have dropped D Trevor Longo, 17, from their roster. Long, from North Vancouver, B.C., was pointless in four games. Last season, he had 11 goals and 26 assists in 40 games with the major midget Vancouver-Northwest Giants, and was pointless in two games with the BCHL’s Langley Rivermen. . . . The Tigers selected him in the sixth round of the 2015 bantam draft. . . .

With D Braden Schneider at the U-17 World Hockey Challenge, the Brandon Wheat Kings have added D Neithan Salame to their roster. Salame, 16, is expected to make his WHL debut tonight against the visiting Kootenay Ice. From Edmonton, he was a seventh-round pick in the 2016 bantam draft. This season, he has three goals and nine assists in 10 games with the midget AAA Edmonton-Knights of Columbus Pats.


THURSDAY:

At Edmonton, F Zack Andrusiak broke a 1-1 tie at 15:14 of the third period as the Seattle Thunderbirds skated to a 3-1 victory over the Oil Kings. . . . The Thunderbirds (9-5-1), who were playing their fifth game in seven nights, have won four in a  row. They are 5-1-0 on a seven-game road trip that wraps up Saturday night against the Medicine Hat Tigers. . . . The Oil Kings (5-9-2) have lost three straight. . . . Seattle broke a scoreless tie at 11:26 of the second period when D Austin Strand scored on a PP. That was his ninth goal this season, eight of which have come via the PP. . . . D Jantzen Leslie, acquired earlier in the week from the Saskatoon Blades, was in the Oil Kings’ lineup and scored his first goal at 6:47 of the third period. He was playing in his 83rd career regular-season game — 10 with Everett, 72 with Saskatoon and one with Edmonton. . . . Andrusiak snapped the tie with his seventh goal of the season. . . . F Nolan Volcan (5), who is from Edmonton, iced it with an empty-netter at 19:38. . . . Seattle was 1-3 on the PP; Edmonton was 0-5. . . . Seattle G Matt Berlin, who is from Edmonton, stopped 30 shots. . . . Edmonton G Boston Bilous turned aside 16 shots. . . . With G Travis Child out with an undisclosed injury, Edmonton had G Josh Dechaine backing up Bilous. Dechaine, 19, got into 17 games with the Oil Kings last season and two this season. He now plays for the AJHL’s Sherwood Park Crusaders. . . . Tyrel Bauer, a second-round selection in the 2017 bantam draft, made his WHL debut with the Thunderbirds. From Cochrane, Alta., he plays for the midget AAA Airdrie CFR Bisons. . . . Announced attendance: 5,572.


At Moose Jaw, the Warriors erased a 2-1 deficit with four goals in the second half of the third period — the last three in 35 seconds — to beat the Prince Albert Raiders, 5-2. . . . The Warriors (12-4-0) have won two in a row. . . . The Raiders (6-5-3) had points in each of their previous five games (3-0-2). . . . F Brett Leason (2) gave the Raiders a 1-0 lead at 5:31 of the first period. That was his first goal in two games since being acquired from the Tri-City Americans. . . . F Luka Burzan (2) pulled the Warriors even, on a PP, at 19:43. . . . Prince Albert went back out front when F Devon Skoleski (6) scored at 8:32 of the second period. . . . F Brayden Burke (7) tied it, on a PP, at 11:14 and F Jayden Halbgewachs snapped the tie at 16:06. . . . F Tanner Jeannot (10) provided Moose Jaw with some insurance at 16:22 and Halbgewachs (10) finished the scoring at 16:41. . . . The Warriors got three assists from F Brett Howden and two each from D Chase Hartje and Burke. . . . Moose Jaw was 2-5 on the PP; Prince Albert was 0-3. . . . G Brody Willms earned the victory with 24 saves. . . . At the other end, Curtis Meger stopped 37 shots. . . . Announced attendance: 3,209.


FRIDAY (all times local):

Kootenay at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.

Red Deer at Regina, 7 p.m.

Calgary at Lethbridge, 7 p.m.

Swift Current at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.

Saskatoon at Medicine Hat, 7:30 p.m.

Portland at Spokane, 7:05 p.m.

Kamloops vs. Vancouver, at Langley, B.C., 7:30 p.m.

Kelowna at Victoria, 7:05 p.m.

Prince George at Everett, 7:35 p.m.


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Outdoor games at Safeco Field? … Living with tragedy in Renfrew, Ont. … Blazers goalie in NYC

If you’re watching the World Series, here’s hoping you have access to Fox-TV because analyst John Smoltz is good. Really good.


Larry Brooks of the New York Post related this anecdote in a Sunday column:

So Antti Raanta, the former Rangers netminder now with Arizona, was talking about adjusting to life in the desert.

“It takes a little time to get used to the weather and remind yourself that you’re not on vacation,” said Raanta. “But everything has been good.

“Except maybe for the scorpions my wife saw in our bedroom.”


I ran into the effervescent Guy Charron while doing some shopping the other day. He’s looking good. In fact, he hasn’t looked this good since before he dipped his toe in the WHL coaching pool with the Kamloops Blazers.


Here’s Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle with a first-person baseball tale:

That was cute when the Dodgers sent Vin Scully to the mound for the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 of the World Series, and then Vinny summoned Fernando Valenzuela to do the job. Reminded me of the 2010 Series, Giants at Texas. In the press box there was a line for the men’s room. I completed my stand-up business, turned and saw that the on-deck man was Juan Marichal. I tapped my right arm with my left hand and said, “Juan, I’m bringing you in for relief.”

No, he didn’t laugh.


Here’s Ostler, again:

The NFL blew it.

The recent meeting between 11 team owners and 12 players at NFL headquarters in New York, called to discuss player protests during the national anthem, would have been more exciting had it been smartly marketed.

First of all, give it a name: “Sons of Bitches vs. Sons of Riches.”

Then, for god’s sake, televise it. From the ESPN account of the showdown, it was a lot more exciting than half the football games.


And one from Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News:

As Dave Roberts of the Dodgers, who at one point in this World Series used 17 pitchers in 20 innings, went through eight relief pitchers in Game 2, I kept hearing the voice of my Hall of Fame friend Bill Madden inside my head.

Mr. Madden, from the first time I sat down next to him in a press box, has always talked about “the endless search for the guy who doesn’t have it.”

That’s what we saw in Game 2, exactly.


Wonder Woman and I made another successful return trip over the Coquihalla last weekend — successful in that we survived it. On the return trip, I deliberately set the cruise control at 120 — if you’ve never been there, that is the speed limit — and there were times when I thought I was standing still. (To our American friends, that would kilometres per hour.) I also would swear that Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. passed us a time or two.


Headline at TheKicker.com: Adam Silver approves huge order for Warriors vs. Cavaliers 2018 NFL Finals shirts.


Dilly! Dilly!!


F Roman Tománek (Calgary, Seattle, 2004-06) has been released by mutual agreement by Freiburg (Germany, DEL2). He had one assist in 13 games.


The WHL has had teams involved in two outdoor games to date, with another one scheduled for this season.

Now a source has told Taking Note that the WHL is looking into the possibility of playing two games at Safeco Field in Seattle early in 2019.

The WHL’s first outdoor game took place at Avista Stadium in Spokane on Jan. 15, 2011, with the Chiefs beating the Kootenay Ice 11-2 before 7,075 fans.

On Feb. 21, 2011, there were 20,888 fans at McMahon Stadium in Calgary as the Hitmen dropped a 3-2 decision to the Regina Pats.

This season, the Regina Pats will entertain the Moose Jaw Warriors at 30,048-seat Mosaic Stadium on Feb. 18.

The source told Taking Note that outdoor games at Safeco Field would feature the Seattle Thunderbirds, who play out of Kent, Wash., and Everett Silvertips playing one game each.

Safeco Field, the home of the Seattle Mariners, seats 47,943 for baseball.

It could be that outdoor games in Seattle would be a big deal to hockey fans who follow teams in the WHL’s U.S. Division. There regularly is grumbling from many of those fans because their favourite teams have, for whatever reason, been left out in the cold when it comes to having their communities play host to such things as the Memorial Cup, Canada-Russia games or the Top Prospects Game.


The junior B Renfrew, Ont., Timberwolves and their fans are trying to heal as they deal with the aftermath of a weekend single-vehicle accident in which two players were killed and two others injured.

One of the players, Brandon Hanniman, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene early Saturday morning. A second player, Alex Paquette, 18, died in hospital Saturday afternoon.

Two other teammates, Jake McGrimmon and Ben Scheuneman, both 18, were injured in the accident and remain in hospital. Scheuneman is in critical condition.

The Timberwolves play in the Central Canada Hockey League Tier 2.

A report from cbc.ca says police believe alcohol played a role in the accident and that three of the players weren’t wearing seatbelts. That report is right here. . . .

There is more right here from the Ottawa Citizen.

Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen writes:

“It adds up to a hockey parent’s worst nightmare. Under-aged drinking. Teenaged drivers. An open road and a car’s willing throttle after midnight. Boys being boys and blowing off what should be a reflex habit: buckling up when getting into a car.

“Teenage independence can come at a horrible cost.”

Scanlan’s column is right here.


D Artyom Minulin of the Swift Current Broncos and D Alex Alexeyev of the Red Deer Rebels are on the roster of the Russian team that will play against Team WHL in the annual CIBC Canada-Russia series. Games are scheduled for Monday in Moose Jaw and Tuesday in Swift Current. . . . Minulin, in his third season with the Broncos, has 10 points, including three goals, in 13 games. In 155 career regular-season games, he has 16 goals and 77 assists. . . . Alexeyev has seven assists in six games with the Rebels this season. Last season, as a freshman, he had four goals and 17 assists in 21 games. His 2016-17 season was cut short by a knee injury. This season, he has recently returned from a shoulder injury.


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G Dylan Ferguson of the Kamloops Blazers had a front-row seat Tuesday night as the visiting Vegas Golden Knights lost, 6-4, to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Ferguson, 19, was on the Golden Knights’ bench as their backup goaltender after being summoned under emergency recall follows. The Golden Knights have three injured goaltenders on their roster.

Ferguson backed up Maxime Lagace, who made his NHL debut on Monday night, entering what would be a 6-3 loss to the New York Islanders after starter Oscar Dansk left with an injury.

Ferguson got the call on Monday, at about 6 p.m. He caught a flight to Vancouver, then took a redeye flight to Toronto where he made a connection to New York City. He arrived there at 11 a.m., and joined the Golden Knights at their hotel.

Vegas is scheduled to continue its road trip against the Boston Bruins on Thursday, the Ottawa Senators on Saturday, the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday and the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.

The Blazers, meanwhile, will go home-and-home with the Vancouver Giants this weekend, playing Friday in Langley, B.C., and in Kamloops on Saturday.

Max Palaga, a 17-year-old from Kamloops, is expected to start both games. He has made four appearances this season, going 0-2-0, 3.89, .853.

Dylan Garand, 15, is expected to be backing up Palaga. Garand, from Victoria, was a third-round selection in the 2017 bantam draft. He is attending the Delta Hockey Academy and playing for the prep team in the CSSHL.


F Nick Henry of the Regina Pats is almost ready to return after having off-season shoulder surgery. Greg Harder of the Regina Leader-Post reports right here that Henry, who had 81 points, including 35 goals, in 72 games as a freshman last season, might play Friday agains the visiting Red Deer Rebels. . . .

The Vancouver Giants have dropped D Austin King-Cunningham from their roster, and he has joined the SJHL’s Estevan Bruins. King-Cunningham, 17, is from Pilot Butte, Sask. He was pointless in four games with the Giants. . . . Steve Ewen of Postmedia reported that King-Cunningham left the Giants “over a lack of playing time after the East Division road trip.” . . . Last season, he had three goals and eight assists in 33 games with the midget AAA Battlefords Stars, and one assist in three games with the Giants. . . .

The Edmonton Oil Kings have named F Colton Kehler as the 11th captain in the franchise’s modern history. Kehler is in his third season with the Oil Kings. Kehler, 20, has six goals and five assists in 15 games this season. He was a seventh-round selection by Edmonton in the 2012 bantam draft. . . .

Team USA will hold its pre-tournament training camp in Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 15-19 as it prepares to defend its gold medal at the World Junior Hockey championship that is to open in Buffalo on Dec. 26. . . . Team USA will play two exhibition games — against Belarus, in Jamestown, N.Y., on Dec. 20, and against Sweden, in Erie, Penn., on Dec. 22.


The SJHL’s Yorkton Terriers have fired general manager/head coach Casey O’Brien. . . . Assistant coach Mat Hehr was named interim GM/head coach. . . . O’Brien was in his second season as the Terriers’ GM/head coach, after spending five seasons as an assistant coach. . . . The Terriers were 3-12-2 and in fourth place in the Viterra Division — 11th overall — at the time of the firing. The Terriers also are the SJHL’s most-penalized team. . . . The move came two weeks after O’Brien’s wife, Laura, suffered two heart attacks while undergoing routine bloodwork. She is said to be recovering nicely. . . . Dave Baron, the team president, told Stefanie Davis of Yorkton This Week that “the timing was just so terrible, but we have to put the team first. We felt it had to be done.” . . . Davis’s story is right here.


Cliff Ronning, a former WHL star and the father of Vancouver Giants F Ty Ronning, has been added to the coaching staff of the KHL’s Kunlun Red Star.

Mike Keenan, the team’s GM and head coach, announced Tuesday that Ronning will be the team’s development coach.

Here’s Keenan:

“He takes on responsibilities of skill development throughout the organization at various levels. He’s got a great NHL background and experience as a player, also he did a superb job for us last summer in Vancouver where we had evaluation camps.

“He brings more experience to our staff dealing with the KHL, VHL and MHL teams as well as our academy in Toronto and I think that his skills and his ability to communicate with younger players will be invaluable to the organization.

“Another part of his responsibility will be scouting the Vancouver area. There are thousands of Chinese descendants playing in this area, it’s a very populated Chinese hockey program and he’s got a good handle on the players in that community.”


TUESDAY:

No Games Scheduled.


WEDNESDAY (all times local):

Saskatoon at Lethbridge, 7 p.m.

Seattle at Red Deer, 7 p.m.

Kootenay at Regina, 7 p.m.

Prince George at Portland, 7 p.m.

Kelowna vs. Tri-City, at Kennewick, Wash., 7:05 p.m.


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Tweet of the day

Chynoweth rings at auction … Raiders slow down Royals … Red-hot Topping leads Americans


D Taylor Aronson (Portland, 2009-11) has signed a one-year extension with the Nuremberg Ice Tigers (Germany, DEL). He has three goals and seven assists in 15 games. . . .

F Taylor Stefishen (Prince George, 2010-11) has been released by the Edinburgh Capitals (Scotland, UK Elite). He had one assist in four games.


Among the Ed Chynoweth rings up for auction is one similar to this — a 1987 Memorial Cup championship ring from the Medicine Hat Tigers.

If you are a collector of sports memorabilia, you may be interested in knowing that there are a few rings from the late Ed Chynoweth’s collection available right here through Classic Auctions. Included are 13 lots featuring Canada Cup, World Junior and Memorial Cup rings. According to the website, the Chynoweth family is selling off the rings.


The Prince George Cougars got their roster down to 26 players on Wednesday by dropping F Reid Perepeluk, 17. He will be joining the BCHL’s Prince George Spruce Kings. . . . A sixth-round selection in the 2015 WHL bantam draft, Perepeluk was pointless in four games with the Cougars. . . . From Yorkton, Sask., Perepeluk had nine goals and 27 assists last season with the major midget Cariboo Cougars, who play out of Prince George. . . . The Cougars are carrying three goaltenders, seven defencemen and 15 forwards.


The BCHL’s Salmon Arm Silverbacks have acquired G Kyle Dumba, 19, from the AJHL’s Sherwood Park Crusaders in exchange for future considerations. Dumba, a WHL veteran, started this season with the Kamloops Blazers. After being released, he was added by the Everett Silvertips, who later let him go. . . . Dumba is expected to debut with the Silverbacks this weekend as they play three games in fewer than 48 hours — in Surrey, Cowichan and Victoria.

Meanwhile, F Arthur Miller, who lost out in the 20-year-old game with the Swift Current Broncos, has had his rights dealt by the MJHL’s Steinbach Pistons to the SJHL’s Estevan Bruins. Miller, from Regina, had nine goals and 15 assists in 107 games with the Broncos.


F Chase Stevenson, 18, has committed to the U of New Hampshire where he will play for the Wildcats in 2019-20. Stevenson, from West Kelowna, B.C., was a 10th-round selection by the Red Deer Rebels in the WHL’s 2014 bantam draft. . . . Last season, he had 10 goals and 10 assists in 33 games with the BCHL’s West Kelowna Warriors. This season, he has three goals and five assists in 16 games.


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WEDNESDAY:

At Medicine Hat, F Josh Williams scored twice to help the Tigers to a 7-4 victory over the Spokane Chiefs. . . . The Tigers (8-4-0) have won two in a row. . . . The Chiefs (8-6-1) had points in each of their four previous games (3-0-1). . . . Interestingly, F Zach Fischer of the Chiefs and F Hayden Ostir of the Tigers, who were involved in the same trade last week, both scored in what was their first game against their former clubs. . . . Fischer (3) tied the score, 2-2, at 10:58 of the second period with his second goal for the Chiefs. . . . Ostir (4) broke the tie with a PP goal at 12:29. That was his first with the Tigers. . . . Williams had opened the scoring at 15:05 of the first period. . . . Spokane F Riley Woods (8) tied it at 3:43 of the second period. . . . Medicine Hat D David Quenneville gave his guys the lead again at 7:14. . . . Fischer and Ostir followed with their goals. . . . The Tigers gained a 4-2 lead as F Tyler Preziuso (4) scored at 13:24 of the second. . . . Spokane D Nolan Reid (6), on a PP, got the deficit to one at 15:13. Last season, Reid totalled one goal in 64 games split between the Saskatoon Blades (34) and Spokane. . . . However, the Tigers opened the third period with three goals — Williams (4), on a PP, at 4:49; F Ryan Chyzowski, at 7:41; and F James Hamblin (3), at 8:23. . . . The Chiefs got the game’s last goal, from F Hudson Elynuik (8), at 12:26. . . . Chyzowski also had two assists. He has 11 points, including six goals, in 12 games. Last season, as a freshman, he finished with five goals and seven assists in 52 games. . . . F Gary Haden and F Mark Rassell each had two assists for the Tigers, with Ostir and Hamblin getting one each. . . . Elynuik added two assists to his goal, with Reid and Woods adding one each. . . . Medicine Hat was 2-5 on the PP; Spokane was 1-4. . . . G Jordan Hollett recorded the victory with 36 saves. . . . Spokane starter Dawson Weatherill surrendered four goals on 17 shots in 33:24. Donovan Buskey finished up, stopping 14 of 17 shots in 26:35. . . . The Tigers continue to play without F Max Gerlach. He hasn’t seen game action since Oct. 7 when he took a stick to the face and suffered some serious dental damage. However, he is expected to practise today (Thursday) and may play Friday against the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors. . . . Announced attendance: 3,106.


At Prince Albert, D Max Martin broke a 3-3 tie at 10:43 of the third period as the Raiders beat the Victoria Royals, 4-3. . . . Prince Albert (5-4-3) has points in four straight (2-0-2). . . . The Royals are 10-4-1. . . . This was the fourth meeting between these teams since the Royals moved from Chilliwack to Victoria over the summer of 2011. This was the Raiders’ first victory in the series. . . . Martin’s third goal of the season came just 56 seconds after F Tyler Soy (7) had pulled the visitors into a 3-3 tie. . . . F Regan Nagy, who had scored three times in a 7-2 victory over the Blades in Saskatoon on Tuesday, gave Victoria a 1-0 lead at 3:04 of the second period. He’s got 14 goals in his past 11 games. . . . F Jordy Stallard (8) tied it at 3:54. . . . The Royals took a 2-1 lead when F Igor Martynov (5) scored at 11:47. . . . The Raiders erased the deficit on third-period goals from F Cole Fonstad (6), at 3:34, and F Devon Skoleski (4), shorthanded, at 7:07. . . . Martin, Stallard and Skoleski each had an assist for Prince Albert. . . . F Matthew Phillips drew an assist on the Royals’ third goal to run his point streak to a franchise-record 15 games. The previous record was set by F Mark Santorelli with the 2006-07 Chilliwack Bruins. Remember them? . . . Phillips has 12 goals and 18 assists over those 15 games. . . . Each team was 0-2 on the PP. . . . G Ian Scott stopped 20 shots to earn the victory over Dean McNabb, who made 33 saves. . . . The Royals concluded a seven-game road swing with this one. They finished 3-4-0 on the trip. From a Victoria news release: “The club has traveled 4,336 kilometres over two weeks, and now will make the 1,787-kilometre drive back to Victoria.” . . . Prince Albert D Brayden Pachal had one assist in his first game against his former team. The Royals dealt him to the Raiders on Jan. 9. . . . Marc Habscheid, the Raiders’ head coach, spent three seasons (2009-12) as the GM/head coach of the Chilliwack/Victoria franchises. . . . Announced attendance: 1,842.


At Lethbridge, G Stuart Skinner stopped 36 shots to lead the Hurricanes to a 2-0 victory over the Regina Pats. . . . Lethbridge (6-5-0) has won two in a row. . . . The Pats now are 8-6-1. . . . Skinner has one shutout this season and seven in his career. He has at least one shutout in four straight seasons. . . . F Dylan Cozens (7) scored the game’s first goal, at 16:34 of the second period. . . . F Ryan Vandervlis (2) ended the scoring at 12:13 of the third period. . . . F Jordy Bellerive assisted on both goals. . . . Each team was 0-1 on the PP. . . . Regina G Tyler Brown stopped 22 shots. . . . D Tate Olson, 20, made his debut with the Hurricanes. With Olson healthy, the Hurricanes have four 20s on their roster, the others being D Brennan Riddle, F Giorgio Estephan and F Jack Flaman. Flaman was scratched last night. . . . Olson was acquired from the Prince George Cougars on Sept. 27 for a third-round pick in the 2018 WHL bantam draft. He had off-season shoulder surgery and had to sit until last night. . . . Announced attendance: 3,043.


At Kennewick, Wash., F Jordan Topping scored two goals and added two assists, and D Dylan Coghlan drew four assists, leading the Tri-City Americans to an 8-4 victory over the Moose Jaw Warriors. . . . The Americans (9-4-0) have won six straight games. . . . The Warriors (10-4-0) had won their previous three games. . . . Moose Jaw F Brett Howden (7) scored 54 seconds into the third period, leaving Tri-City with a 4-3 lead. . . . The Americans then scored four times in 5:45 to put it away. . . . F Isaac Johnson gave the Americans a 1-0 lead with the only goal of the first period, at 5:37. . . . D Oleg Sosunov, the Russian freshman, pulled the Warriors even with his fifth goal, at 5:44 of the second period. . . . Topping, at 8:41, and F Parker AuCoin (4), at 9:39, gave the home team a 3-1 lead. . . . F Justin Almeida (8) scored for Moose Jaw at 11:05, but F Riley Sawchuk (1) got it back for the Americans just 41 seconds later. . . . Howden’s goal came next. . . . TripCity put it away on goals from F Morgan Geekie (4), F Michael Rasmussen (6), Topping (11) and F Sasha Mutala (2). . . . D Jett Woo (6) scored Moose Jaw’s final goal. . . . The Americans got two assists from each of D Juuso Valimaki and Geekie, with Mutala getting one. . . . F Brayden Burke had two assists for the Warriors, while Woo had one. . . . Tri-City was 2-6 on the PP; Moose Jaw was 1-3. . . . G Beck Warm stopped 32 shots for the Americans, three more than Moose Jaw’s Brody Willms. . . . The Warriors were without F Noah Gregor (undisclosed injury) for a second straight game. . . . Announced attendance: 2,327.


THURSDAY:

No Games Scheduled.


FRIDAY (all times local):

Seattle vs. Kootenay, at Cranbrook, B.C., 7 p.m.

Spokane at Red Deer, 7 p.m.

Brandon at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.

Calgary at Lethbridge, 7 p.m.

Saskatoon at Swift Current, 7 p.m.

Moose Jaw at Medicine Hat, 7:30 p.m.

Everett at Kamloops, 7 p.m.

Tri-City at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.

Prince George vs. Vancouver, at Langley, B.C., 7:30 p.m.


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Americans lose forward to KHL, add d-man … Warriors iced … Holt on! Giants win in OT

D Linden Springer (Prince George, Portland, 2010-13) has signed a two-year extension with the Manchester Storm (England, UK Elite). This season, he has one goal and two assists in 10 games.


Casey O’Brien is the general manager and head coach of the SJHL’s Yorkton Terriers. On Tuesday morning, he posted a tweet involving his wife, Laura, who experienced a medical emergency while having routine blood work done on Monday. . . . O’Brien is in his second season as the Terriers’ GM and head coach, after spending five seasons as an assistant coach. . . . I pass along his tweet and ask the hockey community to keep Laura in its thoughts and prayers.

If you would like to read more about O’Brien, who is deaf, take a couple of minutes and check out this piece right here that TSN’s Darren Dreger wrote in December. It is headlined: The relentless drive of Casey O’Brien. . . . It carries that headline for good reason.


The Tri-City Americans solved their 20-year-old and import situations on Tuesday when Russian F Vladislav Lukin signed with Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the KHL. Lukin, who is from Ufa, played the previous three seasons with the Americans. Last season, he had 26 goals and 32 assists in 63 games. . . . Lukin started this season in camp with the Americans, then moved on to the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage. They assigned him to the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles, who released him last week. Lukin then returned to the Americans. . . . His return left Tri-City with three import players, one over the limit, and four 20-year-olds, also one over the limit. Lukin’s departure leaves the Americans with Finnish D Juuso Valimaki and D Roman Kalinichenko, a freshman from Russia, as the imports, and G Patrick Dea, F Maxwell James and F Jordan Topping as the 20s.

Meanwhile, the Americans have acquired D Anthony Bishop, 19, from the Victoria Royals for an eighth-round selection in the 2018 WHL bantam draft. Bishop wasn’t in the Americans’ lineup last night as they beat the visiting Kelowna Rockets, 2-1. . . . Bishop, from Kelowna, played last season with the WHL-champion Seattle Thunderbirds, recording two goals and five assists in seven games. . . . In 2015-16, as a freshman with the Saskatoon Blades, he had two assists in 40 games. . . . This season, he had one assist in four games with Victoria. . . . The Royals acquired him from Seattle on Aug. 2, giving up F Blake Bargar, 19, in the exchange. . . . With Bishop, the Americans have nine defencemen on their roster. But two of them, Liam Belcourt and Dan Gatenby, are out with long-term injuries.


The WHL has named the roster for Team WHL, which will meet a touring Russian side in Moose Jaw (Nov. 6) and Swift Current (Nov. 7) in the western end of the annual CIBC Canada-Russia Series. . . . Games 3 and 4 will be played in the OHL cities of Owen Sound (Nov. 9) and Sudbury (Nov. 13), with Games 5 and 6 in the QMJHL centres of Charlottetown (Nov. 14) and Moncton (Nov. 16). . . . Team WHL’s roster, as it now stands, features 20 players, including eight defencemen and 12 forwards. . . . The rosters includes F Tyler Benson of the Vancouver Giants, who has yet to play a game this season. He is recovering from off-season surgery for a sports hernia and remains with the Edmonton Oilers, who selected him in the second round of the NHL’s 2016 draft. . . . The roster also includes G Carter Hart of the Everett Silvertips for a third straight season. However, he has played in only two games this season. He was returned to Everett by the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers, played on Sept. 29 and 30, and shortly afterwards was diagnosed with mononucleosis.

The WHL’s news release and the roster are right here.


There are 15 WHL players on the 66-man roster released by Hockey Canada on Tuesday for the U-17 World Hockey Challenge that is to be played in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, B.C., Nov. 5-11. . . . The players will be split into three teams — Black, Red and White — for the tournament that also includes teams from Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden and the U.S.. . . . From a news release: “In July, 111 players were invited to the week-long national under-17 development camp, marking the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence. The players chosen to compete at the (WHC) were selected by Brad McEwen, Hockey Canada’s head scout, in consultation with U17 POE management group lead Steve Staios, along with regional scouts Carl Bouchard (Quebec), Barclay Branch (Ontario), Barclay Parneta (West), Kevin Mitchell (Atlantic), and Darrell Woodley (Ontario).” . . . There is one WHL goaltender on the roster, along with seven defencemen and seven forwards. The complete roster is right here.

The Tri-City Americans have two forwards — Connor Bouchard and Sasha Mutala — on the roster. Expecting that to happen, Tri-City general manager Bob Tory added F Brett Clayton to the roster on Monday. Clayton, who is to turn 19 on Nov. 22, was released by the Portland Winterhawks in September and subsequently dropped from their list.


D Charlie Roy of the QMJHL’s Shawinigan Cataractes has drawn a 15-game suspension after a nasty incident that occurred in a game against the host Victoriaville Tigres on Saturday. . . . Unlike the WHL, which chooses not to use modern technology to provide insight when such decisions are reached, the QMJHL posted video of the incident and the rationale behind the suspension on its website. You are able to view it all right here. . . . In short, Roy twice punched a fallen and defenceless opponent, F Maxime Comtois, the first knocking off the helmet and the second causing the head to strike the ice surface with force. . . . Also taken into consideration: Roy wasn’t a first-time offender and the opponent was injured on the play in question. . . . The incident occurred at 19:42 of the second period in a game won by Shawinigan, 4-2. . . . Comtois was a second-round pick by the Anaheim Ducks in the NHL’s 2017 draft.


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TUESDAY:

At Cranbrook, B.C., F Brett Davis broke a 1-1 tie at 17:45 of the second period as the Kootenay Ice beat the Moose Jaw Warriors, 2-1. . . . The Ice (4-5-1) has won two in a row for the first time this season. Geoffrey Brandow (@GeoffreyBrandow) notes that the Ice won back-to-back games only twice last season and five times over the past three seasons. . . . The Warriors (7-2-0) had won their previous two games. . . . F Vince Loschiavo (4) gave the Ice a 1-0 lead at 5:54 of the first period. . . . The Warriors tied it at 12:55 on a goal from F Tanner Jeannot (3). . . . Davis won it with the game’s only PP goal. . . . The Ice was 1-3 on the PP; the Warriors were 0-2. . . . G Bailey Brkin earned the victory with 28 saves, three fewer than Moose Jaw’s Brody Willms. . . . D Chase Hartje, who turns 18 on Dec. 17, made his debut with the Warriors. From Bemidji, Minn., he had been out with an undisclosed injury. Last season, he had four goals and 21 assists in 25 games with Bemidji High. He also played nine games with the NAHL’s Bismarck, N.D., Bobcats, putting up two goals and four assists. . . . After playing seven straight home games, the Warriors opened a seven-game road swing with this one. From Cranbrook, they’ll go through the U.S. Division and then finish up in Medicine Hat on Oct. 27. . . . Announced attendance: 2,110.


At Prince Albert, F Dawson Holt scored his first goal of the season, at 2:35 of OT, to give the Vancouver Giants a 5-4 victory over the Raiders. . . .Holt won it with a shot from the high slot that went off a post, hit G Nicholas Sanders in the back and went into the Prince Albert net. . . . The Giants (3-4-2) had lost four in a row (0-2-2). . . . The Raiders (3-4-3) went into OT for the third time in four games. They now have lost four in a row (0-1-3). . . . The teams combined for five goals in the game’s first 5:21 and seven in the first period, with the Raiders taking a 4-3 edge into the second. . . . The Giants took a 2-0 lead on goals from F Brayden Watts (7), at 1:33, and F Ty Ronning, at 2:21. . . . The Raiders roared back and tied it as F Jordy Stallard (6) scored, at 3:45, and D Sergei Sapego followed at 4:50. . . . Ronning’s sixth goal gave the Giants a 3-2 edge at 5:21. . . . The home side went out front on goals from D Parker Kelly (6), at 18:27, and F Sean Montgomery (4), at 19:58. . . . After the wild first period, there was only one more goal through the end of regulation time, that coming from Vancouver F Alex Kannok Leipert (1), at 8:25 of the second period. . . . F Cole Fonstad had two assists for the Raiders, with Sapego and Stallard each getting one. . . . Each team was 0-2 on the PP. . . . The Giants got 33 saves from G David Tendeck. . . . G Curtis Meger made his eighth straight start for the Raiders, but lasted just 5:22 after allowing three goals on four shots. Sanders, who hadn’t played since Sept. 23 due to an undisclosed injury, came off the bench to stop 33 of 35 shots in 57:13. . . . Vancouver lost D Darian Skeoch to a charging major and game misconduct at 1:24 of the second period. . . . The Giants are four games into a seven-game road trip — they are 1-1-2 — that will end in Regina on Saturday. . . . D Brayden Pachal returned to the Raiders’ lineup after serving a three-game suspension. . . . Announced attendance: 1,727.


At Kennewick, Wash., G Beck Warm stopped 33 shots to lead the Tri-City Americans to a 2-1 victory over the Kelowna Rockets. . . . The Americans (6-4-0) have won three in a row. . . . The Rockets (4-4-2) have lost four in a row (0-3-1). . . . F Nolan Yaremko scored both Tri-City goals, his first of the season, at 10:24 of the first period and 12:24 of the third. . . . F Jordan Topping of the Americans took a boarding major and game misconduct, for a hit on Kelowna F Jack Cowell, at 17:22 of the third period. . . . Cowell wasn’t injured on the play and, in fact, picked up an assist on the PP goal that followed, from F Dillon Dube (4). . . . The Rockets got 22 stops from G James Porter. . . . Kelowna was 1-5 on the PP; Tri-City was 0-3. . . . Tri-City D Juuso Valimaki returned after missing three games due to illness. F Brett Clayton, who was added to the Americans’ roster on Monday, was scratched. . . . F Maxwell James of the Americans served the final game of a three-game suspension. . . . With assistant coach Brian Pellerin away at the WHL Cup, the Americans had former G Olaf Kolzig working as an assistant coach. Kolzig also is one of the club’s owners. . . . Not to be forgotten in this one was the meeting of the Topping brothers — Jordan, 20, and his younger brother Kyle, a sophomore forward with Kelowna who will turn 18 on Nov. 18. The Toppings are from Salt Spring Island, B.C., which also is home to Valdy, a popular Canadian singer-song writer. . . . Announced attendance: 2,783.


WEDNESDAY (all times local):

Victoria at Edmonton, 7 p.m.

Brandon at Regina, 7 p.m.

Vancouver at Saskatoon, 7:05 p.m.

Moose Jaw at Spokane, 7:05 p.m.

Tri-City at Everett, 7:05 p.m.


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Spokane adds import d-man … T-Birds release 20-year-old … Tigers bring in Sears

F Zach Boychuk (Lethbridge, 2005-09) has signed a one-year contract with Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia, KHL). Last season, he had seven goals and nine assists in 35 games with Sibir Novosibirsk (Russia, KHL).


The Spokane Chiefs have added Czech D Filip Kral to their roster. They announced his signing on Friday, adding that he is expected to arrive in Spokane on Wednesday. . . . Kral will turn 18 on Oct. 20. . . . The Chiefs selected the 6-foot-0, 175-pounder in the CHL’s 2017 import draft. He is from Blansko. . . . Last season, he had four goals and six assists in 13 games with HC Kometa Brno in a U-20 league. He also had two assists in 23 games with the Kometa Brno side in the Czech Extraliga, and a goal and an assist in 12 games with SK Horacka Slavia Trebic in the country’s second-tier pro league. . . . In 22 games with the Czech Republic’s U-18 team, he had a goal and seven assists. . . . This season, he had played four games in the Extraliga and three with SK Horacka Slavia Trebic in country’s second tier pro league but had yet to earn a point. . . . Spokane’s other import is Slovakian F Milos Fafrak, who also was selected in the 2017 import draft. He went into the weekend with two assists in five games.


The Seattle Thunderbirds are down to the maximum of three 20-year-old players after releasing F Tyler Adams. From Regina, Adams was acquired last season from the Swift Current Broncos. He had three goals and five assists in 41 games with the Thunderbirds, after scoring once and adding six assists in 25 games with the Broncos. . . . In 2015-16, as a freshman, he had six goals and seven assists in 72 games with Swift Current. . . . Adams hadn’t gotten into a game with Seattle this season. . . . The Thunderbirds are left with F Donovan Neuls, D Turner Ottenbreit and D Austin Strand as their 20s.

All WHL teams have until Tuesday to declare a maximum of three 20-year-olds. As of Friday night, there still were four teams each carrying four 20s:

Medicine Hat Tigers — G Michael Bullion, F Zach Fischer, F Mark Rassell. D Kristians Rubins (Latvia) two-spotter. (Bullion was scratched last night against Regina.)

Portland Winterhawks — G Cole Kehler, F Alex Overhardt, D Keoni Texeira, F Evan Weinger. (Weinger was scratched last night in Spokane.)

Prince George Cougars — F Aaron Boyd, F Jared Bethune, D Shane Collins, F Brogan O’Brien. (Collins was scratched last night against Kelowna.)

Swift Current Broncos — F Conner Chaulk, G Logan Flodell, F Glenn Gawdin, F Arthur Miller. (Miller was scratched last night in Saskatoon.)


F Kolby Johnson, who was released by the Prince Albert Raiders, has joined the QMJHL’s Sherbrooke Phoenix. Johnson, 19, is from Rosetown, Sask. After the Raiders released him, he appeared ticketed for the SJHL’s La Ronge Ice Wolves. . . . Last season, he had two assists in 34 games after being acquired from Prince George as part of a deal in which D Brendan Guhle moved to the Cougars. In 83 career WHL games, Johnson has one goal and five assists. He was pointless in two games with the Raiders this season.


The Medicine Hat Tigers have hired long-time scout Carter Sears as their director of player personnel. He takes over from Darren Kruger, who left to join the scouting staff of the NHL’s Calgary Flames. . . . Sears has spent five seasons scouting for the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets. . . . Sears was a key figure on the scouting staff of the Red Deer Rebels when they won the 2001 Memorial Cup in Regina. He also worked for the Kootenay Ice.


The Regina Pats unveiled details of their 100th anniversary celebrations, a party that will signal 100 days until the opening of the 2018 Memorial Cup. . . . Yes, it will include an outdoor game between the Moose Jaw Warriors and the Pats. . . . Greg Harder of the Regina Leader-Post was at the news conference and filed this story.


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FRIDAY:

At Edmonton, D Kale Clague scored three times, his first goals this seaaon, as his Brandon Wheat Kings skated to a 7-3 victory over the Oil Kings. . . . Clague, a 19-year-old from Lloydminster, Alta., is in his fourth season with Brandon; this was his first career hat trick. He went into the game with 15 goals in 143 regular-season games. . . . The Wheat Kings opened up a 4-0 lead by the middle of the second period. . . . F Ty Lewis (3), F Linden McCorrister (2) and Clague scored first-period goals, with the latter sniping at 19:57. F Gunnar Wegleitner (1) made it 4-0 at 10:11 of the second period. . . . Edmonton climbed to within two goals on second-period goals from F Brett Kemp (1), at 13:15, and D Matthew Robertson (2), at 14:24. . . . F Stelio Mattheos (6), who also had two assists, got that one back at 1:11 of the third period. . . . F Trey Fix-Wolansky (4), who also had an assist, scored for Edmonton, on a PP, at 9:26, before Brandon put it away on goals from Clague, at 14:46 and 19:27. . . . Brandon got three assists from F Tanner Kaspick, and two from F Connor Gutenberg, with Lewis, McCorrister and Wegleitner each adding one. . . . Brandon (2-2-1) was 1-4 on the PP; Edmonton (2-4-0) was 2-6. . . . G Logan Thompson stopped 31 shots for the Wheat Kings. . . . Edmonton starter Travis Child allowed three goals on nine shots in the first period. Boston Bilous finished up by stopping nine of 11 shots in 38:38. . . . Announced attendance: 6,224.


At Calgary, G Dorrin Luding stopped 29 shots to help the Everett Silvertips to a 1-0 victory over the Hitmen. . . . It was the first career shutout for Luding, an 18-year-old freshman from Prince George. It came in his fifth appearance of the season. . . . Everett is without G Carter Hart (mononucleosis), so Kyle Dumba has been added to the roster and was on the bench last night in his hometown. . . . D Kevin Davis (1) scored the game’s only goal, at 3:03 of the third period. . . . Everett (3-3-0) was 0-5 on the PP; Calgary (1-3-1) was 0-2. . . . The Hitmen got 32 stops from G Nick Schneider. . . . The Silvertips are 2-2-0 on a nine-game road trip that includes six games in nine nights in the Central Division. This was Game 1 of that six-pack. . . . The Hitmen had D Jake Bean back for the first time this season. He missed four games while with the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes. . . . Earlier in the day, the Hitmen released G Connor Dochuk, 18. The SJHL’s Melville Millionaires hold his junior A rights. . . . That left the Hitmen with Matthew Armitage, who turns 17 on Oct. 30, to back up Schneider, 20. Armitage, from Calgary, was a fourth-round pick by the Spokane Chiefs in the 2014 bantam draft. . . . Calgary is without F Beck Malenstyn, who is listed as indefinite after suffering a wrist injury during a 5-4 loss to the host Saskatoon Blades on Sept. 30. . . . Announced attendance: 4,982.


At Lethbridge, G Stuart Skinner turned aside 35 shots to lead the Hurricanes to a 4-1 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders. . . . Skinner stopped 15, 10 and 11 shots by period as the Hurricanes improved to 3-2-0. . . . The Raiders (2-3-0) got 25 saves from G Curtis Meger. With veteran goaltenders Nicholas Sanders (day-to-day) and Ian Scott (indefinitely) hurt, Meger, a freshman, made his second straight start. Brett Balas, a 16-year-old from Calgary, was the backup. He was a third-round pick in the WHL’s 2016 bantam draft. . . . The Raiders aren’t talking publicly about Sanders’ injury, but the 19-year-old Calgarian underwent surgery on both hips following last season and missed most of training camp. . . . D Calen Addison (1) put Lethbridge in front, on a PP, at 5:02 of the first period, with F Tanner Nagel  (1) making it 2-0 at 3:02 of the second. . . . The Raiders got to within one when F Sean Montgomery (1) counted at 7:59. . . . Lethbridge put it away with third-period goals from F Jayden Davis (1), at 13:44, and F Giorgio Estephan (2), in an empty net at 18:27. . . . Estephan also had one assist. . . . Lethbridge was 1-4 on the PP; Prince Albert was 0-3. . . . Announced attendance: 3,577.


At Moose Jaw, the Warriors erased a 1-0 first-period deficit with five straight goals as they beat the Kootenay Ice, 5-2. . . . F Barrett Sheen put Kootenay ahead 1-0 at 12:37 of the first period. . . . The Warriors took the lead on goals from D Oleg Sosunov (3), at 15:29, and F Jayden Halbgewachs (4) just 17 seconds later. . . . F Brett Howden (2) upped it to 3-1 with a shorthanded goal at 14:42 of the second, with F Noah Gregor (2) scoring on the PP at 16:49. . . . Warriors F Justin Almeida (4) made it 5-1 at 16:49. . . . The Ice got the game’s final goal from F Colton Kroeker (2) at 18:43 of the third period. . . . Moose Jaw got three assists from F Brayden Burke, while Howden and Gregor added one each. . . . The Warriors (5-0-0) were 1-4 on the PP; The Ice (2-3-1) was 0-5. . . . G Brody Willms earned the victory with 22 saves, while the Ice’s Kurtis Chapman blocked 31. . . . D Cale Fleury, the Ice’s captain, sat this one out as he began a three-game WHL suspension. . . . Announced attendance: 3,229.


At Saskatoon, F Tyler Steenbergen enjoyed his second straight four-goal outing, leading the Swift Current Broncos to a 6-2 victory over the Blades. . . . Steenbergen scored four times and added an assist as the Broncos beat the host Brandon Wheat Kings, 7-2, on Sept. 30. . . . Last night, he stretched a 2-0 lead to 5-0 with three straight second-period goals, completing the hat trick at 17:19. His fourth goal, at 13:48 of the third, gave the visitors a 6-1 edge. . . . Steenbergen, who also had an assist last night, has 10 goals in four games this season. . . . He has 16 points, while his linemates aren’t doing too badly, either — Glenn Gawdin has five goals and seven assists, with Aleksi Heponiemi having one goal and 11 helpers. . . . Last night, Gawdin had a goal and two assists, with Heponiemi picking up three helpers. . . . The Broncos are 4-0-0, with all of those coming on the road. They will play their home-opener tonight against the Kootenay Ice. . . . The Broncos were 1-5 on the PP; the Blades (1-3-0) were 0-2. . . . Swift Current G Logan Flodell, who was acquired from the Blades just prior to the start of the season, stopped 19 shots. . . . With starter Ryan Kubic unable to go, G Joel Grzybowski made his first career start for the Blades. He finished with 18 saves. . . . Announced attendance: 3,536.


At Medicine Hat, G Jordan Hollett, in his first appearance against his former team, stopped 19 shots to lead the Tigers to a 4-2 victory over the Regina Pats. . . . Hollett, 18, was acquired over the summer, but hadn’t played until last night due to mononucleosis. . . . Medicine Hat sophomore F Ryan Chyzowski (2) broke a 2-2 tie at 9:16 of the third period. . . . The Tigers got insurance when F Zach Fischer (1) scored at 11:13. . . . F Tyler Preziuso (1), who also had an assist, had given the home side a 1-0 lead at 12:45 of the first period, only to have F Wyatt Sloboshan (2) pull Regina even, on a PP, at 13:55. . . . The Tigers regained the lead at 14:46 on F Mark Rassell’s fifth goal. . . . F George King (2) pulled the Pats even at 4:02 of the second period. . . . D David Quenneville had three assists for Medicine Hat. . . . The Pats got two assists from F Emil Oksanen. . . . Medicine Hat (3-2-0) was 0-3 on the PP; Regina (2-3-1) was 1-4. . . . Regina G Tyler Brown stopped 27 shots. . . . Latvian D Kristians Rubins, 20, was back in Medicine Hat’s lineup after recovering from shoulder surgery. . . . Announced attendance: 3,524.


At Prince George, F Kole Lind scored the game’s last two goals to give the Kelowna Rockets a 7-6 OT victory over the Cougars. . . . F Josh Maser (2) gave the Cougars a 6-5 lead at 9:36 of the third period. . . . Lind tied the game at 16:27 of the third period and won it with his sixth goal of the season, at 2:38 of extra time. . . . D Nolan Foote (1) gave Kelowna a 1-0 lead, on a PP, at 3:20 of the first period. . . . The Cougars took a 3-1 lead on goals from F Jared Bethune (2), at 12:27 of the first, D Dennis Cholowski (2), just 1:01 later, and F Kody McDonald (4), at 2:39 of the second. . . . F Erik Gardiner, shorthanded, got the Rockets to within a goal at 3:28, but F Vladislav Mikhalchuk (2), on a PP, restored the Cougars’ two-goal lead at 9:49. . . . The Rockets cut into the lead again when F Colum McGauley (1) scored at 13:52, but the hosts went back up by two at 14:32 on a goal from F Jackson Leppard (2). . . . Kelowna tied it in the third period as Gardiner (2) and F Dillon Dube (2) counted at 0:45 and 3:17. . . . Dube and F Carsen Twarynski each had two assists, with Gardiner, Foote and Lind getting one each. . . . D Joel Lakusta, F Nikita Popugaev, McDonald and Bethune had two assists each for the Cougars, with Leppard getting one. . . . The Rockets improved to 3-1-1, while the Cougars are 2-3-1. They’ll play again tonight in Prince George. . . . G Brodan Salmond earned the victory with 30 saves, four more than Prince George’s Tavin Grant. . . . The Rockets lost D James Hilsendager to a charging major and game misconduct at 15:01 of the second period. . . . Announced attendance: 2,892.


At Kamloops, two teams continued season-opening franchise record-setting streaks as the Victoria Royals beat the Blazers, 4-1. . . . The Royals now are 6-0-0, two games better than the previous record (4-0-0) from 2015-16. . . . The Blazers are 0-7-0, the poorest start in franchise history. The previous record (0-6-0) came from 2015-16. . . . The Blazers have yet to lead at any point this season, and that continued last night as the Royals jumped out to a 3-0 lead. . . . F Igor Martynov (3) gave Victoria a 1-0 lead with a breakaway goal at 10:26 of the first period, and D Chaz Reddekopp (1), in his first game since returning from the AHL’s Ontario Reign, made it 2-0 at 17:02. . . . The lead became 3-0 when F Tyler Soy, in his first game after returning from the AHL’s San Diego Gulls, scored, on a PP, at 12:13 of the second period. . . . Kamloops got its lone goal from F Nick Chyzowski (1), on a PP, at 17:15 of the second. . . . Victoria F Dante Hannoun (8) iced it at 9:15 of the third period. . . . F Ryan Peckford drew two assists, while Hannoun had one. . . . Royals F Matthew Phillips had one assist — the 183rd point of his career — as he played in his 150th regular-season game. . . . Victoria was 1-7 on the PP; Kamloops was 1-5. . . . G Griffen Outhouse stopped 32 shots in a stellar effort for the Royals. . . . Dylan Ferguson of the Blazers turned aside 18 shots. . . . Cam Hope, the Royals’ general manager, and his wife, Sara, celebrated their 27th anniversary by taking in the game. Such is the life of a hockey executive. . . . Announced attendance: 3,312.


At Spokane, the Portland Winterhawks scored the game’s last six goals and beat the Chiefs, 6-1. . . . Portland F Bronson Sharp (1) broke a 1-1 tie at 2:43 of the second period, F Skyler McKenzie (3) made it 3-1, on a PP, at 15:14 and D Keoni Texeira (2) added a fourth goal just 53 seconds later. . . . F Ryan Hughes (1) and F Cody Glass (3) each had a goal and an assist for Portland. . . . F Jake McGrew gave Spokane a 1-0 lead at 1:17 of the first period. He was in Spokane’s lineup after not playing for more than a year thanks to a knee injury. Despite the injury, the San Jose Sharks selected him in the sixth round of the NHL’s 2017 draft. . . . Portland (3-1-0) was 2-5 on the PP; Spokane (4-2-0) was 0-7. . . . Portland G Cole Kehler stopped 30 shots in running his record to 3-0-0. . . . The Chiefs got 28 stops from G Dawson Weatherill. . . . The Winterhawks remain without F Joachim Blichfeld, who is sidelined with a concussion. . . . The Winterhawks will visit the Seattle Thunderbirds tonight, then return home to face the Chiefs on Sunday and Tuesday. . . . Announced attendance: 4,059.


At Langley, B.C., F James Malm earned four assists as the Vancouver Giants erased a 2-0 deficit and beat the Tri-City Americans, 6-3. . . . F Isaac Johnson (2) and F Maxwell James (2) put the visitors ahead 2-0 with goals at 1:24 and 13:06 of the opening period. . . . The Giants took a 3-2 lead on goals from F Brayden Watts, at 15:19 of the first period, and F Tyler Ho (1) and Watts (3), at 5:54 and 16:07 of the second. . . . Johnson (3) tied it at 4:53 of the third period. . . . The Giants won it with three quick goals, as F Ty Ronning (4) scored at 11:08 and F Owen Hardy, who has three goals, scored twice, at 12:09 and 14:29. . . . Ronning also had an assist. . . . Vancouver (2-2-0) was 0-3 on the PP; Tri-City (2-3-0) was 1-4. . . . G David Tendeck stopped 26 shots for the victors. . . . Tri-City got 33 stops from G Beck Warm. . . . The Americans will stay in Langley to play again tonight, before journeying to Victoria for games on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. . . . Announced attendance: 2,886.


SATURDAY (all times local):

Saskatoon at Regina, 7 p.m.

Brandon at Red Deer, 7 p.m.

Kootenay at Swift Current, 7 p.m.

Prince Albert at Medicine Hat, 7:30 p.m.

Kelowna at Prince George, 7 p.m.

Tri-City vs. Vancouver, at Langley, B.C., 7 p.m.

Portland vs. Seattle, at Kent, Wash., 6:05 p.m.


SUNDAY (all times local):

Brandon at Calgary, 4 p.m.

Everett at Edmonton, 4 p.m.

Swift Current at Moose Jaw, 4 p.m.

Seattle at Kamloops, 5 p.m.

Spokane at Portland, 5 p.m.


MONDAY (all times local):

No Games Scheduled.


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WHL goalie gets NHL contract … Raiders release two veterans … Bring toques to Hitmen game

F Ned Lukacevic (Spokane, Swift Current, 2001-06) has been released from a tryout contract by Újpesti TX Budapest (Hungary, Erste Liga). He was pointless in two games. . . .

F Jesse Mychan (Everett, Tri-City, 2011-13) has been released by Innsbruck (Austria, Erste Bank Liga) at his request for family reasons. This season, he had two assists in five games.


G Dylan Ferguson of the Kamloops Blazers has signed a three-year entry-level deal with the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights. Ferguson, 19, was in their training camp before being returned to the Blazers. . . . Ferguson was the winning goaltender in the Golden Knight’s first exhibition game, a 9-4 victory over the Canucks in Vancouver on Sept. 17. A native of Lantzville, B.C., Ferguson was selected by the Dallas Stars in the seventh round of the NHL’s 2017 draft. He was traded on June 26, along with a second-round selection in the 2020 NHL draft, to the Golden Knights for D Marc Methot. . . . Ferguson is in his third season with the Blazers. He was an eight-round pick in the 2013 bantam draft. Ferguson backed up Connor Ingram for two seasons before moving into the starting role this season. Last season, in 31 games, he was 16-10-2, 2.74, .922.

Meanwhile, the Blazers got their roster down to 24 players, including seven defencemen, on Thursday by dropping D Quinn Schmiemann, 16, from their roster. He has returned home to Wilcox, Sask., where he will play for the midget AAA Notre Dame Hounds. A third-round pick in the 2016 WHL bantam draft, he played in one of the Blazers’ first two regular-season games.


The Prince Albert Raiders released two veteran forwards on Thursday, as they trimmed their roster to 24, including 13 forwards. . . . Kolby Johnson, who had two assists in 36 games with the Raiders last season, is expected to join the SJHL’s La Ronge Ice Wolves. Johnson, 18, is from Rosetown, Sask. He was acquired by the Raiders last season from the Prince George Cougars in a deal that had D Brendan Guhle go the other way. The Cougars selected him in the third round of the 2013 bantam draft. In 83 career WHL games, he had one goal and five assists in 83 games. . . . Drew Warkentine, who had five goals and six assists in 87 games with the Raiders, is headed to the AJHL’s Whitecourt Wolverines. From Prince Albert, he was a fifth-round selection by the Kootenay Ice in the 2013 bantam draft.


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Hockey Canada mandated a few months ago that all minor hockey players under the age of seven must play cross-ice starting with this season. Of course, there has been some pushback from leagues, primarily in Toronto. It seems there are those who feel such a move will hinder the development of six-year-old hockey players. Yes, only in Canada. . . . Ken Campbell of The Hockey News examines the issue right here.


The temperature hit at least 27 C in Kamloops on Thursday, but here’s a tip of the toque to the Calgary Hitmen. They will hold a toque toss on Oct 8 when they play host to the Brandon Wheat Kings. Seats for the game — it starts at 4 p.m. — can be had for $10 (plus those wonderful applicable fees) — and fans are asked to bring toques, scarves or gloves, all of which will be tossed onto the ice during the first intermission. The gear will go to Project Warmth Society of Alberta, an organization that provides assistance to those who need it. . . .

The Portland Winterhawks have released F Brett Clayton, who will turn 19 on Nov. 22, but he remains on their protected list. From Abbotsford, B.C., he had three goals and five assists in 87 games with the Winterhawks. This season, he was pointless in one game. Clayton is likely to start this season in the BCHL.  .  .  .

D Brendan O’Reilly, who lost out in the 20-year-old game with the Tri-City Americans, is expected to join the BCHL’s Chilliwack Chiefs. . . .

D Kyle Walker is back on the ice with the Everett Silvertips, reports Jesse Geleynse of the Everett Herald, but not taking part in contact drills. Walker, 17, suffered a broken collarbone early in training camp and underwent surgery. . . . The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Walker played last season with the midget AAA Oil Kings in his hometown of Leduc, Alta. . . .

The Swift Current Broncos have released F Tanner Mole, 18, and he is expected to join the MJHL’s Steinbach Pistons. Mole, a fifth-round pick by the Broncos in the 2014 bantam draft, is from Winnipeg. He had one assist in 39 games with the Broncos last season.


F Casey Pierro-Zabotel, who won the 2008-09 WHL scoring title while with the Vancouver Giants, is getting into the coaching game. Pierro-Zabotel, 28, has been named a player/assistant coach by the ECHL’s Allen Americans. He helped the Americans win the ECHL title in 2015-16, then left for the Colorado Eagles for one season and helped them win the Kelly Cup. He chose to return to Allen over the summer. . . . “He’s one of the smartest players I’ve ever had,” Allen head coach Steve Martinson said in a news release. “He has the experience of playing in all situations, power play and penalty kill, and can help the younger players. He has a wealth of experience.”


Clayton Beddoes, a native of Bentley, Alta., is the new head coach of the Italian national team. Beddoes, 46, has some WHL experience, having worked with the Red Deer Rebels as skills coach in 2014-15. . . . He has been in Europe almost exclusively since 1998-99 when he played for the Berlin Capitals of the German DEL. He has extensive coaching experience in Europe, most recently with Cortina in Serie A (2012-14) and Sterzing/Vipiteno of the Alps Hockey League (2015-17). This season, he is an assistant coach with ERC Ingolstadt of the German DEL. . . . Beddoes had been an assistant coach with the Italian national team for two seasons. He takes over from Stephan Mair. . . . Italy will compete in the IIHF World Championship (Division 1 Group A) in Budapest, Hungary, April 22-28. . . . Beddoes played one season with the AJHL’s Red Deer Rustlers and one with the SJHL’s Weyburn Red Wings before going on to spend four seasons at Lake Superior State. His pro career included 60 games with the NHL’s Boston Bruins.


Patrick Conway, who closely follows goings-on in the KHL, reported Thursday that there have been two coaching changes. . . . According to Conway, Igor Zakharkhin was fired by Ugra Khanty-Mansiysk and replaced by Anatoly Yemelin, while former NHLer Sandis Ozoliņš was dropped by Dinamo Riga and replaced by Ģirts Ankipāns. According to Dinamo’s website, the parting was by “mutual agreement.”


Thursday:

No Games Scheduled.

Friday (all times local):

Red Deer at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.

Lethbridge at Edmonton, 7 p.m.

Regina at Moose Jaw, 7 p.m.

Calgary at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.

Spokane at Kootenay, 7 p.m.

Medicine Hat at Saskatoon, 7:05 p.m.

Everett at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.

Kamloops vs. Vancouver, at Langley, B.C., 7:30 p.m.

Prince George vs. Seattle, at Kent, Wash., 7:35 p.m.


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Benson unlikely to play in Penticton … Rockets get past Blazers … A few more signings

FIRE REPORT:

Kevin Skrepnek is the B.C. Wildfire Service’s chief information officer. As such, he has had something of a busy five months as B.C. experiences its worst fire season on record.

Still, as you can see from the above tweets, he hasn’t lost his sense of humour.


On Tuesday afternoon, Skrepnek informed that there were 162 fires burning in B.C., with four of those having started on Monday. He also said that there have been 1,207 fires in B.C. since April 1 and that they have consumed 1,148, 928 hectares (2,839,063 acres).

The Elephant Hill fire, which started on July 7, now is at 193,000 hectares, or 476,913 acres.

Officials in the Cariboo Regional District, which is in the Williams Lake area, confirm that more than 200 buildings have been lost to fires there. Of those, 62 are said to be homes.

Further south, there are issues in the areas of Peachland and Summerland, where the Finlay Creek fire to the west has been proving to be handful.

According to Skrepnek’s latest report, the BCWS has costs of $464.6 million since April 1. Keep in mind that figure represents only what the BCWS has spent and doesn’t include the RCMP costs or damage figures or anything else.

The forecast is for more hot, dry weather through Thursday. In fact, it may reach 37 C here on Wednesday. Cooler temperatures and some rain hopefully will move in to the Southern Interior on Friday.

Meanwhile, all of Waterton Lakes National Park is under an evacuation alert because of the Kenow fire, so if you are planning on travelling in that direction, you best check out the situation with Parks Canada in advance.


F Gilbert Brulé (Vancouver, 2002-06) has been traded by Traktor Chelyabinsk (Russia, KHL) to Kunlun Red Star Beijing (China, KHL) for Richard Gynge. Brulé was pointless in six games this season. . . .

F Ned Lukacevic (Spokane, Swift Current, 2001-06) has been released by mutual agreement by Jegesmedvék Miskolc (Hungary, Erste Bank Liga). Last season, he had six goals and four assists in 10 games with Katowice (Poland, PHL), and one goal and one assist in eight games with the ]Quad City Mallards (ECHL). . . .

F Carter Proft (Brandon, Spokane, 2010-14) has been released by Adler Mannheim (Germany, DEL) by mutual agreement. Last season, he had one goal in eight games with Mannheim, and four goals and seven assists in 42 games while on loan to the Kassel Huskies (Germany, DEL2).



If you are planning on spending the weekend in Penticton at the Young Stars tournament, you likely won’t be seeing F Tyler Benson in the Edmonton Oilers’ lineup.

Bob Green, the Oilers’ director of player personnel, told Oilers Now on Tuesday: “I don’t think he will see on-ice action at this tournament. We want to get him ready for the season with Vancouver.”

Benson, 19, is from Edmonton and is preparing for his fourth season with the Vancouver Giants. However, he hasn’t been in Vancouver’s training camp as the Oilers keep an eye on him.

The Giants grabbed him with the first overall pick of the WHL’s 2013 bantam draft. He was a second-round selection by the Oilers in the NHL’s 2016 draft. They have signed him to a three-year entry-level contract.

However, injuries and health issues have limited him to 63 games over the past two seasons. He had nine goals and 19 assists in 30 games in 2015-16. Last season, he put up 11 goals and 31 assists in 33 games.

Benson skated at the Oilers’ development camp in Jasper, Alta., early in July.


In Kelowna, the Rockets broke a 1-1 tie with three second-period goals en route to a 6-4 victory over the Kamloops Blazers. . . . The Blazers got to within one, at 4-3, on goals from F Jackson Shepherd and F Scott Mahovlich in the first 10 minutes of the third period. . . . However, the Rockets iced it when D James Hilsendager and F Dallon Wilton scored at 12:41 and 15:28. . . . F Ted Brennan had a goal and an assist for Kelowna, the only one of the Rockets with more than one point. . . . Shepherd scored twice for Kamloops, while F Nic Holowko had two assists. . . . . Kamloops was 1-3 on the PP; Kelowna was 1-5. . . . Rockets G Brodan Salmond gave up one goal on 18 shots in 30:26, with James Porter finishing up by stopping 19 of 22. . . . G Kyle Dumba stopped 19 shots for Kamloops. . . . The Blazers will be short of goaltenders starting today, what with Max Palaga injured and Dylan Ferguson off to the camp of the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights. . . . The Blazers and Rockets will meet again Friday in Kelowna, before clashing on Saturday at the McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre in Kamloops.


The Medicine Hat Tigers have signed undrafted F Nick McCarry to a WHL contract. From Calgary, the 16-year-old McCarry, who is 5-foot-7 and 135 pounds, had 26 goals and 30 assists in 37 games with the CNHA Canucks of the Alberta Major Midget Hockey League last season.


The Kamloops Blazers have signed D Ethan Brandwood and also made official the signing of F Riley Ginnell, a move you read about here last week. . . . Brandwood, from Victoria, was a seventh-round pick in the 2017 bantam draft. Last season, he played for the Saanich Braves, a bantam tier 1 team. He is expected to play this season with the major midget South Island Royals. . . . Ginnell, from Calgary, was selected in the seventh round as well, five picks after Brandwood. Ginnell had 12 goals and 15 assists in 36 games with the bantam AAA Calgary Royals last season. Ginnell’s grandfather, the late Pat Ginnell, was a WHL coaching legend. Riley’s brother, Brad, is heading into his second season with the Portland Winterhawks, while their father, Erin, also played in the WHL.


The Everett Silvertips have signed D Dylan Anderson to a WHL contract. From Langley, Anderson was a fourth-round selection in the 2017 bantam draft. Last season, with the Yale Hockey Academy, he had two goals and 10 assists in 28 games. . . . Anderson is expected to play this season with the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds of the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League.


The BCHL’s Penticton Vees have acquired F Dakota Boutin, 20, from the SJHL’s Melfort Mustangs in a deal that also involved the BCHL’s West Kelowna Warriors. . . . The Mustangs got the rights to D James Miller, 19, in the deal, with D Garrett Ewert, 18, moving to the Warriors. . . . Boutin, from Moosomin, Sask., was a third-round selection by the Brandon Wheat Kings in the WHL’s 2012 bantam draft. He has spent three seasons with the Mustangs and has committed to play next season for the Northern Michigan Wildcats.


When the 2018-19 season arrives, the AHL will be up to 31 franchises, with each affiliated with an NHL team. . . . This season, the AHL will have 30 teams, with the St. Louis Blues not having an affiliate after they sold the Chicago Wolves to the expansion Vegas Golden Knights. . . . Prior to next season, the Colorado Avalanche will turn the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles, who play out of Loveland, into an AHL franchise. The San Antonio Rampage, the Avalanche’s current AHL affiliate, will be taken over by the Blues for 2018-19. . . . A tip of the hat to Dan Krieger’s weekly sports league and franchise report for the info.


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