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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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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