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But there was a meeting of the officiating minds at the penalty box and the call was rescinded.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 This one wasn’t rescinded.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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Spokane adds import d-man … T-Birds release 20-year-old … Tigers bring in Sears

F Zach Boychuk (Lethbridge, 2005-09) has signed a one-year contract with Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia, KHL). Last season, he had seven goals and nine assists in 35 games with Sibir Novosibirsk (Russia, KHL).


The Spokane Chiefs have added Czech D Filip Kral to their roster. They announced his signing on Friday, adding that he is expected to arrive in Spokane on Wednesday. . . . Kral will turn 18 on Oct. 20. . . . The Chiefs selected the 6-foot-0, 175-pounder in the CHL’s 2017 import draft. He is from Blansko. . . . Last season, he had four goals and six assists in 13 games with HC Kometa Brno in a U-20 league. He also had two assists in 23 games with the Kometa Brno side in the Czech Extraliga, and a goal and an assist in 12 games with SK Horacka Slavia Trebic in the country’s second-tier pro league. . . . In 22 games with the Czech Republic’s U-18 team, he had a goal and seven assists. . . . This season, he had played four games in the Extraliga and three with SK Horacka Slavia Trebic in country’s second tier pro league but had yet to earn a point. . . . Spokane’s other import is Slovakian F Milos Fafrak, who also was selected in the 2017 import draft. He went into the weekend with two assists in five games.


The Seattle Thunderbirds are down to the maximum of three 20-year-old players after releasing F Tyler Adams. From Regina, Adams was acquired last season from the Swift Current Broncos. He had three goals and five assists in 41 games with the Thunderbirds, after scoring once and adding six assists in 25 games with the Broncos. . . . In 2015-16, as a freshman, he had six goals and seven assists in 72 games with Swift Current. . . . Adams hadn’t gotten into a game with Seattle this season. . . . The Thunderbirds are left with F Donovan Neuls, D Turner Ottenbreit and D Austin Strand as their 20s.

All WHL teams have until Tuesday to declare a maximum of three 20-year-olds. As of Friday night, there still were four teams each carrying four 20s:

Medicine Hat Tigers — G Michael Bullion, F Zach Fischer, F Mark Rassell. D Kristians Rubins (Latvia) two-spotter. (Bullion was scratched last night against Regina.)

Portland Winterhawks — G Cole Kehler, F Alex Overhardt, D Keoni Texeira, F Evan Weinger. (Weinger was scratched last night in Spokane.)

Prince George Cougars — F Aaron Boyd, F Jared Bethune, D Shane Collins, F Brogan O’Brien. (Collins was scratched last night against Kelowna.)

Swift Current Broncos — F Conner Chaulk, G Logan Flodell, F Glenn Gawdin, F Arthur Miller. (Miller was scratched last night in Saskatoon.)


F Kolby Johnson, who was released by the Prince Albert Raiders, has joined the QMJHL’s Sherbrooke Phoenix. Johnson, 19, is from Rosetown, Sask. After the Raiders released him, he appeared ticketed for the SJHL’s La Ronge Ice Wolves. . . . Last season, he had two assists in 34 games after being acquired from Prince George as part of a deal in which D Brendan Guhle moved to the Cougars. In 83 career WHL games, Johnson has one goal and five assists. He was pointless in two games with the Raiders this season.


The Medicine Hat Tigers have hired long-time scout Carter Sears as their director of player personnel. He takes over from Darren Kruger, who left to join the scouting staff of the NHL’s Calgary Flames. . . . Sears has spent five seasons scouting for the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets. . . . Sears was a key figure on the scouting staff of the Red Deer Rebels when they won the 2001 Memorial Cup in Regina. He also worked for the Kootenay Ice.


The Regina Pats unveiled details of their 100th anniversary celebrations, a party that will signal 100 days until the opening of the 2018 Memorial Cup. . . . Yes, it will include an outdoor game between the Moose Jaw Warriors and the Pats. . . . Greg Harder of the Regina Leader-Post was at the news conference and filed this story.


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FRIDAY:

At Edmonton, D Kale Clague scored three times, his first goals this seaaon, as his Brandon Wheat Kings skated to a 7-3 victory over the Oil Kings. . . . Clague, a 19-year-old from Lloydminster, Alta., is in his fourth season with Brandon; this was his first career hat trick. He went into the game with 15 goals in 143 regular-season games. . . . The Wheat Kings opened up a 4-0 lead by the middle of the second period. . . . F Ty Lewis (3), F Linden McCorrister (2) and Clague scored first-period goals, with the latter sniping at 19:57. F Gunnar Wegleitner (1) made it 4-0 at 10:11 of the second period. . . . Edmonton climbed to within two goals on second-period goals from F Brett Kemp (1), at 13:15, and D Matthew Robertson (2), at 14:24. . . . F Stelio Mattheos (6), who also had two assists, got that one back at 1:11 of the third period. . . . F Trey Fix-Wolansky (4), who also had an assist, scored for Edmonton, on a PP, at 9:26, before Brandon put it away on goals from Clague, at 14:46 and 19:27. . . . Brandon got three assists from F Tanner Kaspick, and two from F Connor Gutenberg, with Lewis, McCorrister and Wegleitner each adding one. . . . Brandon (2-2-1) was 1-4 on the PP; Edmonton (2-4-0) was 2-6. . . . G Logan Thompson stopped 31 shots for the Wheat Kings. . . . Edmonton starter Travis Child allowed three goals on nine shots in the first period. Boston Bilous finished up by stopping nine of 11 shots in 38:38. . . . Announced attendance: 6,224.


At Calgary, G Dorrin Luding stopped 29 shots to help the Everett Silvertips to a 1-0 victory over the Hitmen. . . . It was the first career shutout for Luding, an 18-year-old freshman from Prince George. It came in his fifth appearance of the season. . . . Everett is without G Carter Hart (mononucleosis), so Kyle Dumba has been added to the roster and was on the bench last night in his hometown. . . . D Kevin Davis (1) scored the game’s only goal, at 3:03 of the third period. . . . Everett (3-3-0) was 0-5 on the PP; Calgary (1-3-1) was 0-2. . . . The Hitmen got 32 stops from G Nick Schneider. . . . The Silvertips are 2-2-0 on a nine-game road trip that includes six games in nine nights in the Central Division. This was Game 1 of that six-pack. . . . The Hitmen had D Jake Bean back for the first time this season. He missed four games while with the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes. . . . Earlier in the day, the Hitmen released G Connor Dochuk, 18. The SJHL’s Melville Millionaires hold his junior A rights. . . . That left the Hitmen with Matthew Armitage, who turns 17 on Oct. 30, to back up Schneider, 20. Armitage, from Calgary, was a fourth-round pick by the Spokane Chiefs in the 2014 bantam draft. . . . Calgary is without F Beck Malenstyn, who is listed as indefinite after suffering a wrist injury during a 5-4 loss to the host Saskatoon Blades on Sept. 30. . . . Announced attendance: 4,982.


At Lethbridge, G Stuart Skinner turned aside 35 shots to lead the Hurricanes to a 4-1 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders. . . . Skinner stopped 15, 10 and 11 shots by period as the Hurricanes improved to 3-2-0. . . . The Raiders (2-3-0) got 25 saves from G Curtis Meger. With veteran goaltenders Nicholas Sanders (day-to-day) and Ian Scott (indefinitely) hurt, Meger, a freshman, made his second straight start. Brett Balas, a 16-year-old from Calgary, was the backup. He was a third-round pick in the WHL’s 2016 bantam draft. . . . The Raiders aren’t talking publicly about Sanders’ injury, but the 19-year-old Calgarian underwent surgery on both hips following last season and missed most of training camp. . . . D Calen Addison (1) put Lethbridge in front, on a PP, at 5:02 of the first period, with F Tanner Nagel  (1) making it 2-0 at 3:02 of the second. . . . The Raiders got to within one when F Sean Montgomery (1) counted at 7:59. . . . Lethbridge put it away with third-period goals from F Jayden Davis (1), at 13:44, and F Giorgio Estephan (2), in an empty net at 18:27. . . . Estephan also had one assist. . . . Lethbridge was 1-4 on the PP; Prince Albert was 0-3. . . . Announced attendance: 3,577.


At Moose Jaw, the Warriors erased a 1-0 first-period deficit with five straight goals as they beat the Kootenay Ice, 5-2. . . . F Barrett Sheen put Kootenay ahead 1-0 at 12:37 of the first period. . . . The Warriors took the lead on goals from D Oleg Sosunov (3), at 15:29, and F Jayden Halbgewachs (4) just 17 seconds later. . . . F Brett Howden (2) upped it to 3-1 with a shorthanded goal at 14:42 of the second, with F Noah Gregor (2) scoring on the PP at 16:49. . . . Warriors F Justin Almeida (4) made it 5-1 at 16:49. . . . The Ice got the game’s final goal from F Colton Kroeker (2) at 18:43 of the third period. . . . Moose Jaw got three assists from F Brayden Burke, while Howden and Gregor added one each. . . . The Warriors (5-0-0) were 1-4 on the PP; The Ice (2-3-1) was 0-5. . . . G Brody Willms earned the victory with 22 saves, while the Ice’s Kurtis Chapman blocked 31. . . . D Cale Fleury, the Ice’s captain, sat this one out as he began a three-game WHL suspension. . . . Announced attendance: 3,229.


At Saskatoon, F Tyler Steenbergen enjoyed his second straight four-goal outing, leading the Swift Current Broncos to a 6-2 victory over the Blades. . . . Steenbergen scored four times and added an assist as the Broncos beat the host Brandon Wheat Kings, 7-2, on Sept. 30. . . . Last night, he stretched a 2-0 lead to 5-0 with three straight second-period goals, completing the hat trick at 17:19. His fourth goal, at 13:48 of the third, gave the visitors a 6-1 edge. . . . Steenbergen, who also had an assist last night, has 10 goals in four games this season. . . . He has 16 points, while his linemates aren’t doing too badly, either — Glenn Gawdin has five goals and seven assists, with Aleksi Heponiemi having one goal and 11 helpers. . . . Last night, Gawdin had a goal and two assists, with Heponiemi picking up three helpers. . . . The Broncos are 4-0-0, with all of those coming on the road. They will play their home-opener tonight against the Kootenay Ice. . . . The Broncos were 1-5 on the PP; the Blades (1-3-0) were 0-2. . . . Swift Current G Logan Flodell, who was acquired from the Blades just prior to the start of the season, stopped 19 shots. . . . With starter Ryan Kubic unable to go, G Joel Grzybowski made his first career start for the Blades. He finished with 18 saves. . . . Announced attendance: 3,536.


At Medicine Hat, G Jordan Hollett, in his first appearance against his former team, stopped 19 shots to lead the Tigers to a 4-2 victory over the Regina Pats. . . . Hollett, 18, was acquired over the summer, but hadn’t played until last night due to mononucleosis. . . . Medicine Hat sophomore F Ryan Chyzowski (2) broke a 2-2 tie at 9:16 of the third period. . . . The Tigers got insurance when F Zach Fischer (1) scored at 11:13. . . . F Tyler Preziuso (1), who also had an assist, had given the home side a 1-0 lead at 12:45 of the first period, only to have F Wyatt Sloboshan (2) pull Regina even, on a PP, at 13:55. . . . The Tigers regained the lead at 14:46 on F Mark Rassell’s fifth goal. . . . F George King (2) pulled the Pats even at 4:02 of the second period. . . . D David Quenneville had three assists for Medicine Hat. . . . The Pats got two assists from F Emil Oksanen. . . . Medicine Hat (3-2-0) was 0-3 on the PP; Regina (2-3-1) was 1-4. . . . Regina G Tyler Brown stopped 27 shots. . . . Latvian D Kristians Rubins, 20, was back in Medicine Hat’s lineup after recovering from shoulder surgery. . . . Announced attendance: 3,524.


At Prince George, F Kole Lind scored the game’s last two goals to give the Kelowna Rockets a 7-6 OT victory over the Cougars. . . . F Josh Maser (2) gave the Cougars a 6-5 lead at 9:36 of the third period. . . . Lind tied the game at 16:27 of the third period and won it with his sixth goal of the season, at 2:38 of extra time. . . . D Nolan Foote (1) gave Kelowna a 1-0 lead, on a PP, at 3:20 of the first period. . . . The Cougars took a 3-1 lead on goals from F Jared Bethune (2), at 12:27 of the first, D Dennis Cholowski (2), just 1:01 later, and F Kody McDonald (4), at 2:39 of the second. . . . F Erik Gardiner, shorthanded, got the Rockets to within a goal at 3:28, but F Vladislav Mikhalchuk (2), on a PP, restored the Cougars’ two-goal lead at 9:49. . . . The Rockets cut into the lead again when F Colum McGauley (1) scored at 13:52, but the hosts went back up by two at 14:32 on a goal from F Jackson Leppard (2). . . . Kelowna tied it in the third period as Gardiner (2) and F Dillon Dube (2) counted at 0:45 and 3:17. . . . Dube and F Carsen Twarynski each had two assists, with Gardiner, Foote and Lind getting one each. . . . D Joel Lakusta, F Nikita Popugaev, McDonald and Bethune had two assists each for the Cougars, with Leppard getting one. . . . The Rockets improved to 3-1-1, while the Cougars are 2-3-1. They’ll play again tonight in Prince George. . . . G Brodan Salmond earned the victory with 30 saves, four more than Prince George’s Tavin Grant. . . . The Rockets lost D James Hilsendager to a charging major and game misconduct at 15:01 of the second period. . . . Announced attendance: 2,892.


At Kamloops, two teams continued season-opening franchise record-setting streaks as the Victoria Royals beat the Blazers, 4-1. . . . The Royals now are 6-0-0, two games better than the previous record (4-0-0) from 2015-16. . . . The Blazers are 0-7-0, the poorest start in franchise history. The previous record (0-6-0) came from 2015-16. . . . The Blazers have yet to lead at any point this season, and that continued last night as the Royals jumped out to a 3-0 lead. . . . F Igor Martynov (3) gave Victoria a 1-0 lead with a breakaway goal at 10:26 of the first period, and D Chaz Reddekopp (1), in his first game since returning from the AHL’s Ontario Reign, made it 2-0 at 17:02. . . . The lead became 3-0 when F Tyler Soy, in his first game after returning from the AHL’s San Diego Gulls, scored, on a PP, at 12:13 of the second period. . . . Kamloops got its lone goal from F Nick Chyzowski (1), on a PP, at 17:15 of the second. . . . Victoria F Dante Hannoun (8) iced it at 9:15 of the third period. . . . F Ryan Peckford drew two assists, while Hannoun had one. . . . Royals F Matthew Phillips had one assist — the 183rd point of his career — as he played in his 150th regular-season game. . . . Victoria was 1-7 on the PP; Kamloops was 1-5. . . . G Griffen Outhouse stopped 32 shots in a stellar effort for the Royals. . . . Dylan Ferguson of the Blazers turned aside 18 shots. . . . Cam Hope, the Royals’ general manager, and his wife, Sara, celebrated their 27th anniversary by taking in the game. Such is the life of a hockey executive. . . . Announced attendance: 3,312.


At Spokane, the Portland Winterhawks scored the game’s last six goals and beat the Chiefs, 6-1. . . . Portland F Bronson Sharp (1) broke a 1-1 tie at 2:43 of the second period, F Skyler McKenzie (3) made it 3-1, on a PP, at 15:14 and D Keoni Texeira (2) added a fourth goal just 53 seconds later. . . . F Ryan Hughes (1) and F Cody Glass (3) each had a goal and an assist for Portland. . . . F Jake McGrew gave Spokane a 1-0 lead at 1:17 of the first period. He was in Spokane’s lineup after not playing for more than a year thanks to a knee injury. Despite the injury, the San Jose Sharks selected him in the sixth round of the NHL’s 2017 draft. . . . Portland (3-1-0) was 2-5 on the PP; Spokane (4-2-0) was 0-7. . . . Portland G Cole Kehler stopped 30 shots in running his record to 3-0-0. . . . The Chiefs got 28 stops from G Dawson Weatherill. . . . The Winterhawks remain without F Joachim Blichfeld, who is sidelined with a concussion. . . . The Winterhawks will visit the Seattle Thunderbirds tonight, then return home to face the Chiefs on Sunday and Tuesday. . . . Announced attendance: 4,059.


At Langley, B.C., F James Malm earned four assists as the Vancouver Giants erased a 2-0 deficit and beat the Tri-City Americans, 6-3. . . . F Isaac Johnson (2) and F Maxwell James (2) put the visitors ahead 2-0 with goals at 1:24 and 13:06 of the opening period. . . . The Giants took a 3-2 lead on goals from F Brayden Watts, at 15:19 of the first period, and F Tyler Ho (1) and Watts (3), at 5:54 and 16:07 of the second. . . . Johnson (3) tied it at 4:53 of the third period. . . . The Giants won it with three quick goals, as F Ty Ronning (4) scored at 11:08 and F Owen Hardy, who has three goals, scored twice, at 12:09 and 14:29. . . . Ronning also had an assist. . . . Vancouver (2-2-0) was 0-3 on the PP; Tri-City (2-3-0) was 1-4. . . . G David Tendeck stopped 26 shots for the victors. . . . Tri-City got 33 stops from G Beck Warm. . . . The Americans will stay in Langley to play again tonight, before journeying to Victoria for games on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. . . . Announced attendance: 2,886.


SATURDAY (all times local):

Saskatoon at Regina, 7 p.m.

Brandon at Red Deer, 7 p.m.

Kootenay at Swift Current, 7 p.m.

Prince Albert at Medicine Hat, 7:30 p.m.

Kelowna at Prince George, 7 p.m.

Tri-City vs. Vancouver, at Langley, B.C., 7 p.m.

Portland vs. Seattle, at Kent, Wash., 6:05 p.m.


SUNDAY (all times local):

Brandon at Calgary, 4 p.m.

Everett at Edmonton, 4 p.m.

Swift Current at Moose Jaw, 4 p.m.

Seattle at Kamloops, 5 p.m.

Spokane at Portland, 5 p.m.


MONDAY (all times local):

No Games Scheduled.


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