D Martin Gründling (Moose Jaw, 2005-07) has signed for the rest of this season with Banská Bystrica (Slovakia, Extraliga). This season, with Skalica (Slovakia, Extraliga), he had two goals and 10 assists in 51 games. He was the team captain.
Steve Montador, a former NHL defenceman who struggled with post-concussion syndrome, was found dead in his home on Sunday morning.
His name is on a concussion-related lawsuit that has been filed against the NHL. . . . Rick Westhead of TSN has more right here.
Eric Duhatschek of The Globe and Mail has a fond remembrance of Steve Montador right here.
B.C. DIVISION: No teams played.
U.S. DIVISION: Seattle lost at home and remains third, three points behind idle Portland.
EAST DIVISION: Brandon won at home to move back to within two points of idle Kelowna, which leads the overall standings. Each team has 15 games remaining. . . . Prince Albert lost on the road and remains eight points out of a playoff spot. . . . Saskatoon won on the road and now has one more victory (17) than it had all of last season.
CENTRAL DIVISION: Kootenay lost at home. The Ice holds down the Eastern Conference’s first wild-card spot.
In Brandon, F Duncan Campbell scored twice to lead the Wheat Kings to a 5-2 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders. . . . Campbell has 10 goals this season. . . . He opened the scoring at 3:55 of the first period and made it 4-2 at 17:18 of the third. . . . F Morgan Klimchuk drew three assists for Brandon, while F Tim McGauley had two assists as he ran his point streak to 13 games. . . . McGauley came up short on a second-period penalty shot attempt. . . . Brandon F Peter Quenneville scored his 17th goal, into an empty net, and added an assist. . . . D Reid Gow scored his first goal since joining the Wheat Kings from the U of Manitoba Bisons after the Christmas break. . . . Brandon G Jordan Papirny stopped 35 shots, seven fewer than Prince Albert’s Rylan Parenteau. . . . Brandon was 0-for-8 on the PP; Prince Albert was 1-for-4. . . . Three players were given misconducts at various points for mouth guard infractions. . . . Raiders F Colton Heffley scored his sixth goal of the season in what was his 300th regular-season game. The first 270 of those were with the Kelowna Rockets. . . . F Reid Duke was among Brandon’s scratches. He has an undisclosed injury. The Wheat Kings remain without D Kale Clague, F Jayce Hawryluk, G Alex Moodie and D Ivan Provorov. . . . The Wheat Kings (42-9-6) are 13-0-2 in their last 15 games. . . . The Raiders (23-32-2) had won their previous two games. . . .
In Cranbrook, F Sam McKechnie scored 24 seconds into OT to give the Saskatoon Blades a 5-4 victory over the Kootenay Ice. . . . McKechnie, who now has 20 goals, scored twice in the game. . . . Ice F Tim Bozon forced OT when he scored his third goal of the game, and 25th of the season, with 53.2 seconds left in the third period. . . . McKechnie’s first goal, at 4:24 of the second, gave the Blades a 4-1 lead. . . . Bozon and F Vince Loschiavo, with his fifth, got the Ice to within 4-3 in the second period. . . . F Cameron Hebig had two assists for the Blades. . . . Saskatoon D Brycen Martin had one assist to run his point streak to 11 games. . . . F Jaedon Descheneau had two assists for the Ice. . . . Each team was 1-for-2 on the PP. . . . The game featured two goaltenders who were teammates last season with the midget AAA Saskatoon Contacts. Brock Hamm of the Blades stopped 33 shots. Declan Hobbs, who is expected to go back to the Contacts today, turned aside 25 shots in what was his first WHL start. . . . The Blades were playing their seventh game in 10 days. . . . Saskatoon went 4-0-0 against the Ice this season, outscoring it 19-12 in the process. . . . The Blades (17-36-3) won 16 games all of last season. . . . The Ice (28-27-2) had head coach Ryan McGill back behind the bench. He had missed the previous two games. . . .
In Kent, Wash., F Jack Walker scored three times and added an assist to help the Victoria Royals to a 6-3 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds. . . . Walker completed his hat trick with an empty-netter at 18:39 of the third period. . . . Victoria F Austin Carroll, with his 33rd goal, and Walker, with two, gave the Royals a 3-0 first-period lead. . . . Walker has 15 goals. . . . Carroll also had two assists, as did D Joe Hicketts. He’s got five assists over his last two games. . . . Royals F Tyler Soy scored his 24th goal and added an assist, giving him five points in two games. . . . F Mathew Barzal and D Shea Theodore each had two assists for Seattle. . . . Victoria lost D Ryan Gagnon at 4:15 of the third period when he took a headshot major and game misconduct for a hit on F Luke Osterman, who left the game. . . . Victoria G Coleman Vollrath stopped 28 shots. . . . Each team was playing its third game in three days. The Royals, who played in three different cities, went 2-1-0. The Thunderbirds, who also played two road games, one of them in Everett, went 1-1-1. . . . The Royals (32-21-4) have won two in a row. . . . The Thunderbirds (29-21-7) had points in their previous three games (2-0-1). . . . Headline on Seattle news release after the game: Royals Colonize T-Birds.
(all times local)
Medicine Hat at Swift Current, 2 p.m.
Brandon at Regina 2 p.m.
Prince George at Edmonton, 2 p.m.
Hockey loses another enforcer: Steve Montador, ex-NHL found dead today, fought 66 times in NHL reg season, about same as Derek Boogaard.
— John Branch (@JohnBranchNYT)