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


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.


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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Took a stroll through Costco earlier today (Sept. 10). I don’t know what happened to September, October and some of November — perhaps I slept through them — but please allow me to be the first to wish you a Merry Christmas.

When the U.S. Open tennis tournament began, Sloane Stephens had been on tour for seven years and had career earnings of US$4,519,709. Of course, she won the tournament. For that, she put a cheque for $3.7 million into her bank account. Asked if the Open victory might provide her with motivation, Stephens replied: “Of course, girl! Did you see that cheque that lady handed me?” . . . And what’s the biggest cheque ever to have been handed to you?

Hey, Home Hardware, I think those two must have built their moun-tayne by now so it’s time to retire that commercial. Please. Mercifully.

If you’re on Twitter, give a follow to Concerned Mom (@ConcernedMom9) and prepare to have your eyes opened on Friday evenings when she pays particular injury to high school football injuries.

Well, the first two days — Thursday and Sunday — of a new NFL season weren’t much. So far, two of 13 games have been decided by seven points or fewer. . . . If anything, maybe there’s an opening or two for outcast quarterback Colin Kaepernick now. If you’re a fan of the Seattle Seahawks, perhaps you might give them a lead on an offensive lineman or two.

If you were watching Sunday night’s NFL game, between the New York Giants and host Dallas, you heard analyst Cris Collinsworth said this on the subject of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott: “Forgive us if we just talk about him as a football player.” . . . Makes one wonder how much of Collinsworth’s script comes from the NFL office?

The 10th annual Kamloops Kidney Walk is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 24. My wife, Dorothy, will celebrate the fourth anniversary of her kidney transplant by taking part in her fourth walk. If you would like to support her with a donation, you are able to do so right here.

ICYMI, the Cleveland Indians have won 18 straight games. Think about that for a moment or two. Their starters are 16-0 with a 1.94 ERA during this run. The Indians have made this run without southpaw Andrew Miller, their best reliever, who is on the DL with right knee tendinitis.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Dodgers have lost 10 in a row and 15 of 16. No other team in MLB this season has lost  15 of 16 games. Gee, wasn’t it only three weeks ago when fans, at least some of them, were wondering where the Dodgers ranked on the list of the all-time great teams. (Earlier this season, Sports Illustrated had them on the cover, with this headline: BEST. TEAM. EVER?) . . . Still, the Dodgers lead the NL West by nine games and, somehow, still own the best record (92-51) in the majors.

Since moving to Los Angeles from New York in 1958, only the 1961 and 1987 Dodgers have suffered the ignominy of a 10-game losing streak. The Los Angeles Dodgers have never lost 11 in a row as they open a three-game series against the host San Francisco Giants tonight (Monday).

F Karel Hromas (Everett, 2004-06) has signed a one-year contract with Annecy (France, Ligue Magnus). Last season, with the Edinburgh Capitals (Scotland, UK Elite), he had 13 goals and 17 assists in 50 games.

The Swift Current Broncos added some size and depth to their forward ranks on Sunday by acquiring Max Patterson from the Kootenay Ice for G Bailey Brkin, 18, and a conditional fifth-round selection in the 2018 WHL bantam draft.

Patterson, who is to turn 18 on Dec. 27, is starting his third WHL season. He has two goals in three exhibition games this month. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound native of Kamloops had eight goals and seven assists in 63 games with the Ice last season. In 2015-16, as a freshman, he had seven goals and three assists in 64 games.

Patterson was a fourth-round selection by the Ice in the 2014 bantam draft. His father, Ed, is a former WHLer/NHLer who now is the head coach of the junior B Kamloops Storm of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.

With Brkin gone, the Broncos are down to two goaltenders — veteran Taz Burman and Joel Hofer, a 17-year-old freshman from Winnipeg. He was 2.86, .915 in 14 games with the Pursuit of Excellence’s midget prep team last season, and also got into 11 games with the U-18 team (3.10, .883).

The Ice, meanwhile, now has three goaltenders on its roster, with Brkin likely to compete with Jesse Makaj, a 16-year-old from Vancouver, for the backup spot behind Mario Petit, 20, who was acquired from the Everett Silvertips during the offseason.

Brkin, from Sherwood Park, Alta., was 5.19 and .890 in 42 appearances with the AJHL’s Calgary Mustangs last season. An undrafted player, he signed with the Broncos after attending training camp in 2016.

F Mason Shaw of the Medicine Hat Tigers won’t play again in the NHL rookie tournament in Traverse City, Michigan, after injuring his right knee during a game with the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.

Ryan McCracken of the Medicine Hat News tweeted Sunday that Shaw will have an MRI on Wednesday.

Michael Russo of The Athletic reported Sunday that Shaw, who will turn 19 on Nov. 3, had suffered “what appeared to be a serious” injury while playing for the Wild against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Brent Flahr, the Wild’s senior vice-president of hockey operations, told Russo that Shaw likely will return to Minneapolis to see the Wild’s orthopedist.

Last season, Shaw had 27 goals and 67 assists in 71 games with the Tigers. The Wild selected him in the fourth round of the NHL’s 2017 draft.

Shaw’s first WHL season (2014-15) was ended after just 23 games because of an injury to his left knee. In 2016-17, he put up 17 goals and 43 assists in 67 games.


In Langley, B.C., F Ethan O’Rourke’s goal at 4:18 of OT gave the Prince George Cougars a 4-3 victory over the Victoria Royals. . . . O’Rourke also scored the game’s first goal. He and teammate Aaron Boyd scored shorthanded goals 33 seconds apart early in the first period as the Cougars grabbed the lead. . . . Victoria F Igor Martynov erased a 3-1 deficit with goals at 1:49 and 17:26 of the third period. . . . O’Rourke also had an assist. . . . Prince George (3-2-0) was 1-7 on the PP; Victoria (1-3-0) was 0-4. . . . G Taylor Gauthier started for the Cougars and stopped 10 of 11 shots in 29:59. DiLaura Isaiah finished up by stopped 15 of 17. . . . The Royals went with Hunter Arps, who blocked 34 shots in his first appearance since coming over from the Brandon Wheat Kings late last week. . . .

In Langley, B.C., the Vancouver Giants erased a 4-2 deficit with three third-period goals and beat the Everett Silvertips, 5-4. . . . F Orrin Centazzo’s third goal of the game, 31 seconds into the third period, gave the Silvertips a 4-2 lead. . . . F James Malm cut the deficit to one at 8:19, with F Aidan Barfoot tying the game at 15:47. . . . F Alex Kannok-Leipert notched the winner at 19:52. . . . Everett got a goal and three assists from F Martin Fasko-Rudas. . . . Everett (3-1-1) was 0-4 on the PP; Vancouver (5-1-0) was 0-6. . . . G Todd Scott earned the victory with 34 stops, 11 more than Everett’s Danton Belluk. . . .

In Edmonton, G Matthew Armitage blocked 32 shots to help the Calgary Hitmen to a 3-1 victory over the Oil Kings. . . . F Justin Gurney had a goal and an assist for the Hitmen, who held period leads of 1-0 and 2-0. . . . Calgary (2-2-0) was 1-7 on the PP; Edmonton (0-4-0) was 0-7. . . . The Oil Kings started G Boston Bilous and he stopped 14 of 16 shots in 29:35. Travis Child came on in relief to stop 25 of 26 shots. . . . Edmonton D Conner McDonald was tossed with a cross-checking major just 26 seconds into the game. He is likely to hear from the WHL office. . . .

In Swift Current, F Arthur Miller scored twice to help the Broncos to a 3-2 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes. . . . Miller has three goals in the exhibition season. . . . F Ethan Regnier helped the Broncos with a goal and two assists. . . . Swift Current (2-3-0) was 1-6 on the PP; Lethbridge (1-3-0) was 1-7. . . . G Taz Burman stopped 38 shots to earn the victory over Bryan Thomson, who made 21 saves.

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Scattershooting about young recruits … Saturday’s exhibition roundup … Oil Kings sign pair

ICYMI, Chaz Lucius, who is 14 years of age, and his 13-year-old brother, Cruz, have made verbal commitments to play hockey for the U of Minnesota Gophers. . . . The brothers are forwards who attend, and play hockey at, the Gentry Academy in Vadnais Heights, Minn., which is located about 15 miles northeast of Minneapolis. . . . Could it be that NCAA schools are going to combat the WHL’s bantam draft by getting verbal commitments from younger and younger players?

A question from Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times: “In the spirit of who’s buried in Grant’s Tomb and what color is the White House, any guesses as to which position Arkansas State footballer Dee Liner plays?”

Maria Sharapova may be the second-best story at the U.S. Open — behind Denis Shapovalov, of course — but I still can’t watch her matches with the sound turned up.

If you had had the opportunity to be an NHLer, would you rather have been Shane Doan or Kris Draper? . . . Doan, who retired this week after a 21-year career, had estimated earnings of more than US$60 million. But he never won a Stanley Cup. . . . Draper, who played for 14 seasons, earned about US$19 million. He won four Stanley Cups.

The 29th annual World Hen Racing Championships recently were held in Great Britain. RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com checked with his sources and came up with the top five reasons folks gave for attending the event: “5. Competitors show pluck; 4. To egg on their favourite; 3. Excitement at its beak; 2. We’re off to see the gizzard; 1. It’s poultry in motion.” . . . A chicken named Cooked It won the World title. As Currie reported: “For her efforts she got a bonus serving of chicken feed — just like a CFL playoff team.”

A note from Richmond, B.C., blogger Tony Chong: “Mavis Wanczyk just won the US$758-million Powerball lottery. Congrats from her long-lost, separated-at-birth twin bro TC Wanczyk Chong here on the West Coast of Canada. (Mavis, you can find me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linkedin or at Airport Arrivals when you get here.)

Kent Austin began this season as the vice-president of football operations and head coach of the CFL’s Hamilton Tigers-Cats. He fired himself as head coach the other day. Then, the Tiger-Cats got caught up in a mess when they hired Art Briles, a disgraced former head coach at Baylor, and their field. One day later, it was reported that they had worked out bad-boy quarterback Johnny Manziel. Then it was revealed that Cornell U is suing Austin for more than $100,000, all to do with his leaving while his contract as head coach still had a couple of years on it. . . . And you thought you had a bad week.

Here’s one from Cam Hutchinson of the Saskatoon Express: “Sportsnet’s Arash Madani was way out of line when he tweeted that women working for the CFL could have raised their voices to help stop the (Art) Briles hiring. Not only was that stupid to say, but as many pointed out, Madani had a working holiday in Vegas where he covered Floyd (The Women Beater) Mayweather’s win over Conor McGregor.”

Boston’s Logan Airport apparently is considering charging drivers who drop off or pick up passengers. Janice Hough, aka The Left Coast Sports Babe, notes: “Airlines are incensed. Mostly that they didn’t think of it first.” . . . BTW, Hough, in her other life, is a travel agent.

A tip of the hat to the two gents who stopped on Hillside Drive in Kamloops, at the Walmart exit, to help a fellow who had lost a load of plywood right in the middle of the intersection on Saturday afternoon. Well done!

If you were wondering, F Nolan Patrick is in camp with the Brandon Wheat Kings. He had a goal for Team Black, in a 7-2 scrimmage victory over Team White on Saturday afternoon. The Philadelphia Flyers took Patrick with the second pick of the NHL’s 2017 draft. Observers are keenly interested on whether he will open the season with the Flyers or be returned to the Wheat Kings. Patrick has had injury and health issues — twice-broken collarbone, two surgeries on sports hernias — and I’m betting he is back in Brandon by Remembrance Day, if not sooner.

The airport in Cranbrook re-opened Saturday after all scheduled flights had been cancelled starting Friday afternoon because of a pair of wildfires in the area. That doesn’t mean the fires are out, because they aren’t. Meanwhile, a fire started just west of Peachland in the Okanagan on Saturday afternoon. . . . Yes, this record-setting fire season just goes on and on. . . . After what was a beautiful, warm summer day, a shift in the wind brought heavy smoke back to Kamloops on Saturday evening, all of it from the Elephant Hill fire. Morning awaits! . . . Meanwhile, there are fires in northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba, with some evacuees having ended up in Saskatoon. See the Tweet of Day for some road hockey action between some of the evacuees and the Blades.

Quarterback Matt Stafford of the Detroit Lions is the highest-paid player in NFL history with his new five-year deal. Comedy writer Alex Kaseberg points out: “Or, as Floyd Mayweather calls $135 mil, four rounds.”

In Everett, the Tri-City Americans struck for nine goals for a second straight game as they beat the Portland Winterhawks, 0-3, on Saturday afternoon. . . . On Friday, the Americans had dumped the Everett Silvertips, 9-4. . . . On Saturday, the Americans got two goals from each of F Vladislav Lukin and F Parker AuCoin, with F Sasha Mutala adding a goal and two assists. Mutala, the sixth-overall pick in the 2016 bantam draft, totalled four goals and two assists in the two games. . . . Tri-City was 2-7 on the PP; Portland was 2-8. . . . G Patrick Tea stopped 27 shots for the Americans, one more than Portland’s Ethan Middendorf. . . .

In Everett, the Spokane Chiefs scored the game’s last three goals, two of them from F Hayden Ostir, in beating the Vancouver Giants, 3-1. . . . D Darian Skeoch gave the Giants a 1-0 lead with a PP goal at 4:44 of the first period. . . . Ostir tied it on a PP at 2:53 of the second and put the Chiefs out front at 11:54. . . . Spokane was 1-7 on the PP; Vancouver was 1-6. . . . The Chiefs started Donovan Buskey in goal and he stopped 10 of 11 shots in 29:58. Declan Hobbs finished up with 18 saves. . . . The Giants opened with David Tendeck, who made 17 saves on 18 shots. Jacob Wasserman came on block 21 of 23 in 28:33. . . .

In Everett, the Silvertips erased a 4-2 third-period deficit with five goals to beat the Seattle Thunderbirds, 7-4. . . . Seattle broke a 2-2 tie with goals from F Donovan Neuls, on a PP, at 9:13 of the second period and F Elijah Brown, at 5:40 of the third. . . . F Dawson Butt got Everett to within one at 7:27 and F Matt Fonteyne tied it at 14:42. . . . F Connor Dewar broke the tie at 15:17. . . . D Riley Bruce, acquired earlier in the week from the Regina Pats, added insurance at 17:22. . . . Dewar iced it with an empty-netter. . . . Seattle was 2-6 on the PP; Everett was 1-4. . . . G Blake Lyda started for Everett, and stopped 14 of 17 shots in 30:32. Danton Belluk finished up with 13 saves on 14 shots. . . . G Matt Berlin went the distance for Seattle, blocking 27 shots. . . .

In Red Deer, F Ethan O’Rourke broke a 1-1 tie at 9:13 of the third period as the Prince George Cougars beat the Calgary Hitmen, 2-1. . . . F Josh Maser gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead at 6:18 of the first period. . . . F Zach Huber pulled the Hitmen even at 3:47 of the third. . . . Calgary was 1-7 on the PP; Prince George was 0-3. . . . G Isaiah DiLaura started for the Cougars and stopped all 17 shots he faced in 33:47. Taylor Gauthier finished up by stopping 13 of 14 shots. . . . Matthew Armitage went the distance in goal for Calgary, stopping 31 shots. . . . The Cougars now will spend a couple of days in Banff before heading for Langley and three exhibition games at the Events Centre. . . .

In Red Deer, the Rebels scored the game’s last three goals and beat the Edmonton Oil Kings, 3-1. . . . F Austin Schellenberg tied the score, 1-1, at 17:47 of the second period and F River Fahey gave the home team the lead at 2:51 of the third. . . . Fahey later added an empty-netter. . . . F Zak Smith had two assists for Red Deer. . . . Edmonton was 1-6 on the PP; Red Deer was 0-3. . . . Red Deer G Byron Fancy started and stopped 16 of 17 shots through two periods. Riley Lamb stopped 11 shots in the third period. . . . Edmonton starter Josh Dechaine turned aside 10 shots in 32:05. Liam Hughes finished up, stopping 16 of 18 shots. . . .

In Regina, the Moose Jaw Warriors counted the game’s last three goals in a 4-1 victory over the Regina Pats. . . . F Brett Howden broke a 1-1 tie at 19:56 of the first period and F Jayden Halbgewachs gave the visitors a 2-1 lead at 17:31 of the second. . . . Halbgewachs, Howden, F Noah Gregor and F Luka Burzan each had a goal and an assist for the winners. . . . Regina was 1-3 on the PP; Moose Jaw was 1-5. . . . G Ethan Fitzgerald started for the Warriors, stopping seven of eight shots in 30:28. Adam Evanoff finished up with 10 saves. . . . G Kurtis Chapman stopped 35 of 39 shots for Regina. . . .

In Kelowna, F Eric Florchuk scored at 3:23 of OT to give the Victoria Royals a 5-4 victory over the Victoria Royals. . . . Victoria scored the game’s last three goals. . . . F Jared Legien, on a PP, got the visitors to within a goal, at 4-3, at 9:00 of the third period. . . . F Igor Martynov tied it on a penalty shot, shorthanded, at 15:27. . . . D Scott Walford had two assists for the Royals. . . . The Rockets got a goal and two assists from F Kyle Topping. . . . Kelowna was 2-7 on the PP; Victoria was 1-6. . . . Victoria G Dylan Myskiw stopped 12 of 14 shots in 30:38, with Dean McNabb coming on in relief to stop eight of 10 shots. . . . Kelowna starter Brodan Salmon was perfect — 15-for-15 — in 30:38, with Roman Basran coming on to allow five goals on 16 shots. . . .

In Taber, the Medicine Hat Tigers scored an empty-netter and beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes, 5-3. . . . The Tigers got two goals and two assists from each of F Josh Williams and F Mark Rassell.

There is an insatiable thirst among WHL fans for roster information as training camps and the exhibition season progress. Because of that, every one of the WHL’s 22 teams should be sending an email to Alan Caldwell whenever a roster move is made. . . . He works hard at keeping fans updated with roster information, but it isn’t easy. . . . For the teams that don’t have it, the email address is smallatlarge@gmail.com. . . . Fans are able to access what roster information that Caldwell has acquired at his blog, Small Thoughts At Large, which is right here.

The Edmonton Oil Kings have signed G Sebastian Cossa and F Logan Moon to WHL contracts. . . . Cossa, from Fort McMurray, was a second-round selection in the WHL’s 2017 bantam draft. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Cossa played last season with the bantam AAA Fort Saskatchewan Rangers and led the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League in GAA (1.80) and save percentage (.934). He was 15-4-0 with five shutouts. Cossa was honoured as the league’s most valuable player and top goaltender as the Rangers won the AMBHL title. . . . Moon, 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds, is from Beaverlodge, Alta. The 17-year-old was a ninth-round selection by the Oil Kings in the 2015 bantam draft. Last season, with the midget AAA Grande Prairie Storm, he put up seven goals and 12 assists in 34 games.

If you have been paying attention to the online summaries from exhibition games, it is obvious that the WHL office has instructed its on-ice officials to crackdown on players who don’t properly use their mouthguards.

Hey, guys, no more using them like sticks of red licorice. OK?

David Gove had a Stanley Cup ring, a pretty good professional career and was seen as a potential head coach. But he died at 38, a drug addict who was unable to live with a troubled past. Bob Hohler of the Boston Globe takes a look right here at Gove’s story, which is headlined ‘A hockey pro dies, and the coach he said raped him is free.’

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