Davidson, Smart spark Pats … Wolf howls in Portland … Phillips king for Royals … Zack attack quiets Hurricanes


G Riku Helenius (Seattle, 2007-08) has signed a contract for the rest of this season with Ilves Tampere (Finland, Liiga). This season, with KalPa Kuopio (Finland, Liiga), he was 0-4-0, 2.80, .899 in four games as an injury replacement. . . .

F Chris St. Jacques (Medicine Hat, 1999-2004) has signed a six-week contract with Bad Tölz (Germany, DEL2) as an injury replacement. Last season, he had nine goals and 21 assists in 24 games with Füchse Duisburg (Germany, Oberliga), and one goal and four assists in 11 games with Eispiraten Crimmitschau (Germany, DEL2).


F Nolan Patrick and F Kailer Yamamoto, the two 19-year-old WHL products still in the NHL, didn’t have a good week in terms of playing time.

Patrick, who played the past three seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings, has missed two straight games with an “upper-body injury” that may be a concussion. He left Tuesday’s game with the Anaheim Ducks in the second period after taking a hit in a corner during which his head bounced sharply off the glass.

Patrick practised on Wednesday and was expected to play Thursday against the Ottawa Senators. But he was scratched from that game and also from Saturday’s 4-2 victory over the host Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Flyers are scheduled to entertain the Arizona Coyotes tonight (Monday).

Patrick, the second overall selection in the NHL’s 2017 draft, has a goal and two assists in nine games.

Meanwhile, Yamamoto, a product of the Spokane Chiefs, has three assists in seven games with the Edmonton Oilers.

However, he didn’t play in Edmonton’s 5-2 loss to the visiting Washington Capitals on Saturday night. He has been a healthy scratch from two straight games now.

The Oilers don’t play again until Wednesday when they meet the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins.

If Yamamoto gets into a 10th game, the first year of his three-year entry-level contract kicks in.


The Edmonton Oil Kings dropped a 5-3 decision to the visiting Regina Pats on Sunday, then announced that D Jordan Dawson “is no longer with the team and has decided to pursue other hockey opportunities.” . . . From Delta, B.C., Dawson, 19, was one of eight defencemen on Edmonton’s roster. He was a fourth-round selection by the Oil Kings in the 2013 bantam draft. . . . This season, he missed time with an undisclosed “upper-body” injury and had played in only two of Edmonton’s 15 games. He was pointless in those two games. In 66 career regular-season games, he had two goals and four assists. . . . Dawson’s departure leaves Edmonton with only two 19-year-olds on its roster.


The horror flick Jigsaw was No. 1 at the box office in Canada and the U.S. on the weekend. It will have brought in an estimated US$16.3 million when the counting is done. It is the eighth instalment of the Saw movies. . . . Why do I mention this here. Because Jigsaw was co-produced by former WHLer Oren Koules, who also produced its predecessors. Koules played three seasons (1979-82) in the WHL, playing with the Portland Winter Hawks, Great Falls Americans, Medicine Hat Tigers, Spokane Flyers, Calgary Wranglers and Brandon Wheat Kings. . . . There’s more on this weekend at the box office right here.


Rob Manfred, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, suspended Yuri Gurriel of the Houston Astros for five regular-season games following his racist actions directed at Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher You Darvish during the third game of the World Series. At first blush, I thought that Manfred’s actions weren’t nearly harsh enough. . . . But then I realized that had Gurriel been suspended for World Series games it wouldn’t have cost him any money and, besides, an appealed would have been filed on his behalf and he would have played while awaiting resolution. . . . And then I read the column written by Thomas Boswell of The Washington Post, who was in Houston. . . . That column is right here.


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SUNDAY:

At Edmonton, D Dawson Davidson had a goal and three assists, and D Jonathan Smart drew four assists, as the Regina Pats skated to a 5-3 victory over the Oil Kings. . . . Regina (9-6-2) had lost its previous two games (0-1-1). . . . The Oil Kings (5-8-2) have lost two in a row. . . . The teams were tied 2-2 after one period, but Regina took control with three PP goals in the second half of the middle period. Davidson scored one of those goals and was in on the other two; Smart drew assists on each of them. . . . F Bryan Lockner (2) gave the Pats a 1-0 lead at 7:26 of the first period, with Edmonton F Nick Bowman (3) equalizing at 19:00, on a PP. . . . F Matt Bradley (13) gave Regina a 2-1 lead just five seconds later, with F Tomas Soustal (3), on another PP, tying it at 19:58. . . . Yes, there were three goals scored in the final minute of the opening period. . . . The Pats took over with this second-period PP goals from Davidson (4), at 10:16, F Braydon Buziak (2), at 14:49, and F Wyatt Sloboshan (3), at 17:42. . . . F David Kope, with his first WHL goal, scored for Edmonton at 6:28 of the third period. . . . Sloboshan also had an assist. . . . The Pats acquired Davidson and Smart in trades last season, Davidson from the Kamloops Blazers and Smart from the Kelowna Rockets. This was the first career four-point game for each of them. . . . Davidson has two goals and five assists in his past two games. . . . D Conner McDonald had two assists for Edmonton. . . . Regina was 3-5 on the PP; Edmonton was 2-5. . . . G Max Paddock stopped 37 shots for Regina. . . . G Travis Child allowed four goals on 20 shots in 36:23, while reliever Boston Bilous surrendered one goal on 10 shots. . . . Child started but left for 3:37 at 7:08 of the second period after being shaken up. Bilous came on, but Child returned at 10:45. However, Bilous finished up by playing the third period. . . . Regina was without F Sam Steel, the reigning WHL scoring champion, for a second straight game. He is sidelined with an undisclosed injury. . . . The Pats were playing their third game in a third city in fewer than 48 hours. They went (1-1-1). . . . Regina also finished a four-game swing at 2-1-1. The Pats were on the road because Skate Canada was in the Brandt Centre. . . . Announced attendance: 5,730.


At Cranbrook, B.C., D Cale Fleury scored his second goal of the game at 2:27 of OT to give the Kootenay Ice a 5-4 victory over the Red Deer Rebels. . . . The Ice (7-7-1) has won two in a row. . . . The Rebels (8-6-1) found themselves in OT for the third time in fewer than 48 hours. They had won the previous two games, both on home ice. . . . Fleury, who has five goals, gave his guys a 1-0 lead at 1:09 of the first period. . . . Red Deer tied it at 8:00 when F Chris Douglas (2) scored. . . . The Ice scored the next two goals, with F Cameron Hausinger (2) finding the range at 10:56 of the first and F Colton Kroeker (7) counting at 6:53 of the second. . . . The Rebels bounced back with three straight goals to take a 4-3 lead. . . . F Kristian Reichel (5) scored at 12:20 of the second period, with F Austin Pratt (4) making it 3-3 at 14:24. . . . F Reese Johnson (5) gave Red Deer the lead at 17:39 of the third period. . . . Ice F Alex Baer (4) forced OT when he scored on a PP at 18:09. . . . Kroeker drew assists on each of the last two goals, while Baer also was in on the winner. . . . Kroeker ended up with three assists, while Baer and F Keenan Taphorn finished with two assists each, and Hausinger had one. . . . The Rebels got three assists from D Brandon Schuldhaus and two from D Alex Alexeyev. . . . Kootenay was 1-4 on the PP; Red Deer was 0-2. . . . G Kurtis Chapman stopped 22 shots for the winners, with Byron Fancy also making 22 saves for the Rebels. . . . Fancy, a 16-year-old from Claresholm, Alta., was making his first appearance of the season and the second of his career. He was a second-round pick in the WHL’s 2016 bantam draft. The Rebels added Fancy last week from the midget AAA Lethbridge Hurricanes and plan on keeping him until G Riley Lamb (thumb) is cleared to return. . . . Announced attendance: 2,300.


At Victoria, F Matthew Phillips’ shorthanded goal at 8:10 of the third period was the difference as the Royals beat the Vancouver Giants, 4-3. . . . The Royals (12-4-1) have won two in a row. They had beat the visiting Giants, 6-5, on Saturday with Phillips getting the shootout winner. . . . Victoria is 8-0-0 inside the B.C. Division and leads the WHL’s overall standings by three points over the idle Moose Jaw Warriors (11-4-0). . . . The Giants (5-7-3) have lost three in a row (0-2-1). This was their third game in fewer than 48 hours. They went 0-2-1. . . . D Matt Barberis (2) got Vancouver on the scoreboard first, at 9:56 of the first period. . . . Phillips, who has 15 goals, tied it at 4:30 of the second period. . . . F Ty Ronning (12) put Vancouver back in front just 15 seconds later. . . . The Royals took the lead on goals from F Ryan Peckford (9), on a PP, at 7:49, and F Regan Nagy (16), at 18:34. Nagy has six goals over his past four games. . . . F Milos Roman (5) got the Giants back into a tie at 2:23 of the third period. . . . Phillips ran his point streak to 17 games; yes, he has at least one point in each of Victoria’s games this season. . . . F Tyler Soy and F Dante Hannoun each had two assists for the winners. . . . The Royals have a CHL-leading seven shorthanded goals. . . . The Giants got two assists from F Brad Morrison and one each from Ronning and Roman. . . . F Tyler Benson played his second game in three nights for the Giants, after last playing on Jan. 2. He was held pointless but had seven shots on goal. . . . Victoria was 1-5 on the PP; Vancouver was 0-7. . . . G Dean McNabb came up with 32 saves in earning his second WHL victory. . . . The Giants got 20 saves from G Todd Scott. . . . Vancouver was without D Darian Skeoch, who has missed two games while serving a TBD suspension that came out of a game against the visiting Prince George Cougars on Friday night. . . . Announced attendance: 4,337.


At Lethbridge, F Zack Andrusiak scored three goals and added an assist to help the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 7-4 victory over the Hurricanes. . . . The Thunderbirds (7-5-1) have won two in a row. They were playing their third game in as many cities in fewer than 48 hours. They went 2-1-0. . . . The Hurricanes (7-6-0) had won their previous three games. . . . Seattle erased a 2-1 deficit with five straight goals, four of them in the second period. . . . F Ryan Vandervlis gave the home side a 1-0 lead at 1:33 of the first period, but F Nolan Volcan (3) tied it 1:59 later. . . . F Josh Tarzwell (1) put the Hurricanes back into the lead at 9:24. . . . Seattle took over with the four second-period goals, from F Donovan Neuls (3), at 1:07, F Sami Moilanen (10), at 2:36, and two from Andrusiak, at 12:37 and 16:04. . . . D Turner Ottenbreit (1), on a PP, gave the visitors a 6-1 lead at 6:24 of the third period. . . . The Hurricanes gave their fans something to cheer about with goals from F Giorgio Estephan (5), on a PP, at 9:36, and Vandervlis (5), at 18:09. . . . Andrusiak completed his hat trick, on a PP, at 19:22. This was his first three-goal and four-point game. . . . He has six goals and five assists in 13 games this season. He went into the season with six goals and five assists in 67 regular-season games — 52 with Seattle, eight with the Prince Albert Raiders and seven with the Tri-City Americans. . . . Seattle got two assists from each of D Austin Strand and D Jarret Tyszka, with Ottenbreit and Moilanen adding one each. . . . D Tate Olson and F Egor Zudilov had two assists each for Lethbridge and Estephan added one. . . . Seattle was 3-4 on the PP; Lethbridge was 1-3. . . . G Liam Hughes stopped 17 shots for Seattle, eight fewer than Lethbridge’s Reece Klassen, who was making his first start. . . . Announced attendance: 3,343.


At Portland, G Dustin Wolf stopped 44 shots as he recorded his second WHL victory in his second start, this one by a 3-2 count over the Winterhawks. . . . The Silvertips (6-9-1), who won 3-1 behind Wolf in Kamloops on Friday night, have won two straight. . . . The Winterhawks (9-4-0) have lost three in a row. . . . Wolf, a 16-year-old from Tustin Calif., was a fifth-round pick in the 2016 bantam draft. The 5-foot-11, 150-pounder had off-season surgery on both hips so his start to this season was somewhat delayed. . . . The Silvertips won this one when F Patrick Bajkov scored his seventh goal of the season at 19:31 of the third period. . . . F Lane Gilliss (1) gave the Winterhawks a 1-0 lead at 2:02 of the first period. . . . The Silvertips took a 2-1 lead on goals from F Matt Fonteyne (9), at 7:42, and Bajkov, at 11:39. . . . Portland tied it when F Kieffer Bellows (10) scored at 9:38 of the third period. . . . F Sean Richards had two assists for the winners. . . . Everett was 0-4 on the PP; Portland was 0-3. . . . The Winterhawks got 23 saves from G Cole Kehler. . . . Announced attendance: 3,600.


MONDAY (all times local):

No Games Scheduled.

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TUESDAY (all times local):

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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Hitmen add forward … Rebels drop two skaters … Kubic big for Blades … Jeannot sparks Warriors

The Calgary Hitmen have signed F Orca Wiesblatt, 17, who is from Calgary. He was in Calgary’s lineup on Friday night as it dropped a 5-4 decision to the host Lethbridge Hurricanes. . . . He had been playing with the AJHL’s Brooks Bandits, where he had six goals and five assists in 16 games. . . . Last season, he had six goals and six assists in 30 games with the Bandits. . . . Interestingly, on Oct. 6, 2016, the Bandits announced that Wiesblatt had committed to attend the U of Vermont where he would play for the Catamounts. . . . The Hitmen added him to their protected list last week. . . . Calgary has two forwards — Matt Dorsey and Beck Malenstyn — out with long-term injuries, so adding Wiesblatt will help it get through the next while. . . .  Wiesblatt’s brother Ocean, 18, also plays in Brooks and has committed to Vermont. . . . A third brother, Ozzy, 15, plays for the midget AAA Calgary Buffaloes. He was a second-round pick by the Prince Albert Raiders in the WHL’s 2017 bantam draft. . . . A fourth brother, Oasiz, 13, plays for the bantam AAA Calgary Bisons. . . . Their parents, Kimberly White and Art Wiesblatt, have been deaf from birth. Their boys aren’t hearing impaired.


The Red Deer Rebels have dropped F Chase Lowry, 17, from their roster. He is expected to play for the AJHL’s Olds Grizzlys. Lowry, from Edmonton, was a third-round selection in the WHL’s 2015 bantam draft. He was pointless in two games with the Rebels this season. . . . Later Friday, the Rebels revealed that F Dawson Martin, 19, had been released. He is expected to join a junior A team in the near future. Martin, from Winnipeg, was a second-round selection by the Calgary Hitmen in the 2013 bantam draft. He put up 12 goals and 14 assists in 127 regular-season WHL games. Last season, he had 10 goals and six assists in 65 games with the Rebels. Martin hasn’t played this season due to an undisclosed injury.


The Edmonton Oil Kings have signed F Matthew Culling, 16, who was a 10th-round selection in the 2016 bantam draft. This season, he played 10 games with the midget AAA Regina Pat Canadians, putting up nine goals and five assists. Last season, he had five goals and 19 assists in 43 games with the Pat Canadians.


Evan Richardson is the new play-by-play voice of the Portland Winterhawks. He has signed on as media relations and broadcast manager. Richardson has worked as a writer at TSN, and also called the play of the U of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s and women’s hockey games. . . . The Winterhawks apparently have had Richardson lined up since sometime in September but it took until now to get the paperwork done. . . . Andy Kemper, who has been handling play-by-play duties since Todd Vrooman left the organization in August, will return to providing analysis on home broadcasts.


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FRIDAY:

At Cranbrook, B.C., G Kurtis Chapman stopped 37 shots to lead the Kootenay Ice to a 4-2 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds. . . . The Ice improved to 6-7-1, while the Thunderbirds now are 5-5-1. . . . F Zack Andrusiak (3) opened the scoring for Seattle, at 14:08 of the first period. . . . The Ice took a 3-1 lead on second-period goals from F Vince Lischiavo (5), who was playing his 200th regular-season game, at 0:56; F Colton Kroeker (6), at 2:43; and F Peyton Krebs (3), at 18:57. . . . D Austin Strand (6) pulled Seattle to within a goal, on a PP, at 14:24. All six of his goals have come via the PP. . . . Ice F Cameron Hausinger (1) got the empty-netter at 19:08. . . . The Thunderbirds got two assists from D Reece Harsch. . . . Seattle was 1-4 on the PP; Kootenay was 0-2. . . . Seattle G Matt Berlin blocked 27 shots. . . . G Duncan McGovern, who was acquired by the Ice earlier in the week from the Medicine Hat Tigers, was backing up Chapman. . . . D Jarret Tysza and D Aaron Hyman were among Seattle’s scratches, both out with undisclosed injuries. . . . Announced attendance: 2,329.


At Red Deer, F Jared Dmytriw scored at 3:39 of OT to give the Rebels a 4-3 victory over the Spokane Chiefs. . . . The Rebels (7-6-0) had lost their previous two games. . . . The Chiefs (8-6-2) have lost two in a row (0-1-1). . . . Red Deer didn’t lead until Dmytriw won it with his third goal of the season. . . . Rebels F Brandon Hagel (5) forced OT when he scored with 38.9 seconds left in the third period. G Ethan Anders was on the bench for the extra attacker at the time. . . . F Hudson Elynuik gave the Chiefs a 2-0 lead with goals at 4:30 and 14:02 of the first period. He’s got 10 goals this season. . . . The Rebels pulled even on two PP goals from F Lane Zablocki, who has five scores. He counted at 19:42 of the first period and 4:57 of the third. . . . Spokane D Nolan Reid (7) gave his guys a 3-2 lead at 13:32 of the third. He’s got goals in six straight games. Reid went into the season with eight goals in 192 career games. . . . Hagel also had an assist. . . . Red Deer was 2-6 on the PP; Spokane was 0-6. . . . Anders started for the Rebels and made 25 saves. The Rebels put G Lasse Petersen, 20, on waivers Thursday in order to make room for F Jack Flaman. With G Riley Lamb (broken thumb) not yet ready to return, the Rebels brought in G Byron Fancy from the midget AAA Lethbridge Hurricanes. Fancy, 16, was a second-round selection in the 2016 bantam draft. . . . The Chiefs got 29 stops from G Dawson Weatherill. . . . The Rebels had D Alex Alexeyev back from a shoulder injury. He hadn’t played since being injured on Sept. 29. He drew an assist on the winning goal. . . . Czech D Filip Kral was among Spokane’s scratches. He has two goals and six assists in his first seven WHL games. . . . Announced attendance: 4,118.


At Prince Albert, F Parker Kelly scored twice to help the Raiders to a 4-1 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings. . . . The Raiders (6-4-3) have points in five straight (3-0-2). . . . The Wheat Kings (9-4-1) had won their previous two games. . . . The Raiders scored the first four goals. . . . F Jordy Stallard (9), who also had an assist, got it started at 1:05 of the first period, with Kelly counting at 12:14. . . . Kelly (10) scored again, at 2:05 of the second, and F Devon Skoleski (5) added another goal at 10:50. . . . F Tanner Kaspick (5) scored for Brandon at 11:12. . . . Prince Albert was 1-2 on the PP; Brandon was 0-3. . . . G Ian Scott stopped 34 shots to record the victory over Dylan Myskiw, who made 15 saves. . . . F Brett Leason, acquired this week from the Tri-City Americans, made his Prince Albert debut. . . . Announced attendance: 1,891.


At Lethbridge, F Ryan Vandervlis broke a 4-4 tie at 13:16 of the third period as the Hurricanes beat the Calgary Hitmen, 5-4. . . . The Hurricanes (7-5-0) have won three in a row. . . . The Hitmen (4-9-1) have lost two straight. . . . Vandervlis won it with his third goal. . . . F Egor Zudilov gave Lethbridge a 1-0 lead at 2:46 of the first period. . . . The Hitmen went ahead on PP goals from D Vladislav Yeryomenko (2), at 8:45, and F Matteo Gennaro, at 10:35. . . . F Jordy Bellerive (7) pulled the Hurricanes into a tie at 14:47. . . . Gennaro added his 10th goal, at 15:48, only to have D Calen Addison (3) tie it at 16:20. . . . After a six-goal first period, the second period was scoreless. . . . Zudilov’s third goal of the season, at 8:02 of the third period, gave Lethbridge a 4-3 edge. . . . F Andrei Grishakov (4) knotted it for Calgary at 10:38. . . . Vandervlis won it with his third goal of the season. . . . The Hurricanes got three assists from D Brady Pouteau and two from F Jake Elmer, with Addison and Bellerive each adding one. . . . F Mark Kastelic and D Jake Bean each had two assists for Calgary, with Yeryomenko getting one. . . . Calgary was 2-4 on the PP; Lethbridge was 0-6. . . . G Stuart Skinner earned the victory with 30 saves, two fewer than Calgary’s Matthew Armitage. . . . Calgary lost F Andrew Fyten to a checking-from-behind major and game misconduct at 13:48 of the third period for a hit on F Tanner Nagel. . . . Announced attendance: 3,544.


At Swift Current, G Ryan Kubic stopped 33 shots, including a pair of third-period penalty shots, and F Cam Hebig had three goals as the Saskatoon Blades got past the Broncos, 4-3. . . . The Blades (4-7-1) had lost their previous three games (0-2-1). . . . The Broncos (9-2-1) had points in their previous two games (1-0-1). . . . F Aleksi Heponiemi (9) scored on a breakaway while the teams were playing four-on-four at 14:07 of the first period. . . . Hebig then scored three straight second-period goals — at 2:45, 12:47, on a PP, and 16:26 — for a 3-1 lead. That was Hebig’s first WHL hat trick; he was playing in his 208th game. . . . F Tyler Lees (1) upped that to 4-1 at 5:51 of the third period. . . . Broncos F Glenn Gawdin (9) cut into the lead at 6:03 and D Artyom Minulin (2) made it a one-goal game at 9:53. . . . F Kole Gable, at 14:23, and Heponiemi, at 17:27, were awarded penalty shots in the third period but couldn’t beat Kubic. . . . F Bradly Goethals had two assists for the Blades. . . . D Colby Sissons did the same for the Broncos. . . . Les Lazaruk, the veteran radio voice of the Blades, pointed out before the game that the Broncos big line of Heponiemi, Gawdin and Tyler Steenbergen had scored 37 of the team’s 52 goals and earned 88 of 144 scoring points. . . . They combined for two goals and two assists in this one. . . . Swift Current was 1-2 on the PP; Saskatoon was 1-4. . . . The Broncos got 29 saves from G Logan Flodell. . . . Interestingly, Flodell and Kubic were traded for each other just before this season got started. . . . Announced attendance: 2,132.


At Medicine Hat, F Tanner Jeannot scored four times and added an assist as the Moose Jaw Warriors wrapped up a seven-game road trip with a 9-1 victory over the Tigers. . . . The Warriors (11-4-0), who lost the first two games of the trip, finished 4-3-0. They opened the swing with a pair of one-goal losses. . . . The Tigers (8-5-0) had won their previous two games. . . . D Oleg Sosunov (6) and F Justin Almeida (9) gave the Warriors a 2-0 lead with goals at 6:58 and 14:18 of the first period. . . . F Mark Rassell (12) got the Tigers to within a goal just 13 seconds later. . . . The Warriors took control with two more goals before the first period ended. . . . Jeannot, who has eight goals, got a shorthanded goal at 6:01 of the second period. He scored again at 18:26, completed the hat trick at 11:18 of the third period, on a PP, and got his fourth at 13:45. . . . Jeannot, 20, has 18 points in 15 games. He has one other hat trick in his career, having scored three times in a 9-3 victory over the visiting Tigers on Jan. 31, 2016. . . . F Justin Almeida finished with a goal and three assists, with F Jayden Halbgewachs getting his eighth goal and drawing two assists. F Brayden Burke helped out with three assists. F Brett Howden (9) scored twice. . . . The Warriors were 1-2 on the PP; the Tigers were 0-4. . . . Moose Jaw got 34 saves from G Brody Willms. . . . Michael Bullion stopped 14 shots for Medicine Hat. . . . The Warriors lost F Tristin Langan with a boarding major and game misconduct for a hit on D Linus Nassen at 18:43 of the second period. . . . F Noah Gregor was back in the Moose Jaw lineup after missing two games with an undisclosed injury. He had one assist. . . . The Tigers had F Max Gerlach back in their lineup for the first time since Oct. 7 when a stick to the face caused serious facial damage. D Brayden Pachal of the Prince Albert Raiders served a three-game suspension for the slashing major. . . . Announced attendance: 3,146.


At Kamloops, G Dustin Wolf made 38 saves in his first career start to help the Everett Silvertips to a 3-1 victory over the Blazers. . . . The Silvertips (5-9-1) had lost their past four games (0-3-1). . . . The Blazers (3-11-0) have lost two in a row and are 0-6-0 at home. . . . Wolf, 16, is from Tustin, Calif., and was a fifth-round pick in the 2016 bantam draft. He had been out after having off-season surgery on both hips, something that seems to be happening to young goaltenders with more-and-more frequency. . . . His bid for a shutout came to an end at 16:19 of the second period when D Ondrej Vala (3) got a point shot through him. . . . The Silvertips scored the game’s first three goals, with F Connor Dewar getting the first two, both via the PP. Dewar, who has nine goals, scored at 16:12 of the first period and 1:58 of the second. . . . F Bryce Kindopp (4) made it 3-0 at 5:47 of the second. . . . Wolf also earned his first WHL assist, on Dewar’s first goal. . . . Everett was 2-5 on the PP; Kamloops was 0-3. . . . G Dylan Ferguson stopped 23 shots for Kamloops. . . . Everett D Kevin Davis, who is from Kamloops, had an 11-game point streak end. He put up 16 points over that stretch, including two assists in each of his previous three games. . . . Everett G Carter Hart, the WHL’s goaltender of the year each of the past two seasons, was scratched. In fact, he didn’t travel with his teammates. He has been out with mononucleosis but returned to practice this week. . . . Announced attendance: 3,275.


At Kelowna, F Carsen Twarynski scored at 3:28 of OT as the Rockets beat the Tri-City Americans, 4-3. . . . Kelowna (6-5-2) has won two in a row. . . . Tri-City (9-4-1) has points in seven straight (6-0-1). . . . Rockets F Leif Mattson (2) forced OT with a goal at 17:44 of the third period. . . . Twarynski won it with his eighth goal, on a PP. It was his second goal of the game. He also had an assist. . . . F Parker AuCoin, who has six goals, scored twice for the Americans. His shorthanded goal opened the scoring at 7:45 of the first period. His second goal, on a PP, tied the score 2-2 at 2:47 of the third period. . . . In between, the Rockets got goals from F Dillon Dube, at 10:28 of the first period, and Twarynski at 19:10 of the second. . . . F Nolan Yaremko (3) gave the Americans a 3-2 lead at 7:09 of the third period. . . . D Gordie Ballhorn had two assists for the winners, with Dube and Mattson getting one each. . . . Tri-City was 1-4 on the PP; Kelowna was 1-5. . . . G James Porter stopped 28 shots for Kelowna, five fewer than Tri-City’s Patrick Dea. . . . Tri-City F Michael Rasmussen, who wasn’t listed on Tuesday’s WHL roster report, sat this one out. . . . Announced attendance: 4,539.


At Langley, B.C., G Tavin Grant backstopped the Prince George Cougars to a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Giants. . . . The Cougars (5-5-4) have points in each of their past four games (2-0-2). . . . The Giants are 5-6-2. . . . Grant finished with 32 saves, including a stop on F Ty Running on a breakaway late in the third period. . . . D Ryan Schoettler and D Dennis Cholowski, who is from Langley, each had a goal and an assist for the winners. . . . Schoettler scored his first goal of the season at 9:24 of the first period. . . . Cholowski made it 2-0 at 11:46 of the second. . . . F Tyler Benson, playing his first game since Jan. 2, got Vancouver’s goal, at 15:06 of the third period. . . . Vancouver was 0-3 on the PP; Prince George was 0-4. . . . G Todd Scott blocked 27 shots for the Giants. . . . F Matthew Mosher, acquired this week from the Saskatoon Blades, was in the Cougars’ lineup. . . . Announced attendance: 3,668.


SATURDAY (all times local):

Seattle at Calgary, 7 p.m.

Regina at Red Deer, 7 p.m.

Medicine Hat at Swift Current, 7 p.m.

Brandon at Saskatoon, 7:05 p.m.

Tri-City at Kamloops, 7 p.m.

Vancouver at Victoria, 7:05 p.m.

Prince George at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.


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Mr. Bean gives Hitmen a victory … Weatherill perfect for Chiefs … Franklin mints win for ‘Canes


Mike Fraser, a veteran WHL scout who now works for the Brandon Wheat Kings, used to write a weekly column that appeared in the Brandon-based Westman Journal.

These days, his writing is mostly limited to social media.

He spent the weekend at a bantam tournament in Regina. On Sunday, he posted this on Facebook:

At the Graham Tuer Challenge, scouts are in tight quarters with hockey parents. So as we wrap up another tournament, I give you my Top 10 favourite lines from hockey parents this weekend:

10. “You know if we could just score we’d have a much better chance of winning.” (You think?)

9. “If Tim takes another penalty I’m going to ring his neck.” (Classic hockey mom)

8. “You might not want to sit beside me, I’ve been known to move around with the play and may body-check you.” (And she did).

7. “SHOOT THE PUCK!” (This is great advice and all, except you’re inside, and no one can hear you except the other parents/scouts. And by the way, kids hate when you do this).

6. “How come the scouts get free Subway?” (It’s a glamorous gig, I tell you).

5. “What time does the bar open?” (It was 9:56 a.m., when that question was asked.)

4. “I really hope we lose this game so we can go home.” (Ah yes, rarely do we not hear this at least once a tournament.)

3. This isn’t a quote but I was really impressed with the guy who was waiting patiently for the bar to open, almost drooling as they opened up the gate to the bar . . . at 11 a.m. He walked away with two beers. Double-fisting to start the day.

2. “How are the Riders doing?” (No one cares.)

1. Husband to wife: “Are you okay now?” Wife: “Yeah, I’m great. I found a bra to wear today.” (I don’t even wanna know).


The Ottawa 67’s are celebrating their 50th birthday this OHL season. But the franchise that used to have 5,000 season-ticket holders now has fewer than 1,000.

Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen takes a look right here at what happened and how ownership hopes to get things back on track. This is a story that is applicable to many sporting teams as they fight to get fans into the seats.

Interestingly, Scanlan writes that Jeff Hunt, who has long been involved in the team’s ownership, “considers millennials in their early 20s kind of a dead zone.” As well, minor hockey players are able to sign up for a ‘Prospects’ program that gets them into home games for free.


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SUNDAY:

At Calgary, D Jake Bean scored in the fifth round of a shootout to give the Hitmen a 2-1 victory over the Prince George Cougars. . . . F Vladislav Mikhalchuk and D Dennis Cholowski scored for the Cougars during the skills competition, with F Jake Kryski and F Jakob Stukel doing likewise for the Hitmen. . . . Calgary took a 1-0 lead when F Tristen Nielsen (2) scored at 16:57 of the first period. . . . F Josh Curtis (1) got the Cougars even 57 seconds into the second period. . . . Calgary was 0-7 on the PP; Prince George was 0-10. . . . The Hitmen got 33 stops from G Nick Schneider through OT, with Taylor Gauthier stopping 39 shots at the other end. . . . The Hitmen (4-7-1) had lost their previous two games. . . . The Cougars (4-5-4) have points in their last three games (1-0-2). . . . Prince George was playing its third game three different cities in fewer than 48 hours. The Cougars dropped a 5-4 shootout decision in Edmonton on Friday, then won 4-1 in Red Deer on Saturday. . . . The Cougars and Hitmen have completed their season series. The Cougars had beaten the visiting Hitmen, 7-1, on Oct. 10. . . . Announced attendance: 5,809.


At Edmonton, G Dawson Weatherill stopped 22 shots to help the Spokane Chiefs to a 6-0 victory over the Oil Kings. . . . An 18-year-old from Red Deer, Weatherill posted his first career shutout. It came in his 54th career regular-season game. He has made 49 appearances with the Chiefs after getting into five games with the Red Deer Rebels. . . . The Chiefs (7-5-1) have points in three straight games (2-0-1). . . . The Oil Kings (5-7-2) had points in their previous four games (2-0-2). . . . F Hudson Elynuik and F Jaret Anderson-Dolan each scored twice. Elynuik has six goals, while Anderson-Dolan has five. . . . Elynuik opened the scoring at 5:04 of the first period. Anderson-Dolan then scored twice, at 19:24 of the first and 8:01 of the second, and the Chiefs never were headed. . . . D Nolan Reid (4) and F Riley Woods (6) also scored. . . . Elynuik also had two assists for a four-point outing. D Ty Smith and Woods also has two assists. . . . Spokane was 2-4 on the PP; Edmonton was 0-5. . . . The Oil Kings started G Boston Bilous, who surrendered five goals on 21 shots through two periods. Travis Child finished up by stopping 10 of 11 third-period shots. . . . Announced attendance: 5,923.


At Everett, F Dillon Hamaliuk scored twice to help the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 4-3 victory over the Silvertips. . . . The Thunderbirds (5-4-1) had lost their previous two games. . . . The Silvertips (4-9-1) have lost four straight (0-3-1). . . . Hamaliuk gave the Thunderbirds a 1-0 lead 45 seconds into the game. . . . F Connor Dewar (7) scored two second-period PP goals — at 11:03 and 15:37 — to give the home side a 2-1 edge. . . . Seattle responded with the next three goals. . . . Hamaliuk tied it at 15:47. . . . F Noah Philp (3), who also had an assist, broke the tie at 1:07 of the third period and D Austin Strand (5) scored a PP goal at 2:41. All five of Strand’s goals have come via the PP. He went into this season with one PP goal in 199 regular-season games. . . . F Bryce Kindopp (3), on a PP, got the Silvertips to within a goal at 12:22. . . . Everett got two assists from D Kevin Davis. He has nine assists over his past six games, earning two in each of his past three games. . . . Everett was 3-6 on the PP; Seattle was 1-4. . . . The Thunderbirds got 31 saves from G Matt Berlin. . . . Blake Lyda stopped 27 shots for the Silvertips. . . . Announced attendance: 4,517.


At Lethbridge, the Hurricanes got three goals from F Zane Franklin as they dumped the Medicine Hat Tigers, 7-2. . . . Franklin, an 18-year-old from Marwayne, Alta., has six goals in 10 games this season. As a freshman last season, he finished with five goals in 64 games. . . . The Hurricanes improved to 5-5-0. . . . The Tigers (6-4-0) had won their previous three games. . . . Franklin opened the scoring 19 seconds into the first period. . . . Tigers F Mark Rassell (11), who also had an assist, tied it at 2:21, after which the Hurricanes took control with three straight goals, the first two from Franklin, at 15:05 of the first period and 5:57 of the second. . . . F Dylan Cozens (6), who also had two assists, upped the lead to 4-1 at 9:24. . . . F Ryan Vandervlis (1), F Egor Zudilov (1) and D Brady Pouteau (1) also scored for the Hurricanes, who got three assists from D Calen Addison and two from each of D Ty Prefontaine and F Giorgio Estephan. . . . F James Hamblin (2) had Medicine Hat’s other goal. . . . Medicine Hat D David Quenneville had an 11-game point streak snapped. It dated back to last season. . . . Lethbridge was 0-1 on the PP; Medicine Hat was 0-3. . . . G Stuart Skinner blocked 35 shots for the victory. . . . The Tigers got 29 saves from Jordan Hollett. . . . Announced attendance: 3,212.


MONDAY (all times local):

No Games Scheduled.


TUESDAY (all times local):

Spokane at Calgary, 7 p.m.

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

Medicine Hat at Red Deer, 7 p.m.

Victoria at Saskatoon 7:05 p.m.

Moose Jaw at Portland, 7 p.m.


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Steenbergen scores four, again … Clague fills hat for Wheaties … Tigers melt the Ice

If you’re an avid hockey fan, you will remember when F Tony Hand played with the WHL’s Victoria Cougars. It was in 1986. He put up four goals and four assists in three games, gave in to homesickness and went home to Scotland. He went on to play in what was the British Hockey League, enjoying four straight 100-goal seasons. When his career ended, he had record 2,992 assists and 4,634 points. . . . Tal Pinchevsky of The New York Times has more on Hand right here.


D Tyler Nother, 19, has retired from hockey, choosing to leave the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires after suffering a concussion in the team’s final exhibition game on Sept. 16. . . . “He got a head injury in an exhibition game and has gone through all the process needed to go through,” Nother’s agent Mark Guy of Newport Sports Management Inc., told Jim Parker of Postmedia. “At this stage, it’s everybody’s opinion he’s at significant risk if he comes back and plays. The concussion he suffered is one that, if he continued to play, he’d be at risk for long-term damage.” . . . Other, 6-foot-4 and 195 pounds, had one goal and nine assists in 64 games with Windsor last season. In 155 regular-season OHL games, he had one goal and 19 assists.


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FRIDAY:

At Brandon, D Kale Clague scored three times and added an assist to lead the Wheat Kings to a 6-5 victory over the Vancouver Giants. . . . Clague, who enjoyed his second hat trick of the young season, now has 10 goals and 11 assists in 10 games. . . . The Wheat Kings improved to 8-3-1, while the Giants (4-5-2) now are 2-1-1 in their last four games, all on the road. . . . F Ty Ronning, who scored three times for Vancouver, opened the scoring at 11:28 of the first period, on a PP. . . . Brandon took a 2-1 lead with PP goals from Clague, at 15:36, and F Stelio Mattheos (10), at 1:43 of the second period. . . . Ronning got his second goal at 12:02, but Brandon took control with the next three goals, from Clague, on the PP, at 13:38; F Ty Lewis (8), on the PP, at 14:22, and Clague, at 19:38. . . . Running completed his hat trick with his ninth goal 46 seconds into the third period. . . . D Dylan Plouffe pulled the visitors to within a goal, at 5-4, with a PP score at 5:09. . . . The Wheat Kings restored the two-goal lead when D Kade Jensen (2) scored at 17:09. . . . Plouffe (3) added his second goal, on a PP, at 18:51. . . . Brandon got two assists from each of Lewis and F Tanner Kaspick, with Mattheos getting one. . . . D Matt Barberis and F Brad Morrison had two assists each for Vancouver, while Running had one. . . . Brandon was 4-5 on the PP; Vancouver was 3-6. . . . G Logan Thompson stopped 29 shots for Brandon, three more than Vancouver’s David Tendeck. . . . The Wheat Kings were without F Evan Weinger, who served a one-game suspension he incurred after taking a boarding major in Regina on Wednesday night. . . . Announced attendance: 3,909.


At Edmonton, F Tomas Soustal scored two breakaway goals, one on a penalty shot and the other in a shootout, as the Oil Kings beat the Prince George Cougars, 5-4. . . . The Oil Kings (5-6-2) have points in four straight (2-0-2). . . . The Cougars (3-5-3) have lost three in a row. . . . F Jared Bethune (4) gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead just 45 seconds into the game. . . . The Oil Kings got the next two goals, both in the first period, from F Andrei Pavlenko (3), at 7:09, and F Colton Kehler (6), at 14:51. . . . The teams alternated goals from that point. . . . F Jackson Leppard (4) pulled the Cougars even at 3:41 of the second period, but Edmonton D Ethan Cap (2) tied it, at 4:55. . . . The Cougars went back in front, just 53 seconds later, as F Aaron Boyd (3) scored. . . . Soustal (2) put the Oil Kings ahead, 4-3, on a penalty shot at 14:45. . . . The visitors forced OT when F Brogan O’Brien (2) scored, on a PP, at 16:13. . . . Soustal was the only one of the six shootout participants to score. . . . The Cougars were 1-3 on the PP; the Oil Kings were 0-4. . . . Both goaltenders — Edmonton’s Travis Child and Prince George’s Isaiah DiLaura — stopped 23 shots through OT. . . . D Dennis Cholowski and F Kody McDonald each had two assists for the Cougars, with Bethune adding one to his goal. . . . Announced attendance: 6,935.


At Regina, the Pats erased a 3-1 deficit with four third-period goals and beat the Victoria Royals, 5-3. . . . Regina (7-4-1) has won four in a row. . . . The Royals (9-2-1) had won their previous two games. . . . After a scoreless first period, the visitors outscored their hosts 3-1 in the second. . . . D Jared Freadrich (3) made it 1-0 at 4:09, only to have F Matt Bradley tie it, shorthanded, at 10:32. . . . Two PP goals — from F Regan Nagy (10), at 15:18, and D Ralph Jarratt (1), at 19:54 — gave Victoria that 3-1 lead. . . . F Bryan Lockner (1) got Regina to within a goal at 1:21 of the third period. . . . Bradley (11) tied it with his second goal, on a PP, at 4:47. . . . F Marco Creta (1) provided the winning goal, at 12:42, and D Jonathan Smart (1) got the empty-netter, at 19:22. . . . Regina F Sam Steel had two assists, with Creta getting one. . . . Freadrich added an assist to his goal for the Royals. . . . Victoria F Matthew Phillips record one assist to run his point streak to 12 games, one shy of Alex Forsberg’s franchise record. He has 27 points, 10 of them goals, over that stretch. . . . Victoria was 2-5 on the PP; Regina was 1-3. . . . G Tyler Brown stopped 26 shots for the Pats, while the Royals got 33 stops from G Griffen Outhouse. . . . Announced attendance: 6,484.


At Lethbridge, F Tyler Steenbergen had four goals for the third time this season as the Swift Current Broncos beat the Hurricanes, 6-4. . . . The Broncos now are 9-1-0, while the Hurricanes slipped to 4-5-0. . . . Steenbergen, who leads the WHL with 20 goals, has goals in eight of the 10 games this season. . . . He also had an assist, while his linemates combined for eight points — Aleksi Heponiemi had a goal and three assist, with Glenn Gawdin drawing four assists. . . . Steenbergen has 30 points in 10 games, with Heponiemi adding 26, and Gawdin 22, with seven of them being goals. . . . Do the math and you learn that the Broncos’ hot line has 78 points on the 48 goals the Broncos have scored this season. Those three players have accounted for 33 of the 48 goals. . . . The Broncos took control of this one as they broke a 1-1 tie with three straight goals. . . . D Sahvan Khaira (2) had given the visitors a 1-0 lead at 14:05 of the first period, only to have Lethbridge F Jordy Bellerive tie it 54 seconds later. . . . Steenbergen snapped the tie at 19:17. . . . Heponiemi (6) scored, on a PP, at 4:25 of the second period and Steenbergen stretched the lead to 4-1 at 6:56. . . . F Dylan Cozens (5), on a PP, pulled the Hurricanes closer at 17:04, but Steenbergen, on a PP, got that one back at 19:24. . . . F Zane Franklin (3), on a PP, scored for Lethbridge at 8:52. . . . Steenbergen got his fourth of the night, for a 6-3 lead, at 15:38. . . . Bellerive (6) completed the scoring at 19:11. . . . F Jadon Joseph had two assists for the home side. . . . Khaira added an assist to his goal. . . . Swift Current was 2-2 on the PP; Lethbridge was 2-3. . . . G Logan Flodel stopped 31 shots for the Broncos. . . . Lethbridge starter Stuart Skinner was beaten five times on 17 shots through two periods. Reece Klassen played the third period, stopping seven of eight shots. . . . Announced attendance: 3,982.


At Red Deer, the Rebels scored the game’s first four goals en route to a 4-2 victory over the Calgary Hitmen. . . . Red Deer now is 6-4-0; Calgary is 3-7-1. . . . F Lane Zablocki (2) got the Rebels started 31 seconds into the first period. . . . F Mason McCarty (9) made it 2-0 at 6:41 of the second period. . . . Two third-period goals — from F Austin Pratt (3), at 1:52, and F Grayson Pawlenchuk (7), at 7:35 — made it 4-0. . . . The Hitmen got two late goals — from F Tristen Nielsen (1), at 9:07, and D Drea Esposito (1), at 19:22. . . . F Jared Dmytriw had two assists for the winners. . . . Each team was 0-1 on the PP. . . . G Ethan Anders stopped 24 shots for the Rebels, three fewer than Calgary’s Nick Schneider. . . . Announced attendance: 4,190.


At Medicine Hat, F Ryan Jevne had two goals and three assists as the Tigers whipped the Kootenay Ice, 11-1. . . . The Tigers (6-3-0) have won three in a row. . . . The Ice (4-6-1) had won its previous two games. . . . Kootenay goes home to face the 9-1-0 Swift Current Broncos tonight. . . . Jevne scored 22 seconds into this one and late first-period goals from F Dawson Heathcote, at 17:10, and D David Quenneville (3), on a PP, at 18:04, gave the home boys a 3-0 lead. . . . They put it away with six second-period goals. . . . Jevne’s second goal came on a penalty shot. . . . Heathcote, 17, finished with three goals, giving him four, and an assist. A freshman from Nanaimo, Heathcote was playing in his fifth game of the season and the sixth of his career. . . . F Ryan Chyzowski (4) had two goals and an assist, with D Dylan MacPherson (1) and F Gary Haden (3) each scoring once and setting up another, and F Mark Rassell (1) also scoring. . . . The Tigers also got two assists from each of F Tyler Preziuso and Quenneville. . . . F Colton Kroeker (4) scored shorthanded for the Ice 51 seconds into the third period. . . . The Tigers were 2-7 on the PP; the Ice was 0-5. . . . Medicine Hat G Jordan Hollett made 23 saves. . . . G Bailey Brkin started for the Ice and surrendered six goals on 25 shots in 26:28. Kurtis Chapman finished up, stopping 24 of 29 shots in 33:32. . . . Announced attendance: 3,265.


At Kelowna, the Portland Winterhawks won their seventh straight game, beating the Rockets, 3-1. . . . Portland (9-1-0) has beaten the Rockets in three straight games. They’ll play in Kelowna again tonight. . . . The Rockets (4-5-2) have lost five in a row (0-4-1). . . . F Kieffer Bellows (7) gave Portland a 1-0 lead at 11:59 of the second period. . . . F Skyler McKenzie (11) upped it to 2-0 at 12:36 of the third period. . . . Kelowna F Kyle Topping (6) halved the deficit at 14:50. . . . The Winterhawks got insurance from F Cody Glass (5) at 19:46. Yes, it was an empty-netter. . . . Bellows also had two assists, as did D Matthew Quigley. . . . Portland was 0-5 on the PP; Kelowna was 0-3. . . . G Cole Kehler stopped 26 shots for the winners to run his record to 7-0-0. . . . Kelowna got 45 saves from James Porter, 24 of them in the third period. . . . The Rockets are without G Brodan Salmond, their starter. Regan Bartel, the radio voice of the Rockets, tweeted that Salmond is “seeing a specialist in Calgary” as he deals with an undisclosed injury. G Roman Basran, 16, is backing up this weekend. Basran, from Delta, B.C., was a third-round selection in the 2016 bantam draft. He is playing with the major midget Okanagan Rockets, who play out of Kelowna. . . . Portland D Keoni Texeira sat this one out as he completed a two-game suspension, but the Winterhawks had D Brendan De Jong back after the finished a four-game suspension. . . . Announced attendance: 4,724.


At Spokane, the Kamloops Blazers scored the only two goals of the shootout and beat the Chiefs, 3-2. . . . Kamloops (3-9-0) has followed a nine-game season-opening losing skid by winning three in a row. . . . The Chiefs now are 6-5-1. . . . The Blazers won it on shootout goals from F Connor Zary and F Garrett Pilon, a couple of Saskatoon lads. . . . F Jermaine Loewen (2) gave the visitors a 1-0 lead, on a PP, at 4:50 of the first period. . . . Spokane took a 2-1 lead on second-period goals from D Nolan Reid (3), on a PP at 7:55, and D Filip Kral (2), at 10:23. . . . D Joe Gatenby (3) got Kamloops into a 2-2 tie at 17:49 of the second. . . . Loewen also had an assist. . . . Kamloops was 1-2 on the PP; Spokane was 1-7. . . . Kamloops G Dylan Ferguson stopped 40 shots, nine of them in OT. . . . Spokane’s Dawson Weatherill turned aside 23 shots. . . . F Zach Fischer, acquired by the Chiefs from the Medicine Hat Tigers on Thursday, made his Spokane debut with four shots on goal but no points. . . . Announced attendance: 4,325.


At Everett, F Brett Howden had two goals and two assists to lead the Warriors to a 6-3 victory over the Silvertips. . . . The Warriors (8-3-0) had lost their previous two games. . . . The Silvertips (4-8-1) have lost three in a row (0-2-1). . . . The Warriors broke a 2-2 tie with three goals in the span of 3:07 in the second half of the second period. . . . Howden, who has four goals, made it 3-2 with his first of the game, on a PP, at 10:50. . . . F Justin Almeida (6) scored at 11:37 and F Noah Gregor (7), with his second, counted at 13:57. . . . F Sean Richards (3) got the home team to within two goals, with his second of the game, at 1:09 of the third period. . . . Howden iced it with a shorthanded score at 18:02. . . . F Brayden Burke (6) also scored for the Warriors. . . . F Matt Fonteyne (8) had Everett’s other goal. . . . Fonteyne also came up short on a third-period penalty shot. . . . Gregor also had an assist for a three-point night. . . . D Kevin Davis had two assists for Everett, as did F Patrick Bajkov. . . . Moose Jaw was 1-4 on the PP; Everett was 0-7. . . . G Adam Evanoff earned the victory with 45 saves. . . . Everett starter Dorrin Luding allowed four goals on 21 shots in 31:37. Blake Lyda came of the bench to stop 10 of 12 shots in 28:01. . . . Announced attendance: 4,178.


SATURDAY (all times local):

Victoria at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.

Saskatoon at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.

Swift Current vs. Kootenay, at Cranbrook, B.C., 7 p.m.

Prince George at Red Deer, 7 p.m.

Vancouver at Regina, 7 p.m.

Moose Jaw vs. Seattle, at Kent, Wash., 7:05 p.m.

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

Portland at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.


SUNDAY (all times local):

Prince George at Calgary, 4 p.m.

Spokane at Edmonton, 4 p.m.

Seattle at Everett, 4 p.m.

Medicine Hat at Lethbridge, 6 p.m.


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Doing some scattershooting … Tigers deal Fischer to Chiefs … Massey twins chat with Blades’ voice

When is the last time, if ever, that the death of a Canadian was greeted with the outpouring of affection and emotion that arrived after Gord Downie left us on Wednesday? It was amazing and oh, so necessary.


Were you to pass Justin Turner on the street, what might you think his profession might be . . . before you arrived at all-star third baseman with the Los Angeles Dodgers, that is?


Here’s Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times: “Odds-on favorite to win this year’s ‘Pot, Meet Kettle’ Award: Kentucky’s John Calipari — the only coach to lead multiple schools to vacated Final Four appearances — saying the FBI’s probe of college basketball is giving his sport a ‘black eye.’ ”


Comedian Argus Hamilton was in the gym the other day when he noticed a horrendous breach of etiquette. As he wrote: “Yesterday I saw some idiot put a water bottle where the Pringles can goes on the treadmill.”


Shaun Clouston, the general manager and head coach of the Medicine Hat Tigers, turned a player on his suspended list into a regular forward, a prospect and a second-round bantam draft pick on Thursday. We can only assume that Clouston slept well last night.


It’s always worth a chuckle when an American team — in this case, the Portland Winterhawks — is on top of the Canadian Hockey League’s weekly rankings.


If you were watching Thursday night’s NFL game wind down, you just knew that Andy Reid’s Kansas City Chiefs were going to blow it, didn’t you?


The Vancouver Giants are 2-1-1 with two games left on an East Division swing. It would be nice to see them continue to be competitive, if for no other reason than to see if they could attract more fans to the Langley Events Centre.


The Massey Twins, aka Bob and Tom, have their own YouTube channel, and their own show. They open their second season there by interviewing Les Lazaruk, the veteran radio voice of the Saskatoon Blades. It’s all right here, and kudos to Lazaruk for taking the time to help out a couple of budding sportscasters, or 60 Minute-type reporters.


F Zach Fischer, who walked away from the Medicine Hat Tigers on Oct. 8, was traded to the Spokane Chiefs on Thursday afternoon.

In exchange for the 20-year-old Fischer, who had been on the Tigers’ suspended list since leaving town, the Tigers received F Hayden Ostir, 18, D Eric Van Impe, who will turn 16 on Saturday, and a second-round selection in the WHL’s 2019 bantam draft.

Fischer, who has yet to explain publicly why he left the Tigers, is from Lloydminster, Alta. He was a fifth-round selection by the Calgary Flames in the NHL’s 2017 draft.

This season, his fourth in the WHL, he had one goal in three games with the Tigers. Last season, he put up 34 goals and 29 assists in 63 games. In the previous two seasons, he totalled 12 goals and 11 assists in 89 games. In 154 regular-season games, all with the Tigers, he was 47 goals and 40 assists.

Ostir, from Winnipeg, has three goals and four assists in 10 games this season, his third in the WHL. Last season, he had eight goals and 11 assists in 52 games. In 115 regular-season games, all with the Chiefs, he has 12 goals and 17 assists. Ostir was a second-round pick in the 2014 bantam draft. He is expected to make his debut with the Tigers on Sunday against the host Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Van Impe, from Calgary, was a second-round selection by the Chiefs in the 2016 bantam draft. He is playing with the midget AAA Calgary Northstars and has three goals and five assists in six games. Last season, he had five goals and 10 assists in 34 games with the Northstars.

The acquisition of Fischer left the Chiefs with four 20-year-olds, one over the maximum, so they placed F Rykr Cole on waivers. Cole, from Moosomin, Sask., was acquired last season from the Regina Pats. In 37 games with the Chiefs, he had two goals and seven assists. In 203 career games, he scored 29 goals and added 37 assists.

Cole sat out his last three games with the Chiefs as he served a three-game suspension.

The Chiefs’ other 20s are F Hudson Elynuik and D Tyson Helgesen.

Spokane F Kailer Yamamoto, 19, remains with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers. He played in his fifth NHL game on Thursday night. Once he plays in his 10th game, the first year of his three-year contract kicks in, which is important in terms of free agency down the road. Because he is 19 and was drafted from a major junior team, Yamamoto must play in the NHL or be returned to the junior club.

Last night, Yamamoto, playing alongside Connor McDavid and Patrick Maroon, had one assist and eight shots on goal as the Oilers scored a 2-1 OT victory over the host Chicago Blackhawks.


The Saskatoon Blades have signed D Randen Schmidt, 17, to a WHL contract. Schmidt, who is from Regina, is in his third season with the midget AAA Regina Pats Canadians. He has five assists in seven games. . . . Last season, he had six goals and 16 assists in 41 games. . . . Schmidt was in the Blades’ training camp last month as a free-agent invitee.


The Edmonton Oil Kings got down to two goaltenders on Thursday as they dropped Josh Dechaine from their roster. Dechaine, 19, is from St. Alberta, Alta., and is expected to join the AJHL’s Sherwood Park Crusaders, who acquired his junior A rights from the SJHL’s La Ronge Ice Wolves. . . . Dechaine got into two games (3,00, .895) with the Oil Kings this season. Last season, he played in 17 games (4.41, .876). . . . His departure leaves the Oil Kings with two goaltenders — Travis Child, 20, and Boston Bilous, 16.


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The debate over hits to the head “is fast becoming the game’s No. 1 issue,” writes Roy MacGregor of The Globe and Mail. However, owners of the NHL’s Canadian teams won’t talk about it, perhaps because Gary Bettman, the NHL commissioner, has instituted a gag order. . . . MacGregor has more, a whole lot more, on the NHL and concussions right here.


THURSDAY:

No Games Scheduled.


FRIDAY (all times local):

Vancouver at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.

Prince George at Edmonton, 7 p.m.

Victoria at Regina, 7 p.m.

Swift Current at Lethbridge, 7 p.m.

Calgary at Red Deer, 7 p.m.

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

Portland at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.

Kamloops at Spokane, 7:05 p.m.

Moose Jaw at Everett, 7:35 p.m.


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A Tragically Hip kind of day in WHL … Giants make memorable stop … Phillips, Topping get OT goals


Like all WHL teams that travel east through Swift Current, the Vancouver Giants made a stop last week at the memorial to the four Broncos who were killed in a bus crash on Dec. 30, 1986.

Steve Ewen of Postmedia spoke with Vancouver associate coach Dean Chynoweth, who spent six seasons as the Broncos’ GM and head coach, and a few players about what the stop meant to them.

One paragraph — this one — really got me:

“The Giants filed onto the bus afterward, and each thanked bus driver Derek Holloway on their way to their seat, as per team custom, according to Chynoweth. He maintains, though, that things ‘sounded a little different,’ that there was a little extra appreciation for Holloway.”

Ewen’s story is right here.


Now would be a good time to make mention of the fact that earlier this month the Victoria Royals announced that they have partnered with The Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund for this season.

From a Royals’ news release:

“The Downie Wenjack Fund was established as part of Gord Downie’s legacy to bring awareness of the true history of indigenous people and to generate discussion to forge new relationships between indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians.

“The Royals will support the fund with an awareness campaign as well as fundraising initiatives, including a pledge of 100 per cent of proceeds from the online sale of all 2016-17 Royals game-worn jerseys.  Additional initiatives will be announced throughout the season.”

Cam Hope, the Royals’ president and general manager, explained:

“Gord Downie made a simple request of Canadians. “He challenged us all to ‘Do Something.’ Our response is to do our part to raise awareness and funds, to help jumpstart conversations we should all be having about ending patterns of misunderstanding.”

For more info or to donate, pay a visit to www.downiewenjack.ca.


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The Portland Winterhawks have named D Keoni Texeira, 20, as the team’s captain for this season. Texeira, from Fontana, Calif., is in his fifth season with Portland. He has played in 288 regular-season games, 10th on the team’s all-time list. Alternate captains will be F Alex Overhardt, D Brendan De Jong and F Ryan Hughes, when the team wears it reds, and F Cody Glass, D Henri Jokiharju and F Skyler McKenzie, when it wears its whites. . . . You get a letter, and you get a letter, and you get a letter . . .

The Calgary Hitmen introduced their leadership group on Wedneday, with F Matteo Gennaro, a 20-year-old from St. Albert, Alta., having been named team captain. The alternates are D Jake Bean, F Luke Coleman, F Mark Kastelic and F Beck Malenstyn.


WEDNESDAY:

At Edmonton, F Matthew Phillips scored at 4:55 of OT to give the Victoria Royals a 3-2 victory over the Oil Kings. . . . Victoria improved to 9-1-1, while Edmonton now is 4-6-2, and has points in three straight (1-0-2). . . . Phillips, who also had an assist, picked off an attempted pass in the Edmonton zone and beat G Travis Child through the legs for his 10th goal of the season. . . . The visitors took a 2-0 lead on goals by F Kaid Oliver (2), at 6:53 of the first period, and F Jared Legien (5), at 2:16 of the second. . . . F Colton Kehler (5) got the home side to within a PP goal at 3:48 of the second, and F Ty Gerla (2) tied it, at 1:27 of the third. . . . F Tomas Soustal had two assists for Edmonton. . . . The Oil Kings were 1-1 on the PP; the Royals were 0-3. . . . G Griffen Outhouse earned the victory with 44 saves, 18 of them in the third period. . . . Child blocked 40 shots at the other end. . . . Announced attendance: 5,411.


At Regina, F Jake Leschyshyn’s shorthanded empty-net goal turned into the winner as the Pats beat the Brandon Wheat Kings, 2-1. . . . The Pats (6-4-1) have won three in a row, each of them by one goal. . . . The Wheat Kings (7-3-1) had a six-game winning streak come to an end. . . . F George King (4) gave the Pats a 1-0 lead, on a PP, at 8:47 of the first period. . . . Leschyshyn (2) upped that to 2-0 at 18:20 of the third period. . . . The Wheat Kings cut into the lead at 19:19 of the third when F Ty Lewis scored his seven goal of the season. . . . Regina was 1-5 on the PP; Brandon was 0-4. . . . The Wheat Kings got 45 saves from G Logan Thompson, including 23 in the first period. . . . Regina G Tyler Brown blocked 26 shots. . . . The Wheat Kings lost F Evan Weigner with a boarding major and game misconduct after a second-period collision that sent both players sliding into the boards. Holmes suffered an undisclosed injury on the play. . . . Announced attendance: 5,417.


At Saskatoon, F James Malm had a goal and two assists and F Brendan Semchuk scored twice as the Vancouver Giants doubled the Blades, 6-3. . . . The Giants (4-4-2) have points in three straight (2-0-1), while the Blades slipped to 3-6-0. . . . The visitors went out front 1-0 at 1:59 of the first period when F Milos Roman (3) scored. . . . The Blades took a 2-1 lead on goals from F Cam Hebig, at 18:47 of the first, and D Libor Hajek (3), 21 seconds into the second period. . . . Vancouver responded with the game’s next four goals. . . . They got second-period scores from Semchuk, at 0:35, and F Tyler Popowich (1), at 15:37, with Malm (2) and Semchuk (3) counting at 6:48 and 11:53 of the third. . . . Hebig (7) added a second goal at 12:14, before Giants F Owen Hardy (4) got an empty-netter at 17:40. . . . G Todd Scott of the Giants earned his first WHL victory with 32 saves. . . . The Blades got 26 stops from G Ryan Kubic. . . . Saskatoon has allowed at least four goals in eight of its nine games. . . . The Giants were 1-3 on the PP; the Blades were 1-5. . . . D Darian Skeoch, who took a headshot major and game misconduct on Tuesday night in Prince Albert, was in Vancouver’s lineup, so it would seem that the WHL decided the foul wasn’t worthy of a suspension. . . . Vancouver is 2-1-2 after five games of a seven-game road swing. . . . Announced attendance: 2,578.


At Spokane, the Chiefs edged the Moose Jaw Warriors, 2-1, in a game that featured three first-period goals. . . . F Tristan Langan gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at 7:44. . . . The Chiefs took the lead with PP goals from F Hudson Elynuik (4), at 13:45, and D Nolan Reid (2), at 17:35. . . . D Filip Kral, in his third game with the Chiefs, had two assists. He now has a goal and three assists since joining the Chiefs last week from his native Czech Republic. . . . Spokane (6-5-0) was 2-4 on the PP; Moose Jaw (7-2-1) was 0-2. . . . Chiefs G Dawson Weatherill got the victory with 27 saves. . . . At the other end, Brody Willms stopped 24 shots. . . . Announced attendance: 2,907.


At Everett, F Jordan Topping scored at 1:14 of OT to give the Tri-City Americans a 3-2 victory over the Silvertips. . . . Topping had been given a boarding major and game misconduct in a Tuesday night game, but the WHL obviously felt it wasn’t worth a suspension. . . . He won last night’s game with his sixth goal of the season. . . . The Americans (7-4-0) have won four in a row. . . . Everett now is 4-7-1. . . . F Patrick Bajkov (5) put the home team up 1-0, on a PP, at 16:18 of the second period. . . . The Americans took a 2-1 lead on third-period goals from F Kyle Olson (1), at 7:09, and D Juuso Valimaki (2), on a PP, at 8:56. . . . Everett F Matt Fonteyne (7) forced OT with a PP goal at 12:47. . . . D Dylan Coghlan had two assists for the Americans, with Valimaki adding one. . . . Everett got two assists from D Kevin Davis and one each from Fonteyne and Bajkov. . . . Everett was 2-8 on the PP; Tri-City was 1-3. . . . G Patrick Tea stopped 46 shots to record the victory. . . . Everett got 32 saves from G Blake Lyda. Lyda, 15, was a fourth-round pick in the 2017 bantam draft. He became the fourth 15-year-old goaltender in franchise history to get a start. The others? Carter Hart, Kent Simpson and Leland Irving. . . . D Anthony Bishop made his Tri-City debut after being acquired from the Victoria Royals on Tuesday. . . . Announced attendance: 2,957.


THURSDAY (all times local):

No Games Scheduled.


FRIDAY (all times local):

Vancouver at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.

Prince George at Edmonton, 7 p.m.

Victoria at Regina, 7 p.m.

Swift Current at Lethbridge, 7 p.m.

Calgary at Red Deer, 7 p.m.

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

Portland at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.

Kamloops at Spokane, 7:05 p.m.

Moose Jaw at Everett, 7:35 p.m.


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Americans add veteran forward … Blazers trim roster by one … Quite a story from Kimberley

The Brandon Wheat Kings are the next participants in the organ donor awareness program in which the WHL’s 17 Canadian teams are taking part. They will be wearing special edition Don Cherry sweaters on Friday when they entertain the Vancouver Giants. Yes, the sweaters will be auctioned off, with proceeds to the Kidney Foundation.

Here’s a look at the teams that haven’t yet had their nights: Brandon Wheat Kings, Oct. 20; Lethbridge Hurricanes, Oct. 27; Calgary Hitmen, Oct. 28; Edmonton Oil Kings and Kamloops Blazers, March 2; Medicine Hat Tigers, Prince George Cougars and Swift Current Broncos, March 3; Victoria Royals, March 9; and Kelowna Rockets, Red Deer Rebels and Saskatoon Blades, March 10.


The Tri-City Americans have added D Brett Clayton, who will turn 18 on Nov. 22, to their roster. Clayton, from Abbotsford, B.C., has played in 87 WHL regular-season games, all with the Portland Winterhawks. The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder has three goals and five assists in those 87 games. He was pointless in one game with the Winterhawks this season, but was dropped from their roster late in September. He also was dropped from Portland’s protected list, and the Americans added him. . . . The Americans are looking for some forward depth as they have some guys nicked up and may lose two forwards to the U-17 World Hockey Challenge next month.

The Americans also revealed via Twitter that Olaf Kolzig, a former WHL/NHL goaltender who owns a piece of the Tri-City franchise, will help out in an assistant-coaching role for the next three games. The Americans are at home to the Kelowna Rockets tonight (Tuesday).


The Kamloops Blazers dropped veteran F Erik Miller, 18, from their roster on Monday. He is expected to join the AJHL’s Sherwood Park Crusaders. . . . Miller, who is from Sherwood Park, was a third-round pick by the Blazers in the 2014 bantam draft. . . . This season, he had one assist in seven games, but had been a healthy scratch on four occasions. In 100 regular-season games, he put up six goals and eight assists. . . . Kamloops now is carrying 24 players, including eight defencemen and 14 forwards.


D David Quenneville of the Medicine Hat Tigers picked up his 100th career assist recently; actually, he now has 103 assists. In 187 regular-season games, he has put up 148 points. He and his brothers, John and Peter, both of whom now are playing professionally, have combined for 471 points. . . . Having seen that in a tweet from Perry Bergson of the Brandon Sun, I got to wondering how many points the six Sutter brothers — Darryl, Brian, Brent, Duane, Rich and Ron — put up in their WHL careers. The answer is an even 1,000, including 457 goals, in a combined 775 regular-season games.


The Edmonton Oil Kings revealed via Twitter on Monday afternoon that F Tyson Gruninger “is no longer with the team and has decided to pursue other hockey opportunities.” . . . Gruninger, 19, is from Drayton Valley, Alta. He had 10 goals and 12 assists in 119 regular-season games, all with the Oil Kings. He had one assist in eight games this season. Last season, he had three goals and five assists in 34 games.


The Victoria Royals have signed F Alex Bolshakov, 15, to a WHL contract. From Auburn, Wash., Bolshakov was a fourth-round selection in the WHL’s 2017 bantam draft. Last season, Bolshakov had 36 goals and 16 assists in 36 games with the Seattle Sno-Kings U-14 Junior Thunderbirds of the Pacific Coast Bantam Hockey League. This season, he is playing for the Everett Jr. Silvertips Elite U-16s in the North American Prospect Hockey League.


Neate Sager, a veteran junior hockey observer, has been writing a weekly CHL notebook for sportsnet.ca. This week, Sager checks in with F Tyler Steenbergen of the Swift Current Broncos, who leads the WHL in goals (16) and is tied for the points lead. He and F Ty Lewis of the Brandon Wheat Kings have 25 points each. . . . There’s that and more right here.


When the Seattle Thunderbirds beat the visiting Vancouver Giants a week ago, Dan and Lindsey Leckelt were in the ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash., and they were more than interested spectators. They are the new owners of the Thunderbirds, the reigning WHL champions. . . . Andy Eide of 710 ESPN Seattle chatted with them and his story is right here.


Ken Dryden’s latest book — Game Change: The Life and Death of Steve Montador and the Future of Hockey — is scheduled to hit book stores today. Bob McKenzie, TSN Hockey Insider, has read the book and offers up a review right here. . . . However, McKenzie offers up a whole lot more, explaining how he once was a loud voice for the “anti-concussion, anti-head hit bandwagon in hockey,” and how he basically became battle-fatigued. . . . This is good stuff, some real inside stuff from the original Insider.


There were about 700 fans in the Kimberley Civic Centre on Friday night. They were there to watch the junior B Dynamiters face the Grand Forks Border Bruins in a Kootenay International Junior Hockey League game. They got the game and a whole lot more. Prior to the game, Mike Gould, who was born in Cranbrook and raised in Kimberley, pledged $7.5 million to minor hockey in Kimberley, including the Dynamiters. The 38-year-old Gould told The Canadian Press that he won a EuroMillions lottery in 2008, although he wouldn’t say how much he won. These days, he works at investing his money. . . . The CP story is right here.

Carolyn Grant of the Kimberley Bulletin has a story right here that was filed on Saturday morning.

Josh Lockhart, who blogs about the Dynamiters, posted this piece right here.


I haven’t had a favourite NBA team in recent years, but that has changed over the last while. Yes, I have become a fan of the San Antonio Spurs. More accurately, I have become a big fan of Gregg Popovich, their head coach, and it isn’t because of his first name. . . . It’s because Popovich does things like this right here.


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MONDAY (all times local):

No Games Scheduled.


TUESDAY (all times local):

Moose Jaw vs. Kootenay, at Cranbrook, B.C., 7 p.m.

Vancouver at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.

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


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Wheat Kings, Winterhawks keep on winning … Tri-City d-man day-to-day … Pats win in OT


F Mason Wilgosh (Tri-City, 2007-12) has signed a one-year contract with Corona Brașov (Romania, Erste Liga). Last season, as an alternate captain with the Edinburgh Capitals (Scotland, UK Elite), he had 11 goals and 24 assists in 52 games. Wilgosh was with the Florida Everblades (ECHL) but was released on Oct. 9, before the start of the regular season. He had been pointless in one exhibition game.


D Keoni Texeira of the Portland Winterhawks was handed a two-game suspension on Sunday for a hit on F Kole Lind of the visiting Kelowna Rockets on Saturday night. You are able to see the hit in the above tweet.

Andy Kemper, the Winterhawks’ play-by-play voice, tweeted that the suspension would end Texeira’s consecutive games played streak at 220, 20 games short of the franchise record held by D Troy Rutkowski.

Regan Bartel, the veteran radio voice of the Rockets, was at Saturday’s game — of course he was — and offered up this on his blog at reganbartel.blogspot.com:

“Here is my (opinion) on the Keoni Texeira hit on Kole Lind. It can’t happen. Now that we have more information than ever before on what hits to the head can do, hockey must make changes to the way it is played.

“Indeed it has. We are a gentler game, built more on speed. The way the game is officiated has made it better and, more importantly, safer.

“My belief is Texeira can’t step up and make that hit on Lind, like (Kelowna defenceman) James Hilsendager can’t make contact the way he did against Prince George Cougars forward Kody McDonald last weekend.

“Trust me, I love open ice hits. I am somewhat old school in my approach to the game, but WHL defencemen, specifically, need to learn that even though an opponent is vulnerable that hit can’t be made with the likelihood of it being a check to the head.

“In the old days, it was ‘tough titty’ if you had your head down. Those days are over.”

Bartel is exactly right. Sorry, dinosaurs, but the days of defencemen lurking near their blueline, then stepping into the neutral zone and drilling an unsuspecting forward are over, even if there isn’t contact with the head.

Those defencemen need to remember, though, that it’s OK to drop the gloves and pop the opposing forward a few times in the head.


D Juuso Valimaki of the Tri-City Americans was scratched from Saturday’s game, a 5-2 come-from-behind victory over the host Spokane Chiefs in which the visitors scored five third-period goals. . . . It turns out that Valimaki was ill and is being listed as day-to-day. . . . The Americans next play Tuesday when they entertain the Kelowna Rockets. . . . The Americans completed a five-game road swing with the victory in Spokane. Tri-City went 3-2-0 on the swing.


The Prince George Cougars, who were swept by the visiting Kamloops Blazers in a weekend series, will play their next seven games on the road. . . . The Cougars (3-5-2) dropped a pair of 4-1 decisions to the Blazers, who headed north having lost their first nine games this season. . . . The Cougars will make stops in Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary, Vancouver, Kelowna, Portland and Everett on this trip. . . . Prince George next plays at home on Nov. 10 and 11 when the Everett Silvertips stop in for a doubleheader.


Regan Bartel, the aforementioned radio voice of the Kelowna Rockets, spent part of his weekend in Portland, where Danny Flynn is on the Winterhawks’ coaching staff. Bartel found time in his no doubt hectic schedule to interview Flynn, who is a veteran major junior coach with experience in the OHL and QMJHL. This is a solid five minutes. For example, I wasn’t aware until listening to this interview that QMJHL teams are permitted to fly in the playoffs.


D Shane Collins, 20, was waived by the Prince George Cougars, picked up by the OHL’s Barrie Colts and traded to the London Knights. He made his London debut against the host Windsor Spitfires on Thursday. . . . What did he think of his first look at the OHL from ice level. “I think there’s a little more open ice here,” Collins told Ryan Pyette of the London Free Press. “A second more to make a play than the chip-and-chase, rigid hockey you see out West. Here, it’s pretty fun.”


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SUNDAY:

At Brandon, F Schael Higson scored at 1:32 of OT to give the Wheat Kings a 6-5 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders. . . . With the Swift Current Broncos’ winning streak having ended at eight games on Saturday night, the Wheat Kings (7-2-1) are the hottest thing on the Prairies — this was their sixth straight victory. . . . The Wheat Kings had beaten the visiting Raiders 5-2 on Saturday night. . . . The Raiders (3-4-2), who lost 2-1 in OT to the visiting Regina Pats on Friday night, were playing their third game in fewer than 48 hours. . . . On Sunday, the Wheat Kings overcame 4-2 and 5-3 deficits as they scored the game’s last three goals. . . . F Sean Montgomery gave the Raiders a 1-0 lead just 50 seconds after the opening faceoff. . . . Brandon took a 2-1 lead with PP goals from F Tanner Kaspick (3), at 11:05, and D Kale Clague (7), at 15:50. . . . F Cole Fonstad got the Raiders into a tie at 17:11. . . . Montgomery (3), at 0:49 of the second period, and F Curtis Miske (2), on a PP, at 3:25 of the third gave the visitors a 4-2 edge. . . . Brandon F Ben McCartney (1) cut into that at 3:41, but Fonstad (5) got it back at 10:45. . . . Brandon F Gunnar Wegleitner (6) scored at 11:57 and F Ty Lewis tied it, on a PP, at 14:35. . . . Higson won it with his first goal of the season. . . . Wegleitner went into this season with one goal in 55 games — 43 with the Everett Silvertips and 12 with the Victoria Royals. Now he has one goal in each of his past six games. . . . Brandon got three assists from F Stelio Mattheos, two from Lewis and one each from Clague, Kaspick and Wegleitner. . . . D Max Martin earned two assists for the Raiders, with Miske and Fonstad each getting one. . . . Brandon was 3-6 on the PP; Prince Albert was 1-5. . . . The Wheat Kings got 20 stops from G Dylan Myskiw, while Prince Albert’s Curtis Meger blocked 25. . . . Announced attendance: 3,222.


At Calgary, the Lethbridge Hurricanes scored the game’s last three goals and beat the Hitmen, 3-1. . . . The Hurricanes (4-4-0) had lost their previous two games. . . . The Hitmen (3-6-1) had won their previous two games, both on the road. . . . Calgary took a 1-0 lead when F Jakob Stukel (6) scored at 3:22 of the first period. . . . F Giorgio Estephan (4) tied it, on a PP, at 7:08 of the second period, and F Jordy Bellerive (4) gave the visitors the lead, on another PP, at 8:17 of the third. . . . F Zane Franklin (2) iced it with the empty-netter at 18:47. . . . Bellerive and Estephan added an assist each. . . . Lethbridge was 2-7 on the PP; Calgary was 0-4. . . . G Stuart Skinner made 30 saves for the winners. . . . The Hitmen got 34 stops from G Nick Schneider. . . . Lethbridge opens a seven-game homestand on Friday with the Swift Current Broncos in town. . . . Announced attendance: 5,936.


At Regina, F Emil Oksanen’s PP goal at 1:00 of OT gave the Pats a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings. . . . D Conner McDonald (2) put the visitors out front, on a PP, at 5:07 of the second period. . . . Regina F Matt Bradley (9) tied it at 16:14. . . . The Oil Kings got that one right back as F Davis Koch (5) counted at 17:12. . . . F Sam Steel (4) scored for Regina, on a PP, at 11:20 of the third period and that goal forced OT. . . . Oksanen, the WHL’s highest-scoring freshman, won it with his ninth goal. It came with the Oil Kings serving a penalty for too many men. . . . D Josh Mahura had three assists for the Pats and Bradley had two. Steel added one to his goal. . . . Bradley is riding a 10-game point streak. . . . Edmonton got two assists from F Tomas Soustal. . . . Regina (5-4-1) was 2-4 on the PP; Edmonton (4-6-1) was 1-4. . . . G Tyler Brown stopped 24 shots to record the victory. . . . Edmonton G Boston Bilous made 27 saves. . . . Edmonton was playing its fourth road game in five nights; it went (1-2-1). . . . Regina D Liam Schioler returned after serving a two-game suspension. . . . Announced attendance: 6,484.


At Portland, F Kieffer Bellows and F Skyler McKenzie each had two goals and an assist as the Winterhawks dumped the Kelowna Rockets, 8-2. . . . It was the third game in six days for the Winterhawks (8-1-0), who have won six straight. . . . The Rockets (4-2-3) were playing their third game in fewer than 48 hours. They lost 4-3 at home to Calgary on Friday, then dropped a 5-4 OT decision in Portland on Saturday. . . . Kelowna now moves on to Kennewick, Wash., for a Tuesday night clash with the Tri-City Americans. The Rockets then return home to face the Winterhawks on Friday and Saturday nights. . . . On Sunday, the home team led 3-0 and 6-0 at the intermissions. . . . McKenzie has 10 goals now, while Bellows has six. . . . F Mason Mannek (2), F Jake Gricius (2), F Ilijah Colina (1) and F Joachim Blichfeld (3) also scored for Portland. . . . The Rockets got goals from D Gordie Ballhorn (1) and F Conner Bruggen-Cale (2). . . . F Ty Kolle had three assists for Portland and Blichfeld had one. . . . The Winterhawks were 3-5 on the PP; the Rockets were 2-8. . . . G Shane Farkas picked up the victory with 28 saves. . . . Kelowna starter Brodan Salmond surrendered three goals on 13 shots in the first period. James Porter played the last two periods, stopping 20 of 25 shots. . . . The Winterhawks were without D Keoni Texeira and D Brendan De Jong, both of whom are serving suspensions. . . . With those two out, D Nick Cicek, a 17-year-old freshman from Winnipeg, played in his first WHL game. He was a seventh-round selection in the 2015 WHL bantam draft. . . . Announced attendance: 3,024.


MONDAY (all times local):

No Games Scheduled.


TUESDAY (all times local):

Moose Jaw vs. Kootenay, at Cranbrook, B.C., 7 p.m.

Vancouver at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.

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


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A statistical headache, for sure … Dryden has right idea; is anyone listening? … Oil Kings end Broncos’ run


Here’s one for old friend Dan Russell.

In the waning minutes of Friday night, a news release arrived from the Victoria Royals. Part of it dealt with the team having been involved in setting a franchise record as it dropped an 8-6 decision to the Chiefs in Spokane earlier in the evening.

According to the news release, the 14 combined goals set a single-game record, breaking the previous mark of 13 from Dec. 17, 2014, when the Royals lost 7-6 in a shootout to the host Everett Silvertips.

This is just one more example of how the shootout has come to bastardize statistics.

You see, there were three goals scored in the shootout that night in Everett. So why does only one of them count? Why wasn’t Everett given credit for an 8-7 victory? After all, there were 15 goals scored. How is it that we can just completely ignore two of them?

Shouldn’t Victoria’s franchise record for combined goals in a single game be 15, which would mean Friday’s game fell one goal short?

Just thinking about all this gives me a headache.


Ken Dryden believes that he has incurred two concussions during his lifetime. He has written about that for The Globe and Mail, along with a few other concussion-related thoughts. One of those thoughts deals with eliminating concussions by getting rid of headshots.

Dryden hits the nail on the head with a sledge hammer when he writes:

“Here is where we start. Here is where we focus. The issue isn’t whether a hit is intentional or accidental, whether a player’s head is up or down, targeted or not, whether the hit comes from a shoulder, an elbow or a fist. The brain doesn’t distinguish. It is about the hit, period. It is about the player being hit, not the hitter; the effect, not the cause.

“So, at the core of every decision made about concussions is a singular understanding: No hits to the head – no excuses.”

Please. To the people who are responsible for how the WHL game is played . . . please. You can start by no longer allowing teenagers to punch each other in the face. Please.

Dryden’s complete essay, and it’s worth the read, is right here.


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SATURDAY:

At Brandon, the Wheat Kings ran their winning streak to five games with a 5-3 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders. . . . The Wheat Kings (6-2-1) jumped out to a 3-0 first-period lead on goals from F Connor Gutenberg (3), F Ty Lewis (5) and F Evan Weinger (1) and were never headed. . . . F Jordy Stallard, who is from Brandon, scored two second-period goals for the Raiders (3-4-1), at 10:21 and 15:20. He’s got five goals. . . . F Stelio Mattheos (9), on a PP, scored for Brandon at 17:36 of the second, and F Gunnar Wegleitner (5) added more insurance at 5:00 of the third period. . . . The Raiders got their final goal from F Cole Fonstad (3) at 12:04. Fonstad also had two assists. . . . F Tanner Kaspick had three assists for Brandon, with Mattheos and Lewis adding one each. . . . Brandon was 2-2 on the PP; Prince Albert was 2-3. . . . G Logan Thompson earned the victory with 25 stops, two fewer than Curtis Meger of the Raiders. . . . The Raiders were without D Brayden Pachal, who was serving the second of a three-game suspension. . . . Announced attendance: 3,870.


At Cranbrook, B.C., the Kootenay Ice scored the game’s last three goals, all in the third period, and beat the Everett Silvertips, 5-3. . . . The Ice (3-5-1) had lost its previous four games. . . . F Jeff de Wit (3) scored the game’s first and last goals. He gave the Ice a 1-0 lead at 5:58 of the first period, then got the empty-netter at 18:59 of the third. . . . D Jake Christiansen (1) tied it for Everett, on a PP, at 16:46 of the second period. . . . F Colton Veloso (2) gave the home team a 2-1 lead at 17:28. . . . Everett took a 3-2 lead on third-period goals from F Patrick Bajkov (4), at 1:07 of the third period, and F Riley Sutter (7), at 6:59. . . . F Michael King (3) tied it at 10:51 and F Vince Loschiavo (3) broke the deadlock at 13:02. . . . Sutter added an assist to his goal. . . . Kootenay was 0-2 on the PP; Everett was 1-6. . . . Kootenay got 37 saves from G Bailey Brkin. At the other end, Dorrin Luding turned aside 27 shots. . . . The Silvertips have played 11 games this season; this was the first time that they didn’t score either one or four goals. . . . The Silvertips (4-7-0) concluded a nine-game road trip with this game. They went (3-6-0) on a swing that started with games in Kelowna, Kennewick, Wash., and Spokane, then went through the Central Division. . . . The good news is that the trip accounted for 25 per cent of Everett’s entire road schedule. . . . Announced attendance: 2,457.


At Moose Jaw, F Jayden Halbgewachs scored 52 seconds into OT as the Warriors beat the Vancouver Giants, 4-3. . . . Halbgewachs won it with his sixth goal of the season. . . . F Brett Howden drew the primary assist, his third helper of the game. He now has 200 points, including 113 assists, in 205 regular-season games. . . . F Brayden Watts, who played 97 games with Moose Jaw before being dealt to Vancouver last season, gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at 1:11 of the first period. . . . The Warriors scored the next three goals. D Jett Woo (4) tied it at 12:26. . . . F Justin Almeida (5) gave the home side a 2-1 lead at 2:57 of the second and F Brayden Burke (5) stretched the lead, on a PP, at 10:24. . . . The Giants tied it before the period ended as Watts (6) counted at 12:09 and D Dylan Plouffe scored at 18:35. . . . Watts has six goals in eight games, after totalling seven in 70 last season. . . . Halbgewachs also had two assists, with Woo adding one. . . . The Giants got two assists from F Milos Roman. . . . The Warriors (7-1-0) were 1-4 on the PP; Vancouver (2-4-2) was 0-2. . . . The Giants lost 1-0 in Swift Current on Friday to open their East Division swing. . . . Moose Jaw got 23 saves from G Brody Willms, while Todd Scott blocked 28 shots at the other end. . . . The Warriors completed a seven-game homestand with the victory. They went 6-1-0. They have played only once on the road. . . . James Gallo, the radio voice of the Warriors, called his 800th WHL game. . . . Announced attendance: 3,461.


At Red Deer, F Cam Hebig broke a 1-1 tie at 11:10 of the third period and the Saskatoon Blades went on to a 4-1 victory over the Rebels. . . . F Braylon Shmyr (7) gave the Blades a 1-0 lead on a PP, at 2:51 of the first period. . . . Red Deer tied it 51 seconds into the third period when F Grayson Pawlenchuk (6) scored. . . . Hebig won it with his fifth. . . . F Chase Wouters (2) added insurance at 14:17 and D Libor Hajek (2) made it 4-1 at 18:30. . . . Saskatoon got two assists from F Bradly Goethals and one each from Hebig, Hajek and Shmyr. . . . Saskatoon (3-5-0) was 1-6 on the PP; Red Deer (5-4-0) was 0-5. . . . G Ryan Kubic stopped 27 shots for the Blades. . . . The Rebels got 34 saves from G Ethan Anders. . . . This was the start of a six-game homestand for the Rebels. . . . Announced attendance: 4,669.


At Swift Current, F Brett Kemp scored with 18.3 seconds left in the third period to give the Edmonton Oil Kings a 4-3 victory over the Broncos. . . . Kemp’s second goal of the game, and fourth of the season, ended Swift Current’s perfect start to the season. The Broncos now are 8-1-0; the Oil Kings, who score three times in the third period, are 4-6-0. . . . F Glenn Gawdin (7) gave the Broncos a 1-0 lead at 13:33 of the first period. . . . Kemp tied it with a shorthanded goal at 19:47. . . . The Broncos responded with two second period goals. F Aleksi Heponiemi (5) broke the tie at 13:03, and D Colby Sissons (4) made it 3-1, on a PP, at 18:49. . . . Edmonton F Davis Koch (4) cut the deficit to one, on a PP, at 12:54, and F Kobe Mohr (4) tied it at 15:00. . . . Kemp and Mohr each added an assist. . . . The Broncos got three assists from F Tyler Steenbergen, who leads the WHL with 16 goals. He also leads the WHL with 25 points. . . . Gawdin and Heponiemi each had an assist. . . . Edmonton was 1-3 on the PP; Swift Current was 1-4. . . . G Travis Child, who played 75 games with the Broncos before being dealt to Brandon last season, stopped 19 shots for Edmonton. . . . The Broncos got 31 stops from G Joel Hofer. . . . Announced attendance: 2,463. . . . A note from Geoffrey Brandow (@GeoffreyBrandow): When Swift Current beat the visiting Vancouver Giants 1-0 on Friday night, it was the first time the Broncos had won by that score since Oct. 11, 2010, when they beat the visiting Kootenay Ice in a shootout. The last time the Broncos won 1-0 in regulation was on Dec. 7, 2007, in Cranbrook.


At Portland, F Skyler McKenzie scored his eighth goal of the season, 24 seconds into OT to give the Winterhawks their fifth straight victory, a 5-4 triumph over the Kelowna Rockets. . . . The Winterhawks (7-1-0) got a goal and two assists from F Joachim Blichfeld, all in the first period. He had missed the previous five games with a concussion. . . . The hosts opened a 3-0 first-period lead on goals from Blichfeld (2), F Kieffer Bellows (4) and D Henri Jokiharju (4). The first two of those came via the PP. . . . The Rockets tied it with the next three goals. . . . F Carsen Twarynski scored, on a PP, at 6:21 of the second, and F Erik Gardiner (3) counted at 15:28 of the second. . . . F Kyle Topping pulled Kelowna even at 4:44 of the third period. . . . Portland went back in front at 7:44 of the third period when F Brad Ginnell (3) scored on a PP. . . . Twarynski (3) forced OT at 15:20. . . . F Cody Glass, F Alex Overhardt and Jokiharju each had two assists, with Bellows adding one. . . . The Rockets got two assists from F Dillon Dube and one each from Topping and Gardiner. . . . Portland was 3-4 on the PP; Kelowna (4-2-2) was 1-4. . . . G Cole Kehler earned the victory with 29 stops, five fewer than Kelowna’s James Porter, who made his second WHL start. . . . Regan Bartel, the radio voice of the Rockets, points out that Porter, from Bonner’s Ferry, Idaho, is the third American-born goaltender to play for Kelowna. He joins Adam Brown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Mark Guggenberger (Richfield, Minn.) in that exclusive club. . . . Bartel also noted that the Rockets are 8-0-2 in their last 10 regular-season visits to Portland. . . . Kelowna went to OT for the third time in four games. . . . Portland D Keoni Texeira was given a headshot major and game misconduct for a hit on Kelowna F Kole Lind at 5:43 of the second period. Lind was back during the resulting PP. . . . Portland D Brendan De Jong sat out the second of a three-game suspension. . . . The Winterhawks also are without F Ryan Hughes, who had surgery to repair a broken leg after being injured on Tuesday. . . . These two teams will play in Portland again today (Sunday), then meet in Kelowna on Friday and Saturday. They will have completed their four-game season series in the span of eight nights. . . . Announced attendance: 4,647.


At Prince George, the Kamloops Blazers, who lost their first nine games this season, now are riding a two-game winning streak, having beaten the Cougars, 4-1. . . . The Blazers (2-9-0) had beaten the host Cougars 4-1 on Friday night to end their season-opening skid. . . . The Cougars now are 3-5-2. . . . F Luc Smith (2) opened the scoring for Kamloops at 1:36 of the first period. . . . D Dennis Cholowski (4) tied it, on a PP, at 14:25. . . . Kamloops broke the tie with two goals in the final 18 seconds of the second period. F Nick Chyzowski (3) scored at 19:42 and D Ondrej Vala (2) followed up with a goal at 19:57. . . . The visitors got insurance from F Connor Zary (3) at 17:42 of the third period. . . . F Jermaine Loewen had two assists for Kamloops. . . . The Cougars were 1-4 on the PP; the Blazers were 0-5. . . . G Dylan Ferguson stopped 17 shots for Kamloops, which outshot its hosts 13-1 in the second period and 8-4 in the third. . . . The Cougars got 30 saves from G Taylor Gauthier. . . . Kamloops took out veteran F Quinn Benjafield (undisclosed injury) and brought back Swiss freshman F Justin Sigrist, who was a healthy scratch on Friday. . . . Announced attendance: 2,874.


At Spokane, the Tri-City Americans erased a 2-0 deficit with five third-period goals and beat the Chiefs, 5-2. . . . F Jaret Anderson-Dolan (3) and D Filip Kral (1) scored for Spokane in the game’s first eight minutes. . . . The Americans tied it on goals from F Morgan Geekie, at 1:52 of the third period, and F Connor Bouchard (2), at 3:15. . . . Geekie (3) broke the tie at 4:44. . . . F Michael Rasmussen (4) found the range at 8:01, and F Sasha Mutual (1) rounded out the scoring at 10:29. . . . Rasmussen and F Jordan Topping each had two assists for the winners. . . . The Americans (5-4-0) were 0-4 on the PP; the Chiefs (5-5-0) were 1-3. . . . Tri-City G Beck Warm made 26 stops. . . . The Chiefs opened with Dawson Weatherill, who surrendered five goals on 25 shots in 50:29. Donovan Buskey came on in relief to stop all five shots he faced, in 9:31. . . . Rasmussen lost some blood when he was struck in the face by a deflected puck in the second period. After some medical attention and a change of sweaters, Rasmussen returned to action. . . . The Americans were without F Maxwell James, 20, who served Game 2 of a four-game suspension. With him suspended, the Americans could only dress two 20s, and they went with G Patrick Dea, who backed up, and Topping. . . . That meant Russian F Vladislav Lukin, 20, who reappeared on Tri-City’s roster on Thursday, didn’t play. . . . The Americans also scratched D Juusu Valimaki, so their only import was freshman D Roman Kalinichenko. . . . Chiefs F Rykr Cole sat out the second of a three-game suspension. . . . Announced attendance: 7,411.


At Kent, Wash., F Tyler Soy had a goal and three assists to lead the Victoria Royals to a 6-1 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds. . . . Soy, 20, has four goals and nine assists in five games since returning from the AHL’s San Diego Gulls. . . . Seattle actually scored the game’s first goal last night, with F Nolan Volcan (2) finding the range at 6:17 of the first period. . . . F Matthew Phillips (9) scored the next two goals, at 11:07 and 19:33, as the Royals took a 2-1 lead. . . . Phillips has 24 points in a 10-game streak. . . . The Royals later got goals from F Jared Legien (4), F Regan Nagy (9), who also had an assist, Soy and D Jared Freadrich (2). . . . Victoria (8-1-1) was 3-8 on the PP; Seattle (4-3-1) was 0-4. . . . Victoria starter Griffen Outhouse stopped 26 of 27 shots in 51:18. Dean McNabb finished up, stopping five shots in 8:42. . . . The Thunderbirds got 24 saves from G Matt Berlin. . . . TBird Tidbits reported prior to the game that Seattle had won its last nine regular-season games with Victoria. The Royals last won on March 2, 2015. . . . Victoria D Scott Walford had one assist. He has at least an assist in five straight games. . . . Seattle D Turner Ottenbreit served Game 5 of a six-game suspension. He will miss Friday’s visit by the Moose Jaw Warriors, and will be eligible to return on Saturday in Everett. . . . Announced attendance: 4,055.


SUNDAY (all times local):

Prince Albert at Brandon, 4 p.m.

Lethbridge at Calgary, 4 p.m.

Edmonton at Regina, 4 p.m.

Kelowna at Portland, 5 p.m.


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Import returns to Americans … Ex-Pats co-owner dies at 78 … Broncos still perfect … Blazers get victory


F Tyler Redenbach (Prince George, Swift Current, Lethbridge, 2001-05) has signed a one-year contract with Liberec (Czech Republic, Extraliga). Redenbach was released by mutual agreement by Tappara Tampere (Finland, Liiga) earlier on Friday. He had one goal in 10 games. . . . Liberec needed help at centre after what the club says is a “long-term injury” to F Mário Bližňák (Vancouver, 2005-08).


The Tri-City Americans have three imports on their roster again as F Vladislav Lukin, 20, has returned from a brief stint in the pro game.

Lukin, from Ufa, Russia, was in the Americans’ training camp, but left to join the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage. On Oct. 2, the Rampage sent him to the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles. They released him on Tuesday.

Lukin has played three seasons with the Americans. Last season, he had 26 goals and 32 assists in 63 games. In 183 career regular-season games, he has 54 goals and 64 assists.

Lukin’s return presents the Americans with some roster challenges.

As a 20-year-old and an import, he is a two-spotter.

He joins F Jordan Topping, F Maxwell James and G Patrick Dea in giving the Americans four 20-year-olds, one over the maximum allowed.

The Americans also have two other imports — veteran Finnish D Juuso Valimaki and freshman Russian D Roman Kalinichenko — so, if they keep Lukin, one of those two will have to go.

Interestingly, the Americans had another import on their roster — freshman Belarusian D Sergei Sapego — but placed him on waivers earlier in the week. He was claimed by the Prince Albert Raiders.


Ted Knight, a former co-owner of the Regina Pats, died from cancer on Friday morning. He was 78. . . . Knight, along with Huddy Bell, Bill Hicke, Jack Nicolle and Morley Gusway, purchased the Pats in 1986. They later sold the franchise in 1995, the WHL ultimately purchasing it and then selling it to Diane and Russ Parker of Calgary. . . . Knight also was the long-time president of the Regina-based Knight Automotive Group. . . . A funeral service is scheduled for Tuesday, 2 p.m., at the Centre of the Arts in Regina. . . . A complete obituary is right here.


The Kelowna Rockets have added F Kyle Crosbie, 16, to their roster, at least for the weekend. Crosbie, from Didsbury, Alta., was an eighth-round selection in the WHL’s 2016 bantam draft. . . . This season, he put up a goal and four assists with the EDGE School’s prep team in Calgary. Last season, he had 12 goals and 18 assists in 28 games with EDGE’s Elite 15 side.


The Edmonton Oil Kings have signed F Tyler Horstmann and F Jalen Luypen to WHL contracts. . . . Horstmann, from Richmond, B.C., was a fourth-round pick in the 2017 WHL bantam draft. This season, he has four assists in six games with the Greater Vancouver Canadians of the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League. Last season, he had 16 goals and 12 assists in 30 games with the Delta Hockey Academy’s bantam prep team. . . . The Oil Kings selected Luypen, from Kelowna, in the ninth round of the 2017 bantam draft. He has three goals and three assists with the Okanagan Hockey Academy prep team in Penticton, B.C. Last season, with the OHA’s bantam prep team, he had 21 goals and 17 assists in 30 games.


Curling Canada announced Friday that the 2019 Tim Hortons Brier will be held in Brandon, running from March 2-10. That means the Wheat Kings will spend most of the 2018-19 regular-season’s final four weeks on the road.


F Austin Wong, 17, has committed to attend Harvard University and play for the Crimson. Wong, the younger brother of former Lethbridge Hurricanes star Tyler Wong, was an 11th-round pick by the Kootenay Ice in the 2015 WHL bantam draft. . . . The Ice dealt his rights to the Hurricanes on Aug. 22, getting back D Tyler Strath, 17, and a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2019 bantam draft. . . . Austin Wong was in training camp with the Hurricanes. . . . Strath and Wong are teammates with the AJHL’s Okotoks Oilers. . . . Wong, who is from Cochrane, Alta., has four goals and four assists in eight games. Strath has two assists in four games.


F Nigel Dawes is burning through the early days of the KHL regular season, running at a goal-a-game pace. Dawes, 32, has scored 18 times the season’s first 18 games. But Dawes, who is from Winnipeg and played four seasons (2001-05) with the WHL’s Kootenay Ice, won’t be playing for Canada at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. He is in his seventh season with Astana Barys and has been a citizen  of Kazakhstan for two years and doesn’t have any regrets. . . . Tim Wharnsby of cbc.ca has more right here.


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I guess it says something about the days in which we live that The Associated Press now runs a regular feature that it calls NOT REAL NEWS. . . . Makes you wonder what’s next.


FRIDAY:

In Swift Current, G Logan Flodell earned the shutout and, yes, F Tyler Steenbergen scored the goal as the Broncos beat the Vancouver Giants, 1-0. . . . The Broncos ran their record to 8-0-0; they are the only one of the WHL’s 22 teams not have been beaten in regulation time. . . . Flodell stopped 37 shots in posting his first shutout this season and the seventh of his career. He stopped 17 shots in the first period and 13 in the third. . . . Steenbergen scored his WHL-leading 16th goal at 11:54 of the second period. He has goals in seven straight games, having only not scored in the season-opener. . . . Swift Current was 0-3 on the PP; Vancouver (2-4-1) was 0-1. . . . The Giants got 30 saves from G David Tendeck. . . . The Giants opened a six-game East Division swing with this game. They’ll play tonight in Moose Jaw. . . . This was a return to Swift Current for Dean Chynoweth, the Giants’ associate coach. Chynoweth, in his first season with the Giants, spent five seasons (2004-09) with the Broncos as their general manager and head coach. . . . The Broncos are at home to the Edmonton Oil Kings tonight. . . . Announced attendance: 2,263.


At Lethbridge, the Everett Silvertips erased a 3-2 deficit with two third-period goals as they beat the Hurricanes, 4-3. . . . F Bryce Kindopp, with his second goal of the game and the season, pulled Everett into a 3-3 tie at 5:59. . . . F Riley Sutter, with his second goal of the game and sixth of the season, snapped the tie at 16:18. . . . The Hurricanes erased a 2-0 first-period deficit with three second-period PP goals. . . . Kindopp and Sutter had given Everett a 2-0 lead with goals at 0:59 and 18:44 of the first period. . . . The Hurricanes scored the only goals of the second period, with F Jordy Bellerive counting at 3:58, F Dylan Cozens (4) scoring at 15:02 and Bellerive (3) providing the 3-2 lead at 18:29. . . . The Silvertips got two assists from F Connor Dewar and one from Sutter. . . . F Giorgio Estephan drew two assists for Lethbridge, with Bellerive getting one. . . . Lethbridge was 3-5 on the PP; Everett was 0-5. . . . D Dorrin Luding stopped 29 shots to earn the victory over Stuart Skinner, who made 32 saves. . . . The Silvertips had G Blake Lyda, a 15-year-old from Edmonton backing up. Lyda was a fourth-round pick in the 2017 bantam draft and is playing for the minor midget AAA CAC Canadians in his hometown. . . . Everett scratched three goaltenders — Connor Hart (mononucleosis), Dustin Wolf (undisclosed injury) and Kyle Dumba, who has been released. Dumba, 19, was released earlier in the month by the Kamloops Blazers, then added by the Silvertips after Hart was diagnosed. Dumba started Wednesday’s 4-2 loss in Medicine, but lasted only 2:02 as he surrendered two goals on three shots. . . . The Silvertips (4-6-0) snapped a three-game losing skid with the victory. . . . Everett has scored four times in seven of its 10 games; it has scored once in each of the other three games. . . . The Hurricanes slipped to 3-4-0. . . . The Silvertips wrap up a nine-game road trip tonight in Cranbrook, B.C., against the Kootenay Ice. To this point, the Silvertips are 3-5-0 on the swing. . . . Announced attendance: 3,335.


At Prince Albert, D Josh Mahura scored at 1:55 of OT as the Regina Pats beat the Raiders, 2-1. . . . That was Mahura’s third goal of the season. . . . Freshman F Emil Oksanen gave Regina a 1-0 lead with his eighth goal, at 19:01 of the second period. . . . The Raiders tied it when F Spencer Moe (2) scored at 2:18 of the third period. . . . F Matt Bradley had two assists for Regina, which now is 4-4-1. . . . The Raiders are 3-3-1. . . . The Pats were 0-4 on the PP; the Raiders were 0-3. . . . Regina G Tyler Brown stopped 25 shots, six fewer than Prince Albert’s Curtis Meger, who was making his fifth straight start. Nicholas Sanders, who has been out with an undisclosed injury, returned as the backup. Veteran G Ian Scott still is out with an undisclosed injury. . . . The Raiders have returned G Brett Balas, 16, to the midget AAA Calgary Flames. . . . D Brayden Pachal was among the Raiders’ scratches as he sat out the first of a three-game suspension. . . . Regina D Liam Schioler sat this one out as he served the second of a two-game suspension. . . . The Raiders hit the road right after the game and headed for Brandon where they will play the Wheat Kings tonight and Sunday. Yes, it’s one of those three games-in-fewer-than-48-hour weekends for Prince Albert. . . . Announced attendance: 2,008.


At Medicine Hat, the Tigers struck five times on the PP and beat the Saskatoon Blades, 5-2. . . . Tigers F Mark Rassell (9) broke a 2-2 tie at 17:37 of the second period. . . . D David Quenneville (2) had given the home boys a 1-0 lead at 6:11 of the first period. . . . Saskatoon D Jackson Caller, in his 81st WHL game, tied it with his first career goal, at 15:10. . . . The Tigers went back out front at 9:14 of the second period when F James Hamblin (1) scored. . . . The Blades tied it as F Josh Paterson (1) scored, on a PP, at 11:37. . . . Medicine Hat put it away with third-period goals from F Josh Williams (2), at 1:34, and D Kristians Rubins (1), at 6:20. . . . Quenneville also had three assists, as did D Linus Nassen, while Hamblin and Rassell each had one. . . . Medicine Hat (5-3-0) was 5-7 on the PP; Saskatoon (2-5-0) was 1-3. . . . G Jordan Hollett earned the victory with 26 saves, six fewer than Saskatoon’s Ryan Kubic. . . . The Tigers played again without F Max Gerlach (facial injuries) and F Jaeger White (undisclosed injury). . . . Among Saskatoon’s scratches were F Logan Christensen, who suffered an undisclosed injury in practice earlier in the week, and F Kirby Dach, who didn’t make the trip after taking a hit from behind in Regina on Saturday. Regina D Liam Schioler drew a two-game suspension for the hit. . . . Announced attendance: 3,301.


At Prince George, the Kamloops Blazers halted their season-opening franchise-record nine-game losing streak by beating the Cougars, 4-1. . . . The Cougars (3-4-2) scored the game’s first goal, but the Blazers (1-9-0) got the next four to win it. . . . The home team scored first with F Kody McDonald (8) getting the goal at 8:30 of the first period. . . . The Blazers took control with three PP goals. . . . F Garrett Pilon (4) was given credit for a goal that tied it at 19:17 of the first period, although that may be changed to F Connor Zary for his second goal of the season. . . . Zary gave Kamloops the lead, only its second this season, at 3:49 of the second period. . . . F Brodi Stuart (3) added insurance at 9:23 of the third period. . . . F Jermaine Loewen (1) got the empty-netter at 18:59. . . . Pilon also had two assists, while Zary added one. . . . Kamloops was 3-6 on the PP; Prince George was 0-5. . . . G Dylan Ferguson blocked 24 shots for the Blazers, while the Cougars’ Taylor Gauthier stopped 17. . . . The Blazers had Loewen (head) back in the lineup after a six-game absence. . . . Freshman F Justin Sigrist, who is from Switzerland, was among the Blazers’ scratches. He has a goal and two assists in nine games. . . . The Cougars were without injured defencemen Josh Anderson and Jonas Harkins. . . . Announced attendance: 3,374.


At Kelowna, the Calgary Hitmen got out to a 3-1 lead in the second period and hung on for a 4-3 victory over the Rockets. . . . F Mark Kastelic (2) got Calgary started at 4:36 of the first period, only to have Kelowna F Nolan Foote (2) tie it at 10:33. . . . F Hunter Campbell (2), at 11:14, and F Jakob Stukel (5), at 13:26, provided Calgary with the 3-1 lead. . . . The Rockets twice cut the deficit to one but couldn’t equalize. . . . F Kyle Topping (3) got it to 3-2 at 14:57. . . . The Hitmen got back the two-goal lead when F Cael Zimmerman, a 16-year-old from Englefeld, Sask., scored his first WHL goal at 11:49 of the third period. . . . The Rockets got back to within a goal, again, at 13:39 when F Jack Cowell (4) counted, on a PP. . . . Topping and F Kole Lind each had two assists for Kelowna. . . . Calgary (3-5-1) was 0-5 on the PP; Kelowna (4-2-1) was 1-6. . . . G Nick Schneider stopped 31 shots for the visitors, with Brodan Salmond turning aside 22 for the Rockets. . . . This was the first of four games in five nights for the Rockets, who play tonight (Saturday) and Sunday in Portland. . . . The Hitmen concluded a three-game B.C. Division road trip. They were 2-1-0, having lost 7-1 in Prince George and won 4-2 in Kamloops. . . . Announced attendance: 5,221.


At Spokane, F Jake McGrew scored three times to help the Chiefs to an 8-6 victory over the Victoria Royals. . . . The Royals (7-1-1) suffered their first regulation loss of the season. . . . The Chiefs are 5-4-0. . . . McGrew, an 18-year-old from Orange, Calif., sat out all of last season with a knee injury suffered in training camp. He was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the sixth round of the NHL’s 2017 draft. . . . Last night, McGrew, who now has four goals, was playing in his fourth game. . . . The Chiefs fell behind 1-0 early in the first period, but took control with the next four scores in a six-goal first period. . . . F Regan Nagy (8), on a PP, put the Royals ahead at 4:14. . . . The Chiefs then got goals from McGrew (2), F Riley Woods (5), F Eli Zummack (3) and F Hayden Ostir (2) to take a 4-1 lead. . . . F Eric Florchuk (2) pulled the Royals to within two goals at 13:35. . . . F Jaret Anderson-Dolan (2) stretched Spokane’s lead at 3:02 of the second period, but Victoria D Chaz Reddekopp (2) got that one back at 4:11. . . . McGrew’s second goal upped the home side’s lead to 6-3 at 6:34. . . . F Matthew Phillips (7) scored for the Royals at 19:35. . . . The Chiefs iced it by taking an 8-4 lead on goals from Ostir and McGrew, at 1:43 and 3:13 of the third period. . . . Florchuk, shorthanded, and F Tyler Soy (3) closed out the scoring for Victoria at 8:15 and 15:26. . . . The Chiefs got two assists from each of F Ethan McIndoe, D Ty Smith and Anderson-Dolan, with Zummack getting one. . . . Phillips and Soy each had two assists for the Royals. Nagy had one. . . . Czech D Filip Kral picked up an assist for the Chiefs in his first WHL game. . . . Spokane was 2-6 on the PP; Victoria was 1-4. . . . G Dawson Weatherill turned aside 20 shots for the Chiefs. . . . Victoria starter Griffen Outhouse was beaten seven times on 29 shots in 41:43. Dean McNabb finished up with 10 saves on 11 shots in 16:40. . . . The Chiefs had scored 32 goals in their first eight games. . . . Spokane F Rykr Cole began serving a three-game suspension after taking a boarding major and game misconduct in Portland on Tuesday. He hit Winterhawks F Ryan Hughes, who has since undergone surgery for a broken leg. . . . Announced attendance: 4,013.


SATURDAY (all times local):

Prince Albert at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.

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

Vancouver at Moose Jaw, 7 p.m.

Saskatoon at Red Deer, 7 p.m.

Edmonton at Swift Current, 7 p.m.

Kelowna at Portland, 6 p.m.

Kamloops at Prince George, 7 p.m.

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

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


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