Saturday in the WHL: Jeannot’s hat trick sparks Warriors … Silvertips can’t solve Berlin’s wall … Ronning streak reaches 10 games … Buskey blanks Raiders

F Josh Nicholls (Saskatoon, 2008-13) has signed a contract for the rest of this season with Storhamar (Norway, GET-Ligaen). He started the season with Litvínov (Czech Republic, Extraliga), where he had two assists in eight games. He was released by mutual agreement on Oct. 26.

F Nolan Patrick played his 11th NHL game on Saturday afternoon, with his Philadelphia Flyers dropping a 5-4 OT decision to the visiting Calgary Flames.

Patrick, in his second game back after missing nine with a concussion, scored his second goal of the season — that’s it in the above tweet. He now has two goals and two assists.

Patrick spent the previous three seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings, although he missed a good chunk of last season with a sports hernia that later required surgery.

If there ever was any doubt about whether Patrick, 19, would be sent back to the Wheat Kings it likely has been erased now that he has passed the 10-game mark. That means the first season of his three-year entry-level contract has kicked into action.

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At Swift Current, G Joel Hofer stopped 44 shots, three of those in a shootout, as the Broncos beat the Calgary Hitmen, 2-1. . . . The Broncos (15-4-1) have won two straight. . . . The Hitmen (6-13-4) have lost six in a row (0-3-3). . . . F Tyler Steenbergen, the WHL’s leading sniper, won it with the shootout’s only goal. He was the second shooter in a shootout that went three rounds. . . . D Sahvan Khaira (3) gave the Broncos a 1-0 lead at 7:00 of the second period. . . . Calgary tied it on F Jake Kryski’s fourth goal, on a PP, at 13:43 of the third period. . . . Broncos F Aleksi Heponiemi drew one assist and took over the WHL scoring lead with 52 points, one more than Steenbergen. . . . Calgary was 1-5 on the PP; Swift Current was 0-2. . . . Hofer, a 17-year-old freshman from Winnipeg, has made four appearances this season. He is 2-1-0, 2.05, .939. . . . G Nick Schneider stopped 24 shots for Calgary. . . . Calgary F Matteo Gennaro was scratched for a second straight game. . . . The Broncos were without Manny Viveiros, their director of player personnel and head coach, who is further west on a scouting junket. He spent Friday night in Kelowna watching the Rockets and Lethbridge Hurricanes. Last night, he was spotted in Kent, Wash., where the Seattle Thunderbirds and Everett Silvertips were meeting. . . . Associate coach Ryan Smith was in charge of the Swift Current bench for a second straight game and now has two WHL coaching victories. . . . When it was suggested to one Broncos insider that Viveiros may be an NFL fan and could be in Seattle for Monday Night Football — the Atlanta Falcons will meet the Seahawks — the response was: “Oh, maybe. I think he’s a Falcons fan.” . . . The Broncos are to play in Brandon this afternoon, their third game in three different cities in fewer than 48 hours. . . . Announced attendance: 2,464.

At Moose Jaw, F Tanner Jeannot scored three times to lead the Warriors to a 6-3 victory over the Saskatoon Blades. . . . Moose Jaw (18-5-0) has won two in a row and remains atop the overall standings. The Warriors have won six straight at home where they are 10-1-0. . . . Saskatoon (8-12-1) has lost two in a row. . . . Moose Jaw F Brayden Burke, who got his 200th career assist on Friday night, scored the game’s first goal in what was his 200th regular-season game. His ninth goal of this season came off a breakaway at 1:34 of the first period. . . . Burke finished with two goals and two assists. . . . Saskatoon D Libor Hajek (6) tied it at 3:22 and the visitors took the lead as F Michael Farren (2) scored, on a PP, at 12:49. . . . Jeannot got his first goal at 18:13. . . . F Josh Paterson (6) shot Saskatoon back into the lead at 10:12 of the second period. . . . The Warriors scored the game’s last four goals. . . . F Jayden Halbgewachs got No. 20, on a PP, at 15:14 of the second. . . . The winners put it away with three goals late in the third period. Jeannot, who has 16 goals, scored at 15:16 and 17:34 of the third period to complete his second hat trick this season and the third of his career, and Burke got his 10th into an empty net at 19:12. . . . The Warriors got four assists from F Justin Almeida, with Halbgewachs adding one. . . . Hajek had two assists for Saskatoon. . . . The Blades were 2-3 on the PP; the Warriors were 1-3. . . . Moose Jaw G Brody Willms stopped 28 shots, three fewer than Saskatoon’s Ryan Kubic. . . . The Warriors remain without D Josh Brook, D Matthew Benson, D Jett Wood and F Brett Howden. . . . Saskatoon D Seth Bafaro completed a four-game suspension by missing this one. . . . Announced attendance: 3,243.

At Red Deer, the Kootenay Ice scored the game’s last three goals to beat the Rebels, 3-1. . . . Kootenay (10-12-1) had beaten the Rebels 4-3 in Cranbrook, B.C., on Friday night. . . . Red Deer (9-14-1) has lost three in a row. . . . The Rebels were playing their first home game after a 1-6-0 road trip. . . . F Mason McCarty (12) have the home team a 1-0 lead at 1:33 of the second period. . . . The Ice tied it at 9:13 when F Alec Baer (8) scored, then took the lead at 10:08 on F Colton Veloso’s seventh goal. . . . F Peyton Krebs (4) added insurance, on a PP, at 17:21. . . . Kootenay was 1-5 on the PP; Red Deer was 0-2. . . . G Duncan McGovern earned the victory with 23 saves, 10 fewer than Red Deer’s Ethan Anders. . . . Announced attendance: 5,412.

At Portland, the Winterhawks ran their winning streak to five games as they beat the Regina Pats, 3-1. . . . The Winterhawks (15-5-0) now head out on a six-game road trip that opens Tuesday against the Kootenay Ice in Cranbrook, B.C. . . . The Pats (12-9-2) opened an eight-game road trip with this one. They won’t play at home again until Dec. 8. . . . F Cody Glass gave Portland a 1-0 lead with his 11th goal, at 3:46 of the first period. . . . Regina F Sam Steel (7) tied it at 8:53. . . . F Skyler McKenzie (16) broke the tie, on a PP, at 12:19. . . . F Kieffer Bellows (15) finished it with an empty-netter at 19:46 of the third period. . . . Glass and McKenzie each had an assist. . . . In his last six games, Glass has five two-point outings. . . . Bellows came up short on a third-period penalty shot with his guys leading 2-1. . . Portland was 1-3 on the PP; Regina was 0-1. . . . The Winterhawks got 27 stops from G Cole Kehler, who now is 13-2-1, 1.94, .940. . . . G Tyler Brown stopped 28 shots for Regina. . . . Announced attendance: 5,148.

At Prince George, F Jared Bethune broke a 3-3 tie at 2:33 of the third period as the Cougars beat the Oil Kings, 4-3. . . . The Cougars (9-9-4) have won three straight. . . . The Oil Kings (5-15-2) have lost nine in a row. Edmonton went 0-5-0 on a five-game trip into the B.C. Division that included back-to-back losses in Prince George. . . . Last night, F Tomas Soustal (6) gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at 6:41 of the first period. . . . The home side came back with three straight goals. . . . F Brogan O’Brien (7) scored at 7:34, and F Ethan O’Rourke (4) made it 2-1 just 40 seconds later. . . . Bethune’s shorthanded goal, at 1:48 of the second period, stretched the lead to two. . . . Edmonton forged a tie with a pair of second-period goals, from F Colton Kehler (8), on a PP, at 2:40, and F Liam Keeler, with his first WHL goal, at 6:00. . . . Bethune won it with his sixth goal of the season. . . . Edmonton was 1-4 on the PP; Prince George was 0-5. . . . G Tavin Grant turned aside 27 shots to earn the victory over Boston Bilous, who stopped 20 shots. . . . Announced attendance: 4,893.

At Kamloops, F Quinn Benjafield had a goal and three assists to lead the Blazers to a 5-2 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes. . . . Kamloops (9-13-0) has won two in a row and now is 9-4-0 since opening the season with nine straight losses. . . . The Hurricanes (7-12-1) have lost eight in a row (0-7-1). . . . The Blazers took a 2-0 lead on goals from D Ondrej Vala (6) at 5:28 of the first period and F Nick Chyzowski at 4:49 of the second. . . . F Tanner Nagel (2) cut into the deficit for Lethbridge at 10:08. That was his first goal since Oct. 6. . . . F Jordy Bellerive (10) pulled the Hurricanes into a tie at 2:54 of the third period. . . . F Brodi Stuart (7) broke the tie at 15:11, with Benjafield (7) adding insurance at 18:09, and Chyzowski getting the empty-netter at 19:39. . . . Benjafield now has seven points, five of them assists, in his past two games and 11 points in his past five games. . . . F Garrett Pilon had two assists for Kamloops, with Stuart adding one. . . . Pilon has put up three goals and 15 assists over his past eight games. . . . The Hurricanes were 1-3 on the PP; the Blazers were 0-3 just one night after they scored five PP goals in a 6-2 victory over the visiting Vancouver Giants. . . . G Dylan Ferguson stopped 25 shots to earn the victory over Stuart Skinner, who made 25 saves. . . . Kamloops F Jermaine Loewen had one assist, but his goal streak ended at six games. . . . The Hurricanes are 0-2-0 on a six-game road trip that continues Tuesday in Victoria. . . . With Ferguson back from his stint with the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights, the Blazers have returned G Dylan Garand, 15, to the Delta Hockey Academy. . . . Announced attendance: 4,879.

At Vancouver, F Ty Ronning ran his goal streak to 10 games as the Giants beat the Kelowna Rockets, 6-1. . . . Vancouver now is 10-9-4. . . . Kelowna (12-7-3) had won its previous four games. . . . Ronning has 23 goals in 23 games this season. His father, Cliff, owns the WHL record for the longest goal-scoring streak having sniped in 18 straight with the New Westminster Bruins in 1984-85. . . . The Giants opened up a 2-0 lead with two quick first-period PP goals. F Brad Morrison (7) scored at 10:09, and F Tyler Benson added a second goal, at 11:38. . . . Vancouver finished the period with two more goals, in 1:09, as Ronning scored at 18:05 and F Tyler Popowich got his fourth at 19:14. . . . It was 5-0 when F James Malm (11) scored at 1:32 of the second period. . . . F Marek Skvrne’s first WHL goal, on a PP, got the Rockets on the scoreboard at 6:18 of the third period. . . . Benson (6), who also had an assist, completed the scoring at 15:39. . . . Malm added two assists to his goal, with Morrison getting one. . . . Vancouver was 2-2 on the PP; Kelowna was 1-3. . . . G David Tendeck made 26 saves for the winners. Rockets F Kyle Topping wasn’t able to beat him on a third-period penalty shot. . . . Kelowna starter James Porter allowed four goals on 18 shots through one period. Roman Basran came on in relief to stop 17 of 19 shots in 39:14. . . . F Justin Sourdif, the third-overall selection in the WHL’s 2017 bantam draft, made his WHL debut with the Giants. From Surrey, B.C., Sourdif plays for the major midget Valley West Hawks. As a 15-year-old, he’s got 23 points, including seven goals, in 11 games. . . . The Giants are without D Bailey Dhaliwal. Steve Ewen of Postmedia reported Saturday that “Dhaliwal said . . . that it’s a shoulder injury that could require season-ending surgery. He also had shoulder trouble last (season).” . . . Vancouver F Dawson Holt sat out his sixth straight game. . . . The Giants also were without F Owen Hardy, who suffered an injury to his left leg in the first period of a 6-2 loss in Kamloops on Friday. . . . The Rockets were without F Kole Lind (strep throat) for a second game. F Dillon Dube and F Nolan Foote, both of whom played in Friday’s 7-4 victory over visiting Lethbridge, also were scratched. . . . Lind and Dube are Kelowna’s top two scorers. . . . Announced attendance: 3.587.

At Spokane, G Donovan Buskey stopped 13 shots to help the Chiefs to a 7-0 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders. . . . The Chiefs now are 11-8-3. . . . The Raiders (9-10-3) have lost three in a row. They went 2-4-0 on a six-game road trip. . . . Buskey, 17, is a freshman from Vancouver, who got into four games last season. This was his fifth appearance this season. He is 2-2-0, 3.89, .868. . . . F Hudson Elynuik (12) and D Dalton Hamaliuk (1) gave the Chiefs a 2-0 first-period lead. . . . D Nolan Reid’s 10th goal upped it to 3-0 in the second. . . . Spokane put it away with four third-period goals, two from Zach Fischer (7) and singletons from D Tyson Helgesen (3) and F Luke Toporowski (1). That was Toporowski’s first WHL goal; it came in his 13th game. . . . Toporowski’s older brother, Jake, a defenceman who retired earlier this season, didn’t score in 100 regular-season games. Their father, Kerry, had 12 goals in 130 games as a hard-nosed defenceman with the Chiefs (1989-91). . . . Elynuik also had three assists for his 10th multi-point game in 22 outings this season. . . . F Eli Zummack and F Jake McGrew each had two assists, with Toporowski and Fischer adding one each. . . . Spokane was 1-2 on the PP; Prince Albert was 0-1. . . . G Ian Scott stopped 41 shots for the Raiders. . . . Announced attendance: 6,039.

At Kennewick, Wash., the Victoria Royals erased a 2-0 deficit with seven straight goals as they skated to a 7-3 victory over the Tri-City Americans. . . . Victoria (16-7-1) has won two straight. . . . The Americans (13-6-2) are 7-1-0 at home. They had been the last of the WHL’s 22 teams not have suffered a regulation loss on home ice. . . . F Morgan Geekie, on a PP, and F Nolan Yaremko (6) gave the Americans a 2-0 lead with goals at 12:51 and 13:43 of the first period. . . . F Matthew Phillips cut into that lead at 14:17, then tied it with his 18th goal of the season at 4:27 of the second period. . . . F Jared Legien (10) broke the tie at 7:09 and the Royals broke it open with three goals in 2:26 later in the period. F Igor Martynov (7), F Dante Hannoun (12) and F Ryan Peckford (13) scored at 13:53, 15:41 and 16:19. . . . F Regan Nagy (18) gave Victoria a 7-1 lead at 5:14 of the third period. . . . Geekie (9) got his second of the game, on a PP, at 9:41. . . . Hannoun added two assists to his goal, with F Kaid Oliver also getting a pair of helpers. Peckford, Phillips and Legien added one each. . . . The Americans got two assists from D Juuso Valimaki and one from Yaremko. . . . Tri-City was 2-4 on the PP; Victoria was 0-3. . . . The Royals got 25 saves from G Griffen Outhouse. . . . The Americans started Patrick Dea, who was beaten six times on 27 shots over two periods. Beck Warm played the third, stopping four of five shots. . . . Announced attendance: 3,879.

At Kent, Wash., G Matt Berlin stopped 27 shots to lead the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 2-0 victory over the Everett Silvertips. . . . Seattle (10-9-2) has lost its previous five games (0-4-1). . . . Everett (10-11-2), which had beaten visiting Seattle 3-2 on Friday night, had points in each of is past four games (3-0-1). . . . Berlin earned his first shutout of this season and the second of his career. . . . F Nolan Volcan scored both of Seattle’s goals, both of them in the third period. Volcan, with 10 goals, scored at 10:25 and then added an empty-netter at 19:54. . . . Volcan also scored both of Seattle’s goals on Friday. . . . Everett got 27 stops from G Dustin Wolf. . . . Each team was 0-4 on the PP. . . . Seattle F Tyler Carpendale took a spearing major Friday and sat out a one-game suspension last night. . . . Everett F Luke Ormsby, who was acquired from Seattle earlier in the season, was ejected with a match penalty for attempt to injury (kicking) at 11:59 of the first period. . . . Announced attendance: 5,018.

SUNDAY (all times local):

Swift Current at Brandon, 4 p.m.

Regina at Everett, 4:05 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SATURDAY (all times local):

Victoria at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.

Saskatoon at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.

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

Prince George at Red Deer, 7 p.m.

Vancouver at Regina, 7 p.m.

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

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

Portland at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.

SUNDAY (all times local):

Prince George at Calgary, 4 p.m.

Spokane at Edmonton, 4 p.m.

Seattle at Everett, 4 p.m.

Medicine Hat at Lethbridge, 6 p.m.

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Teams clear up 20-year-old situations … Pats, Ice swing deal … Raiders add an import

Leland Mack, a familiar face in minor hockey circles on the Lower Mainland of B.C., also scouts for the Seattle Thunderbirds. As you can see from the above tweet, he has received his 2016-17 WHL championship ring from the Thunderbirds.

I posted a tweet here earlier showing the Pittsburgh Penguins’ scouting staff as they were presented with their 2016-17 Stanley Cup rings. Wayne Meier, who is one of Pittsburgh’s amateur scouts and who knows his way around arenas in Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest, is one of those scouts and has been with the Penguins for a few years. He was kind enough to send along a photo of his three Stanley Cup rings, which makes for a nice collection.

F Jaroslav Kristek (Tri-City, 1998-2000) has signed a one-year contract with Brest (France, Division 1). Last season, with Tychy (Poland, PHL), he had 14 goals and 15 assists in 35 games. . . .

F Tayler Thompson (Prince George, 2010-12) has been released by Brest (France, Division 1) at his request for personal reasons. He was pointless in three games. . . .

The KHL playing rights to F Vladimir Bobylyov (Vancouver, Victoria, 2014-17) have been traded by Spartak Moscow to Salavat Yulaev Ufa (both Russia) for Stepan Khripunov. Bobylyov was recalled by the Toronto Marlies (AHL) from the Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL) on Saturday. Last season, he had one goal and two assists in 20 games with Spartak Moscow (Russia, KHL); one goal and one assist in three games with Khimik Voskresensk (Russia, Vysshaya Liga); and nine goals and 27 assists in 38 games with the WHL’s Victoria Royals.

The Massey twins of Regina have their own YouTube channel and are soon to feature Les Lazaruk, the long-time radio voice of the Saskatoon Blades. In fact, the Blades are in Regina tonight (Wednesday) and at some point Lazaruk will be interviewed by the Massey brothers. . . . They are looking for audience participation and would like you to send questions for them to ask Lazaruk to . . . Requests must be in by noon. . . . The YouTube channel is located right here.

The WHL’s 20-year-old deadline came and went on Tuesday afternoon, with a few teams making moves. For the uninitiated, WHL teams are permitted to keep a maximum of three 20-year-olds on their active roster.

The Portland Winterhawks got down to three 20s by trading F Evan Weinger to the Brandon Wheat Kings for a third-round selection in the WHL’s 2018 bantam draft.

Weinger, from Los Angeles, is in his fourth WHL season. Last season, he had 20 goals and 18 assists in 62 games with Portland. In 187 career games, he has 89 points, including 37 goals. He was a 13th-round selection by the Winterhawks in the WHL’s 2012 bantam draft.

The trade leaves Portland with G Cole Kehler, D Keoni Texeira and F Alex Overhardt as its 20s.

Weinger’s acquisition leaves the Wheat Kings with four 20s, the others being G Logan Thompson, D Kade Jensen and D James Shearer. However, Shearer is on Brandon’s injury list and isn’t expected to return until perhaps late November, so the Wheat Kings won’t have to worry about getting down to three until his return.

Weinger is expected to make his Brandon debut tonight against the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings.

In Medicine Hat, the Tigers revealed that F Zach Fischer had left the club on Sunday and asked to be traded. That left them with G Michael Bullion, F Mark Rassell and Latvian D Kristians Rubins as their 20s.

Fischer, from Lloydminster, Alta., had 34 goals and 29 assists in 62 games with the Tigers last season. This season, he had one goal in three games. In 154 career games, all with Medicine Hat, he put up 47 goals and 40 assists.

“We spent a lot of time on Sunday talking with him, talking with his agent, trying to get to the bottom of it,” Shaun Clouston, the Tigers’ general manager and head coach, told reporters.“He didn’t give us any specifics, so if there’s any specifics, it’ll have to come from Zach.”

Fischer, who now is on the Tigers’ suspended list, was a fifth-round selection by the Calgary Flames in the NHL’s 2017 draft.

In Swift Current, the Broncos waived F Arthur Miller, choosing to keep G Logan Flodell, G Glenn Gawdin and F Conner Chaulk. Miller, from Regina, had two assists in two games this season. In 106 regular-season games, he had nine goals and 15 assists.

The Prince George Cougars also went into the day with four 20s. There wasn’t anything official announced, but D Shane Collins wasn’t in their lineup last night against the visiting Calgary Hitmen. So it would seem the Cougars chose to go with F Aaron Boyd, F Jared Bethune and F Brogan O’Brien.

As well, the Seattle Thunderbirds placed F Tyler Adams on their injured list. He is scheduled for hip surgery so won’t be back anytime soon. The Thunderbirds are left with F Donovan Neuls, D Turner Ottenbreit and D Austin Strand as their 20s.

The Kootenay Ice has acquired F Jeff de Wit, 19, from the Regina Pats in exchange for F Tanner Sidaway, 18, and a seventh-round selection in the 2018 bantam draft. . . . Sidaway, a sophomore from Victoria, has two goals and six assists in 65 games with the Ice last season. This season, he has a goal and an assist in five games. . . . The Pats acquired de Wit, who is from Red Deer, from the Red Deer Rebels in January. He had five goals and six assists in 37 regular-season games with the Pats. De Wit, a first-round selection by Red Deer in the 2013 bantam draft, has 20 goals and 33 assists in 211 regular-season games.

The Prince Albert Raiders have claimed D Sergei Sapego, a freshman from Vitebsk, Belarus, off waivers from the Tri-City Americans. Sapego, 18, had two assists in three games with the Americans. He played for Belarus in the 2017 IIHF U-18 World Championship in April, recording a goal and an assist in seven games. He joins veteran D Vojtech Budik, who is from Czech Republic, as the Raiders’ import players.

Having acquired Sapego, the Raiders dropped D Tyler Lowe, 17, from their roster. Lowe, who got into one game with the Raiders, is expected to join the AJHL’s Drumheller Dragons. The Raiders selected Lowe, who is from Calgary, in the third round of the 2015 bantam draft.

The Americans found themselves with three import players, one over the limit, when D Juuso Valimaki returned from the camp of the NHL’s Calgary Flames, thus the decision to place Sapego on waivers. The other import is Russian D Roman Kalinichenko, who is in his first WHL season.

Almost three weeks ago, there was talk that the Vancouver Giants would have F Tyler Benson back with them in time for their East Division road swing this season. Well, the Giants open that trip against the Swift Current Broncos on Friday and it appears they will have to wait until they get home before seeing Benson again. Benson, who has been plagued by injuries for the previous two seasons, remains with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers where he is working with their medical staff in an attempt to return from off-season surgery for a sports hernia. . . . Steve Ewen of Postmedia reports that once Benson does return to the Giants, he will practise for at least a week before getting into a game. . . . Benson, 19, has played in 63 games over the past two seasons. The Oilers selected him in the second round of the 2016 NHL draft and have signed him to a three-year entry-level contract. . . . Ewen’s complete story is right here.

Ryan Flaherty of Global TV reports that the Saskatoon Blades will be without F Logan Christensen for up to eight weeks. He suffered an undisclosed injury during a Monday practice. . . . Christensen, 18, is in his third season with the Blades. He is pointless in five games, after putting up 11 goals and 16 assists in 27 games last season.

F Elan Bar-Lev-Wise, a 16-year-old from Vancouver, B.C., has committed to play next season for the BCHL’s Vernon Vipers. He was a sixth-round pick by the Victoria Royals in the 2016 WHL bantam draft. . . . Last season, he had six goals and 10 assists in 19 games with Burnaby Winter Club’s prep team. He is captaining that team this season and has three goals and eight assists in seven games.

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The WHL handed out eight games in suspensions on Tuesday.

D Brendan de Jong of the Portland Winterhawks drew a three-game suspension for a cross-checking major and game misconduct he took on Sunday against the visiting Spokane Chiefs. He hit Chiefs D Jeff Faith, who missed some time before returning in the third period.

F Brayden Pachal of the Prince Albert Raiders was suspended for three games after taking a slashing major and game misconduct on Saturday in Medicine Hat. F Max Gerlach of the Tigers is expected to miss a game or two as he recovers from some facial damage.

D Liam Schioler of the Regina Pats will sit for two games after drawing a suspension under supplemental discipline. He delivered a hit from behind on Saskatoon F Kirby Dach in Regina at 10:46 of the first period on Saturday. Schioler was given a minor penalty at the time. Dach will miss at least three games as he won’t accompany the Blades on a three-game road trip that begins tonight in Regina.


At Red Deer, G Grayson Pawlenchuk broke a 1-1 tie at 9:21 of the second period and the Rebels went on to a 4-1 victory over the Everett Silvertips. . . . F Lane Zablocki (1) gave the home side a 1-0 lead at 1:27 of the first period. . . . Everett tied it when F Orrin Centazzo (2) scored at 4:16 of the second period. . . . After Pawlenchuk scored, F Kristian Reichel (3) added insurance at 18:12. . . . Red Deer F Jared Dmytriw (2) completed the scoring at 18:28 of the third period. . . . Pawlenchuk, who has five goals, also had an assist, as did Reichel and Zablocki. . . . Red Deer (4-3-0) was 1-5 on the PP; Everett (3-5-0) was 0-6. . . . The Rebels got 28 saves from G Ethan Anders, who posted his first WHL victory. Anders, 17, is from Regina. . . . Everett’s Dorrin Luding blocked 32 shots. . . . The Rebels had lost their previous three games. . . . The Silvertips are six games into a nine-game road trip. They are 2-4-0. . . . D Kevin Davis (ill) was among Everett’s scratches. He played in all 72 games last season. . . . Announced attendance: 3,977.

At Swift Current, F Tyler Steenbergen scored two more goals as the Broncos ran their season-opening record to 7-0-0 with a 6-2 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes. . . . Steenbergen, who now has 15 goals, opened the scoring on a PP at 15:06 of the first period. . . . Lethbridge took a 2-1 lead on goals from F Giorgio Estephan (3), on a PP, at 17:24 of the first, and D Calen Addison (2), on another PP, at 5:46 of the second period. . . . Addison was credited with 10 shots on goal. . . . The Broncos then scored five unanswered goals. . . . F Kaden Elder (3) tied it, shorthanded, at 14:02. . . . F Riley Stotts (2) broke the tie, on a PP, at 5:48 of the third. . . . F Aleksi Heponiemi (4) added insurance at 7:38, and F Max Patterson (1) scored at 12:35. . . . Steenbergen scored an empty-netter at 19:42. . . . The Broncos got three assists from D Artyom Minulin and two from F Conner Chaulk, while Elder and Stotts each had one. . . . Swift Current was 2-9 on the PP; Lethbridge (3-3-0) was 2-7. . . . G Logan Flodell earned the victory with 45 saves. . . . Lethbridge’s Stuart Skinner stopped 28 shots. . . . The game experienced a brief delay at 1:43 of the third period due to an electrical problem in the arena. Both teams were sent to their dressing rooms at the time. . . . Announced attendance: 2,121.

At Prince George, F Kody McDonald scored three goals to help the Cougars to a 7-1 victory over the Calgary Hitmen. . . . This was the second hat trick of McDonald’s WHL career. McDonald, who has six goals, also scored three times on Jan. 12, 2016, in a 6-2 victory over the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds. . . . After a scoreless opening period, the Cougars took a 3-0 lead on second-period goals from McDonald, at 1:08, F Vladislav Mikhalchuk (3), at 2:43, and F Jared Bethune, shorthanded, at 12:15. . . . F Matteo Gennaro (3) scored, on a PP, for Calgary at 14:37. . . . Prince George got that one back when F Josh Maser (3) scored at 19:54. . . . The home side put it away with two goals form McDonald and one from F Aaron Boyd (2) in the third period. . . . Boyd’s goal also was shorthanded. . . . Bethune added two assists to his goal and Boyd had one. . . . Prince George (3-3-2) was 1-5 on the PP; Calgary (1-5-1) was 1-4. . . . G Taylor Gauthier stopped 16 shots to earn his first victory. Gauthier, 16, is from Calgary. He was a first-round pick by the Cougars in the 2016 bantam draft. . . . Calgary starter Nick Schneider surrendered four goals on 18 shots through two periods. Matthew Armitage played the third period and stopped 13 of 16 shots. . . . There was a clash of brothers in this one as veteran F Jake Kryski, 19, of the Hitmen played against his younger brother Max, a 17-year-old freshman. Max recorded one assist, while Jake was blanked. . . . D Peter Kope was in the Cougars’ lineup after being brought in from the AJHL’s Camrose Kodiaks. The Cougars lost D Josh Anderson and D Jonas Harkins to undisclosed injuries in weekend games. . . . Announced attendance: 2,577.

At Portland, Cole Kehler, the reigning CHL goaltender of the week, stopped 43 shots as the Winterhawks beat the Spokane Chiefs, 3-0. . . . These teams met three times in five nights with the Winterhawks sweeping. They won the first two, 6-1 and 7-2. . . . F Kieffer Bellows (3) scored Portland’s first goal, at 6:40 of the first period. . . . F Alex Overhardt (3) scored while shorthanded at 11:10 of the second period. . . . F Brad Ginnell (2) closed out the scoring at 14:32 of the third period. . . . F Skyler McKenzie had two assists. . . . Portland (6-1-0) was 0-2 on the PP; Spokane (4-4-0) was 0-5. . . . Kehler has one shutout this season and three in his career. . . . The Chiefs got 37 saves from G Dawson Weatherill. . . . Spokane lost F Rykr Cole at 7:08 of the first period when he took a boarding major and game misconduct for a hit on Portland F Ryan Hughes. . . . Portland is four games into an eight-game stretch in which it played Spokane three times in five nights and Seattle once, and now will see the Kelowna Rockets four times in eight days. Yes, Portland’s next four games all are against Kelowna. . . . F Joachim Blichfeld (concussion) and D Brendan De Jong (suspended) were among Portland’s scratches. . . . Announced attendance: 2,621.

At Victoria, F Matthew Phillips and F Regan Nagy each scored twice as the Royals skated to an 8-2 victory over the Tri-City Americans. . . . The Royals (7-0-0) and Americans (3-4-0) are scheduled to meet again Wednesday night in Victoria. . . . The Royals led this one 3-0 before the game was seven minutes old. . . . F Ryan Peckford (7) got it started just 10 seconds after the first puck was dropped. . . . Phillips, who has five goals, made it 2-0 at 2:43, and F Jared Legien (3) scored, on a PP, at 6:40. . . . The Americans got a PP goal from F Jordan Topping (4) at 14:06. . . . However, the Royals opened the second period with two goals — from F Dino Kambeitz (2), at 7:36, and Phillips shorthanded, at 9:34 — to take control. . . . D Dylan Coghlan (2) also scored for the Americans. . . . F Tyler Soy (2) and Nagy, with two, finished Victoria’s scoring. Nagy has five goals. . . . The Americans were 2-3 on the PP; the Royals were 2-7. . . . Victoria G Griffen Outhouse stopped 18 of 20 shots in 50:51, before Dean McNabb came on for the final 9:09. He stopped all six shots he faced. . . . Tri-City starter Patrick Dea allowed seven goals on 25 shots over two periods. Beck Warm played the third, stopping 11 of 12 shots. . . . The Americans lost F Maxwell James to a headshot major and game misconduct at 10:51 of the third period. . . . Announced attendance: 4,103.

At Kent, Wash., the Seattle Thunderbirds scored twice in a shootout to beat the Vancouver Giants, 3-2. . . . F Ty Ronning, the first shooter, gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead in the shootout. Seattle tied it when F Noah Philp, its third shooter, found the mark, and won it the next round when F Zack Andrusiak scored. . . . In regulation time, F Sami Moilanen (8) gave Seattle a 1-0 lead at 1:50 of the first period. . . . Vancouver tied it at 3:47 when F Brayden Watts (4) scored. . . . The Thunderbirds went ahead 2-1 as D Austin Strand (4) counted on the PP at 12:50 of the second period. . . . The Giants tied it again, at 19:22, as F Brad Morrison (2) scored. . . . Seattle (4-2-1) was 1-5 on the PP; Vancouver (2-3-1) was 0-4. . . . G Liam Hughes blocked 33 shots for Seattle, 10 more than Vancouver’s Todd Scott. . . . Announced attendance: 4,008.

WEDNESDAY (all times local):

Edmonton at Brandon, 7 p.m.

Everett at Medicine Hat, 7 p.m.

Saskatoon at Regina, 7 p.m.

Calgary at Kamloops, 7 p.m.

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

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Hurricanes complete financial turnaround … Warriors get tougher … Rockets, Winterhawks settle on goalies

F Carter Proft (Brandon, Spokane, 2010-14) has signed a six-week tryout contract with Grizzlys Wolfsburg (Germany, DEL). He was released by Adler Mannheim (Germany, DEL) by mutual agreement on Sept. 4. Last season, he had one goal in eight games with Mannheim. On loan to the Kassel Huskies (Germany, DEL2), he had four goals and seven assists in 42 games. . . .

F Ned Lukacevic (Spokane, Swift Current, 2001-06) has signed a one-month contract with Újpesti TX Budapest (Hungary, Erste Liga). He had been released by Jegesmedvék Miskolc (Hungary, Erste Liga) by mutual agreement on Sept. 4. Last season, he had six goals and four assists in 10 games with Katowice (Poland, PHL), and one goal and one assist in eight games with the Quad City Mallards (ECHL).

It was slightly more than two years ago when Ron Robison, the commissioner of the WHL, was in Lethbridge, recommending that shareholders in the Hurricanes sell to private interests.

“It’s not to say that this community organization can’t get things turned around,” Robison told reporters. “But we think, when you look at the franchise moving forward, that private interests would be in the best interest of the club.”

At that point, the Hurricanes had missed the playoffs for six straight seasons and had lost more than $1.25 million in the last five of those seasons. In 2014-15 along, the franchise dropped a cool $486,000.

Well, the Hurricanes’ shareholders chose not to sell; instead, they hired Peter Anholt as their general manager and charged him with getting things turned around.

It’s safe to say that Anholt has done that and more.

The organization held its annual meeting on Tuesday night and shareholders were informed that the Hurricanes had turned a $731,710 profit for the 2016-17 season. That’s up from $197,000 for the previous season.

What this means is that the Hurricanes not only are debt free, but they are ahead of the game by more than $320,000.

How important is it to the bottom line for a team to make a playoff run? The Hurricanes played 10 home playoff games last spring, resulting in a net income of $685,000.

Things continue to look up, too, because the Hurricanes have sold 2,125 season tickets for the approaching season. Last season’s figure was 1,950.

For more on the Hurricanes, Aaron Mahoney of LethbridgeNewsNow has a story right here.

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The Moose Jaw Warriors have acquired F Tristyn DeRoose, 18, from the Vancouver Giants for a sixth-round selection in the 2020 WHL bantam draft. . . . DeRoose, from Ceylon, Sask., had a goal and five assists in 55 games with the Giants last season. . . .  According to hockey, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound DeRoose was involved in 15 fights last season, two fewer than WHL leader Riley McKay of the Spokane Chiefs. . . . Prior to last season, DeRoose played two seasons with the midget AAA Yorkton Maulers. . . . The trade leaves the Giants with 15 forwards on their roster, including three 20-year-olds — Jack Flaman, Brad Morrison and Ty Ronning. They also have a fourth 20-year-old in D Darian Skeoch.

The Saskatoon Blades introduced D Evan Fiala as the 58th captain infranchise history on Tuesday. Fiala, who is from Clavet, Sask., was acquired from the Spokane Chiefs in December. In 195 regular-season WHL games, he has 10 goals and 40 assists. . . . The Chiefs selected him in the first round of the WHL’s 2012 bantam draft. . . . An undrafted free agent, Fiala will go to camp with the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings this week. . . . Fiala is one of four 20-year-olds on the Blades’ roster. With him having been selected as team captain, one would think one of the other three — G Logan Flodell, F Cam Hebig or F Braylon Shmyr — will lose out when the team gets down to three 20-year-olds, something that must happen by Oct. 10. . . . The Blades also unveiled their third sweater and it’s a winner. For a look, visit the Blades’ website right here.

The Kelowna Rockets got down to two goaltenders on Tuesday and appear ready to open the regular season with Brodan Salmond and James Porter on their roster. . . . Salmond, who turns 19 on Oct. 8, is from Calgary. He was a 10th-round selection in the 2013 bantam draft. Last season, he got into 23 games (12-7-2, 2.76, .891) while backing up Michael Herringer. . . . Porter, 17, is from Bonners Ferry, Idaho, and was taken in the seventh round of the 2015 bantam draft. He has played the past three seasons at the Edge School in Calgary. . . . In order to get down to two goaltenders, the Rockets released Cody Porter, who is not related to James, and Roman Basran. . . . Cody Porter, who will turn 20 on Sept. 23, is from North Vancouver, B.C. He has played the past three seasons in the WHL, getting into 42 games with the Vancouver Giants and 75 with the Calgary Hitmen. . . . Basran, 16, is from Delta, B.C. He played last season at the Yale Hockey Academy in Abbotsford, B.C., and is expected to open this season with the major midget Okanagan Rockets, who are based in Kelowna. The Rockets selected him in the third round of the 2016 bantam draft.

The Prince George Cougars have signed G Isaiah DiLaura, 17, F Brendan Boyle, 16, F Ben Coppinger, 17, and F Marco Mazza, 18, to WHL contracts. . . . DiLaura, from Lakeville, Minn., played last season for Lakeville South High School, going 13-8-1, 1.89, .914. . . . Boyle, from Vernon, B.C., played last season for the Pursuit of Excellence’s Midget Elite 15 team, putting up 10 goals and 15 assists in 28 games. He also played seven games with the midget varsity side, recording two goals and five assists. . . . Coppinger, from Winnipeg, won two straight Manitoba Midget Hockey League titles with the Winnipeg Wild. Last season, he finished with 24 goals and 29 assists in 42 games, then added seven goals and nine assists in 11 playoff games. . . . Mazza, also from Winnipeg, played only 18 games last season because of injury. He split the season between the MJHL’s Virden Oil Capitals and the Fort Garry-Fort Rouge Twins of the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League. . . . Boyle will play this season with the Kelowna-based Okanagan Rockets of the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League. DiLaura, Coppinger and Mazza remain on the Cougars’ roster, which now is at 34.

The Portland Winterhawks appear to have released Evan Fradette from their training camp roster, leaving them with veteran Cole Kehler and sophomore Shane Farkas. . . . Fradette, 16, is from St. Albert, Alta. He played last season with the minor midget AAA St. Albert Flyers. . . . Kehler, who will turn 20 on Dec. 17, is in camp with the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets as an undrafted free agent. From Altona, Man., he was a sixth-round pick by the Kamloops Blazers in the 2012 WHL bantam draft. Last season, he made 56 appearances with Portland, going 32-17-3, 3.10, .910. . . . Farkas, 18, is from Penticton, B.C. He was a fourth-round pick by the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the 2014 bantam draft. Last season, he got into six games with Portland, going 3-6-0, 4.66, .860.


At Kennewick, Wash., G Patrick Dea stopped 25 shots and F Nolan Yaremko scored his 10th goal of the exhibition season as the Tri-City Americans beat the Kootenay Ice, 6-0. . . . Dea, 20, spent the past three seasons with the Edmonton Oil Kings. He was 48-55-8, 3.34, .890 in 123 appearances with the Oil Kings. . . . F Carson Focht had a goal and two assists. . . . Yaremko has 10 goals and two assists in five exhibition games. He goes into this season with 17 goals in 140 regular-season games. . . . Tri-City (4-2-1) was 2-4 on the PP; Kootenay (1-3-0) was 0-3. . . . G Bailey Brkin, in his first appearance since being acquired from the Swift Current Broncos, allowed four goals on 20 shots in 31:11 for the Ice. Mario Petit finished up by stopping nine of 11 shots.

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