Scattershooting, while watching NFL … Loewen brings power game … Everett down two forwards … Coaching change in MJHL

While watching an NFL game on CTV on Sunday afternoon, the realization struck me — it isn’t the NFL on CTV; rather, it’s a series of NFL commercials aired between CTV promos.


After Tiger Woods pleaded guilty to reckless driving the other day, RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com noted: “His short game hasn’t been much, either.”


TV options on Sunday included taped telecasts on Sportsnet channels of three NHL games that were played on Saturday night. At the same time, the game between the host Edmonton Oilers and Detroit Red Wings was not available in my area “due to regional restrictions.” . . . So it was another day of watching NFL games.


Dwight Perry, in the Seattle Times: “The chartered plane carrying the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder last Saturday landed in Chicago with its nose cone completely caved in — the result of an apparent collision with a bird. Here’s guessing it was a blocking fowl.”


Here’s Perry, again: “The New Jersey Devils boast the world’s largest high-def scoreboard/video screen — the equivalent of 1,300 50-inch TVs. It’s so immense, fans say, that on replays you can almost see the puck.”


A tip of the hat to the WHL and its decision to take five days off while many of its top players take part in the CIBC Canada-Russia series, and a number of its best young players are at the U-17 World Hockey Challenge in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John B.C.


That’s right. The next scheduled WHL games are to be played on Friday.


Bill Wilms, a veteran WHL observer and broadcaster, took time out from his duties as the analyst on Vancouver Giants’ broadcasts to visit with me and to proffer an idea on Saturday night. It is time, he suggested, to take some of the hitting out of hockey. As he pointed out, those big open-ice hits, especially where a defender steps up into the neutral zone and unloads on an unsuspecting opponent, don’t accomplish much of anything, other than to oftentimes injure the opponent and result in a suspension to the hitter. . . . It’s hard to argue with that line of thinking, especially because intimidation really isn’t a factor in this day and age, and when so many of the changes in today’s game are aimed at improving player safety. Of course, if it really was about player safety, especially at the WHL level, those in power would act to get fighting out of the game, wouldn’t they?


Still, one look at the WHL’s weekly roster report and the names of all the injured players is enough to have me agreeing with Wilms. The talent pool isn’t deep enough to withstand the number of injuries in the game today, and any move to lessen those should be looked at in all seriousness.


Headline at SportsPickle.com: John Calipari lands Amazon headquarters.


ICYMI, the New York Islanders beat the visiting Colorado Avalanche, 6-4, on Sunday, with F Mathew Barzal earning five assists, two of them on the PP. And a whole lot of Seattle Thunderbirds nodded and said: “I’ve seen that show before.”


Yes, this has turned into a frustrating season for the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers, who have but five victories to show for their first 17 games.

And, yes, they are 1-7-0 at home following a 5-4 setback at the hands of the Vancouver Giants on Saturday night.

But here’s a word of warning to the Blazers’ opponents: Beware of No. 32.

Jermaine Loewen, 19, is into his fourth season in Kamloops and perhaps it all has come together for him, allowing him to become a real power forward.

Loewen went into this season with 32 points, 14 of them goals, in 171 regular-season games. He began this season by going pointless in three games, and then sat out six games with an undisclosed injury.

After enjoying back-to-back two-goal games against the Giants on the weekend, he now has six goals and four assists in 11 games this season.

Until recent times, Loewen, who is listed as 6-foot-2 and 221 pounds, played in the Blazers’ bottom six forwards. Of late, though, he has been patrolling the left side with the team’s most-gifted offensive forward — veteran Garrett Pilon, 19.

In the past, you never could question Loewen’s desire, his fearlessness or his emotional investment in games. However, he sometimes let that emotion get the better of him, something that often resulted in undisciplined play and bad penalties.

Of course, you also have to remember that Loewen, a formidably strong skater who often doesn’t realize his own strength, was late to the game, having been adopted by Tara and Stan Loewen out of an orphanage in May Pen, Jamaica, and taken to Arborg, Man., where he was introduced to hockey at the age of 10. (If you aren’t familiar with Jermaine’s story, check out this story right here. It was written by Marty Hastings of Kamloops This Week.)

Of late, it looks as though Loewen is putting it all together — kind of like the Rubik’s Cube has fallen into place. He was the Blazers’ best player on Saturday; in fact, you could make a case for his having been the most dominant player on the ice. He has a wicked snap shot and loves to use it off the rush. He knows the importance of getting to the net and causing mayhem. He loves to retrieve a loose puck deep in the offensive zone and drive to the net. All of that, and more, was on display Saturday, especially in the third period when he scored twice to get Kamloops back into the game.

Now it’s only a matter of Loewen getting consistent, of his being able to dominate every shift of every game. If/when that happens, NHL scouts will be marking Blazers’ games on their calendars.


The Everett Silvertips’ roster is down two forwards.

F Mark Liwiski has been suspended indefinitely, while F Ethan Browne has left the team and returned home.

Liwiski was suspended after being in violation of an unspecified team rule or rules.

After a 3-1 loss to the visiting Portland Winterhawks on Saturday, Everett head coach Dennis Williams told Jesse Geleynse of the Everett Herald:

“It’s something that again in probably a week’s time we’ll sit down as a staff, with (general manager) Garry (Davidson) being on the road, and discuss what are the next steps we’re going to take with everything.”

Davidson, like a lot of WHL general managers and scouts, is watching the U-17 World Hockey Challenge in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, B.C.

Liwiski, 16, was a third-round selection in the 2016 WHL bantam draft. He was pointless in 10 games with Everett.

Meanwhile, Browne, a first-round selection in the 2016 bantam draft, is at home in Sherwood Park, Alta. According to Williams, Browne told him on Friday “that he wanted to take some time and so we’ve granted that. He wanted to go back home, so that was something he wanted to do. That came (as) kind of a surprise on Friday, but there’s nothing we can do. He wanted to go home and clear his mind, and try to get refocused.”

Browne has one assist in eight games with the Silvertips.


You may recall reading here recently that a number of rings that belonged to the late Ed Chynoweth, the longtime WHL and Edmonton/Kootenay Ice executive, are up for auction at Classic Auctions.

As of Sunday afternoon, there had been a goodly amount of action on all 13 of the rings that were made available by the Chynoweth family, with bids running from $440 to $977.

If you have been wondering why these items have been made available to fans and collectors, it turns out that it was Ed’s wish.

Dean Chynoweth, now the associate coach with the WHL’s Vancouver Giants, told me Saturday night that his father had told his family not to hang on to things just because they had been his. They have there memories and that’s enough.

There aren’t any collectors in the family, and it turns out that there is a lot of memorabilia. Thus the decision was made to get involved with Classic Auctions, a move that will take a lot of interesting memorabilia out of closets and into the hockey community.

In the near future, there will be more from the Chynoweth collection, including sweaters and photos, made available.

If you’re interested, you can check out the rings right here.


A source told Taking Note recently that the WHL is exploring the possibility of holding a pair of outdoor games early in 2019 at Safeco Field, the home of baseball’s Seattle Mariners. . . . Russ Farwell, the general manager of the Seattle Thunderbirds, has told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times that there was some preliminary work done on such a project more than three years ago. “It wasn’t out of the question, (the Mariners) would do it if you could pay the freight,” Farwell told Baker. “We just weren’t able to take it on at that time. But it’s something we’ll look at, and I think we’ll explore again.” . . . Baker’s story is right here.


A tip of the cap to the AJHL’s Okotoks Oilers, who had Zach Roe, sons Lennon and Louis, and a few other family members on hand for a presentation prior to a Saturday night game. Tara Roe, Zach’s wife, was among the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1. Zach played in the WHL with the Regina Pats. . . . There is a photo and more right here.


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Paul McLean has taken over as the head coach of the MJHL’s Waywayseecappo Wolverines. McLean, who had been the assistant general manager/assistant coach, replaces Arnie Caplan, who had been in his first season as the general manager and head coach. . . . The Wolverines were 1-16-1 when the move was made on Friday. . . . In McLean’s first two games as head coach, the Wolverines lost 9-1 and 6-0 to the visiting Steinbach Pistons on Saturday and Sunday. . . . Caplan was hired in May, taking over from Barry Butler after a 14-42-4 season. . . . The franchise is into its 19th season but has only had a winning season on two occasions.


SUNDAY:

No Games Scheduled.


MONDAY (all times local):

Russia vs. Team WHL, Moose Jaw, 7 p.m.


TUESDAY (all times local):

Russia vs. Team WHL, Swift Current, 7 p.m.


WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY:

No Games Scheduled.


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Rockets lose Gardiner to head injury … Tigers’ Williams hurt at WHC … Chiefs make moves

F Erik Gardiner of the Kelowna Rockets will be out indefinitely with a head injury. According to Regan Bartel, the Rockets’ radio voice, the team made the announcement prior to a 4-2 victory over the Royals in Victoria on Friday.

Gardiner, who is in his second season with the Rockets, was hit in the helmet with a puck during a 4-3 OT victory over the visiting Tri-City Americans on Oct. 27. As you can see by Bartel’s tweet, the puck split Gardiner’s facemask.

Gardiner was killing a third-period penalty when a point shot caught him flush in the face.

After the game in Kelowna, Bartel wrote on his blog — reganbartel.blotspot.ca:

“With many in the building gasping as Gardiner went down in considerable pain and the replay was shown on the video screen, Gardiner took off his helmet, rubbed his head a few times before eventually making his way to his feet. Surprisingly, Gardiner stayed in the game, blocked another key shot on an Americans’ power play in overtime and then set up Carsen Twarynski for the game winner.”

Still, Gardiner was back in the Rockets’ lineup the next night and drew two assists in a 4-2 victory over the visiting Prince George Cougars.

After Friday’s victory in Victoria, Bartel wrote that Gardiner was symptom free in the early days after he was struck, but “developed symptoms several days later while being monitored by medical staff.”

Bartel also reports that “Gardner continues to be monitored by team physicians and no time line has been set for his return.”

Gardiner has three goals and 10 assists in 12 games this season.


It is every team’s worst nightmare — you have one of your players selected to play in a competition outside your league and he gets injured.

Welcome to the Medicine Hat Tigers’ world.

F Josh Williams of the Tigers left during the week for the U-17 World Hockey Challenge in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, B.C. Now he’ll be out indefinitely, having suffered a broken collarbone while with Canada Red.

According to Ryan McCracken of the Medicine Hat News, Williams was injured on “a hit from behind during practice.”

Williams, 16, was a first-round selection, fifth overall, in the WHL’s 2016 bantam draft. From Langley, B.C., he has four goals and an assist in 14 games with the Tigers. Last season, he got into four games with them and scored once.


A scoring change has awarded the winning goal to F Jermaine Loewen in the Kamloops Blazers’ 5-4 victory over the host Vancouver Giants on Friday night. . . . Loewen broke a 3-3 tie with 16.4 seconds left in the third period with the Blazers on the PP. Originally, the goal was credited to F Garrett Pilon, with F Luc Smith getting the lone assist. . . . With the change, Pilon was given an assist. . . . Loewen, who went into the game with two goals this season, finished the night with two goals and an assist. It was the second time in his 180-game career that Loewen has enjoyed a two-goal, three-point game. Loewen, 19, has 18 goals and 22 assists in his regular-season career.


The Spokane Chiefs made a couple of roster moves on Saturday.

They traded F Taylor Ross, 19, to the Lethbridge Hurricanes for an undisclosed conditional selection in the 2019 WHL bantam draft. . . . This season, Ross had two goals and two assists in 15 games with the Chiefs. In 116 career games, he has 12 goals and 16 assists. . . . From Kronau, Sask., Ross was a fourth-round pick by the Chiefs in the 2013 bantam draft.

The Chiefs also released D Tyson Feist, 16, from their roster. He is expected to join the junior B Spokane Braves of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. . . . Feist was placed on the Chiefs’ protected list in September 2016, and will remain on that list. . . . From Dawson Creek, B.C., he was pointless in four games with the Chiefs.


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F Brett Wieschorster, 16, has committed to the U of Vermont and the Catamounts for the 2020-21 season. He was selected by the Kootenay Ice in the fifth round of the WHL’s 2016 bantam draft. From Sherwood Park, Alta., he has one goal and six assists in 17 games with the AJHL’s Drumheller Dragons. Last season, he had 26 goals and 21 assists in 34 games with the minor midget Sherwood Park Squires.


The junior B Mission City Outlaws of the Pacific Junior Hockey League have made a coaching change, with Brad Veitch returning to take over from Mike Renner, who will step back and serve as an assistant coach. . . . Renner tweeted that “due to a family situation I have decided to reduce my role. . . .” The Outlaws were 6-12-0 at the time of the change. . . . Renner had taken over from Veitch in April. Renner had experience with the Port Moody Panthers, as an assistant and head coach. . . . Veitch had been with the Outlaws since 2012-13. When the change was made in April, Veitch stayed on as assistant GM and coaching consultant.


SATURDAY:

At Brandon, G Logan Thompson stopped 23 shots to lead the Wheat Kings to a 2-0 victory over the Kootenay Ice. . . . The Wheat Kings (10-6-1) had lost their previous three games. . . . The Ice (8-9-1) had won 4-2 in Brandon on Friday night. . . . Last night, F Cole Reinhardt (4) gave Brandon a 1-0 lead at 17:33 of the first period. . . . F Rylan Bettens (3) supplied the insurance at 10:42 of the third period. . . . Thompson posted his first shutout this season and the second of his career. . . . The Ice got 30 saves from G Bailey Brkin. . . . Kootenay was 0-3 on the PP; Brandon was 0-5. . . . Announced attendance: 3,508.


At Calgary, the Hitmen scored four first-period goals and went on to a 6-3 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes. . . . The Hitmen (6-10-1) have won two in a row, both over the Hurricanes. Calgary had won 6-3 in Lethbridge on Friday. . . . The Hurricanes (7-8-1) have lost four in a row (0-3-1). . . . The Hitmen got those first-period goals from F Andrei Grishakov (6), at 5:10; F Luke Coleman (3), on a PP, at 7:43; F Matteo Gennaro (12), at 11:53; and D Vladislav Yeryomenko, on a PP, at 16:05. . . . Lethbridge got to within two goals when D Calen Addison (2) scored, at 13:20 of the second, and F Zane Franklin (7) counted, on a PP, at 12:01 of the third. . . . Yeryomenko (6) got an empty-netter at 17:49, only to have Lethbridge D Koletrane Wilson get his first goal, at 19:16. . . . Calgary F Andrew Fyten (3) added another empty-netter, at 19:37. . . . The Hitmen got three assists from F Jakob Stukel, with Coleman adding two, and Grishakov and Gennaro getting one each. . . . Calgary was 2-5 on the PP; Lethbridge was 1-5. . . . Calgary G Nick Schneider stopped 28 shots. . . . The Hurricanes started G Stuart Skinner, who was beaten four times on 15 shots in the first period. Reece Klassen came on in relief and stopped all 17 shots he faced over the last two periods. . . . Announced attendance: 8,649.


At Edmonton, F Cam Hebig broke a 2-2 tie with 9.8 seconds left in the third period as the Saskatoon Blades beat the Oil Kings, 3-2, on Star Wars Night. . . . The Blades (7-8-1) had been 0-5-2 in their last seven meetings with Edmonton. . . . The Oil Kings (5-10-2) have lost four in a row. . . . The Oil Kings went 1-4-1) on a six-game homestand, during which they were outscored 28-13). . . . Saskatoon took a 2-0 first-period lead on PP goals from D Libor Hajek (4), at 14:18, and F Josh Paterson (5), with 1.8 seconds left. . . . The Oil Kings tied it on goals from F Trey Fix-Wolansky (7), at 0:14 of the second period, and F Tomas Soustal (4), on a PP, at 0:27 of the third. . . . Hebig won it with his 14th goal in as many games. . . . The Blades got two assists from D Jackson Caller. Hajek added an assist to his goal. . . . Soustal and Fix-Wolansky each had an assist for Edmonton. . . . Saskatoon was 2-5 on the PP; Edmonton was 1-5. . . . G Ryan Kubic earned the victory with 29 saves. . . . The Oil Kings got 25 stops from G Boston Bilous. . . . With F Brandon Machado (ill) unable to play, the Blades brought in D Payton McIsaac from the AJHL’s Sherwood Park Crusaders. . . . Announced attendance: 11,172.


At Swift Current, the Broncos split of their big line, then went out and beat the Red Deer Rebels, 4-2. . . . Swift Current improved to 11-3-1. . . . The Rebels (8-9-1) have lost four in a row (0-3-1). . . . One night after losing 5-1 in Prince Albert, Broncos head coach Manny Viveiros split up the WHL’s highest-scoring line, moving Riley Stotts up alongside Glenn Gawdin and Tyler Steenbergen, and putting Aleksi Heponiemi back between Conner Chaulk and Kaden Elder. . . . Still, Steenbergen, Gawdin and Heponiemi were in on three of the four goals. . . . Heponiemi finished with a goal, his 12th, and an assist. Steenbergen scored twice, giving him a WHL-leading 23, and had an assist. Gawdin added two assists. . . . F Grayson Pawlenchuk (9) gave Red Deer a 1-0 lead with a PP goal at 11:33 of the first period. . . . Heponiemi tied it, on a PP, at 4:33 of the second period. . . . The Rebels went back out front when F Jared Dmytriw (4) scored at 19:27. . . . The Broncos then struck three times in the third period. . . . Steenbergen scored 42 seconds into the period. Elder (4) counted at 6:02. Steenbergen got the empty-netter at 18:15. . . . Pawlenchuk also had an assist for Red Deer. . . . Swift Current was 1-5 on the PP; Red Deer was 1-4. . . . G Logan Flodell stopped 22 shots for the Broncos, three fewer than Red Deer’s Ethan Anders. . . . Announced attendance: 2,354.


At Prince Albert, the Moose Jaw Warriors erased a 1-0 deficit with three third-period goals and beat the Raiders, 3-2. . . . The Warriors (13-4-0) have won three in a row. . . . The Raiders (7-6-3) are 6-2-2 at home. . . . The Raiders went ahead 1-0 when F Curtis Miske (4) scored hat 7:27 of the second period. . . . The Warriors got three goals in a span of 7:32 in the third period. . . . F Brayden Burke (8) tied it at 10:16. F Brett Howden (10) put the visitors ahead, on a PP, at 11:36. F Jayden Halbgewachs (11) made it 3-1 at 17:48. . . . Raiders F Jordy Stallard got his guys to within a goal when he scored his 13th at 18:59. . . . F Noah Gregor drew two assists for the Warriors. . . . Moose Jaw was 1-4 on the PP; Prince Albert was 0-2. . . . G Adam Evanoff stopped 16 shots for the Warriors, while the Raiders got 25 saves from G Ian Scott. . . . Announced attendance: 1,931.


At Medicine Hat, F Mark Rassell scored 11 seconds into OT to give the Tigers a 4-3 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds. . . . The Tigers (10-6-0) have won two in a row. . . . Seattle (9-5-2) has points in five straight games (4-0-1). It went 5-1-1 on a seven-game road trip that ended with this one. . . . The Tigers got the game’s first two goals, from F Ryan Chyzowski (8), on a PP, at 9:59 of the first period, and F Hayden Ostir (5) at 1:26 of the second. . . . F Blake Bargar (3) got Seattle started at 9:48. . . . Russell, who now has 14 goals, gave the home boys a 3-1 lead at 9:45 of the third period. . . . Seattle tied it on two goals from D Turner Ottenbreit, at 11:15 and 18:18. Ottenbreit has three goals after the first two-goal game of his career. This was his 229th game. . . . Ostir and F James Hamblin had two assists each for the Tigers, with Rassell adding one. . . . Medicine Hat was 1-4 on the PP; Seattle was 0-5. . . . Medicine Hat G Michael Bullion stopped 15 of 16 shots through 35:03, but had to leave after being involved in a collision with Seattle D Cade McNelly, who was penalized for goaltender interference. G Jordan Hollett came off the bench to stop 18 of 20 shots. . . . Seattle got 23 saves from G Liam Hughes. . . . D Dylan MacPherson (ill) was among Medicine Hat’s scratches. . . . Announced attendance: 3,182.


At Victoria, F Ryan Peckford scored twice to help the Royals to a 4-2 victory over the Kelowna Rockets. . . . The Royals (13-5-1) remain atop the overall standings. . . . The Rockets (8-6-3) had points in each of their previous five games (4-0-1), including a 4-2 victory in Victoria on Friday night. . . . Last night, the Royals scored the game’s first four goals. . . . Peckford, who has 11 goals, got the home side started at 9:42 of the first period. . . . F Dante Hannoun (11) made it 2-0 at 10:58, and Peckford added another one, at 13:02. . . . F Dino Kambeitz (3) upped it to 4-0 at 5:33 of the third period. . . . The Rockets got two late PP goals, from F Nolan Foote (5), at 14:50, and F Leif Mattson (5), at 15:52. . . . The Royals got two assists from F Tyler Soy. . . . Kelowna was 2-4 on the PP; Victoria was 0-5. . . . G Griffen Outhouse stopped 20 shots in recording his WHL-leading 11th victory. . . . Kelowna G Brodan Salmond, in his first start since Oct 15, stopped 28 shots. . . . F Carsen Twarynski of the Rockets was in the lineup, so the WHL obviously didn’t feel the boarding major he took Friday night in the third period was worthy of a suspension. . . . Announced attendance: 6,508.


At Kamloops, F Tyler Benson scored once and added two assists as the Vancouver Giants skated to a 5-4 victory over the Blazers. . . . Vancouver (6-8-3) had lost four in a row (0-3-1). . . . The Blazers (5-12-0) had won their previous two games, including a 5-4 victory over the host Giants on Friday night. . . . Last night, Vancouver scored the only three goals of the first period. . . . F Aidan Barfoot’s first career goal got it started at 3:06. . . . F Brendan Semchuk, who is from Kamloops, added his fifth goal at 11:27. . . . Benson (2) upped the lead to 3-0 at 16:53. . . . F Garrett Pilon (7) got the Blazers’ first goal, at 1:13 of the second period. . . . F Ty Ronning got that one back for Vancouver, while shorthanded, at 3:47. . . . F Luc Smith (3) got the Blazers back within two at 19:34, but Ronning (15) came right back, just 19 seconds later. . . . The Blazers made things interesting with a lot of third-period pressure that resulted in two goals from F Jermaine Loewen, at 3:40 and 10:52. Loewen, who has six goals, also scored twice on Friday. . . . D Nolan Kneen had two assists for Kamloops, with Smith adding one. . . . Vancouver was 0-3 on the PP; Kamloops was 0-2. . . . G Todd Scott earned the victory with 43 saves. . . . G Max Palaga made his second straight start for Kamloops. He is the go-to guy with starter Dylan Ferguson up with the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights on emergency recall. Ferguson watched his third NHL game from the bench on Saturday afternoon, this time in Ottawa. . . . Palaga surrendered four goals on 10 shots in 23:47. . . . He gave way to Dylan Garand, 15, who mades his WHL debut by allowing one goal on 13 shots in 34:08. . . . Garand, from Victoria, plays at the Delta Hockey Academy. He was a third-round selection in the 2017 bantam draft. . . . The Blazers lost D Ondrej Vala in the second period. He took a hard hit from Vancouver F Owen Hardy in open ice in the Kamloops zone in the second period and didn’t return. . . . Vancouver D Darian Skeoch sat out as he completed a four-game suspension. . . . Announced attendance: 4,533, on Military Appreciation Night.


At Spokane, F Carson Focht scored in the seventh round of a shootout to give the Tri-City Americans a 3-2 victory over the Chiefs. . . . The Americans (11-4-2) have points in 10 straight games (8-0-2). . . . The Chiefs (8-7-3) have lost four in a row (0-2-2). . . . The Americans also got shootout goals from F Kyle Olson and F Parker AuCoin, with F Hudson Elynuik and D Nolan Reid scoring for the Chiefs. . . . Tri-City scored the game’s first two goals. Olson (3) got the game’s first goal, at 8:05 of the first period, with D Juuso Valimaki (4) getting a shorthanded tally at 5:28 of the second. . . . The Chiefs tied it on goals from F Jaret Anderson-Dolan (6), on a PP, at 6:02 of the second period, and F Cedric Chenier, with his first WHL goal, at 10:45 of the third. . . . Valimaki also had an assist for the Americans. . . . Spokane was 1-5 on the PP; Tri-City was 0-2. . . . G Patrick Dea stopped 50 shots for the Americans, while Spokane’s Dawson Weatherill made 43 saves. . . . The Americans had D Dan Gatenby back in the lineup. He last played on Sept. 24. . . . Announced attendance: 7,365.


At Everett, F Alex Overhardt broke a 1-1 tie at 9:05 of the third period and the Portland Winterhawks went on to a 3-1 victory over the Silvertips. . . . Portland (12-4-0) has won three in a row. . . . Everett (7-10-1) had won its previous three games. . . . The Winterhawks took a 1-0 lead at 16:40 of the first period as F Kieffer Bellows ran his point streak to 11 games with his 13th goal. . . . F Sean Richards (4) tied it at 1:06 of the third period. . . . Overhardt’s fifth goal proved to be the winner. . . . F Skyler McKenzie (13), who also had an assist, added an empty-netter at 18:49 of the third period. . . . Portland was 0-1 on the PP; Everett was 0-6. . . . Portland G Cole Kehler made 43 saves. He now is 10-2-1, 2.09, .935. . . . The Silvertips got 39 saves from G Carter Hart. . . . The Silvertips were without F Mark Liwiski for a second straight game. According to Jesse Geleynse of the Everett Herald, head coach Dennis Williams said after Friday’s 3-1 victory over the visiting Prince George Cougars that Liwiski was being disciplined for “a violation of team rules.” Liwiski, 16, was a third-round selection in the 2016 bantam draft. He is pointless in 10 games with the Silvertips. . . . Announced attendance: 7,887.


SUNDAY:

No Games Scheduled.


MONDAY (all times local):

Russia vs. Team WHL, Moose Jaw, 7 p.m.


TUESDAY (all times local):

Russia vs. Team WHL, Swift Current, 7 p.m.


WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY:

No Games Scheduled.


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Ice chills Wheat Kings … Stallard leads Raiders past Broncos … Everett has its Hart back

F Lukáš Vartovník (Everett, 2006-08) has signed a contract for the rest of this season with Poprad (Slovakia, Extraliga). This season, he had 10 goals and 10 assists in 13 games with Spišská Nová Ves (Slovakia, 1. Liga), and three goals and one assist in six games while on loan to Poprad.


A tip of the hat to the MJHL’s Waywayseecappo Wolverines, who will honour Braden Pettinger tonight (Saturday) when they play host to the Steinbach Pistons. . . . Pettinger got into 14 games with Steinbach, then played 108 games with the Wolverines before being traded to the Portage Terriers. On Nov. 12, 2015, in his first game with the Terriers, Pettinger suffered a catastrophic injury. . . . Pettinger, 22, is from Elgin, Man. . . . The Wolverines note: “Braden continues with his long recovery and we will honour (his) courageous battle in a pre-game ceremony.” . . . Pettinger and his family are scheduled to be in attendance.


F Alec Zawatsky made his WHL debut with the Saskatoon Blades against the host Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday night. Earlier this week, I made reference to Zawatsky having driven from Estevan to Lethbridge through a snowstorm in order to get to Lethbridge in time to practise with the Blades on Thursday morning. . . . As it turns out, that’s not how it happened. . . . Zawatsky, who played for the SJHL’s Notre Dame Hounds against the Bruins in Estevan, rode the bus back to Wilcox, Sask. He later flew from Regina to Calgary, and then drove to Lethbridge. . . . Apologies to all involved, but especially to Notre Dame head coach Clint Mylymok, who you have to know would never put a young player into a situation that would involve such a travel predicament.


The Portland Winterhawks have signed G Dante Giannuzzi to a WHL contract. From Winnipeg, Giannuzzi was a fifth-round selection in the WHL’s 2017 bantam draft. . . . He is playing this season in Winnipeg with the Rink Hockey Academy Elite 15s, and is 1.35, .953 with one shutout in five appearances.


The Seattle Thunderbirds have signed G Eric Ward to a WHL contract. Ward, who is from Edmonton, signed prior to the Thunderbirds’ 3-1 victory over the host Oil Kings on Thursday night. . . . Ward, 16, is playing for the midget AAA CAC Canadians in Edmonton.


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FRIDAY:

At Brandon, the Kootenay Ice struck four times in fewer than 10 minutes in the first period en route to a 4-2 victory over the Wheat Kings. . . . The Ice improved to 8-8-1. . . . The Wheat Kings (9-6-1) have lost three in a row. . . . F Sebastian Streu (1) got the visitors started at 8:26 of the first period, with F Michael King (4) making it 2-0 at 14:00. . . . F Kaeden Taphorn (1), who also had an assist, upped the lead to 3-0 at 16:44, and D Cale Fleury (6) made it 4-0 at 18:03. . . . The Wheat Kings got a PP goal from F Ty Lewis (9) at 18:58 of the first period, and D Ty Ettinger (1) got Brandon to within two goals at 11:55 of the second. . . . Brandon was 1-2 on the PP; Kootenay was 1-6. . . . G Duncan McGovern, in his first start with the Ice since being acquired from the Medicine Hat Tigers, stopped 33 shots. . . . Brandon starter Logan Thompson surrendered four goals on 15 shots in the first period. Dylan Myskiw played the last two periods, stopping all 12 shots he faced. . . . The same two teams will play in Brandon again tonight. . . . Announced attendance: 3,616.


At Regina, the Pats scored the game’s last three goals, all via the PP, and beat the Red Deer Rebels, 4-3. . . . Regina (11-6-2) has points in four straight (3-0-1). . . . The Rebels (8-8-1) have lost three in a row (0-2-1). . . . Red Deer got the game’s first two goals, from F Austin Pratt (4), at 9:24 of the first period, and F Kristian Reichel (6), shorthanded, at 16:47. . . . D Josh Mahura got the Pats on the scoreboard at 18:51. . . . F Jack Flaman (6), who also had an assist, restored Red Deer’s two-goal lead at 1:34 of the second period. . . . D Jonathan Smart (2) pulled the Pats to within a goal at 9:17 of the second and Mahura (7) tied it at 15:36. . . . F Matt Bradley (14) snapped the tie at 9:44 of the third period. . . . F Wyatt Sloboshan had two assists for Regina, with Smart adding one to his goal. . . . The Pats were 3-7 on the PP; the Rebels were 0-4. . . . G Tyler Brown earned the victory with 25 saves. . . . At the other end, G Ethan Anders, who is from Regina, blocked 44 shots. . . . F Lukus MacKenzie, required Thursday from the Saskatoon Blades, made his Red Deer debut. . . . Regina F Nick Henry (shoulder), who has yet to play this season, has returned to practising but didn’t dress for this one. . . . The Pats have dropped D Parker Gavlas, 18, from their roster. He is expected to join the SJHL’s Yorkton Terriers. Gavlas, from Saskatoon, was pointless in seven games with Regina. . . . Announced attendance: 6,484.


At Lethbridge, the Calgary Hitmen broke a 2-2 tie with three straight goals as they skated to a 6-3 victory over the Hurricanes. . . . The Hitmen (5-10-1) had lost their previous three games. . . . The Hurricanes (7-7-1) have lost three in a row (0-2-1). . . . The Hurricanes closed out a seven-game homestand in which they finished 3-3-1. . . . F Jordy Bellerive, back after a one-game absence, scored his eighth goal for a 1-0 Lethbridge lead 27 seconds in to the game. . . . Calgary took a 2-1 lead on goals from F Matteo Gennaro (11), at 7:56 of the first period, and F Orca Wiesblatt (1), at 14:04. . . . Lethbridge tied it at 16:32 as F Jake Elmer (1) scored. . . . Calgary got the next three goals, from F Andrei Grishakov (5), at 3:19 of the second, and F Tristen Nielsen, who scored twice, at 16:10 of the second and 6:10 of the third. He’s got four goals. . . . F Giorgio Estephan (6), on a PP, got the home side to within two at 12:30, but Calgary D Vladislav Yeryomenko (4) got the empty-netter at 18:33. . . . The Hitmen got two assists from F Luke Coleman, with Grishakov and Yeryomenko adding one each. . . . Lethbridge was 1-2 on the PP; Calgary was 0-2. . . . G Nick Schneider stopped 34 shots for Calgary, nine more than Lethbridge’s Stuart Skinner. . . . Lethbridge had F Zane Franklin and Bellerive back after they sat out one game due to illness. . . . These teams will meet again tonight, this time in Calgary. . . . Announced attendance: 3,363.


At Prince Albert, F Jordy Stallard scored three straight goals to lead the Raiders to a 5-1 victory over the Swift Current Broncos. . . . The Raiders improved to 7-5-3, while the Broncos, who are 6-1-1 on the road, are left at 10-3-1. . . . Prince Albert took a 1-0 lead when F Justin Nachbaur, who is from Cross Lake, Man., scored his first WHL goal — and point — at 3:57 of the first period. He was playing in his 11th game. . . . Stallard, who has 12 goals, then struck for three in a row, the last two coming via the PP. The 20-year-old scored at 5:00 and 16:31 of the first period, and completed his first WHL hat trick at 10:01 of the second. . . . F Aleksi Heponiemi (11) scored for the Broncos, on a PP, at 14:41. He’s got goals in six straight games. . . . The Raiders got that one back at 17:27, on a PP, from F Sean Montgomery (5). . . . F Cole Fonstad had two assists for the winners. . . . The Raiders were 3-6 on the PP; the Broncos were 1-3. . . . Prince Albert G Ian Scott stopped 30 shots. . . . The Broncos started G Logan Flodell, who allowed five goals on 26 shots in two periods. Joel Hofer finished up by stopping 12 third-period shots. . . . Of the game’s 19 minor penalties, 12 were for roughing. . . . Announced attendance: 2,049.


At Medicine Hat, the Tigers erased a 1-0 deficit with seven straight goals as they dumped the Saskatoon Blades, 7-2. . . . The Tigers (9-6-0) had lost their previous two games. . . . The Blades (6-8-1) had won three in a row. . . . F Josh Paterson (4) gave Saskatoon a 1-0 lead at 4:36 of the first period. . . . F Gary Haden (4) tied it at 6:59 and F Tyler Preziuso (5) gave the Tigers the lead at 19:16. . . . The Tigers gook control with three second-period goals, two from D David Quenneville, who has seven goals, and one from Ryan Chyzowski (7). . . . F James Hamblin (4) and D Dylan MacPherson (2) also scored for the winners. . . . F Cam Hebig (13) had Saskatoon’s other goal. He also had an assist. . . . Medicine Hat got three assists from D Linus Nassen, two each from D Kristians Rubins, Preziuso and F Ryan Jevne, and one from Hamblin. . . . Medicine Hat was 2-5 on the PP; Saskatoon was 1-2. . . . The Tigers got 20 stops from G Jordan Hollett. . . . The Blades opened with G Ryan Kubic, who was beaten five times on 28 shots through two periods. Joel Grzybowski played the third period, stopping 10 of 12 shots. . . . Announced attendance: 3,029.


At Spokane, F Kieffer Bellows scored a pair of PP goals to help the Portland Winterhawks to a 4-1 victory over the Chiefs. . . . The Winterhawks (11-4-0), who have won two in a row, scored the game’s last four goals. . . . The Chiefs (8-7-2) have lost three straight (0-2-1). . . . The Chiefs took a 1-0 lead at 9:53 on a goal from F Jaret Anderson-Dolan (5). . . . D Matthew Quigley (2) tied it for Portland at 11:18. . . . Bellows, who has 12 goals and points in 10 straight games, broke the tie at 14:46 and stretched the lead at 19:38. . . . Portland F Cody Glass (8) closed out the scoring at 15:14 of the third period. . . . The Winterhawks got two assists from each of D Henri Jokiharju and F Skyler McKenzie, with Glass getting one. . . . Portland was 2-5 on the PP; Spokane was 0-4. . . . G Cole Kehler turned aside 47 shots to earn the victory over Dawson Weatherill, who made 30 saves for Spokane. . . . F Kailer Yamamoto, who played the past three seasons with the Chiefs, was a healthy scratch last night by the Edmonton Oilers, who beat the visiting New Jersey Devils, 6-3. Signs seem to indicate that Yamamoto soon will be returned to the Chiefs. . . . Announced attendance: 4,419.


At Langley, B.C., F Jermaine Loewen’s PP goal with 16.4 seconds left in the third period gave the Kamloops Blazers a 5-4 victory over the Vancouver Giants. . . . The Blazers (5-11-0) have won two in a row and five of their last seven games. . . . The Giants (5-8-3) have lost four in a row (0-3-1). . . . F Quinn Benjafield (3) gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at 5:15 of the first period. . . . The Giants took a 2-1 lead on goals from F Brad Morrison, at 10:23, on a PP, and F Dawson Holt (2), at 11:32. . . . Kamloops took a 4-2 lead with the next three goals, all in the second period, from F Luc Smith (3), at 1:29, F Garrett Pilon (6), at 4:14, and Loewen, at 11:13. . . . The Giants tied it in the third period on goals from Morrison (4), at 12:53, and F Ty Ronning (13), at 17:30. . . . Loewen won it with his fourth goal of the season. . . . F Brodi Stuart had two assists for Kamloops, with Pilon, Smith and Loewen each getting one. . . . The Giants got two assists from each of F Milos Roman and Ronning, with Morrision adding one. . . . Morrison had three points but was serving a slashing penalty when the Blazers got the winner. . . . Kamloops was 1-3 on the PP; Vancouver was 1-4. . . . Kamloops G Max Palaga stopped 23 shots to earn his first WHL victory. Dylan Ferguson, the Blazers’ No. 1 goalie, is with the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights on emergency recall. . . . The Giants got 17 saves from G David Tendeck. . . . The Giants are without D Darian Skeoch, who served the third of a four-game suspension, and D Bowen Byram, who is at the U-17 World Hockey Challenge. . . . The rematch is scheduled for tonight in Kamloops. . . . Announced attendance: 3,368.


At Victoria, F Leif Mattson broke a 2-2 tie at 16:50 of the third period and the Kelowna Rockets went on to a 4-2 victory over the Royals. . . . Kelowna (8-5-3) has points in five straight (4-0-1). . . . Victoria (12-5-1) had won its previous two games. . . . F Jared Legien (8) gave the Royals a 1-0 lead 24 seconds into the first period. . . . Kelowna tied it when F Dillon Dube scored, on a PP, at 14:03. . . . Victoria went back out front on F Dante Hannoun’s 10th goal, on a PP, at 17:10. . . . D Cal Foote (5) got Kelowna back into a tie, on another PP, at 17:53 of the second period. . . . Mattson got the winner, his fourth goal in five games. . . . Dube (7) iced it with the empty-netter at 19:30 of the third period. . . . F Kole Lind had two assists for Kelowna, with Foote and Dube each getting one. . . . Kelowna was 2-3 on the PP; Victoria was 1-7. . . . Kelowna G James Porter earned the victory with 25 saves. . . . Victoria G Griffen Outhouse stopped 34 shots. . . . Kelowna F Carsen Twarynski was ejected with a boarding major at 9:53 of the third period. . . . F Matthew Phillips of the Royals had his point streak snapped at 17 games. He had 34 points, including 15 goals, over that stretch. . . . The same teams will play in Victoria again tonight. . . . Announced attendance: 4,616.


At Everett, F Patrick Bajkov broke a 1-1 tie at 18:38 of the third period as the Silvertips got past the Prince George Cougars, 3-1. . . . The Silvertips (7-9-1) have won three in a row. . . . The Cougars (5-8-4) have lost three straight. This game marked the end of a seven-game road run for the Cougars. They went 2-3-2. . . . F Orrin Centazzo (3) gave Everett a 1-0 lead at 3:48 of the first period. . . . The Cougars tied it at 13:33 of the second period on a goal from F Josh Maser (6). . . . Bajkov snapped the tie with his ninth goal. . . . F Connor Dewar (10) got the empty-netter at 19:32 of the third period. . . . Dewar also had an assist. . . . The Cougars were 0-2 on the PP; the Silvertips were 0-8. . . . Everett G Carter Hart, the WHL’s goaltender of the year each of the past two seasons, stopped 23 shots. He was back in Everett’s lineup for the first time since Sept. 30 after being sidelined by mononucleosis. The Silvertips now are carrying three goaltenders — they had Dustin Wolf, 16, backing up last night, with Dorrin Luding, 18, scratched. . . . The Cougars got 47 stops from G Tavin Grant. . . . F Luke Ormsby, who was acquired Thursday from the Seattle Thunderbirds, made his Everett debut. . . . The Cougars made it official on Friday, announcing that they have added F Pavel Azhgirei, 17, who is from Belarus. He was waived by the Silvertips and was in the lineup against them last night. . . . Azhgirei and Cougars F Vladislav Mikhalchuk were teammates on the U-17 Belarusian national team that won the Mac’s tournament in Calgary last season. . . . The Cougars had F Jackson Leppard back after a two-game absence with an undisclosed injury, while F Aaron Boyd sat out a second straight game. . . . Cougars D Josh Anderson (shoulder) is back skating but now has missed 10 games. . . . These teams will meet again next weekend as the Silvertips visit Prince George for a Friday-Saturday doubleheader. . . . Announced attendance: 3,579.


SATURDAY (all times local):

Kootenay at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.

Lethbridge at Calgary, 7 p.m.

Saskatoon at Edmonton, 7 p.m.

Red Deer at Swift Current, 7 p.m.

Moose Jaw at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.

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

Kelowna at Victoria, 7:05 p.m.

Vancouver at Kamloops, 7 p.m.

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

Portland at Everett, 7:05 p.m.


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He continued:

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

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

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

Greg Meachem of reddeerrebels.com has more right here.


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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


THURSDAY:

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


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


FRIDAY (all times local):

Kootenay at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.

Red Deer at Regina, 7 p.m.

Calgary at Lethbridge, 7 p.m.

Swift Current at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.

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

Portland at Spokane, 7:05 p.m.

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

Kelowna at Victoria, 7:05 p.m.

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


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T-Birds lose player, win game … Cougars add an import … Gregor replaces Benson on Team WHL

F Elijah Brown no longer is with the Seattle Thunderbirds. Prior to the Thunderbirds’ game against the host Lethbridge Hurricanes on Wednesday night, Seattle general manager Russ Farwell revealed that “Brown has gone home. He is unhappy with his ice time. He will on our suspended list.” . . . Browne, 17, is from Edmonton. He was first-round selection in the WHL’s 2015 bantam draft. . . . This season, he has one goal and four assists in 13 games. Last season, as a freshman, he put up four goals and nine assists in 64 games.


The Everett Silvertips placed F Pavel Azhgirei, who is from Belarus, on waivers and he has been claimed by the Prince George Cougars. The 17-year-old is in his first WHL season. He had two assists in five exhibition games and one assist in four regular-season contests with the Silvertips. . . . His departure leaves Everett with one import player, one under the maximum. Slovakian F Martin Fasko-Rudas has one assist in 15 games. . . . The Silvertips now are carrying 23 players, including three goaltenders and seven defencemen. . . . The Cougars had room for a second import after Russian F Nikita Popugaev left the team and returned home to Moscow. He has since signed a two-year, three-way contract with CSKA Moscow of the KHL. . . . Head coach Richard Matvichuk of the Cougars told Taking Note late Wednesday that Azhgirei is with the Cougars in Portland, although he didn’t play in last night’s 2-1 loss to the Winterhawks. . . . Azhgirei joins freshman F Vladislav Mikhalchuk, who is also from Belarus, as Prince George’s import players.


The Vancouver Giants, without the services of their top defensive pairing for two weekend games, have brought in D Parker Hendren, a 16-year-old from Regina. . . . Hendren, a seventh-round pick in the 2016 bantam draft, has three goals and 10 assists in 11 games with the midget AAA Regina Pat Canadians. . . . The Giants will play the visiting Kamloops Blazers on Friday night, then head for Kamloops and a rematch on Saturday. . . . Vancouver will be without D Darian Skeoch and his partner, Bowen Byram, for both games. Skeoch, 20, has two games left in a four-game suspension, while Byram is one of at least 15 WHL players who is taking part in the U-17 World Hockey Challenge.


The Kamloops Blazers made it official on Wednesday — they have added G Dylan Garand, 15, to their roster. He will take the spot vacated by G Dylan Ferguson, who now is with the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights. . . . Garand, from Victoria, was a third-round pick by the Blazers in the 2017 bantam draft. He is 7-0-0, 2.26, .930 with the Delta Hockey Academy midget prep team. . . . The Golden Knights, with three injured goaltenders, brought up Ferguson under emergency recall rules. He is expected to be on the bench backing up Maxime Lagace tonight as the Golden Knights meet the Bruins in Boston. . . . Garand is expected to back up Max Palaga on Friday when the Blazers meet the Vancouver Giants in Langley, B.C., and again Saturday for the rematch in Kamloops.


The Brandon Wheat Kings have dropped F Lynden McCallum, 17, from their roster. He was pointless in five games this season. . . . He is expected to return for a third season with the midget AAA Wheat Kings. Last season, McCallum, who is from Brandon, had 60 points, including 27 goals, in 44 games with the midget side.


The Lethbridge Hurricanes have released D Kyle Yewchuk, a 19-year-old from Calgary. He is expected to play for the BCHL’s Chilliwack Chiefs. . . . Yewchuk has one goal and 13 assists in 100 regular-season WHL games. He was a third-round selection by the Edmonton Oil Kings in the 2013 bantam draft. He had one goal and nine assists in 74 games with the Oil Kings, and four assists in 26 games with Lethbridge. This season, he had one assist in seven gams with the Hurricanes. . . .


F  Noah Gregor has been added to the roster of the WHL team that will play two games against a Russian side next week. It comes as no surprise that Gregor will replace F Tyler Benson of the Vancouver Giants, who has played only two games this season as he returned after off-season sports hernia surgery. . . . Gregor has eight goals and 10 assists in 13 games this season. . . . The annual CIBC Canada-Russia series begins in the WHL with games in Moose Jaw on Monday and Swift Current on Tuesday. . . . All games will be televised on Sportsnet.


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A note from a reader informs us that the junior B Surrey Knights, who play in the Pacific Junior Hockey League dropped a 12-0 decision to the Delta Ice Hawks on Tuesday night. The victors held a 71-10 edge in shots. . . . The Knights now have lost 81 consecutive games, dating to November 2015. Ouch! . . . The Knights, who are 0-14-1 this season, are to play tonight against the visiting Port Moody Panthers. Game time at the North Surrey Rec Centre is 7:45 p.m.


WEDNESDAY:

At Lethbridge, F Chase Wouters scored with 6.7 seconds left in OT to give the Saskatoon Blades a 2-1 victory over the Hurricanes. . . . Saskatoon (6-7-1) has won three straight games. . . . Lethbridge (7-6-1) has lost two in a row (0-1-1). . . . Wouters, who has five goals this season, also drew an assist on the Blades’ other goal. It came from D Mark Rubinchik, on a PP, at 8:32 of the third period. . . . The Hurricanes got the game’s first goal, from F Josh Tarzwell (2), at 6:55 of the first period. . . .Rubinchik’s goal was the first of his career. A Russian, Rubinchik is in his second season with the Blades. This was his 77th regular-season game. He now has one goal to go with his 28 assists. . . . Saskatoon was 1-3 on the PP; Lethbridge was 0-5. . . . G Ryan Kubic stopped 35 shots for the Blades and was the game’s first star. He has captured that honour in each game of the club’s three-game winning streak. . . . The Hurricanes got 34 saves from G Stuart Skinner. . . . The Hurricanes were without F Jordy Bellerive and F Zane Franklin, both of whom were ill. . . . Announced attendance: 2,625.


At Red Deer, F Donovan Neuls broke a 2-2 tie with a shorthanded goal at 16:32 of the third period as the Seattle Thunderbirds dumped the Rebels, 4-2. . . . The Thunderbirds (8-5-1) have won three in a row. They are 4-1-0 on a seven-game road swing. . . . The Rebels (8-7-1) had points in their previous three games (2-0-1). . . . D Austin Strand, who played the first 163 regular-season games of his WHL career with the Rebels, gave the visitors a 1-0 lead with a PP goal at 6:04 of the first period. He’s got eight goals this season, seven of them on the PP. . . . Red Deer moved out front 2-1 on goals from D Alex Alexeyev (1), at 18:34 of the first, and F Brandon Hagel (6), at 14:30 of the second. . . . F Nolan Volcan (4) pulled Seattle into a 2-2 tie at 10:33 of the third. . . . Seattle iced it when F Sami Moilanen (11) hit the empty net at 19:46. . . . Neuls also had an assist. . . . Seattle was 1-5 on the PP; Red Deer was 0-5. . . . Seattle got 34 saves from G Liam Hughes. . . . At the other end, Ethan Anders stopped 35 shots. . . . TBird Tidbits points out via Twitter that the last Seattle “goaltender to win in Red Deer before Liam Hughes tonight was current Kootenay Ice president/GM Matt Cockell.” On March 4, 1998, Cockell stopped 25 shots in a 6-2 Seattle victory. . . . The Rebels will play their next seven games on the road, stopping in Regina and Swift Current before venturing into B.C. They won’t play at home again until Nov. 18. . . . Announced attendance: 3,577.


At Regina, the Pats erased a 1-0 deficit with four second-period goals, three of them in 2:37, and beat the Kootenay Ice, 5-1. . . . The Pats (10-6-2) have points in three straight (2-0-1). . . . The Ice (7-8-1) had won its previous two games. . . . F Alec Baer (5) gave the visitors a 1-0 first-period lead. . . . Regina F Robbie Holmes (4) tied it at 4:12 of the second period. . . . F Jake Leschyshyn scored the next two goals, at 4:59 and 6:49, as Regina took control. He’s got four goals. . . . Regina got another goal from F Koby Morrisseau (1) before the period ended, and D Dawson Davidson (5) added a PP score at 16:57 of the third period. . . . F Tanner Sidaway had two assists for Regina. Those were his first points in 11 games since coming over in a trade with the Ice. . . . The Pats were 1-4 on the PP; the Ice was 0-2. . . . G Max Paddock made 22 saves to earn the victory. . . . Kootenay starter Kurtis Chapman gave up four goals on 28 shots through two periods. Duncan McGovern played the third period, stopping 13 of 14 shots. . . . F Sam Steel, the WHL’s reigning scoring champion, was back in Regina’s lineup after a two-game absence. He was pointless, but had five shots on goal and won seven of nine faceoffs. . . . F Jeff de Wit was among the Ice’s scratches. He was acquired from Regina earlier in the season. . . . Announced attendance: 5,390.


At Portland, F Cody Glass scored at 19:21 of the third period to give the Winterhawks a 2-1 victory over the Prince George Cougars. . . . Portland (10-4-0) had lost its previous three games. . . . Prince George (5-7-4) has lost two straight. . . . F Kody McDonald (9) gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at 14:55 of the second period. . . . F Mason Mannek (3) got Portland into a 1-1 tie at 1:39 of the third period. . . . Glass won it with his ninth goal of the season. . . . Glass also drew the primary assist on Mannek’s goal. . . . Prince George was 0-3 on the PP; Portland was 0-4. . . . G Cole Kehler stopped 30 shots for Portland, 11 fewer than Tavin Grant of the Cougars. . . . Announced attendance: 4,180.


At Kennewick, Wash., F Michael Rasmussen returned from a two-game absence to score in OT and give the Tri-City Americans a 4-3 victory over the Kelowna Rockets. . . . Tri-City (10-4-2) has points in nine straight games (7-0-2). . . . The Rockets (7-5-3) have points in four straight (3-0-1). . . . The Americans led 2-0 after the first period on goals from F Kyle Olson, at 5:41, and F Morgan Geekie, at 16:57. . . . F Kole Lind had given the Rockets a 1-0 lead at 3:12. . . . D Juuso Valimaki gave the home side a 3-1 edge at 5:52 of the second period. . . . Kelowna F Nolan Foote scored at 10:26 of the second period, on a PP, to get the Rockets to within a goal. . . . The Rockets forced OT on a third-period goal by F Jack Cowell. . . . With G Beck Warm out with an undisclosed injury, the Americans had G Talyn Boyko backing up Patrick Dea. Boyko won’t turn 15 until Nov. 16. From Drumheller, Alta., he was a third-round pick by the Americans in the 2017 bantam draft. He is playing at the Pursuit of Excellence in Kelowna. . . . Rasmussen had missed the Americans’ previous two games with an undisclosed injury. . . . F Erik Gardiner was among Kelowna’s scratches. . . . Regan Bartel, the longtime radio voice of the Rockets, called a lot of the game on his cell phone thanks to technical issues in the building. His next blog — it’s called Regan’s Rant — should be a gooder. . . . A city-wide power outage impacted more than Bartel. Statistics weren’t available on the WHL’s website until Thursday morning. . . . Announced attendance: 2,498.


THURSDAY (all times local):

Seattle at Edmonton, 7 p.m.

Prince Albert at Moose Jaw, 7 p.m.


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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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

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

No, he didn’t laugh.


Here’s Ostler, again:

The NFL blew it.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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


Dilly! Dilly!!


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

There is more right here from the Ottawa Citizen.

Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen writes:

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

“Teenage independence can come at a horrible cost.”

Scanlan’s column is right here.


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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

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

Here’s Keenan:

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

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

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


TUESDAY:

No Games Scheduled.


WEDNESDAY (all times local):

Saskatoon at Lethbridge, 7 p.m.

Seattle at Red Deer, 7 p.m.

Kootenay at Regina, 7 p.m.

Prince George at Portland, 7 p.m.

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


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Tweet of the day

Blazers lose goalie to NHL … Oil Kings, Blades do deal … Popugaev signs in Moscow

F Nikita Popugaev (Moose Jaw, Prince George, 2015-18) signed a two-year, three-way contract with CSKA Moscow (Russia, KHL). This season, he had two goals and five assists in 13 games with the Prince George Cougars (WHL). The three-way part of the contract is with CSKA Moscow, its farm club Zvezda Chekhov (Russia, Vysshaya Lisa) and its junior club Krasnaya Armiya Moscow (Russia, MHL).


The Kamloops Blazers have lost G Dylan Ferguson to the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights on emergency recall. Ferguson, 19, left Kamloops on Monday night and is to meet up with the Golden Knights in New York.

Ferguson was selected by the Dallas Stars in the seventh round of the NHL’s 2017 draft. He was then dealt to Vegas in a swap that had D Marc Methot go the other way. Ferguson attended the Golden Knights’ development, rookie and main camps, then signed a three-year entry-level contract.

This season, with the Blazers, Ferguson is 4-9-0, 4.05, .878. Last season, he finished 16-10-2, 2.74, .922.

The Golden Knights have lost three goaltenders to injury.

Marc-Andre Fleury suffered a concussion on Oct. 13, with Malcolm Subban going down with a lower-body injury on Oct. 21. Last night, G Oscar Dansk was injured in the second period as Vegas dropped a 6-3 decision — it’s first regulation-time loss of its inaugural season — to the host New York Islanders on Monday night.

Maxime Lagace made his NHL debut after Dansk left.

Ferguson is the fifth goaltender under contract to Vegas, which is scheduled to play the Rangers tonight (Tuesday).

Losing Ferguson leaves the Blazers with freshman Max Palaga, a 17-year-old Kamloops native, who will start Friday in Vancouver against the Giants. The teams are to meet again on Saturday, this time in Kamloops.

Kamloops will bring in Dylan Garand, 15, to back up Palaga. Garand, from Victoria, was a third-round pick in the 2017 bantam draft. He is playing for the Delta Hockey Academy prep team in the CSSHL.


F Kailer Yamamoto was back among Edmonton’s top six forwards as the Oilers practised on Monday. Yamamoto, who still could be returned to the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs, was skating alongside Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Milan Lucic, while also working on one PP unit. . . . Yamamoto has played in seven games and head coach Todd McLellan hasn’t committed to whether he wants to keep the 19-year-old through 10 games. . . . “There’s a chance that can happen,” McLellan said Monday, according to Paul Gazzola of EdmontonOilers.com. “Thresholds are much more of the business side of the game. The cap, the management, the contracts, the future. We have to coach the team and we’re going to try to put the guys on the ice that give us the best chance of winning.” . . . Yamamoto has been scratched from the Oilers’ past two games. The Oilers (3-6-1) are scheduled to entertain the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.


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The Edmonton Oil Kings have acquired D Jantzen Leslie, 18, from the Saskatoon Blades for a conditional eighth-round selection in the WHL’s 2018 bantam draft. . . . The Oil Kings were looking to add a defenceman due to a sudden shortage. Jordan Dawson, 19, left the team on Sunday, according to the team, “to pursue other hockey opportunities.” Matthew Robertson, 16, is about to leave to play at the U-17 World Hockey Challenge. Wyatt McLeod, 17, is injured. . . . Without those three, Leslie’s arrival will give the Oil Kings six defencemen. . . . The Blades acquired Leslie, who is from Lloydminster, Alta., from the Everett Silvertips two years ago. The Silvertips had selected him in the first round of the 2014 bantam draft. . . . In 82 career regular-season games, he has five assists.


F Nikita Popugaev, who is to turn 19 on Nov. 20, has signed a two-year contract with CSKA Moscow of the KHL. . . . As you will have noted in The MacBeth Report, Popugaev signed a three-way deal and he could end up with CSKA Moscow’s junior affiliate. . . . Popugaev had been with the Prince George Cougars, who announced Thursday that he had returned to Moscow “for personal reasons.” . . . A fourth-round pick by the New Jersey Devils in the NHL’s 2017 draft, the 6-foot-6, 205-pound Popugaev was acquired by the Cougars from the Moose Jaw Warriors in January for two players and two bantam draft picks. . . . However, after putting up 22 goals and 29 assists in 40 games with the Warriors, he had only seven goals and 11 assists in 31 games with Prince George. This season, Popugaev had two goals and five assists in 13 games with the Cougars.


F Luke Ormsby has left the Seattle Thunderbirds and is expected to join the BCHL’s Wenatchee Wild. “We are releasing him,” Seattle GM Russ Farwell said in a statement. “It was a mutual decision.” . . . Ormsby, 18, is from Monroe, Wash. He was a ninth-round pick by Seattle in the 2014 bantam draft. . . . This season, he was pointless in 11 games with the Thunderbirds. Last season, as a freshman, he six goals and five assists in 65 games. He added one assist in 13 playoff games as the Thunderbirds won the WHL championship.


A source with knowledge of the situation has told Taking Note that Radio NL in Kamloops has bought out sports director Rick (The Bear) Wile as it begins a move that will put less emphasis on its sports coverage. . . . Wile’s departure leaves Jon Keen as a one-man sports department. . . . “They are cutting sports time, too,” the source told Taking Note. “When Keen’s not there, a news guy will read (sports).” . . . Radio NL has long held the play-by-play rights for the Blazers. Keen is in his eighth season as the team’s radio voice, calling home and away regular-season and playoff games. . . . Wile had been at Radio NL for more than 38 years and had been involved in the station’s coverage of the WHL and the Blazers since the franchise landed in Kamloops in 1981 as the Junior Oilers. . . . He was inducted into the Kamloops Sports Hall of Fame last spring.


Craig West, the veteran play-by-play voice of the Tri-City Americans, drives to most, if not all, of the team’s road games. That was the case last weekend when the Americans played in Kelowna on Friday night and in Kamloops on Saturday.

Whenever the Americans visit, West always parks himself next to me in the press box and we have an enjoyable pre-game chat. That was the case on Saturday, with Earl Seitz of CFJC-TV, another long-time WHL observer, stopping by, too.

On Monday, West posted this on his Facebook page:

“A bit of irony on Saturday night. Before the game in Kamloops, sat with Gregg Drinnan and Earl Seitz discussing driving to all the games. Never an issue . . . until midnight in Princeton, B.C., with the world’s best car . . . 2011 Toyota RAV 4. Final score: Westy 1, Bambi 0. Car at Sonshine Collision currently with Russell Wood and friends and in good hands. Car priest on call with the car in ICU. Ready for last rites. . . . But happy to say the car’s engine not harmed and made it home without issue.”

West posted again later, once he received a damage estimate: “Damage over $9,100.”

When West plays hockey, if you aren’t aware, he is a goaltender. So you are free to wonder how it was that Bambi didn’t go through his legs.

The Americans are next scheduled to play on the road on Saturday against the Spokane Chiefs. We await news of what West will be driving to that game.


The Saskatoon Blades are bringing in F Logan Doust, 16, as some insurance with F Kirby Each at the U17 World Hockey Challenge. Doust, a ninth-round pick in the 2015 bantam draft, is from North Vancouver, B.C. He got into five exhibition games with the Blades and now is with the major midget Vancouver-Northwest Giants . . .

The Kootenay Ice has returned D Nolan Orzeck, 16, to the midget AAA Calgary Northstars. The Ice had some injury issues on the back end going into weekend games and brough Orzeck in as insurance. However, he didn’t get into any games. He was a fourth-round pick in the 2016 bantam draft.


D Darian Skeoch of the Vancouver Giants has been suspended for four games by the WHL under supplemental discipline. Sketch missed a weekend doubleheader in Victoria against the Royals and will sit out a home-and-home series with the Kamloops Blazers on Friday and Saturday. They will play in Langley, B.C., on Friday and in Kamloops on Saturday. . . .  The WHL didn’t release any particulars involving the suspension, but it’s believed to have involved a hit on F Jackson Leppard of the Prince George Cougars early in the third period on Friday night in Langley. Leppard was scratched from Prince George’s game in Kelowna on Saturday night. . . . The Giants also will be without D Bowen Byram, 16, who is expected to miss at least five games will at the U-17 World Hockey Challenge. He was the third-overall pick in the WHL’s 2016 bantam draft.


MONDAY:

No Games Scheduled.


TUESDAY:

No Games Scheduled.


WEDNESDAY (all times local):

Saskatoon at Lethbridge, 7 p.m.

Seattle at Red Deer, 7 p.m.

Kootenay at Regina, 7 p.m.

Prince George at Portland, 7 p.m.

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


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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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Flodell, Broncos blank Tigers … Rebels kings of OT … Blades are streaking … Blazers finally win at home


As you may have read here a few days ago, the Victoria Royals have partnered with The Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund. As the Royals noted in a 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.” . . . If you are interested, there is more on this story right here, from CTV News Vancouver Island. . . . Here’s hoping a whole bunch of other WHL teams follow the Royals into this relationship.


The WHL suspended D Darian Skeoch of the Vancouver Giants on Saturday for something he did in Friday’s 2-1 loss to the visiting Prince George Cougars.

Skeoch was suspended under supplemental discipline. The length of the suspension has yet to be determined, but he didn’t play against the host Victoria Royals last night and chances are he won’t play in today’s rematch.

Here’s something that Steve Ewen of Postmedia wrote after Saturday’s game about what may or may not have been the hit in question:

“Vancouver defenceman Darian Skeoch laid a massive, open-ice hit on Prince George winger Jackson Leppard at the 3:40-mark of the third period. Leppard finished the shift and went to the bench, but left the game and went to the dressing room about four minutes later.

No word yet on Leppard’s status immediately moving forward.

There was no penalty. It was a clean hit. There was no fight afterwards, either, which was kind of refreshing frankly. Skeptics, of course, will say that Prince George didn’t have anyone who wanted to tangle with Skeoch, who is reputed to be one of the tougher customers in the WHL.”

Leppard was scratched from Prince George’s game against the Rockets in Kelowna last night.

Meanwhile, F Tristin Langan of the Moose Jaw Warriors has been suspended for one game after taking a boarding major and game misconduct in Medicine Hat on Friday night.


The Regina Pats released F Riley Krane from their roster a few days ago and he now has returned to the major midget Cariboo Cougars, who play out of Prince George. Krane, 17, is from Dawson Creek, B.C. He was an eighth-round selection by Regina in the WHL’s 2015 bantam draft. . . . He had one goal in five games with Regina last season, but didn’t get into a game this season due to an undisclosed injury.


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SATURDAY:

At Calgary, D Austin Strand scored with 41.9 seconds left in the third period to give the Seattle Thunderbirds a 4-3 victory over the Hitmen. . . . Strand, who is from Calgary, has seven goals this season, the first six of which came via the PP. . . . The Thunderbirds improved to 6-5-1. . . . The Hitmen (4-10-1) have lost three straight. . . . Seattle scored three times in the second period to take a 3-0 lead, then watched as Calgary tied it with three third-period goals. . . . F Blake Barger (2), at 6:25, D Reece Harsch (3), on a PP at 13:03, and F Donovan Neuls (2), on another PP at 18:33, scored for the Thunderbirds. . . . The Hitmen tied it on goals from D Jake Bean (1), at 7:13 of the third period, D Vladislav Yeryomenko (3), at 13:08, and F Mark Kastelic (3), on a PP, at 14:14. . . . Strand also had an assist for Seattle. . . . Bean and Yeryomenko each added an assist for Calgary. . . . Seattle was 2-4 on the PP; Calgary was 1-6. . . . G Liam Hughes recorded the victory with 25 saves, two fewer than Calgary’s Matthew Armitage. . . . The Hitmen were without F Andrew Fyten, who was suspended for one game after taking a checking-from-behind major and game misconduct in Lethbridge on Friday night. . . . D Jarret Tyszka and D Aaron Hyman returned to Seattle’s lineup after a one-game absence. Each picked up one assist. . . . Announced attendance: 5,705.


At Red Deer, F Lane Zablocki scored at 1:42 of OT to give the Rebels a 4-3 victory over the Regina Pats. . . . The Rebels (8-6-0) have won two in a row, both in extra time. . . . The Pats (8-6-2) have lost two straight (0-1-1). . . . D Hunter Donohoe gave the Rebels a 1-0 lead with his first WHL goal at 3:23 of the first period. . . . F Jack Flaman stretched that lead to 2-0 with a shorthanded goal at 16:53. That was Flaman’s fifth goal of the the season, but his first with Red Deer. He was acquired from the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Thursday. . . . The Pats scored the game’s next three goals. . . . D Dawson Davidson (3), who also had an assist, got the visitors started at 17:31 of the first period. . . . D Josh Mahura (5) tied the score, on a PP, at 5:03 of the second period, and F Robbie Holmes (3) gave the Pats a 3-2 lead at  9:11. . . . Red Deer tied it when F Grayson Pawlenchuk (8) scored, on a PP, at 2:52 of the third period. . . . Zablocki won it with his sixth goal of the season. Red Deer acquired Zablocki from Regina in a trade last season. . . . Red Deer was 1-2 on the PP; Regina was 1-6. . . . The Rebels got 28 stops from G Ethan Anders. . . . Regina G Tyler Brown stopped 16 shots. . . . F Brandon Hagel (ill) was among Red Deer’s scratches. . . . Announced attendance: 4,051.


At Swift Current, G Logan Flodell stopped 38 shots and the Broncos’ hot line picked up another seven points, including three goals, in a 4-0 victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers. . . . The Broncos (10-2-1) had lost their previous two games (0-1-1). . . . The Tigers (8-6-0) have lost two in a row. . . . F Glenn Gawdin, one-third of the hot line, scored twice and added two assists. He got the game’s first goal, while shorthanded, at 5:44, then scored the last goal, again while shorthanded, at 19:40 of the second period. He’s got 11 goals. . . . D Artyom Minulin (3) and F Aleksi Heponiemi (10) had the other goals. . . . Heponiemi, who also had an assist, and F Tyler Steenbergen, who had one assist, are Gawdin’s linemates. . . . Steenbergen ran his point steak to 13 games. He leads the WHL in goals (21) and points (35). . . . D Colby Sissons had two assists. . . . The Tigers were 0-6 on the PP; the Broncos’ PP unit wasn’t given even one opportunity. . . . Flodell posted his second shutout this season and the eighth of his WHL career. . . . The Tigers got 33 saves from G Jordan Hollett. . . . Announced attendance: 2,380.


At Saskatoon, F Cam Hebig scored two goals to lead the Blades to a 4-1 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings. . . . The Blades (5-7-1) have won two in a row for the first time this season. . . . The Wheat Kings (9-5-1) have lost two straight. . . . The Blades scored the first four goals, striking twice in each of the first two periods. . . . Hebig got it started, on a PP, at 15:07 of the first period. . . . F Tyler Lees (2) scored his second goal in two games at 17:13. . . . F Chase Wouters (4) upped the lead to 3-0 at 10:13 of the second period and Hebig added his 12th at 18:47. . . . F Tanner Kaspick (6) had Brandon’s goal, on a PP, at 19:14 of the third period. . . . F Bradly Goethals helped the Blades with two assists. . . . Saskatoon was 1-2 on the PP; Brandon was 1-5. . . . The Blades got 32 stops from G Ryan Kubic. . . . Brandon G Logan Thompson made 19 saves. . . . Announced attendance: 3,058.


At Kamloops, D Joe Gatenby scored 40 seconds into OT to give the Blazers a 3-2 victory over the Tri-City Americans. . . . Kamloops (4-11-0) won for the first time in seven tries at home this season. . . . Tri-City (9-4-2) has points in eight straight games (6-0-2). . . . The visitors took a 1-0 lead when F Riley Sawchuk (2) scored at 3:19 of the first period. . . . The Blazers moved out front 2-1 on goals from F Keltie Jeri-Leon (1), at 5:38 of the first period, and F Quinn Benjafield (2), on a 5-on-3 PP, at 5:58 of the third period. . . . Jeri-Leon was acquired from the Americans on Oct. 8. He went into the game with one assist in eight games. . . . F Nolan Yaremko pulled the Americans into a 2-2 tie with his fourth goal, at 13:16. . . . Gatenby, who also had an assist, won it with his fifth goal this season. . . . F Garrett Pilon had two assists for Kamloops. . . . The Blazers held the puck for all 40 seconds of OT, winning it when Pilon directed the puck to the Tri-City net from the right wing and having it bounce off a player or two, one of them being Gatenby, and trickling into the net. . . . The Blazers were 1-4 on the PP; the Americans were 0-2. . . . G Dylan Ferguson earned the victory with 22 saves, six fewer than Tri-City’s Patrick Dea. . . . With Tri-City G Beck Warm sidelined with an undisclosed injury, Xavier Cannon, 17, backed up Dea. Cannon, who is from Kamloops, was a ninth-round selection by the Americans in the 2016 bantam draft. Cannon now plays for the major midget Kootenay Ice. Craig West, the veteran radio voice of the Americans, picked up Cannon in Trail, B.C., and got him to Kelowna where he backed up on Friday night. After the game in Kamloops, West drove Cannon to Kelowna where the Ice is scheduled to play against the Okanagan Rockets this morning at 10. . . . F Michael Rasmussen was among Tri-City’s scratches for a second straight night. It’s believed that Rasmussen was injured in an 8-4 victory over the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors on Wednesday night. . . . Announced attendance: 3,319.


At Victoria, F Matthew Phillips scored the only goal of a three-round shootout as the Royals got past the Vancouver Giangts, 6-5. . . . The Royals improved to 11-4-1 and moved back atop the overall standings, one point ahead of the idle Moose Jaw Warriors. . . . The Giants (5-6-3) have lost two in a row (0-1-1). . . . The Giants forced OT by overcoming a 5-2 deficit in the last 6:10 of the third period. . . . F Owen Hardy (5) made it 5-3 at 13:50, with F Tyler Popowich (2) getting his mates to within one at 15:56. F Cliff Running (11) tied it, on a PP, at 19:01. . . . D Matt Barberis (1) had given the Giants a 1-0 lead at 12:36 of the first period. . . . The Royals scored the next three goals. . . . F Ryan Peckford (8) counted at 12:45 of the first period. F Eric Florchuk (4), at 8:30 of the second period, and F Matthew Phillips (13), on a PP, at 11:45, stretched it to 3-0. . . . Vancouver F James Malm (4) got his club’s second goal, at 14:42. . . . The Royals opened the third period with two more goals, from F Regan Nagy (15), at 7:48, and F Jared Legien (7), at 8:04. . . . D Scott Walford had two assists for the Royals. . . . The Giants got two assists from D Dylan Plouffe, with Hardy and Barbers adding one each. . . . Phillips picked up the 100th assist and 200th point of his career on Peckford’s goal. With a goal and an assist, Phillips ran his point streak to 16 games. He has 32 points over that stretch. . . . Vancouver was 1-6 on the PP; Victoria was 1-9. . . . The Royals got 43 saves from G Griffen Outhouse. . . . At the other end, David Tendeck stopped 37 shots. . . . This was the Royals’ first home game after a seven-game road trip. . . . F Tyler Benson was among Vancouver’s scratches. He played his first game since Jan. 2 on Friday against the visiting Prince George Cougars. Benson had off-season sports hernia surgery and the Giants chose not to play him in back-to-back games. He is expected to be in the lineup in Victoria this afternoon. . . . Announced attendance: 4,491.


At Kelowna, the Rockets broke a 1-1 tie with a pair of second-period goals and went on to beat the Prince George Cougars, 4-2. . . . Kelowna (7-5-2) now has won three straight. . . . Prince George (5-6-4) had points in each of its previous four games (2-0-2). . . . F Leif Mattson (3) gave the home side a 1-0 lead at 12:13 of the first period. That was his third goal in four games. . . . F Vladislav Mikhalchuk (4) tied the score at 19:25. . . . Rockets F Kyle Topping (7) broke the tie at 9:04 of the second period and D Cal Foote (4) made it 3-1 at 18:58. . . . The Cougars got to within a goal as F Josh Maser (5) scored at 3:19 of the third. . . . The Rockets iced it when F Carsen Twarynski (9) got the empty-netter at 18:32. . . . F Brogan O’Brien had two assists for Prince George. . . . The Cougars were 1-3 on the PP; the Rockerts were 0-5. . . . G James Porter stopped 27 shots for the Rockets, one more than Prince George’s Taylor Gauthier. . . . Announced attendance: 4,708.


SUNDAY (all times local):

Regina at Edmonton, 4 p.m.

Red Deer vs. Kootenay, at Cranbrook, B.C., 4 p.m.

Vancouver at Victoria, 3:05 p.m.

Seattle at Lethbridge, 6 p.m.

Everett at Portland, 5 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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