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


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


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

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

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

About what?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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TUESDAY:

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


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


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


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


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


WEDNESDAY (all times local):

Spokane at Medicine Hat, 7 p.m.

Victoria at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.

Regina at Lethbridge, 7 p.m.

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


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Benson returns to Giants … Ice adds goaltender … Hitmen roster shrinks by two


D John Negrin (Kooteney, Swift Current, 2004-09) has signed a contract with Lørenskog (Norway, GET-Ligaen). The terms weren’t announced. Last season, he had five assists in 22 games with the Utica Comets (AHL). . . .

F Björn Svensson (Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, 2003-06) has signed a contract for the rest of this season with the Fischtown Penguins Bremerhaven (Germany, DEL). Last season, he had three goals and three assists in 31 games with Färjestad Karlstad (Sweden, SEL), and two goals and six assists in 16 games with Ingolstadt (Germany, DEL).


F Tyler Benson has been returned to the Vancouver Giants by the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers.

Benson, 19, has been with the Oilers while recovering from off-season surgery for a sports hernia. From Edmonton, he was selected by the Oilers in the second round of the 2016 NHL draft. He has signed a three-year entry-level contract with them.

Benson hasn’t played for the Giants since Jan. 2.

In fact, his last two seasons both have been health/injury-shortened.

Last season, he finished with 11 goals and 31 assists in 33 games. In 2015-16, he had nine goals and 19 assists in 30 games.

While Benson is expected to be on the ice for practice today (Tuesday), there isn’t a timetable for his return to game action.

The Giants (5-5-2), who are proving to be quite competitive, are coming off a seven-game road trip (3-2-2) that took them through the East Division. Both of their regulation-time losses were by a goal — 3-2 in Seattle and 1-0 in Swift Current.

It seems unlikely that Benson would play this weekend. The Giants are prepping for one of those WHL specials — three games in fewer than 48 hours. They are scheduled to entertain the Prince George Cougars at the Langley Events Centre on Friday night, then play the host Victoria Royals on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

It would seem to be more likely that, if all goes well, Benson would play on Nov. 3 against the visiting Kamloops Blazers and perhaps the next night in the rematch in Kamloops.


With F Tyler Benson having been returned by the Edmonton Oilers to the Vancouver Giants, it means there are two 19-year-olds with WHL eligibility still in the NHL.

F Nolan Patrick, who was with the Brandon Wheat Kings for the past three seasons, is with the Philadelphia Flyers, who selected him second overall in the 2017 NHL draft. He has one goal and two assists in eight games and almost certainly will remain in the NHL.

F Kailer Yamamoto is coming off three seasons with his hometown Spokane Chiefs. The Edmonton Oilers selected him with the 22nd overall pick in the NHL’s 2017 draft. Yamamoto had three assists in six games with the Oilers and has seen playing time on the team’s top line, alongside Connor McDavid and Patrick Maroon. Right now it seems likely that Yamamoto will be staying with the Oilers.

NHL teams face a 10-game deadline with 19-year-olds who have been drafted out of the CHL. Once a player gets into a 10th game the first year of his contract kicks in, which is a big deal down the road when it comes to being eligible for free agency.

A player still may be returned to major junior after playing 10 games or more in the NHL, but the first season of his contract would be used up.


The Prince George Cougars are expected to announce today (Tuesday) that they have acquired F Matthew Mosher, 17, from the Saskatoon Blades for a late-round bantam draft. pick. . . . Mosher, from White Rock, B.C., was a third-round selection by the Blades in the 2015 WHL bantam draft. He was pointless in three games with the Blades last season and pointless in one this season. . . . A source familiar with the situation told Taking Note that Mosher wasn’t getting in the lineup with the Blades and wanted to play closer to home.


The Kootenay Ice has acquired G Duncan McGovern, 17, from the Medicine Hat Tigers for a fifth-round selection in the WHL’s 2019 bantam draft.

McGovern, from Winnipeg, was a fifth-round selection by the Tigers in the 2015 bantam draft. He got into eight games with the Tigers over two seasons, going 3-4-0, 4.31, .850. This season, playing behind Michael Bullion, 20, and Jordan Hollett, 18, McGovern had gotten into just one game, playing only 11 minutes.

McGovern becomes the third goaltender on the Ice’s roster, joining Kurtis Chapman, 19, and Bailey Brkin, 18, both of whom were acquired in earlier trades.

Since May 24, the Ice has acquired four goaltenders through trades.

On May 24, general manager Matt Cockell acquired G Mario Petit, 20, from the Everett Silvertips for a conditional sixth-round selection in the 2018 bantam draft. Petit was released late in training camp.

On Sept. 10, Brkin was acquired from the Swift Current Broncos, along with a conditional fifth-round selection in the 2018 bantam draft, for F Max Patterson.

On Sept. 13, Cockell got Chapman from the Regina Pats for a conditional sixth-round selection in the 2018 bantam draft.

Cockell, a former goaltender himself, also traded G Declan Hobbs to the Spokane Chiefs on July 5, getting back a seventh-round pick in the 2018 bantam draft. Hobbs now is with the SJHL’s Nipawin Hawks.

The Ice (5-6-1) has allowed 50 goals in its 12 games, 11 of those coming in an 11-1 loss to the host Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday night. The Ice, coming off a 5-4 OT victory over visiting Swift Current on Saturday, is scheduled to entertain the Regina Pats tonight (Tuesday).


The Calgary Hitmen saw their roster shrink by two players on Monday.

D Ryely McKinstry, who has been plagued by concussion-related problems, has retired, while F Lucas Cullen has left the team, according to the Hitmen, to pursue other hockey opportunities in B.C.

McKinstry 19, is from Calgary. He was a second-round pick by the Vancouver Giants in the WHL’s 2013 bantam draft. Unfortunately, he was able to play only 43 regular-season games, all with the Giants, and hasn’t played since Nov. 6, 2015.

In 2014-15, he had two goals and two assists in 30 games. In 2015-16, he had one goal and one assist in 11 games. He then missed all of last season, before being traded to the Hitmen on Sept. 25 for an undisclosed conditional selection in the 2019 bantam draft.

Cullen, 18, is from Kelowna. The Hitmen selected him in the fifth round of the 2014 bantam draft.

He recorded one assist in seven games this season, after putting up four goals and four assists in 37 games as a freshman last season.

Calgary’s roster now is at 23, including 14 forwards and seven defencemen.


D Owen Gallatin of Hugo, Minn., has made a commitment to attend the U of Minnesota-Duluth for the 2021-22 season. Gallatin, who turned 15 on Feb. 6, was a ninth-round selection by the Brandon Wheat Kings in the WHL’s 2017 bantam draft.

This season, he has two goals and five assists in four games with the U-15 Minnesota Blades.

D Connor Kelley of Maple Grove, Minn., who turned 15 on Jan. 30, also has committed to attend the U of Minnesota-Duluth for the 2021-22 season.  Kelley also is playing for the U-15 Minnesota Blades. He wasn’t selected in the WHL’s 2017 bantam draft.

Gallatin and Kelley are the latest in a series of young teenagers who have made early commitments to NCAA Division 1 programs.


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F Rykr Cole, 20, who was placed on waivers last week by the Spokane Chiefs, has had his SJHL playing rights dealt by the Melville Millionaires to the Nipawin Hawks. Cole is from Moosomin, Sask. The Chiefs dropped him in order to get down to three 20-year-olds after acquiring F Zach Fischer, 20, from the Medicine Hat Tigers.


MONDAY:

No Games Scheduled.


TUESDAY (all times local):

Spokane at Calgary, 7 p.m.

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

Medicine Hat at Red Deer, 7 p.m.

Victoria at Saskatoon 7:05 p.m.

Moose Jaw at Portland, 7 p.m.


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Blazers add fourth 20-year-old … Steenbergen snipes two more … Winterhawks light up T-Birds


G Mac Carruth (Portland, 2009-13) has signed a one-year contract with Fehérvár AV19 Székesfehérvár (Hungary, Erste Bank Liga). Last season, with the Rockford IceHogs (AHL), he was 5-11-5, 3.64, .879 in 24 games.


You can add the Kamloops Blazers to the list of WHL teams that has four 20-year-olds on its roster, meaning it must make a move to get down to three by Tuesday. . . . The Blazers, who have lost their first seven games this season, have claimed D Brady Reagan, 20, on waivers from the Calgary Hitmen. The High River, Alta., native was released by the Hitmen as they got down to three 20-year-olds. His arrival in Kamloops leaves the Blazers with four, as Reagan joins F Nick Chyzowski, the team captain, D Joe Gatenby and F Nic Holowko. . . . The WHL deadline for teams to declare three such players arrives on Tuesday. . . . The Blazers next play today (Sunday) when they entertain the Seattle Thunderbirds. . . . Reagan was a second-round selection by the Regina Pats in the 2012 WHL bantam draft. He also has played with the Lethbridge Hurricanes. . . . In 235 regular-season games, he has 15 goals and 44 assists. Last season, he had one goal and four assists in 18 games with Lethbridge, then recorded six goals and 16 assists in 50 games with Calgary.


With the WHL’s 20-year-old deadline arriving on Tuesday, here are the teams who were carrying four as of Saturday night:

Kamloops Blazers — F Nick Chyzowski, D Joe Gatenby, F Nic Holowko, D Brady Reagan.

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

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

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

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


One might think the odds are pretty good that the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers soon will return F Kailer Yamamoto to the Spokane Chiefs. A native of Spokane, Yamamoto, 19, was a first-round pick by the Oilers in the NHL’s 2017 draft.

Yamamoto made his regular-season NHL debut in the Oilers’ season-opener, a 3-0 victory over the Flames in Calgary on Wednesday. He played 6 minutes 33 seconds over 10 shifts.

On Saturday, when the Oilers played the Canucks in Vancouver, Yamamoto was a healthy scratch.

Developments like that would seem to indicate that Yamamoto will be back in Spokane before long. One things is for sure: Nothing we have seen to this point would make one think the Oilers are prepared to play him in 10 games and burn the first year of his entry-level contract.

Meanwhile, two other WHL-eligible players remain in the NHL.

F Nolan Patrick, the second-overall pick in the 2017 draft, is taking a regular shift with the Philadelphia Flyers, who opened the season on the West Coast. If Patrick, 19, isn’t on the Flyers’ roster, he must be returned to the Brandon Wheat Kings, something that doesn’t seem likely at this point. He played 13:30 on Wednesday against the San Jose Sharks and 14:20 one night later against the Los Angeles Kings, taking 18 shifts in each game.

Patrick picked up his first NHL point, an assist, on Saturday night, as he set up D Ivan Provorov, who also played in Brandon, for the Flyers’ first goal in what would be a 3-2 OT victory over the Anaheim Ducks. Patrick played 13:49 over 18 shifts.

The other player still with an NHL team is F Tyler Benson, who also is with the Oilers. He is expected to be returned to the Vancouver Giants at some point this month. Benson continues to recover from offseason surgery for a sports hernia.


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SATURDAY:

At Regina, F Emil Oksanen and F Matt Bradley each had two goals and two assists as the Pats dumped the Saskatoon Blades, 7-3. . . . Regina took control with four first-period goals, two from Oskanen, who has seven in his freshman season. . . . He scored the game’s first goal, at 3:27, and the Pats added three PP goals before the period ended. F Sam Steel (2), F Jake Leschyshyn (1) and Oksanen scored with the man advantage for a 4-0 lead. . . . F Braylon Shmyr got the Blades on the scoreboard 14 seconds into the second period. . . . Bradley, who also has seven goals, scored at 3:47 of the second period and again at 16:24 of the third. In between, Saskatoon got goals from Shmyr (5) and F Cam Hebig (2), who also had two assists. Shmyr added an assist to his two goals. . . . Regina F Jeff de Wit (1) scored a PP goal at 17:50. . . . Regina D Dawson Davidson had two assists, with Steel and Leschyshyn each getting one. . . . Leschyshyn was playing in his second game in two nights after returning from knee surgery that cut short his 2016-17 season. . . . Regina (3-3-1) was 4-10 on the PP; Saskatoon (1-4-0) was 1-6. . . . The Pats got 18 saves from G Max Paddock. . . . Saskatoon G Nolan Maier, 16, made the first start of his WHL career and blocked 34 shots. . . . Saskatoon D Evan Fiala played in his 200th regular-season game, a milestone Hebig reached on Friday night. . . . Shmyr’s PP at 9:51 of the second period was Saskatoon first in 16 opportunities this season. . . . Blades F Kirby Dach was a question mark before game. He started, but took a check from behind from Regina D Liam Schioler midway through the first period and didn’t finish the game. . . . Announced attendance: 6,179.


At Red Deer, D Kale Clague scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 5-2 victory over the Rebels. . . . Clague now has five goals this season, with all of the coming in the last two games. He scored three times on Friday in a 7-3 victory over the host Edmonton Oil Kings. . . . Clague, 19, is in his fourth season with Brandon. His single-season career-high in goals is six in 71 games in 2015-16. Last season, he had five goals in 48 games. . . . F Gunnar Wegleitner (2) gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at 7:13 of the first period. . . . Red Deer tied it when F Austin Pratt (2) scored at 1:30 of the second period. . . . Clague broke the tie at 6:22 of the second, and F Stelio Mattheos (7) upped the lead to 3-1, on a PP, at 10:19. He has six PP goals this season. . . . The Rebels got back to within a goal when F Chris Douglas (1) counted at 16:25. . . . Clague got that one back at 18:23, and F Marcus Sekundiak (1) provided more insurance at 9:00 of the third period. . . . D Kade Jensen, Clague’s partner on the back end, had three assists for Brandon, with F Ty Lewis adding a pair. . . . Brandon (3-2-1) was 1-3 on the PP; Red Deer (3-3-0) was 0-5. . . . The Wheat Kings got 31 stops from G Dylan Myskiw, who was making his first start since coming over from the Victoria Royals. . . . Red Deer starter Lasse Petersen surrendered three goals on 15 shots in 30:19. Ethan Anders came on to finish up, stopping nine of 11 shots in 29:40. . . . The Rebels, who opened the season with three victories, have lost three in a row. . . . Announced attendance: 4,705.


At Swift Current, F Tyler Steenbergen, coming off back-to-back four-goal games, scored the game’s first two goals and the Broncos went on to a 5-2 victory over the Kootenay Ice. . . . Steenbergen has a WHL-leading 12 goals, all of them coming in his last four games. Last season, when he was the WHL co-leader with 51 goals, Steenbergen’s hottest four-game stretch covered Feb. 1-10 when he struck eight times. . . . From Sylvan Lake, Alta., the Broncos selected him in the first round of the WHL’s 2013 bantam draft. The Arizona Coyotes picked him in the fifth round of the NHL’s 2017 draft, but he has yet to sign. . . . In his first three seasons with the Broncos, Steenbergen scored five goals in 72 games, 20 in 67, and 51 in 72. . . . Last night, Steenbergen scored at 13:03 of the first period and 35 seconds into the second. . . . D Colby Sissons (3) scored on a PP at 10:44 for a 3-0 lead. . . . The Ice got to within two goals as F Tanner Sidaway (1) scored at 13:14. . . . F Glenn Gawdin (6), who reached 200 career points on Friday, scored on a PP at 3:34 of the third for a 4-1 lead, and F Aleksi Heponiemi (2) made it 5-1 at 9:30. . . . F Brett Davis (2) got the Ice’s final goal at 15:01. . . . Heponiemi also had three assists, while Gawdin had one. . . . Steenbergen now has 18 points, while Heponiemi has 15 and Gawdin 14. Add it up and that line has 49 points, 20 of them goals, in five games. The Broncos have scored 28 goals. . . . Sissons added two assists to his goal. . . . G Logan Flodell earned the victory with 20 saves, nine fewer than the Ice’s Bailey Brkin. . . . The Broncos (5-0-0) were 2-5 on the PP; the Ice (2-4-1) was 0-3. . . . The Broncos opened the season with four straight road games, so this was their home-opener. . . . Ice D Cale Fleury sat out the second of a three-game suspension. . . . Swift Current will visit the 5-0-0 Moose Jaw Warriors in a battle of the unbeaten this afternoon. . . . Announced attendance: 2,865.


At Medicine Hat, F Jordy Stallard had a goal and five assists to lead the Prince Albert Raiders to a 6-1 victory over the Tigers. . . . A 20-year-old from Brandon, Stallard has 11 points, three of them goals, in six games. . . . Stallard (3) gave the Raiders a 1-0 lead at 14:12 of the first period. . . . The home team tied it seven seconds into the second period when F Mark Rassell (6) scored on a PP. . . . The visitors then scored five straight goals to win going away. . . . F Cole Fonstad (2) broke the tie at 2:08 of the second period, and D Zack Hayes (1) stretched the lead at 12:38. . . . D Max Martin (2) and F Parker Kelly, with two, completed the scoring. Kelly has five goals. . . . Fonstad added two assists, with Parker getting one. . . . The Raiders (3-3-0) were 2-2 on the PP; the Tigers (3-3-0) were 1-4. . . . G Curtis Meger earned the victory with 25 saves. . . . Medicine Hat starter Jordan Hollett blocked 14 of 19 shots in 49:00. Duncan McGovern came on in relief to stop one of two shots in 11:00. . . . Raiders F Brayden Pachal left at 11:22 of the second period with a slashing major and game misconduct after hitting Tigers F Max Gerlach. Gerlach, who lost a tooth in the incident, was bleeding heavily when he left the ice. He returned for the third period wearing a full cage. . . . Announced attendance: 3,531.


At Prince George, the Kelowna Rockets scored late in the third period and then again in OT, this time beating the Cougars, 4-3. . . . On Friday night, F Kole Lind tied the game, 6-6, at 16:27 of the third period and won it at 2:38 of OT. . . . Last night, D Konrad Belcourt tied it with his first career goal at 18:22 of the third period and F Dillon Dube won it at 4:17 of extra time. . . . Dude finished with a goal, his third, and three assists. . . . This was Belcourt’s 50th regular-season game. Last season, he had one assist in 50 games. . . . Lind (7), on a PP, and F Carsen Twarynski (1) gave the Rockets a 2-0 lead as they scored at 11:51 of the first period and 8:27 of the second. . . . The home boys opened the third period with three goals, as F Brogan O’Brien (1), shorthanded, scored at 3:03, F Jackson Leppard (3) tied the game at 9:57 and D Dennis Cholowski (3) gave them the lead at 12:55, on a PP. . . . Twarynski added an assist to his goal. . . . F Kody McDonald had two assists for the Cougars, with Cholowski earning one. . . . The Rockets (4-1-1) are 3-0-0 on the road. . . . The Cougars are 2-3-2. . . . Each team was 1-5 on the PP. . . . G James Porter was big for the Rockets, stopping 42 shots, including 25 in the second period. . . . At the other end, Tavin Grant blocked 19. . . . The Rockets were without D James Hilsendager, who sat out a one-game suspension he incurred after taking a charging major and game misconduct on Friday night. . . . Announced attendance: 2,839.


At Langley, B.C., the Tri-City Americans broke a 2-2 tie with a pair of third-period goals and went on to beat the Vancouver Giants, 4-3. . . . F Milos Roman (2) got the Giants started at 11:49 of the second period, only to have the Americans take the lead on goals from F Parker AuCoin (2), at 17:42, and F Jordan Topping (3), at 1:30 of the third period. . . . F Cyle McNabb (2) tied it for the Giants at 6:31. . . . Americans F Michael Rasmussen (2) scored a PP goal at 7:21 and F Maxwell James (3) scored shorthanded, at 18:53, for a 4-2 lead. . . . Vancouver F Brendan Semchuk (1) scored on the PP at 19:24. . . . Topping and Rasmussen each had one assist. . . . Vancouver got two assists from D Dylan Plouffe. . . . One night earlier, the Giants had dumped the Americans, 6-3. . . . Tri-City now is 3-3-0; Vancouver is 2-3-0. . . . Americans G Patrick Dea stopped 31 shots as he recorded his 50th regular-season victory. . . . Vancouver got 33 stops from Todd Scott. . . . Announced attendance: 3,146.


At Kent, Wash., D Henrik Jokiharju scored two goals and added two assists to help the Portland Winterhawks to a 10-5 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds. . . . The Winterhawks erased an early 1-0 deficit — Seattle F Zack Andrusiak (2) scored at 1:37 of the first period — with four straight goals, three of them in the opening period. . . . D Keoni Texeira (3), F Skyler McKenzie (4), F Ryan Hughes (2) and Jokiharju had those goals for Portland. . . . F Sami Moilanen (5) pulled Seattle to within two goals at 2:38 of the second period, on a PP, but the Winterhawks took control with the next three goals, from F Jake Gricius (1), Jokiharju (2) and McKenzie. . . . F Ty Kolle (2) and F Mason Mannek (1) also scored for Portland. . . . Seattle’s other goals came from F Matthew Wedman (1), Moilanen (6) and F Blake Bargar (1). . . . Portland got two assists from each of Glass and F Lane Gilliss, while McKenzie had one. . . . D Jarret Tyszka had two assists for Seattle. . . . Portland (4-1-0) was 1-2 on the PP; Seattle (2-2-1) was 2-3. . . . G Shane Farkas blocked 23 shots for Portland. . . . Seattle starter Matt Berlin gave up six goals on 20 shots in 24:30. Liam Hughes came off the bench to stop 15 of 19 shots in 35:30. . . . The Thunderbirds were without D Turner Ottenbreit, who served the second of a six-game suspension for a hit on Portland F Joachim Blichfeld on Sept. 30. Blichfeld, who was diagnosed with a concussion, has yet to return to action. . . . Ottenbreit will be eligible to return on Oct. 22 when the Thunderbirds visit the Everett Silvertips. He will miss today’s game in Kamloops, as well as home games against Vancouver, Victoria and Moose Jaw. . . . Announced attendance: 4,059.


SUNDAY (all times local):

Brandon at Calgary, 4 p.m.

Everett at Edmonton, 4 p.m.

Swift Current at Moose Jaw, 4 p.m.

Seattle at Kamloops, 5 p.m.

Spokane at Portland, 5 p.m.


MONDAY (all times local):

No Games Scheduled.


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Rasmussen returns; Yamamoto stays with Oilers … Hat tricks for Oksanen, Hannoun … Grant blanks Portland

F Brendan Shinnimin (Tri-City, 2007-12) has signed a one-year contract with Växjö Lakers (Sweden, SHL). Last season, he had two goals and seven assists in 12 games with Langnau (Switzerland, NL A), and two goals and four assists in 17 games with Barys Astana (Kazakhstan, KHL).


F Michael Rasmussen is on his way back to the Tri-City Americans.

F Kailer Yamamoto? Not so fast.

The NHL’s Detroit Red Wings returned Rasmussen to the Americans on Sunday, while Yamamoto, a star with the Spokane Chiefs, appears to have made the Edmonton Oilers’ season-opening roster.

Rasmussen, 18, was the ninth overall selection in the NHL’s 2017 draft. Last season, he had 32 goals and 23 assists in 50 games. His season was short-circuited early when he suffered a broken scaphoid.

The 6-foot-5 native of Surrey, B.C., got into five exhibition games with the Red Wings and scored a team-high four goals. He has signed with the Red Wings.

Meanwhile, the Oilers kept Yamamoto, while assigning F Jesse Puljujarvi to the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors.

Puljujarvi was the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NHL draft; Yamamoto was the 22nd overall selection in the 2017 draft.

There already is speculation that the Oilers will keep the 5-foot-8, 154-pound Yamamoto, who turned 19 on Friday, for nine games and then return him to Spokane. The first year of his contract would kick in once he played a 10th game.

The Spokane native earned his spot on the Oilers’ roster by scoring five times and adding two assists in six exhibition games. He led the Oilers in goals and was second to F Connor McDavid in points. McDavid finished with three goals and seven assists in five games.

Last season, Yamamoto put up 99 points, including 42 goals, in 65 games with the Chiefs.

At the same time, F Nolan Patrick, who played the past two seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings, is on the season-opening roster of the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers. He was the second overall selection in the 2017 NHL draft. Patrick is coming off two sports hernia surgeries.

As well, D Jake Bean, a veteran of three seasons with the Calgary Hitmen, remains with the Carolina Hurricanes. He is one of eight defencemen on their roster. Bean was the 13th overall pick in the 2016 NHL draft.

Also, F Tyler Benson still is with the Oilers, but has yet to be cleared for contact as he continues to rehab after off-season surgery for a sports hernia. He is expected to rejoin the Vancouver Giants in about 10 days.


Things got a little muddier around the Kelowna Rockets’ roster on Sunday when word arrived that F Carsen Twarynski was on his way back. Twarynski, a Calgarian who will turn 20 on Nov. 24, had been with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers.

In four WHL seasons, Twarynski has 43 goals and 67 assists in 189 regular-season games. The Rockets acquired him last season from the Calgary Hitmen. He had 22 points, including seven goals, in 28 games with Kelowna, then added three goals and two assists in 16 playoff games.

Twarynski’s arrival will leave the Rockets with four 20-year-olds, the others being D Gordie Ballhorn, D James Hilsendager and Czech F Tomas Soustal.

The Rockets also are carrying three import players, with two Czech freshmen, D Libor Zabransky and F Marek Skvrne, joining Soustal. Zabransky, 17, has a goal and an assist in three games. Skvrne, 18, has yet to get into a game.

WHL teams are allowed a maximum of three 20-year-olds and two imports.


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Sunday:

At Cranbrook, B.C., the Edmonton Oil Kings scored three second-period goals en route to a 4-3 victory over the Kootenay Ice. . . . F Trey Fix-Wolansky (3) gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at 6:38 of the first period. . . . Ice D Cale Fleury (1) tied it at 15:04. . . . F Brett Davis gave the Ice its only lead of the day at 16:12. . . . The Oil Kings then scored three straight second-period goals — D Matthew Robertson (1), at 2:11; F Kobe Mohr (2), at 3:27; and F Davis Koch (2), at 12:03. . . . Kootenay got to within a goal at 11:48 of the third period when F Keenan Taphorn (1) scored. . . . G Travis Child stopped 21 shots in recording the victory. . . . Ice starter Bailey Brkin gave up three goals on 13 shots in 23:27. Kurtis Chapman finished up by stopping 17 of 18 shots in 35:44. . . . Edmonton (2-3-0) was 0-5 on the PP; Kootenay (2-2-1) was 0-4. . . . Fleury was tossed with a cross-checking major and game misconduct for a hit on F Davis Murray at 16:11 of the second period. Murray needed help getting off the ice and didn’t return. . . . Both teams were playing their third game in fewer than 48 hours. The Oil Kings beat the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes 7-6 on Friday, then dropped a 4-1 decision in Lethbridge on Saturday. The Ice split a pair of games with Spokane, losing 6-5 in OT in Cranbrook on Friday, then winning 2-1 on the road on Saturday. . . . Announced attendance: 2,482.


At Regina, F Emil Oksanen scored three goals — on three shots — and added an assist to lead the Pats to a 6-1 victory over the Red Deer Rebels. . . . Oksanen, who turned 18 on Sept. 25, is a freshman from Kirkkonummi, Finland. He now has five goals — on 14 shots — and three assists in four games. . . . He provided Regina with a 2-0 lead by scoring at 9:33 of the first period, on a PP, and 5:37 of the second. . . . Red Deer F Mason McCarty (5) scored a PP goal at 17:50. . . . Oksanen got that one back at 4:27 of the third period. . . . F Bryce Platt (2), D Josh Mahura (1) and D Dawson Davidson (2) also scored for Regina in the third period. . . . Regina got three assists from F Sam Steel and two from F Matt Bradley. Davidson added two assists to his goal, with Mahura getting one helper. . . . Regina G Tyler Brown stopped 21 shots, 11 fewer than Red Deer’s Lasse Petersen. . . . The Pats had a 21-2 edge in third-period shots. . . . Regina (2-2-1) was 2-4 on the PP; Red Deer (3-2-0) was 1-7. . . . The Pats were without F Marco Creta, who sat out a one-game suspension he incurred for a cross-checking major and game misconduct in Moose Jaw on Friday night. . . . The Rebels are without D Alex Alexeyev, who suffered an undisclosed injury in Brandon on Friday night. He is to undergo an MRI in Red Deer on Tuesday. . . . Red Deer played three games in fewer than 48 hours, winning in Brandon, 5-4 in a shootout, on Friday before losing  4-2 in Moose Jaw on Saturday. . . . Announced attendance: 5,729.


At Victoria, F Dante Hannoun scored three goals and added an assist to help the Royals to a 6-3 victory over the Kamloops Blazers. . . . This was Hannoun’s second WHL hat trick. The other game on March 4, 2016, in a 5-1 victory over the host Vancouver Giants. . . . Hannoun, who has six goals, broke a 2-2 tie at 14:06 of the second period, then scored the game’s last two goals, at 12:50 and 15:12 of the third period. . . . F Eric Florchuk (1) gave the home side the lead at 2:01 of the first period, with D Ondrej Vala (1) tying it with a PP goal six minutes later. . . . D Matthew Smith (1) sent Victoria back out front at 8:34 of the second period, with Kamloops F Brodi Stuart (1) equalizing, on a PP, at 13:48. . . . Hannoun scored his first goal 18 seconds later. . . . F Spencer Gerth (1) counted 20 seconds into the third period. . . . Kamloops F Garrett Pilon (3) got his guys to within one at 8:41. . . . The Royals got three assists from F Jared Legien and two from F Ryan Peckford. After three straight three-point games, F Matthew Phillips was held to one assist. . . . Stuart and Vala added an assist each for the Blazers. . . . Both goaltenders made the first starts of their WHL careers. Dean McNabb earned the victory with 28 saves, two more than Max Palaga, who is from Kamloops. . . . Victoria (4-0-0) was 1-4 on the PP; Kamloops (0-5-0) was 2-3. . . . The Blazers have yet to lead at any point in their first five games. They are one of only two teams in the 60-team CHL without a point this season. The OHL’s Mississauga Steelheads are 0-4-0. . . . The Blazers next play on Wednesday when they entertain the Prince George Cougars. . . . Kamloops was without F Jermaine Loewen, who suffered an undisclosed injury in Vancouver on Friday, and F Luc Smith, who went down on Saturday in Victoria. . . . Announced attendance: 3,447.


At Portland, G Tavin Grant stopped 47 shots, 23 of them in the third period, to lead the Prince George Cougars to a 3-0 victory over the Winterhawks. . . . Grant, 19, is from Burnaby, B.C. He got into 18 games with the Cougars in 2014-15 and one last season. Grant spent most of last season with the BCHL’s Prince George Spruce Kings. This was his second start this season and his first career shutout. . . . F Kody McDonald (1) scored the game’s first goal, at 4:49 of the first period. . . . F Vladislav Mikhalchuk (1), who also had an assist, added insurance 47 seconds into the second period. . . . F Jackson Leppard (1) iced it at 2:13. . . . The last two goals came via the PP. . . . F Jared Bethune helped out with two assists. . . . The Cougars (1-3-0) were 2-2 on the PP; the Winterhawks (2-1-0) were 0-7. . . . G Shane Farkas started for Portland and made 26 saves. Evan Fradette was backing him up. Fradette, 16, is from St. Albert, Alta. He was a fifth-round pick in the 2016 bantam draft. . . . That allowed Portland to sit G Cole Kehler, one of four 20-year-olds on the roster, and get in F Evan Weinger who sat out Saturday night. The others 20s on Portland’s roster are F Alex Overhardt and D Keoni Texeira. . . . The Winterhawks were without F Joachim Blichfeld, who suffered a concussion on a hit from Seattle D Turner Ottenbreit on Saturday night. Ottenbreit was given a headshot major and game misconduct on the play. . . . Announced attendance: 2,570.


MONDAY (all times local):

No Games Scheduled.


TUESDAY (all times local):

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


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Scattershooting, on a slow day … Hurricanes deal for d-man … Broncos win in Regina

Scott Ostler, in the San Francisco Chronicle: “Sales are sluggish for tickets to the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February. Factors include high prices, a sagging world economy, and a reluctance to buy front-row seats for a nuclear holocaust.”


We are going to be hearing a lot over the next while about a Japanese baseball player named Shohei Otani. He is a pitcher who can hit — or a hitter who can pitch — and he’s likely headed this way. Something tells me there isn’t a team in the tradition-bound MLB that will allow him to do both.



Thompson Rivers U in Kamloops will play host to the U Sports men’s soccer nationals, Nov. 9-12. Might TRU athletic director Ken Olynyk ride off into the sunset after the tournament?


Bob Molinaro of the Hampton Roads Virginian Pilot was watching as Maria Sharapova returned to pro tennis from a drug-related suspension: “There’s no danger of me watching Sharapova’s scream queen matches, at least not with the sound on. The Shrieking Violet is as loud as ever. It recalls something the late actor Peter Ustinov said about Monica Seles at Wimbledon in the early ’90s: ‘I’d hate to be next door to her on her wedding night.’ ”


I pay little attention to the weekly CHL rankings and here’s why: The Regina Pats were ranked No. 1 when the first rankings came out a week ago. The Pats lost 8-1 to the host Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday. The Pats are No. 1 again in this week’s rankings. . . . Last night, the Pats dropped a 5-3 decision to the visiting and unranked Swift Current Broncos.


Headlines — At TheKicker.com: Eli tries to give pep talk after game, but he can’t find his receivers. . . . At SportsPickle.com: Breaking: Andrew Luck schedules season-ending shoulder surgery so he doesn’t have to play for the Cubs.


When it was reported that the new Apple iPhone X’s ability to track such things as jogging, stair climbing and mountain biking, comedian Argus Hamilton wondered: “But will it have any features for Americans?”


Janice Hough, aka The Left Coast Sports Babe, pointed out the other day that “Kids today probably would have a hard time believing the movie Major League was supposed to be about the woeful Cleveland Indians.”


A note from Cam Hutchinson of the Saskatoon Express hits the nail squarely on the head: “Trust me: the Calgary Flames won’t be moving to Seattle or anywhere else. NHL teams playing this silly little stadium game have grown tiresome.”


After ESPN, in a preseason U.S. college football poll, had the Michigan Wolverines projected for 8.4 victories, New York Post reader Scott Scovin wondered: “Was that determined by the guy who has 2.3 children?”


Regina police charged someone with impaired driving on Wednesday morning. The driver blew four times the legal limit. Cst. Warner of the Regina Police Service’s traffic unit tweeted: “This driver was trying to drive their kids to school.” . . . Seriously.


Have the Pittsburgh Penguins become Trump’s Political Pawns? Keith Olbermann thinks so, and a whole lot more . . .


The Lethbridge Hurricanes have acquired D Tate Olson, 20, from the Prince George Cougars for a third-round selection in the WHL’s 2018 bantam drafft. . . . Olson, however, won’t be able to play for at least a month as he continues to recover from off-season shoulder surgery. . . . Olson was a second-round pick by the Cougars in the 2012 bantam draft. . . . In 252 regular-season games with the Cougars, he has 23 goals and 84 assists. Last season, he had seven goals and 19 assists in 67 games. . . . From Saskatoon, he was a seventh-round selection by the Vancouver Canucks in the NHL’s 2015 draft, but they never signed him. . . . With Olson and D Brennan Riddle, 20, on the injured list, the Hurricanes will go with F Giorgio Estephan and F Jack Flaman, who was acquired on waivers from the Vancouver Giants this week, as their only 20-year-olds. Riddle, who underwent surgery on a wrist, is back skating but has yet to be cleared to return to full-contact practice.

The Cougars, meanwhile, are down to four 20-year-olds — F Jared Bethune, F Aaron Boyd, D Shane Collins and F Brogan O’Brien.

Meanwhile, the Hurricanes have released F Connor Lyons, 18, who is from Lethbridge. He was pointless in one game this season. Last season, he had one assist in 10 games with the Hurricanes. His father, Corey, played two seasons (1988-90) with the Hurricanes.


The Kamloops Blazers released veteran G Kyle Dumba, 19, on Wednesday, leaving them with Dylan Ferguson and Max Palaga as their goaltenders. . . . If Dumba clears WHL waivers, he is expected to join the AJHL’s Sherwood Park Crusaders. . . . The Blazers had acquired Dumba from the Calgary Hitmen on Aug. 1 for a conditional seventh-round selection in the WHL’s 2018 bantam draft. That pick now will be returned to the Hitmen. . . . Dumba, from Calgary, was selected by the Hitmen in the fourth round of the 2013 bantam draft. Last season, in 28 games with Calgary, he was 7-9-2, 4.00, .860. . . . He got into one game with Kamloops, coming on in relief of Ferguson to stop all 10 shots he faced in a 6-2 loss to the host Kelowna Rockets on Friday. . . . Dumba was up against it in Kamloops because of his age. The starter’s job was Ferguson’s to lose after he spent the previous two seasons backing up Connor Ingram, who now is in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s organization. . . . Palaga, 17, is from Kamloops.


The NHL’s Los Angeles Kings returned two players to WHL teams on Wednesday, with F Jaret Anderson-Dolan sent back to the Spokane Chiefs and D Kale Clague to the Brandon Wheat Kings. . . . Anderson-Dolan, 18, was a second-round pick by Los Angeles in the NHL’s 2017 draft. He had 39 goals and 37 assists in 72 games with the Chiefs last season. . . . Clague, 19, was a second-round pick in the 2016 NHL draft. He had five goals and 35 assists in 48 games with Brandon last season. . . . The Chiefs are in Cranbrook, B.C., to meet the Kootenay Ice on Friday, while the Wheat Kings entertain the Red Deer Rebels. . . .

With Anderson-Dolan and Clague back, there now are seven WHLers left in the WHL, not counting 20-year-olds: F Nolan Patrick, 18, of the Wheat Kings (Philadelphia Flyers); D Jake Bean, 19, of the Calgary Hitmen (Carolina Hurricanes); F Sam Steel, 18, of the Regina Pats (Anaheim Ducks); D Josh Mahura, 19, of the Pats (Anaheim); F Kailer Yamamoto of Spokane (Edmonton Oilers); F Michael Rasmussen of the Tri-City Americans (Detroit Red Wings); and F Tyler Benson of the Vancouver Giants (Edmonton).

Benson is recovering from off-season sports hernia surgery and hasn’t been involved in a contact practice yet with the Oilers. He is expected to rejoin the Giants in mid-October.

Yamamoto, who turns 19 on Saturday, was in the Oilers’ lineup as they beat the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-0, last night in Saskatoon. In fact, he was in Edmonton’s starting lineup, on a line with Connor McDavid.


I have to be honest here . . . although I don’t get to see him too often, Todd McLellan is one of my favourite hockey people. I remember bumping into him a few years ago during a Kamloops Blazers training camp. His son, Tyson, was skating with the Blazers and Todd was there as a parent. We had a genuine conversation just like two old friends who hadn’t seen each other in a while. . . . These days, of course, he’s with the Edmonton Oilers and it’s safe to say he is recognized as one of the NHL’s best head coaches. . . . The Oilers played in Saskatoon last night and Darren Zary of The StarPhoenix caught up with McLellan to talk about the coaching road he has followed. That story is right here.


The Victoria Royals remain hopeful that they will get back D Chaz Reddekopp, 20, at some point. On Wednesday, the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings assigned him to their AHL affiliate, the Ontario Reign. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound native of West Kelowna, B.C., was a seventh-round pick by the Kings in the NHL’s 2015 draft and has signed with them.


Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet filed his latest 31 Thoughts and, as usual, it’s a must-read for any hockey fan. Yes, he offers up his thoughts on the Pittsburgh Penguins and the mess they found themselves in on Sunday. It’s all right here.


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Wednesday:

At Regina, F Glenn Gawdin figured in Swift Current’s first three goals — all via the PP — and the Broncos went on to a 5-3 victory over the Pats. . . . Gawdin gave the Broncos a 2-0 lead with PP goals at 8:00 of the first period and 3:41 of the second. He’s got four goals in two games. . . . Gawdin then drew the primary assist on F Tyler Steenbergen’s first goal of the season at 4:21. . . . F Matt Bradley got the Pats on the scoreboard, on a PP, at 6:49, but Swift Current F Colby Sissons (1) got that one back at 11:21. . . . The Pats got to within one goal on scores from Bradley (5), at 17:09 of the second, and F Bryce Platt (1), at 12:25 of the third period. . . . Steenbergen, who also had two assists, iced it with an empty-netter at 19:02. . . . The Broncos got four assists from sophomore F Aleksi Heponiemi. . . . Bradley added an assist to his two goals. . . . Swift Current (2-0-0) was 3-5 on the PP; Regina (1-2-0) was 1-5. . . . The Broncos got 34 saves from G Logan Flodell, who is from Regina. He was making his first start since being acquired last week from the Saskatoon Blades. . . . G Tyler Brown was scheduled to start for Regina; in fact, he was in the lineup posted by the Pats on Twitter. However, he was a late scratch with an undisclosed injury, with Max Paddock getting the start and Jacob Wassermann of the SJHL’s Humboldt Broncos on the bench in support. Paddock stopped 29 shots. . . . Regina was without Finnish freshman F Emil Oksanen because of what GM/head coach John Paddock said was a “personal” issue. . . . The Pats remain without F Jake Leschyshyn, 18, who is recovering from knee surgery that brought his 2016-17 season to a premature end. He spent more than two weeks in camp with the Vegas Golden Knights — they selected him in the second round of the NHL’s 2017 draft — but wasn’t cleared for contact. . . . Announced attendance: 5,467. . . . Greg Harder of the Regina Leader-Post has a game story right here.


Thursday:

No Games Scheduled.


Friday (all times local):

Red Deer at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.

Lethbridge at Edmonton, 7 p.m.

Regina at Moose Jaw, 7 p.m.

Calgary at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.

Spokane at Kootenay, 7 p.m.

Medicine Hat at Saskatoon, 7:05 p.m.

Everett at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.

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

Prince George vs. Seattle, at Kent, Wash., 7:35 p.m.


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Hitmen sign defenceman … A briefing on sports hernias … Ex-WHLer to coach junior B team

F Darian Dziurzynski (Saskatoon, Brandon, 2007-12) has signed a one-year contract with Zvolen (Slovakia, Extraliga). Last season, he had 29 goals and 23 assists in 50 games with the Manchester Storm (England, UK Elite). He led the Storm in goals and points. He was third in the league in goals.


The Calgary Hitmen have signed D Andrew Viggars, 17, who was an eighth-round selection in the 2015 bantam draft. Viggars, who is from Calgary, had one goal and seven assists in 30 games with the midget AAA Calgary Buffaloes last season. In 2015-16, he had nine goals and 26 assists in 34 games with the minor midget AAA CBHA Blackhawks when he was named the league’s best defenceman.


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A note from Rob Vanstone of the Regina Leader-Post:

“Bev Bell, who died (Aug. 20) at age 82, was a wonderful man and an all-star neighbour. He scored 39 goals in 40 games for the 1954-55 Regina Pats before embarking on a 10-year professional hockey career. For years, I knew him only as ‘Bev’ before discovering that he was THE Bev Bell. He never boasted of his achievements, of which there were many, choosing instead to focus on how other people were doing. Sincere condolences to Bev’s family members and legion of friends.” . . . There is an obituary right here.


If you are at all curious about the injury problems that F Nolan Patrick has had the past couple of seasons, you should read this story right here by Sam Donnellon of philly.com. . . . A lot of the story deals with Dr. William Meyers who “has evaluated over 15,000 core muscle injuries since 2001” and they’re all different. He would like to see the term “sports hernia” disappear, pointing out that “about 50 percent of my cases now are re-dos.”


Consolidated Sports Holdings International, Inc., which owns the WHL’s Everett Silvertips, has purchased controlling interest in the Peoria, Ill., Rivermen of the Southern Professional Hockey League. CSH is the sports division of The Monarch Corporation, a private investment company. Bill Yuill of Medicine Hat is the chairman and CEO of both. . . . CSH also owns the USHL’s Bloomington Thunder, the NAHL’s Amarillo Bulls and the North Iowa Bulls of the North American Tier III Hockey League.


F Eeli Tolvanen got his professional career off to a fine start last week when he scored three times as visiting Jokerit opened the KHL season with a 6-1 victory over Dynamo Minsk on Wednesday. . . . Tolvanen, who turned 18 on April 22, is the youngest player in KHL history to score three goals in a game. . . . Tolvanen, who scored 30 goals for the USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers last season, was to have attended Boston College and played for the Eagles this season. However, the school’s admissions department ruled that he didn’t meet its standards. . . . One day after US Hockey Report broke that story, the Nashville Predators selected Tolvanen with the 30th overall pick of the NHL’s 2017 draft. . . . But how is it that Tolvanen wasn’t admitted into Boston College? Well, here’s what he had to say in an interview that was posted on the KHL website, after he was asked how he came to be with Jokerit and not on his way to school. . . . “It was my plan . . . but last year I didn’t often visit the school and didn’t get enough points to go to university. They told me that (I) could come after Christmas. Now I’m not thinking this way, I’m in KHL and it’s best option in my career right now. Here I could grow as a player, not playing at junior level. I like everything around now.” . . . The OHL’s Oshawa Generals selected him in the CHL’s 2016 import draft, but he went to Sioux City instead.


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The U of Lethbridge Pronghorns have added Kevin Higo to their staff as an assistant coach under Spiros Anastas, who is preparing for his fourth season as head coach. . . . Higo, 47, is from Lethbridge. He spent the past two-plus seasons as the general manager and head coach of the AJHL’s Grande Prairie Storm. He was fired during the 2016-17 season. . . . He also has coached with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons, Crowsnest Timberwolves and Brooks Bandits of the AJHL. He spent two seasons (2008-10) as an assistant coach with the Moose Jaw Warriors and two (2010-12) as an assistant with the QMJHL’s Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. . . . With the Pronghorns, Higo will be working with assistant coach Brandon Greenside, goaltending coach Derek Purfield and Trevor Hardy, the strength-and-conditioning coach.


The Latvian Hockey Federation has agreed to terms with Bob Hartley, 56, on a five-year contract as the head coach of its national men’s team. The former head coach of the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers, Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche led the Latvian team into the 2017 IIHF World Championship in Germany and France, where it finished 10th. At the 2018 World Championship in Denmark, Latvia will play in Group B with Canada, the hosts, Finland, Germany, Korea, Norway and the U.S.


Tyler Matheson is the new head coach of the junior B Westshore Wolves of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League. Matheson, 27, retired from playing a few years ago, and after a couple of seasons away from the game decided to get into coaching. . . . Matheson was an assistant coach with the BCHL’s Victoria Grizzlies in 2015-16, and has coached in the Saanich Minor Hockey Association. . . .  He played in the WHL with the Saskatoon Blades and Kelowna Rockets (2009-10) before going on to spend three seasons in the minor leagues.