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


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


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

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

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

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


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SATURDAY:

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


SUNDAY (all times local):

Swift Current at Brandon, 4 p.m.

Regina at Everett, 4:05 p.m.


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


MONDAY:

Team WHL 7, Russia 0, at Moose Jaw.


TUESDAY (all times local):

Russia vs. Team WHL, Swift Current, 7 p.m.


WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY:

No Games Scheduled.


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Davidson, Smart spark Pats … Wolf howls in Portland … Phillips king for Royals … Zack attack quiets Hurricanes


G Riku Helenius (Seattle, 2007-08) has signed a contract for the rest of this season with Ilves Tampere (Finland, Liiga). This season, with KalPa Kuopio (Finland, Liiga), he was 0-4-0, 2.80, .899 in four games as an injury replacement. . . .

F Chris St. Jacques (Medicine Hat, 1999-2004) has signed a six-week contract with Bad Tölz (Germany, DEL2) as an injury replacement. Last season, he had nine goals and 21 assists in 24 games with Füchse Duisburg (Germany, Oberliga), and one goal and four assists in 11 games with Eispiraten Crimmitschau (Germany, DEL2).


F Nolan Patrick and F Kailer Yamamoto, the two 19-year-old WHL products still in the NHL, didn’t have a good week in terms of playing time.

Patrick, who played the past three seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings, has missed two straight games with an “upper-body injury” that may be a concussion. He left Tuesday’s game with the Anaheim Ducks in the second period after taking a hit in a corner during which his head bounced sharply off the glass.

Patrick practised on Wednesday and was expected to play Thursday against the Ottawa Senators. But he was scratched from that game and also from Saturday’s 4-2 victory over the host Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Flyers are scheduled to entertain the Arizona Coyotes tonight (Monday).

Patrick, the second overall selection in the NHL’s 2017 draft, has a goal and two assists in nine games.

Meanwhile, Yamamoto, a product of the Spokane Chiefs, has three assists in seven games with the Edmonton Oilers.

However, he didn’t play in Edmonton’s 5-2 loss to the visiting Washington Capitals on Saturday night. He has been a healthy scratch from two straight games now.

The Oilers don’t play again until Wednesday when they meet the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins.

If Yamamoto gets into a 10th game, the first year of his three-year entry-level contract kicks in.


The Edmonton Oil Kings dropped a 5-3 decision to the visiting Regina Pats on Sunday, then announced that D Jordan Dawson “is no longer with the team and has decided to pursue other hockey opportunities.” . . . From Delta, B.C., Dawson, 19, was one of eight defencemen on Edmonton’s roster. He was a fourth-round selection by the Oil Kings in the 2013 bantam draft. . . . This season, he missed time with an undisclosed “upper-body” injury and had played in only two of Edmonton’s 15 games. He was pointless in those two games. In 66 career regular-season games, he had two goals and four assists. . . . Dawson’s departure leaves Edmonton with only two 19-year-olds on its roster.


The horror flick Jigsaw was No. 1 at the box office in Canada and the U.S. on the weekend. It will have brought in an estimated US$16.3 million when the counting is done. It is the eighth instalment of the Saw movies. . . . Why do I mention this here. Because Jigsaw was co-produced by former WHLer Oren Koules, who also produced its predecessors. Koules played three seasons (1979-82) in the WHL, playing with the Portland Winter Hawks, Great Falls Americans, Medicine Hat Tigers, Spokane Flyers, Calgary Wranglers and Brandon Wheat Kings. . . . There’s more on this weekend at the box office right here.


Rob Manfred, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, suspended Yuri Gurriel of the Houston Astros for five regular-season games following his racist actions directed at Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher You Darvish during the third game of the World Series. At first blush, I thought that Manfred’s actions weren’t nearly harsh enough. . . . But then I realized that had Gurriel been suspended for World Series games it wouldn’t have cost him any money and, besides, an appealed would have been filed on his behalf and he would have played while awaiting resolution. . . . And then I read the column written by Thomas Boswell of The Washington Post, who was in Houston. . . . That column is right here.


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SUNDAY:

At Edmonton, D Dawson Davidson had a goal and three assists, and D Jonathan Smart drew four assists, as the Regina Pats skated to a 5-3 victory over the Oil Kings. . . . Regina (9-6-2) had lost its previous two games (0-1-1). . . . The Oil Kings (5-8-2) have lost two in a row. . . . The teams were tied 2-2 after one period, but Regina took control with three PP goals in the second half of the middle period. Davidson scored one of those goals and was in on the other two; Smart drew assists on each of them. . . . F Bryan Lockner (2) gave the Pats a 1-0 lead at 7:26 of the first period, with Edmonton F Nick Bowman (3) equalizing at 19:00, on a PP. . . . F Matt Bradley (13) gave Regina a 2-1 lead just five seconds later, with F Tomas Soustal (3), on another PP, tying it at 19:58. . . . Yes, there were three goals scored in the final minute of the opening period. . . . The Pats took over with this second-period PP goals from Davidson (4), at 10:16, F Braydon Buziak (2), at 14:49, and F Wyatt Sloboshan (3), at 17:42. . . . F David Kope, with his first WHL goal, scored for Edmonton at 6:28 of the third period. . . . Sloboshan also had an assist. . . . The Pats acquired Davidson and Smart in trades last season, Davidson from the Kamloops Blazers and Smart from the Kelowna Rockets. This was the first career four-point game for each of them. . . . Davidson has two goals and five assists in his past two games. . . . D Conner McDonald had two assists for Edmonton. . . . Regina was 3-5 on the PP; Edmonton was 2-5. . . . G Max Paddock stopped 37 shots for Regina. . . . G Travis Child allowed four goals on 20 shots in 36:23, while reliever Boston Bilous surrendered one goal on 10 shots. . . . Child started but left for 3:37 at 7:08 of the second period after being shaken up. Bilous came on, but Child returned at 10:45. However, Bilous finished up by playing the third period. . . . Regina was without F Sam Steel, the reigning WHL scoring champion, for a second straight game. He is sidelined with an undisclosed injury. . . . The Pats were playing their third game in a third city in fewer than 48 hours. They went (1-1-1). . . . Regina also finished a four-game swing at 2-1-1. The Pats were on the road because Skate Canada was in the Brandt Centre. . . . Announced attendance: 5,730.


At Cranbrook, B.C., D Cale Fleury scored his second goal of the game at 2:27 of OT to give the Kootenay Ice a 5-4 victory over the Red Deer Rebels. . . . The Ice (7-7-1) has won two in a row. . . . The Rebels (8-6-1) found themselves in OT for the third time in fewer than 48 hours. They had won the previous two games, both on home ice. . . . Fleury, who has five goals, gave his guys a 1-0 lead at 1:09 of the first period. . . . Red Deer tied it at 8:00 when F Chris Douglas (2) scored. . . . The Ice scored the next two goals, with F Cameron Hausinger (2) finding the range at 10:56 of the first and F Colton Kroeker (7) counting at 6:53 of the second. . . . The Rebels bounced back with three straight goals to take a 4-3 lead. . . . F Kristian Reichel (5) scored at 12:20 of the second period, with F Austin Pratt (4) making it 3-3 at 14:24. . . . F Reese Johnson (5) gave Red Deer the lead at 17:39 of the third period. . . . Ice F Alex Baer (4) forced OT when he scored on a PP at 18:09. . . . Kroeker drew assists on each of the last two goals, while Baer also was in on the winner. . . . Kroeker ended up with three assists, while Baer and F Keenan Taphorn finished with two assists each, and Hausinger had one. . . . The Rebels got three assists from D Brandon Schuldhaus and two from D Alex Alexeyev. . . . Kootenay was 1-4 on the PP; Red Deer was 0-2. . . . G Kurtis Chapman stopped 22 shots for the winners, with Byron Fancy also making 22 saves for the Rebels. . . . Fancy, a 16-year-old from Claresholm, Alta., was making his first appearance of the season and the second of his career. He was a second-round pick in the WHL’s 2016 bantam draft. The Rebels added Fancy last week from the midget AAA Lethbridge Hurricanes and plan on keeping him until G Riley Lamb (thumb) is cleared to return. . . . Announced attendance: 2,300.


At Victoria, F Matthew Phillips’ shorthanded goal at 8:10 of the third period was the difference as the Royals beat the Vancouver Giants, 4-3. . . . The Royals (12-4-1) have won two in a row. They had beat the visiting Giants, 6-5, on Saturday with Phillips getting the shootout winner. . . . Victoria is 8-0-0 inside the B.C. Division and leads the WHL’s overall standings by three points over the idle Moose Jaw Warriors (11-4-0). . . . The Giants (5-7-3) have lost three in a row (0-2-1). This was their third game in fewer than 48 hours. They went 0-2-1. . . . D Matt Barberis (2) got Vancouver on the scoreboard first, at 9:56 of the first period. . . . Phillips, who has 15 goals, tied it at 4:30 of the second period. . . . F Ty Ronning (12) put Vancouver back in front just 15 seconds later. . . . The Royals took the lead on goals from F Ryan Peckford (9), on a PP, at 7:49, and F Regan Nagy (16), at 18:34. Nagy has six goals over his past four games. . . . F Milos Roman (5) got the Giants back into a tie at 2:23 of the third period. . . . Phillips ran his point streak to 17 games; yes, he has at least one point in each of Victoria’s games this season. . . . F Tyler Soy and F Dante Hannoun each had two assists for the winners. . . . The Royals have a CHL-leading seven shorthanded goals. . . . The Giants got two assists from F Brad Morrison and one each from Ronning and Roman. . . . F Tyler Benson played his second game in three nights for the Giants, after last playing on Jan. 2. He was held pointless but had seven shots on goal. . . . Victoria was 1-5 on the PP; Vancouver was 0-7. . . . G Dean McNabb came up with 32 saves in earning his second WHL victory. . . . The Giants got 20 saves from G Todd Scott. . . . Vancouver was without D Darian Skeoch, who has missed two games while serving a TBD suspension that came out of a game against the visiting Prince George Cougars on Friday night. . . . Announced attendance: 4,337.


At Lethbridge, F Zack Andrusiak scored three goals and added an assist to help the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 7-4 victory over the Hurricanes. . . . The Thunderbirds (7-5-1) have won two in a row. They were playing their third game in as many cities in fewer than 48 hours. They went 2-1-0. . . . The Hurricanes (7-6-0) had won their previous three games. . . . Seattle erased a 2-1 deficit with five straight goals, four of them in the second period. . . . F Ryan Vandervlis gave the home side a 1-0 lead at 1:33 of the first period, but F Nolan Volcan (3) tied it 1:59 later. . . . F Josh Tarzwell (1) put the Hurricanes back into the lead at 9:24. . . . Seattle took over with the four second-period goals, from F Donovan Neuls (3), at 1:07, F Sami Moilanen (10), at 2:36, and two from Andrusiak, at 12:37 and 16:04. . . . D Turner Ottenbreit (1), on a PP, gave the visitors a 6-1 lead at 6:24 of the third period. . . . The Hurricanes gave their fans something to cheer about with goals from F Giorgio Estephan (5), on a PP, at 9:36, and Vandervlis (5), at 18:09. . . . Andrusiak completed his hat trick, on a PP, at 19:22. This was his first three-goal and four-point game. . . . He has six goals and five assists in 13 games this season. He went into the season with six goals and five assists in 67 regular-season games — 52 with Seattle, eight with the Prince Albert Raiders and seven with the Tri-City Americans. . . . Seattle got two assists from each of D Austin Strand and D Jarret Tyszka, with Ottenbreit and Moilanen adding one each. . . . D Tate Olson and F Egor Zudilov had two assists each for Lethbridge and Estephan added one. . . . Seattle was 3-4 on the PP; Lethbridge was 1-3. . . . G Liam Hughes stopped 17 shots for Seattle, eight fewer than Lethbridge’s Reece Klassen, who was making his first start. . . . Announced attendance: 3,343.


At Portland, G Dustin Wolf stopped 44 shots as he recorded his second WHL victory in his second start, this one by a 3-2 count over the Winterhawks. . . . The Silvertips (6-9-1), who won 3-1 behind Wolf in Kamloops on Friday night, have won two straight. . . . The Winterhawks (9-4-0) have lost three in a row. . . . Wolf, a 16-year-old from Tustin Calif., was a fifth-round pick in the 2016 bantam draft. The 5-foot-11, 150-pounder had off-season surgery on both hips so his start to this season was somewhat delayed. . . . The Silvertips won this one when F Patrick Bajkov scored his seventh goal of the season at 19:31 of the third period. . . . F Lane Gilliss (1) gave the Winterhawks a 1-0 lead at 2:02 of the first period. . . . The Silvertips took a 2-1 lead on goals from F Matt Fonteyne (9), at 7:42, and Bajkov, at 11:39. . . . Portland tied it when F Kieffer Bellows (10) scored at 9:38 of the third period. . . . F Sean Richards had two assists for the winners. . . . Everett was 0-4 on the PP; Portland was 0-3. . . . The Winterhawks got 23 saves from G Cole Kehler. . . . Announced attendance: 3,600.


MONDAY (all times local):

No Games Scheduled.

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TUESDAY (all times local):

No Games Scheduled.


WEDNESDAY (all times local):

Saskatoon at Lethbridge, 7 p.m.

Seattle at Red Deer, 7 p.m.

Kootenay at Regina, 7 p.m.

Prince George at Portland, 7 p.m.

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


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Flodell, Broncos blank Tigers … Rebels kings of OT … Blades are streaking … Blazers finally win at home


As you may have read here a few days ago, the Victoria Royals have partnered with The Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund. As the Royals noted in a news release: “The Downie Wenjack Fund was established as part of Gord Downie’s legacy to bring awareness of the true history of Indigenous People and to generate discussion to forge new relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians.” . . . If you are interested, there is more on this story right here, from CTV News Vancouver Island. . . . Here’s hoping a whole bunch of other WHL teams follow the Royals into this relationship.


The WHL suspended D Darian Skeoch of the Vancouver Giants on Saturday for something he did in Friday’s 2-1 loss to the visiting Prince George Cougars.

Skeoch was suspended under supplemental discipline. The length of the suspension has yet to be determined, but he didn’t play against the host Victoria Royals last night and chances are he won’t play in today’s rematch.

Here’s something that Steve Ewen of Postmedia wrote after Saturday’s game about what may or may not have been the hit in question:

“Vancouver defenceman Darian Skeoch laid a massive, open-ice hit on Prince George winger Jackson Leppard at the 3:40-mark of the third period. Leppard finished the shift and went to the bench, but left the game and went to the dressing room about four minutes later.

No word yet on Leppard’s status immediately moving forward.

There was no penalty. It was a clean hit. There was no fight afterwards, either, which was kind of refreshing frankly. Skeptics, of course, will say that Prince George didn’t have anyone who wanted to tangle with Skeoch, who is reputed to be one of the tougher customers in the WHL.”

Leppard was scratched from Prince George’s game against the Rockets in Kelowna last night.

Meanwhile, F Tristin Langan of the Moose Jaw Warriors has been suspended for one game after taking a boarding major and game misconduct in Medicine Hat on Friday night.


The Regina Pats released F Riley Krane from their roster a few days ago and he now has returned to the major midget Cariboo Cougars, who play out of Prince George. Krane, 17, is from Dawson Creek, B.C. He was an eighth-round selection by Regina in the WHL’s 2015 bantam draft. . . . He had one goal in five games with Regina last season, but didn’t get into a game this season due to an undisclosed injury.


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SATURDAY:

At Calgary, D Austin Strand scored with 41.9 seconds left in the third period to give the Seattle Thunderbirds a 4-3 victory over the Hitmen. . . . Strand, who is from Calgary, has seven goals this season, the first six of which came via the PP. . . . The Thunderbirds improved to 6-5-1. . . . The Hitmen (4-10-1) have lost three straight. . . . Seattle scored three times in the second period to take a 3-0 lead, then watched as Calgary tied it with three third-period goals. . . . F Blake Barger (2), at 6:25, D Reece Harsch (3), on a PP at 13:03, and F Donovan Neuls (2), on another PP at 18:33, scored for the Thunderbirds. . . . The Hitmen tied it on goals from D Jake Bean (1), at 7:13 of the third period, D Vladislav Yeryomenko (3), at 13:08, and F Mark Kastelic (3), on a PP, at 14:14. . . . Strand also had an assist for Seattle. . . . Bean and Yeryomenko each added an assist for Calgary. . . . Seattle was 2-4 on the PP; Calgary was 1-6. . . . G Liam Hughes recorded the victory with 25 saves, two fewer than Calgary’s Matthew Armitage. . . . The Hitmen were without F Andrew Fyten, who was suspended for one game after taking a checking-from-behind major and game misconduct in Lethbridge on Friday night. . . . D Jarret Tyszka and D Aaron Hyman returned to Seattle’s lineup after a one-game absence. Each picked up one assist. . . . Announced attendance: 5,705.


At Red Deer, F Lane Zablocki scored at 1:42 of OT to give the Rebels a 4-3 victory over the Regina Pats. . . . The Rebels (8-6-0) have won two in a row, both in extra time. . . . The Pats (8-6-2) have lost two straight (0-1-1). . . . D Hunter Donohoe gave the Rebels a 1-0 lead with his first WHL goal at 3:23 of the first period. . . . F Jack Flaman stretched that lead to 2-0 with a shorthanded goal at 16:53. That was Flaman’s fifth goal of the the season, but his first with Red Deer. He was acquired from the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Thursday. . . . The Pats scored the game’s next three goals. . . . D Dawson Davidson (3), who also had an assist, got the visitors started at 17:31 of the first period. . . . D Josh Mahura (5) tied the score, on a PP, at 5:03 of the second period, and F Robbie Holmes (3) gave the Pats a 3-2 lead at  9:11. . . . Red Deer tied it when F Grayson Pawlenchuk (8) scored, on a PP, at 2:52 of the third period. . . . Zablocki won it with his sixth goal of the season. Red Deer acquired Zablocki from Regina in a trade last season. . . . Red Deer was 1-2 on the PP; Regina was 1-6. . . . The Rebels got 28 stops from G Ethan Anders. . . . Regina G Tyler Brown stopped 16 shots. . . . F Brandon Hagel (ill) was among Red Deer’s scratches. . . . Announced attendance: 4,051.


At Swift Current, G Logan Flodell stopped 38 shots and the Broncos’ hot line picked up another seven points, including three goals, in a 4-0 victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers. . . . The Broncos (10-2-1) had lost their previous two games (0-1-1). . . . The Tigers (8-6-0) have lost two in a row. . . . F Glenn Gawdin, one-third of the hot line, scored twice and added two assists. He got the game’s first goal, while shorthanded, at 5:44, then scored the last goal, again while shorthanded, at 19:40 of the second period. He’s got 11 goals. . . . D Artyom Minulin (3) and F Aleksi Heponiemi (10) had the other goals. . . . Heponiemi, who also had an assist, and F Tyler Steenbergen, who had one assist, are Gawdin’s linemates. . . . Steenbergen ran his point steak to 13 games. He leads the WHL in goals (21) and points (35). . . . D Colby Sissons had two assists. . . . The Tigers were 0-6 on the PP; the Broncos’ PP unit wasn’t given even one opportunity. . . . Flodell posted his second shutout this season and the eighth of his WHL career. . . . The Tigers got 33 saves from G Jordan Hollett. . . . Announced attendance: 2,380.


At Saskatoon, F Cam Hebig scored two goals to lead the Blades to a 4-1 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings. . . . The Blades (5-7-1) have won two in a row for the first time this season. . . . The Wheat Kings (9-5-1) have lost two straight. . . . The Blades scored the first four goals, striking twice in each of the first two periods. . . . Hebig got it started, on a PP, at 15:07 of the first period. . . . F Tyler Lees (2) scored his second goal in two games at 17:13. . . . F Chase Wouters (4) upped the lead to 3-0 at 10:13 of the second period and Hebig added his 12th at 18:47. . . . F Tanner Kaspick (6) had Brandon’s goal, on a PP, at 19:14 of the third period. . . . F Bradly Goethals helped the Blades with two assists. . . . Saskatoon was 1-2 on the PP; Brandon was 1-5. . . . The Blades got 32 stops from G Ryan Kubic. . . . Brandon G Logan Thompson made 19 saves. . . . Announced attendance: 3,058.


At Kamloops, D Joe Gatenby scored 40 seconds into OT to give the Blazers a 3-2 victory over the Tri-City Americans. . . . Kamloops (4-11-0) won for the first time in seven tries at home this season. . . . Tri-City (9-4-2) has points in eight straight games (6-0-2). . . . The visitors took a 1-0 lead when F Riley Sawchuk (2) scored at 3:19 of the first period. . . . The Blazers moved out front 2-1 on goals from F Keltie Jeri-Leon (1), at 5:38 of the first period, and F Quinn Benjafield (2), on a 5-on-3 PP, at 5:58 of the third period. . . . Jeri-Leon was acquired from the Americans on Oct. 8. He went into the game with one assist in eight games. . . . F Nolan Yaremko pulled the Americans into a 2-2 tie with his fourth goal, at 13:16. . . . Gatenby, who also had an assist, won it with his fifth goal this season. . . . F Garrett Pilon had two assists for Kamloops. . . . The Blazers held the puck for all 40 seconds of OT, winning it when Pilon directed the puck to the Tri-City net from the right wing and having it bounce off a player or two, one of them being Gatenby, and trickling into the net. . . . The Blazers were 1-4 on the PP; the Americans were 0-2. . . . G Dylan Ferguson earned the victory with 22 saves, six fewer than Tri-City’s Patrick Dea. . . . With Tri-City G Beck Warm sidelined with an undisclosed injury, Xavier Cannon, 17, backed up Dea. Cannon, who is from Kamloops, was a ninth-round selection by the Americans in the 2016 bantam draft. Cannon now plays for the major midget Kootenay Ice. Craig West, the veteran radio voice of the Americans, picked up Cannon in Trail, B.C., and got him to Kelowna where he backed up on Friday night. After the game in Kamloops, West drove Cannon to Kelowna where the Ice is scheduled to play against the Okanagan Rockets this morning at 10. . . . F Michael Rasmussen was among Tri-City’s scratches for a second straight night. It’s believed that Rasmussen was injured in an 8-4 victory over the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors on Wednesday night. . . . Announced attendance: 3,319.


At Victoria, F Matthew Phillips scored the only goal of a three-round shootout as the Royals got past the Vancouver Giangts, 6-5. . . . The Royals improved to 11-4-1 and moved back atop the overall standings, one point ahead of the idle Moose Jaw Warriors. . . . The Giants (5-6-3) have lost two in a row (0-1-1). . . . The Giants forced OT by overcoming a 5-2 deficit in the last 6:10 of the third period. . . . F Owen Hardy (5) made it 5-3 at 13:50, with F Tyler Popowich (2) getting his mates to within one at 15:56. F Cliff Running (11) tied it, on a PP, at 19:01. . . . D Matt Barberis (1) had given the Giants a 1-0 lead at 12:36 of the first period. . . . The Royals scored the next three goals. . . . F Ryan Peckford (8) counted at 12:45 of the first period. F Eric Florchuk (4), at 8:30 of the second period, and F Matthew Phillips (13), on a PP, at 11:45, stretched it to 3-0. . . . Vancouver F James Malm (4) got his club’s second goal, at 14:42. . . . The Royals opened the third period with two more goals, from F Regan Nagy (15), at 7:48, and F Jared Legien (7), at 8:04. . . . D Scott Walford had two assists for the Royals. . . . The Giants got two assists from D Dylan Plouffe, with Hardy and Barbers adding one each. . . . Phillips picked up the 100th assist and 200th point of his career on Peckford’s goal. With a goal and an assist, Phillips ran his point streak to 16 games. He has 32 points over that stretch. . . . Vancouver was 1-6 on the PP; Victoria was 1-9. . . . The Royals got 43 saves from G Griffen Outhouse. . . . At the other end, David Tendeck stopped 37 shots. . . . This was the Royals’ first home game after a seven-game road trip. . . . F Tyler Benson was among Vancouver’s scratches. He played his first game since Jan. 2 on Friday against the visiting Prince George Cougars. Benson had off-season sports hernia surgery and the Giants chose not to play him in back-to-back games. He is expected to be in the lineup in Victoria this afternoon. . . . Announced attendance: 4,491.


At Kelowna, the Rockets broke a 1-1 tie with a pair of second-period goals and went on to beat the Prince George Cougars, 4-2. . . . Kelowna (7-5-2) now has won three straight. . . . Prince George (5-6-4) had points in each of its previous four games (2-0-2). . . . F Leif Mattson (3) gave the home side a 1-0 lead at 12:13 of the first period. That was his third goal in four games. . . . F Vladislav Mikhalchuk (4) tied the score at 19:25. . . . Rockets F Kyle Topping (7) broke the tie at 9:04 of the second period and D Cal Foote (4) made it 3-1 at 18:58. . . . The Cougars got to within a goal as F Josh Maser (5) scored at 3:19 of the third. . . . The Rockets iced it when F Carsen Twarynski (9) got the empty-netter at 18:32. . . . F Brogan O’Brien had two assists for Prince George. . . . The Cougars were 1-3 on the PP; the Rockerts were 0-5. . . . G James Porter stopped 27 shots for the Rockets, one more than Prince George’s Taylor Gauthier. . . . Announced attendance: 4,708.


SUNDAY (all times local):

Regina at Edmonton, 4 p.m.

Red Deer vs. Kootenay, at Cranbrook, B.C., 4 p.m.

Vancouver at Victoria, 3:05 p.m.

Seattle at Lethbridge, 6 p.m.

Everett at Portland, 5 p.m.


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A Tragically Hip kind of day in WHL … Giants make memorable stop … Phillips, Topping get OT goals


Like all WHL teams that travel east through Swift Current, the Vancouver Giants made a stop last week at the memorial to the four Broncos who were killed in a bus crash on Dec. 30, 1986.

Steve Ewen of Postmedia spoke with Vancouver associate coach Dean Chynoweth, who spent six seasons as the Broncos’ GM and head coach, and a few players about what the stop meant to them.

One paragraph — this one — really got me:

“The Giants filed onto the bus afterward, and each thanked bus driver Derek Holloway on their way to their seat, as per team custom, according to Chynoweth. He maintains, though, that things ‘sounded a little different,’ that there was a little extra appreciation for Holloway.”

Ewen’s story is right here.


Now would be a good time to make mention of the fact that earlier this month the Victoria Royals announced that they have partnered with The Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund for this season.

From a Royals’ news release:

“The Downie Wenjack Fund was established as part of Gord Downie’s legacy to bring awareness of the true history of indigenous people and to generate discussion to forge new relationships between indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians.

“The Royals will support the fund with an awareness campaign as well as fundraising initiatives, including a pledge of 100 per cent of proceeds from the online sale of all 2016-17 Royals game-worn jerseys.  Additional initiatives will be announced throughout the season.”

Cam Hope, the Royals’ president and general manager, explained:

“Gord Downie made a simple request of Canadians. “He challenged us all to ‘Do Something.’ Our response is to do our part to raise awareness and funds, to help jumpstart conversations we should all be having about ending patterns of misunderstanding.”

For more info or to donate, pay a visit to www.downiewenjack.ca.


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The Portland Winterhawks have named D Keoni Texeira, 20, as the team’s captain for this season. Texeira, from Fontana, Calif., is in his fifth season with Portland. He has played in 288 regular-season games, 10th on the team’s all-time list. Alternate captains will be F Alex Overhardt, D Brendan De Jong and F Ryan Hughes, when the team wears it reds, and F Cody Glass, D Henri Jokiharju and F Skyler McKenzie, when it wears its whites. . . . You get a letter, and you get a letter, and you get a letter . . .

The Calgary Hitmen introduced their leadership group on Wedneday, with F Matteo Gennaro, a 20-year-old from St. Albert, Alta., having been named team captain. The alternates are D Jake Bean, F Luke Coleman, F Mark Kastelic and F Beck Malenstyn.


WEDNESDAY:

At Edmonton, F Matthew Phillips scored at 4:55 of OT to give the Victoria Royals a 3-2 victory over the Oil Kings. . . . Victoria improved to 9-1-1, while Edmonton now is 4-6-2, and has points in three straight (1-0-2). . . . Phillips, who also had an assist, picked off an attempted pass in the Edmonton zone and beat G Travis Child through the legs for his 10th goal of the season. . . . The visitors took a 2-0 lead on goals by F Kaid Oliver (2), at 6:53 of the first period, and F Jared Legien (5), at 2:16 of the second. . . . F Colton Kehler (5) got the home side to within a PP goal at 3:48 of the second, and F Ty Gerla (2) tied it, at 1:27 of the third. . . . F Tomas Soustal had two assists for Edmonton. . . . The Oil Kings were 1-1 on the PP; the Royals were 0-3. . . . G Griffen Outhouse earned the victory with 44 saves, 18 of them in the third period. . . . Child blocked 40 shots at the other end. . . . Announced attendance: 5,411.


At Regina, F Jake Leschyshyn’s shorthanded empty-net goal turned into the winner as the Pats beat the Brandon Wheat Kings, 2-1. . . . The Pats (6-4-1) have won three in a row, each of them by one goal. . . . The Wheat Kings (7-3-1) had a six-game winning streak come to an end. . . . F George King (4) gave the Pats a 1-0 lead, on a PP, at 8:47 of the first period. . . . Leschyshyn (2) upped that to 2-0 at 18:20 of the third period. . . . The Wheat Kings cut into the lead at 19:19 of the third when F Ty Lewis scored his seven goal of the season. . . . Regina was 1-5 on the PP; Brandon was 0-4. . . . The Wheat Kings got 45 saves from G Logan Thompson, including 23 in the first period. . . . Regina G Tyler Brown blocked 26 shots. . . . The Wheat Kings lost F Evan Weigner with a boarding major and game misconduct after a second-period collision that sent both players sliding into the boards. Holmes suffered an undisclosed injury on the play. . . . Announced attendance: 5,417.


At Saskatoon, F James Malm had a goal and two assists and F Brendan Semchuk scored twice as the Vancouver Giants doubled the Blades, 6-3. . . . The Giants (4-4-2) have points in three straight (2-0-1), while the Blades slipped to 3-6-0. . . . The visitors went out front 1-0 at 1:59 of the first period when F Milos Roman (3) scored. . . . The Blades took a 2-1 lead on goals from F Cam Hebig, at 18:47 of the first, and D Libor Hajek (3), 21 seconds into the second period. . . . Vancouver responded with the game’s next four goals. . . . They got second-period scores from Semchuk, at 0:35, and F Tyler Popowich (1), at 15:37, with Malm (2) and Semchuk (3) counting at 6:48 and 11:53 of the third. . . . Hebig (7) added a second goal at 12:14, before Giants F Owen Hardy (4) got an empty-netter at 17:40. . . . G Todd Scott of the Giants earned his first WHL victory with 32 saves. . . . The Blades got 26 stops from G Ryan Kubic. . . . Saskatoon has allowed at least four goals in eight of its nine games. . . . The Giants were 1-3 on the PP; the Blades were 1-5. . . . D Darian Skeoch, who took a headshot major and game misconduct on Tuesday night in Prince Albert, was in Vancouver’s lineup, so it would seem that the WHL decided the foul wasn’t worthy of a suspension. . . . Vancouver is 2-1-2 after five games of a seven-game road swing. . . . Announced attendance: 2,578.


At Spokane, the Chiefs edged the Moose Jaw Warriors, 2-1, in a game that featured three first-period goals. . . . F Tristan Langan gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at 7:44. . . . The Chiefs took the lead with PP goals from F Hudson Elynuik (4), at 13:45, and D Nolan Reid (2), at 17:35. . . . D Filip Kral, in his third game with the Chiefs, had two assists. He now has a goal and three assists since joining the Chiefs last week from his native Czech Republic. . . . Spokane (6-5-0) was 2-4 on the PP; Moose Jaw (7-2-1) was 0-2. . . . Chiefs G Dawson Weatherill got the victory with 27 saves. . . . At the other end, Brody Willms stopped 24 shots. . . . Announced attendance: 2,907.


At Everett, F Jordan Topping scored at 1:14 of OT to give the Tri-City Americans a 3-2 victory over the Silvertips. . . . Topping had been given a boarding major and game misconduct in a Tuesday night game, but the WHL obviously felt it wasn’t worth a suspension. . . . He won last night’s game with his sixth goal of the season. . . . The Americans (7-4-0) have won four in a row. . . . Everett now is 4-7-1. . . . F Patrick Bajkov (5) put the home team up 1-0, on a PP, at 16:18 of the second period. . . . The Americans took a 2-1 lead on third-period goals from F Kyle Olson (1), at 7:09, and D Juuso Valimaki (2), on a PP, at 8:56. . . . Everett F Matt Fonteyne (7) forced OT with a PP goal at 12:47. . . . D Dylan Coghlan had two assists for the Americans, with Valimaki adding one. . . . Everett got two assists from D Kevin Davis and one each from Fonteyne and Bajkov. . . . Everett was 2-8 on the PP; Tri-City was 1-3. . . . G Patrick Tea stopped 46 shots to record the victory. . . . Everett got 32 saves from G Blake Lyda. Lyda, 15, was a fourth-round pick in the 2017 bantam draft. He became the fourth 15-year-old goaltender in franchise history to get a start. The others? Carter Hart, Kent Simpson and Leland Irving. . . . D Anthony Bishop made his Tri-City debut after being acquired from the Victoria Royals on Tuesday. . . . Announced attendance: 2,957.


THURSDAY (all times local):

No Games Scheduled.


FRIDAY (all times local):

Vancouver at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.

Prince George at Edmonton, 7 p.m.

Victoria at Regina, 7 p.m.

Swift Current at Lethbridge, 7 p.m.

Calgary at Red Deer, 7 p.m.

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

Portland at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.

Kamloops at Spokane, 7:05 p.m.

Moose Jaw at Everett, 7:35 p.m.


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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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The WHL handed out eight games in suspensions on Tuesday.

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

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

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


TUESDAY:

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


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


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


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


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


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


WEDNESDAY (all times local):

Edmonton at Brandon, 7 p.m.

Everett at Medicine Hat, 7 p.m.

Saskatoon at Regina, 7 p.m.

Calgary at Kamloops, 7 p.m.

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


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Soberlak up next at TRU? … Steenbergen burns Wheaties … Flaman flaming with ‘Canes

Peter Soberlak, a former WHL player, is believed to be a leading candidate to become the next director of athletics and recreation at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops. Soberlak, 48, is the chair of TRU’s physical education department. . . . After playing in the WHL with the Kamloops Blazers and Swift Current Broncos (1985-89), Soberlak went onto a brief pro career that was hampered by injuries. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UBC and a master’s in sport and exercise from Queen’s U. He also works in sports psychology with TRU’s teams and is the Blazers’ mental performance coach. . . . Ken Olynyk, TRU’s director of athletics since 2003, announced this week that he will be retiring in December.


F Jake McGrew appears to be getting closer to playing his first WHL regular-season game with the Spokane Chiefs after taking a pregame warmup prior to Saturday night’s home-opener against the Kootenay Ice. . . . McGrew, 18, is from Orange, Calif., and was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the sixth round of the NHL’s 2017 draft. But knee woes kept him out of the Chiefs’ lineup last season. . . . He joined the Chiefs at training camp in 2016 and had a goal and two assists in six exhibition games. But he suffered a knee injury during a practice and eventually underwent surgery. . . . Spokane selected him in the eighth round of the WHL’s 2014 bantam draft. . . . In 2015-16, McGrew had 28 goals and 18 assists in 32 games with the U-16 Los Angeles Jr. Kings.


D Jordan Henderson, 20, who started this season in camp with the WHL’s Kootenay Ice, has signed with the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones. From Surrey, B.C., Henderson has seven goals and 29 assists in 158 regular-season WHL games split between the Spokane Chiefs, Saskatoon Blades and Medicine Hat Tigers. He played with all three of those teams last season, totalling six goals and 21 assists in 61 games. . . . The Ice acquired him from the Tigers, but released him as part of the process of getting down to three 20-year-olds.


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Saturday:

At Brandon, the Swift Current Broncos scored five times in the first period en route to a 7-2 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings. . . . F Tyler Steenbergen scored four times — the first time he has done that in a WHL game — and added an assist. Steenbergen, who scored 51 goals last season, has five goals and five assists in three games. He made it 3-0 at 8:56 of the first period and 5-0 just four minutes later. He completed the hat trick at 9:31 of the second period and got No. 4 at 2:33 of the third. . . . He scored the four goals on five shots. . . . Linemates Aleksi Heponiemi and Glenn Gawdin combined for eight points. Heponiemi had a goal and four assists; Gawdin had three assists. . . . Add it all up and the trio was plus 12 with 13 points. . . . Gawdin has four goals and five assists in three games, while Heponiemi has a goal and seven assists in the three outings. . . . The Broncos got a goal and an assist from D Colby Sissons, with D Sahvan Khaira and F Arthur Miller each getting two assists. . . . F Stelio Mattheos (5) scored one of Brandon’s goals. . . . G Logan Flodell earned the victory with 28 saves. . . . Brandon starter Logan Thompson surrendered five goals on 11 shots in 12:53. Dylan Myskiw came on to stop 10 of 12 shots in 47:06. . . . The Broncos (3-0-0) were 2-6 on the PP; Brandon (1-2-1) was 1-4. . . . Announced attendance: 3,423.


At Lethbridge, F Jack Flaman, who was claimed off 20-year-old waivers last week, scored three times to lead the Hurricanes to a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings. . . . Flaman went into the night with 16 goals and 10 assists in 147 career regular-season games. Last season, he scored 15 times in 71 games with the Vancouver Giants, but he lost out there in the 20-year-old game. Yes, this was his first WHL hat trick. . . . In two games with the Hurricanes, Flaman now has four goals. . . . F Colton Kehler (3) gave Edmonton a 1-0 lead at 9:44 of the first period. . . . Flaman scored the game’s next three goals, at 14:04 and 19:12 of the second period, and 6:38 of the third. The second one came via the PP. . . . D Brennan Riddle got the empty-netter at 19:17. . . . The Hurricanes got 19 saves from G Stuart Skinner. . . . G Boston Bilous, in his first WHL start, turned aside 19 shots for Edmonton. . . . Lethbridge (2-2-0) was 1-3 on the PP; Edmonton (1-3-0) was 1-4. . . . Announced attendance: 3,532.


At Moose Jaw, the Warriors scored the game’s first two goals and went on to a 4-2 victory over the Red Deer Rebels in an early-season battle of unbeaten clubs. . . . The Warriors improved to 4-0-0, while the Rebels now are 3-1-0. . . . F Brayden Burke (4), on a PP, opened the scoring at 10:37 of the first period and F Justin Almeida (3) made it 2-0 at 13:23. . . . Red Deer F Grayson Pawlenchuk (4) cut into the lead at 16:31. . . . The Warriors went ahead by two at 3:33 of the second on a goal by F Tristin Langan (1). . . . Red Deer cut into the lead, again, when F Mason McCarty (4) scored, on a PP, at 7:04. . . . The Warriors iced it when F Jayden Halbgewachs (3) got the empty-netter. . . . Moose Jaw F Brett Howden and D Dmitri Zaitsev each had two assists. . . . The Warriors were 1-3 on the PP; the Rebels were 1-4. . . . G Brody Willms stopped 17 shots for the Warriors, while G Ethan Anders blocked 31 at the other end. . . . Russian D Alex Alexeyev, who was injured Friday night in Brandon, was among Red Deer’s scratches. He won’t play today in Regina, either. He is scheduled to have an MRI in Red Deer on Tuesday. . . . The Pats were off Saturday; Red Deer will play its third game in fewer than 48 hours on Sunday. . . . Announced attendance: 3,123.


At Prince Albert, the Raiders scored the game’s last three goals and beat the Medicine Hat Tigers, 4-2. . . . F Gary Haden (2) gave the Tigers (2-2-0) a 1-0 lead at 14:30 of the first period. . . . F Cole Fonstad (1) evened the score at 16:50. . . . F Max Gerlach (4) put the visitors out front again, on a PP, at 15:50 of the second. . . . The Raiders (2-2-0) tied it when F Devon Skoleski (3) scored at 19:50. . . . F Parker Kelly (3) snapped the tie at 4:13 of the third period and F Curtis Miske (1) added the empty-netter at 19:56. . . . D Max Martin had two assists for the winners. . . . Prince Albert G Curtis Meger earned the victory with 30 saves in his first WHL regular-season start. . . . The Tigers got 32 stops from G Michael Bullion. . . . The Tigers were 1-5 on the PP; the Raiders were 0-5. . . . Prince Albert F Justin Nachbaur made his regular-season debut after serving a four-game suspension. . . . The Raiders were the first team to take part in a program that includes Don Cherry and is aimed at promotion organ donation. They wore Cherry-style sweaters and raised more than $10,000 in an auction. . . . A tip of the hat to Raiders head coach Marc Habscheid, who wore a red plaid jacket in honour of the occasion. . . . “It’s a good charity for a good cause,” he told Jeff D’Andrea of paNOW. “They asked if I wanted to join in, I said ‘why not?’ You have to have some fun, too. I don’t think it changed the outcome of the game me wearing this suit. I think the guys enjoyed them and I enjoyed wearing this.” . . . Announced attendance: 1,915.


At Portland, D Matthew Quigley scored his first WHL goal and added an assist as the Winterhawks beat the Seattle Thunderbirds, 6-2. . . . The Winterhawks had a 52-16 edge in shots. . . . Seattle D Austin Strand cut Seattle’s deficit to 3-2 with his second goal of the game, on a PP, at 13:34 of the second period. . . . Portland then scored the only three goals of the third period, the first from Quigley, who didn’t score in 49 games last season, at 5:43. . . . D Keoni Texeira (1) made it 5-2, on a PP, at 13:18 and F Brad Ginnell (1) completed the scoring at 16:19. . . . Portland got two assists from F Joachim Blichfeld, while F Skyler McKenzie, F Cody Glass and D Henri Jokiharju each had a goal and an assist. . . . D Jarret Tyszka had two assists for the Thunderbirds. . . . The Winterhawks now are 2-0-0, while the Thunderbirds are 2-1-0. . . . Seattle was 2-6 on the PP; Portland was 1-4. . . . Portland G Cole Kehler stopped 14 shots, while Seattle’s Liam Hughes kicked out 45. . . . The Thunderbirds lost D Turner Ottenbreit, their captain, to a headshot major and game misconduct for a hit on Blichfeld at 10:58 of the third period. He already served a one-game suspension this season, one that was left over from last spring’s playoffs. . . . Blichfeld was diagnosed with a concussion and his status is uncertain. He definitely won’t play today against the visiting Prince George Cougars. . . . Portland is carrying four 20-year-olds, and F Evan Weinger was the odd-man out with F Alex Overhardt, Texeira and Kehler in the lineup. . . . Seattle, also with four 20s, scratched F Tyler Adams while dressing Ottenbreit, Strand and F Donovan Neuls. . . . Announced attendance: 9,065.


At Saskatoon, F Braylon Shmyr scored twice, including the winner, as the Blades beat the Calgary Hitmen, 5-4. . . . The Blades held 2-0 and 3-1 leads before the Hitmen tied it on goals from F Mark Kastelic (1), at 17:31 of the first period and F Jakob Stukel (2), at 4:16 of the second. . . . F Cam Hebig, playing his first game in well over a year, gave the Blades the lead again, at 10:32. . . . Calgary came right back and tied it when F Luke Coleman (1) scored, on a PP, at 17:07. . . . Shmyr’s second goal of the game, and the season, won it at 16:00 of the third period. . . . Shmyr also had an assist, while D Libor Hajek had two of them. . . . Kastelic added an assist to his goal, while teammate Jake Kryski drew two assists. . . . Saskatoon (1-2-0) was 0-5 on the PP; Calgary (1-2-1) was 1-3. . . . G Ryan Kubic recorded the victory with 19 saves. . . . Edmonton’s Matthew Armitage, in his first regular-season start, blocked 24 shots. . . . Hebig played his first regular-season game since March 19, 2016. He was sidelined with concussion-related issues. His season debut was delayed by a two-game suspension incurred in an exhibition game. . . . Announced attendance: 2,738.


At Spokane, F Peyton Krebs’ second-period goal stood up as the winner as the Kootenay Ice beat the Chiefs, 2-1. . . . Krebs, the first overall pick in the 2016 WHL bantam draft, scored his second goal of the season at 9:20, giving the Ice a 2-0 lead. . . . F Brett Davis (1) had given the Ice a 1-0 lead at 6:31 of the first period. . . . The Chiefs got to within a goal when F Hayden Ostir (1) scored at 15:24 of the second period. . . . The Ice (2-1-0) was 0-3 on the PP; the Chiefs (2-1-0) were 0-6. . . . G Kurtis Chapman earned the victory with 16 saves, five fewer than Spokane’s Dawson Weatherill. . . . The Chiefs are wearing ‘Freeman Strong’ stickers on the backs of their helmets in honour of the victims of a shooting that took place at Freeman High School near Spokane on Sept. 13. . . . Announced attendance: 8,428.


At Kennewick, Wash., F Morgan Geekie’s first goal of the season broke a 4-4 tie at 18:56 of the third period as the Tri-City Americans beat the Everett Silvertips, 5-4. . . . Tri-City D Juuso Valimaki (1) had tied the game at 16:45. . . . Everett F Matt Fonteyne’s second goal of the game, and fifth of the season, gave his guys a 3-2 lead at 10:34 of the third period. . . . Tri-City F Brett Leason (1) tied it at 15:30. . . . Everett took its last lead when F Connor Dewar (2) made it 4-3 at 2:39 of the third period. . . . The Americans got 33 saves from G Beck Warm. . . . Everett starter Dorrin Luding stopped seven of nine shots in 25:09 before leaving with an undisclosed injury. Carter Hart came off the bench to turn aside 23 of 26 shots in 32:26. He had played Friday night in Kelowna after missing a couple of games with the flu. . . . The Americans (1-2-0) were 0-1 on the PP; the Silvertips (2-2-0) were 1-2. . . . Tri-City F Michael Rasmussen played his fifth NHL exhibition game with the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night. A first-round selection in the NHL’s 2017 draft, he scored in four of the five games, including last night’s ?? victory over the host Toronto Maple Leafs. He now is expected to be returned to the Americans. . . . Announced attendance: 4,475.


At Victoria, F Ryan Peckford’s PP goal at 19:19 of the third period broke a 4-4 tie and gave the Royals a 5-4 victory over the Kamloops Blazers. . . . Peckford, who has five goals, had scored the game’s first goal, at 6:04 of the opening period, and the teams alternated goals the rest of the way. . . . F Jackson Shepard (1) got Kamloops on the scoreboard nine seconds after Peckford’s first goal. . . . F Dante Hannoun (3), who also had an assist, restored Victoria’s lead, on a PP, at 7:17 of the second period. . . . Kamloops D Joe Gatenby (2) tied it, on a PP, at 7:11 of the third period. . . . Victoria tied it on F Kaid Oliver’s first   goal, at 9:05. . . . The Blazers pulled even again as F Nic Holowko (2) scored at 12:10. . . . F Matthew Phillips had three assists for the Royals, giving him nine points in three games. . . . Gatenby was in the penalty box for tripping Phillips when Peckford scored the winner. . . . F Nick Chyzowski had two assists for Kamloops. . . . Victoria (3-0-0) was 3-6 on the PP; Kamloops (0-4-0) was 1-3. . . . The Royals got 38 saves from G Griffen Outhouse. . . . G Dylan Ferguson stopped 35 shots for the Blazers. . . . The teams meet again this afternoon in Victoria as the Blazers play their third game in under 48 hours. . . . Announced attendance: 5,341.


Sunday (all times local):

Edmonton vs. Kootenay, at Cranbrook, B.C., 4 p.m.

Red Deer at Regina, 4 p.m.

Kamloops at Victoria, 3:05 p.m.

Prince George at Portland, 5 p.m.


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Reigning champs getting new owners … Winterhawks get back top guns … Lewis sparks Wheaties

The 2017 Kamloops Kidney Walk is scheduled for Sunday morning in McDonald Park. My wife, Dorothy, who underwent a kidney transplant on Sept. 23, 2013, will be walking for a fourth straight year. If you would like to support her cause, you may do so right here.


Dan and Lindsey Leckelt, who own controlling interest in the AJHL’s Spruce Grove Saints, have an agreement in principle to purchase the Seattle Thunderbirds, the WHL’s reigning champions.

The Thunderbirds’ ownership group comprises Russ Farwell, who is the governor and general manager; Colin Campbell, the vice-president and assistant general manager; local businessmen James and Davis Clapp; Gregory Gicewicz, from Microsoft; Craig Howland, the president of Syntek; James Prekeges, who has retired from Microsoft; Carol and Philip Paulsen, of Philip Paulsen D.D.S. Family Dentistry; and Pat Smith, a real estate agent/investor who played for the Thunderbirds (1980-83) and also served as an assistant coach (1988-91).

Farwell and Campbell will remain in their positions.

The Leckelt brothers are the co-CEOs of Silent-Aire, which, according to a news release, is “an engineering and data centre equipment manufacturing company with 900 employees and operations in Edmonton, Phoenix, Seattle, Virginia and Dublin.”

Besides the Saints, they also own the Stony Plain Eagles, a senior AAA team that plays in the Allan Cup Hockey West, which used to be the Chinook Hockey League. Both Leckelts played for the Eagles back in the day.

The sale of the Thunderbirds needs the approval of the WHL’s board of governors and the City of Kent before becoming official. The Thunderbirds are the anchor tenant at the ShoWare Center in Kent.

The WHL’s board of governors is scheduled to review the transfer of ownership at a meeting in Calgary on Oct. 4.

Assuming all is approved, the Thunderbirds will become the second WHL franchise to change hands in 2017. The WHL’s board of governors approved the transfer of the Kootenay Ice from the Chynoweth family to Winnipeggers Greg Fettes and Matt Cockell on April 27.

While it isn’t common for owners to be involved at the junior A and WHL level at the same time, it has happened.

Mark Wagstaff, a Victoria businessman, owned the Tri-City Americans and the BCHL’s Victoria Salsa at the same time (2000-02) before selling the WHL franchise.

Bruce Hamilton, the president and general manager of the Kelowna Rockets, owned a piece of the BCHL’s Penticton Vees before selling it 10 or 12 years ago.

Bill Yuill, who owns the Everett Silvertips, also has the USHL’s Bloomington Thunder in his stable. He also has owned NAHL and NA3HL franchises.


The NHL’s New York Islanders returned F Kieffer Bellows, 19, to the Portland Winterhawks on Friday, but not before signing him to a three-year entry-level contract. . . . Bellows, the son of former NHLer Brian Bellows, was a first-round pick by the Islanders in the 2016 NHL draft. . . . Portland selected Bellows in the seventh round of the 2013 WHL bantam draft. . . . Last season, he had seven goals and seven assists in 34 games as a freshman at Boston U. . . . Bellows, from Edina, Minn., also was a member of Team USA as it won gold at the 2017 World Junior Championship in Montreal/Toronto; in fact, he scored twice in the championship game.

The Winterhawks also learned Friday that the Vegas Golden Knights were returning F Cody Glass to Portland, while the Los Angeles Kings sent F Evan Weinger back. From El Segundo, Calif., Weinger, 20, was in the Kings’ camp as an undrafted free agent. Last season, he had 20 goals and 18 assists in 38 games with Portland. In three seasons, he has put up 37 goals and 52 assists in 89 games.

Weinger’s return leaves the Winterhawks with four 20-year-olds, including F Alex Overhardt, D Keoni Texeira and G Cole Kehler.

Glass, from Winnipeg, was the expansion Golden Knights’ inaugural first-round NHL draft pick. He was taken with the fifth overall selection and is expected to be one of the WHL’s top players this season.


The Moose Jaw Warriors waived veteran F Spencer Bast on Friday as he became a victim of the 20-year-old game. From Macklin, Sask., Bast originally was on the Kamloops Blazers’ protected list. He had three goals and three assists in 20 games with Moose Jaw last season. He started the season with Kamloops, putting up six goals and five assists in 40 games. In 113 career games, he has 13 goals and 16 assists. . . . His departure leaves the Warriors with three 20s — F Brayden Burke, F Jayden Halbgewachs and F Tanner Jeannot.

In Medicine Hat, D Brad Forrest also go caught up in the 20-year-old game. He was released by the Tigers and is expected to join the AJHL’s Calgary Mustangs. . . . Forrest’s departure leaves the Tigers with four 20-year-olds — F Mark Rassell, F Zach Fischer, Latvian D Kristians Rubins and G Michael Bullion. Fischer (concussion) and Rubins (shoulder) are injured at the moment.


The Portland Winterhawks have signed F Seth Jarvis and F Cross Hanas, both of whom were selected in the 2017 WHL bantam draft. . . . Jarvis, from Winnipeg, was taken in the first round. Last season, he had 76 goals and 44 assists for the Rink Hockey Academy bantam prep team in Winnipeg. He will spend the 2017-18 season with the school’s midget prep team. . . . Hanas, from Highland Village, Texas, was a fourth-round pick. Last season, with the Dallas Stars Elite U-14 side, he had 35 goals and 45 assists in 55 games. Cross is the son of former WHL F Trevor Hanas (Regina, Saskatoon, Lethbridge, 1991-96), who had 111 goals and 149 assists in 331 regular-season games. He now scouts for the Winterhawks.


What is going on with the Portland Winterhawks, where the coaching staff includes Danny Flynn? Just one year ago, Flynn was preparing to take the Saint John Sea Dogs into a QMJHL season that would end with them appearing in the Memorial cup. . . . So how is it that Flynn ended up in Portland, working as an assistant coach alongside Mike Johnston, the general manager and head coach? . . . Paul Danzer of the Portland Tribune has more right here.


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Friday games:

At Brandon, F Ty Lewis enjoyed a five-point night to lead the Wheat Kings to an 8-1 victory over the Regina Pats. . . . F Stelio Mattheos scored two first-period PP goals as the home side got off to a 3-0 lead. His first goal, at 11:57 of the opening period, was the first goal scored in the WHL this regular season. . . . Regina got its lone goal from F Braydon Buziak, on the PP, at 19:30 of the first period. . . . Lewis iced it with the only goals of the second period, at 0:53 and 19:17. . . . Lewis, whose previous single-game high was four points from a game against the Calgary Hitmen last season, drew three assists in the first period and scored twice in the second. . . . The Wheat Kings got two goals from F Cole Reinhardt, and two assists from each of D Braden Schneider, D School Higson and F Tanner Kaspick. F Connor Gutenberg added a goal and an assist. . . . Brandon was 3-5 on the PP; Regina was 1-5. . . . G Logan Thompson earned the victory with 33 saves. . . . Regina starter Tyler Brown was beaten five times on 34 shots over two periods. Max Paddock played the third period in his hometown, stopping eight of 11 shots. . . . The Pats are without F Sam Steel, the reigning WHL scoring champion. He is in camp with the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks. Also missing is F Nick Henry (shoulder). . . . The Wheat Kings are missing F Nolan Patrick (Philadelphia Flyers) and D Kale Clague (Los Angeles Kings). Also missing from Brandon’s lineup are D Daniel Bukac and D James Shearer, both out with undisclosed long-term injuries. . . . Announced attendance: 5,012.


At Cranbrook, B.C., the Fettes/Cockell era got off to a winning start as the Kootenay Ice scored a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Hitmen. . . . Winnipeggers Greg Fettes and Matt Cockell purchased the Ice from the Chynoweth family last spring. Jeff Chynoweth now is Calgary’s general manager. . . . Last night, James Patrick, Kootenay’s new head coach, earned his first victory in his first game. . . . The Ice got 35 saves from G Bailey Brkin, whom Cockell, the Ice’s GM, acquired from the Swift Current Broncos last week. . . . Calgary G Nick Schneider blocked 28 shots. . . . Swiss F Gilian Kohler scored the winner, breaking a 2-2 tie at 7:32 of the third period. . . . The Hitmen had tied it just 11 seconds earlier on a goal from D Vladislav Yeryomenko. . . . F Michael King gave the Ice a 2-0 lead with a pair of first-period goals. . . . F Jake Kryski got the Hitmen to within one at 17:53. . . . Calgary was 0-5 on the PP; Kootenay was 0-6. . . . Calgary D Jake Bean remains with the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes. . . . Announced attendance: 3,392.


At Prince Albert, G Brody Willms posted his second career shutout, leading the Moose Jaw Warriors to a 3-0 lead over the Raiders. . . . Willms finished with 21 saves, including eight in the first period and nine in the third. . . . F Brayden Burke scored the game’s first goal at 6:36 of the second period. . . . F Justin Almeida added insurance at 0:56 of the third period, with D Jett Woo icing things at 3:52. . . . Prince Albert was 0-2 on the PP; Moose Jaw was 0-3. . . . The Raiders got 26 saves on 28 shots from G Ian Scott, who left 1:12 into the third period after Warriors F Luka Burzan fell on him. Nic Sanders came on to stop 11 of 12 shots in 18:48. . . . Scott has “a lower-body injury,” Raiders head coach Marc Habscheid told Jeff D’Andrea of paNOW.com. “Those aren’t good on goaltenders. It’s the way it is and we’ll see how it goes. It’s next man up. We have two other goaltenders in camp, they’ll have to run with it for a little bit here. It gives them an opportunity. It’s just unfortunate because I thought Scottie played well tonight.” . . . D Josh Brook, who had surgery to repair a broken wrist in Montreal on Friday, was among Moose Jaw’s scratches, while F Brett Howden is with the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning. . . . The Raiders are without F Parker Kelly, who is with the NHL’s Ottawa Senators. . . . Raiders F Justin Nachbaur sat out Game 2 of a four-game WHL suspension. . . . Announced attendance: 2,514.


At Lethbridge, F Jadon Joseph scored twice and added an assist as the Hurricanes beat the Medicine Hat Tigers, 5-2. . . . F Gary Haden gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead at 3:23 of the second period. . . . The Hurricanes scored the next four goals. . . . F Dylan Cozens tied it on a PP at 14:48 of the second. . . . Joseph broke the tie, on a PP, at 19:56 of the second and later got an empty-netter. . . . F Giorgio Estephan, in his first game as the Hurricanes’ captain, had a goal and an assist. . . . Lethbridge got 37 saves from G Stuart Skinner, while G Michael Bullion stopped 37 for the Tigers. Bullion stopped Joseph on a penalty shot at 13:02 of the third period. . . . The Hurricanes were 3-5 on the PP; the Tigers were 0-3. . . . The Tigers are missing G Jordan Hollett (mononucleosis), Latvian D Kristians Rubins (shoulder) and F Zach Fischer (concussion). . . . Announced attendance: 5,244.


At Saskatoon, the Swift Current Broncos scored four third-period goals, the last two into an empty net, to beat the Blades, 5-2. . . . F Bradly Goethals gave the Blades a 2-1 lead at 11:37 of the second period. . . . F Riley Stotts pulled the Broncos even at 3:43 of the third period and F Conner Chaulk broke the tie, at 12:21. . . . F Glenn Gawdin, with his second goal of the game, got the first empty-netter, with D Artyom Minulin adding the second. . . . F Tyler Steenbergen had two assists for the winners. . . . Broncos G Joel Hofer stopped 23 shots to earn his first WHL victory in his first career start. . . . The Blades got 29 saves from G Ryan Kubic. . . . Swift Current was 0-1 on the PP; Saskatoon was 0-2. . . . G Taz Burman has disappeared from the Broncos’ roster, leaving them with four 20-year-olds, one over the limit. F Arthur Miller sat out last night, with G Logan Flodell, who backed up, F Glenn Gawdin and F Conner Chaulk playing. . . . The Blades were without F Cam Hebig, who served the first of a two-game WHL suspension. . . . Announced attendance: 7,460.


At Prince George, D Ty Smith scored once and added two assists to lead the Spokane Chiefs to a 5-2 victory over the Cougars. . . . The visitors got out to a 3-0 lead, with Smith drawing assists on two of those goals, by 8:45 of the second period. . . . F Hudson Elynuik scored the third of those goals, on a PP, and had an assist on the second one, a shorthanded effort from F Riley Woods. . . . Woods also had an assist, while F Riley McKay had two of them. . . . Spokane was 1-3 on the PP; Prince George was 1-6. . . . G Dawson Weatherill earned the victory with 28 saves, one more than Tavin Grant of the Cougars. . . . The Chiefs were missing F Kailer Yamamoto (Edmonton Oilers) and F Jared Anderson-Dolan (Los Angeles Kings). . . . Prince George is without D Dennis Cholowski (Detroit Red Wings). . . . F Radovan Bondra, 20, won’t be returning to the Cougars after signing with the Rockford IceHogs, the Chicago Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate. The Blackhawks selected him in the fifth round of the NHL’s 2015 draft. . . . Prince George still is carrying five 20-year-olds, although D Tate Olson (shoulder) is on injured reserve. Last night, the Cougars dressed F Brogan O’Brien, F Aaron Boyd and D Shane Collins, while F Jared Bethune didn’t play. . . . Dan Lambert, the Chiefs’ first-year head coach, won his first game in his first start. Of course, he was 53-13-6 in his one season (2014-15) as head coach of the Kelowna Rockets. . . . Announced attendance: 3,833.


At Victoria, F Matthew Phillips scored three times and added an assist to lead the Royals to a 7-1 victory over the Vancouver Giants. . . . Phillips, a 50-goal man last season, gave his guys a 3-0 lead with a shorthanded goal 12 seconds into the second period. He competed the hat trick with goals at 1:41 and 4:38 of the third period. . . . Phillips’ sixth career three-goal game came on Matthew Phillips Bobblehead Night. . . . F Ryan Peckford had two goals and an assist, while F Eric Florchuk, F Dante Hannoun, D Jared Freadrich and F Jared Legien each had two assists. . . . Victoria G Griffen Outhouse stopped 31 of 32 shots in 52:25. He lost his shutout bid when F Ty Running scored at 19:52 of the second period. . . . G Dean McNabb finished up for the Royals, stopping four shots in 7:35. . . . Vancouver starter Todd Scott surrendered seven goals on 24 shots in 46:29. David Tendeck came on in relief and made four saves. . . . Victoria was 3-8 on the PP; Vancouver was 0-6. . . . The Giants were without F Tyler Popowich, who suffered an undisclosed injury in practice on Thursday. Also injured are D Bailey Dhaliwal and F Tyler Benson. Benson, who is recovering from off-season hernia surgery, is with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers but not yet partaking in on-ice drills. . . . The Royals are expecting to get F Tyler Soy, 20, back from the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, who haven’t signed him. But he didn’t return in time to play in this one. . . . Dan Price, in his first season as the Royals’ head coach, improved his record to 1-2-1. Price, an assistant coach with the Royals last season, went 0-2-1 when then-head coach Dave Lowry sat out during a mumps scare. . . . Announced attendance: 6,549.


At Kelowna, F Kyle Topping scored twice and added an assist as the Rockets beat the Kamloops Blazers, 6-2. . . . The Rockets beat the Blazers three times in the exhibition season — 6-4, 1-0 and 4-3 in a shootout. . . . Last night, the Rockets held period leads of 2-0 and 6-0. . . . Kelowna F Kole Lind, just back from the camp of the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks, had a goal and two assists, with F Jack Cowell, F Liam Kindree and F Tomas Soustal each adding a goal and an assist. D Cal Foote, in his first game as Kelowna’s captain, had three assists. F Nolan Foote, Cal’s younger brother, had two assists. . . . Soustal, a 20-year-old from Czech Republic, was in Kelowna’s lineup as a two-spotter. D James Hilsendager and D Gordie Ballhorn were the other 20s in the lineup. . . . Freshman D Libor Zabransky, also from Czech Republic, was the second import dressed by Kelowna. . . . Kelowna was 2-5 on the PP; Kamloops was 1-5. . . . The Rockets got 33 saves from G Brodan Salmond. He lost his shutout at 13:24 of the third period when Swiss F Justin Sigrist scored his first WHL goal. . . . Kamloops starter Dylan Ferguson was beaten six times on 27 shots. Kyle Dumba came on for the third period and stopped all 10 shots he faced. . . . Announced attendance: 5,238.


Saturday games (all times local):

Kootenay at Calgary, 7 p.m.

Prince Albert at Moose Jaw, 7 p.m.

Edmonton at Red Deer, 7 p.m.

Brandon at Regina, 7 p.m.

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

Spokane at Prince George, 7 p.m.

Victoria at Vancouver 7 p.m.

Kelowna at Kamloops, 7 p.m.

Portland at Everett, 7:05 p.m.

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

Sunday games (all times local):

Red Deer at Edmonton, 4 p.m.

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


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