Banged-up Warriors drop host Broncos … Ferguson gets real taste of NHL … Rassell hat trick sparks Tigers

F Adam Řehák (Medicine Hat, 2011-12) has been released by Invicta Dynamos Gillingham (England, English National Division 1) by mutual agreement. He had six goals and two assists in eight games.


The Moose Jaw Warriors are a bit banged up — they scratched seven skaters from Tuesday night’s game against the host Swift Current Broncos.

That’s why the Warriors brought in D Daemon Hunt, 15, D Matthew Sanders, 16, and D Drae Gardiner, 16.

Hunt, from Brandon, was a first-round pick in the WHL’s 2017 bantam draft. He had one assist in two earlier games with the Warriors. Hunt has 12 assists in 11 games with the midget AAA Brandon Wheat Kings.

Sanders and Gardiner are from Calgary and play for the midget AAA Calgary Buffaloes. Sanders, a fifth-round selection in the 2016 bantam draft, has one goal and eight assists in 14 games. Gardiner, an eighth-round pick in the 2016 bantam draft, has a goal and six assists in 13 games.

Hunt and Gardiner were in Moose Jaw’s lineup last night in Swift Current, while Sanders was a healthy scratch.

The Warriors are missing four defencemen. They have been playing without Josh Brook and Dmitri Zaitsev, then lost Jett Woo and Matthew Benson to undisclosed injuries during a 3-1 victory over the visiting Regina Pats on Sunday.

Brook and Woo are out week-to-week, with Zaitsev listed as day-to-day, and Benson as TBD.

With the three additions, the Warriors now have 11 defencemen on their roster.


With F Kirby Dach having returned from the U-17 World Hockey Challenge, the Saskatoon Blades have sent F Logan Doust, 16, back to the major midget Vancouver-Northwest Giants. . . . Doust, a ninth-round selection in the 2016 WHL bantam draft, was pointless in three games with the Blades.

Meanwhile, the Blades will be without D Seth Bafaro for their next three games as he completes a four-game WHL suspension. With him out of the lineup, they will keep D Randen Schmidt, 17, on their roster until Bafaro is eligible to return. Things will be re-evaluated at that point. Schmidt was brought in from the midget AAA Regina Pat Canadians.


The Kamloops Blazers are likely to be without G Dylan Ferguson again tonight as they play host to the Prince George Cougars.

Ferguson became the fifth goaltender to play for the expansion Vegas Golden Knights this NHL season as he entered in the third period of an 8-2 loss to the host Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.

Ferguson left Kamloops on Oct. 30 to join the Golden Knights under the emergency recall rule. The Golden Knights have three goaltenders, including starter Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion), on the injured list.

When last night’s game started, Ferguson was on the bench backing up Maxime Lagace again. That marked Ferguson’s seventh game as the Golden Knights’ No. 2 goaltender.

Ferguson, 19, replaced Lagace with the Oilers holding a 7-2 lead in the third period. Ferguson stopped one of two shots in 9:14, giving up a PP goal to F Mark Letestu at 15:38.

Vegas next is scheduled to play on Thursday against the host Vancouver Canucks. Ferguson is from Lantzville, which is on Vancouver Island.

The Blazers start a stretch of three games in four nights tonight. They are scheduled to entertain the Vancouver Giants on Friday night and the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Saturday.

With Ferguson gone, the Blazers have been using freshman Max Palaga, a 17-year-old native of Kamloops, and Dylan Garand, 15, who plays at the Delta Hockey Academy.

The Blazers (7-12-0) are 3-1-0 since Ferguson left to join the Golden Knights.


The junior B Surrey Knights of the Pacific Junior Hockey League haven’t won a game in two years. It all adds up to an 84-game losing streak. . . . David Ebner of The Globe and Mail takes a look right here at how things got to this state.


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D Trevor Longo, who was released by the Medicine Hat Tigers, has joined the BCHL’s Salmon Arm Silverbacks. Longo, from North Vancouver, B.C., was a sixth-round pick by the Tigers in the WHL’s 2015 bantam draft. This season, he was pointless in four games with the Tigers. . . .

The Lethbridge Hurricanes have dropped F Jayden Davis from their roster, and he has returned to the SJHL’s Estevan Bruins. Davis, who turned 18 on Tuesday, is from Alameda, Sask. He had one goal in 11 games with the Hurricanes. Last season, he had five goals and 16 assists in 45 games with the Bruins.


TUESDAY:

At Brandon, F Ty Lewis scored 27 seconds into OT to give the Wheat Kings a 6-5 victory over the Calgary Hitmen. . . . Brandon (12-6-1) has won three in a row. . . . Calgary (6-11-3) has lost three straight (0-1-2). . . . This was the first of four games in five nights for the Hitmen. . . . The Wheat Kings scored the game’s last three goals as they never once held the lead before Lewis scored his 10th goal of the season. . . . Calgary held a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from F Jakob Stukel, at 4:54 of the first period, and D Jake Bean (3), at 6:25 of the second. . . . Brandon pulled even on second-period scores by F Baron Thompson (4), at 7:12, and F Stelio Mattheos, at 10:56. . . . The Hitmen went back out front by two as F Tristen Nielsen scored at 2:49 of the third period and Stukel (10) got his second, at 3:53. . . . F Connor Gutenberg (4) scored shorthanded, at 5:59, as the Wheat Kings crawled back to within a goal. . . . But the Hitmen went back out front by two as Nielsen (6) scored, at 8:01. . . . Mattheos (13) cut the deficit to one at 12:07, and F Linden McCorrister (6) forced OT with a PP goal, at 18:31. . . . D Kale Clague had four assists for Brandon; he was in on two of the last three goals. . . . McCorrister added two assists, with Lewis, Gutenberg and Thompson adding one each. . . . The Hitmen got two assists from D Vladislav Yeryomenko. . . . Brandon was 1-2 on the PP; Calgary was 0-4. . . . G Logan Thompson earned the victory with 32 stops, 15 more than Calgary’s Nick Schneider. . . . Announced attendance: 3,443.


At Swift Current, F Jayden Halbgewachs scored three times and added two assists to lead the Moose Jaw Warriors to a 7-4 victory over the Swift Current Broncos. . . . The Warriors (16-4-0) have won six in a row and nine of 10. They are riding high atop the WHL’s overall standings. They also lead the second-place Broncos by five points in the East Division. The Broncos hold two games in hand. . . . The Broncos (13-4-1) had won their previous three games. . . . Moose Jaw, which scratched seven skaters, was 4-6 on the PP; the Broncos were 1-2. . . . F Logan Foster (2) gave the Broncos a 1-0 lead at 5:33 of the first period. . . . F Barrett Sheen (3), acquired Monday from the Kootenay Ice, pulled his new club even at 6:36. . . . The Warriors went ahead at 10:25 on a PP score by F Noah Gregor (10). . . . The Broncos tied it at 11:13 on a goal from F Tyler Steenbergen. . . . The Warriors took a two-goal lead on PP goals from Halbgewachs, at 17:50 of the first, and F Justin Almedia, at 0:12 of the second period. . . . F Aleksi Heponiemi (15) got the Broncos to within a goal, on a PP, at 4:04, but Almeida (11) got that one back at 12:47. . . . Steenbergen got his WHL-leading 28th goal at 19:25. . . . The Warriors put it away on two third-period goals from Halbgewachs, the first on a PP at 8:33 and the second at 16:22. . . . Almeida also had two assists, as did F Tanner Jeannot. F Brayden Burke had four assists for Moose Jaw, and Gregor had one. . . . Almeida has 11 goals in 20 games this season. Last season, he totalled 11 goals in 70 games — he had four goals in 37 games with the Prince George Cougars, then added seven in 33 games after being dealt to Moose Jaw. . . . F Glenn Gawdin had two assists for the Broncos, with Steenbergen and Heponiemi each getting one. That meant that the Broncos’ hot line totalled seven points. . . . Steenbergen leads the WHL scoring race with 49 points, one more than Heponiemi and nine more than Gawdin. . . . The Warriors got 23 saves from G Brody Willms. At the other end, Logan Flodell stopped 34 shots. . . . D Artyom Minulin was among the Broncos’ scratches. . . . The Warriors scratched D Jett Woo, D Josh Brook, F Tyler Smithies, F Brecon Wood, F Brett Howden, who missed his third straight game, D Matthew Benson and D Dmitri Zaitsev. . . . Announced attendance: 2,129.


At Medicine Hat, F Mark Rassell scored three times to lead the Tigers to a 4-1 victory over the Kootenay Ice. . . . The Tigers (12-6-0) have won five in a row. . . . The Ice (8-12-1) has lost four straight. . . . The Ice was playing its first game since it traded away D Cale Fleury, the team captain, and veteran F Barrett Sheen on Monday. F Cole Muir, who was acquired from the Regina Pats in the Fleury deal, was in the Ice’s lineup, but D Jonathan Smart wasn’t. . . . Medicine Hat took a 3-0 lead on a first-period goal from F Ryan Jevne (5), at 11:20, and two from Rassell, at 13:52 and 16:54, the latter on a penalty shot. . . . F Sebastian Streu (2) scored the Ice’s goal at 19:57. . . . Rassell, who has 20 goals, completed his first hat trick of this season, and the second of his career, at 13:01 of the third period. He now has eight goals in his past four games. . . . The Tigers were 0-2 on the PP; the Ice was 0-1. . . . G Jordan Hollett earned the victory with 30 saves. . . . G Duncan McGovern, acquired by the Ice from the Tigers on Oct. 23, started for Kootenay and made 24 saves. . . . In each of its last three games, the Tigers have faced a goaltender who used to play for them. On the weekend, they twice beat G Nick Schneider and the Calgary Hitmen. . . . The Tigers scratched F James Hamblin (knee) for a second straight game. . . . The Ice remains without veteran forwards Jeff de Wit and Colton Kroeker. . . . Announced attendance: 3,058.


At Kelowna, the Rockets scored twice in the game’s first five minutes en route to a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings. . . . Kelowna (11-6-3) has won three in a row and now trails the B.C. Division-leading Victoria Royals by four points. Kelowna has two games in hand. . . . The Oil Kings (5-13-2) have lost seven straight. . . . Edm is 0-3-0 on a swing through the B.C. Division that will wrap up with a doubleheader in Prince George on Friday and Saturday. When the trip ends, the Oil Kings will have played five games in four B.C. Division cities, missing only Kamloops. But they will have driven through Kamloops twice. . . . F Dillon Dube scored 25 seconds into the first period and F Kyle Topping (8) made it 2-0 at 4:22. . . . The Oil Kings got to within a goal at 10:49 when F Trey Fix-Wolansky (9) counted. . . . Dube (10) got that one back at 12:59. . . . F Davis Koch (8) scored for the visitors at 8:21 of the second period. . . . The Rockets put it away on two third-period goals from F Carsen Twarynski, at 0:18 and 19:18, the latter into an empty net. . . . The Rockets got two assists from F Liam Kindree, who has a goal and six assists over his past four games. Dube and Twarynski each added an assist. . . . Fix-Wolansky and Koch each had an assist for the visitors. . . . Kelowna was 0-2 on the PP; Edmonton was 1-5. . . . G James Porter stopped 21 shots for Kelowna. With G Brodan Salmond (knee) out for up to six weeks, the Rockets had Roman Basran backing up for this one. He plays for the major midget Okanagan Rockets, who play out of Kelowna. Basran, 16, was a third-round pick by Kelowna in the 2016 bantam draft. . . . G Travis Child stopped 24 shots for Edmonton. . . . The game marked a return to Kelowna for F Tomas Soustal, who was dealt to the Oil Kings on Oct. 3. He had one assist. . . . Announced attendance: 4,326.


At Kent, Wash., the Prince Albert Raiders scored the game’s last three goals and beat the Seattle Thunderbirds, 6-4. . . . The Raiders (9-7-3) are 2-1-0 on a six-game road trip. This was the start of a stretch of four games in five nights in four different cities. . . . The Thunderbirds (9-8-2) have lost four in a row (0-3-1). . . . The game featured five goals on special teams, three of them shorties, two of those by the Raiders. . . . F Spencer Moe (4) put the visitors ahead 1-0 at 5:11 of the first period. . . . D Austin Strand tied it, on a PP, at 8:27. He’s got 10 goals this season, nine of them on the PP. . . . The Raiders took a 3-1 lead on goals from F Brett Season (3), shorthanded, at 9:31, and F Parker Kelly (11), at 12:00. . . . Seattle scored the next three goals to take a 4-3 lead. . . . F Zack Andrusiak (8) scored, on a PP, at 14:53. D Turner Ottenbreit got his fourth goal while shorthanded, at 0:40 of the second period. . . . D Jarret Tyszka (1) broke the 3-3 tie at 14:14. . . . F Curtis Miske got Prince Albert back into a tie 16 seconds into the third period. . . . F Jordy Stallard (15) broke the tie at 14:48. . . . Miske (6) iced it with a shorthanded empty-netter at 19:25. . . . Stallard, who also had an assist, is riding a 12-game point streak. He’s got 22 points, including 12 goals, over that stretch. . . . Stallard has his 15 goals in 19 games. Last season, he totalled 14 goals in 40 games. He had eight goals in 32 games with the Calgary Hitmen, then added six goals in eight games after being dealt to the Raiders. A shoulder injury shortened his season. . . . Miske and Leason added an assist each. . . . F Noah Philp and F Nolan Volcan each had two assists for Seattle. . . . The Thunderbirds were 2-8 on the PP; the Raiders were 0-4. . . . In their last two games, the Raiders have allowed seven PP goals on 20 opportunities. Six of those PP goals have come on 5-on-3s. . . . Each of the goaltenders — Prince Albert’s Ian Scott and Seattle’s Matt Berlin — stopped 26 shots. . . . Seattle F Donovan Neuls left in the second period after apparently suffering a cut to one hand when he was slashed. He returned in the third period but was having problems holding his stick. . . . F Sami Moilanen was among Seattle’s scratches. He didn’t finish Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the visiting Kamloops Blazers. . . . Announced attendance: 4,526.


At Victoria, G Riley Lamb stopped 28 shots in his first start of the season and his Red Deer Rebels scored a 5-3 victory over the Royals. . . . Red Deer (9-11-1) had lost is previous six games (0-5-1). . . . Victoria (14-7-1) has lost two in a row and now is 8-2-1 at home. . . . Lamb suffered a broken thumb in training camp. He made his first appearance this season on Saturday when he came on in relief during a 5-2 loss to the Rockets in Kelowna. . . . Last night, the Rebels got off to a 2-0 lead on second-period goals from F Austin Pratt (6), at 3:02, and F Kristian Reichel (8), at 4:38. . . . The Royals then took a 3-2 lead, getting goals from F Matthew Phillips (16), at 10:13 of the second, F Jared Legien (9), at 2:04 of the third period, and F Regan Nagy (17), on a PP, at 5:15. . . . Red Deer won it with three goals in 6:55. . . . F Mason McCarty (11) tied the score at 12:18, and F Reese Johnson (6) broke the tie, at 14:52. . . . F Lane Zablocki (7) got the empty-netter, at 19:13. . . . D Alex Alexeyev, McCarty and Pratt each had two assists for the winners. . . . Red Deer was 0-2 on the PP; Victoria was 1-5. . . . The Royals got 25 saves from G Dean McNabb. . . . The Rebels are 1-4-0 on a seven-game trek that actually began in Regina and will continue in Vancouver on Wednesday and end in Cranbrook on Friday. . . . Announced attendance: 4,337.


WEDNESDAY (all times local):

Calgary at Regina, 7 p.m.

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

Red Deer vs. Vancouver, at Langley, B.C., 7 p.m.

Prince George at Kamloops, 7 p.m.

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


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Warriors sweep two from Pats … Giants escape with win over Oil Kings … Winterhawks power past Raiders

F Ian McDonald (Tri-City, 2000-06) has been released by Gherdëina Selva Val Gardena (Italy, Alps HL) by mutual agreement. He had nine goals and 10 assists in 15 games. . . .

F Colin Long (Kelowna, 2005-09) has signed a contract for the rest of this season with Gherdëina Selva Val Gardena (Italy, Alps HL). Last season, he had 10 goals and a team-high 32 assists in 29 games with Asiago (Italy, Alps HL). He was third in the league in assists.


Richard Matvichuk, the head coach of the Prince George Cougars, watched his guys drop a 4-0 decision to the visiting Everett Silvertips on Saturday night.

After the game came the explosion.

“It wasn’t good,” Matvichuk said. “It was frustrating. Our 20-year-olds and our 19-year-olds did not want to play the game and they tried to take shortcuts and that’s why we weren’t successful.”

That is one of the quotes from Hartley Miller’s blog site at myprincegeorgenow.com.

The Cougars’ games are heard on 94.3 The Goat — Miller is the analyst — and Matvichuk told the post-game show that had he been a fan he would have headed home with the locals down 4-0 after 40 minutes.

“It was awful,” Matvichuk continued. “We didn’t have any work ethic. They wanted it more, they played harder, they finished more checks, and they put pucks in the right area. We were soft; we wouldn’t finish checks. We swung away. We didn’t want to get traffic in front of their net. They didn’t beat us, we beat ourselves.”

The Cougars had beaten the visiting Silvertips 4-3 in OT on Friday night.

Prince George next plays on Wednesday when it travels to Kamloops to meet the Blazers, who are 7-12-0, but have won seven of their past 10 games after an 0-9-0 start.

The Cougars (6-9-4) are fourth in the B.C. Division, two points ahead of the Blazers. Prince George is two points out of the Western Conference’s second wild-card playoff spot.


James McEwan spent four seasons (2004-08) in the WHL, two with the Seattle Thunderbirds and two with the Kelowna Rockets.

It’s fair to say that the Kelowna native was one of the last hired guns.

In two seasons with the Thunderbirds, he had two goals, three assists and 245 penalty minutes.

In two seasons with the Rockets, he recorded five goals, seven assists and 295 penalty minutes in 105 games.

These days, he is back in Kelowna, his hockey-playing days behind him, and he says it’s time for fighting to be eliminated from hockey.

He told Jeremy Allingham of CBC News that he has gone through the drugs and the alcohol, the depression and the suicidal thoughts.

“Fighting is linked with CTE and it’s caused suicides, it’s causing mental illness,” McEwan told Allingham. “It was a direct link to, I believe, my own trauma and challenges which put me to the edge, very close to taking my own life multiple times.

“Knowing what we know now, when you’re cheering and supporting these fights, you’re also cheering and supporting the things that have helped cause suicides of guys like Rick Rypien, Wade Belak, Steve Montador and many others.”

Allingham’s complete piece is right here.


If you are wondering where the KHL is headed, well, this piece right here is for you. Patrick Conway, who runs Conway’s Russian Hockey Blog, turned over his space to Tomáš Vorčák, who use the opportunity to write in length on the “KHL’s new development plan for the next few seasons . . . which represents a significant change of philosophy from the way the league used to operate.”


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SUNDAY:

At Moose Jaw, the Warriors completed a weekend sweep of the Regina Pats with a 3-1 victory. . . . The Warriors (15-4-0) have won five in a row and have moved into first place atop the overall standings, a point ahead of the idle Victoria Royals (14-6-1). . . . The Pats (11-8-2) have lost two in a row. They went into Friday just two points behind the Warriors, but now trail by six with the Warriors holding two games in hand. . . . F Jayden Halbgewachs (14) gave the Warriors a 1-0 lead at 3:46 of the first period. Halbgewachs is from White City, which is located just east of Regina. He had a goal and an assist on Sunday, after scoring twice in Friday’s 3-2 victory in Regina. . . . F Bryan Lockner (3) pulled the Pats even at 13:44 of the first period. . . . F Noah Gregor (9) broke the tie at 13:07 of the second period and F Tanner Jeannot (11) added the insurance at 18:47 of the third. . . . Moose Jaw was 0-4 on the PP; Regina was 0-2. . . . G Brody Willms stopped 23 shots for the Warriors, while Regina’s Tyler Brown blocked 43. . . . The Warriors went into the game without two front-end defencemen in Josh Brook and Dmitri Zaitsev. Then they watched as Jett Woo and Matthew Benson failed to finish the game due to injury, something that left them with only four defencemen. . . . The Warriors also were without F Brett Howden for a second straight game. He suffered an undisclosed injury while playing for Team WHL against the Russians in Swift Current on Tuesday. . . . Announced attendance: 4,005.


At Langley, B.C., the Edmonton Oil Kings scored the only six goals of the third period, but it wasn’t enough — SERIOUSLY! — as they dropped an 8-7 decision to the Vancouver Giants. . . . You are free to wonder which team’s coaching staff slept better after this one. . . . The Giants (8-8-4), who were playing their third game in fewer than 48 hours (2-0-1), have points in four straight (3-0-1). . . . The Oil Kings (5-12-2) have lost six in a row. . . . The Giants got three goals and a pair of assists from F James Malm, who now has eight goals. Last season, Malm finished with 20 goals and 31 assists in 69 games. He had four points, including two goals, in a 5-3 victory over the visiting Victoria Royals on March 14. That was one of his five two-goal games last season. . . . Malm got the scoring started at 2:15 of the first period, with F Brendan Semchuk (6), on a PP, scoring at 7:18 and F Ty Ronning (19) finding the range on another PP, at 13:08. . . . F Ty Gerla scored Edmonton’s first goal, at 18:40. . . . The Giants broke it open — or thought they did — with five second-period goals, from F Milos Roman (6), D Matt Barberis (3), Malm F Tyler Popowich (3) and Malm, again. . . . In the third period, the Giants scored six times in a span of 8:47, starting with F Davis Koch goal at 11:07. . . . F Tomas Soustal (5), F David Kope (2), Koch (7), F Trey Fix-Wolansky (8) and F Colton Kehler (7) also scored to get the Giants to within a goal at the end. Kehler’s goal came at 19:54. . . . The Giants got three assists from F Tyler Benson, two from F Tyler Ho, and one each from Popowich and Roman. . . . Benson, who has four goals and five assists in seven games, played in all three weekend games. . . . Soustal added four assists to his goal, while D Conner McDonald had three and Koch two. Fix-Wolansky added one assist to his goal. . . . Ronning has goals in seven straight games. His father, Cliff, holds the WHL record for longest such streak. He totalled 27 goals in an 18-game streak for the New Westminster Bruins in 1984-85, from Nov. 6 through Dec. 15. . . . Vancouver was 4-6 on the PP; Edmonton was 2-5. . . . Vancouver G Todd Scott blocked 29 shots. . . . Edmonton starter Boston Bilous, who is from Langley, was beaten three times on 11 shots in 13:08. Travis Child came on to stop 20 of 25 shots in 45:54. . . . Announced attendance: 3,689.


At Portland, the Portland Winterhawks scored five PP goals, four of them on 5-on-3s, en route to a 6-1 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders. . . . The Winterhawks (14-4-0) have won five in a row and lead the U.S. Division by two points over the Tri-City Americans (12-5-2). . . . The Raiders are 8-7-3. . . . F Jordy Stallard (14) of the Raiders scored the game’s first goal, on a PP, at 3:42 of the opening period. Stallard is riding an 11-game point streak, with 20 points, including 11 goals, over that time. . . . D Henri Jokiharju (6) got Portland even, on a PP, at 5:32 of the second period, with F Brad Ginnell breaking the tie at 14:32. . . . The Winterhawks added four third-period goals, three of them coming via the PP. . . . F Cody Glass scored twice, giving him 10, with F Skyler McKenzie (15) and Ginnell (5) adding the others. . . . Jokiharju and F Joachim Blichfeld each had two assists for Portland. . . . The Winterhawks were 5-12 on the PP; the Raiders were 1-5. . . . The Raiders took the game’s last 11 penalties — 10 minors and a misconduct — all coming between 5:58 and 17:50. . . . G Cole Kehler stopped 28 shots for Portland. . . . The Raiders got 28 saves from G Curtis Meger. . . . Announced attendance: 5,536.


MONDAY (all times local):

No Games Scheduled.


TUESDAY (All times local):

Calgary at Brandon, 7 p.m.

Moose Jaw at Swift Current, 7 p.m.

Kootenay at Medicine Hat, 7 p.m.

Edmonton at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.

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

Red Deer at Victoria, 7:05 p.m.


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Yamamoto back with four points … Halbgewachs’ late goal beats Pats … Warm heats up for Americans

D Bretton Stamler (Seattle, Edmonton, Swift Current, 2003-08) has signed a 10-day contract with Ritten (Italy, Alps HL). Last season, he had three goals and nine assists in 43 games with Frederikshavn (Denmark, Metal Ligaen). He also was the team captain. . . .

F Peter Quenneville (Brandon, 2013-15) has signed a tryout contract through Dec. 19 with SaiPa Lappeenranta (Finland, Liiga). This season, with Pardubice (Czech Republic, Extraliga), he had two goals and an assist in 12 games. . . .

F Matt MacKay (Moose Jaw, Medicine Hat, Vancouver, Brandon, 2008-11) has signed a contract for the rest of this season with Krefeld Pinguine (Germany, DEL). This season, he had three goals and eight assists in 14 games with Heilbronn (Germany, DEL2).


Guy Flaming, the host of The Pipeline Show, asked this question via Twitter on Thursday: “Do you care about the CHL Canada-Russia series?”

That prompted this response from Les Lazaruk, the long-time play-by-play voice of the Saskatoon Blades:

“As far as I’m concerned, the annual series has run its course. I’d rather see a real WHL All-Star Game format return . . . and make it available to be hosted by all (WHL) teams and cities . . . yes, even the U.S. Division ones. Make sure the best three 20-year-olds from each conference, the best five 19-year-olds, 18s and 17s are selected, along with the top two 16-year-olds from each conference.

“Quit trying to sell these games as last chance for Hockey Canada to evaluate possible players for the Canadian team going to the World Juniors when we all now know that Hockey Canada already has their roster pretty much decided on! Enough is enough!!”

That pretty much says it all.

For what it’s worth, I agree wholeheartedly.

So does Steve Ewen, who covers the Vancouver Giants for Postmedia. Ewen tweeted: “Agreed. Too many games in junior already. Too much pressure on players. Risk isn’t worth the reward.”


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FRIDAY:

At Calgary, the Medicine Hat Tigers scored the game’s last three goals, two of them from F Mark Rassell, as they beat the Hitmen, 4-2. . . . The Central Division-leading Tigers (11-6-0) have won three in a row. . . . The Hitmen (6-11-1) had won their previous two games. . . . Calgary took a 1-0 lead when F Jakob Stukel (7) scored, on a PP, at 13:43 of the first period. . . . F Jaeger White (1) pulled Medicine Hat into a tie at 19:01. That was White’s first WHL goal since Sept. 25, 2015, when he was with the Lethbridge Hurricanes. He had one goal in 39 games that season, then didn’t play in the WHL last season. This season, he has a goal and five assists in 13 games with the Tigers. . . . F Luke Coleman (4) gave Calgary a 2-1 lead at 4:35 of the second period. . . . Rassell, who has 16 goals, tied it at 17:17. . . . The Tigers took the lead at 2:30 of the third period as D Kristians Rubins (2) scored, then Rassell added insurance at 19:05. . . . Rassell and White each had an assist, too. . . . Calgary was 1-2 on the PP; Medicine Hat was 0-1. . . . The Tigers got 23 saves from G Jordan Hollett, three fewer than Calgary’s Nick Schneider. . . . This was Schneider’s first meeting with his former team. The Hitmen acquired the 20-year-old goaltender from Medicine Hat in May. . . . They’ll meet again tonight, this time in Medicine Hat. . . . Announced attendance: 7,255.


At Cranbrook, B.C., F Justin Nachbaur scored twice in a four-goal first period and the Prince Albert Raiders went on to a 5-3 victory over the Kootenay Ice. . . . The Raiders improved to 8-6-3, while the Ice, which has lost two straight, now is 8-10-1. . . The visitors opened with four goals in a span of 7:39, all started when F Justin Nachbaur scored at 8:21. . . . Goals from F Sean Montgomery (6), at 9:52, Nachbaur (3), at 13:12, and F Cole Fonstand, on a PP, at 16:00, made it 4-0. . . . D Dallas Hines (1), on a PP, at 9:42 of the second period, and F Alec Baer (6), at 11:44, brought the Ice to within two. . . . F Spencer Moe (3) restored Prince Albert’s three-goal lead at 13:05. . . . The Ice got back to within two at 8:25 of the third period when F Colton Veloso (5) scored. . . . F Jordy Stallard and F Austin Crossley each had two assists for the winners, with Nachbaur adding one. . . . Baer added an assist to his goal. . . . The Raiders were 1-4 on the PP; the Ice was 1-5. . . . G Ian Scott stopped 36 shots for the visitors. . . . Kootenay starter Bailey Brkin gave up four goals on six shots in the first period. Duncan McGovern came on to stop 22 of 23 shots in 37:41. . . . This was Game 1 of a road trip during which the Raiders will play six games in nine nights. They will return home to play one game — Nov. 24 against the Swift Current Broncos — and then will go on the road for five more. . . . Despite the WHL’s regular-season schedule taking six months to complete, the Raiders will have played 30.6 per cent of its road games in the span of 25 days. . . . Announced attendance: 2,264.


At Lethbridge, F Kailer Yamamoto had a goal and two assists in the first period of his first WHL game of the season, leading the Spokane Chiefs to a 6-3 victory over the Hurricanes. . . . The Chiefs (9-7-3) had lost their previous four games (0-2-2). . . . The Hurricanes (7-9-1) have lost five in a row (0-4-1). . . . Yamamoto, who finished with a goal and three helpers, was returned to the Chiefs earlier in the week after recording three assists in nine games with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers. . . . F Jake Elmer (2) gave the home side a 1-0 lead at 6:45 of the first period, but the Chiefs scored the next four goals. . . . D Tyson Helgeson (2) got it started at 7:29, with F Jaret Anderson-Dolan (7) giving his guys a 2-1 lead, on a PP, at 14:52. Yamamoto scored shorthanded, at 17:20, with F Ethan McIndoe (4) making it 4-1 at 10:47 of the second period. . . . Lethbridge got to within two as F Giorgio Estephan (7) got a PP goal at 14:04. . . . Spokane got that one back as D Ty Smith (3) counted at 19:27. . . . F Ryan Vandervlis (6) scored for Lethbridge at 4:17 of the third, with F Zach Fischer (4) getting Spokane’s last goal at 18:22. . . . Smith, D Nolan Reid and F Eli Zummack each had two assists for the Chiefs. . . . Estephan added an assist to his goal. . . . Spokane was 1-3 on the PP; Lethbridge was 1-8. . . . G Dawson Weatherill stopped 33 shots for Spokane, while Stuart Skinner turned aside 27 at the other end. . . . Elmer wasn’t able to beat Weatherill on a third-period penalty shot. . . .  Announced attendance: 4,258.


At Regina, F Jayden Halbgewachs broke a 2-2 tie with 53 seconds left in the third period as the Moose Jaw Warriors beat the Pats, 3-2. . . . The Warriors (14-4-0) have won four in a row. They lead the East Division by three points over Swift Current and four over Regina. . . . The Pats (11-7-2) had points in each of their previous four games (3-0-1). . . . These teams will play again Sunday in Moose Jaw. . . . Last night, the Warriors took a 2-0 lead on goals from F Tristyn DeRoose (1), at 8:07 of the first period, and Halbgewachs, just 47 seconds into the second, on a PP. . . . The Pats tied it on second-period goals from F Matt Bradley (15), at 1:15, and F Sam Steel (5), on a PP, at 4:13. . . . Halbgewachs won it with his 13th goal of the season. . . . F Noah Gregor had two assists for the winners. . . . Moose Jaw was 1-3 on the PP; Regina was 1-5. . . . G Brody Willms earned the victory with 31 stops, four more than Regina’s Tyler Brown. . . . The Warriors were without F Brett Howden, who suffered an undisclosed injury on Monday while playing for Team WHL against a Russian side. . . . Regina F Nick Henry played his first game of the season after recovering from off-season shoulder surgery. . . . Announced attendance: 6,484.


At Saskatoon, the Swift Current Broncos’ hot line accounted for eight points, including three goals, as they led their side to a 6-4 victory over the Blades. . . . The Broncos (12-3-1) have won two in a row. . . . The Blades now are 7-9-1. . . . F Tyler Steenbergen and F Aleksi Heponiemi each had a goal and two assists for the Broncos, with F Glenn Gawdin adding a goal and an assist. . . . F Chase Wouters (6) gave Saskatoon a 1-0 lead 24 seconds into the game. . . . The Broncos responded with the next three goals — Steenbergen (24) struck at 4:08 of the first period, with D Colby Sissons (5) scoring, on a PP, just 36 seconds later. Gawdin added his 12th goal at 14:12. . . . F Braylon Shmyr (8) got the Blades back to within a goal at 17:47. . . . Swift Current then took a 5-2 lead as Heponiemi (13) counted, on a PP, at 18:38, and F Logan Foster got his first goal at 14:18 of the second period. . . . The Blades made its interesting with two late third-period goals — D Libor Hajek (5) scored at 13:16 and F Michael Farren (1) added another at 14:30. . . . F Conner Chaulk (3) iced it for the visitors with an empty-netter at 19:53. . . . Steenbergen leads the WHL in goals (24) and points (41), all in 16 games. . . . Sissons added an assist to his goal. . . . The Blades got three assists from D Jackson Caller, with Wouters adding two to his goal. F Cam Hebig had two assists and Shmyr got one. . . . The Broncos were 2-4 on the PP; the Blades were 1-5. . . . G Logan Flodell blocked 29 shots for the Broncos. . . . Saskatoon got 10 stops from G Ryan Kubic through two periods, with Joel Grzybowski stopping all six shots in faced in the third period. . . . The Blades lost F Seth Bafaro to a checking-from-behind major and game misconduct at 15:51 of the first period. . . . Blogger Darren Steinke was there and his report is right here. . . . Announced attendance: 3,664.


At Kamloops, F Jermaine Loewen ran his goal-scoring streak to three games as the Blazers beat the Red Deer Rebels, 3-2. . . . Kamloops (6-12-0) is 6-3-0 since opening 0-9-0. . . . The Rebels (8-10-1) have lost five in a row (0-4-1). . . . Loewen, coming off back-to-back two-goal games, opened the scoring at 17:59 of the first period. Loewen has seven goals in 12 games. His career high is eight, in 67 games, in 2015-16. . . . F Jared Dmytriw (5) pulled Red Deer even at 3:58 of the second period. . . . Kamloops D Joe Gatenby (6) broke the tie, on a PP, at 11:02. . . . The Blazers went ahead 3-1 as F Nick Chyzowski (4) scored at 4:43. . . . The Rebels got back to within a goal when F Kristian Reichel (7) scored with 15.6 seconds left in the third period. . . . F Quinn Benjafield had two assists for Kamloops. . . . Kamloops was 1-6 on the PP; Red Deer was 0-5. . . . Kamloops G Dylan Garand, who turned 15 on June 7, stopped 31 shots and was named the game’s first star. He earned his first WHL victory in his first start and second appearance. He is on the roster because G Dylan Ferguson has been on emergency recall with the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights since Oct. 30. Garand is the first goaltender to appear for the Blazers in his 15-year-old season since James Priestner on Feb. 23, 2007. Priestner went the distance in a 6-5 OT loss to the visiting Chilliwack Bruins that night. . . . Red Deer was to have given G Riley Lamb his first start since he suffered a broken thumb in training camp. However, the Rebels changed things up after the warmup and G Ethan Anders got the start. He finished with 29 stops. . . . The Rebels left after the game for a Saturday date in Kelowna, while the Blazers were off to Kent, Wash., where they are to meet the Seattle Thunderbirds tonight. . . . Announced attendance: 3,515.


At Prince George, F Jared Bethune scored the only goal of a shootout to give the Cougars a 4-3 victory over the Everett Silvertips. . . . The Cougars (6-8-4) had lost their previous three games. . . . The Silvertips (7-10-2) have lost two in a row (0-1-1). . . . Everett took a 2-0 lead into the second period on goals from D Gianni Fairbrother (1), at 8:23, and F Sean Richards, at 14:36. . . . F Kody McDonald (10) got the home side to within a goal 32 seconds into the second period, on a PP. . . . Richards (5) restored Everett’s two-goal lead at 16:43. . . . The Cougars tied it on goals from F Jackson Leppard (6), at 17:27 of the second period and D Jack Sander at 15:20 of the third. Sander, with his parents in the crowd, scored his first WHL goal. A freshman from Beaumont, Alta., Sander was playing in his 17th game. . . . Bethune was the first shooter in the third round and his goal won it. . . . F Josh Maser had two assists for Prince George, with Leppard and Bethune each adding one. . . . The Cougars were 1-3 on the PP; Everett was 0-2. . . . G Tavin Grant stopped 22 shots through OT for the Cougars. . . . Everett got 20 saves from G Carter Hart. . . . Dave Sheldon, a broadcaster who is based in the Lower Mainland of B.C., filled in for Mike Benton, the usual play-by-play voice of the Silvertips. Benton remained at home with his wife, Amy, who is due to give birth to their second child. . . . Back in the day, Sheldon was the analyst on Silvertips’ broadcasts for three seasons, before doing play-by-play of Chilliwack Bruins’ games for two seasons. . . . Announced attendance: 2,961.


At Victoria, the Royals erased a 2-0 second-period deficit en route to a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings. . . . The Royals (14-5-1) have won two in a row. They lead the overall standings, by one point over Moose Jaw. . . . The Oil Kings (5-11-2) have lost five in a row. . . . The visitors took a 2-0 lead on goals from F Brett Kemp (5), at 9:47 of the first period, and F Kobe Mohr (5), on a PP, at 1:28 of the second. . . . F Eric Florchuk (5), on a PP, got Victoria on the scoreboard at 12:31, and F Ryan Peckford (12) tied it at 1:33 of the third period. . . . F Tyler Soy (8) snapped the 2-2 tie, on a PP, at 10:41. . . . D Scott Walford and F Matthew Phillips each had two assists for the winners. . . . Victoria was 2-5 on the PP; Edmonton was 1-4. . . . G Griffen Outhouse stopped 32 shots for the home team. At the other end, Travis Child made 19 saves. . . . Announced attendance: 5,717.


At Kelowna, F Carsen Twarynski scored at 1:28 of OT to give the Rockets a 5-4 victory over the Vancouver Giants. . . . Kelowna (9-6-3) had lost its previous game. . . . The Giants (6-8-4) has won their last game. . . . Kelowna took a 1-0 lead when D Gordie Ballhorn (2) scored, on a PP, at 13:53 of the first period. . . . Vancouver took a 2-1 lead on PP goals from F Ty Ronning (16), at 16:46, and F Tyler Benson, at 19:08. . . . F Leif Mattson (6) tied it for the Rockets at 17:35 of the second period. . . . The Cougars took a 3-2 lead at 4:45 of the third period on F Brad Morrison’s fifth goal. . . . Kelowna F Kole Lind (10) tied it again with a shorthanded goal, at 7:29 of the third period. . . . F Conner Bruggen-Cate (2) put the home side out front, on a PP, at 11:46. . . . The Giants forced OT when Benson scored his fourth goal of the season, on a PP, at 14:36. . . . Twarynski, who also had an assist, won it with his 10th goal. . . . D Cal Foote and F Liam Kindree had two assists for Kelowna. . . . The Cougars got three assists from F Milos Roman, with Morrison getting two and Ronning one. . . . Vancouver was 3-5 on the PP; Kelowna was 2-5. . . . The game featured a pair of American-born goaltenders — James Porter of the Rockets and Todd Scott of the Giants. Porter finished with 24 saves, six fewer than Scott. . . . D Tanner Brown, 15, made his WHL debut with the Giants and he did it in his hometown. He was a second-round selection in the 2017 bantam draft. He has a goal and five assists in eight games with the major midget Okanagan Rockets. . . . Announced attendance: 5,037.


At Kent, Wash., G Beck Warm stopped 43 shots to lead the Tri-City Americans to a 4-0 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds. . . . The Americans (12-4-2) have points in 11 straight games (9-0-2). . . . The Thunderbirds (9-6-2) had points in each of their five previous games (4-0-1). . . . Warm, a sophomore from Whistler, B.C., recorded his first WHL shutout. Last season, he was 3-5-0, 3.40, .902. This season, he is 6-2-0, 3.12, .909. . . . F Nolan Yaremko (5) got the game’s first goal, on a PP, at 12:56 of the first period. . . . F Carson Focht (2) added another goal, at 3:49 of the second period. . . . D Dylan Coghlan had Tri-City’s other two goals, giving him six this season, and added an assist. He scored at 5:01 and 6:59 of the second period. . . . F Michael Rasmussen had two assists, with Focht adding one. . . . Tri-City was 1-4 on the PP; Seattle was 0-6. . . . G Matt Berlin stopped 22 shots for the Thunderbirds. . . . Announced attendance: 4,143.


SATURDAY (all times local):

Lethbridge at Swift Current, 7 p.m.

Saskatoon at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.

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

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

Tri-City at Portland, 6 p.m.

Everett at Prince George, 7 p.m.

Red Deer at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.

Victoria vs. Vancouver, at Langley, B.C., 7 p.m.

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


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Rebels deal for some grit … Silvertips add local flavour … T-Birds hot on road

F Roman Tománek (Calgary, Seattle, 2004-06) has signed a two-game tryout contract with Beyreuth (Germany, DEL2). He was released by mutual agreement by Freiburg (Germany, DEL2) on Tuesday, after recording one assist in 13 games.


The Red Deer Rebels have acquired F Lukus MacKenzie, 18, from the Saskatoon Blades for a fourth-round selection in the 2018 WHL bantam draft.

MacKenzie, who was a late scratch from the Blades’ 2-1 OT victory over the host Lethbridge Hurricanes on Wednesday night, has four assists in 13 games this season.

MacKenzie, from Calgary, was a third-round selection by the Blades in the 2014 bantam draft. In 121 regular-season games, he has eight goals and 16 assists.

At 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, MacKenzie will bring some physical play and an edge to the Rebels’ forward ranks.

The deal was announced Thursday morning, less than 12 hours after the Rebels dropped a 4-2 decision to the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds, a game that was followed by an epic rant from Brent Sutter, Red Deer’s general manager and head coach.

The Rebels gave up a 2-1 third-period lead, with the winning goal, by Seattle F Donovan Neuls, coming with the home team on its fifth straight PP.

Sutter didn’t hold back after the game. He told reporters that the difference was “bad coaching.“

He continued:

“Playing those guys in the third period, our so-called best players. . . . They were terrible tonight and I shouldn’t have had them on the ice in the third period. I shouldn’t have had them on the power play in the last four minutes. That’s my fault.

“It’s unacceptable. (Brandon) Hagel was terrible tonight, (Lane) Zablocki was awful.

“Our older players didn’t play like they need to play and when you have that, when your best players aren’t your best players and they’re your worst players, you struggle. And you put other players in situations that they probably struggle in, too.”

Greg Meachem of reddeerrebels.com has more right here.


Having dealt F Lukus MacKenzie to the Red Deer Rebels, the Saskatoon Blades added F Alec Zawatsky to their roster.

Zawatsky, 18, had two goals and two assists in five games with the BCHL’s Cowichan Capitals, then was dealt to the SJHL’s Notre Dame Hounds. He had nine goals and 10 assists in 13 games with the Hounds.

Zawatsky, who is from Yorkton, Sask., practised with the Blades in Lethbridge on Thursday.

Zawatsky is expected to make his WHL debut tonight against the host Medicine Hat Tigers.

His father, Ed, played four seasons (1987-91) at Colorado College before going on to a pro career that included nine seasons in Germany. He also has coached the SJHL’s Yorkton Terriers and now scouts for the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks.


The Everett Silvertips have acquired F Luke Ormsby, 18, from the Seattle Thunderbirds for a ninth-round selection in the 2018 WHL bantam draft.

Ormsby was born in Port Angeles, Wash., and has lived in Everett and Bellingham. He also played in Everett’s minor hockey ranks.

“We’re excited to welcome an individual like Luke to the Silvertips family, who brings proven experience at this level and a is homegrown player as well,” Garry Davidson, Everett’s general manager, said in a news release.“His hard work, beginning in Everett Youth Hockey, gave him the necessary tools to improve each year and reach the WHL level. He gets around the ice very well, and shows up to play with emotion and intensity.”

This season, Ormsby was pointless in 11 games with Seattle. Last season, he had six goals and five assists in 11 regular-season games, then added one assist in 13 playoff games.

The Thunderbirds selected him in the ninth round of the 2014 WHL bantam draft.

Ormsby had left the Thunderbirds on Monday and was to have joined the BCHL’s Wenatchee Wild.

At the time, Seattle general manager Russ Farwell said: “He is going to Wenatchee to play. We are releasing him. It was a mutual decision.”


F Kalen Szeto, who turned 15 on Oct. 12, has committed to attend Yale U and play for the Bulldogs, starting with the 2020-21 season. . . . He was a fifth-round selection by the Saskatoon Blades in the WHL’s 2017 bantam draft. . . . This season, Szeto, who is from Vancouver, has four goals and 10 assists in 10 games with the Burnaby Winter Club Prep team in the CSSHL. . . . Last season, he had 97 goals and 81 assists in 67 games with the BWC’s bantam A1-T1 side.


F Zach Michaelis of Elk River, Minn., has committed to attend the u of Nebraska-Omaha and play for the Mavericks starting with the 2021-22 season. He turned 15 on May 30. . . . Michaelis was a fourth-round selection by the Prince George Cougars in the 2017 bantam draft. . . . Last season, Michaelis played for a bantam team at Shattuck St. Mary’s in Faribault, Minn. This season, he is playing at Elk River High School and with the U-15 Minnesota Blades.


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F Lucas Cullen has joined the BCHL’s West Kelowna Warriors. Cullen, 18, is from Kelowna. He left the Calgary Hitmen on Oct. 24 to pursue other hockey opportunities. He had one assist in seven games this season. Last season, Cullen had four goals and four assists in 37 games. The Hitmen selected him in the fifth round of the 2014 bantam draft. . . .

The Medicine Hat Tigers have dropped D Trevor Longo, 17, from their roster. Long, from North Vancouver, B.C., was pointless in four games. Last season, he had 11 goals and 26 assists in 40 games with the major midget Vancouver-Northwest Giants, and was pointless in two games with the BCHL’s Langley Rivermen. . . . The Tigers selected him in the sixth round of the 2015 bantam draft. . . .

With D Braden Schneider at the U-17 World Hockey Challenge, the Brandon Wheat Kings have added D Neithan Salame to their roster. Salame, 16, is expected to make his WHL debut tonight against the visiting Kootenay Ice. From Edmonton, he was a seventh-round pick in the 2016 bantam draft. This season, he has three goals and nine assists in 10 games with the midget AAA Edmonton-Knights of Columbus Pats.


THURSDAY:

At Edmonton, F Zack Andrusiak broke a 1-1 tie at 15:14 of the third period as the Seattle Thunderbirds skated to a 3-1 victory over the Oil Kings. . . . The Thunderbirds (9-5-1), who were playing their fifth game in seven nights, have won four in a  row. They are 5-1-0 on a seven-game road trip that wraps up Saturday night against the Medicine Hat Tigers. . . . The Oil Kings (5-9-2) have lost three straight. . . . Seattle broke a scoreless tie at 11:26 of the second period when D Austin Strand scored on a PP. That was his ninth goal this season, eight of which have come via the PP. . . . D Jantzen Leslie, acquired earlier in the week from the Saskatoon Blades, was in the Oil Kings’ lineup and scored his first goal at 6:47 of the third period. He was playing in his 83rd career regular-season game — 10 with Everett, 72 with Saskatoon and one with Edmonton. . . . Andrusiak snapped the tie with his seventh goal of the season. . . . F Nolan Volcan (5), who is from Edmonton, iced it with an empty-netter at 19:38. . . . Seattle was 1-3 on the PP; Edmonton was 0-5. . . . Seattle G Matt Berlin, who is from Edmonton, stopped 30 shots. . . . Edmonton G Boston Bilous turned aside 16 shots. . . . With G Travis Child out with an undisclosed injury, Edmonton had G Josh Dechaine backing up Bilous. Dechaine, 19, got into 17 games with the Oil Kings last season and two this season. He now plays for the AJHL’s Sherwood Park Crusaders. . . . Tyrel Bauer, a second-round selection in the 2017 bantam draft, made his WHL debut with the Thunderbirds. From Cochrane, Alta., he plays for the midget AAA Airdrie CFR Bisons. . . . Announced attendance: 5,572.


At Moose Jaw, the Warriors erased a 2-1 deficit with four goals in the second half of the third period — the last three in 35 seconds — to beat the Prince Albert Raiders, 5-2. . . . The Warriors (12-4-0) have won two in a row. . . . The Raiders (6-5-3) had points in each of their previous five games (3-0-2). . . . F Brett Leason (2) gave the Raiders a 1-0 lead at 5:31 of the first period. That was his first goal in two games since being acquired from the Tri-City Americans. . . . F Luka Burzan (2) pulled the Warriors even, on a PP, at 19:43. . . . Prince Albert went back out front when F Devon Skoleski (6) scored at 8:32 of the second period. . . . F Brayden Burke (7) tied it, on a PP, at 11:14 and F Jayden Halbgewachs snapped the tie at 16:06. . . . F Tanner Jeannot (10) provided Moose Jaw with some insurance at 16:22 and Halbgewachs (10) finished the scoring at 16:41. . . . The Warriors got three assists from F Brett Howden and two each from D Chase Hartje and Burke. . . . Moose Jaw was 2-5 on the PP; Prince Albert was 0-3. . . . G Brody Willms earned the victory with 24 saves. . . . At the other end, Curtis Meger stopped 37 shots. . . . Announced attendance: 3,209.


FRIDAY (all times local):

Kootenay at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.

Red Deer at Regina, 7 p.m.

Calgary at Lethbridge, 7 p.m.

Swift Current at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.

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

Portland at Spokane, 7:05 p.m.

Kamloops vs. Vancouver, at Langley, B.C., 7:30 p.m.

Kelowna at Victoria, 7:05 p.m.

Prince George at Everett, 7:35 p.m.


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


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


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

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

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

About what?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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TUESDAY:

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


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


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


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


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


WEDNESDAY (all times local):

Spokane at Medicine Hat, 7 p.m.

Victoria at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.

Regina at Lethbridge, 7 p.m.

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


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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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Halbgewachs on track early … Gorda not in Oil Kings’ camp … Ex-Lethbridge coach facing charges

F Jayden Halbgewachs, who scored 50 goals last season, struck four times in the first period on Sunday to help White to an 8-5 victory over Black in the Moose Jaw Warriors’ annual intrasquad game. . . . The Warriors will play host to a rookie game against the Swift Current Broncos on Tuesday at Mosaic Place. From the Warriors: “Admission . . . will be by donation with the proceeds going to the Canadian Mental Health Association in memory of Ethan Williams.” . . . Halbgewachs is one of four 20-year-olds in the running for one of the Warriors’ three spots. He had a break-out season in 2016-17. He finished with 101 points, including 51 assists. He went into the season with career highs of 15 goals and 26 assists. . . . The others 20s in camp with the Warriors are F Spencer Bast, F Brayden Burke and F Tanner Jeannot.


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F Bradly Goethals is in camp with the Saskatoon Blades. A native of Ile-des-Chenes, Man., Goethals, 19, had three goals and three assists in 23 games with the Everett Silvertips last season. In 2015-16, he had a huge season with the midget AAA Eastman Selects, putting up 41 goals and 33 assists in 43 games. . . . The Blades will owe Everett a seventh-round pick in the 2019 bantam draft if Goethals is on their roster after the Jan. 10 trade deadline. . . . Everett had acquired his rights from the Brandon Wheat Kings, on Oct. 11, for a conditional seventh-round selection in the WHL’s 2018 bantam draft.


If you’re looking for information on WHL teams and their training camp rosters, visit Small Thoughts At Large, the blog maintained by Alan Caldwell. . . . You will find it all right here.


F Nic Holowko scored three times to help Team Black to a 5-3 victory over Team Orange in Sunday’s first scrimmage at the Kamloops Blazers’ training camp. Holowko, who was acquired last season from the Prince Albert Raiders, is one of three 20-year-olds in Kamloops’ camp, joining F Nick Chyzowski and D Joe Gatenby. . . . Holowko played in 76 regular-season games last season. He had two goals and five assists in 26 games with the Raiders, then added five goals and eight assists in 40 games with the Blazers. . . . Kamloops is holding its training camp at the McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre on the city’s north shore because the Sandman Centre is being used as an evacuee reception centre during the worst wildfire season in B.C.’s recorded history. However, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District is scaling back the centre’s hours of operation, which can only be good news for the Blazers, who are hoping to hold their season-opener there, against the Kelowna Rockets, on Sept. 23.


The Kootenay Ice has signed F James Form, who was a third-round selection in the WHL’s 2017 bantam draft. From Saskatoon, Form played the past two seasons with the bantam AA Saskatoon Outlaws. Last season, he put up 29 goals and 26 assists in 30 regular-season games. . . . The Ice has signed its first three picks from the 2017 draft, having locked up F Connor McClennon, the second overall pick, and D Anson McMaster, who was taken at No. 23, earlier in the summer.


The Edmonton Oil Kings revealed Sunday afternoon that veteran D Brayden Gorda isn’t in their training camp “due to personal reasons.” . . . Gorda, an 18-year-old from Edmonton, has played two complete seasons with the Oil Kings. He had one goal and 11 assists in 60 games as a freshman. Last season, he finished with four goals and 12 assist in 56 games. . . . Gorda was selected by the Oil Kings in the third round of the WHL’s 2014 bantam draft. . . . He was eligible for the NHL’s 2017 draft — NHL Central Scouting ranked him No. 147 among North American skaters — but he wasn’t selected.


G Ryan Gilchrist has chosen not to return to the Lethbridge Hurricanes, apparently choosing instead to return to the AJHL’s Canmore Eagles. . . . Gilchrist, 19, is from McLaughlin, Alta. . . . He got into 18 games last season, while backing up Stuart Skinner. Gilchrist was 9-2-2, 3.60, .890. . . . Gilchrist played with Canmore in 2015-16, going 3.77, .888 in 22 appearances.


D Loch Morrison, who has played 195 WHL games over the past four seasons, is expected to be with the SJHL’s Melfort Mustangs when they open training camp on Friday. . . . Morrison, 20, is from Prince Albert. . . . The Calgary Hitmen selected him in the seventh round of the WHL’s 2012 bantam draft. . . . Over four seasons (2013-17), he played for the Hitmen, Prince Albert Raiders and Victoria Royals. Last season, he had two goals and 11 assists in 37 games with the Raiders, and a goal and four assists in 30 games with the Royals.


Lindsay Hofford, a former head coach of the Lethbridge Hurricanes, is facing numerous charges after a late-night incident near Buffalo on Saturday. . . . Stephen T. Watson of The Buffalo News reports that, according to the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, “Hofford was arrested over the weekend after deputies say he got drunk, stole a golf cart at Darien Lake, hit another vehicle and left the scene of the accident.” . . . Hofford, 53, spent five seasons as the director of amateur scouting for the OHL’s London Knights, before joining the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs. He was an amateur scout in 2015-16 and the Eastern area director of scouting last season. . . . He took over as Lethbridge’s head coach during the 2003-04 season. He was fired midseason in 2005-06. . . . Watson’s story is right here.


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