Central Scouting releases rankings . . . Hoflin, Ice beat Giants . . . Silvertips roll over Cougars


F Malte Strömwall (Tri-City, 2011-13) has been assigned by Lulea (Sweden, SHL) to Asplöven Haparanda (Sweden, Allsvenskan). The length of the loan period isn’t known. This season, with Växjö (Sweden, SHL), he had two goals in 21 games. In 12 games with Luleå, he had a goal and an assist. He scored on Tuesday in his first game with Asplöven.


It’s a story that seems to be as old as hockey itself — minor hockey parents abusing officials. And now there is talk of a parent-free weekend in a league on Vancouver Island. One 17-year-old referee thinks that’s not a bad idea. . . . There’s more and .


NHL Central Scouting issued its mid-season rankings on Tuesday and, yes, F Connor McDavid of the OHL’s Erie Otters is No. 1 among North American skaters. Coming in at No. 9, F Mathew Barzal of the Seattle Thunderbirds is the top-ranked WHL skater. . . . If you haven’t seen the rankings yet, there is a sortable version right here.



In Cranbrook, G Wyatt Hoflin stopped 39 shots to lead the Kootenay Ice to a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Giants. . . . The Ice took a 3-1 lead into the third period and were up 4-2 when Vancouver F Dalton Sward scored his ninth goal at 19:54 of the third period. . . . F Luke Philp scored his 21st goal for the Ice, which got two assists from F Sam Reinhart and a goal and an assist from F Zak Zborosky. He’s got 13 goals. . . . Vancouver F Tyler Benson scored his 11th goal 15 seconds into the second period for a 1-1 tie. . . . Philp scored at 5:15 and F River Beattie gave the Ice a 3-1 lead at 10:20 with his fourth goal. . . . D Mason Geertsen scored his ninth goal and added an assist for Vancouver. . . . Giants G Payton Lee stopped 25 shots. . . . The Giants opened a six-game Central Division swing with this game. . . . They are scheduled to play in Medicine Hat tonight. . . . Vancouver was without F Thomas Foster, who sat out Game 2 of a three-game suspension for a kneeing major and game misconduct he incurred on Friday night. He went knee-to-knee with Tri-City F Brian Williams. . . . According to Tri-City’s injury report, Williams, who didn’t play Saturday against the visiting Spokane Chiefs, will be out for up to three weeks. . . . The Ice is 23-22-1. . . . The Giants (19-24-2) have lost four in a row. . . .

In Prince George, the Everett Silvertips scored the game’s first five goals and went on to beat the Cougars, 6-1. . . . The Cougars lost D Sam Ruopp, their captain, to a kneeing major and game misconduct at 10:19 of the first period. . . . Everett F Ivan Nikolishin scored his 11th goal on the ensuing PP and the Silvertips were off to the races. . . . Everett F Kohl Bauml scored twice, giving him 21 goals. . . . Everett F Remi Laurencelle scored his 10th goal and added an assist for the visitors, who got two assists from D Cole MacDonald. . . . F Chase Witala scored his 25th goal for the Cougars, at 13:45 of the third period. . . . Everett was 3-for-7 on the PP; the Cougars were 0-for-3. . . . The Cougars are without F Jansen Harkins, their leading scorer. He is in St. Catharines, Ont., for the Top Prospects Game. . . . Earlier in the day, the NHL’s San Jose Sharks sent D Mirco Mueller to the AHL’s Worcester Sharks on a conditioning assignment. Mueller’s WHL rights belong to the Silvertips and there has been speculation that he might yet end up back with them. . . . The Silvertips (29-12-4) have won five in a row. . . . The Cougars (20-25-2) have lost six straight (0-4-2). . . . The teams meet in Prince George again tonight.


Rinat Valiev and Sam Reinhart were presented with framed World Junior prints prior to the start of tonight’s game. pic.twitter.com/knNuC8zKxw

— Kootenay ICE (@WHLKootenayICE)