Strandberg updates his condition … Wheaties storm past Broncos … Pats get win in Everett

Leonard Strandberg has been a familiar face in hockey circles, especially in Western Canada, for a long time.

Unfortunately, he was involved in a motorcycle accident while in Arizona last week and now is in hospital where he continues to undergo treatment that to date has included the removal of one leg below the knee.

On Sunday, he sent out the statement that follows . . .

No one has any idea how long he will be in hospital, but the family is going to need help. With that in mind, there is a GoFundMe site right here.


If you had hoped to land one of the late Ed Chynoweth’s rings that was available at Classic Auctions, sorry, but you’re too late.

There were 13 rings, all of them hockey-related, in the lot. They brought in a total of $9,737. Of course, not all of that goes to the Chynoweth family as the auction house takes a chunk off the top in handling fees, etc.

The 1989 Swift Current Broncos Memorial Cup ring went for $1,685, the most of any of them. It also had 12 bids, which was tops.

The rings that were available and what they brought:

1989 Swift Current Broncos Memorial Cup, $1,685;

2002 Kootenay Ice Memorial Cup, $977.

1983 Portland Winterhawks Memorial Cup, $783;

1987 Medicine Hat Tigers Memorial Cup, $783;

1994 and 1996 World Junior Championship, $783 each;

1981 Canada Cup, $666;

1994 Kamloops Blazers Memorial Cup, $646;

1991 Spokane Chiefs Memorial Cup, $587;

1995 Kamloops Blazers Memorial Cup $587;

1985 World Junior Championship, $533;

1986 CHL Presidents ring, $484; and

1985 Prince Albert Raiders Memorial Cup, $440;

Before he died, Chynoweth, who meant so much to major junior hockey not just in the west but all of Canada, had told his family not to hang on to memorabilia for his sake. Without any collectors in the family, the decision was reached to sell off a lot of the things that had been in their husband/father’s possession.

I have been told that there are more lots to come, including sweaters and photographs.


Kelly Remple has been in the Moose Jaw/Regina area for more than a few years. He posted the above tweet on Saturday. It’s interesting to visit it and check out the responses. It’s also interesting that not one person has indicated they either have purchased a ticket (or tickets) or that they intend to be at the game, at least not as of the last time I checked.


So . . . were you surprised last week when you heard that Gary Bettman, the commissioner of hockey, was talking with money in Houston, perhaps about putting an NHL franchise in the fourth-largest sporting market in the U.S.? . . . Larry Brooks of the New York Post explains right here exactly what is happening with all of that.


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Taylor Harnett, 42, has signed on as the general manager and head coach of the MJHL’s Waywayseecappo Wolverines, replacing Arnie Caplan, who was in his first season when he was dismissed earlier this month. . . . Harnett, from Edmonton, has coached bantam and midget teams at Edmonton’s South Side Athletic Club in recent seasons. One of his players in bantam was Vancouver Giants captain Tyler Benson. Last season, Harnett was with the midget AAA Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings. . . . Paul MacLean, who had been named interim GM and head coach, will be the associate coach, with Dustin Korlak now the director of player operations. . . . The Wolverines were 1-16-1 when Caplan was fired and after beating the visiting Selkirk Steelers 7-4 on Sunday now are 2-22-1.


SUNDAY:

At Brandon, the Wheat Kings erased a 3-2 deficit with five goals as they beat the Swift Current Broncos, 7-3. . . . The Wheat Kings (14-6-1) have won five in a row. . . . The Broncos (15-5-1) had won their previous two games. The Broncos were playing their third game in fewer than 48 hours in three different cities. They beat the host Medicine Hat Tigers 4-3 on Friday, then edged the visiting Calgary Hitmen 2-1 in a shootout on Saturday. . . . On Sunday, the Wheat Kings took a 2-0 lead on goals from F Ty Lewis (11), at 4:20 of the first period, and F Connor Gutenberg (5), on a PP, at 8:01. . . . F Glenn Gawdin (15) got the Broncos to within one, on a PP, at 9:44. . . . The Broncos got a scare at 12:45 when F Tyler Steenbergen, the WHL’s leading goal scorer, left the game after taking a headshot from Brandon F Tanner Kaspick, who was given a major and game misconduct. Steenbergen, whose head hit the glass, went to the dressing room, but was back for the second period. . . . F Conner Chaulk (5) tied the game, on a PP, just 2:02 after Steenbergen left. . . . Steenbergen (31) then gave the Broncos a 3-2 lead at 5:29 of the second period. . . . The Wheat Kings got back into a tie at 8:16 as F Zach Wytinck (1) scored on a PP, and F Stelio Mattheos scored while shorthanded at 14:39 for a 4-3 lead. . . . F Evan Weinger (3) added insurance at 17:00, and the home side put it away on third-period goals from F Cole Reinhardt (6) and Mattheos (16), the latter via the PP. . . . Brandon got two assists from each of D Schael Higson, D Kale Clague, F Gunnar Wegleitner and Reinhardt, with Mattheos, Lewis, Gutenberg and Wytinck adding one apiece. . . . F Aleksi Heponiemi had two assists for the Broncos, with Steenbergen adding one to his goal. . . . Heponiemi leads the WHL scoring race with 54 points, one more than Steenbergen. . . . Brandon was 3-5 on the PP; Swift Current was 2-6. . . . G Logan Thompson earned the victory with 38 stops. . . . G Logan Flodell started for the Broncos. He allowed two goals on three shots in the first 8:01 when Joel Hofer was sent into the fray. He didn’t face a shot in 19 seconds, before Flodell returned. Flodell finished up with 29 saves. . . . The Broncos played a third straight game without Manny Viveiros, their director of hockey operations and head coach, who is scouting in the Western Conference. In his absence, associate coach Ryan Smith went 2-1-0. . . . During a pre-game ceremony, former Wheat Kings star Bill Derlago, who played with the Toronto Maple Leafs, presented Mayor Rick Chrest of Brandon with a Turk Broda banner that had been hanging in the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The old banners have been removed and will be replaced in the ACC with new ones as part of the NHL team’s 100th season celebrations. The old banners now are being given to the hometowns of the former players. Broda, a legendary goaltender, is from Brandon. . . . Announced attendance: 3,241.


At Everett, the Regina Pats scored the game’s first two goals and held on for a 2-1 victory over the Silvertips. . . . Regina (13-9-2) now is 1-1-0 on a six-game road trip. . . . Everett (10-12-2) has lost two in a row. . . . The Silvertips went 1-2-0 in playing three games in fewer than 48 hours. They split a Friday-Saturday doubleheader with the Seattle Thunderbirds, winning 3-2 at home and then losing 2-0 in Kent, Wash. . . . F Robbie Holmes (5) gave Regina a 1-0 lead at 11:47 of the first period, and F Jake Leschyshyn (5) made it 2-0 at 2:19 of the third period. D Josh Mahura drew an assist on each goal. . . . The Silvertips cut the deficit in half on F Patrick Bajkov’s 12th goal, on a PP, at 12:10 of the third period. . . . Everett was 1-6 on the PP; Regina was 0-7. . . . The Pats got 38 saves from G Tyler Brown, while Everett’s Carter Hart stopped 48 shots. . . . Everett was without F Luke Ormsby, who drew a TBD suspension after taking a match penalty on Saturday. They also scratched F Connor Dewar, who was injured in that game. Dewar, in his third season, had missed only one previous game in his WHL career. . . . Everett lost F Sean Richards at 14:33 of the first period with a headshot major and game misconduct for a hit on Regina D Marco Creta, who wasn’t injured. . . . Announced attendance: 4,227.


MONDAY (all times local):

No Games Scheduled.


TUESDAY (all times local):

Saskatoon at Moose Jaw, 7 p.m.

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

Medicine Hat at Prince George, 7 p.m.

Lethbridge at Victoria, 7:05 p.m.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“I don’t know,” Matvichuk reiterated.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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


WEDNESDAY:

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


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


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


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


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


THURSDAY (all times local):

No Games Scheduled.


FRIDAY (all times local):

Calgary at Moose Jaw, 7 p.m.

Brandon at Saskatoon, 7:05 p.m.

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

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

Edmonton at Prince George, 7 p.m.

Vancouver at Kamloops, 7 p.m.

Lethbridge at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.

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

Victoria at Spokane, 7:05 p.m.

Seattle at Everett, 7:35 p.m.


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Royals prepping bid for 2020 Memorial Cup … Broncos’ line tearing it up … Elynuik sparks Chiefs


F Roman Tománek (Calgary, Seattle, 2004-06) has signed a contract for the rest of this season with Mulhouse (France, Ligue Magnus) after being released from a tryout contract with Bayreuth (Germany, DEL2). This season, he had one assist in 13 games with Freiburg (Germany, DEL2).


Now there are two.

The Victoria Royals have confirmed that they are interested in playing host to the 2020 Memorial Cup.

On Thursday, after the Kamloops Blazers announced their intention of making a bid, Cam Hope, the Royals’ president and general manager, told Taking Note that his club “absolutely” was interested.

Hope since has told the Victoria Times Colonist that “we intend to bid for the 2020 Memorial Cup.”

Victoria will be involved in the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship as a co-host with Vancouver and the Giants.

On Friday, Hope told The Times Colonist’s Cleve Dheensaw: “We see a lot of natural crossover between the two events, for sure. Our ticket sales for the world junior championship have been brisk. Our building will be full.”

Hope added “that will be meaningful” when the WHL selects the host city for the 2020 Memorial Cup, something that is expected to happen in October 2018.

The Royals are expected to have more to say about their bid early in 2018.

“Victoria offers the entire package the hockey world is looking for in a Memorial Cup,” Hope told Dheensaw. “It has a deep and rich hockey history, an international airport, knowledge of hosting major sporting events, and is one of the leading tourist destinations in Canada.”

Dheensaw’s story is right here.


It was written in this space yesterday that Dylan Garand was the first goaltender to play for the Kamloops Blazers in his 15-year-old season since Devon Dubnyk in 2001-02.

It turns out that was in error.

Jon Keen, the Blazers’ radio voice, points out that Garand is the first since James Priestner on Feb. 23, 2007. On that night, Priestner went the distance in Kamloops as the Blazers, who had built up a 4-0 lead, lost 6-5 in OT to the Chilliwack Bruins. (Hey, remember them?)

F Dillon Johnstone forced OT in that one, scoring his seventh goal of the season, on a PP, at 19:30 of the third period. F Josh Aspenlind won the game 46 seconds into OT, scoring his third goal of the game and 20th of the season.

That was Priestner’s only appearance of the season with Kamloops.

Little did we know that Priestner was writing music during his WHL goaltending days. He now is the found and lead singer for The Lunas.

Give their first single — Until I’m Dead — a listen right here.


If you are a follower of the WHL you know that there frequently are scoring changes made following games, often, in fact, the next day. Such was the case after the Swift Current Broncos beat the host Saskatoon Blades, 6-4, on Friday night. . . . The original on-line scoresheet showed F Aleksi Heponiemi and F Tyler Steenbergen of the Broncos each with a goal and two assists. . . . However, there later were changes made. In the end, then, Heponiemi ended up with a goal and four — yes, four — assists, while Steenbergen would up with a goal and three assists. . . . When you went to bed on Friday night, Steenbergen led the WHL scoring race with 41 points, one more than Heponiemi. . . . When you woke up Saturday, they were tied at 42. . . . Now you know how that happened.

On Saturday night, Heponiemi, Steenbergen and Glenn Gawdin, the third member of that line, combined for 11 points in a 6-0 victory over the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes. . . . When you went to bed, Heponiemi and Steenbergen remained tied for the scoring lead, each with 46 points. . . . But who knows whether it’ll be that way when you arise.

BTW, Gawdin is third in the scoring race, with 38 points. At least, he was last night.


According to a Saturday night tweet from Western Elite Hockey Prospects (@WEHPscout), F Trevor Wong, who was projected as an early pick in the WHL’s 2018 bantam draft, “has committed to the University of Denver.” . . . As WEHP put it: “Big blow to the WHL and the draft in general.” . . . Wong, from Vancouver, won’t turn 15 until May 4. He is playing for the bantam varsity team at St. George’s School, and has 61 points, including 26 goals, in 10 games.


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SATURDAY:

At Swift Current, the Broncos’ hot line struck three times in the first period and that set the tone for what turned into a 6-0 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes. . . . The Broncos (13-3-1), who have won two in a row, got 36 saves — 20 of them in the third period — from G Logan Flodell, who posted his third shutout this season and the ninth of his career. He has three shutouts in each of three straight seasons. . . . The Hurricanes (7-10-1) have dropped six in a row (0-5-1). . . . F Tyler Steenbergen, F Aleksi Heponiemi and F Glenn Gawdin, who form the WHL’s highest-scoring forward unit, combined for 11 points. Steenbergen had two goals and two assists, Heponiemi had a goal and three assists, and Gawdin scored twice and added an assist. . . . Heponiemi got it all started with his 14th goal, just 12 seconds into the game. . . . Steenbergen, who leads the WHL with 26 goals, made it 2-0, on a PP, at 15:01, and Gawdin upped it to 3-0, on another PP, just 22 seconds later. . . . Gawdin (14) added another PP goal in the second period, with F Kaden Elder (5) and Steenbergen scoring in the third. . . . D Colby Sissons helped out with two assists. . . . Heponiemi has played in 17 games and has at least four points in seven of them. He is on a nine-game goal and point streak, having scored 10 goals and totalled 26 points in that time. He has nine points in his past two games. . . . Steenbergen has six games in which he has had at least four points. . . . Gawdin has at least one point in nine straight games, totalling 22 points over that stretch. . . . The Hurricanes got 18 saves from G Reece Klassen. . . . The Broncos were 3-4 on the PP; the Hurricanes were 0-3. . . . Announced attendance: 2,480.


At Brandon, G Logan Thompson blocked 36 shots to lead the Wheat Kings to a 3-1 victory over the Saskatoon Blades. . . . Brandon (11-6-1) has won two in a row. . . . Saskatoon (7-10-1) has lost two straight. . . . The Wheat Kings got a goal and an assist from F Baron Thompson. He opened the scoring with his third goal, on a PP, at 15:24 of the second period. . . . F Stelio Matheos (11) gave the home boys a 2-0 lead at 13:45 of the third period. . . . D Jake Kustra (1) got the Blades to within a goal at 18:45, only to have F Evan Weinger (2) put it away with an empty-netter at 19:59. . . . Brandon was 1-5 on the PP; Saskatoon was 0-3. . . . G Ryan Kubic stopped 21 shots for the Blades. . . . Sophomore D Garrett Sambrook was back in Brandon’s lineup for the first time since Oct. 15. . . . The Wheat Kings were without F Tanner Kaspick, who served a one-game suspension left over from the Team WHL-Russia game on Tuesday night in Swift Current. He was ejected from that game for a headshot on Russia D Alex Alexeyev. . . . The Blades were without F Seth Bafaro, who drew a TBD suspension for a checking-from-behind major and game misconduct on Friday night against the visiting Swift Current Broncos. He hit F Kaden Elder, who was back in the Broncos’ lineup Saturday night. . . . D Randen Schmidt made his WHL debut for the Blades. Schmidt, 17, plays for the midget AAA Regina Pat Canadians. Les Lazaruk, the radio voice of the Blades, points out that Schmidt is the 996th player — and 878th skater — to suit up for the Blades. . . . Announced attendance: 4,804.


At Cranbrook, B.C., the Spokane Chiefs eased a 2-0 deficit two shorthanded goals on the same penalty and went on to score a 5-4 victory over the Kootenay Ice. . . . The Chiefs (10-7-3) have points in three straight games (2-0-1). . . . The Ice (8-11-1) has lost three in a row. . . . Despite being outshot 22-5 in the first period, the Ice emerged with a 1-0 goal as F Cameron Hausinger scored at 18:58. He made it 2-0 with his fourth goal of the season, at 4:05 of the second period. . . . With F Carter Chorney serving a checking-from-behind minor, the Chiefs tied it on shorthanded goals from F Jaret Anderson-Dolan (8), at 4:51, and F Hudson Elynuik (11), at 5:59. . . . F Zach Fischer (5) gave the visitors their first lead at 11:44. . . . The Ice moved into a tie at 15:42 when D Ryan Pouliot (1) scored at 15:42. . . . Spokane D Nolan Reid, who has nine goals, scored the next two goals — at 0:42 and 11:21 of the third period — as his guys took a 5-3 lead. . . . Ice F Alec Baer (7) cut the deficit to one at 18:19. . . . Elynuik had four assists for a huge five-point night, while Anderson-Dolan andD Ty Smith each had two helpers. . . . Spokane was 1-4 on the PP; Kootenay was 0-4. . . . G Dawson Weatherill earned the victory with 23 stops, 11 fewer than Kootenay’s Kurtis Chapman. . . . The Ice is without veteran forwards Colton Kroeker, Vince Loschiavo and Jeff de Wit, all out with undisclosed injuries. . . . Announced attendance: 2,428.


At Medicine Hat, F Max Gerlach scored his second goal of the game with 6.5 seconds left in OT to give the Tigers a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Hitmen. . . . Medicine Hat (12-6-0), which won 4-2 in Calgary on Friday night, has won three in a row. . . . Calgary (6-11-2) has lost two straight. . . . Gerlach, who now has six goals, hadn’t scored since Sept. 30. He suffered a severe facial injury on Oct. 7 and didn’t play again until Oct. 27. This was his sixth game back in the lineup. . . . The Hitmen took a 1-0 lead when F Jake Kryski (2) scored at 1:19 of the first period. . . . The Tigers went ahead 2-1 as F Jaeger White (2) scored his second goal in two games, at 5:43, and Gerlach counted at 16:42. . . . D Jake Bean (2) pulled Calgary even, on a PP, at 19:19. . . . The Tigers went back out front at 5:04 of the second on a PP goal from F Mark Rassell (17), who also had an assist. . . . Calgary F Jakob Stukel forced OT with his eighth goal just 32 seconds into the third period. . . . Calgary got two assists from each of F Mark Kastelic and F Matteo Gennaro. . . . The Tigers were 1-2 on the PP; the Hitmen were 1-4. . . . Medicine Hat G Michael Bullion stopped 36 shots, four more than Calgary’s Nick Schneider. . . . Veteran F James Hamblin was among the Tigers’ scratches after injuring a knee on Friday night. . . . Announced attendance: 3,970.


At Portland, F Joachim Blichfeld scored twice and added an assist to help the Winterhawks to a 5-2 victory over the Tri-City Americans. . . . The Winterhawks (13-4-0) have won four in a row. . . . The Americans (12-5-2) had points in each of their previous 11 games (9-0-2). . . . The Winterhawks took a 2-0 lead on goals from Blichfeld, at 4:01 of the second period, and F Skyler McKenzie (14), at 12:49. . . . F Maxwell James (2) scored for Tri-City, on a PP, at 14:32, but Portland got that one back 22 seconds into the third period when Blichfeld (5) scored, on a PP. . . . F Morgan Geekie (6) pulled the Americans to within a goal at 9:14. . . . The Winterhawks iced it with two empty-netters, from D Keoni Texeira (5) and F Kieffer Bellows (14). . . . Bellows and F Cody Glass each had two assists for Portland. . . . The Winterhawks got 39 saves from G Cole Kehler, while Patrick Dea stopped 44 shots at the other end. . . . Sophomore F Brad Ginnell returned to Portland’s lineup for the first time since Oct. 20. . . . Announced attendance: 9,479.


At Prince George, G Carter Hart stopped 28 shots to earn his first shutout of the season as the Everett Silvertips beat the Cougars, 4-0. . . . Everett (8-10-2) had lost its previous two games (0-1-1). . . . Prince George (6-9-4) had beaten the Silvertips 4-3 in a shootout on Friday night. . . . Hart, who has played in 155 games, now has 20 career regular-season WHL shutouts. He is tied for third on the WHL career list, with Justin Pogge (Calgary, Prince George, 2003-06, 151 games) and Dustin Slade (Kamloops, Brandon, Regina, Vancouver, 2002-07, 132 games). That is one behind Bryan Bridges (Seattle, Kootenay, 2001-06, 213 games) and Leland Irving (Everett, 2003-08, 195 games). The record (26) belongs to Tyson Sexsmith (Vancouver, 2005-09, 179 games). . . F Matt Fonteyne )10) scored the game’s first goal, at 15:44 of the first period. He drew an assist on the second goal, a PP score, from D Kevin Davis (3), at 0:22 of the second period. Before that goal, Everett’s PP had been 0-21, while the Cougars’ penalty killers were 39-39 since Oct. 13. . . . F Riley Sutter (8), who also had an assist, and F Sean Richards (7) added second-period goals. . . . Everett was 1-2 on the PP; Prince George was 0-2. . . . G Tavin Grant allowed four goals on 31 shots through two periods for the Cougars, with Isaiah DiLaura stopping all five shots he faced in the third period. . . . Announced attendance: 3,389.


At Kelowna, the Rockets scored two PP goals in the game’s first five minutes and went on to a 5-2 victory over the Red Deer Rebels. . . . Kelowna (10-6-3) has won five straight home games. . . . Red Deer (8-11-1) has lost six in a row (0-5-1). . . . F Dillon Dude (8), at 1:54, and F Liam Kindree (2), at 4:56, staked Kelowna to that 2-0 lead. . . . F Jared Dmytriw (6) got the Rebels to within a goal at 6:58, but the Rockets pulled away with three second-period goals. . . . D James Hilsendager (2) scored on a PP, at 8:41, with D Braydyn Chizen (1) scoring at 9:07, and F Kole Lind (11) counting at 6:39. . . . The game’s last goal came from Red Deer D Carson Sass (1), at 6:39 of the third period. . . . F Leif Mattson, who went into the game with goals in six of his previous seven games, had two assists. Kindree, Chizen, Lind and Hilsendager had one assist each. . . . Kelowna was 3-6 on the PP; Red Deer was 0-5. . . . G James Porter stopped 27 shots for the Rockets. . . . The Rockets scratched G Brodan Salmond and Larry Fisher of the Kelowna Daily Courier reports that the sophomore will be out up to six weeks with a knee injury. They had Ethan Hunt backing up for the second time in two nights. Hunt, 18, is playing with the junior B Kelowna Chiefs of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. . . . Red Deer starter Ethan Anders was beaten three times on 13 shots in 28:41. Riley Lamb, who suffered a broken thumb in training camp, made his first appearance of the regular season, stopping 17 of 19 shots in 31:19. . . . Announced attendance: 5,008.


At Langley, B.C., F Ty Ronning scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Vancouver Giants to a 4-1 victory over the Victoria Royals. . . . The Giants (7-8-4) have points in three straight (2-0-1). . . . The Royals (14-5-1) had won their previous two games. . . . This was the fifth of 10 meetings between these teams this season, with the Royals having won each of the first four. . . . Ronning, who has 18 goals, opened the scoring at 13:03 of the first period. . . . F Igor Martynov (6) tied it at 15:08. . . . F James Malm (5) broke the tie at 8:13 of the second period. . . . The Giants put it away with third-period goals from F Brad Morrison, on a PP, at 4:36, and Ronning, into an empty net, at 19:50. . . . D Dylan Plouffe had three assists for Vancouver, with Morrison adding one. . . . Vancouver was 1-5 on the PP; Victoria was 0-4. . . . The Giants got 37 saves from G David Tendeck. . . . G Griffen Outhouse stopped 23 shots for the Royals. . . . Announced attendance: 3,474.


At Kent, Wash., F Garrett Pilon drew three assists as the Kamloops Blazers scored a 4-2 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds. . . . The Blazers (7-12-0) have won two in a row and are 7-3-0 since starting 0-9-0. The victory allowed the Blazers to move out of the 22-team league’s basement for the first time this season. They now are tied with the Calgary Hitmen, two points ahead of the idle Edmonton Oil Kings. . . . The Thunderbirds (9-7-2) have lost three in a row (0-2-1). . . . The Blazers scored twice in the game’s first five minutes, with F Nick Chyzowski (5) scoring on a PP at 1:30 and D Ondrej Vala (4) counting at 4:58. . . . The Thunderbirds tied it on second-period goals from F Blake Bargar (4), at 3:42, and F Nolan Volcan (6), on a PP, at 5:19. . . . Kamloops F Quinn Benjafield (4) broke the tie at 15:31 of the second period. . . . F Jermaine Loewen (8) ran his goal streak to four games with an empty-netter at 19:31. . . . Vala also had an assist. . . . Kamloops was 1-3 on the PP; Seattle was 1-4. . . . G Max Palaga stopped 24 shots to get the victory over Liam Hughes, who made 28 saves. . . . Seattle F Sami Moilanen left early in the first period with an undisclosed injury. He leads the Thunderbirds with 11 goals. . . . Announced attendance: 5,052.


SUNDAY (all times local):

Regina at Moose Jaw, 4 p.m.

Edmonton vs. Vancouver, at Langley, B.C., 4 p.m.

Prince Albert at Portland, 5 p.m.


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Yamamoto back with Chiefs … Team WHL whips Russia … Silvertips suspend pair


F Kailer Yamamoto is back with the Spokane Chiefs. The NHL’s Edmonton Oilers returned Yamamoto, 19, who is from Spokane, to the Chiefs on Monday morning.

Yamamoto, the 22nd overall selection in the NHL’s 2017 draft, got into nine games with the Oilers, recording three assists, and was a healthy scratch from three others.

Had Yamamoto played a 10th NHL game, the first year of his three-year entry-level contract would have kicked in.

Yamamoto is a huge addition to the Chiefs, as he put up 101 points, including 42 goals, in 65 games last season.

While Yamamoto was in Edmonton, the Chiefs acquired F Zach Fischer, 20, from the Medicine Hat Tigers. Both are right wingers, as a rule, so the Chiefs now have some firepower from that some.

Combine those two with F Jaret Anderson-Dolan, F Hudson Elynuik and D Ty Smith, who is a potential first-round selection in the 2018 NHL draft, and the Chiefs are almost certain to cause some excitement in the U.S. Division.

The Chiefs are next scheduled to play on Friday when they visit the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Having Yamamoto back in the WHL also is big for USA Hockey’s national junior team, especially with the 2018 World Junior Championship to be decided in Buffalo.

At last year’s tournament, in Montreal and Toronto, Yamamoto put up 14 points, seven of them goals, in nine games. It could be that the Team USA coaching staff puts Yamamoto back on a line with Logan Brown of the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires and Casey Mittelstadt, who plays at the U of Minnesota.

The Buffalo Sabres selected Mittelstadt with the eighth overall pick in the NHL’s 2017 draft, while the Ottawa Senators took Brown with the 11th pick.


Team WHL opened the CIBC Canada-Russia series in Moose Jaw on Monday night by whipping the touring Russian side, 7-0. . . . They’ll play again tonight (Tuesday) in Swift Current. . . . F Kole Lind of the Kelowna Rockets, the only player on Team WHL who is from Saskatchewan, led the way with a pair of goals and an assist. . . . Lind is from Shaunavon. . . . Team WHL, which held period leads of 1-0 and 5-0, got its other goals from F Brett Howden (Moose Jaw), F Matthew Phillips (Victoria), F Tyler Steenbergen (Swift Current), F Cody Glass (Portland) and F Dillon Dube (Kelowna). . . . G Carter Hart (Everett) blocked 20 shots to record the shutout. He was sharp, especially in the first period when he made three or four Grade A saves. Hart played two games with Everett and then was out for more than a month after being diagnosed with mononucleosis. He has played two games with the Silvertips since being cleared to return. Hart is the favourite to be Team Canada’s starting goaltender in Buffalo and he didn’t do anything to change that last night. . . . The Calgary Hitmen got a scare at 11:41 of the second period when D Jake Bean left after blocking a shot. He took the shot off his left ankle and it appeared to cross over and ding his right ankle, as well. As he left the ice, with the assistant of athletic therapist Greg Mayer (Regina), Bean wasn’t able to put any weight on his left foot. However, Bean was back on the ice for the third period. . . . In the third period, Howden took a hard hit and left for the dressing room. He didn’t return. Marc Smith (@MarcSmith18) tweeted later: “There was no update on Howden post-game. He wasn’t available to the media.” . . . F Michael Rasmussen (Tri-City) and F Jaret Anderson-Dolan are without their equipment, which hadn’t made it to Moose Jaw by game time. So they played in new skates and different equipment, something that isn’t an easy thing to do. . . . An attendance figure wasn’t provided on the on-line scoresheet, but there were a lot of empty red seats visible during Sportsnet’s telecast..


You’re a junior hockey fan and you’re starting to get excited about the approaching 2018 World Junior Championship. Bob McKenzie of TSN was in Moose Jaw on Monday for the opening of the CIBC Canada-Russia series, and he spent part of his day writing about the selection process for the team that will represent Canada starting Dec. 26 in Buffalo. That piece is right here.


G Dylan Ferguson of the Kamloops Blazers was still in the NHL on Monday night, serving as the backup for the Vegas Golden Knights during a 4-3 shootout loss to the host Toronto Maple Leafs. . . . Ferguson has been with the Knights on emergency recall for a week, and also backed up G Maxime Lagace for road games against the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators. The Golden Knights wrap up this road trip tonight (Tuesday) in Montreal against the Canadiens. . . . The Blazers no doubt are hoping that Ferguson will be returned after that game. Kamloops next plays Friday against the visiting Red Deer Rebels. . . . The Blazers brought G Dylan Garand, 15, in late last week to back up Max Palaga. Garand, from Victoria, has returned to the Delta Hockey Academy’s midget prep team. He got into one game and acquitted himself well, coming on in relied and stopping 12 of 13 shots in 34:08 in a 5-4 loss to the visiting Vancouver Giants on Saturday night.


The Calgary Hitmen have dropped F Matt Dorsey, 18 from their roster, and he is expected to join the BCHL’s Wenatchee Wild. Dorsey, who is from Wenatchee, was a third-round selection by Calgary in the 2014 bantam draft. However, his progress has been hampered by knee problems. . . . Dorsey had three goals and three assists in 34 games last season, but had yet to get into a game this season. . . . The Hitmen now are carrying 23 players, including 14 forwards and seven defencemen.


The Everett Silvertips’ roster is down to 22 after two forwards — Ethan Browne and Mark Liwiski — were placed on the team’s suspended list. . . . Garry Davidson, the Silvertips’ general manager, explained in a news release that “Liwiski has been found to be in clear violation of team policy. As a result, he has been placed on team suspension, and has returned home indefinitely. We make it very clear that actions he decided upon will not be tolerated and the resulting consequences serve as firm boundary to maintain the culture we have established, and take seriously.” . . . Liwiski, 16, is from Dauphin, Man. He was a third-round pick in the WHL’s 2016 bantam draft. He was pointless in 10 games with Everett after putting up 25 goals and 29 assists in 37 games with the midget AAA Parkland Rangers last season. . . . Meanwhile, Davidson said that Browne “has been placed on suspension as he has clarified his wishes to return home to the Edmonton area.” . . . Browne, 16, is from Sherwood Park, Alta. He was a first-round pick in the 2016 bantam draft. He had one assist in eight games with Everett this season. Last season, he had nine goals and 20 assists in 27 games with the midget AAA Sherwood Park Kings.


Stan Wilson, who spent eight seasons (1982-90) as the Prince Albert Raiders’ equipment manager, worked his 2,000th NHL game on Monday night. Wilson, who is from Melfort, Sask., is the Arizona Coyotes’ head equipment manager. . . . He was part of the Raiders’ Memorial Cup-championship team in 1984-85. Wilson left the Raiders after the 1989-90 season to join the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets as their equipment manager. Of course, the Jets moved to Phoenix after the 1995-96 season, meaning Wilson has been with the same organization since 1990-91. . . . He also has been part of two IIHF World Championship-winning Canadian teams — in 2003 and 2007.


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The AJHL’s Drayton Valley Thunder fired head coach Kyle Adams on Sunday, with assistant coach Derek Wiest moving up to interim head coach. . . . The Thunder, at 3-18-0, is last in the eight team Viterra North. That also is the AJHL’s poorest record. . . . It has been outscored 106-42. . . . Last season, the Thunder was 17-39-4. Adams was hired in June after spending three seasons on staff with the BCHL’s Chilliwack Chiefs. . . . In Drayton Valley, he took over from Jesse Dorrans, who resigned in May while citing personal reasons. . . . Joey Bouchard remains the Thunder’s general manager.


MONDAY:

Team WHL 7, Russia 0, at Moose Jaw.


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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Hockey Canada, CHL talking Olympics … Nagy sparks Royals … Warriors win in Portland


F Juraj Bezúch (Lethbridge, 2011-12) has signed a contract for the rest of this season with Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia, KHL). This season, he had seven goals and seven assists in 15 games with Dukla Trenčín (Slovakia, Extraliga).


Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet posted his latest 31 Thoughts on Tuesday afternoon.

If you are a follower of major junior hockey, this one is rather interesting.

Friedman reports that Hockey Canada, on behalf of the Canadian men’s Olympic team, and the Canadian Hockey League have been talking.

About what?

Well, it seems that the Olympic team would like to have the option of including CHL players on its roster for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games that are scheduled for Feb. 9-25 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Friedman has spoken with sources who have told him that Hockey Canada and the CHL are involved in quite a battle. However, Tom Renney, Hockey Canada’s CEO, says “there is no battle with the CHL.”

Whatever is happening, you can bet that there isn’t a major junior operator out there who would be pleased about losing a star player to the Canadian Olympic team . . . especially after that player likely would have missed about a month with Canada’s national junior team.

But, at the same time, how do you deny a player the opportunity to represent his country at the Olympics?

Canada’s men’s team has three pre-Olympic competitions on its schedule, too. It will play in the Karjala Cup in Zurich, Switzerland, and Helsinki, Finland, Nov. 8-12; the Channel One Cup in Moscow, Dec. 12-17; and the Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland, Dec. 25-31.

If the Olympic team’s roster is to include a CHL player or two, you would think GM Sean Burke, head coach Willie Desjardins and their staff would want to get a look at those players in one or more of those events.

You are able to check out Friedman’s report right here.


F Tyler Benson was back on the ice with the Vancouver Giants on Tuesday and Steve Ewen of Postmedia was there. As Ewen reports right here, the Giants are hopeful that their captain will be in the lineup on Friday against the visiting Prince George Cougars. But the final say will be up to the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers.


The Prince George Cougars have acquired F Matthew Mosher, 17, from the Saskatoon Blades for a ninth-round selection in the 2019 WHL bantam draft. . . . Mosher, from White Rock, B.C., was a third-round pick by the Blades in the 2015 bantam draft. . . . He is pointless in four career games with the Blades, one of them this season. . . . Last season, Mosher had 13 goals and eight assists in 29 games with the midget prep team at Delta Hockey Academy.


The Everett Silvertips have four goaltenders on their roster, although only two of them have been healthy in recent times. However, that is about to change as Carter Hart (mononucleosis) was back on the ice Tuesday; he hasn’t played since Sept. 30. At the same time, Dustin Wolf is back practising after recovering from off-season hip surgery. . . . With those two on the sidelines, Dorrin Luding and 15-year-old Blake Lyda have been holding down the net. . . . Head coach Dennis Williams isn’t about to commit one way or the other, but fans may get a feel for which way he will go when the Silvertips play Friday in Kamloops and Sunday in Portland. . . . Jesse Geleynse of the Everett Herald has more on the Silvertips’ goaltending situation right here.


F Nolan Patrick of the Philadelphia Flyers didn’t finish Tuesday’s 6-2 loss to the visiting Anaheim Ducks. Patrick, 19, who spent the past three seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings, left at 2:35 of the second period after taking a hit from Anaheim F Chris Wagner and having his head bounce off the glass. . . . An update on Patrick’s condition isn’t expected to be available until sometime today (Wednesday). . . . Patrick was playing in his ninth game of the season. . . . If you haven’t seen the play, there’s more right here.


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TUESDAY:

At Calgary, the Spokane Chiefs scored four third-period goals en route to a 6-4 victory over the Hitmen. . . . The Chiefs (8-5-1) have points in four straight games (3-0-1). . . . The Hitmen are 4-8-1. . . . Calgary held leads of 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2 before Spokane’s third-period offensive explosion. . . . Goals from F Andrei Grishakov (3) and F Matteo Gennaro, on a PP, at 1:49 and 6:38 of the first period got the home side off to a great start. . . . F Zach Fischer (2), with his first goal since being acquired from the Medicine Hat Tigers last week, got the Chiefs started, on a PP, at 8:39. . . . F Cael Zimmerman (2) restored Calgary’s two-goal lead at 10:47, but F Hudson Elynuik (7) got that one back for Spokane at 18:03. . . . After a scoreless second period, Gennaro (8), on a PP, gave the Hitmen a 4-2 lead. . . . D Nolan Reid (5) pulled Spokane to within a goal, at 7:18 of the third period, and F Riley McKay (2) tied it at 13:04. . . . F Eli Zummack (4) gave Spokane its first lead, on a PP, at 17:40, and F Riley Woods (7) iced it with an empty-netter while on a PP at 19:49. . . . The Chiefs also got three assists from Reid, who enjoyed his first career four-point outing. F Jaret Anderson-Dolan added two assists, with Woods and Zummack each getting one. . . . D Jake Bean had two assists for Calgary, with Grishakov adding one. . . . Spokane was 3-6 on the PP; Calgary was 2-5. . . . The Chiefs got 30 saves from G Donovan Buskey, who recorded his first career WHL victory in his third appearance this season and his seventh in two seasons. He went into the game at 0-3-1. A 17-year-old from Vancouver, B.C., Buskey was a third-round selection by Spokane in the 2015 bantam draft. . . . The Hitmen got 32 saves from G Nick Schneider. . . . Announced attendance: 5,678.


At Cranbrook, B.C., the Regina Pats broke a 1-1 tie with five straight goals as they dumped the Kootenay Ice, 6-3. . . . The Pats improved to 8-5-1, while the Ice slipped to 5-7-1. . . . D Josh Mahura put the Pats out front at 2:44 of the first period, only to have F Brett Davis pull the Ice even 19 seconds later. . . . Regina F Matt Bradley (12) snapped the tie at 11:14 of the first period and F Bryce Platt (3) made it 3-1 on a penalty shot at 18:05. . . . The Pats took control with second-period goals from F George King (5), F Robbie Holmes (1) and Mahura (5). . . . The Ice rounded out the scoring with third-period PP goals from Davis (6) and F Colton Veloso (4). . . . F Emil Oksanen and F Sam Steel each had two assists for Regina and Platt had one. . . . The Ice got two assists from D Cale Fleury. . . . Regina was 1-2 on the PP; Kootenay was 2-7. . . . G Tyler Brown turned aside 23 shots for Regina, 10 fewer than the Ice’s Brkin Bailey. . . . The Pats opened a four-game road trip with this victory. . . . Announced attendance: 2,128.


At Red Deer, the Medicine Hat Tigers scored the game’s last four goals and beat the Rebels, 5-2. . . . The Tigers improved to 7-4-0, while the Rebels (6-6-0) lost their second straight game. . . . F Brandon Hagel (4) gave the home team a 1-0 lead at 13:33 of the first period. . . . The Tigers tied it when F Ryan Chyzowski (5) scored, on a PP, at 1:33 of the second period. . . . Red Deer went back out front 1:09 later on F Lane Zablocki’s third goal. . . . Medicine Hat F Ryan Jevne (4) tied it at 16:09 and D David Quenneville (4) provided a 3-2 lead, on a PP, at 18:53. . . . The Tigers put it away with third-period goals from F Tyler Preziuso (3) and D Joel Craven (1). . . . Craven, 17, made his debut with the Tigers after being out with an undisclosed injury. Craven is the son of former Tigers F Murray Craven, who now is the senior vice-president of the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights. . . . F James Hamblin had two assists for the Tigers. . . . Medicine Hat was 2-6 on the PP; Red Deer was 1-3. . . . G Michael Bullion earned the victory with 30 saves. . . . G Ethan Anders made his fourth straight start for the Rebels but was gone after 48:06 as he gave up five goals on 27 shots. Lasse Petersen finished up, stopping all six shots he faced in 11:53. . . . Announced attendance: 3,534.


At Saskatoon, F Regan Nagy scored three times and added an assist as the Victoria Royals skated to a 7-2 victory over the Blades. . . . The Royals (10-3-1) have one game left in a seven-game road trip that has stopped in Spokane, Kent, Wash., Edmonton, Regina, Brandon and Saskatoon. The Royals, who will wind it up in Prince Albert tonight, are (3-3-0) on the swing. . . . The Blades (3-7-1) have lost three in a row (0-2-1). . . . In this one, the Blades had a 16-11 edge in first-period shots, but found themselves trailing 3-0 when the second period began. . . . F Dante Hannoun (9) gave Victoria a 1-0 lead at 1:27 of the first, with Nagy scoring twice, at 6:46 and 18:12. . . . Nagy completed his second hat trick this season at 11:53 of the second period for a 5-0 lead. . . . Nagy has 13 goals in 14 games; last season, he finished with 18 goals in 69 games. . . . F Jared Legien (6), F Tyler Soy (6) and F Matthew Phillips (12), shorthanded, also scored for Victoria. . . . Phillips, who scored his 100th career regular-season goal, tied the franchise record as he recorded a point in a 14th straight game. He now shares the record with F Mark Santorelli, who did it with the 2006-07 Chilliwack Bruins. . . . Soy added an assist to his goal, giving him 251 career regular-season points in 266 games. He is 13 points shy of the franchise record held by F Brandon Magee, who had 264 points in 318 games with Victoria/Chilliwack Bruins (2010-15). . . . Saskatoon got goals from F Dryden Michaud (1) and F Josh Paterson (3). . . . Victoria F Yan Khomenko earned three assists as he was in on each of his club’s first three goals. Soy and Hannoun added one assist each. . . . Victoria was 1-4 on the PP; Saskatoon was 0-4. . . . G Griffen Outhouse played the first two periods for the visitors, stopping 28 of 29 shots. Dean McNabb played the third period, turning aside 10 of 11 shogts. . . . G Ryan Kubic started for Saskatoon and gave up five goals on 14 shots in 31:53. Joel Grzybowski played the last 28:06, stopping 10 of 12 shots. . . . Announced attendance: 2,732.


At Portland, F Jayden Halbgewachs had a goal and three assists to help the Moose Jaw Warriors to a 6-4 victory over the Winterhawks. . . . The Warriors (10-3-0) have won three in a row. . . . The Winterhawks (9-3-0) have lost two straight. . . . F Brett Howden opened the scoring for the Warriors at 15:42 of the first period. . . . Portland F Skyler McKenzie (12) tied it, on a PP, 1:06 later. . . . D Jett Woo (5) gave the Warriors a 2-1 lead, on a PP, at 3:46 of the second period. . . . F Kieffer Bellows pulled the Winterhawks even at 10:11, but the Warriors scored the next two goals to gain the edge. Howden (6) scored at 13:45 and F Tanner Jeannot (5) made it 4-2 at 17:50. . . . F Alex Overrhardt (4), on a PP, got Portland to within a goal at 2:40 of the third period. . . . D Luka Burzan (1) restored Moose Jaw’s two-goal lead 16 seconds later 2:56. . . . The Winterhawks moved back to within a goal when Bellows (9) scored at 16:25, but Halbgewachs (7) put it away with an empty-netter at 19:10. . . . F Brayden Burke had two assists for Moose Jaw, with Howden, Woo and Jeannot earning one apiece. . . . Portland got two assists from McKenzie and one from Bellows. . . . The Warriors were 1-5 on the PP; the Winterhawks were 2-5. . . . G Brody Willms stopped 31 shots for the Warriors. . . . Portland G Cole Keller made 43 saves as he had a 15-game winning streak snapped. It dated back to last season. This season, he is 7-1-0. . . . F Noah Gregor was among Moose Jaw’s scratches with an undisclosed injury. . . . The Warriors are on a seven-game road trip that followed on the heels of a seven-game homestand. With stops left in Kennewick, Wash., and Medicine Hat, Moose Jaw is 3-2-0. The Warriors dropped 2-1 decisions in Cranbrook, B.C., and Spokane to begin the trip. . . . Last night’s game was played in Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the same time as the NBA’s Trail Blazers were playing their home-opener at the Moda Center. . . . Announced attendance: 2,618.


WEDNESDAY (all times local):

Spokane at Medicine Hat, 7 p.m.

Victoria at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.

Regina at Lethbridge, 7 p.m.

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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TUESDAY:

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


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


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


WEDNESDAY (all times local):

Victoria at Edmonton, 7 p.m.

Brandon at Regina, 7 p.m.

Vancouver at Saskatoon, 7:05 p.m.

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

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


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Which franchises wouldn’t make it? … Outdoor game in Regina? … Everett gets back its Hart

The WHL’s travelling medicine show stopped in Moose Jaw this week, where Ron Robison, the commish, took part in a chat during the Warriors’ annual general meeting. According to Marc Smith of discovermoosejaw.com: “One of the big topics that Robison discussed was the lawsuit that the WHL is facing in regards to players’ status as employees. Robison said it’s something that could cost the league a third of its teams if it were to be successful.” . . . Discuss among yourselves which seven or eight franchises would be most in danger of going the way of the dodo bird.


Here is one person’s list of the eight franchises that might top a goodbye list, in no particular order: Brandon Wheat Kings; Kootenay Ice; Lethbridge Hurricanes; Medicine Hat Tigers; Moose Jaw Warriors; Prince Albert Raiders; Prince George Cougars; Swift Current Broncos.


According to Smith, Robison also told the audience that the WHL soon will be exempted from minimum wage legislation in even more jurisdictions. “Having been registered in the Canadian amateur hockey system since Day 1, over 50 years ago, we’ve always been (of the) view that we’re amateur hockey players, so it’s really a government matter,” Robison said, according to Smith. “The Saskatchewan government was the first province in the country to recognize our players as amateur athletes as employees. Saskatchewan has led the way and we’ve now had success in B.C. and Washington state, and we’re soon to have success in Manitoba and Oregon, but we’re having a little trouble in Alberta. They’re not supporting (our) position.”


The WHL’s travelling show journeyed on to Regina for a Thursday production, the highlight of which may have been supplied by John Paddock, the general manager and head coach of the Regina Pats. According to a tweet from Taylor Shire of Global Regina, Paddock “calls Moose Jaw the best team in the Eastern Conference. Hopes the Pats can provide a challenge for them.”


Apparently, there wasn’t anything said in Moose Jaw or Regina about the Warriors and Pats playing an outdoor game at Mosaic Stadium, the home of the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders. . . . So we are left to wonder if Sportsnet really did have the scoop with the above tweet on Wednesday. The WHL schedule calls for the Warriors to play in Regina on Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. . . . The scoop in the above tweet came from a piece written by Sam Cosentino, the well-connected analyst on Sportsnet’s major junior telecasts. However, that last sentence was removed at some point after the story was posted. . . . Still, I’m betting on Sam having the dope on this.


Isn’t it exciting to have NHL games back on TV? Isn’t it fun to flip through the channels and see which games are blacked out in your market? Hello, NFL. Hello, MLB.


What does it mean that 14 goaltenders have been involved in WHL trades since May 22? Yes, 14 goaltenders — Jordan Hollett, Nick Schneider, Mario Petit, Travis Child, Declan Hobbs, Kyle Dumba, Dylan Myskiw, Hunter Arps, Bailey Brkin, Kurtis Chapman, Jacob Wassermann, Liam Hughes, Ryan Kubic and Logan Flodell — have been dealt as general managers strive to improve the game’s most important position.


Yes, it’s time for the CHL to bury the rule that prohibits import goaltenders from playing over here.


Did anyone have a better Wednesday than Colin Priestner, the general manager of the Saskatoon Blades? He started the day with four quality 20-year-olds. By the time the day was done, he had made two trades, moving out G Logan Flodell, 20, and bringing in G Ryan Kubic, 19. That allowed Priestner to keep forwards Cam Hebig and Braylon Shmyr, both 20 and both of whom can score.


The Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks played an exhibition game in China on Thursday. . . . Headline at nhl.com: China Games big first step for NHL (subhead: Kings’ historic win against Canucks thrills fans new to hockey). . . . Headline at theglobeandmail.com: ‘The NHL blew it’: League’s first preseason game in China draws few fans, leaves supporters disappointed.


Carter Hart, the WHL’s top goaltender each of the past two seasons, is on his way back to the Everett Silvertips for a fourth season. Hart, 19, was returned to Everett by the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday. The Flyers selected him in the second round of the 2016 NHL draft and he has signed a three-year entry-level contract. . . . Hart has been the WHL’s goaltender of the year and on the Western Conference’s first all-star team for two years running. He was the CHL’s top goaltender for 2015-16. . . . Hart is 85-40-18, 2.13, .921 in 149 career regular-season appearances with the Silvertips. Last season, he was 32-11-8, 1.99, .927; in 2015-16, he was 35-23-4, 2.14, .918. . . . The Silvertips have three other goaltenders on their roster, but two of them — Dustin Wolf of Tustin, Calif., and Danton Belluk of Lorette, Man., are 16 years of age. Chances are that Everett will keep Dorrin Luding, 18, to caddy for Hart. Luding, from Prince George, was a third-round selection by the Saskatoon Blades in the WHL’s 2014 bantam draft.


The Medicine Hat Tigers have signed Swedish D Linus Nassen, 19, to a WHL contract. Nassen was selected by the Tigers in the CHL’s 2017 import draft. . . . In the CHL’s 2016 import draft, he was taken by the Brandon Wheat Kings but he never joined them. However, he arrived in Medicine Hat on Wednesday. . . . Last season, he had three goals and 13 assists in 25 games with Lulea HF’s U-20 team, and added a goal and an assist in 21 games with Lulea’s SHL team. He was pointless in four games on loan to AIK of the Allsvenskan. Nassen also had two assists in four games with Sweden’s U-19 team and one assist in three games with the U-20 team. . . . Nassen was selected by the Florida Panthers in the third round of the NHL’s 2017 draft. . . . The Tigers have two other imports on their roster. Freshman F Mick Kohler, from Germany, also was taken in the CHL’s 2017 import draft. Latvian D Kristians Rubins, who turns 20 on Dec. 11, is recovering from shoulder surgery. Rubins will start the season on the Tigers’ injured list. Once he recovers and is ready to play, the Tigers will have seven days to get down to two imports. . . . Of course, Rubins is a two-spotter, as a 20-year-old and an import.

Meanwhile, the Tigers also will be without F Zach Fischer, another 20-year-old, as he recovers from a concussion suffered while in camp with the NHL’s Calgary Flames. . . . G Jordan Hollett (mononucleosis) also is out, meaning G Michael Bullion, 20, will start on Friday against the Hurricanes in Lethbridge.


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The Spokane Chiefs are in Prince George where they will open the regular season by playing a Friday-Saturday doubleheader against the Cougars. The Chiefs, who didn’t make the playoffs last season, still have four 16-year-olds on their roster, three of them selections in the WHL’s 2016 bantam draft — F Luke Toporowski of Bettendorf, Iowa, who was taken in the first round; F Carter Chorney of Sherwood Park, Alta., picked in the second round; F Adam Beckman of Saskatoon, who was taken in the fifth round; and D Tyson Feist of Dawson Creek, B.C. . . . The Chiefs will open the season with their two top forwards, as Kailer Yamamoto remains in camp with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers and Jaret Anderson-Dolan still is with the Los Angeles Kings.


The Moose Jaw Warriors don’t have any 16-year-olds left after releasing D Austin Herron from their roster on Thursday. The 6-foot-3 Herron, who is from Abbotsford, B.C., was a third-round selection in the WHL’s 2016 bantam draft. He has played the past two seasons at the Yale Hockey Academy in Abbotsford.

Meanwhile, the Kamloops Blazers are poised to open the season with two 16-year-olds on their roster, both of them good Saskatchewan boys — F Connor Zary of Saskatoon and D Quinn Schmiemann of Wilcox. . . . Zary, who actually will turn 16 on Monday, was a scorer in bantam AAA (81 points, including 44 goals, in 30 games) and midget AAA (45 points, including 27 goals, in 36 games last season). A second-round pick in the 2016 bantam draft, he should get a look among the Blazers’ top six forwards. . . . Schmiemann, a third-round pick in the 2016 bantam draft, is one of eight defencemen on the roster. He and Sean Strange, a 17-year-old from Saanich, B.C., are the only freshmen. Strange was a 10th-round pick in the 2015 bantam draft.


D Noah Juulsen is expected to miss up to six weeks with a fractured foot suffered on Monday while playing with the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens during an exhibition game in Quebec City. Juulsen, 20, spent the previous four seasons with the Everett Silvertips and is eligible to return for one more season. The Canadiens selected him in the first round of the NHL’s 2015 draft. Juulsen, who is from Surrey, B.C., was thought to have an outside shot at landing a spot on the Canadiens’ roster this season. When he returns from injury he is likely to be assigned to the AHL’s Laval Rocket.


D Anthony Kehrer, a second-round pick by the Brandon Wheat Kings in the WHL’s 2017 bantam draft, announced on Twitter that he has committed to attending the U of Wisconsin and playing for the Badgers. Kehrer, from Winnipeg, turned 15 on March 4. . . . Last season, he had four goals and 23 assists in 29 games with the Rink Hockey Academy’s bantam prep team.


F Vladislav Lukin, who played the past three seasons with the Tri-City Americans, has signed a tryout deal with the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles. Lukin, from Ufa, Russia, had 26 goals and 32 assists in 63 games with the Americans last season. . . . In 183 career regular-season WHL games, he put up 54 goals and 64 assists. . . . He was in camp with the Americans but left this week in search of a pro deal. Lukin, 20, is eligible to play one more season in the WHL.


Earlier this week, there was news that nine games between the Portland Winterhawks and Seattle Thunderbirds would be televised in the Seattle area by JOEtv. The Winterhawks announced Thursday that the games will be televised in their area by Portland’s CW. Here’s the TV schedule:

Sept. 30, at Portland, 6 p.m.

Oct. 7, at Seattle, 6:05 p.m.

Dec. 30, at Seattle, 6:05 p.m.

Dec. 31, at Portland, 7 p.m.

Jan. 13, at Portland, 6 p.m.

Feb. 10, at Seattle, 6:05 p.m.

Feb. 11, at Portland, 5 p.m.

March 4, at Seattle, 5:05 p.m.

March 17, at Seattle, 6:05 p.m.

In Regina, Access Communications will carry 20 games involving the Regina Pats, with 15 of those games featuring other East Division teams. . . . The telecast schedule is right here.


Friday games (opening of regular season; all times local):

Regina at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.

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

Moose Jaw at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.

Medicine Hat at Lethbridge, 7 p.m.

Swift Current at Saskatoon, 7:05 p.m.

Spokane at Prince George, 7 p.m.

Vancouver at Victoria, 7:05 p.m.

Kamloops at Kelowna 7:05 p.m.

Saturday games (all times local):

Kootenay at Calgary, 7 p.m.

Prince Albert at Moose Jaw, 7 p.m.

Edmonton at Red Deer, 7 p.m.

Brandon at Regina, 7 p.m.

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

Spokane at Prince George, 7 p.m.

Victoria at Vancouver 7 p.m.

Kelowna at Kamloops, 7 p.m.

Portland at Everett, 7:05 p.m.

Tri-City vs. Seattle, at Kent, Wash., 7:05 p.m.

Sunday games (all times local):

Red Deer at Edmonton, 4 p.m.

Tri-City at Everett, 4:05 p.m.


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Ronning fills hat for Giants … Eagles in dire need of billets … Broncos extend coach

F Bruno Mráz (Brandon, 2011-12) has been released by Metallurg Novokuznetsk (Russia, Vysshaya Liga) by mutual consent. The VHL regular season hasn’t started yet. Last season, with Zvolen (Slovakia, Extraliga), he had 17 goals and 19 assists in 44 games.


In Everett, F Ty Ronning scored the game’s last three goals as the Vancouver Giants beat the Tri-City Americans, 5-4, in OT. . . . The Giants (2-1-0) erased a 4-1 deficit with three goals in the last 12:12 of the third period. . . .D Bowen Byram got the comeback started at 7:48. . . . Ronning, who also had an assist, followed with PP goals at 14:49 and 18:45 to tie the score. He won it at 4:14 of OT. . . . F Nolan Yaremko had two goals for Tri-City (2-0-1), with F Sasha Mutala adding one. They both have five goals in the exhibition season. . . . Vancouver was 2-2 on the PP; Tri-City was 3-6. . . . G Ryan Kubic started for the Giants, giving up three goals on 16 shots in 32:41. Todd Scott finished up by stopping 14 of 15 shots in 25:09. . . . G Talyn Boyko turned aside 47 shots for Tri-City. . . .

In Everett, the Spokane Chiefs broke a 2-2 tie with three third-period goals and beat the Seattle Thunderbirds, 5-2. . . . The Thunderbirds, the WHL’s defending champions, went 0-3 in playing three games in Everett over the weekend. . . . D Aaron Hyman pulled Seattle into a 2-2 tie at 8:09 of the second period. . . . F Kailer Yamamoto gave the Chiefs (2-1-0) a 3-2 lead at 7:25 of the third period. . . . F Jaret Anderson-Dolan added insurance at 15:00 and D Matt Leduc got the empty-netter at 19:54. . . . Seattle was 1-9 on the PP; Spokane was 0-4. . . . Spokane G Dawson Weatherill stopped 34 shots, including a second-period penalty shot by F Nolan Volcan. . . . Seattle starter Matt Berlin blocked 13 of 15 shots in 32:10, with Cole Schwebius coming on to also stop 13 of 15, in 25:24. . . .

In Everett, the Silvertips built up a 5-2 lead and hung on for a 5-4 victory over the Portland Winterhawks. . . . F Connor Dewar had a goal and two assists for Everett (2-1-0), giving him six points, including three goals, in three exhibition games. . . . Portland (1-2-0) was 1-6 on the PP; Everett was 1-8. . . . Everett G Carter Hart went the distance, making 42 saves. It was the first game appearance for Hart in this camp, as he hadn’t even appeared in a scrimmage. . . . Portland got 24 saves from G Evan Fradette. . . .


In Prince Albert, the Saskatoon Blades scored twice in the third period to beat the Raiders, 4-3. . . . F D-Jay Jerome gave the Raiders a 3-2 lead with a shorthanded goal at 13:20 of the second period. . . . Saskatoon D Payton McIsaac tied the score with a shorthanded goal at 7:38 of the third period and F Michael Farren broke the tie at 18:11. . . . Prince Albert (0-1-0) was 0-2 on the PP; Saskatoon (2-1-0) was 0-4. . . . Saskatoon G Koen MacInnes stopped 24 of 26 shots in 52:31, with Nolan Maier stopping three of four in 7:29. . . . Ian Scott went the distance for the Raiders, with 24 saves.


There is a housing shortage in Canmore, Alta., and it may be impacting the AJHL’s Eagles’ ability to find billets for all of their players. . . . Andrew Milne, the Eagles’ general manager and head coach, told Ryan Rumbolt of CBC News: “We’re faced with a lack of billets and it’s not something that we can have a ‘Plan B’ for. The players are coming from all over North America . . . to play for our hockey club and they don’t have a house. If we don’t have anywhere to house them, we don’t have a hockey team.” . . . The complete story is right here.


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The SJHL’s Humboldt Broncos announced Sunday that they have signed general manager and head coach Darcy Haugan to an extension “that will lead him into the 2020 season.” . . . Haugan, who is from Peace River, Alta., is into his third season as the Broncos’ head coach.