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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Ferguson wins in return to Kamloops … That’s 30 for Steenbergen … Americans still unbeaten at home

The Kamloops Blazers had G Dylan Ferguson back with them on Friday night when they met the visiting Vancouver Giants.

Ferguson had been with the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights since being called up under emergency recall rules on Oct. 30.

Ferguson, 19, was a seventh-round selection by the Dallas Stars in the NHL’s 2017 draft, but then was traded to the Golden Knights, along with a 2020 second-round draft pick, in a deal that had veteran D Marc Methot go the other way.

Ferguson attended the Golden Knights’ development, rookie and main camps, then signed a three-year entry-level deal before returning to the Blazers for the start of the WHL season.

He ended up leaving for Vegas on Oct. 30 after the Golden Knights had three goaltenders go down with injury. He returned to Kamloops on Friday afternoon as the Golden Knights took G Malcolm Subban off the injured list.

While with Vegas, Ferguson backed up Maxime Lagace for eight games, with seven of those on the road. Ferguson, who is from Lantzville, B.C., made his NHL debut on Tuesday in the third period of an 8-2 loss to the host Edmonton Oilers. He gave up one goal on two shots in 9:14 of play.

The Golden Knights were 3-4-1 in the eight games in which Ferguson was on their roster.

Last night, Ferguson stopped 23 shots as the Blazers beat the Giants, 6-2. Chances are good that he’ll get the start again tonight, this time against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.


So here’s what happened in regards to the delay-of-game situations that I wrote about here following a game between the visiting Prince George Cougars and the Kamloops Blazers on Wednesday night.

You may recall that Bryan Bourdon, one of the two referees, signalled a delay-of-game minor to Kamloops goaltender Dylan Garand at 8:55 of the third period with his club trailing 4-3.

But there was a meeting of the officiating minds at the penalty box and the call was rescinded.

Then, at 15:16, Nick Panter, the other referee, gave G Tavin Grant of the Cougars a minor for delay of game. This one wasn’t rescinded.

I have it on good authority from a WHL insider that this is what happened:

Panter had given Grant a verbal warning about freezing the puck in a non-pressure situation earlier in the third period. So when Bourdon hit Garand with the delay of game, Panter suggested that because he had given a warning at one end perhaps Garand should be given a warning. That is exactly what was done as the minor was rescinded.

Because Panter had issued a warning to Grant early in the period, the official felt obliged to issue a delay-of-game penalty later when he felt the occasion warranted it.


The Everett Silvertips are down to two goaltenders after releasing Dorrin Luding, 18, on Friday. Luding, who is from Prince George, was a third-round selection by the Saskatoon Blades in the WHL’s 2014 bantam draft. Everett acquired him from the Blades on Dec. 5, giving up a sixth-round pick in the 2016 bantam draft in the exchange. . . . This season, Luding was 3-6-1, 3.64, .891 in 11 appearances with Everett. . . . The move leaves the Silvertips with veteran Carter Hart, 19, and freshman Dustin Wolf, 16, as their goaltenders.


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FRIDAY:

At Moose Jaw, F Brayden Burke had three assists, including the 200th of his WHL career, as the Warriors dumped the Calgary Hitmen, 5-2. . . . Moose Jaw improved to 17-5-0. . . . The Hitmen (6-13-3) have lost five in a row (0-3-2). . . . Burke, who came over from the Lethbridge Hurricanes last season, has 62 goals and 200 assists in 199 regular-season games — three with the Red Deer Rebels, 128 with Lethbridge and 68 with Moose Jaw. . . . F Tate Popple of the Warriors opened the scoring at 7:56 of the first period. That was his first WHL goal and ties him with his father, Lavern, who scored once in 18 games over three seasons (1977-80) with the Wheat Kings. . . . F Luka Burzan (3) made it 2-0 on a PP, at 14:06. . . . The Hitmen pulled even on second-period goals by F Luke Coleman (6), on a PP, at 2:08, and F Mark Kastelic (4), at 4:52. . . . The Warriors took control with two PP goals before the period ended, F Noah Gregor (12) counting at 13:56 and F Tanner Jeannot (13) following up at 15:17. . . . F Jayden Halbgewachs got Moose Jaw’s last goal, his 18th, in the third period. . . . D Chase Hartje had two assists for the winners, with Burzan getting one. . . . The Warriors were 3-5 on the PP; the Hitmen were 1-5. . . . G Adam Evanoff earned the victory with 38 saves, nine more than Calgary’s Nick Schneider. . . . F Daemon Hunt, 15, will remain with the Warriors despite having played five games, which is the limit for a 15-year-old player before his club team’s season has ended. The Warriors are banged up on the back end so are able to keep Hunt under emergency recall. . . . The Warriors had D Dmitri Zaitsev back after a six-game absence, but still are without D Josh Brook, D Matthew Benson, D Jett Wood and F Brett Howden. . . . Brook is back at practice but isn’t yet ready to play. He has missed the entire season after injuring a wrist in the Montreal Canadiens’ camp and later undergoing surgery. . . . F Matteo Gennaro was among Calgary’s scratches. . . . Announced attendance: 3,070.


At Saskatoon, G Logan Thompson stopped 42 shots to lead the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 4-1 victory over the Blades. . . . Brandon (13-6-1) has won four in a row. . . . The Blades now are 8-11-1. . . . The visitors scored the first three goals, all in the second period. . . . F Baron Thompson (5), at 10:03, F Cole Reinhardt (5), on a PP, at 17:44, and F Linden McCorrister (7), at 18:04, staked Brandon to a 3-0 lead. . . . F Cam Hebig (15) counted for the Blades, on a PP, at 7:58 of the third period. . . . F Stelio Mattheos (14) scored for Brandon, on a PP, at 12:55. . . . D Schael Higson had two assists for Brandon. . . . The Wheat Kings were 2-7 on the PP; the Blades were 1-5. . . . G Nolan Maier, who was added to the Blades’ roster this week from the SJHL’s Yorkton Terriers, made his second career WHL start and his first in Saskatoon. He stopped 21 shots. . . . Blades G Ryan Kubic had started each of the team’s previous 14 games. . . . Saskatoon D Seth Bafaro sat out the third game of a four-game WHL suspension. . . . Announced attendance: 6,242.


At Medicine Hat, G Logan Flodell stopped 39 shots and F Tyler Steenbergen reached the 30-goal mark with two snipes as the Swift Current Broncos beat the Tigers, 4-3. . . . The Broncos improved to 14-4-1. . . . The Tigers (13-7-0) had won their previous five games. . . . Steenbergen opened the scoring with No. 29, on a PP, at 13:24 of the first period. . . . Medicine Hat F Max Gerlach (7) tied it at 15:39. . . . Steenbergen became the WHL’s first 30-goal man this season at 19:47. . . . F Conner Chaulk (4) gave the Broncos a 3-1 lead eight seconds later. . . . The Tigers got to within a goal when F Mark Rassell (21) scored at 5:11 of the second period. . . . Broncos F Aleksi Heponiemi (16) got that one back, on a PP, at 2:53 of the third period. . . . The Tigers closed to within a goal, at 4-3, when F Gary Haden (5) scored at 3:36. . . . The Broncos got two assists from each of F Glenn Gawdin, Heponiemi and D Colby Sissons. . . . It was seven-point outing for Swift Current’s hot line. . . . Steenbergen leads the WHL in goals (30) and is tied with Heponiemi for the points lead, each with 51. Gawdin is third, with 42 points. . . . D Joel Craven had two assists for the Tigers, with Haden getting one. . . . The Broncos were 2-4 on the PP; the Tigers were 0-5. . . . Medicine Hat G Michael Bullion stopped 12 shots. . . . F James Hamblin (knee) was back in the Tigers’ lineup. . . . The Broncos were without Manny Viveiros, their director of player personnel and head coach. Where was he? In Kelowna, watching the Rockets and the Lethbridge Hurricanes. That means associate coach Ryan Smith posted his first WHL head-coaching victory. . . . Announced attendance: 3,414.


At Cranbrook, B.C., the Pouliot brothers each scored a goal, but it was Ryan who got bragging rights as his score gave the Kootenay Ice a 4-3 victory over the Red Deer Rebels. . . . The Ice (9-12-1) had lost its previous four games. . . . The Rebels (9-13-1) have lost two in a row. . . . F Reese Johnson (7) put the visitors ahead 1-0 at 9:05 of the first period. . . . D Sam Pouliot, 17,  scored his first WHL goal for the Rebels, at 9:39. . . . The Ice tied it on goals from F Colton Veloso (6), on a PP, at 14:55, and F Brett Davis (7), at 1:10 of the second period. . . . F Kristian Reichel (10) put Red Deer back out front at 6:25. . . . F Keenan Taphorn (2) got the Ice into another tie, at 1:18 of the third. . . . D Ryan Pouliot, 18, broke the tie with his second goal of the season, on a PP, at 16:31. . . . The Ice got three assists from F Peyton Krebs. . . . F Mason McCarty had two assists for the Rebels. . . . Kootenay was 2-6 on the PP; Red Deer was 0-1. . . . G Bailey Brkin earned the victory with 38 stops, seven more than Riley Lamb of the Rebels. . . . Red Deer F Grayson Pawlenchuk wasn’t able to score on a first-period penalty shot with his guys leading, 2-0. . . .D Jonathan Smart made his debut with the Ice. Smart, 18, was acquired Monday from the Regina Pats, in a deal in which Ice captain Cale Fleury went the other way. Smart had missed Tuesday’s 4-1 loss to the Tigers in Medicine Hat. . . . The Ice had F Colton Kroeker back, but F Jeff de Wit remains out with an undisclosed injury. . . . The Rebels completed a seven-game road trip at 1-6-0 while being outscored 27-19. . . . Red Deer will play nine of its next 12 games at home, including tonight against the Ice. . . . Announced attendance: 2,333.


At Prince George, F Brogan O’Brien had two goals as the Cougars skated to a 5-1 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings. . . . The Cougars (8-9-4) have won two in a row. . . . The Oil Kings (5-14-2) have lost eight straight games. . . . D Dennis Cholowski (6) got the home boys started at 4:35 of the first period, and F Kody McDonald (12) made it 2-0, on a PP, at 15:23. . . . O’Brien, who has six goals, scored his first of the night at 15:55 of the second period and F Vladislav Mikhalchuk (5) made it 4-0 at 17:16. . . . F Trey Fix-Wolansky (10) scored for the visitors, on a PP, 2:58 of the third period. . . . O’Brien added a shorthanded goal at 11:46. . . . McDonald and Cholowski each had an assist. . . . Prince George was 1-5 on the PP; Edmonton was 1-6. . . . G Taylor Gauthier stopped 25 shots for the winners, while Edmonton’s Travis Child blocked 35. . . . The Oil Kings are 0-4-0 on a five-game trip into the B.C. Division that will end with another game in Prince George tonight. . . . Announced attendance: 2,922.


At Kamloops, the Blazers scored five times on the PP en route to a 6-2 victory over the Vancouver Giants. . . . Kamloops (8-13-0) is 3-8-0 at home. . . . The Giants (9-9-4) had points in each of their previous five games (4-0-1). . . . F Brodi Stuart (4) gave the Blazers a 1-0 lead, on a PP, at 1:25 of the first period. . . . Vancouver F Ty Ronning (21) tied it, on a PP, at 6:05 as he ran his scoring streak to nine games. His father, Cliff, owns the WHL record of 18 games, set with the New Westminster Bruins in 1984-85. . . . The Blazers started to take over with a PP goal from F Luc Smith (4) at 14:02. . . . Kamloops F Jermaine Loewen (10) ran his goal streak to six games, on a PP, at 12:51, and F Quinn Benjafield (6) made it 4-1, on a PP, at 14:22. . . . Loewen has 10 goals in 15 games this season. He went into the season with 14 in 170 games. . . . D Ondrej Vala (5) upped the lead to 5-1 at 14:43. . . . Ronning added his 22nd goal at 5:33 of the third period. . . . Kamloops D Joe Gatenby (7) closed it out with another PP goal, at 9:34. . . . Kamloops F Garrett Pilon had three assists, while Benjafield added two assists to his goal. Stuart, Smith, Loewen and Gatenby each had one assist. . . . Kamloops was 5-7 on the PP; Vancouver was 1-4. . . . G Dylan Ferguson started for the Blazers, having returned earlier in the day from the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights. He finished with 23 saves, three fewer than Vancouver’s Todd Scott. . . . The Giants lost F Owen Hardy at 11:00 of the first period. He left the ice unable to put any weight on his left leg after becoming entangled with Kamloops F Scott Mahovlich near the Giants’ bench. . . . This was the second game in a seven-game homestand for the Blazers. . . . Announced attendance: 3,789.


At Kelowna, the Rockets scored the game’s last three goals to beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes, 7-4. . . . Kelowna (12-6-3) has won four in a row. . . . Lethbridge (7-11-1), which opened a five-game road swing with this one, has lost seven straight (0-6-1). . . . The home side went up 1-0 just 40 seconds into the game when F Liam Kindree scored his third goal. . . . F Leif Mattson (7) made it 2-0, on a PP, at 2:08. . . . The Hurricanes took a 3-2 lead on a goal from F Jake Elmer (3), at 19:05, and two from G Giorgio Estephan, at 5:48 and 9:12 of the second period. . . . F Dillon Dube tied it for Kelowna at 9:56 and F Kyle Topping (9) put the Rockets out front at 14:45. . . . F Jordy Bellerive (9) got the Hurricanes back into a tie, at 3:58 of the third period. . . . The Rockets took the game away in the third as Dube (12) got his second of the game at 8:52, D James Hilsendager (3) counted, on a PP, at 12:28, and F Conner Bruggen-Cate (3) hit the empty net at 17:04. . . . D Cal Foote drew four assists for the Rockets, with D Gordie Ballhorn and Topping each getting two, and Mattson adding one. . . . Estephan added an assist to his two goals. . . . Kelowna was 2-4 on the PP; Lethbridge was 1-5. . . . The Rockets got 30 saves from G James Porter. . . . At the other end, Stuart Skinner stopped 27 shots. . . . F Kole Lind was among the Rockets’ scratches. . . . Announced attendance: 5,128.


At Kennewick, Wash., F Michael Rasmussen scored the game’s first two goals as the Tri-City Americans got past the Prince Albert Raiders, 4-1. . . . The Americans (13-5-2) are 8-1-2 in their past 11 games. They are 7-0-0 at home. . . . The Raiders (9-9-3) have lost two in a row. . . . The Raiders are 2-3-0 on a six-game road trip that wraps up tonight in Spokane. Prince Albert will return home for one game and then it’s on the road for five more outings. . . . Rasmussen, who has nine goals, scored at 5:06 and 8:24 of the second period. . . . D Juuso Valimaki (5), who also had an assist, made it 3-0 at 9:32. . . . F Parker Kelly (12) got the Raiders’ goal, on a PP, at 0:33 of the third period. . . . F Morgan Geekie (7) counted the home side’s final goal, at 2:03. . . . The Raiders were 1-4 on the PP; the Americans were 0-4. . . . G Beck Warm stopped 30 shots for the Americans. . . . G Ian Scott made 32 saves for the Raiders. . . . Announced attendance: 4,049.


At Spokane, G Griffen Outhouse stopped 19 shots to help the Victoria Royals to a 1-0 victory over the Chiefs. . . . The Royals (15-7-1) had lost their previous two games. . . . The Chiefs (10-8-3) had points in each of their previous three games (2-0-1). . . . Outhouse earned his first shutout of the season and the ninth of his career. He now holds the Royals’ career record with one more than Coleman Vollrath put up. The Victoria/Chilliwack franchise record belongs to Lucas Gore (10). . . . The game’s only goal came from D Jared Freadrich (4) at 18:54 of the third period. That is the third game-winner of his three-year career. . . . Spokane was 0-3 on the PP; Victoria was 0-4. . . . G Dawson Weatherill of the Chiefs stopped 23 shots. . . . Announced attendance: 4,771.


At Everett, G Carter Hart stopped 31 shots to lead the Silvertips to a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds. . . . Everett (10-10-2) has points in four straight (3-0-1). . . . Seattle (9-9-2) has lost five in a row (0-4-1). . . . F Nolan Volcan, who has eight goals, scored twice for Seattle, at 9:12 of the first period and 19:49 of the third. . . . In between, the Silvertips struck three times. . . . F Patrick Bajkov (11) scored a shorthanded goal at 13:01 of the second period. Bajkov added an assist to his goal and now has 218 career regular-season points in 292 games, good for second place on Everett’s all-time list. He now is two points ahead of F Josh Winquist. F Zach Hamill, who now plays in Norway, is No. 1, having put up 262 points in 250 games. . . . F Reece Vitelli (2) gave Everett a 2-1 lead at 15:10 of the third period, with F Sean Richards (9), who also had an assist, adding an empty-netter at 19:17. . . . Seattle was 0-2 on the PP; Everett was 0-3. . . . Hart, who would appear to have rounded into form after having missed time with mononucleosis, now is 5-2-2, 1.82, .941. . . . Seattle got 23 saves from G Liam Hughes. . . . Seattle F Tyler Carpendale was tossed with a spearing major in the first period. . . . The Silvertips were without D Montana Onyebuchi, who served a one-game WHL suspension after he took a charging major and game misconduct during a 2-0 victory over the visiting Prince Albert Raiders on Wednesday. . . . Seattle is without F Sami Moilanen, who has an undisclosed injury. . . . These teams will meet again tonight, this time in Kent, Wash. . . . Announced attendance: 5,983.


SATURDAY (all times local):

Calgary at Swift Current, 7 p.m.

Saskatoon at Moose Jaw, 7 p.m.

Kootenay at Red Deer, 7 p.m.

Regina at Portland, 6 p.m.

Edmonton at Prince George, 7 p.m.

Lethbridge at Kamloops, 7 p.m.

Kelowna at Vancouver, 7 p.m.

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

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

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


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Ferguson still in NHL … Delay of game? What delay of game? … Hart ties franchise record

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The Vegas Golden Knights had three goaltenders on the ice when they practised at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Wednesday morning and, yes, one of them was Dylan Ferguson of the Kamloops Blazers.

Ferguson, 19, has been with the Golden Knights since being recalled under emergency conditions on Oct. 30.

Ferguson, who is from Lantzville, which is on Vancouver Islander, made his NHL debut on Tuesday night during an 8-2 loss to the host Edmonton Oilers. He came on in relief of Maxime Lagace to stop one of two shots in 9:14 of playing time.

The Golden Knights are scheduled to play the host Canucks tonight, and chances are that Ferguson will be backing up Lagace for an eighth straight game.

There was speculation earlier Wednesday that Lagace had been injured in Edmonton, but that chatter seemed to fade away after he joined Ferguson on the ice yesterday morning.

G Malcolm Subban, one of the team’s three injured goaltenders, also was on the ice, his first appearance in almost a month. He has been out since Oct. 22 when he was injured while stretching to make a save. Also on the shelf are veteran starter Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion), who has resumed skating, and Oscar Dansk.

Gary Lawless of the Golden Knights has more on Ferguson right here.

Ed Willes of Postmedia wrote about Ferguson on Thursday, too. That piece is right here.

The Blazers are at home to the Vancouver Giants on Friday night and the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Saturday. If Ferguson isn’t back, the Blazers will continue to go with two freshmen goaltenders — Max Palaga, 17,  and Dylan Garand, 15.


There was an interesting sequence of events during the Prince George Cougars’ 5-4 victory over the host Kamloops Blazers on Wednesday night.

The Cougars were clinging to a 4-3 lead at 8:55 of the third period when they cleared the puck into the Kamloops zone from the neutral zone. As G Dylan Garand of the Blazers gloved the puck on the fly, referee Bryan Bourdon, stationed to Garand’s right, yelled at the goaltender to move it.

With forecheckers closing in, Garand hung on to the puck. Bourdon whistled play dead, pointed at Garand and then pointed to the penalty box. It seemed that the referee had called Garand for delay of game.

However, something happened on the way to the penalty box and the call wasn’t made.

Asked later what happened, Richard Matvichuk, the Cougars’ head coach, shrugged and said: “I don’t know.”

Then, at 15:16, a near-identical play occurred, this time in the Prince George zone. The Blazers, still trailing 4-3, dumped the puck at Cougars G Tavin Grant from the neutral zone. He played the puck with his stick and pulled it into his glove.

Nick Panter, the other referee, immediately signalled a penalty and hit Grant for delay of game. This time, the call stuck.

While killing that penalty, the Cougars got a goal from F Kody McDonald at 16:38 and it stood up as the game-winner.

But how did one goaltender get penalized and not the other? What happened to the apparent delay-of-game call on Garand?

“I don’t know,” Matvichuk reiterated.

Matvichuk, who is in his second season with the Cougars, was of the opinion that neither goaltender should have been penalized.

“As much as we’re trying to speed the game up, these kids are under so much pressure,” he said. “It’s a hockey game. If a goalie freezes the puck, he freezes the puck. It is what it is.

“I understand there are times when we try to speed the game up, but we have to remember these guys are here to develop and try to get to the next level.

“What happens if one of those kids puts the puck down, on either side, and shoots it into somebody and they score? He gets into trouble, that’s what happens.”


The Portland Winterhawks went shopping on Tuesday night. Yes, they did.

It was their fifth annual ‘Shop With a Hawk’ event in which the players go Christmas shopping with children from the Boys and Girls Clubs, all thinks to the club’s booster club, Fred Meyer and the Sunshine Division.

Thanks to the Winterhawks Booster Club each child had $100 with which to shop, and they were shown around the Hollywood Fred Meyer store by the players.

It’s worth noting that over the five years the booster club has donated more than $15,000 and it has helped more than 125 children.


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The Kootenay Ice has returned F Connor McClennon, 15, to the Northern Alberta X-Treme prep team that plays in the CSSHL. McClennon, who is from Wainwright, Alta., was the second overall selection in the WHL’s 2017 bantam draft. He was pointless in two games with the Ice. . . .

D Brendan O’Reilly, a veteran of 153 games over four seasons with the Tri-City Americans, has joined the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs. O’Reilly, 20, is from Southlake, Texas. He lost his roster spot with the Americans when they had to get down to three 20-year-olds. He then joined the BCHL’s Chilliwack Chiefs, putting up a goal and three assists in 13 games.


The SJHL’s Yorkton Terriers announced Wednesday that they have named Mat Hehr as their general manager and head coach. He had been serving as interim GM/head coach since the club fired Casey O’Brien on Oct. 31. . . . Hehr had been an assistant coach under O’Brien, who was in his second season as GM and head coach. O’Brien had been with the Terriers since 2011 . . . Hehr joined the Terriers in November 2016 after being on staff with the La Ronge Ice Wolves. . . . The Terriers were 3-12-0 when O’Brien was dismissed. They went into Wednesday at 3-16-2.


WEDNESDAY:

At Regina, F Nick Henry had a goal and an assist in his third game after off-season shoulder surgery, leading the Pats to a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Hitmen. . . . The Pats (12-8-2) had lost their previous two games. . . . The Hitmen (11-9-2) have lost three in a row. . . . F Emil Oksanen (11) gave Regina a 1-0 lead, on a PP, at 2:52 of the first period. . . . Calgary tied it on a PP at 7:20 when F Matteo Bennaro got No. 13. . . . Regina went out front 3-1 on goals from F Sam Steel (6), at 11:18 of the first period, and F Matt Bradley (16), at 11:30 of the second. . . . Calgary got back to wishin one at 12:03 as F Tristen Nielsen (6) scored. . . . Henry (1) restored the two-goal lead 15 seconds into the third period. . . . F Luke Coleman (5) pulled Calgary back to within a goal, on a PP, at 10:42. . . . Steel also had an assist. . . . Calgary got two assists from each of D Jake Bean and D Vladislav Yeryomenko. . . . The Hitmen were 2-4 on the PP; the Pats were 1-4. . . . G Max Paddock earned the victory with 25 saves. . . . At the other end, Nick Schneider stopped 36 shots. . . . D Cale Fleury, who was acquired by Regina from the Kootenay Ice on Monday, made his Pats debut. He was plus-1 with three shots on goal. . . . Announced attendance: 5,754.


At Saskatoon, D Evan Fiala’s goal at 18:48 of the third period broke a 4-4 tie as the Blades beat the Moose Jaw Warriors, 5-4. . . . Saskatoon (8-10-1) had lost two straight. . . . The Warriors (16-5-0) had a six-game winning streak snapped. They continue to lead the overall standings by three points over the idle Victoria Royals. . . . The teams were tied 2-2 after the first period. . . . F Noah Gregor (11), at 0:57, and F Justin Almeida (11), shorthanded at 15:44, counted for the visitors, with F Alec Zawatsky, with his first WHL goal, at 1:47, and F Caleb Fantillo (4), at 17:53, replying for the home boys. . . . Saskatoon went up 4-2 on second-period goals from F Braylon Shmyr (9), at 3:14, and F Gage Ramsay (2), at 7:45. . . . The Warriors came right back and tied it. F Tanner Jeannot (12) counted at 17:31 of the second, then F Daemon Hunt, a 15-year-old, scored his first WHL goal at 8:39 of the third period. . . . Fiala won it with his first goal of the season. . . . F Cam Hebig and D Libor Hajek each had two assists for the Blades. . . . The Warriors got two assists from F Jayden Halbgewachs and one from Gregor. . . . Saskatoon was 0-4 on the PP; Moose Jaw was 0-3. . . . The Blades got 34 saves from G Ryan Kubic. . . . Moose Jaw G Brody Willms blocked 46 shots as the Blades unleashed a season-high 51 shots. . . . D Matt Sanders made his WHL debut with the Warriors. Sanders, 16, was a fifth-round selection in the 2016 WHL bantam draft. He is the younger brother of G Nick Sanders, who was released by the Prince Albert Raiders on Oct. 27 and now is with the AJHL’s Lloydminster Bobcats. . . . Included in the Warriors scratches were D Josh Brook, D Jett Wood, D Matthew Benson, D Dmitri Zaitsev and F Brett Howden, all key contributors and all injured. . . . Announced attendance: 2,745.


At Langley, B.C., F Tyler Benson drew three assists to lead the Vancouver Giants to a 4-2 victory over the Red Deer Rebels. . . . The Giants (9-8-4) have points in five straight games (4-0-1). . . . The Rebels (9-12-1) are 1-5-0 on a seven-game road trip that ends Friday in Cranbrook, B.C. . . . F James Malm gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead at 7:48 of the first period. . . . Red Deer took a 2-1 lead on goals from F Kristian Reichel (9), at 19:30 of the first, and F Brandon Cutler (1), at 6:17 of the second. . . . Vancouver F Brayden Watts (8) tied it at 12:53. . . . Malm, who has 10 goals, broke the deadlock at 12:04. He’s got six goals over his past three games. . . . F Ty Ronning scored his 20th goal of the season into an empty net at 19:29. He’s got 20 goals in 21 games. He also has scored in eight straight games. That’s 10 games shy of the WHL record that belongs to his father, Cliff, who did it with the 1984-85 New Westminster Bruins. . . . Benson has six assists over his past two games. In the eight games he has played this season, he has four goals and eight assists. . . . Vancouver was 1-2 on the PP; Red Deer was 0-2. . . . G David Tendeck stopped 31 shots for the winners, four more than Red Deer’s Ethan Anders. . . . Announced attendance: 2,277.


At Kamloops, the Prince George Cougars built up a 3-0 lead and hung on to beat the Blazers, 5-4. . . . The Cougars (7-9-4) moved four points ahead of the fifth-place Blazers in the B.C. Division. . . . The Blazers (7-13-0) had won their previous two games. . . . The visitors got first-period goals from F Ethan O’Rourke, at 4:18, D Cole Moberg, at 7:56, and O’Rourke again, at 15:19. . . . O’Rourke went into the game with two career goals in 39 games. . . . Moberg, who also had an assist, scored his first goal this season, in his 19th game. He scored once in four games last season. . . . D Chance Adrian earned assists on the last two of those goals, his first career points coming in his 13th game. . . . F Jermaine Loewen got the Blazers on the scoreboard at 6:13 of the second period. Loewen has scored in five straight games. He has nine goals in 14 games this season. In three previous seasons, he totalled 14 goals in 170 games. . . . F Brogan O’Brien, perhaps the best player on the ice in this one, scored his fourth goal at 12:24 of the second for a 4-1 lead. . . . Kamloops got to within a goal on scores from F Quinn Benjafield (5), at 18:32 of the second, and F Nick Chyzowski (6), on a PP, at 4:20 of the third. . . . F Kody McDonald (11) stretched the lead to two with a shorthanded goal at 16:38. . . . The Blazers got back to within a goal when F Garrett Pilon (8) scored with 46.9 seconds left. . . . The Blazers got two assists from Pilon and one each from Loewen and Chyzowski. . . . Kamloops was 1-5 on the PP; Prince George was 0-5. . . . G Tavin Grant stopped 27 shots to earn the victory. . . . While Grant, 19, was in Kamloops with the Cougars, his junior A rights were changing teams with the BCHL’s Prince George Spruce Kings having acquired them from the CCHL’s Carleton Place Canadians. . . . The Blazers got 33 saves from G Dylan Garand, 15, who made his second career WHL start. . . . F Connor Zary and F Carson Denomie were among the Blazers’ scratches. Both players were injured in Saturday’s 4-2 victory over the host Seattle Thunderbirds. . . . Announced attendance: 3,405.


At Everett, G Carter Hart stopped 25 shuts and tied a franchise record with his 21st career shutout as the Silvertips beat the Prince Albert Raiders, 2-0. . . . The Silvertips (9-10-2) have points in three straight games (2-0-1). . . . The Raiders (9-8-3) are 2-2-0 on a six-game trip that continues in Kennewick, Wash., and Spokane on Friday and Saturday nights. . . . Hart, who tied the career record held by Leland Irving, has put up back-to-back shutouts. He has two shutouts this season. . . . F Sean Richards (8) scored the game’s first goal, at 6:08 of the second period. He’s got goals in four straight games. . . . F Patrick Bajkov (10) got the game’s other goal, at 14:27 of the third period. Bajkov now has 216 career points, tying him with F Joshua Winquist for second spot on the franchise list. F Zach Hamill is No. 1, at 262 points. . . . D Kevin Davis had two assists. . . . Prince Albert was 0-3 on the PP; Everett was 0-8. . . . The Raiders have been shorthanded 28 times over their past three games. In Portland on Sunday, the Winterhawks were 5-12 on the PP in a 6-1 victory over the Raiders. On Tuesday, the Raiders beat host Seattle 6-4 despite the Thunderbirds going 2-8 on the PP. . . . G Ian Scott stopped 40 shots for the Raiders. . . . The Silvertips lost D Montana Onyebuchi at 13:16 of the first period with a charging major and game misconduct for a hit on F Carson Miller. Onyebuchi then was was involved in a fight with D Cody Paivarinta. There was leakage. . . . Announced attendance: 2,864.


THURSDAY (all times local):

No Games Scheduled.


FRIDAY (all times local):

Calgary at Moose Jaw, 7 p.m.

Brandon at Saskatoon, 7:05 p.m.

Swift Current at Medicine Hat, 7:30 p.m.

Red Deer vs. Kootenay, at Cranbrook, B.C., 7 p.m.

Edmonton at Prince George, 7 p.m.

Vancouver at Kamloops, 7 p.m.

Lethbridge at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.

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

Victoria at Spokane, 7:05 p.m.

Seattle at Everett, 7:35 p.m.


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Royals prepping bid for 2020 Memorial Cup … Broncos’ line tearing it up … Elynuik sparks Chiefs


F Roman Tománek (Calgary, Seattle, 2004-06) has signed a contract for the rest of this season with Mulhouse (France, Ligue Magnus) after being released from a tryout contract with Bayreuth (Germany, DEL2). This season, he had one assist in 13 games with Freiburg (Germany, DEL2).


Now there are two.

The Victoria Royals have confirmed that they are interested in playing host to the 2020 Memorial Cup.

On Thursday, after the Kamloops Blazers announced their intention of making a bid, Cam Hope, the Royals’ president and general manager, told Taking Note that his club “absolutely” was interested.

Hope since has told the Victoria Times Colonist that “we intend to bid for the 2020 Memorial Cup.”

Victoria will be involved in the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship as a co-host with Vancouver and the Giants.

On Friday, Hope told The Times Colonist’s Cleve Dheensaw: “We see a lot of natural crossover between the two events, for sure. Our ticket sales for the world junior championship have been brisk. Our building will be full.”

Hope added “that will be meaningful” when the WHL selects the host city for the 2020 Memorial Cup, something that is expected to happen in October 2018.

The Royals are expected to have more to say about their bid early in 2018.

“Victoria offers the entire package the hockey world is looking for in a Memorial Cup,” Hope told Dheensaw. “It has a deep and rich hockey history, an international airport, knowledge of hosting major sporting events, and is one of the leading tourist destinations in Canada.”

Dheensaw’s story is right here.


It was written in this space yesterday that Dylan Garand was the first goaltender to play for the Kamloops Blazers in his 15-year-old season since Devon Dubnyk in 2001-02.

It turns out that was in error.

Jon Keen, the Blazers’ radio voice, points out that Garand is the first since James Priestner on Feb. 23, 2007. On that night, Priestner went the distance in Kamloops as the Blazers, who had built up a 4-0 lead, lost 6-5 in OT to the Chilliwack Bruins. (Hey, remember them?)

F Dillon Johnstone forced OT in that one, scoring his seventh goal of the season, on a PP, at 19:30 of the third period. F Josh Aspenlind won the game 46 seconds into OT, scoring his third goal of the game and 20th of the season.

That was Priestner’s only appearance of the season with Kamloops.

Little did we know that Priestner was writing music during his WHL goaltending days. He now is the found and lead singer for The Lunas.

Give their first single — Until I’m Dead — a listen right here.


If you are a follower of the WHL you know that there frequently are scoring changes made following games, often, in fact, the next day. Such was the case after the Swift Current Broncos beat the host Saskatoon Blades, 6-4, on Friday night. . . . The original on-line scoresheet showed F Aleksi Heponiemi and F Tyler Steenbergen of the Broncos each with a goal and two assists. . . . However, there later were changes made. In the end, then, Heponiemi ended up with a goal and four — yes, four — assists, while Steenbergen would up with a goal and three assists. . . . When you went to bed on Friday night, Steenbergen led the WHL scoring race with 41 points, one more than Heponiemi. . . . When you woke up Saturday, they were tied at 42. . . . Now you know how that happened.

On Saturday night, Heponiemi, Steenbergen and Glenn Gawdin, the third member of that line, combined for 11 points in a 6-0 victory over the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes. . . . When you went to bed, Heponiemi and Steenbergen remained tied for the scoring lead, each with 46 points. . . . But who knows whether it’ll be that way when you arise.

BTW, Gawdin is third in the scoring race, with 38 points. At least, he was last night.


According to a Saturday night tweet from Western Elite Hockey Prospects (@WEHPscout), F Trevor Wong, who was projected as an early pick in the WHL’s 2018 bantam draft, “has committed to the University of Denver.” . . . As WEHP put it: “Big blow to the WHL and the draft in general.” . . . Wong, from Vancouver, won’t turn 15 until May 4. He is playing for the bantam varsity team at St. George’s School, and has 61 points, including 26 goals, in 10 games.


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SATURDAY:

At Swift Current, the Broncos’ hot line struck three times in the first period and that set the tone for what turned into a 6-0 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes. . . . The Broncos (13-3-1), who have won two in a row, got 36 saves — 20 of them in the third period — from G Logan Flodell, who posted his third shutout this season and the ninth of his career. He has three shutouts in each of three straight seasons. . . . The Hurricanes (7-10-1) have dropped six in a row (0-5-1). . . . F Tyler Steenbergen, F Aleksi Heponiemi and F Glenn Gawdin, who form the WHL’s highest-scoring forward unit, combined for 11 points. Steenbergen had two goals and two assists, Heponiemi had a goal and three assists, and Gawdin scored twice and added an assist. . . . Heponiemi got it all started with his 14th goal, just 12 seconds into the game. . . . Steenbergen, who leads the WHL with 26 goals, made it 2-0, on a PP, at 15:01, and Gawdin upped it to 3-0, on another PP, just 22 seconds later. . . . Gawdin (14) added another PP goal in the second period, with F Kaden Elder (5) and Steenbergen scoring in the third. . . . D Colby Sissons helped out with two assists. . . . Heponiemi has played in 17 games and has at least four points in seven of them. He is on a nine-game goal and point streak, having scored 10 goals and totalled 26 points in that time. He has nine points in his past two games. . . . Steenbergen has six games in which he has had at least four points. . . . Gawdin has at least one point in nine straight games, totalling 22 points over that stretch. . . . The Hurricanes got 18 saves from G Reece Klassen. . . . The Broncos were 3-4 on the PP; the Hurricanes were 0-3. . . . Announced attendance: 2,480.


At Brandon, G Logan Thompson blocked 36 shots to lead the Wheat Kings to a 3-1 victory over the Saskatoon Blades. . . . Brandon (11-6-1) has won two in a row. . . . Saskatoon (7-10-1) has lost two straight. . . . The Wheat Kings got a goal and an assist from F Baron Thompson. He opened the scoring with his third goal, on a PP, at 15:24 of the second period. . . . F Stelio Matheos (11) gave the home boys a 2-0 lead at 13:45 of the third period. . . . D Jake Kustra (1) got the Blades to within a goal at 18:45, only to have F Evan Weinger (2) put it away with an empty-netter at 19:59. . . . Brandon was 1-5 on the PP; Saskatoon was 0-3. . . . G Ryan Kubic stopped 21 shots for the Blades. . . . Sophomore D Garrett Sambrook was back in Brandon’s lineup for the first time since Oct. 15. . . . The Wheat Kings were without F Tanner Kaspick, who served a one-game suspension left over from the Team WHL-Russia game on Tuesday night in Swift Current. He was ejected from that game for a headshot on Russia D Alex Alexeyev. . . . The Blades were without F Seth Bafaro, who drew a TBD suspension for a checking-from-behind major and game misconduct on Friday night against the visiting Swift Current Broncos. He hit F Kaden Elder, who was back in the Broncos’ lineup Saturday night. . . . D Randen Schmidt made his WHL debut for the Blades. Schmidt, 17, plays for the midget AAA Regina Pat Canadians. Les Lazaruk, the radio voice of the Blades, points out that Schmidt is the 996th player — and 878th skater — to suit up for the Blades. . . . Announced attendance: 4,804.


At Cranbrook, B.C., the Spokane Chiefs eased a 2-0 deficit two shorthanded goals on the same penalty and went on to score a 5-4 victory over the Kootenay Ice. . . . The Chiefs (10-7-3) have points in three straight games (2-0-1). . . . The Ice (8-11-1) has lost three in a row. . . . Despite being outshot 22-5 in the first period, the Ice emerged with a 1-0 goal as F Cameron Hausinger scored at 18:58. He made it 2-0 with his fourth goal of the season, at 4:05 of the second period. . . . With F Carter Chorney serving a checking-from-behind minor, the Chiefs tied it on shorthanded goals from F Jaret Anderson-Dolan (8), at 4:51, and F Hudson Elynuik (11), at 5:59. . . . F Zach Fischer (5) gave the visitors their first lead at 11:44. . . . The Ice moved into a tie at 15:42 when D Ryan Pouliot (1) scored at 15:42. . . . Spokane D Nolan Reid, who has nine goals, scored the next two goals — at 0:42 and 11:21 of the third period — as his guys took a 5-3 lead. . . . Ice F Alec Baer (7) cut the deficit to one at 18:19. . . . Elynuik had four assists for a huge five-point night, while Anderson-Dolan andD Ty Smith each had two helpers. . . . Spokane was 1-4 on the PP; Kootenay was 0-4. . . . G Dawson Weatherill earned the victory with 23 stops, 11 fewer than Kootenay’s Kurtis Chapman. . . . The Ice is without veteran forwards Colton Kroeker, Vince Loschiavo and Jeff de Wit, all out with undisclosed injuries. . . . Announced attendance: 2,428.


At Medicine Hat, F Max Gerlach scored his second goal of the game with 6.5 seconds left in OT to give the Tigers a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Hitmen. . . . Medicine Hat (12-6-0), which won 4-2 in Calgary on Friday night, has won three in a row. . . . Calgary (6-11-2) has lost two straight. . . . Gerlach, who now has six goals, hadn’t scored since Sept. 30. He suffered a severe facial injury on Oct. 7 and didn’t play again until Oct. 27. This was his sixth game back in the lineup. . . . The Hitmen took a 1-0 lead when F Jake Kryski (2) scored at 1:19 of the first period. . . . The Tigers went ahead 2-1 as F Jaeger White (2) scored his second goal in two games, at 5:43, and Gerlach counted at 16:42. . . . D Jake Bean (2) pulled Calgary even, on a PP, at 19:19. . . . The Tigers went back out front at 5:04 of the second on a PP goal from F Mark Rassell (17), who also had an assist. . . . Calgary F Jakob Stukel forced OT with his eighth goal just 32 seconds into the third period. . . . Calgary got two assists from each of F Mark Kastelic and F Matteo Gennaro. . . . The Tigers were 1-2 on the PP; the Hitmen were 1-4. . . . Medicine Hat G Michael Bullion stopped 36 shots, four more than Calgary’s Nick Schneider. . . . Veteran F James Hamblin was among the Tigers’ scratches after injuring a knee on Friday night. . . . Announced attendance: 3,970.


At Portland, F Joachim Blichfeld scored twice and added an assist to help the Winterhawks to a 5-2 victory over the Tri-City Americans. . . . The Winterhawks (13-4-0) have won four in a row. . . . The Americans (12-5-2) had points in each of their previous 11 games (9-0-2). . . . The Winterhawks took a 2-0 lead on goals from Blichfeld, at 4:01 of the second period, and F Skyler McKenzie (14), at 12:49. . . . F Maxwell James (2) scored for Tri-City, on a PP, at 14:32, but Portland got that one back 22 seconds into the third period when Blichfeld (5) scored, on a PP. . . . F Morgan Geekie (6) pulled the Americans to within a goal at 9:14. . . . The Winterhawks iced it with two empty-netters, from D Keoni Texeira (5) and F Kieffer Bellows (14). . . . Bellows and F Cody Glass each had two assists for Portland. . . . The Winterhawks got 39 saves from G Cole Kehler, while Patrick Dea stopped 44 shots at the other end. . . . Sophomore F Brad Ginnell returned to Portland’s lineup for the first time since Oct. 20. . . . Announced attendance: 9,479.


At Prince George, G Carter Hart stopped 28 shots to earn his first shutout of the season as the Everett Silvertips beat the Cougars, 4-0. . . . Everett (8-10-2) had lost its previous two games (0-1-1). . . . Prince George (6-9-4) had beaten the Silvertips 4-3 in a shootout on Friday night. . . . Hart, who has played in 155 games, now has 20 career regular-season WHL shutouts. He is tied for third on the WHL career list, with Justin Pogge (Calgary, Prince George, 2003-06, 151 games) and Dustin Slade (Kamloops, Brandon, Regina, Vancouver, 2002-07, 132 games). That is one behind Bryan Bridges (Seattle, Kootenay, 2001-06, 213 games) and Leland Irving (Everett, 2003-08, 195 games). The record (26) belongs to Tyson Sexsmith (Vancouver, 2005-09, 179 games). . . F Matt Fonteyne )10) scored the game’s first goal, at 15:44 of the first period. He drew an assist on the second goal, a PP score, from D Kevin Davis (3), at 0:22 of the second period. Before that goal, Everett’s PP had been 0-21, while the Cougars’ penalty killers were 39-39 since Oct. 13. . . . F Riley Sutter (8), who also had an assist, and F Sean Richards (7) added second-period goals. . . . Everett was 1-2 on the PP; Prince George was 0-2. . . . G Tavin Grant allowed four goals on 31 shots through two periods for the Cougars, with Isaiah DiLaura stopping all five shots he faced in the third period. . . . Announced attendance: 3,389.


At Kelowna, the Rockets scored two PP goals in the game’s first five minutes and went on to a 5-2 victory over the Red Deer Rebels. . . . Kelowna (10-6-3) has won five straight home games. . . . Red Deer (8-11-1) has lost six in a row (0-5-1). . . . F Dillon Dude (8), at 1:54, and F Liam Kindree (2), at 4:56, staked Kelowna to that 2-0 lead. . . . F Jared Dmytriw (6) got the Rebels to within a goal at 6:58, but the Rockets pulled away with three second-period goals. . . . D James Hilsendager (2) scored on a PP, at 8:41, with D Braydyn Chizen (1) scoring at 9:07, and F Kole Lind (11) counting at 6:39. . . . The game’s last goal came from Red Deer D Carson Sass (1), at 6:39 of the third period. . . . F Leif Mattson, who went into the game with goals in six of his previous seven games, had two assists. Kindree, Chizen, Lind and Hilsendager had one assist each. . . . Kelowna was 3-6 on the PP; Red Deer was 0-5. . . . G James Porter stopped 27 shots for the Rockets. . . . The Rockets scratched G Brodan Salmond and Larry Fisher of the Kelowna Daily Courier reports that the sophomore will be out up to six weeks with a knee injury. They had Ethan Hunt backing up for the second time in two nights. Hunt, 18, is playing with the junior B Kelowna Chiefs of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. . . . Red Deer starter Ethan Anders was beaten three times on 13 shots in 28:41. Riley Lamb, who suffered a broken thumb in training camp, made his first appearance of the regular season, stopping 17 of 19 shots in 31:19. . . . Announced attendance: 5,008.


At Langley, B.C., F Ty Ronning scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Vancouver Giants to a 4-1 victory over the Victoria Royals. . . . The Giants (7-8-4) have points in three straight (2-0-1). . . . The Royals (14-5-1) had won their previous two games. . . . This was the fifth of 10 meetings between these teams this season, with the Royals having won each of the first four. . . . Ronning, who has 18 goals, opened the scoring at 13:03 of the first period. . . . F Igor Martynov (6) tied it at 15:08. . . . F James Malm (5) broke the tie at 8:13 of the second period. . . . The Giants put it away with third-period goals from F Brad Morrison, on a PP, at 4:36, and Ronning, into an empty net, at 19:50. . . . D Dylan Plouffe had three assists for Vancouver, with Morrison adding one. . . . Vancouver was 1-5 on the PP; Victoria was 0-4. . . . The Giants got 37 saves from G David Tendeck. . . . G Griffen Outhouse stopped 23 shots for the Royals. . . . Announced attendance: 3,474.


At Kent, Wash., F Garrett Pilon drew three assists as the Kamloops Blazers scored a 4-2 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds. . . . The Blazers (7-12-0) have won two in a row and are 7-3-0 since starting 0-9-0. The victory allowed the Blazers to move out of the 22-team league’s basement for the first time this season. They now are tied with the Calgary Hitmen, two points ahead of the idle Edmonton Oil Kings. . . . The Thunderbirds (9-7-2) have lost three in a row (0-2-1). . . . The Blazers scored twice in the game’s first five minutes, with F Nick Chyzowski (5) scoring on a PP at 1:30 and D Ondrej Vala (4) counting at 4:58. . . . The Thunderbirds tied it on second-period goals from F Blake Bargar (4), at 3:42, and F Nolan Volcan (6), on a PP, at 5:19. . . . Kamloops F Quinn Benjafield (4) broke the tie at 15:31 of the second period. . . . F Jermaine Loewen (8) ran his goal streak to four games with an empty-netter at 19:31. . . . Vala also had an assist. . . . Kamloops was 1-3 on the PP; Seattle was 1-4. . . . G Max Palaga stopped 24 shots to get the victory over Liam Hughes, who made 28 saves. . . . Seattle F Sami Moilanen left early in the first period with an undisclosed injury. He leads the Thunderbirds with 11 goals. . . . Announced attendance: 5,052.


SUNDAY (all times local):

Regina at Moose Jaw, 4 p.m.

Edmonton vs. Vancouver, at Langley, B.C., 4 p.m.

Prince Albert at Portland, 5 p.m.


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McCorrister sparks Wheaties … Ice chills Broncos … Giants rock Pats … Rockets get past ‘Hawks, finally

D Kalvin Sagert (Kamloops, Lethbridge, Prince George, 2002-08) has been released by mutual agreement by Gherdëina Selva Val Gardena (Italy, Alps HL). This season, he had one goal and four assists in 10 games. . . .

D Zach Yuen (Tri-City, 2008-13) has been released by Kunlun Red Star Beijing (China, KHL). He had two goals and one assist in 21 games. . . .

F Vladislav Lukin (Tri-City, 2014-17) has signed a two-year two-way contract with Salavat Yulaev Ufa (Russia, KHL). Last season, he had 26 goals and 32 assists in 63 games with the Tri-City Americans (WHL). . . .

D Stefan Elliott (Saskatoon, 2006-11) has signed a contract for the rest of  this season with HV71 Jönköping (Sweden, SHL). Last season, he had four goals and seven assists in 31 games with Ak Bars Kazan (Russia, KHL).


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SATURDAY:

At Brandon, F Linden McCorrister scored three times to lead the Wheat Kings to a 4-2 victory over the Victoria Royals. . . . Brandon (9-3-1) has won two in a row. . . . Victoria (9-3-1) has lost two straight. . . . That was McCorrister’s first WHL hat trick and came in his 84th career game. He has five goals this season. The 19-year-old from Peguis, Man., went into this season with five goals in 71 games over two previous seasons. . . . McCorrister gave Brandon a 1-0 lead, on a PP, at 5:06 of the first period. . . . The Royals tied it when F Tyler Soy (5) scored at 6:17. That was Soy’s 249th career regular-season point, in 265 games, giving him the Royals’ franchise record. F Jack Walker held the previous mark, set in 318 games. The Victoria/Chilliwack Bruins’ franchise record belongs to F Brandon Magee (264), who did that in 318 games as well. . . . Royals F Matthew Phillips (11) gave Victoria a 2-1 lead at 13:52 of the second period. Phillips has at least a point in each of his 13 games this season and that’s one shy of the franchise record set by F Mark Santorelli with the Bruins in 2006. . . . McCorrister tied the game, on a PP, at 17:29 of the second period. . . . F Tanner Kaspick (4) broke the tie at 8:35 of the third period. . . . McCorrister put his third goal into an empty net at 19:06. . . . Brandon D Kale Clague drew three assists. He has 24 points, 14 of them assists, in 11 games. . . . F Stelio Mattheos added two assists for the winners. . . . G Logan Thompson blocked 24 shots for Brandon. . . . Victoria G Dean McNabb turned aside 37 shots. . . . Announced attendance: 4,360.


At Prince Albert, F Parker Kelly’s second goal of the game, at 3:05 of OT, gave the Raiders a 4-3 victory over the Saskatoon Blades. . . . The Blades had forced OT with two late third-period goals, both of them coming with G Ryan Kubic on the bench for the extra attacker. . . . F Caleb Fantillo (3) scored on a PP at 17:50 and F Chase Wouters (3) tied it at 18:39. . . . The Raiders (4-4-3) had been 0-1-3 in their previous four games. . . . The Blades (3-6-1) have lost two in a row. . . . The Raiders took a 3-1 lead at 7:35 of the third period on Kelly’s first goal, a shorthanded effort. He now has eight goals this season. . . . F Jordy Stallard (7), who also had an assist, gave the Raiders a 1-0 lead at 4:45 of the first period. . . . F Curtis Miske (3) upped that to 2-0 at 13:22 of the second. . . . Saskatoon F Josh Paterson (2) got his guys to within a goal just 1:11 later. . . . Wouters added an assist to his goal for Saskatoon. . . . Prince Albert was 1-4 on the PP; Saskatoon was 1-6. . . . G Ian Scott made 30 stops for the Raiders in his first appearance since he suffered an undisclosed injury on opening night. He sat out nine games. . . . The Blades got 23 saves from Kubic. . . . The Raiders lost F Zack Hayes with a headshot major and game misconduct — he hit Saskatoon D Jake Kustra — at 15:36 of the second period. . . . “I totally disagree with the call, that’s all I can say about that,” Raiders head coach Marc Habscheid told Jeff D’Andrea of paNOW.com. “It seemed like there was one official making a lot of calls, and that’s up to them, but we disagreed with quite a few of the calls tonight.” . . . Announced attendance: 2,195.


At Cranbrook, B.C., F Colton Kroeker scored at 2:53 of OT to give the Kootenay Ice a 5-4 victory over the Swift Current Broncos. . . . It was quite a turnaround for the ice (5-6-1), who had been beaten 11-1 by the host Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday. . . . The Broncos (9-2-0) lost for the first time on the road, where they now are 6-0-1. . . . The Ice erased deficits of 2-1, 3-2 and 4-3 to win this one. . . . Kootenay took a 1-0 lead on F Colton Veloso’s third goal of the season, at 7:08 of the first period. . . . The Broncos took a 2-1 lead on two PP goals from F Aleksi Heponiemi, at 17:44 and 18:43. . . . Ice D Cale Fleury tied it, on a PP, at 3:16 of the second period. . . . F Glenn Gawdin (8) put the visitors back out front at 6:14. . . . F Gilian Kohler (2) tied it again, at 6:50. . . . The Broncos went back out front as F Tyler Steenbergen (21) counted, on a PP, at 8:41. . . .  Fleury (3) forced OT with a goal at 8:54. . . . Veloso added two assists to his goal, as did Kroeker, while Kohler had one. . . . Gawdin and Steenbergen each had two assists, with Heponiemi getting one. That means the Broncos’ hot line had a nine-point outing. . . . The Ice was 2-6 on the PP; the Broncos were 3-4. . . . G Bailey Brkin started for the Ice and allowed three goals on 13 shots in 26:14. Kurtis Chapman came on in the second period and stopped 12 of 13 shots in 36:39. . . . The Broncos got 31 saves from G Logan Flodell. . . . Announced attendance: 2,479.


At Red Deer, the Prince George Cougars scored the game’s last four goals and beat the Rebels 4-1. . . . The Cougars (4-5-3) had lost their previous three games (0-2-1). . . . The Rebels slipped to 6-5-0. . . . F Mason McCarty (10) gave the home team a 1-0 lead at 3:04 of the first period. . . . F Josh Maser (4) pulled the Cougars even at 13:31. . . . F Jackson Leppard (5) broke the tie at 9:18 of the second period and F Aaron Boyd (4), who also had an assist, added insurance at 18:20. . . . F Brogan O’Brien (3) made it 4-1 just 40 seconds into the third period. . . . The Cougars were 0-2 on the PP; the Rebels were 0-1. . . . G Tavin Grant earned the victory with 34 saves, three more than Red Deer’s Ethan Anders. . . . Announced attendance: 4,204.


At Regina, F Ty Ronning had a goal and two assists to lead the Vancouver Giants to a 5-2 victory over the Pats. . . . The Giants (5-5-2) went 3-2-2 on a seven-game road trip that wrapped up with this game. . . . Regina (7-5-1) had a four-game winning streak snapped. . . . Vancouver jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead on goals from F James Malm (3), at 2:25, and F Brendan Semchuk (4), at 15:07. . . . F Emil Oksanen (10) got Regina to within a goal at 15:28, but the Giants took control with the next two goals. . . . D Bowen Byram scored his first WHL goal, on a PP, at 2:29 of the third and F Milos Roman (4) made it 4-1 at 7:09. . . . F Braydon Buziak (1) scored while shorthanded for Regina at 11:47. . . . Ronning (10) finished the scoring with a shorthanded empty-netter at 17:58. . . . F Brad Morrison had two assists for the Cougars, the first one the 200th regular-season point of his career. He has played in 272 games, the first 260 with the Prince George Cougars. . . . F Dawson Holt also had two assists for the winners, with Semchuk getting one. . . . Vancouver was 1-4 on the PP; Regina was 0-3. . . . G Todd Scott earned the victory with 33 saves, 12 fewer than Regina’s Max Paddock. . . . Announced attendance: 6,363.


At Kent, Wash., F Justin Almeida broke a 1-1 tie at 18:45 of the third period as the Moose Jaw Warriors beat the Seattle Thunderbirds, 3-1. . . .The Warriors (9-3-0) have won two in a row. . . . The Thunderbirds (4-4-1) have dropped two straight. . . . F Tanner Jeannot (4) put the visitors out front at 5:14 of the second period. . . . F Sami Moilanen (9) tied it at 8:19. . . . The Warriors got the empty-netter from F Noah Gregor (8), at 19:31 of the third period. . . . The Warriors got two assists from D Dmitri Zaitsev, with Jeannot adding one. . . . Seattle was 0-2 on the PP; Moose Jaw was 0-4. . . . Seattle head coach Matt O’Dette wasn’t enamoured by the officiating. Here’w what he told Andy Eide of 710 ESPN Seattle: “They’re playing extremely hard and it’s frustrating when you don’t get a fair shake. We earned some calls there in the third that weren’t called. I’ll have to watch the video and assess it. Those were choices by the refs, not to make those calls for whatever reason. It’s a tough pill to swallow . . .” . . . G Brody Willms recorded the victory with 31 saves. . . . G Liam Hughes stopped 31 shots for Seattle. . . . The Thunderbirds had freshman Russian F Nikita Malukhin in the lineup for the first time. He had been out since suffering an undisclosed injury during the exhibition season. . . . Seattle D Turner Ottenbreit didn’t play as he completed a six-game suspension. He last played on Sept. 30. . . . Announced attendance: 5,070.


At Kennewick, Wash., F Jordan Topping scored three times to help the Tri-City Americans to a 6-3 victory over the Kamloops Blazers. . . . The Americans (8-4-0) have won five in a row. . . . The Blazers (3-10-0) had won their previous three games. . . . Topping, who has nine goals, gave the Americans a 2-0 lead with a pair of first-period goals, at 6:59 and 11:23, the latter via the PP. . . . F Garrett Pilon (5) scored the Blazers’ first goal, at 19:12. . . . Tri-City got the only two goals of the second period, from D Roman Kalinichenko (1), at 15:30, and F Parker AuCoin (3), at 18:44. . . . The teams exchanged goals in the third period, with F Carson Denomie (1) and D Joe Gatenby (4) scoring for Kamloops, and F Michael Rasmussen (5) and Topping, with the empty-netter, counting for the winners. . . . Tri-City got two assists from D Dylan Coghlan and one from Rasmussen. . . . Each team was 1-3 on the PP. . . . G Patrick Dea earned the victory with 26 saves. . . . Kamloops starter Dylan Ferguson stopped 21 of 25 shots through two periods. Max Palaga played the third, allowing one goal on eight shots. . . . Announced attendance: 3,730.


At Kelowna, F Carsen Twarynski scored three times and F Kole Lind had a goal and three assists as the Rockets dumped the Portland Winterhawks, 7-2. . . . The Rockets (5-5-2) had lost their previous five games (0-4-1). . . . The Winterhawks (9-2-0) had won seven in a row. They are 4-1-0 on the road. . . . Portland played four straight games against Kelowna, winning the first two — 5-4 in OT and 8-2 — on home ice, then winning 3-1 on the road Friday. . . . Yes, these two teams played their four-game season series in the span of eight nights. . . . Last night, the Rockets scored the game’s first three goals, with D Cal Foote (3) scoring 47 seconds into the first period, Twarynski getting his first of the night at 4:31, and Lind scoring his eighth, on a PP, at 14:47. . . . Portland F Cody Glass (6) cut into the lead at 2:39 of the second period, but Kelowna took control with the next two goals, from Twarynski, on a PP, at 9:30, and F Nolan Foote, at 12:24. . . . D Henri Jokiharju (5) had Portland’s other goal, with Twarynski (6) and F Leif Mattson (1) adding third-period PP goals for the Rockets. . . . That was Twarynski’s second career WHL hat trick. . . . D Gordie Ballhorn, F KyleTopping and F Erik Gardiner each had three assists for Kelowna, with Cal Foote and Mattson adding one each. . . . F Kieffer Bellows had two assists for Portland. He had four goals and six assists in the four games against Kelowna. . . . Kelowna was 4-5 on the PP; Portland was 1-4. . . . G James Porter earned the victory with 34 saves. . . . Portland G Shane Farkas stopped 29 shots. . . . Announced attendance: 4,774.


SUNDAY (all times local):

Prince George at Calgary, 4 p.m.

Spokane at Edmonton, 4 p.m.

Seattle at Everett, 4 p.m.

Medicine Hat at Lethbridge, 6 p.m.


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Steenbergen scores four, again … Clague fills hat for Wheaties … Tigers melt the Ice

If you’re an avid hockey fan, you will remember when F Tony Hand played with the WHL’s Victoria Cougars. It was in 1986. He put up four goals and four assists in three games, gave in to homesickness and went home to Scotland. He went on to play in what was the British Hockey League, enjoying four straight 100-goal seasons. When his career ended, he had record 2,992 assists and 4,634 points. . . . Tal Pinchevsky of The New York Times has more on Hand right here.


D Tyler Nother, 19, has retired from hockey, choosing to leave the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires after suffering a concussion in the team’s final exhibition game on Sept. 16. . . . “He got a head injury in an exhibition game and has gone through all the process needed to go through,” Nother’s agent Mark Guy of Newport Sports Management Inc., told Jim Parker of Postmedia. “At this stage, it’s everybody’s opinion he’s at significant risk if he comes back and plays. The concussion he suffered is one that, if he continued to play, he’d be at risk for long-term damage.” . . . Other, 6-foot-4 and 195 pounds, had one goal and nine assists in 64 games with Windsor last season. In 155 regular-season OHL games, he had one goal and 19 assists.


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FRIDAY:

At Brandon, D Kale Clague scored three times and added an assist to lead the Wheat Kings to a 6-5 victory over the Vancouver Giants. . . . Clague, who enjoyed his second hat trick of the young season, now has 10 goals and 11 assists in 10 games. . . . The Wheat Kings improved to 8-3-1, while the Giants (4-5-2) now are 2-1-1 in their last four games, all on the road. . . . F Ty Ronning, who scored three times for Vancouver, opened the scoring at 11:28 of the first period, on a PP. . . . Brandon took a 2-1 lead with PP goals from Clague, at 15:36, and F Stelio Mattheos (10), at 1:43 of the second period. . . . Ronning got his second goal at 12:02, but Brandon took control with the next three goals, from Clague, on the PP, at 13:38; F Ty Lewis (8), on the PP, at 14:22, and Clague, at 19:38. . . . Running completed his hat trick with his ninth goal 46 seconds into the third period. . . . D Dylan Plouffe pulled the visitors to within a goal, at 5-4, with a PP score at 5:09. . . . The Wheat Kings restored the two-goal lead when D Kade Jensen (2) scored at 17:09. . . . Plouffe (3) added his second goal, on a PP, at 18:51. . . . Brandon got two assists from each of Lewis and F Tanner Kaspick, with Mattheos getting one. . . . D Matt Barberis and F Brad Morrison had two assists each for Vancouver, while Running had one. . . . Brandon was 4-5 on the PP; Vancouver was 3-6. . . . G Logan Thompson stopped 29 shots for Brandon, three more than Vancouver’s David Tendeck. . . . The Wheat Kings were without F Evan Weinger, who served a one-game suspension he incurred after taking a boarding major in Regina on Wednesday night. . . . Announced attendance: 3,909.


At Edmonton, F Tomas Soustal scored two breakaway goals, one on a penalty shot and the other in a shootout, as the Oil Kings beat the Prince George Cougars, 5-4. . . . The Oil Kings (5-6-2) have points in four straight (2-0-2). . . . The Cougars (3-5-3) have lost three in a row. . . . F Jared Bethune (4) gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead just 45 seconds into the game. . . . The Oil Kings got the next two goals, both in the first period, from F Andrei Pavlenko (3), at 7:09, and F Colton Kehler (6), at 14:51. . . . The teams alternated goals from that point. . . . F Jackson Leppard (4) pulled the Cougars even at 3:41 of the second period, but Edmonton D Ethan Cap (2) tied it, at 4:55. . . . The Cougars went back in front, just 53 seconds later, as F Aaron Boyd (3) scored. . . . Soustal (2) put the Oil Kings ahead, 4-3, on a penalty shot at 14:45. . . . The visitors forced OT when F Brogan O’Brien (2) scored, on a PP, at 16:13. . . . Soustal was the only one of the six shootout participants to score. . . . The Cougars were 1-3 on the PP; the Oil Kings were 0-4. . . . Both goaltenders — Edmonton’s Travis Child and Prince George’s Isaiah DiLaura — stopped 23 shots through OT. . . . D Dennis Cholowski and F Kody McDonald each had two assists for the Cougars, with Bethune adding one to his goal. . . . Announced attendance: 6,935.


At Regina, the Pats erased a 3-1 deficit with four third-period goals and beat the Victoria Royals, 5-3. . . . Regina (7-4-1) has won four in a row. . . . The Royals (9-2-1) had won their previous two games. . . . After a scoreless first period, the visitors outscored their hosts 3-1 in the second. . . . D Jared Freadrich (3) made it 1-0 at 4:09, only to have F Matt Bradley tie it, shorthanded, at 10:32. . . . Two PP goals — from F Regan Nagy (10), at 15:18, and D Ralph Jarratt (1), at 19:54 — gave Victoria that 3-1 lead. . . . F Bryan Lockner (1) got Regina to within a goal at 1:21 of the third period. . . . Bradley (11) tied it with his second goal, on a PP, at 4:47. . . . F Marco Creta (1) provided the winning goal, at 12:42, and D Jonathan Smart (1) got the empty-netter, at 19:22. . . . Regina F Sam Steel had two assists, with Creta getting one. . . . Freadrich added an assist to his goal for the Royals. . . . Victoria F Matthew Phillips record one assist to run his point streak to 12 games, one shy of Alex Forsberg’s franchise record. He has 27 points, 10 of them goals, over that stretch. . . . Victoria was 2-5 on the PP; Regina was 1-3. . . . G Tyler Brown stopped 26 shots for the Pats, while the Royals got 33 stops from G Griffen Outhouse. . . . Announced attendance: 6,484.


At Lethbridge, F Tyler Steenbergen had four goals for the third time this season as the Swift Current Broncos beat the Hurricanes, 6-4. . . . The Broncos now are 9-1-0, while the Hurricanes slipped to 4-5-0. . . . Steenbergen, who leads the WHL with 20 goals, has goals in eight of the 10 games this season. . . . He also had an assist, while his linemates combined for eight points — Aleksi Heponiemi had a goal and three assist, with Glenn Gawdin drawing four assists. . . . Steenbergen has 30 points in 10 games, with Heponiemi adding 26, and Gawdin 22, with seven of them being goals. . . . Do the math and you learn that the Broncos’ hot line has 78 points on the 48 goals the Broncos have scored this season. Those three players have accounted for 33 of the 48 goals. . . . The Broncos took control of this one as they broke a 1-1 tie with three straight goals. . . . D Sahvan Khaira (2) had given the visitors a 1-0 lead at 14:05 of the first period, only to have Lethbridge F Jordy Bellerive tie it 54 seconds later. . . . Steenbergen snapped the tie at 19:17. . . . Heponiemi (6) scored, on a PP, at 4:25 of the second period and Steenbergen stretched the lead to 4-1 at 6:56. . . . F Dylan Cozens (5), on a PP, pulled the Hurricanes closer at 17:04, but Steenbergen, on a PP, got that one back at 19:24. . . . F Zane Franklin (3), on a PP, scored for Lethbridge at 8:52. . . . Steenbergen got his fourth of the night, for a 6-3 lead, at 15:38. . . . Bellerive (6) completed the scoring at 19:11. . . . F Jadon Joseph had two assists for the home side. . . . Khaira added an assist to his goal. . . . Swift Current was 2-2 on the PP; Lethbridge was 2-3. . . . G Logan Flodel stopped 31 shots for the Broncos. . . . Lethbridge starter Stuart Skinner was beaten five times on 17 shots through two periods. Reece Klassen played the third period, stopping seven of eight shots. . . . Announced attendance: 3,982.


At Red Deer, the Rebels scored the game’s first four goals en route to a 4-2 victory over the Calgary Hitmen. . . . Red Deer now is 6-4-0; Calgary is 3-7-1. . . . F Lane Zablocki (2) got the Rebels started 31 seconds into the first period. . . . F Mason McCarty (9) made it 2-0 at 6:41 of the second period. . . . Two third-period goals — from F Austin Pratt (3), at 1:52, and F Grayson Pawlenchuk (7), at 7:35 — made it 4-0. . . . The Hitmen got two late goals — from F Tristen Nielsen (1), at 9:07, and D Drea Esposito (1), at 19:22. . . . F Jared Dmytriw had two assists for the winners. . . . Each team was 0-1 on the PP. . . . G Ethan Anders stopped 24 shots for the Rebels, three fewer than Calgary’s Nick Schneider. . . . Announced attendance: 4,190.


At Medicine Hat, F Ryan Jevne had two goals and three assists as the Tigers whipped the Kootenay Ice, 11-1. . . . The Tigers (6-3-0) have won three in a row. . . . The Ice (4-6-1) had won its previous two games. . . . Kootenay goes home to face the 9-1-0 Swift Current Broncos tonight. . . . Jevne scored 22 seconds into this one and late first-period goals from F Dawson Heathcote, at 17:10, and D David Quenneville (3), on a PP, at 18:04, gave the home boys a 3-0 lead. . . . They put it away with six second-period goals. . . . Jevne’s second goal came on a penalty shot. . . . Heathcote, 17, finished with three goals, giving him four, and an assist. A freshman from Nanaimo, Heathcote was playing in his fifth game of the season and the sixth of his career. . . . F Ryan Chyzowski (4) had two goals and an assist, with D Dylan MacPherson (1) and F Gary Haden (3) each scoring once and setting up another, and F Mark Rassell (1) also scoring. . . . The Tigers also got two assists from each of F Tyler Preziuso and Quenneville. . . . F Colton Kroeker (4) scored shorthanded for the Ice 51 seconds into the third period. . . . The Tigers were 2-7 on the PP; the Ice was 0-5. . . . Medicine Hat G Jordan Hollett made 23 saves. . . . G Bailey Brkin started for the Ice and surrendered six goals on 25 shots in 26:28. Kurtis Chapman finished up, stopping 24 of 29 shots in 33:32. . . . Announced attendance: 3,265.


At Kelowna, the Portland Winterhawks won their seventh straight game, beating the Rockets, 3-1. . . . Portland (9-1-0) has beaten the Rockets in three straight games. They’ll play in Kelowna again tonight. . . . The Rockets (4-5-2) have lost five in a row (0-4-1). . . . F Kieffer Bellows (7) gave Portland a 1-0 lead at 11:59 of the second period. . . . F Skyler McKenzie (11) upped it to 2-0 at 12:36 of the third period. . . . Kelowna F Kyle Topping (6) halved the deficit at 14:50. . . . The Winterhawks got insurance from F Cody Glass (5) at 19:46. Yes, it was an empty-netter. . . . Bellows also had two assists, as did D Matthew Quigley. . . . Portland was 0-5 on the PP; Kelowna was 0-3. . . . G Cole Kehler stopped 26 shots for the winners to run his record to 7-0-0. . . . Kelowna got 45 saves from James Porter, 24 of them in the third period. . . . The Rockets are without G Brodan Salmond, their starter. Regan Bartel, the radio voice of the Rockets, tweeted that Salmond is “seeing a specialist in Calgary” as he deals with an undisclosed injury. G Roman Basran, 16, is backing up this weekend. Basran, from Delta, B.C., was a third-round selection in the 2016 bantam draft. He is playing with the major midget Okanagan Rockets, who play out of Kelowna. . . . Portland D Keoni Texeira sat this one out as he completed a two-game suspension, but the Winterhawks had D Brendan De Jong back after the finished a four-game suspension. . . . Announced attendance: 4,724.


At Spokane, the Kamloops Blazers scored the only two goals of the shootout and beat the Chiefs, 3-2. . . . Kamloops (3-9-0) has followed a nine-game season-opening losing skid by winning three in a row. . . . The Chiefs now are 6-5-1. . . . The Blazers won it on shootout goals from F Connor Zary and F Garrett Pilon, a couple of Saskatoon lads. . . . F Jermaine Loewen (2) gave the visitors a 1-0 lead, on a PP, at 4:50 of the first period. . . . Spokane took a 2-1 lead on second-period goals from D Nolan Reid (3), on a PP at 7:55, and D Filip Kral (2), at 10:23. . . . D Joe Gatenby (3) got Kamloops into a 2-2 tie at 17:49 of the second. . . . Loewen also had an assist. . . . Kamloops was 1-2 on the PP; Spokane was 1-7. . . . Kamloops G Dylan Ferguson stopped 40 shots, nine of them in OT. . . . Spokane’s Dawson Weatherill turned aside 23 shots. . . . F Zach Fischer, acquired by the Chiefs from the Medicine Hat Tigers on Thursday, made his Spokane debut with four shots on goal but no points. . . . Announced attendance: 4,325.


At Everett, F Brett Howden had two goals and two assists to lead the Warriors to a 6-3 victory over the Silvertips. . . . The Warriors (8-3-0) had lost their previous two games. . . . The Silvertips (4-8-1) have lost three in a row (0-2-1). . . . The Warriors broke a 2-2 tie with three goals in the span of 3:07 in the second half of the second period. . . . Howden, who has four goals, made it 3-2 with his first of the game, on a PP, at 10:50. . . . F Justin Almeida (6) scored at 11:37 and F Noah Gregor (7), with his second, counted at 13:57. . . . F Sean Richards (3) got the home team to within two goals, with his second of the game, at 1:09 of the third period. . . . Howden iced it with a shorthanded score at 18:02. . . . F Brayden Burke (6) also scored for the Warriors. . . . F Matt Fonteyne (8) had Everett’s other goal. . . . Fonteyne also came up short on a third-period penalty shot. . . . Gregor also had an assist for a three-point night. . . . D Kevin Davis had two assists for Everett, as did F Patrick Bajkov. . . . Moose Jaw was 1-4 on the PP; Everett was 0-7. . . . G Adam Evanoff earned the victory with 45 saves. . . . Everett starter Dorrin Luding allowed four goals on 21 shots in 31:37. Blake Lyda came of the bench to stop 10 of 12 shots in 28:01. . . . Announced attendance: 4,178.


SATURDAY (all times local):

Victoria at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.

Saskatoon at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.

Swift Current vs. Kootenay, at Cranbrook, B.C., 7 p.m.

Prince George at Red Deer, 7 p.m.

Vancouver at Regina, 7 p.m.

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

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

Portland at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.


SUNDAY (all times local):

Prince George at Calgary, 4 p.m.

Spokane at Edmonton, 4 p.m.

Seattle at Everett, 4 p.m.

Medicine Hat at Lethbridge, 6 p.m.


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Three teams do goaltender shuffle … Rebels lose Lamb to injury … Warriors reveal some numbers

F Bruno Mráz (Brandon, 2011-12) has signed a one-year contract with Olomouc (Czech Republic, Extraliga). Last season, he had 17 goals and 19 assists in 44 games with Zvolen (Slovakia, Extraliga). . . .

F Peter Mueller (Everett, 2005-07) has signed a one-year contract with Red Bull Salzburg (Austria, Erste Bank Liga). He had 13 goals and 12 assists in 56 games last season with the Providence Bruins (AHL). . . .

F Tomáš Mojžíš (Moose Jaw, Seattle, 2000-03) has been loaned to Pardubice by Liberec (both Czech Republic, Extraliga) for the rest of this season. This season, he had been pointless in five games with Liberec. . . .

F Denis Tolpeko (Seattle, Regina, 2003-06) has been released by Spartak Moscow (Russia, KHL). He had one assist in four games.


With opening night slightly more than 48 hours away, three WHL teams undertook major makeovers in their goaltending departments on Wednesday.

The Saskatoon Blades moved out G Logan Flodell, 20, sending him to the Swift Current Broncos, while at the same time acquiring G Ryan Kubic, 19, from the Vancouver Giants.

The Blades gave Vancouver a second-round selection in the 2019 WHL bantam draft for Kubic, who had been the Giants’ No. 1 goalie for two seasons.

Saskatoon sent Flodell to the Swift Current Broncos for a fifth-round pick in 2019 and a second-rounder in 2020.

The Blades are left with Kubic and Joel Grzybowski, an 18-year-old freshman from Hafford, Sask., as their goaltenders. Kubic, from St. Andrews, Man., played the previous two seasons with the Giants, who selected him in the second round of the 2013 bantam draft.

Kubic got into 50 games as a freshman (17-24-6, 3.31, .898) and 56 last season (15-32-6, 3.67, .895).

Moving Flodell also allowed the Blades to get down to three 20-year-olds — D Evan Fiala, who is the team captain, F Cam Hebig and F Braylon Shmyr.

“It was a very difficult and complicated process to go through for us,” Colin Priestner, the Blades’ general manager, said in a news release. “All four guys are special and in any scenario we were going to lose a star player. We know how good Logan is and what an incredible season he had with us last year, and losing him is difficult. However, we simply felt the combination of Hebig and Shmyr playing together as 20s would give us a first line on par with any other in the league and would insulate our young star players from having to play against top lines and top d-men every night.

“We now have a five-year plan in net moving forward and this fills the gap that would have been created with Logan graduating next year.”

The Giants are poised to open with veteran G David Tendeck, who turns 18 on Nov. 25, and freshman G Todd Scott, a 17-year-old from Albertville, Minn. Tendeck, from North Vancouver, B.C., was 5-14-0, 4.78, .856 in 22 games as a freshman last season.

The Broncos, meanwhile, won’t be through making moves.

Flodell’s acquisition left them with two 20-year-old goaltenders, the other being veteran Taz Burman. The Broncos also have three other 20-year-olds on their roster, in forwards Conner Chaulk, Glenn Gawdin and Arthur Miller.

Flodell, from Regina, was 22-20-4, 2.81, .912 in 48 games with the Blades last season. In 2015-16, he was 22-13-4, 2.68, .904 in 42 appearances with the Seattle Thunderbirds, who selected him in the third round of the 2012 bantam draft.

The Broncos also have G Joel Hofer on their roster. The 6-foot-3 Hofer, 17, is from Winnipeg. He played the previous two seasons at the Pursuit of Excellence in Kelowna.

Interestingly, the Broncos and Blades are scheduled to open the regular season in Saskatoon on Friday.


On the subject of goaltending, the Red Deer Rebels have lost starter Riley Lamb, 19, for at least six weeks with a broken thumb. That means veteran Lasse Petersen, 20, steps into the starting role, with freshman Ethan Anders, who turns 17 on Tuesday, backing him up. . . . Greg Meachem of reddeerrebels.com reports that Lamb was injured during a practice session this week. . . . The Rebels open the season at home to the Edmonton Oil Kings on Saturday night. . . . Red Deer is carrying three 20-year-olds in Petersen, F Mason McCarty and F Grayson Pawlenchuk. . . . Meachem’s story is right here.


The Moose Jaw Warriors reported a loss of $463,566 for the year ending May 31, but that was after putting more than $700,000 back into the multi-purpose Mosaic Place in which they play.

Shareholders were told at Wednesday’s annual meeting that team operations netted $267,631 for the year, including $138,296.13 in playoff revenue. The Warriors lost a first-round series in seven games to the Swift Current Broncos, with four of the games played in Moose Jaw.

The Warriors again honoured a 10-year pledge commitment to Mosaic Place with a payment of $200,000. That means they have paid $1.7 million towards the facility with four years remaining in the pledge.

The Warriors also paid $124,088.75 in rent and $531,197 in upgrades to Mosaic Place, mostly in the areas of sound and lighting.

It all added up to a loss of $463,566, which left the Warriors with a bank balance of $1,081,545.01. There also is $112,106.30 in a legacy fund, and $282,033.78 in their education fund.

It also is more than worth noting that the team’s booster club raised $257,487. Now that’s a booster club!


F Ty Ronning and F Brad Morrison have returned to Vancouver from NHL camps, leaving the Giants with four 20-year-olds on their roster. Ronning had been with the New York Rangers, while Morrison skated with the Calgary Flames. . . . Some observers thought Ronning might get a chance with the Hartford Wolfpack, the Rangers’ AHL affiliate. He had two goals and three assists in 12 games in Hartford late last season. . . . The Giants acquired Morrison from the Prince George Cougars in June. He had 85 goals and 103 assists in 260 games with the Cougars. . . . Vancouver’s roster also includes two other 20s — F Jack Flaman and D Darian Skeoch. It is expected that they will waive Flaman, if they haven’t already. . . . Teams have until Oct. 10 to get down to the maximum three 20s. . . . The Giants open the regular season in Victoria against the Royals on Friday.


The Moose Jaw Warriors released F Jaeger White, 19, from their roster on Wednesday. White, from Medicine Hat, was a fourth-round selection by the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the 2013 WHL bantam draft. He has played with the Hurricanes, Everett Silvertips and Brandon Wheat Kings, recording five goals and 15 assists in 84 games. White has battled shoulder injuries for much of his career. He missed all of last season, playing only two games with the AJHL’s Brooks Bandits. . . . The Warriors also released F Brayden Tracey, who is expected to play a second season with the midget AAA Calgary Northstars. Tracey, 16, was a first-round pick in the WHL’s 2016 bantam draft. Last season, he had eight goals and 11 assists in 28 games with the Northstars.


D Dylan Coghlan of the Tri-City Americans has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights after being in their training camp. Coghlan, a 19-year-old from Duncan, B.C., was in camp as an undrafted free agent. . . . Last season, he had 15 goals and 38 assists in 71 games with the Americans, who selected him in the third round of the 2013 WHL bantam draft. . . . In 196 career regular-season games, he has 21 goals and 61 assists. . . . Coghlan is the third undrafted free agent out of the WHL to get an NHL contract this week. Earlier, F Jordy Bellerive of the Lethbridge Hurricanes signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins and F Parker Kelly of the Prince Albert Raiders signed with the Ottawa Senators.


The Spokane Chiefs have signed F Cordel Larson, 16, who was a ninth-round pick in the 2016 WHL bantam draft. From Weyburn, Sask., the 5-foot-8, 160-pounder Larson had five goals and 13 assists with the midget AAA Notre Dame Hounds of Wilcox, Sask., last season.


G Cody Porter, who has played in 117 regular-season WHL games, has signed with the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs. Porter, who turns 20 on Saturday, is from North Vancouver, B.C. . . . Last season, he was 14-16-3, 3.46, .888 in 34 games with the Calgary Hitmen. He also has played with the Vancouver Giants. . . . Porter is available to play for the Sea Dogs tonight (Thursday) when they open the regular season against the visiting Halifax Mooseheads.


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Friday games (start of regular season; all times local):

Regina at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.

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

Moose Jaw at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.

Medicine Hat at Lethbridge, 7 p.m.

Swift Current at Saskatoon, 7:05 p.m.

Spokane at Prince George, 7 p.m.

Vancouver at Victoria, 7:05 p.m.

Kamloops at Kelowna 7:05 p.m.

Saturday games (all times local):

Kootenay at Calgary, 7 p.m.

Prince Albert at Moose Jaw, 7 p.m.

Edmonton at Red Deer, 7 p.m.

Brandon at Regina, 7 p.m.

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

Spokane at Prince George, 7 p.m.

Victoria at Vancouver 7 p.m.

Kelowna at Kamloops, 7 p.m.

Portland at Everett, 7:05 p.m.

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

Sunday games (all times local):

Red Deer at Edmonton, 4 p.m.

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


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