Ferguson wins in return to Kamloops … That’s 30 for Steenbergen … Americans still unbeaten at home

The Kamloops Blazers had G Dylan Ferguson back with them on Friday night when they met the visiting Vancouver Giants.

Ferguson had been with the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights since being called up under emergency recall rules on Oct. 30.

Ferguson, 19, was a seventh-round selection by the Dallas Stars in the NHL’s 2017 draft, but then was traded to the Golden Knights, along with a 2020 second-round draft pick, in a deal that had veteran D Marc Methot go the other way.

Ferguson attended the Golden Knights’ development, rookie and main camps, then signed a three-year entry-level deal before returning to the Blazers for the start of the WHL season.

He ended up leaving for Vegas on Oct. 30 after the Golden Knights had three goaltenders go down with injury. He returned to Kamloops on Friday afternoon as the Golden Knights took G Malcolm Subban off the injured list.

While with Vegas, Ferguson backed up Maxime Lagace for eight games, with seven of those on the road. Ferguson, who is from Lantzville, B.C., made his NHL debut on Tuesday in the third period of an 8-2 loss to the host Edmonton Oilers. He gave up one goal on two shots in 9:14 of play.

The Golden Knights were 3-4-1 in the eight games in which Ferguson was on their roster.

Last night, Ferguson stopped 23 shots as the Blazers beat the Giants, 6-2. Chances are good that he’ll get the start again tonight, this time against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.


So here’s what happened in regards to the delay-of-game situations that I wrote about here following a game between the visiting Prince George Cougars and the Kamloops Blazers on Wednesday night.

You may recall that Bryan Bourdon, one of the two referees, signalled a delay-of-game minor to Kamloops goaltender Dylan Garand at 8:55 of the third period with his club trailing 4-3.

But there was a meeting of the officiating minds at the penalty box and the call was rescinded.

Then, at 15:16, Nick Panter, the other referee, gave G Tavin Grant of the Cougars a minor for delay of game. This one wasn’t rescinded.

I have it on good authority from a WHL insider that this is what happened:

Panter had given Grant a verbal warning about freezing the puck in a non-pressure situation earlier in the third period. So when Bourdon hit Garand with the delay of game, Panter suggested that because he had given a warning at one end perhaps Garand should be given a warning. That is exactly what was done as the minor was rescinded.

Because Panter had issued a warning to Grant early in the period, the official felt obliged to issue a delay-of-game penalty later when he felt the occasion warranted it.


The Everett Silvertips are down to two goaltenders after releasing Dorrin Luding, 18, on Friday. Luding, who is from Prince George, was a third-round selection by the Saskatoon Blades in the WHL’s 2014 bantam draft. Everett acquired him from the Blades on Dec. 5, giving up a sixth-round pick in the 2016 bantam draft in the exchange. . . . This season, Luding was 3-6-1, 3.64, .891 in 11 appearances with Everett. . . . The move leaves the Silvertips with veteran Carter Hart, 19, and freshman Dustin Wolf, 16, as their goaltenders.


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FRIDAY:

At Moose Jaw, F Brayden Burke had three assists, including the 200th of his WHL career, as the Warriors dumped the Calgary Hitmen, 5-2. . . . Moose Jaw improved to 17-5-0. . . . The Hitmen (6-13-3) have lost five in a row (0-3-2). . . . Burke, who came over from the Lethbridge Hurricanes last season, has 62 goals and 200 assists in 199 regular-season games — three with the Red Deer Rebels, 128 with Lethbridge and 68 with Moose Jaw. . . . F Tate Popple of the Warriors opened the scoring at 7:56 of the first period. That was his first WHL goal and ties him with his father, Lavern, who scored once in 18 games over three seasons (1977-80) with the Wheat Kings. . . . F Luka Burzan (3) made it 2-0 on a PP, at 14:06. . . . The Hitmen pulled even on second-period goals by F Luke Coleman (6), on a PP, at 2:08, and F Mark Kastelic (4), at 4:52. . . . The Warriors took control with two PP goals before the period ended, F Noah Gregor (12) counting at 13:56 and F Tanner Jeannot (13) following up at 15:17. . . . F Jayden Halbgewachs got Moose Jaw’s last goal, his 18th, in the third period. . . . D Chase Hartje had two assists for the winners, with Burzan getting one. . . . The Warriors were 3-5 on the PP; the Hitmen were 1-5. . . . G Adam Evanoff earned the victory with 38 saves, nine more than Calgary’s Nick Schneider. . . . F Daemon Hunt, 15, will remain with the Warriors despite having played five games, which is the limit for a 15-year-old player before his club team’s season has ended. The Warriors are banged up on the back end so are able to keep Hunt under emergency recall. . . . The Warriors had D Dmitri Zaitsev back after a six-game absence, but still are without D Josh Brook, D Matthew Benson, D Jett Wood and F Brett Howden. . . . Brook is back at practice but isn’t yet ready to play. He has missed the entire season after injuring a wrist in the Montreal Canadiens’ camp and later undergoing surgery. . . . F Matteo Gennaro was among Calgary’s scratches. . . . Announced attendance: 3,070.


At Saskatoon, G Logan Thompson stopped 42 shots to lead the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 4-1 victory over the Blades. . . . Brandon (13-6-1) has won four in a row. . . . The Blades now are 8-11-1. . . . The visitors scored the first three goals, all in the second period. . . . F Baron Thompson (5), at 10:03, F Cole Reinhardt (5), on a PP, at 17:44, and F Linden McCorrister (7), at 18:04, staked Brandon to a 3-0 lead. . . . F Cam Hebig (15) counted for the Blades, on a PP, at 7:58 of the third period. . . . F Stelio Mattheos (14) scored for Brandon, on a PP, at 12:55. . . . D Schael Higson had two assists for Brandon. . . . The Wheat Kings were 2-7 on the PP; the Blades were 1-5. . . . G Nolan Maier, who was added to the Blades’ roster this week from the SJHL’s Yorkton Terriers, made his second career WHL start and his first in Saskatoon. He stopped 21 shots. . . . Blades G Ryan Kubic had started each of the team’s previous 14 games. . . . Saskatoon D Seth Bafaro sat out the third game of a four-game WHL suspension. . . . Announced attendance: 6,242.


At Medicine Hat, G Logan Flodell stopped 39 shots and F Tyler Steenbergen reached the 30-goal mark with two snipes as the Swift Current Broncos beat the Tigers, 4-3. . . . The Broncos improved to 14-4-1. . . . The Tigers (13-7-0) had won their previous five games. . . . Steenbergen opened the scoring with No. 29, on a PP, at 13:24 of the first period. . . . Medicine Hat F Max Gerlach (7) tied it at 15:39. . . . Steenbergen became the WHL’s first 30-goal man this season at 19:47. . . . F Conner Chaulk (4) gave the Broncos a 3-1 lead eight seconds later. . . . The Tigers got to within a goal when F Mark Rassell (21) scored at 5:11 of the second period. . . . Broncos F Aleksi Heponiemi (16) got that one back, on a PP, at 2:53 of the third period. . . . The Tigers closed to within a goal, at 4-3, when F Gary Haden (5) scored at 3:36. . . . The Broncos got two assists from each of F Glenn Gawdin, Heponiemi and D Colby Sissons. . . . It was seven-point outing for Swift Current’s hot line. . . . Steenbergen leads the WHL in goals (30) and is tied with Heponiemi for the points lead, each with 51. Gawdin is third, with 42 points. . . . D Joel Craven had two assists for the Tigers, with Haden getting one. . . . The Broncos were 2-4 on the PP; the Tigers were 0-5. . . . Medicine Hat G Michael Bullion stopped 12 shots. . . . F James Hamblin (knee) was back in the Tigers’ lineup. . . . The Broncos were without Manny Viveiros, their director of player personnel and head coach. Where was he? In Kelowna, watching the Rockets and the Lethbridge Hurricanes. That means associate coach Ryan Smith posted his first WHL head-coaching victory. . . . Announced attendance: 3,414.


At Cranbrook, B.C., the Pouliot brothers each scored a goal, but it was Ryan who got bragging rights as his score gave the Kootenay Ice a 4-3 victory over the Red Deer Rebels. . . . The Ice (9-12-1) had lost its previous four games. . . . The Rebels (9-13-1) have lost two in a row. . . . F Reese Johnson (7) put the visitors ahead 1-0 at 9:05 of the first period. . . . D Sam Pouliot, 17,  scored his first WHL goal for the Rebels, at 9:39. . . . The Ice tied it on goals from F Colton Veloso (6), on a PP, at 14:55, and F Brett Davis (7), at 1:10 of the second period. . . . F Kristian Reichel (10) put Red Deer back out front at 6:25. . . . F Keenan Taphorn (2) got the Ice into another tie, at 1:18 of the third. . . . D Ryan Pouliot, 18, broke the tie with his second goal of the season, on a PP, at 16:31. . . . The Ice got three assists from F Peyton Krebs. . . . F Mason McCarty had two assists for the Rebels. . . . Kootenay was 2-6 on the PP; Red Deer was 0-1. . . . G Bailey Brkin earned the victory with 38 stops, seven more than Riley Lamb of the Rebels. . . . Red Deer F Grayson Pawlenchuk wasn’t able to score on a first-period penalty shot with his guys leading, 2-0. . . .D Jonathan Smart made his debut with the Ice. Smart, 18, was acquired Monday from the Regina Pats, in a deal in which Ice captain Cale Fleury went the other way. Smart had missed Tuesday’s 4-1 loss to the Tigers in Medicine Hat. . . . The Ice had F Colton Kroeker back, but F Jeff de Wit remains out with an undisclosed injury. . . . The Rebels completed a seven-game road trip at 1-6-0 while being outscored 27-19. . . . Red Deer will play nine of its next 12 games at home, including tonight against the Ice. . . . Announced attendance: 2,333.


At Prince George, F Brogan O’Brien had two goals as the Cougars skated to a 5-1 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings. . . . The Cougars (8-9-4) have won two in a row. . . . The Oil Kings (5-14-2) have lost eight straight games. . . . D Dennis Cholowski (6) got the home boys started at 4:35 of the first period, and F Kody McDonald (12) made it 2-0, on a PP, at 15:23. . . . O’Brien, who has six goals, scored his first of the night at 15:55 of the second period and F Vladislav Mikhalchuk (5) made it 4-0 at 17:16. . . . F Trey Fix-Wolansky (10) scored for the visitors, on a PP, 2:58 of the third period. . . . O’Brien added a shorthanded goal at 11:46. . . . McDonald and Cholowski each had an assist. . . . Prince George was 1-5 on the PP; Edmonton was 1-6. . . . G Taylor Gauthier stopped 25 shots for the winners, while Edmonton’s Travis Child blocked 35. . . . The Oil Kings are 0-4-0 on a five-game trip into the B.C. Division that will end with another game in Prince George tonight. . . . Announced attendance: 2,922.


At Kamloops, the Blazers scored five times on the PP en route to a 6-2 victory over the Vancouver Giants. . . . Kamloops (8-13-0) is 3-8-0 at home. . . . The Giants (9-9-4) had points in each of their previous five games (4-0-1). . . . F Brodi Stuart (4) gave the Blazers a 1-0 lead, on a PP, at 1:25 of the first period. . . . Vancouver F Ty Ronning (21) tied it, on a PP, at 6:05 as he ran his scoring streak to nine games. His father, Cliff, owns the WHL record of 18 games, set with the New Westminster Bruins in 1984-85. . . . The Blazers started to take over with a PP goal from F Luc Smith (4) at 14:02. . . . Kamloops F Jermaine Loewen (10) ran his goal streak to six games, on a PP, at 12:51, and F Quinn Benjafield (6) made it 4-1, on a PP, at 14:22. . . . Loewen has 10 goals in 15 games this season. He went into the season with 14 in 170 games. . . . D Ondrej Vala (5) upped the lead to 5-1 at 14:43. . . . Ronning added his 22nd goal at 5:33 of the third period. . . . Kamloops D Joe Gatenby (7) closed it out with another PP goal, at 9:34. . . . Kamloops F Garrett Pilon had three assists, while Benjafield added two assists to his goal. Stuart, Smith, Loewen and Gatenby each had one assist. . . . Kamloops was 5-7 on the PP; Vancouver was 1-4. . . . G Dylan Ferguson started for the Blazers, having returned earlier in the day from the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights. He finished with 23 saves, three fewer than Vancouver’s Todd Scott. . . . The Giants lost F Owen Hardy at 11:00 of the first period. He left the ice unable to put any weight on his left leg after becoming entangled with Kamloops F Scott Mahovlich near the Giants’ bench. . . . This was the second game in a seven-game homestand for the Blazers. . . . Announced attendance: 3,789.


At Kelowna, the Rockets scored the game’s last three goals to beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes, 7-4. . . . Kelowna (12-6-3) has won four in a row. . . . Lethbridge (7-11-1), which opened a five-game road swing with this one, has lost seven straight (0-6-1). . . . The home side went up 1-0 just 40 seconds into the game when F Liam Kindree scored his third goal. . . . F Leif Mattson (7) made it 2-0, on a PP, at 2:08. . . . The Hurricanes took a 3-2 lead on a goal from F Jake Elmer (3), at 19:05, and two from G Giorgio Estephan, at 5:48 and 9:12 of the second period. . . . F Dillon Dube tied it for Kelowna at 9:56 and F Kyle Topping (9) put the Rockets out front at 14:45. . . . F Jordy Bellerive (9) got the Hurricanes back into a tie, at 3:58 of the third period. . . . The Rockets took the game away in the third as Dube (12) got his second of the game at 8:52, D James Hilsendager (3) counted, on a PP, at 12:28, and F Conner Bruggen-Cate (3) hit the empty net at 17:04. . . . D Cal Foote drew four assists for the Rockets, with D Gordie Ballhorn and Topping each getting two, and Mattson adding one. . . . Estephan added an assist to his two goals. . . . Kelowna was 2-4 on the PP; Lethbridge was 1-5. . . . The Rockets got 30 saves from G James Porter. . . . At the other end, Stuart Skinner stopped 27 shots. . . . F Kole Lind was among the Rockets’ scratches. . . . Announced attendance: 5,128.


At Kennewick, Wash., F Michael Rasmussen scored the game’s first two goals as the Tri-City Americans got past the Prince Albert Raiders, 4-1. . . . The Americans (13-5-2) are 8-1-2 in their past 11 games. They are 7-0-0 at home. . . . The Raiders (9-9-3) have lost two in a row. . . . The Raiders are 2-3-0 on a six-game road trip that wraps up tonight in Spokane. Prince Albert will return home for one game and then it’s on the road for five more outings. . . . Rasmussen, who has nine goals, scored at 5:06 and 8:24 of the second period. . . . D Juuso Valimaki (5), who also had an assist, made it 3-0 at 9:32. . . . F Parker Kelly (12) got the Raiders’ goal, on a PP, at 0:33 of the third period. . . . F Morgan Geekie (7) counted the home side’s final goal, at 2:03. . . . The Raiders were 1-4 on the PP; the Americans were 0-4. . . . G Beck Warm stopped 30 shots for the Americans. . . . G Ian Scott made 32 saves for the Raiders. . . . Announced attendance: 4,049.


At Spokane, G Griffen Outhouse stopped 19 shots to help the Victoria Royals to a 1-0 victory over the Chiefs. . . . The Royals (15-7-1) had lost their previous two games. . . . The Chiefs (10-8-3) had points in each of their previous three games (2-0-1). . . . Outhouse earned his first shutout of the season and the ninth of his career. He now holds the Royals’ career record with one more than Coleman Vollrath put up. The Victoria/Chilliwack franchise record belongs to Lucas Gore (10). . . . The game’s only goal came from D Jared Freadrich (4) at 18:54 of the third period. That is the third game-winner of his three-year career. . . . Spokane was 0-3 on the PP; Victoria was 0-4. . . . G Dawson Weatherill of the Chiefs stopped 23 shots. . . . Announced attendance: 4,771.


At Everett, G Carter Hart stopped 31 shots to lead the Silvertips to a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds. . . . Everett (10-10-2) has points in four straight (3-0-1). . . . Seattle (9-9-2) has lost five in a row (0-4-1). . . . F Nolan Volcan, who has eight goals, scored twice for Seattle, at 9:12 of the first period and 19:49 of the third. . . . In between, the Silvertips struck three times. . . . F Patrick Bajkov (11) scored a shorthanded goal at 13:01 of the second period. Bajkov added an assist to his goal and now has 218 career regular-season points in 292 games, good for second place on Everett’s all-time list. He now is two points ahead of F Josh Winquist. F Zach Hamill, who now plays in Norway, is No. 1, having put up 262 points in 250 games. . . . F Reece Vitelli (2) gave Everett a 2-1 lead at 15:10 of the third period, with F Sean Richards (9), who also had an assist, adding an empty-netter at 19:17. . . . Seattle was 0-2 on the PP; Everett was 0-3. . . . Hart, who would appear to have rounded into form after having missed time with mononucleosis, now is 5-2-2, 1.82, .941. . . . Seattle got 23 saves from G Liam Hughes. . . . Seattle F Tyler Carpendale was tossed with a spearing major in the first period. . . . The Silvertips were without D Montana Onyebuchi, who served a one-game WHL suspension after he took a charging major and game misconduct during a 2-0 victory over the visiting Prince Albert Raiders on Wednesday. . . . Seattle is without F Sami Moilanen, who has an undisclosed injury. . . . These teams will meet again tonight, this time in Kent, Wash. . . . Announced attendance: 5,983.


SATURDAY (all times local):

Calgary at Swift Current, 7 p.m.

Saskatoon at Moose Jaw, 7 p.m.

Kootenay at Red Deer, 7 p.m.

Regina at Portland, 6 p.m.

Edmonton at Prince George, 7 p.m.

Lethbridge at Kamloops, 7 p.m.

Kelowna at Vancouver, 7 p.m.

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

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

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


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McCorrister sparks Wheaties … Ice chills Broncos … Giants rock Pats … Rockets get past ‘Hawks, finally

D Kalvin Sagert (Kamloops, Lethbridge, Prince George, 2002-08) has been released by mutual agreement by Gherdëina Selva Val Gardena (Italy, Alps HL). This season, he had one goal and four assists in 10 games. . . .

D Zach Yuen (Tri-City, 2008-13) has been released by Kunlun Red Star Beijing (China, KHL). He had two goals and one assist in 21 games. . . .

F Vladislav Lukin (Tri-City, 2014-17) has signed a two-year two-way contract with Salavat Yulaev Ufa (Russia, KHL). Last season, he had 26 goals and 32 assists in 63 games with the Tri-City Americans (WHL). . . .

D Stefan Elliott (Saskatoon, 2006-11) has signed a contract for the rest of  this season with HV71 Jönköping (Sweden, SHL). Last season, he had four goals and seven assists in 31 games with Ak Bars Kazan (Russia, KHL).


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SATURDAY:

At Brandon, F Linden McCorrister scored three times to lead the Wheat Kings to a 4-2 victory over the Victoria Royals. . . . Brandon (9-3-1) has won two in a row. . . . Victoria (9-3-1) has lost two straight. . . . That was McCorrister’s first WHL hat trick and came in his 84th career game. He has five goals this season. The 19-year-old from Peguis, Man., went into this season with five goals in 71 games over two previous seasons. . . . McCorrister gave Brandon a 1-0 lead, on a PP, at 5:06 of the first period. . . . The Royals tied it when F Tyler Soy (5) scored at 6:17. That was Soy’s 249th career regular-season point, in 265 games, giving him the Royals’ franchise record. F Jack Walker held the previous mark, set in 318 games. The Victoria/Chilliwack Bruins’ franchise record belongs to F Brandon Magee (264), who did that in 318 games as well. . . . Royals F Matthew Phillips (11) gave Victoria a 2-1 lead at 13:52 of the second period. Phillips has at least a point in each of his 13 games this season and that’s one shy of the franchise record set by F Mark Santorelli with the Bruins in 2006. . . . McCorrister tied the game, on a PP, at 17:29 of the second period. . . . F Tanner Kaspick (4) broke the tie at 8:35 of the third period. . . . McCorrister put his third goal into an empty net at 19:06. . . . Brandon D Kale Clague drew three assists. He has 24 points, 14 of them assists, in 11 games. . . . F Stelio Mattheos added two assists for the winners. . . . G Logan Thompson blocked 24 shots for Brandon. . . . Victoria G Dean McNabb turned aside 37 shots. . . . Announced attendance: 4,360.


At Prince Albert, F Parker Kelly’s second goal of the game, at 3:05 of OT, gave the Raiders a 4-3 victory over the Saskatoon Blades. . . . The Blades had forced OT with two late third-period goals, both of them coming with G Ryan Kubic on the bench for the extra attacker. . . . F Caleb Fantillo (3) scored on a PP at 17:50 and F Chase Wouters (3) tied it at 18:39. . . . The Raiders (4-4-3) had been 0-1-3 in their previous four games. . . . The Blades (3-6-1) have lost two in a row. . . . The Raiders took a 3-1 lead at 7:35 of the third period on Kelly’s first goal, a shorthanded effort. He now has eight goals this season. . . . F Jordy Stallard (7), who also had an assist, gave the Raiders a 1-0 lead at 4:45 of the first period. . . . F Curtis Miske (3) upped that to 2-0 at 13:22 of the second. . . . Saskatoon F Josh Paterson (2) got his guys to within a goal just 1:11 later. . . . Wouters added an assist to his goal for Saskatoon. . . . Prince Albert was 1-4 on the PP; Saskatoon was 1-6. . . . G Ian Scott made 30 stops for the Raiders in his first appearance since he suffered an undisclosed injury on opening night. He sat out nine games. . . . The Blades got 23 saves from Kubic. . . . The Raiders lost F Zack Hayes with a headshot major and game misconduct — he hit Saskatoon D Jake Kustra — at 15:36 of the second period. . . . “I totally disagree with the call, that’s all I can say about that,” Raiders head coach Marc Habscheid told Jeff D’Andrea of paNOW.com. “It seemed like there was one official making a lot of calls, and that’s up to them, but we disagreed with quite a few of the calls tonight.” . . . Announced attendance: 2,195.


At Cranbrook, B.C., F Colton Kroeker scored at 2:53 of OT to give the Kootenay Ice a 5-4 victory over the Swift Current Broncos. . . . It was quite a turnaround for the ice (5-6-1), who had been beaten 11-1 by the host Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday. . . . The Broncos (9-2-0) lost for the first time on the road, where they now are 6-0-1. . . . The Ice erased deficits of 2-1, 3-2 and 4-3 to win this one. . . . Kootenay took a 1-0 lead on F Colton Veloso’s third goal of the season, at 7:08 of the first period. . . . The Broncos took a 2-1 lead on two PP goals from F Aleksi Heponiemi, at 17:44 and 18:43. . . . Ice D Cale Fleury tied it, on a PP, at 3:16 of the second period. . . . F Glenn Gawdin (8) put the visitors back out front at 6:14. . . . F Gilian Kohler (2) tied it again, at 6:50. . . . The Broncos went back out front as F Tyler Steenbergen (21) counted, on a PP, at 8:41. . . .  Fleury (3) forced OT with a goal at 8:54. . . . Veloso added two assists to his goal, as did Kroeker, while Kohler had one. . . . Gawdin and Steenbergen each had two assists, with Heponiemi getting one. That means the Broncos’ hot line had a nine-point outing. . . . The Ice was 2-6 on the PP; the Broncos were 3-4. . . . G Bailey Brkin started for the Ice and allowed three goals on 13 shots in 26:14. Kurtis Chapman came on in the second period and stopped 12 of 13 shots in 36:39. . . . The Broncos got 31 saves from G Logan Flodell. . . . Announced attendance: 2,479.


At Red Deer, the Prince George Cougars scored the game’s last four goals and beat the Rebels 4-1. . . . The Cougars (4-5-3) had lost their previous three games (0-2-1). . . . The Rebels slipped to 6-5-0. . . . F Mason McCarty (10) gave the home team a 1-0 lead at 3:04 of the first period. . . . F Josh Maser (4) pulled the Cougars even at 13:31. . . . F Jackson Leppard (5) broke the tie at 9:18 of the second period and F Aaron Boyd (4), who also had an assist, added insurance at 18:20. . . . F Brogan O’Brien (3) made it 4-1 just 40 seconds into the third period. . . . The Cougars were 0-2 on the PP; the Rebels were 0-1. . . . G Tavin Grant earned the victory with 34 saves, three more than Red Deer’s Ethan Anders. . . . Announced attendance: 4,204.


At Regina, F Ty Ronning had a goal and two assists to lead the Vancouver Giants to a 5-2 victory over the Pats. . . . The Giants (5-5-2) went 3-2-2 on a seven-game road trip that wrapped up with this game. . . . Regina (7-5-1) had a four-game winning streak snapped. . . . Vancouver jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead on goals from F James Malm (3), at 2:25, and F Brendan Semchuk (4), at 15:07. . . . F Emil Oksanen (10) got Regina to within a goal at 15:28, but the Giants took control with the next two goals. . . . D Bowen Byram scored his first WHL goal, on a PP, at 2:29 of the third and F Milos Roman (4) made it 4-1 at 7:09. . . . F Braydon Buziak (1) scored while shorthanded for Regina at 11:47. . . . Ronning (10) finished the scoring with a shorthanded empty-netter at 17:58. . . . F Brad Morrison had two assists for the Cougars, the first one the 200th regular-season point of his career. He has played in 272 games, the first 260 with the Prince George Cougars. . . . F Dawson Holt also had two assists for the winners, with Semchuk getting one. . . . Vancouver was 1-4 on the PP; Regina was 0-3. . . . G Todd Scott earned the victory with 33 saves, 12 fewer than Regina’s Max Paddock. . . . Announced attendance: 6,363.


At Kent, Wash., F Justin Almeida broke a 1-1 tie at 18:45 of the third period as the Moose Jaw Warriors beat the Seattle Thunderbirds, 3-1. . . .The Warriors (9-3-0) have won two in a row. . . . The Thunderbirds (4-4-1) have dropped two straight. . . . F Tanner Jeannot (4) put the visitors out front at 5:14 of the second period. . . . F Sami Moilanen (9) tied it at 8:19. . . . The Warriors got the empty-netter from F Noah Gregor (8), at 19:31 of the third period. . . . The Warriors got two assists from D Dmitri Zaitsev, with Jeannot adding one. . . . Seattle was 0-2 on the PP; Moose Jaw was 0-4. . . . Seattle head coach Matt O’Dette wasn’t enamoured by the officiating. Here’w what he told Andy Eide of 710 ESPN Seattle: “They’re playing extremely hard and it’s frustrating when you don’t get a fair shake. We earned some calls there in the third that weren’t called. I’ll have to watch the video and assess it. Those were choices by the refs, not to make those calls for whatever reason. It’s a tough pill to swallow . . .” . . . G Brody Willms recorded the victory with 31 saves. . . . G Liam Hughes stopped 31 shots for Seattle. . . . The Thunderbirds had freshman Russian F Nikita Malukhin in the lineup for the first time. He had been out since suffering an undisclosed injury during the exhibition season. . . . Seattle D Turner Ottenbreit didn’t play as he completed a six-game suspension. He last played on Sept. 30. . . . Announced attendance: 5,070.


At Kennewick, Wash., F Jordan Topping scored three times to help the Tri-City Americans to a 6-3 victory over the Kamloops Blazers. . . . The Americans (8-4-0) have won five in a row. . . . The Blazers (3-10-0) had won their previous three games. . . . Topping, who has nine goals, gave the Americans a 2-0 lead with a pair of first-period goals, at 6:59 and 11:23, the latter via the PP. . . . F Garrett Pilon (5) scored the Blazers’ first goal, at 19:12. . . . Tri-City got the only two goals of the second period, from D Roman Kalinichenko (1), at 15:30, and F Parker AuCoin (3), at 18:44. . . . The teams exchanged goals in the third period, with F Carson Denomie (1) and D Joe Gatenby (4) scoring for Kamloops, and F Michael Rasmussen (5) and Topping, with the empty-netter, counting for the winners. . . . Tri-City got two assists from D Dylan Coghlan and one from Rasmussen. . . . Each team was 1-3 on the PP. . . . G Patrick Dea earned the victory with 26 saves. . . . Kamloops starter Dylan Ferguson stopped 21 of 25 shots through two periods. Max Palaga played the third, allowing one goal on eight shots. . . . Announced attendance: 3,730.


At Kelowna, F Carsen Twarynski scored three times and F Kole Lind had a goal and three assists as the Rockets dumped the Portland Winterhawks, 7-2. . . . The Rockets (5-5-2) had lost their previous five games (0-4-1). . . . The Winterhawks (9-2-0) had won seven in a row. They are 4-1-0 on the road. . . . Portland played four straight games against Kelowna, winning the first two — 5-4 in OT and 8-2 — on home ice, then winning 3-1 on the road Friday. . . . Yes, these two teams played their four-game season series in the span of eight nights. . . . Last night, the Rockets scored the game’s first three goals, with D Cal Foote (3) scoring 47 seconds into the first period, Twarynski getting his first of the night at 4:31, and Lind scoring his eighth, on a PP, at 14:47. . . . Portland F Cody Glass (6) cut into the lead at 2:39 of the second period, but Kelowna took control with the next two goals, from Twarynski, on a PP, at 9:30, and F Nolan Foote, at 12:24. . . . D Henri Jokiharju (5) had Portland’s other goal, with Twarynski (6) and F Leif Mattson (1) adding third-period PP goals for the Rockets. . . . That was Twarynski’s second career WHL hat trick. . . . D Gordie Ballhorn, F KyleTopping and F Erik Gardiner each had three assists for Kelowna, with Cal Foote and Mattson adding one each. . . . F Kieffer Bellows had two assists for Portland. He had four goals and six assists in the four games against Kelowna. . . . Kelowna was 4-5 on the PP; Portland was 1-4. . . . G James Porter earned the victory with 34 saves. . . . Portland G Shane Farkas stopped 29 shots. . . . Announced attendance: 4,774.


SUNDAY (all times local):

Prince George at Calgary, 4 p.m.

Spokane at Edmonton, 4 p.m.

Seattle at Everett, 4 p.m.

Medicine Hat at Lethbridge, 6 p.m.


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