Peter Soberlak, a former WHL player, is believed to be a leading candidate to become the next director of athletics and recreation at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops. Soberlak, 48, is the chair of TRU’s physical education department. . . . After playing in the WHL with the Kamloops Blazers and Swift Current Broncos (1985-89), Soberlak went onto a brief pro career that was hampered by injuries. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UBC and a master’s in sport and exercise from Queen’s U. He also works in sports psychology with TRU’s teams and is the Blazers’ mental performance coach. . . . Ken Olynyk, TRU’s director of athletics since 2003, announced this week that he will be retiring in December.
F Jake McGrew appears to be getting closer to playing his first WHL regular-season game with the Spokane Chiefs after taking a pregame warmup prior to Saturday night’s home-opener against the Kootenay Ice. . . . McGrew, 18, is from Orange, Calif., and was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the sixth round of the NHL’s 2017 draft. But knee woes kept him out of the Chiefs’ lineup last season. . . . He joined the Chiefs at training camp in 2016 and had a goal and two assists in six exhibition games. But he suffered a knee injury during a practice and eventually underwent surgery. . . . Spokane selected him in the eighth round of the WHL’s 2014 bantam draft. . . . In 2015-16, McGrew had 28 goals and 18 assists in 32 games with the U-16 Los Angeles Jr. Kings.
D Jordan Henderson, 20, who started this season in camp with the WHL’s Kootenay Ice, has signed with the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones. From Surrey, B.C., Henderson has seven goals and 29 assists in 158 regular-season WHL games split between the Spokane Chiefs, Saskatoon Blades and Medicine Hat Tigers. He played with all three of those teams last season, totalling six goals and 21 assists in 61 games. . . . The Ice acquired him from the Tigers, but released him as part of the process of getting down to three 20-year-olds.
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At Brandon, the Swift Current Broncos scored five times in the first period en route to a 7-2 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings. . . . F Tyler Steenbergen scored four times — the first time he has done that in a WHL game — and added an assist. Steenbergen, who scored 51 goals last season, has five goals and five assists in three games. He made it 3-0 at 8:56 of the first period and 5-0 just four minutes later. He completed the hat trick at 9:31 of the second period and got No. 4 at 2:33 of the third. . . . He scored the four goals on five shots. . . . Linemates Aleksi Heponiemi and Glenn Gawdin combined for eight points. Heponiemi had a goal and four assists; Gawdin had three assists. . . . Add it all up and the trio was plus 12 with 13 points. . . . Gawdin has four goals and five assists in three games, while Heponiemi has a goal and seven assists in the three outings. . . . The Broncos got a goal and an assist from D Colby Sissons, with D Sahvan Khaira and F Arthur Miller each getting two assists. . . . F Stelio Mattheos (5) scored one of Brandon’s goals. . . . G Logan Flodell earned the victory with 28 saves. . . . Brandon starter Logan Thompson surrendered five goals on 11 shots in 12:53. Dylan Myskiw came on to stop 10 of 12 shots in 47:06. . . . The Broncos (3-0-0) were 2-6 on the PP; Brandon (1-2-1) was 1-4. . . . Announced attendance: 3,423.
At Lethbridge, F Jack Flaman, who was claimed off 20-year-old waivers last week, scored three times to lead the Hurricanes to a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings. . . . Flaman went into the night with 16 goals and 10 assists in 147 career regular-season games. Last season, he scored 15 times in 71 games with the Vancouver Giants, but he lost out there in the 20-year-old game. Yes, this was his first WHL hat trick. . . . In two games with the Hurricanes, Flaman now has four goals. . . . F Colton Kehler (3) gave Edmonton a 1-0 lead at 9:44 of the first period. . . . Flaman scored the game’s next three goals, at 14:04 and 19:12 of the second period, and 6:38 of the third. The second one came via the PP. . . . D Brennan Riddle got the empty-netter at 19:17. . . . The Hurricanes got 19 saves from G Stuart Skinner. . . . G Boston Bilous, in his first WHL start, turned aside 19 shots for Edmonton. . . . Lethbridge (2-2-0) was 1-3 on the PP; Edmonton (1-3-0) was 1-4. . . . Announced attendance: 3,532.
At Moose Jaw, the Warriors scored the game’s first two goals and went on to a 4-2 victory over the Red Deer Rebels in an early-season battle of unbeaten clubs. . . . The Warriors improved to 4-0-0, while the Rebels now are 3-1-0. . . . F Brayden Burke (4), on a PP, opened the scoring at 10:37 of the first period and F Justin Almeida (3) made it 2-0 at 13:23. . . . Red Deer F Grayson Pawlenchuk (4) cut into the lead at 16:31. . . . The Warriors went ahead by two at 3:33 of the second on a goal by F Tristin Langan (1). . . . Red Deer cut into the lead, again, when F Mason McCarty (4) scored, on a PP, at 7:04. . . . The Warriors iced it when F Jayden Halbgewachs (3) got the empty-netter. . . . Moose Jaw F Brett Howden and D Dmitri Zaitsev each had two assists. . . . The Warriors were 1-3 on the PP; the Rebels were 1-4. . . . G Brody Willms stopped 17 shots for the Warriors, while G Ethan Anders blocked 31 at the other end. . . . Russian D Alex Alexeyev, who was injured Friday night in Brandon, was among Red Deer’s scratches. He won’t play today in Regina, either. He is scheduled to have an MRI in Red Deer on Tuesday. . . . The Pats were off Saturday; Red Deer will play its third game in fewer than 48 hours on Sunday. . . . Announced attendance: 3,123.
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At Prince Albert, the Raiders scored the game’s last three goals and beat the Medicine Hat Tigers, 4-2. . . . F Gary Haden (2) gave the Tigers (2-2-0) a 1-0 lead at 14:30 of the first period. . . . F Cole Fonstad (1) evened the score at 16:50. . . . F Max Gerlach (4) put the visitors out front again, on a PP, at 15:50 of the second. . . . The Raiders (2-2-0) tied it when F Devon Skoleski (3) scored at 19:50. . . . F Parker Kelly (3) snapped the tie at 4:13 of the third period and F Curtis Miske (1) added the empty-netter at 19:56. . . . D Max Martin had two assists for the winners. . . . Prince Albert G Curtis Meger earned the victory with 30 saves in his first WHL regular-season start. . . . The Tigers got 32 stops from G Michael Bullion. . . . The Tigers were 1-5 on the PP; the Raiders were 0-5. . . . Prince Albert F Justin Nachbaur made his regular-season debut after serving a four-game suspension. . . . The Raiders were the first team to take part in a program that includes Don Cherry and is aimed at promotion organ donation. They wore Cherry-style sweaters and raised more than $10,000 in an auction. . . . A tip of the hat to Raiders head coach Marc Habscheid, who wore a red plaid jacket in honour of the occasion. . . . “It’s a good charity for a good cause,” he told Jeff D’Andrea of paNOW. “They asked if I wanted to join in, I said ‘why not?’ You have to have some fun, too. I don’t think it changed the outcome of the game me wearing this suit. I think the guys enjoyed them and I enjoyed wearing this.” . . . Announced attendance: 1,915.
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— Brandon Rivers (@hodgesheroes) October 1, 2017
At Portland, D Matthew Quigley scored his first WHL goal and added an assist as the Winterhawks beat the Seattle Thunderbirds, 6-2. . . . The Winterhawks had a 52-16 edge in shots. . . . Seattle D Austin Strand cut Seattle’s deficit to 3-2 with his second goal of the game, on a PP, at 13:34 of the second period. . . . Portland then scored the only three goals of the third period, the first from Quigley, who didn’t score in 49 games last season, at 5:43. . . . D Keoni Texeira (1) made it 5-2, on a PP, at 13:18 and F Brad Ginnell (1) completed the scoring at 16:19. . . . Portland got two assists from F Joachim Blichfeld, while F Skyler McKenzie, F Cody Glass and D Henri Jokiharju each had a goal and an assist. . . . D Jarret Tyszka had two assists for the Thunderbirds. . . . The Winterhawks now are 2-0-0, while the Thunderbirds are 2-1-0. . . . Seattle was 2-6 on the PP; Portland was 1-4. . . . Portland G Cole Kehler stopped 14 shots, while Seattle’s Liam Hughes kicked out 45. . . . The Thunderbirds lost D Turner Ottenbreit, their captain, to a headshot major and game misconduct for a hit on Blichfeld at 10:58 of the third period. He already served a one-game suspension this season, one that was left over from last spring’s playoffs. . . . Blichfeld was diagnosed with a concussion and his status is uncertain. He definitely won’t play today against the visiting Prince George Cougars. . . . Portland is carrying four 20-year-olds, and F Evan Weinger was the odd-man out with F Alex Overhardt, Texeira and Kehler in the lineup. . . . Seattle, also with four 20s, scratched F Tyler Adams while dressing Ottenbreit, Strand and F Donovan Neuls. . . . Announced attendance: 9,065.
— Darren Steinke (@StanksSports) October 1, 2017
At Saskatoon, F Braylon Shmyr scored twice, including the winner, as the Blades beat the Calgary Hitmen, 5-4. . . . The Blades held 2-0 and 3-1 leads before the Hitmen tied it on goals from F Mark Kastelic (1), at 17:31 of the first period and F Jakob Stukel (2), at 4:16 of the second. . . . F Cam Hebig, playing his first game in well over a year, gave the Blades the lead again, at 10:32. . . . Calgary came right back and tied it when F Luke Coleman (1) scored, on a PP, at 17:07. . . . Shmyr’s second goal of the game, and the season, won it at 16:00 of the third period. . . . Shmyr also had an assist, while D Libor Hajek had two of them. . . . Kastelic added an assist to his goal, while teammate Jake Kryski drew two assists. . . . Saskatoon (1-2-0) was 0-5 on the PP; Calgary (1-2-1) was 1-3. . . . G Ryan Kubic recorded the victory with 19 saves. . . . Edmonton’s Matthew Armitage, in his first regular-season start, blocked 24 shots. . . . Hebig played his first regular-season game since March 19, 2016. He was sidelined with concussion-related issues. His season debut was delayed by a two-game suspension incurred in an exhibition game. . . . Announced attendance: 2,738.
— Spokane Chiefs (@spokanechiefs) October 1, 2017
At Spokane, F Peyton Krebs’ second-period goal stood up as the winner as the Kootenay Ice beat the Chiefs, 2-1. . . . Krebs, the first overall pick in the 2016 WHL bantam draft, scored his second goal of the season at 9:20, giving the Ice a 2-0 lead. . . . F Brett Davis (1) had given the Ice a 1-0 lead at 6:31 of the first period. . . . The Chiefs got to within a goal when F Hayden Ostir (1) scored at 15:24 of the second period. . . . The Ice (2-1-0) was 0-3 on the PP; the Chiefs (2-1-0) were 0-6. . . . G Kurtis Chapman earned the victory with 16 saves, five fewer than Spokane’s Dawson Weatherill. . . . The Chiefs are wearing ‘Freeman Strong’ stickers on the backs of their helmets in honour of the victims of a shooting that took place at Freeman High School near Spokane on Sept. 13. . . . Announced attendance: 8,428.
Chiefs hosting about 700 Freeman students and their families. #WHL
— Kevin Dudley (@k_dudley) October 1, 2017
At Kennewick, Wash., F Morgan Geekie’s first goal of the season broke a 4-4 tie at 18:56 of the third period as the Tri-City Americans beat the Everett Silvertips, 5-4. . . . Tri-City D Juuso Valimaki (1) had tied the game at 16:45. . . . Everett F Matt Fonteyne’s second goal of the game, and fifth of the season, gave his guys a 3-2 lead at 10:34 of the third period. . . . Tri-City F Brett Leason (1) tied it at 15:30. . . . Everett took its last lead when F Connor Dewar (2) made it 4-3 at 2:39 of the third period. . . . The Americans got 33 saves from G Beck Warm. . . . Everett starter Dorrin Luding stopped seven of nine shots in 25:09 before leaving with an undisclosed injury. Carter Hart came off the bench to turn aside 23 of 26 shots in 32:26. He had played Friday night in Kelowna after missing a couple of games with the flu. . . . The Americans (1-2-0) were 0-1 on the PP; the Silvertips (2-2-0) were 1-2. . . . Tri-City F Michael Rasmussen played his fifth NHL exhibition game with the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night. A first-round selection in the NHL’s 2017 draft, he scored in four of the five games, including last night’s ?? victory over the host Toronto Maple Leafs. He now is expected to be returned to the Americans. . . . Announced attendance: 4,475.
Powerplay goal Royals… 40 seconds to play. 3rd PP goal of game.Phillips goes down..draws the call. Assists on Peckford's game winner.
— Jon Keen (@JonKeenNLSports) October 1, 2017
At Victoria, F Ryan Peckford’s PP goal at 19:19 of the third period broke a 4-4 tie and gave the Royals a 5-4 victory over the Kamloops Blazers. . . . Peckford, who has five goals, had scored the game’s first goal, at 6:04 of the opening period, and the teams alternated goals the rest of the way. . . . F Jackson Shepard (1) got Kamloops on the scoreboard nine seconds after Peckford’s first goal. . . . F Dante Hannoun (3), who also had an assist, restored Victoria’s lead, on a PP, at 7:17 of the second period. . . . Kamloops D Joe Gatenby (2) tied it, on a PP, at 7:11 of the third period. . . . Victoria tied it on F Kaid Oliver’s first goal, at 9:05. . . . The Blazers pulled even again as F Nic Holowko (2) scored at 12:10. . . . F Matthew Phillips had three assists for the Royals, giving him nine points in three games. . . . Gatenby was in the penalty box for tripping Phillips when Peckford scored the winner. . . . F Nick Chyzowski had two assists for Kamloops. . . . Victoria (3-0-0) was 3-6 on the PP; Kamloops (0-4-0) was 1-3. . . . The Royals got 38 saves from G Griffen Outhouse. . . . G Dylan Ferguson stopped 35 shots for the Blazers. . . . The teams meet again this afternoon in Victoria as the Blazers play their third game in under 48 hours. . . . Announced attendance: 5,341.
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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