F Jakub Klepiš (Portland, 2001-02) has signed a contract for the rest of the season with Třinec (Czech Republic, Extraliga). He was released by Färjestad Karlstad (Sweden, SHL) on Thursday by mutual agreement. This season, he had six goals and five assists in 21 games with Färjestad.
F Nikita Scherbak of the Everett Silvertips was fitted for a neck brace and taken from the ice on a stretcher during the second period of a 3-2 shootout victory over the host Seattle Thunderbirds on Saturday night.
. . . Scherback was released from hospital later Saturday but was on crutches at the time. . . . Nick Patterson of the Everett Herald has an update right here.
Tom Lynn is a former sports writer who now is an agent with Veritas Hockey. In between, he spent nine seasons in the front office of the Minnesota Wild, starting when it was an NHL expansion franchise. Now he has written a book — How to Bake an NHL Franchise From Scratch, the First Era of the Minnesota Wild. . . . Michael Russo of the Minneapolis StarTribune has a piece right here on what promises to be a good read.
In Lethbridge, the Prince Albert Raiders scored the game’s last three goals and beat the Hurricanes, 5-3. . . . Hurricanes F Jamal Watson, who also had two assists, gave his side a 3-2 lead with his 10th goal at 6:05 of the third period. . . . Raiders F Gage Quinney tied it, with his second of the game and third of the season, just 19 seconds later. . . . D Josh Morrissey of the Raiders scored his sixth goal, breaking the 3-3 tie at 14:46. . . . F Reid Gardiner, who had a goal and two assists, added insurance with his 13th goal at 18:51. He’s got six goals and three assists over his last four games. . . . Morrissey also had two assists. . . . Raiders G Rylan Parenteau stopped 32 shots. . . . The Hurricanes (5-15-4) have lost nine straight games (0-6-3). . . . The Raiders (11-13-0) are on a three-game winning streak. . . .
In Calgary, the Hitmen scored the game’s last five goals and beat the Red Deer Rebels, 6-2. . . . F Kenton Helgesen tied the score 2-2 at 10:59 of the second period and then broke the tie at 13:30. Helgesen, who also had an assist, has seven goals this season. . . . F Adam Tambellini, F Jake Virtanen and D Travis Sanheim each had a goal and two assists for Calgary (13-9-3), which moved into a tie with Red Deer for second place in the Central Division. . . . The line of Helgesen, Tambellini and Virtanen combined for nine points. . . . F Tyler Sandhu had a goal and an assist for Red Deer. . . . The Hitmen lost F Chase Lang to a cross-checking major and game misconduct at 2:36 of the second period. . . . The Rebels (13-10-3) had won two in a row, including a 4-0 victory over the visiting Hitmen on Saturday. . . .
In Cranbrook, the Kootenay Ice struck for six third-period goals as it beat the Moose Jaw Warriors, 7-3. . . . The Warriors took a 3-1 lead into the third period, but the Ice tied it on goals by F Luke Philp, his 10th, on a PP, at 3:39 and F Levi Cable at 4:02. . . . Cable then gave the Ice lead, with his ninth goal, at 9:22. . . . Ice F Jon Martin, who was playing in his 200th regular-season game, had a goal, his third, and three assists in the third period as he tied a franchise record for most points in a period. . . . Cable now has at least one goal in three straight games. . . . Ice F Sam Reinhart had three assists as he ran his point streak to eight games. He’s got 19 points, 15 of them assists, in that span. . . . F Jaedon Descheneau added two goals, giving him 14, and an assist for the Ice. He’s got goals in four straight. . . . The Ice also got a goal and two assists from Matt Alfaro, who has four goals. . . . The line of Alfaro, Cable and Martin had 10 points in the third period. . . . F Jesse Shynkaruk had a goal, his third, and an assist, while F Brayden Point had two assists for the Warriors (10-12-3). . . . G Brody Wilms made his first career start for Moose Jaw, stopping 33 shots, 26 of them through two periods. . . . The Ice (11-14-0) has won three in a row and eight of nine. . . . The Warriors were without D Tyler Brown. According to Matthew Gourlie of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald, Brown tweeted after a 5-1 victory in Lethbridge on Saturday that he had suffered a broken hand. . . . Taylor Rocca of the Cranbrook Daily Townsman has a game story right here. . . .
In Spokane, F Kailer Yamamoto scored 14 seconds into OT to give the Chiefs a 2-1 victory over the Kamloops Blazers. . . . Yamamoto has six goals this season. . . . The Chiefs took a 1-0 lead at 13:59 of the second period when F Liam Stewart scored his 10th goal. . . . The Blazers tied it when F Cole Ully got his 12th at 18:19 of the second. . . . Kamloops G Connor Ingram, making his fourth straight start, stopped 39 shots. . . . Spokane G Garret Hughson made 18 saves. . . . The Chiefs were 0-for-6 on the PP; the Blazers’ PP unit never got on the ice. . . . The game was delayed for about 15 minutes in the third period as the arena staff replaced a pane of glass. It was broken when Spokane D Evan Fiala checked Kamloops F Jermaine Loewen into it. . . . The Chiefs (12-7-3) have won three in a row. They won three games in as many nights over the weekend, each by a 2-1 count. . . . The Blazers (11-10-5) have points in four straight (2-0-2).
Seen a lot of things in my day but seeing a dad give hand signals to his son from the stands was absolutely ridiculous!
— Troy Mick (@troymick)