The month of December arrives on Monday, which is when Hockey Canada will announce the roster for the national junior team’s selection camp. . . . That camp is scheduled for Dec. 11-15 in Toronto. . . . The tournament opens Dec. 26 in Toronto and Montreal. . . . Monday’s announcement is to be made at 8 a.m. PT.
A note from Annie Fowler of the Tri-City Herald:
Saturday marked the 25th anniversary of Tri-City goaltender Olie Kolzig’s goal. It was the was the first goal scored by a WHL goalie, coming with 44 seconds remaining in a 5-2 win over Seattle at Toyota Center (in Kennewick, Wash.)
“They had pulled their goalie, and we were up 4-2,” recalled Kolzig in a 2012 interview. “The puck went behind the net. I went back to get it, and I want to say I lifted it 20 feet in the air, but it was about three feet. By the time it was halfway down the ice, it started to curl, and it just went inside the post.”
F Daniel Nachbaur, 19, was traded from the BCHL’s Merritt Centennials to the Prince George Spruce Kings for future considerations on Saturday. Nachbaur, the son of Spokane Chiefs head coach Don Nachbaur, had 13 goals and 10 assists in 57 games over two seasons in Merritt. . . . The Nachbaur family has roots in the Prince George area and Don is a member of that city’s Sports Hall of Fame.
In Prince Albert, the Brandon Wheat Kings scored three times in the second period and went on to beat the Raiders, 6-3. . . . The Raiders (13-14-0) had a five-game winning streak snapped. They will play their next seven games on the road. . . . Brandon F Tim McGauley’s 15th goal turned out to be his fourth game-winning goal in five games. . . . F Jordan Tkatch gave the Raiders a 1-0 lead at 11:43 of the first period with his fourth goal. He finished with two goals and an assist. . . . Brandon D Eric Roy tied it with his third, via the PP, at 13:51. . . . F Duncan Campbell scored his fourth to give Brandon a 2-1 lead at 4:59 of the second and the Wheat Kings took it from there. . . . F Tanner Kaspick and D Macoy Erkamps each had two assists for Brandon, which got 30 saves from G Jordan Papirny. . . . The Raiders scratched D Sawyer Lange and D Hunter Warner with undisclosed injuries. . . . The Wheat Kings played their second game in a row without F Rihards Bukarts, who suffered an undisclosed injury during a practice this week. . . . The Wheat Kings (21-5-2) are 4-0-1 in their last five. . . . Rob Henderson of the Brandon Sun has a game story right here. . . .
In Moose Jaw, D Dustin Perillat had a goal and an assist to help the Warriors to a 4-2 victory over the Saskatoon Blades. . . . Perillat broke a 1-1 tie with his third goal at 16:44 of the second period and F Brayden Point mde it 3-1 with his 15th goal at 19:02. . . . Moose Jaw G Justin Paulic stopped 27 shots, five fewer than Saskatoon’s Trevor Martin. . . . F Alex Forsberg was among the Blades’ scratches, but only because his name was accidentally left off the original game sheet. . . . Saskatoon dressed 17 skaters, one under the maximum. . . . The Warriors (12-12-3) have won two in a row. . . . The Blades (7-18-2) have lost three straight (0-2-1) as they head for Kamloops and a Tuesday date with the Blazers. . . . It was Hall of Fame weekend in Moose Jaw and Nathan Liewicki of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald has more right here. . . .
In Calgary, F Matt Bellerive had two goals and an assist as the Vancouver Giants ended a six-game losing skid with a 6-3 victory over the Hitmen. . . . Vancouver F Jesse Roach broke a 1-1 tie with his first goal at 6:23 of the second period and F Jackson Houck upped the lead to 3-1 with his eighth goal, via the PP, at 10:12. . . . The Hitmen weren’t able to equalize as Vancouver G Payton Lee stopped 32 shots. . . . Giants F Thomas Foster and F Tyler Benson each had two assists. . . . Vancouver D Josh Thrower and F Gage Ramsay also scored their first goals. . . . F Jake Virtanen scored twice for the Hitmen, giving him seven on the season. . . . Bellerive’s second goal, his 12th, was into an empty net. . . . Vancouver was 2-for-2 on the PP; Calgary was 0-for-4. . . . The Giants (10-18-0) went 1-4 and fired head coach Troy Ward while in Alberta. . . . The Hitmen are 14-11-3. . . .
In Red Deer, the Rebels scored two shorthanded goals in the second period and went on to a 6-2 victory over the Swift Current Broncos. . . . Ch-ch-ching! The game featured a third-period line brawl. At one point in the third period, the Broncos were left with three forwards and three defencemen on their bench. . . . By game’s end, the Rebels had taken 120 of 197 penalty minutes. . . . Red Deer F Brooks Maxwell’s shorthanded goal at 1:58 of the second period gave the Rebels a 2-1 lead. . . . Red Deer F Wyatt Johnston added his club’s WHL-leading 10th shorthanded goal of the season, at 12:40 of the second, for a 4-1 lead. . . . Maxwell has seven goals this season; Johnson has 13. . . . F Scott Feser had a goal, his 10th, and two assists for the Rebels (14-10-4), who had lost their previous two games (0-1-1). . . . The Broncos (14-12-4) have lost three straight. . . .
In Medicine Hat, F Matt Bradley scored his seventh goal at 2:14 of OT to give the Tigers a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings. . . . The Oil Kings took a 2-0 lead into the second period on goals by F Andrew Koep, his seventh, and F Mads Eller, his third, the latter via the PP at 19:05 of the first. . . . The Tigers tied it on second-period goals 29 seconds apart by D Tommy Vannelli and D Tyler Lewington, at 15:31 and 16:00. Vannelli has 10 goals; Lewington has four. . . . Edmonton G Tristan Jarry stopped 49 shots, 30 more than Medicine Hat’s Marek Langhamer. . . . Edmonton D Ashton Sautner had two assists as he ran his point streak to 10 games. . . . The Oil Kings were without seven regulars, including F Edgars Kulda. . . . Edmonton had two APs, D Kyle Yewchuk and D Jordan Dawson, in the lineup. . . . The Tigers (19-6-2) have won three in a row. . . . The Oil Kings (14-10-5) had won their previous two starts. . . .
In Kamloops, F Austin Carroll scored twice as the Victoria Royals beat the Blazers, 5-3. . . . Carroll broke a 3-3 tie with his 20th goal at 16:11 of the thid period as he put home the rebound of a shot by D Joe Hicketts. . . . F Taylor Crunk iced it with his fifth goal just 18 seconds after Carroll scored. . . . The Royals scored twice in the game’s opening 1:11 and went up 3-0 at 14:33 of the first period. . . . The Blazers came back and tied it on F Matt Needham’s ninth goal at 5:41 of the third period. . . . Hicketts and F Axel Blomqvist, who really can impose his will on a game when he wants to, each had two assists. . . . Hicketts, who almost certainly will be invited to the Canadian national junior team’s camp on Monday, left 45 seconds into the third period after blocking a shot with his left foot. He perhaps missed one shift before returning looking none the worse for wear. . . . Kamloops G Cole Kehler made his first start in seven games and stopped 27 shots. Connor Ingram had made six straight starts. . . . Kamloops was without D Ryan Rehill and F Deven Sideroff. Rehill served a one-game suspension for a late instigator penalty in Friday’s 7-3 loss to the visiting Regina Pats, while Sideroff apparently was injured in that game. . . . F Jake Kryski moved up into Sideroff’s spot alongside Cole Ully and Matt Needham on the Blazers’ top line to start the game, although head coach Don Hay moved bodies around through the last two periods. . . . The Ully-Needham-Sideroff line was together for 24 of the Blazers’ first 28 games. . . . Victoria F Brandon Magee completed a five-game suspension. He was suspended for a spearing incident in a Nov. 19 games against Kelowna. . . . The Royals (15-13-2) had lost their last two games. . . . The Blazers (11-13-5) are 0-3-1 in their last four. . . .
In Spokane, the Chiefs ran their winning streak to five games as they beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes, 2-1. . . . The Chiefs have won by a 2-1 score on four occasions during that streak. . . . F Jacob Cardiff scored his second goal of the season at 11:31 of the first period to get the Chiefs started. . . . D Jordan Henderson upped the lead to 2-0 with his first goal at 2:27 of the third. . . . F Tyler Wong got the visitors on the board, with his ninth, at 19:31 of the third period. . . . Spokane G Tyson Verhelst stopped 25 shots, while Lethbridge’s Stuart Skinner turned aside 37. . . . The Chiefs (14-7-3) are tied with Portland for second in the U.S. Division and Spokane holds five games in hand. . . . The Hurricanes (6-17-4) have lost two straight and 11 of 12. . . .
In Kelowna, the Regina Pats scored the game’s last three goals, two of them on the same penalty kill, and beat the Rockets, 3-1. . . . F Rourke Chartier scored his WHL-leading 29th goal, on a PP, at 6:54 of the second period to give Kelowna a 1-0 lead. . . . F Pavel Padakin, with his seventh goal, and F Sam Steel, with his fifth, gave Regina a 2-1 lead with shorthanded scores at 9:57 and 10:29 of the second. . . . Regina F Braden Christoffer got his eighth into an empty net at 18:32 of the third. . . . Regina G Daniel Wapple stopped 27 shots. . . . The Pats (16-10-1), who went 4-1-0 in B.C., have won three in a row and 10 of 12. . . . The Rockets (22-3-3) are 7-2-2 in their past 11. . . .
In Kennewick, Wash., the Portland Winterhawks got out to a 3-0 lead and hung on for a 3-2 victory over the Tri-City Americans. . . . This was the first meeting of the season between these teams. Portland also has yet to play the Spokane Chiefs. . . . Portland F Paul Bittner scored his ninth goal just nine seconds into the game. . . . F Oliver Bjorkstrand got his 18th goal at 4:04 of the second and F Miles Koules made it 3-0 with his ninth at 7:14 of the second. . . . Tri-City F Ty Comrie cut into the lead with his third goal at 18:22, then F Brian Williams scored his seventh, making it 3-2, at 1:21 of the third. . . . Tri-City G Eric Comrie made 39 saves, 11 more than Portland’s Brendan Burke. . . . Portland F Nic Petan had two assists. . . . Portland F Chase De Leo had one assist; it was his 200th career point and came in his 239th game. . . . The Americans were 0-for-4 on the PP; Portland’s PP never got off the bench. . . . The Winterhawks (14-12-3) have won five in a row. . . . The Americans are 15-12-0. . . .
In Kent, Wash., F Luke Philp had three points, including the 150th of his career, as the Kootenay Ice beat the Seattle Thunderbirds, 5-2. . . . The Thunderbirds led this one 2-0 at 10:23 of the first period. . . . Ice F Tim Bozon tied it with his eighth goal, at 15:06 of the first, and Philp got his 11th at 19:32 to put the visitors out front. . . . Ice F Sam Reinhart ran his point streak to 10 games with his sixth goal and an assist, while F Jaedon Descheneau has points in nine straight. He had his 15th goal, into an empty net, and an assist. . . . The Ice improved to 12-15-0, while the Thunderbirds slipped to 10-12-4. . . . The Ice is in Everett to play the Silvertips this afternoon, while the Thunderbirds entertain Spokane.
— Dryden Hunt (@huntsy22)