Condolences to the family of Bob Goring, who passed away today. He was a fixture in the press box during Jets & Moose games for 2 decades.
— Winnipeg Jets PR (@WpgJetsPR) September 24, 2017
F Viktor Gibbs Sjödin (Portland, 2006-08) has signed a one-year contract with Den Haag (Netherlands, BeNeLiga). This summer, he had 15 goals and 25 assists in 24 games with the Melbourne Ice (Australia, AIHL), which won the league championship. . . . Sjödin has played three of the last four summers in Australia; in fact, he hasn’t played a winter season since 2013-14.
The 2017 Kamloops Kidney Walk is scheduled for today (Sunday) in McDonald Park. My wife, Dorothy, who underwent a kidney transplant on Sept. 23, 2013, will be walking for a fourth straight year. If you would like to support her cause, you may do so right here. . . . To those of you who already have sponsored her, thanks so much. Your support means a lot.
The U of Wisconsin Badgers now have five 2002-born players committed to play for them, likely staring in 2020-21.
D Anthony Kehrer of Winnipeg, a second-round selection by the Brandon Wheat Kings in the WHL’s 2017 bantam draft, made a commitment to the Badgers last week. He had made a visit to the campus in January, then was in the Wheat Kings’ training camp when it opened.
Other 2002-born players to have committed to the Badgers are: D Daniel Laatsch of Altoona, Wisc.; F Isaac Novak of Waukesha, Wisc.; Tanner Latsch of Muskegon, Wisc.; and D Casey Roepke of Erin, Wisc.
While Wisconsin isn’t within the WHL’s territory for its bantam draft, the number of younger players who are making NCAA commitments is interesting.
For the record, the WHL’s drafting territory includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
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At Calgary, the Hitmen scored the game’s last three goals and beat the Kootenay Ice, 3-1. . . . This was the first WHL victory for Dallas Ferguson, Calgary’s first-year head coach. . . . The Ice had beaten the Hitmen 3-2 in Cranbrook on Friday. . . . Last night, F Colton Kroeker (1) gave the Ice a 1-0 lead at 6:55 of the second period. . . . The Hitmen won it on third-period goals from F Andrei Grishakov (1) at 1:11, F Andrew Fyten (1) at 5:55 and D Jackson van de Leet (1), into an empty net, at 18:35. . . . Calgary G Nick Schneider stopped 24 shots, as did the Ice’s Bailey Brkin. . . . Announced attendance: 9,669.
At Moose Jaw, three of the Warriors’ veteran forwards enjoyed three-point nights as the Warriors dumped the Prince Albert Raiders, 7-3. . . . F Tanner Jeannot, F Brayden Burke and F Noah Gregor each had a goal and two assists for Moose Jaw, which had won 3-0 in Prince Albert on Friday. . . . The Warriors also got a goal and an assist from each of D Jett Woo, F Justin Almeida and F Jayden Halbgewachs, and two assists from F Luka Burzan. . . . F Jordy Stallard had a goal and an assist for the Raiders, while F Cole Fonstad had two assists. . . . The Warriors enjoyed period leads of 3-1 and 4-2. . . . Moose Jaw (2-0-0) was 1-5 on the PP; Prince Albert (0-2-0) was 1-7. . . . G Brody Willms stopped 40 shots for Moose Jaw in his second complete game in two nights. . . . The Raiders got 23 saves from G Nic Sanders. . . . The Raiders held a 24-4 edge in third-period shots but only got one puck behind Willms. . . . The Raiders lost G Ian Scott to an undisclosed injury on Friday night, so Sanders started this one, with freshman Curtis Meger backing up. . . . Prince Albert had F Parker Kelly in the lineup after his stint with the NHL’s Ottawa Senators. He was with Ottawa as an undrafted free agent and came home with a three-year entry-level contract. . . . Announced attendance: 4,057.
At Red Deer, F Grayson Pawlenchuk scored two goals to lead the Rebels to a 7-3 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings. . . . Pawlenchuk last scored a goal on Nov. 1. He played three games after that before his season was ended by a shoulder injury that required surgery. . . . This was the season-opener for both teams. . . . Red Deer led 4-0 in the second period, only to have the Oil Kings get to within two. But Pawlenchuk gave his guys a 5-2 lead at 12:35 of the third and iced it at 15:22. . . . Red Deer D Alexander Alexeyev had three assists in his first game after having last season halted by a knee injury. . . . F Mason McCarty, F Austin Pratt, F Kristian Reichel and F Brandon Hagel each had a goal and two assists for the winners. . . . Red Deer also got a goal from F Reese Johnson, who twice underwent shoulder surgery and played only 48 games over the previous two seasons. . . . The Oil Kings got three assists from F Trey Fix-Wolansky and two goals from F Andrei Pavlenko. . . . D Will Warm chipped in with two assists for Edmonton. . . . Red Deer was 2-5 on the PP; Edmonton was 1-6. . . . The Rebels got 31 saves from G Lasse Petersen, while Edmonton’s Travis Child stopped 36 shots. . . . Announced attendance: 5,805.
— Regina Pats (@WHLPats) September 24, 2017
At Regina, the Pats broke a 2-2 tie with a pair of goals and went on to beat the Brandon Wheat Kings, 4-3. . . . On Friday night, the Wheaties beat the visiting Pats, 8-1. . . . At one point last night, the Pats held a 33-10 edge in shots but the score was 2-2. . . . F George King (1) and F Matt Bradley (2), on a penalty shot, gave the Pats a 2-0 first-period lead. . . . Brandon F Stelio Mattheos scored two second-period goals to tie the score. He also had two goals on Friday night. . . . F Ty Lewis assisted on both Brandon goals, giving him seven points in the two games. . . . Regina F Wyatt Sloboshan (1) snapped the tie at 18:19 of the second period, with Bradley stretching the lead at 13:06 of the third. . . . The Wheat Kings got to within goal when F Tanner Kaspick (1) scored at 19:22. . . . Mattheos also had an assist. . . . Sloboshan added an assist for Regina, which got two assists from D Dawson Davidson. . . . Brandon (1-1-0) was 2-3 on the PP; Regina (1-1-0) was 1-7. . . . Regina G Tyler Brown earned the victory with 15 saves, 25 fewer than Brandon’s Logan Thompson. . . . Brandon is without three injured defencemen. Daniel Bukac and James Shearer are out long term, while Caiden Daley is day-to-day. . . . The Pats have had to open the season without F Nick Henry (shoulder surgery), with F Jake Leschyshyn (Vegas), D Josh Mahura (Anaheim) and F Sam Steel (Anaheim) at NHL camps. . . . Mahura is one of 10 defencemen left on the Ducks’ roster. . . . Announced attendance: 6,484 (sellout).
#mnwild playing Woodbury native Brennan Menell on the blue line. In running for an AHL deal or NHL two-way. They're very impressed with him
— Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) September 23, 2017
At Medicine Hat, G Michael Bullion stopped 22 shots to help the Tigers to a 4-0 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes. . . . The host Hurricanes beat the Tigers, 5-2, on Friday. . . . Last night, Bullion posted the fourth shutout of his career, stopping four, eight and 10 shots by period. . . . At the other end, G Stuart Skinner blocked 40 shots. . . . TheTigers took control on second-period goals from F Ryan Chyzowski (1) at 1:20, F Josh Williams (1) at 4:03 and F Mark Rassell (2), on a PP, at 10:41. . . . F Max Gerlach (1) got the empty-netter at 18:50 of the third period. . . . Rassell also had two assists. . . . Medicine Hat (1-1-0) was 1-3 on the PP; Lethbridge (1-1-0) was 0-2. . . . If you were wondering, Bob Ridley, the radio voice of the Tigers, is into his 48th season. . . . D David Quenneville, a key part of the Medicine Hat’s offence from the back end, was back with the Tigers after a stint with the NHL’s New York Islanders. . . . The Hurricanes are without D Brennan Menell, who is in camp with the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. . . . Announced attendance: 4,607.
At Prince George, the Spokane Chiefs erased an early 1-0 deficit and went on to beat the Cougars, 5-1. . . . On Friday night, the Chiefs beat the host Cougars, 5-2. . . . A scoring change from that game awarded Spokane G Dawson Weatherill his second assist. He is the first goaltender in Chiefs history to record two assists in one game. . . . Last night, F Jared Bethune (1) gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead at 4:25 of the first period. . . . F Rykr Cole (1) pulled Spokane even just 28 seconds later. . . . The Chiefs took the lead at 13:01 when F Hudson Elynuik (2) scored. . . . F Nolan Reid (1) added insurance at 2:48 of the second. . . . F Eli Zummack (1) and F Riley Woods (2) scored late third-period goals. . . . The Chiefs got two assists from F Hayden Ostir, while Elynuik also had an assist. . . . Each team was 0-4 on the PP. . . . Weatherill earned the victory with 24 saves, three more than the Cougars’ Taylor Gauthier. . . . Announced attendance: 2,683.
#WHLGiants gm Glen Hanlon tells Sportsnet 650 Morning show that Tyler Benson will join the team on Oct 13th for Eastern road trip.
— Rick Dhaliwal (@DhaliwalSports) September 22, 2017
At Langley, B.C., F Dante Hannoun scored two goals and added an assist as the Victoria Royals beat the Vancouver Giants, 6-1. . . . The start of the game was delayed almost 30 minutes due to a pane of glass that was broken during the warmup. . . . The Royals, who beat the visiting Giants 7-1 on Friday, scored the game’s first three goals and its last three. . . . The Royals got a goal and two assists from F Jared Legien, two assists from F Matthew Phillips, and a goal and an assist from F Ryan Peckford. . . . Victoria was 2-7 on the PP; Vancouver was 0-5. . . . Victoria G Griffen Outhouse blocked 46 shots, losing his shutout to F James Malm (1) at 6:03 of the second period. . . . The Giants got 24 stops from G David Tendeck. . . . Vancouver D Matt Barberis was ejected after taking an interference major at 15:18 of the second period. . . . The Royals expect to get F Tyler Soy, 20, back before too long. He had been in camp with the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, but they assigned him to the AHL’s San Diego Gulls on Saturday. He hasn’t signed a pro contract. . . . Announced attendance: 3,317.
— Jeff Putnam (@Putsky88) September 24, 2017
At Kamloops, F Kole Lind had two goals and three assists to lead the Kelowna Rockets to a 5-1 victory over the Blazers. . . . One night earlier, Lind had a goal and two assists as the host Rockets beat the Blazers, 6-2. Yes, he is on pace for a 288-point regular season. . . . Lind gave the Rockets a 1-0 lead at 9:16 of the first period. . . . Kamloops tied it at 19:13 of the second on a goal from D Joe Gatenby (1). . . . F Jack Cowell scored Kelowna’s next two goals, giving him three this season, at 1:41 and 5:38 of the third. The second one came via the PP. . . . Lind (3) and D Cal Foote (1), the latter on a PP, finished the scoring late in the third. . . . Foote also had two assists. He has a goal and five assists after two outings. . . . Kelowna was 2-5 on the PP; Kamloops was 0-3. . . . The Rockets got 28 saves from G Brodan Salmond, while the Blazers’ Dylan Ferguson turned aside 27 shots. . . . The Rockets are carrying three imports, all from the Czech Republic — veteran F Tomas Soustal, who is 20 so is a two-spotter; D Libor Zabransky, 17; and F Marek Skvrne, 18. Soustal and Zabransky, whose father Libor played 40 games with the NHL’s St. Louis Blues, played both games against the Blazers, while Skvrne was scratched from both. . . . The Blazers and Rockets will meet six more times in this regular season, but won’t see each other again until Dec. 27 and 29. . . . Announced attendance: 4,847.
At Everett, F Cody Glass had a goal and two assists, while F Kieffer Bellows scored twice in his first WHL game, as the Portland Winterhawks beat the Silvertips, 7-4. . . . The Silvertips took a 2-0 lead into the second period, on goals from F Matt Fonteyne (1) and F Reece Vitelli (1). . . . However, the Winterhawks struck for six goals in the second period to take control of what was the first game for both teams. . . . Bellows got Portland on the board at 2:43, with F Conor MacEachern tying the score at 3:36. . . . F Skyler McKenzie gave the visitors the lead at 5:14. F Joachim Blichfeld, F Alex Overhardt and Bellows upped the Portland lead to 6-2 before Fonteyne got his second of the night at 19:25. . . . Glass and Everett F Riley Sutter exchanged third-period goals. . . . F Elijah Colina and F Brad Ginnell each had two assists for Portland, while Overhardt added one. . . . Everett got two assists from each of F Bryce Kindopp and F Patrick Bajkov. . . . Portland was 0-2 on the PP; Everett was 1-10. . . . Portland G Cole Kehler stopped 22 shots. . . . Everett starter Dorrin Luding gave up four goals on 19 shots in 28:52. Danton Belluk finished up, stopping eight of 11 shots in 31:08. . . . Announced attendance: 5,873.
— John Kuehn (@johninafg0910) September 24, 2017
At Kent, Wash., the Seattle Thunderbirds celebrated last season’s WHL championship and then went out and beat the Tri-City Americans, 4-3. . . . D Jake Lee’s first goal broke a 3-3 tie just 48 seconds into the third period of what was the first game for both teams. . . . That goal also gave Matt O’Dette, Seattle’s freshman head coach, his first WHL victory. . . . F Jordan Topping scored twice for Tri-City, giving it a 1-0 lead at 5:47 of the first period and tying things 2-2 at 17:38. . . . In between, F Sami Moilanen and F Zack Andrusiak scored for Seattle. . . . F Parker AuCoin gave the Americans a 3-2 lead with a shorthanded goal at 2:33 of the second period, only to have F Elijah Brown pull Seattle even at 7:01. . . . There was some nastiness late in this one and the off-ice officials apparently were still sorting things out as Saturday turned into Sunday. Judging from the preliminary stats, this may have been the first ch-ch-ching moment of the regular season. . . . According to TBird Tidbits (@TBirdTidbits), the Thunderbirds are 18-2-1 in their last 21 home games against the Americans. Seattle has won the last six of those. . . . The NHL’s Anaheim Ducks announced Saturday that D Turner Ottenbreit is on his way back to Seattle. He will be the Thunderbirds’ captain. Upon returning, he will sit out one game as he serves a suspension left over from last season — unless the WHL gives Ottenbreit credit for sitting out last night. . . . The Ducks also returned F Kyle Olson to the Americans. He wasn’t in the lineup, however. The Americans also are missing F Michael Rasmussen (Detroit Red Wings) and D Juuso Valimaki (Calgary Flames). . . . At some time over the weekend, G Cole Schwebius disappeared from Seattle’s roster. He will start the season with the major midget Okanagan Rockets, who play out of Kelowna. . . . Announced attendance: 6,104.
Sunday games (all times local):
Red Deer at Edmonton, 4 p.m.
Tri-City at Everett, 4:05 p.m.
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