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— Sports Illustrated (@SInow)
The Tri-City Herald’s Best of the WHL’s Western Conference poll is out. If you haven’t seen it, you can view it in its entirety right here.
Late last year, Tom Gaglardi, the owner of the NHL’s Dallas Stars and the majority owner of the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers, was fined $140,000 after being convicted in a Kamloops courtroom of two counts of harmful alteration of salmon habitat.
The Crown, which had asked for a fine of $300,000, has chosen to appeal that sentence. . . . Tim Petruk of Kamloops This Week has more right here.
B.C. DIVISION: Prince George lost on the road so remains tied with idle Kamloops for fourth, one point behind Vancouver.
U.S. DIVISION: All five teams were idle.
EAST DIVISION: Brandon won on the road and moved back into a tie with idle Kelowna for first place in the overall standings. Kelowna has one game in hand. . . . Regina lost at home and appears headed for a second-place finish in the division. . . . Swift Current lost at home and remains third, eight points behind Regina.
CENTRAL DIVISION: Medicine Hat won on the road and now leads the division by six points over idle Calgary, which holds two games in hand. . . . Edmonton won at home and moved into a tie with idle Kootenay for fourth place in the division. They are seven points out of third but hold down the Eastern Conference’s two wild-card spots.
In Swift Current, F Dryden Hunt scored three times to lead the Medicine Hat Tigers to a 6-3 victory over the Broncos. . . . D Ty Stanton gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead at 19:15 of the first period. He’s got seven goals. . . . Hunt scored the game’s next three goals, giving him 28. . . . F Markus Eisenschmid added his 19th at 17:35 of the second and the Tigers took a 5-0 lead into the third. . . . The Tigers got that to 5-3 but Tigers F Cole Sanford iced it with his WHL-leading 46th goal, into an empty net, at 18:59. . . . F Steve Owre and F Chad Butcher each had two assists for the Tigers. . . . The Broncos were 2-for-5 on the PP; the Tigers were 1-for-2. . . . The Tigers, who dressed 17 skaters, were without F Trevor Cox, the WHL’s leading scorer. He was hit with a ‘tbd’ suspension under supplemental discipline for something that happened in Saturday’s game with the Calgary Hitmen. The Tigers and Hitmen meet again tonight, this time in Calgary. . . . The Tigers held a players-only meeting after losing 2-1 to the visiting Hitmen on Saturday. . . . The Tigers (37-18-3) had lost their previous three games. . . . The Broncos (27-25-5) had won their last two. . . .
In Regina, F Braylon Shmyr broke a 2-2 tie in the second period and the Brandon Wheat Kings went on to a 4-3 victory over the Pats. . . . The Wheat Kings took a 2-0 lead into the second period on goals by F Peter Quenneville, his 18th, and F Tyler Coulter, his first of two. Coulter, with four goals in his last four games, has 13 goals. . . . Regina tied it when F Pavel Padakin scored his 20th at 3:25 of the second on a PP and F Austin Wagner notched No. 19 at 8:38. . . . Shmyr broke the tie with his 15th goal at 16:05 and Coulter added insurance at 19:28. . . . Regina F Sam Steel scored his 15th just 13 seconds later. . . . Wheat Kings F Tim McGauley had three assists to run his point streak to 14 games. . . . Brandon F Tanner Kaspick had two assists. Faced with a bunch of injuries, the Wheat Kings played Kaspick, Duncan Campbell and Coulter together. All three are Brandon natives. . . . F Braden Christoffer and D Connor Hobbs each had two assists for Regina. . . . Brandon G Jordan Papirny stopped 27 shots, five more than Regina’s Daniel Wapple. . . . Brandon brought in G Logan Thompson, 17, to back up Papirny. . . . Brandon dressed only 17 skaters. F Nolan Patrick didn’t play, joining F Reid Duke, D Kale Clague, G Alex Moodie, F Jayce Hawryluk and D Ivan Provorov as scratches. . . . The Pats continue to be without F Adam Brooks and F Taylor Cooper. . . . Brandon (43-9-6) has won nine in a row on the road and has points in its last 16 games (14-0-2). . . . Regina (30-19-7) has lost three in a row (0-2-1). . . .
In Edmonton, F Cole Benson scored twice as the Oil Kings downed the Prince George Cougars, 5-1. . . . Benson has nine goals. . . . He gave the Oil Kings a 2-0 lead at 11:22 of the first period. . . . Cougars F Jansen Harkins cut into that lead with his 18th goal at 14:00 of the first. . . . Edmonton scored the game’s last three goals. . . . F Brandon Baddock (14), F Andrew Koep (12) and F Lane Bauer (19) each had a goal and an assist, while D Dysin Mayo had two assists. . . . Edmonton G Tristan Jarry stopped 30 shots as he set the franchise record for career victories by a goaltender (89). Laurent Brossoit had held the previous record. . . . Cougars G Ty Edmonds turned aside 38 shots. . . . The Oil Kings (26-26-6) had lost their previous two games. This was only the third time in their last 11 games that they had scored more than two goals. . . . The Cougars (23-33-4) went 2-2-1 on a five-game road trip.
(all times local)
Moose Jaw at Victoria, noon
Red Deer at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.
Kootenay at Lethbridge, 7 p.m.
Medicine Hat at Calgary, 7 p.m.
Portland vs. Tri-City, at Kennewick, Wash., 7:05 p.m.
As the saying goes, there’s no better place to spend a birthday than in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
— Taz Burman (@tazburman)