We are extremely saddened to learn we have lost a member of our family today. Rest in peace, Bruce.
— Saskatoon Blades (@BladesHockey) September 29, 2017
Darren Zary of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix has more on the death of Bruce Gordon right here.
D Jordan Rowley (Kamloops, Prince Albert, 2005-11) has signed a contract with Pelicans Lahti (Finland, Liiga) after a successful tryout. He had a a goal and two assists in nine games. Rowley is second on the team in ice time, averaging 21:23 per game.
The Spokane Chiefs made two roster moves on Friday, releasing F Adam Beckman and G Declan Hobbs from their roster. Both players will remain on the Chiefs’ protected list. . . . Beckman, 16, was pointless in one game with the Chiefs. . . . He was a fifth-round selection in the WHL’s 2016 bantam draft and has signed with the Chiefs. From Saskatoon, he will return to the midget AAA Battlefords Stars for a second season. Last season, he had 15 goals and 26 assists in 44 games with the Stars. . . . Hobbs, 19, was acquired from the Kootenay Ice on July 5 for a seventh-round selection in the 2018 bantam draft. He was a third-round pick by the Ice in the 2013 bantam draft. He is expected to return to the SJHL’s Nipawin Hawks, where he played in 13 games last season. . . . Releasing Hobbs leaves the Chiefs with two goaltenders — veteran Dawson Weatherill, 18, and freshman Donovan Buskey, 17.
The Regina Pats had two of their key performers back in the lineup on Friday night as they dropped a 5-4 OT decision to the host Moose Jaw Warriors. . . . F Sam Steel, the WHL’s reigning scoring champion, and D Josh Mahura both returned from the camp of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks. They combined for six points in the loss in Moose Jaw. . . . Steel, 19, totalled 131 points, including 50 goals, in 66 games with the Pats last season. In 204 regular-season games, he has 255 points, 90 of them goals. The Ducks selected him with the 30th pick of the 2016 NHL draft and he has signed an NHL deal. . . . Mahura, 19, was a third-round pick by the Ducks in 2016. He, too, has signed an NHL contract. The Pats acquired him from the Red Deer Rebels last season. He had 20 points, eight of them goals, in 34 games with the Pats, after putting up nine goals and 24 assists in 39 games with Red Deer. His 2015-16 season was limited to two regular-season, 17 playoff and four Memorial Cup games by a knee injury.
There now are five WHLers still with NHL teams — F Nolan Patrick, Brandon Wheat Kings (Philadelphia Flyers); D Jake Bean, Calgary Hitmen (Carolina Hurricanes); F Kailer Yamamoto, Spokane Chiefs (Edmonton Oilers); F Michael Rasmussen, Tri-City Americans (Detroit Red Wings); and F Tyler Benson, Vancouver Giants (Edmonton). The Giants expect to get Benson back in mid-October. He is recovering from sports hernia surgery.
David Shoalts of The Globe Mail has written a piece on the decision by the NHL-champion Pittsburgh Penguins to accept an invitation to visit the White House. If you read this one, you have to get to the end because there is quite a personal twist to it. It’s all right here.
Patrick Conway’s Russian Hockey Blog is a must-read for anyone wanting to keep tabs on goings-on in the KHL. On Friday, he posted a piece in which he takes a look a two coaching changes that occurred this week. That piece is right here.
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With the summer of fire having started to distance itself, the Kamloops Blazers will salute wildfire volunteers by offering up free tickets to Wednesday’s game against the visiting Prince George Cougars. The Blazers’ home arena, the Sandman Centre, was an evacuee centre for much of the summer and the team had to move its training camp to the McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre. . . .
Q Country radio in Brandon reports that a Brandon woman “has been charged after allegedly stealing and then trying to sell Wheat Kings tickets over face value.” According to police, the woman, 30, stole a flex-pack valued at $400 and tried to re-sell it for $500. She won’t need a ticket to get into court in November when she is to appear and face a charge of stealing property.
Friday (all times local):
— Brandon Wheat Kings (@bdnwheatkings) September 30, 2017
At Brandon, F Kristian Reichel’s shootout goal gave the Red Deer Rebels a 5-4 victory over the Wheat Kings. . . . The Rebels had erased a 3-2 deficit with two third-period goals, F Grayson Pawlenchuk (3) scoring at 6:24, on a PP, and F Reese Johnson (3) providing Red Deer with the lead at 18:13. . . . The Wheat Kings forced extra time when F Tanner Kaspick (3) scored with 6.4 seconds left in the third period. . . . F Mason McCarty and Reichel, who scored his second goal of the season in regulation time, scored for Red Deer in the shootout. Kaspick countered for Brandon. . . . McCarty and D Dawson Barteaux each had two assists for the Rebels. . . . The Wheaties got three assists from D Kale Clague, in his first game back from the camp of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings. Kaspick finished with two regulation-time goals, the first one a shorthanded effort. . . . Brandon had two potential second-period goals disallowed in the first period, one on a hand pass and the other because the Red Deer net was ruled off its pegs before the puck entered the goal. . . . The Rebels (3-0-0) got 34 saves from G Lasse Petersen. . . . G Logan Thompson stopped 36 shots for the Wheat Kings (1-1-1). . . . Each team was 1-5 on the power play. . . . The Rebels lost D Alex Alexeyev with an undisclosed injury in the second period. He is coming back from a January knee injury that required surgery, but he is believed to have suffered an upper-body injury last night. He isn’t expected to play tonight in Moose Jaw or Sunday in Regina. . . . Announced attendance: 3,610.
At Edmonton, the Oil Kings scored the game’s last three goals and beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes, 7-6. . . . The Hurricanes (1-2-0) came back from a 4-1 second-period deficit to lead 5-4. . . . F Dylan Cozens (3) pulled the Hurricanes into a tie at 5:25 of the third period, with F Jordy Bellerive (1) giving the visitors the lead, on a PP, at 14:36. . . . The Oil Kings (1-2-0) tied it on a goal from F Trey Fix-Wolansky (2) and took the lead on F Scott Atkinson’s first goal, at 15:38. . . . Edmonton F Colton Kehler (2) added what appeared to be an insurance marker at 17:38. However, it turned into the winner when F Jack Flaman (1) scored for Lethbridge at 19:50. . . . F Nick Bowman scored his first two goals for the Oil Kings, with F Ty Gerla drawing three assists. D Conner McDonald, F Davis Koch and F Kobe Mohr each added two assists, while Kehler also had an assist. . . . The Hurricanes got three assists from F Giorgio Estephan and two from D Calen Addison. . . . Edmonton G Travis Child stopped 25 shots. . . . Lethbridge got 28 stops from G Stuart Skinner. . . . Lethbridge was 2-3 on the PP; Edmonton was 2-4. . . . The Oil Kings went into the game having lost seven in a row, including the exhibition season. . . . Announced attendance: 5,074.
At Moose Jaw, F Brett Howden scored at 2:47 of OT to give the Warriors a 5-4 victory over the Regina Pats. . . . Moose Jaw improved to 3-0-0, while the Pats slipped to 1-2-1. . . . Howden, the Warriors’ captain, was playing his first game since returning from the camp of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning. . . . The Warriors took a 3-1 lead into the third period thanks to a pair of goals from freshman Russian D Oleg Sosunov, his first in the WHL. . . . Finnish F Emil Oksanen, who missed the second period, pulled Regina even with third-period PP goals, at 4:12 and 5:57. Those were his first two WHL goals. . . . F Jayden Halbgewachs (2) put the Warriors out front again, on a PP, at 10:12. . . . Regina D Dawson Davidson (1) tied it again, at 13:14. . . . Regina got a goal and two assists from F Sam Steel in his first game after being returned by the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks. D Josh Mahura, who also had been with Anaheim, had three assists. . . . Moose Jaw G Brody Willms earned the victory with 30 saves. . . . Regina G Tyler Brown, back after a one-game absence, stopped 33 shots. . . . Each team was 2-5 on the PP. . . . The Pats lost D Marco Creta to a cross-checking major and game misconduct at 5:43 of the second period. . . . Announced attendance: 3,855.
At Prince Albert, D Vojtech Budek’s goal at 3:07 of OT gave the Raiders a 6-5 victory over the Calgary Hitmen. . . . The visitors held a 4-2 lead late in the second period, only to give up the next three goals. . . . D Max Martin (1) got the Raiders to within a goal, on a PP, at 17:27 of the second period. . . . Raiders F Jordy Stallard (2) tied it at 10:35 of the third, and F Spencer Moe (1) gave the home boys the lead at 17:01. . . . Calgary F Matteo Gennaro (2) forced OT at 18:04. He scored twice. . . . Stallard also had two assists, as did F Curtis Miske and F Cole Fonstad. . . . The Raiders started Nic Sanders in goal and he stopped 15 of 19 shots in 35:52. Curtis Meger came on to earn the victory, stopping six of seven shots in 29:08. . . . The Hitmen got 24 saves from Nick Schneider. . . . Prince Albert (1-2-0) was 1-5 on the PP; Calgary (1-1-1) was 0-1. . . . Raiders freshman F Justin Nachbaur completed a four-game suspension he incurred during the exhibition season. . . . Announced attendance: 1,822.
@greg_fettes loved visiting tonight. Keep up the good work. Definitely a different vibe in the building compared to previous years.
— SpokaneChiefsFanPage (@gochiefsgoblog) September 30, 2017
At Cranbrook, B.C., the Spokane Chiefs erased 4-0 and 5-2 deficits to beat the Kootenay Ice 6-5 in OT. . . . F Rykr Cole’s second goal of the season won it at 1:59 of OT after the Chiefs staged a furious rally in the last nine minutes of the third period. . . . F Riley Woods, who scored twice, cut the Spokane deficit to 5-3 at 11:31. . . . F Jaret Anderson-Dolan (1), who also had an assist, got the visitors to within a goal at 14:45 and Woods (3) tied it at 19:29. . . . D Ty Smith had a goal and two assists for Spokane, with F Hudson Elynuik recording two assists. . . . The Ice got a goal and three assists from F Payton Kregs, while D Martin Bodak drew three assists. F Alec Baer scored twice, and F Barrett Sheen had a goal and an assist. . . . G Dawson Weatherill stopped 31 shots for the visitors. . . . The Ice got 33 stops from G Bailey Brkin. . . . Kootenay (1-1-1) was 3-6 on the PP; Spokane (3-0-0) was 1-6. . . . Announced attendance: Not available.
At Saskatoon, F Max Gerlach scored the game’s first two goals and added two assists to lead the Medicine Hat Tigers to a 6-2 victory over the Blades. . . . F Mark Rassell also scored twice for the Tigers (2-1-0), who jumped out to a 6-0 lead. . . . Gerlach has three goals; Rassell has four. . . . The Tigers got two assists from D David Quenneville. . . . The Blades (0-2-0) got third-period goals from F Chase Wouters (1) and F Gage Ramsay (1). . . . Medicine Hat G Michael Bullion stopped 21 shots. . . . Saskatoon starter Ryan Kubic gave up five goals on 16 shots in 30:09. Joel Grzybowski finished up, stopping 15 of 16 shots. . . . The Tigers were 2-4 on the PP; the Blades were 0-3. . . . F Cam Hebig of the Blades completed a two-game suspension. . . . F Zach Fischer, 20, was back in the Tigers’ lineup, having recovered from the concussion he incurred while in camp with the NHL’s Calgary Flames. . . . The Tigers also had F Jaeger White in their lineup. White, 19, was released by the Moose Jaw Warriors last week. From Medicine Hat, White also has played with the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Everett Silvertips and Brandon Wheat Kings, but has missed a lot of time due to shoulder injuries. White is a stepson of Shaun Clouston, the Tigers’ general manager and head coach. . . . “There’s 70 more games to go, and if we’re not excited to play now what’s it going to be like later?” wondered Saskatoon head coach Dean Brockman after the game. . . . Announced attendance: 2,457.
At Kelowna, the Everett Silvertips, down 3-0 midway through the game, came back to beat the Rockets, 4-3 in a shootout. . . . F Patrick Bajkov and F Matt Fonteyne counted for Everett in the shootout, with F Tomas Soustal scoring for Kelowna. . . . The Rockets got first-period goals from D Cal Foote (2) and D Libor Zabransky (1), with D James Hilsendager (1) upping the lead to 3-0 at 9:05 of the second. . . . Fonteyne (3) got Everett on the scoreboard, on a PP, at 11:47 of the second. . . . The Silvertips pulled even on third-period goals from F Connor Dewar (1), at 4:29, and F Riley Sutter (3), at 17:49. . . . Bajkov had two assists, with Dewar adding one. . . . Zabransky and Foote had an assist each, too. . . . G Carter Hart stopped 29 shots for the Silvdertips, 10 more than Kelowna’s Brodan Salmond. . . . Everett (2-1-0) was 1-4 on the PP; Kelowna (2-0-1) was 0-6. . . . This was Game 1 of a nine-game road swing for the Silvertips. . . . Kelowna R Dillon Dube, in his first game back since being returned by the NHL’s Calgary Flames, was given a misconduct at the end of the first period for improper use of his mouthguard. . . . Announced attendance: 4,718.
At Langley, B.C., G David Tendeck stopped 43 shots to help the Vancouver Giants to a 6-3 victory over the Kamloops Blazers. . . . Tendeck, who took over as the No. 1 goaltender in Vancouver after Ryan Kubic was dealt to the Saskatoon Blades, stopped 15, 16 and 15 shots by period. . . . The Blazers, trailing 4-1, got to within a goal when F Garrett Pilon scored twice, shorthanded at 15:09 of the second period and 5-on-5 at 1:28 of the third. . . . Vancouver F Ty Ronning (3) restored the two-goal lead with his second of the game at 4:30 and F Brad Morrison (1) added insurance at 15:07. . . . Vancouver F Milos Roman, a freshman from Slovakia, scored his first WHL goal and added three assists. Morrison added two assists to his goal, while the Giants also got two assists from each of D Bowen Byram and D Dylan Plouffe. . . . F Brodi Stuart had two assists for Kamloops. . . . Kamloops G Dylan Ferguson stopped 31 shots. . . . Vancouver (1-2-0) was 1-4 on the PP; Kamloops (0-3-0) was 0-4. The Blazers now travel to Victoria where they will play the Royals tonight and Sunday afternoon. Yes, they’ll play three games in fewer than 48 hours. . . . Jon Keen, the radio voice of the Blazers, pointed out before the game that in Don Hay’s last season as the Giants’ head coach, they were 8-0-0 against the Blazers. In three seasons as Kamloops’ head coach, Hay is 16-7-1 against Vancouver. That now is 16-8-1. . . . Announced attendance: 3,240.
At Kent, Wash., the Seattle Thunderbirds scored the game’s first four goals en route to a 5-1 victory over the Prince George Cougars. . . . F Sami Moilanen scored three times for the Thunderbirds, giving him four this season. His second goal, at 2:13 of the second period, gave the home side a 4-1 lead. The Finnish sophomore completed his first career WHL hat trick at 16:10 of the third. . . . D Dennis Cholowski scored for the Cougars, on a PP, at 1:39 of the third period. He was playing his first WHL game after being assigned to the Cougars by the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings. . . . Seattle got two assists from each of F Nolan Volcan and D Austin Strand, with F Donovan Neuls accounting for a goal and an assist. . . . G Matt Berlin earned the victory with 33 saves, while the Cougars’ Taylor Gauthier stopped 17 shots. . . . Seattle (2-0-0) was 1-1 on the PP; Prince George (0-3-0) was 1-7. . . . Announced attendance: 3,151.
Saturday (all times local):
Swift Current at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.
Edmonton at Lethbridge, 7 p.m.
Red Deer at Moose Jaw, 7 p.m.
Medicine Hat at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.
Seattle at Portland, 6 p.m.
Calgary at Saskatoon, 7:05 p.m.
Kootenay at Spokane, 7:05 p.m.
Everett vs. Tri-City, at Kennewick, Wash., 7:05 p.m.
Kamloops at Victoria, 7:05 p.m.
Sunday (all times local):
Edmonton vs. Kootenay, at Cranbrook, B.C., 4 p.m.
Red Deer at Regina, 4 p.m.
Kamloops at Victoria, 3:05 p.m.
Prince George at Portland, 5 p.m.
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Finally in Breckenridge, CO! And apparently the whole country is depending on us… Lethbridge of Canada! pic.twitter.com/W299leRVqj
— UL Pronghorns Hockey (@HornsHockey) September 29, 2017
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