— Jordy Bellerive (@jordybellerive) September 16, 2017
The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed undrafted free-agent F Jordy Bellerive to a three-year entry-level NHL contract. Bellerive, who is entering his third season with the WHL’s Lethbridge Hurricanes, wasn’t selected in the NHL’s 2017 draft, but was invited to the Penguins’ camp and promptly earned a contract. . . . Playing for the Penguins at the Prospects Challenge in Buffalo, Bellerive scored three goals in one game and finished with four goals and three assists in three games. . . . Bellerive, 18, is from North Vancouver, B.C. . . . The second overall selection in the 2014 WHL bantam draft, he has 38 goals and 54 assists in 135 regular-season games. Last season, he put up 27 goals and 29 assists in 56 games. He added seven goals and seven assists in 20 playoff games as the Hurricanes reached the Eastern Conference final.
.@umichhockey has landed a commitment from one of the top 2003 birth-year players in the country in Dylan Duke.
— MiHockey (@MiHockeyNow) September 17, 2017
Earlier this summer, two brothers, ages 13 and 14, committed to play hockey for the U of Minnesota Gophers. NCAA athletics directors and head coaches don’t like it, but it’s doubtful that anything can be done about it. Why not? Well, as Chad Graff of the St. Paul, Minn., Pioneer Press writes: “One of rules proposals discussed at the Chicago meeting (that featured athletics directors and coaches) would ban conversations between schools and players until their sophomore year of high school, but (Minnesota head coach Don) Lucia fears that could mean college hockey missing out on some of the best players. Because even if college coaches stop recruiting bantam-level players, he said, the Canadian Hockey League will continue to.” . . . Graff has an extensive story on the issue right here.
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SATURDAY’S SCOREBOARD (last night of exhibition games):
In Crowsnest Pass, Alta., D Ryan Pouliot and G Gilian Kohler each scored twice as the Kootenay Ice dumped the Calgary Hitmen, 5-2. . . . Pouliot scored four times in the exhibition season. . . . Kohler, from Biel, Switzerland, scored his first two goals. He was selected in the CHL’s 2017 import draft. . . . Kootenay (3-3-0) was 2-5 on the PP; Calgary (2-3-0) was 1-6. . . . G Kurtis Chapman, acquired earlier in the week from the Regina Pats, stopped 25 shots for the Ice. . . . The Hitmen got 21 saves from G Connor Dochuk. . . . This was the first meeting between the Hitmen and Ice since the Kootenay franchise changed hands. Jeff Chynoweth, who was the Ice’s president and general manager, now is Calgary’s GM. . . .
In Edmonton, F Kirby Dach snapped a 1-1 tie at 16:03 of the third period to give the Saskatoon Blades a 2-1 victory over the Oil Kings. . . . F Brett Kemp gave Edmonton a 1-0 lead at 14:35 of the second period. . . . Saskatoon F Braylon Shmyr tied it, on a PP, at 17:38. . . . Dach won it with his second goal of the exhibition season. . . . Shmyr also had an assist. . . . Saskatoon (4-2-0) was 1-5 on the PP; Edmonton (0-5-0) was 0-5. . . . G Logan Flodell, one of four 20-year-olds on the Saskatoon roster, blocked 37 shots. . . . Edmonton G Travis Child stopped 20 shots. . . . Shmyr and F Cameron Hebig were the other 20s dressed by the Blades for this one. D Evan Fiala, the fourth 20-year-old, is in camp with the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings. . . . Hebig didn’t finish this one as he was tossed with a checking-from-behind major and game misconduct at 1:30 of the third period. . . .
In Moose Jaw, F Cole Reinhardt’s first goal of the exhibition season, at 1:35 of OT, gave the Brandon Wheat Kings a 2-1 victory over the Warriors. . . . Reinhardt also assisted on F Ty Ettinger’s goal at 2:09 of the first period. . . . Moose Jaw tied it on F Justin Almeida’s fourth goal, at 16:17 of the first. . . . G Logan Thompson stopped 32 shots for Brandon in his first appearance since returning from the camp of the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights. . . . Moose Jaw G Brody Willms stopped 27 shots in his first appearance of the exhibition season. . . . The Wheat Kings finished 3-1-0, while the Warriors wound up at 3-2-1. . . .
In Prince Albert, the Regina Pats scored the game’s last four goals en route to a 5-1 victory over the Raiders. . . . F Duncan Pierce broke a 1-1 tie at 7:43 of the first period, with D Liam Schioler adding insurance at 7:05 and F Rayman Bassi stretching the lead at 17:41. . . . Each of that trio scored his first goal. . . . Each team was 0-2 on the PP. . . . The Pats finished the exhibition season at 3-2-1, while the Raiders were 2-3-0. . . . G Max Paddock started for the Pats and gave up one goal on eight shots in 31:25. Jacob Wassermann, acquired this week from the Vancouver Giants, finished up with 11 saves in 28:35. That included stopping F D-Jay Jerome on a third-period penalty shot. . . . Nic Sanders started for the Raiders, stopping eight of 11 shots in 31:25. Curtis Meger came on to turn aside 13 of 15 shots in 28:35. . . . The Raiders were without freshman F Justin Nachbaur, who was hit with a TBD suspension after taking a charging major and game misconduct in Regina on Friday night. . . .
In Red Deer, F Austin Pratt had two goals and an assist to lead the Rebels to a 5-2 victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers. . . . Pratt scored three goals in the exhibition season. . . . F Josh Williams scored twice for Medicine Hat, giving him seven goals. . . . Red Deer (4-1-0) was 1-5 on the PP; Medicine Hat (2-2-0) was 0-2. . . . The Rebels opened with G Riley Lamb, who blocked 18 of 20 shots through two periods. Lasse Petersen played the third period, stopping seven of eight shots. . . . Medicine Hat starter Michael Bullion surrendered three goals on 21 shots in 29:30. Duncan McGovern finished up with 16 saves on 18 shots in 29:28. . . .
In Kent, Wash., the Everett Silvertips built up a 5-0 lead as they defeated the host Seattle Thunderbirds, 5-1. . . . Everett got goals from five power plays, with F Connor Dewar recording two assists. . . . Everett (5-2-0) was 2-4 on the PP; Seattle (1-6-0) was 0-2. . . . Everett F Matt Fonteyne was ejected with a slashing major and game misconduct at 7:55 of the second period. . . . Everett starter Dorrin Luding was perfect, with 16 saves, in 34:07. Danton Belluk stopped six of seven shots in playing the last 25:53. . . . Seattle got 24 saves from G Cole Schwebius. . . . The Thunderbirds are without G Carl Stankowski, who played so well down the stretch and through the playoffs as they won the WHL’s 2017 championship. He suffered an undisclosed injury over the summer and is believed to be at least a month away from returning. . . .
In Kennewick, Wash., F Riley Woods and F Ethan McIndoe each had three points to help the Spokane Chiefs to a 6-2 victory over the Tri-City Americans. . . . Woods scored two goals, giving him three, and added an assist, with McIndoe notching his third goal and adding two assists. . . . Spokane got out to a 4-0 lead, which the Americans later trimmed to 4-3. . . . Spokane F Hayden Ostir stretched the lead with his fifth goal, on a PP, 15 seconds into the third period. . . . F Parker AuCoin scored his sixth goal, on a PP, for the Americans. . . . The Chiefs (4-1-2) were 1-5 on the PP; the Americans (4-3-1) were 1-4. . . . Spokane G Dawson Weatherill started and turned aside all 14 shots he faced in 30:32. Donovan Buskey came on to stop 11 of 13 in 29:28. . . . Tri-City G Beck Warm made 31 stops.
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