Rasmussen returns; Yamamoto stays with Oilers … Hat tricks for Oksanen, Hannoun … Grant blanks Portland

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F Brendan Shinnimin (Tri-City, 2007-12) has signed a one-year contract with Växjö Lakers (Sweden, SHL). Last season, he had two goals and seven assists in 12 games with Langnau (Switzerland, NL A), and two goals and four assists in 17 games with Barys Astana (Kazakhstan, KHL).

F Michael Rasmussen is on his way back to the Tri-City Americans.

F Kailer Yamamoto? Not so fast.

The NHL’s Detroit Red Wings returned Rasmussen to the Americans on Sunday, while Yamamoto, a star with the Spokane Chiefs, appears to have made the Edmonton Oilers’ season-opening roster.

Rasmussen, 18, was the ninth overall selection in the NHL’s 2017 draft. Last season, he had 32 goals and 23 assists in 50 games. His season was short-circuited early when he suffered a broken scaphoid.

The 6-foot-5 native of Surrey, B.C., got into five exhibition games with the Red Wings and scored a team-high four goals. He has signed with the Red Wings.

Meanwhile, the Oilers kept Yamamoto, while assigning F Jesse Puljujarvi to the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors.

Puljujarvi was the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NHL draft; Yamamoto was the 22nd overall selection in the 2017 draft.

There already is speculation that the Oilers will keep the 5-foot-8, 154-pound Yamamoto, who turned 19 on Friday, for nine games and then return him to Spokane. The first year of his contract would kick in once he played a 10th game.

The Spokane native earned his spot on the Oilers’ roster by scoring five times and adding two assists in six exhibition games. He led the Oilers in goals and was second to F Connor McDavid in points. McDavid finished with three goals and seven assists in five games.

Last season, Yamamoto put up 99 points, including 42 goals, in 65 games with the Chiefs.

At the same time, F Nolan Patrick, who played the past two seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings, is on the season-opening roster of the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers. He was the second overall selection in the 2017 NHL draft. Patrick is coming off two sports hernia surgeries.

As well, D Jake Bean, a veteran of three seasons with the Calgary Hitmen, remains with the Carolina Hurricanes. He is one of eight defencemen on their roster. Bean was the 13th overall pick in the 2016 NHL draft.

Also, F Tyler Benson still is with the Oilers, but has yet to be cleared for contact as he continues to rehab after off-season surgery for a sports hernia. He is expected to rejoin the Vancouver Giants in about 10 days.

Things got a little muddier around the Kelowna Rockets’ roster on Sunday when word arrived that F Carsen Twarynski was on his way back. Twarynski, a Calgarian who will turn 20 on Nov. 24, had been with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers.

In four WHL seasons, Twarynski has 43 goals and 67 assists in 189 regular-season games. The Rockets acquired him last season from the Calgary Hitmen. He had 22 points, including seven goals, in 28 games with Kelowna, then added three goals and two assists in 16 playoff games.

Twarynski’s arrival will leave the Rockets with four 20-year-olds, the others being D Gordie Ballhorn, D James Hilsendager and Czech F Tomas Soustal.

The Rockets also are carrying three import players, with two Czech freshmen, D Libor Zabransky and F Marek Skvrne, joining Soustal. Zabransky, 17, has a goal and an assist in three games. Skvrne, 18, has yet to get into a game.

WHL teams are allowed a maximum of three 20-year-olds and two imports.

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Sunday:

At Cranbrook, B.C., the Edmonton Oil Kings scored three second-period goals en route to a 4-3 victory over the Kootenay Ice. . . . F Trey Fix-Wolansky (3) gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at 6:38 of the first period. . . . Ice D Cale Fleury (1) tied it at 15:04. . . . F Brett Davis gave the Ice its only lead of the day at 16:12. . . . The Oil Kings then scored three straight second-period goals — D Matthew Robertson (1), at 2:11; F Kobe Mohr (2), at 3:27; and F Davis Koch (2), at 12:03. . . . Kootenay got to within a goal at 11:48 of the third period when F Keenan Taphorn (1) scored. . . . G Travis Child stopped 21 shots in recording the victory. . . . Ice starter Bailey Brkin gave up three goals on 13 shots in 23:27. Kurtis Chapman finished up by stopping 17 of 18 shots in 35:44. . . . Edmonton (2-3-0) was 0-5 on the PP; Kootenay (2-2-1) was 0-4. . . . Fleury was tossed with a cross-checking major and game misconduct for a hit on F Davis Murray at 16:11 of the second period. Murray needed help getting off the ice and didn’t return. . . . Both teams were playing their third game in fewer than 48 hours. The Oil Kings beat the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes 7-6 on Friday, then dropped a 4-1 decision in Lethbridge on Saturday. The Ice split a pair of games with Spokane, losing 6-5 in OT in Cranbrook on Friday, then winning 2-1 on the road on Saturday. . . . Announced attendance: 2,482.

During tonight's pregame ceremony, we were proud to honour our friend Graham Tuer with a video tribute and on-ice presentation to his family pic.twitter.com/RtfWqSd7iB

— Regina Pats (@WHLPats) October 1, 2017

At Regina, F Emil Oksanen scored three goals — on three shots — and added an assist to lead the Pats to a 6-1 victory over the Red Deer Rebels. . . . Oksanen, who turned 18 on Sept. 25, is a freshman from Kirkkonummi, Finland. He now has five goals — on 14 shots — and three assists in four games. . . . He provided Regina with a 2-0 lead by scoring at 9:33 of the first period, on a PP, and 5:37 of the second. . . . Red Deer F Mason McCarty (5) scored a PP goal at 17:50. . . . Oksanen got that one back at 4:27 of the third period. . . . F Bryce Platt (2), D Josh Mahura (1) and D Dawson Davidson (2) also scored for Regina in the third period. . . . Regina got three assists from F Sam Steel and two from F Matt Bradley. Davidson added two assists to his goal, with Mahura getting one helper. . . . Regina G Tyler Brown stopped 21 shots, 11 fewer than Red Deer’s Lasse Petersen. . . . The Pats had a 21-2 edge in third-period shots. . . . Regina (2-2-1) was 2-4 on the PP; Red Deer (3-2-0) was 1-7. . . . The Pats were without F Marco Creta, who sat out a one-game suspension he incurred for a cross-checking major and game misconduct in Moose Jaw on Friday night. . . . The Rebels are without D Alex Alexeyev, who suffered an undisclosed injury in Brandon on Friday night. He is to undergo an MRI in Red Deer on Tuesday. . . . Red Deer played three games in fewer than 48 hours, winning in Brandon, 5-4 in a shootout, on Friday before losing 4-2 in Moose Jaw on Saturday. . . . Announced attendance: 5,729.

#WHL KAM/VIC: @victoriaroyals Dante Hannoun turns in 2nd career hat trick; ended streak of Tyler Soy or Matthew Phillips with team's last 8

— Geoffrey Brandow (@GeoffreyBrandow) October 2, 2017

At Victoria, F Dante Hannoun scored three goals and added an assist to help the Royals to a 6-3 victory over the Kamloops Blazers. . . . This was Hannoun’s second WHL hat trick. The other game on March 4, 2016, in a 5-1 victory over the host Vancouver Giants. . . . Hannoun, who has six goals, broke a 2-2 tie at 14:06 of the second period, then scored the game’s last two goals, at 12:50 and 15:12 of the third period. . . . F Eric Florchuk (1) gave the home side the lead at 2:01 of the first period, with D Ondrej Vala (1) tying it with a PP goal six minutes later. . . . D Matthew Smith (1) sent Victoria back out front at 8:34 of the second period, with Kamloops F Brodi Stuart (1) equalizing, on a PP, at 13:48. . . . Hannoun scored his first goal 18 seconds later. . . . F Spencer Gerth (1) counted 20 seconds into the third period. . . . Kamloops F Garrett Pilon (3) got his guys to within one at 8:41. . . . The Royals got three assists from F Jared Legien and two from F Ryan Peckford. After three straight three-point games, F Matthew Phillips was held to one assist. . . . Stuart and Vala added an assist each for the Blazers. . . . Both goaltenders made the first starts of their WHL careers. Dean McNabb earned the victory with 28 saves, two more than Max Palaga, who is from Kamloops. . . . Victoria (4-0-0) was 1-4 on the PP; Kamloops (0-5-0) was 2-3. . . . The Blazers have yet to lead at any point in their first five games. They are one of only two teams in the 60-team CHL without a point this season. The OHL’s Mississauga Steelheads are 0-4-0. . . . The Blazers next play on Wednesday when they entertain the Prince George Cougars. . . . Kamloops was without F Jermaine Loewen, who suffered an undisclosed injury in Vancouver on Friday, and F Luc Smith, who went down on Saturday in Victoria. . . . Announced attendance: 3,447.

At Portland, G Tavin Grant stopped 47 shots, 23 of them in the third period, to lead the Prince George Cougars to a 3-0 victory over the Winterhawks. . . . Grant, 19, is from Burnaby, B.C. He got into 18 games with the Cougars in 2014-15 and one last season. Grant spent most of last season with the BCHL’s Prince George Spruce Kings. This was his second start this season and his first career shutout. . . . F Kody McDonald (1) scored the game’s first goal, at 4:49 of the first period. . . . F Vladislav Mikhalchuk (1), who also had an assist, added insurance 47 seconds into the second period. . . . F Jackson Leppard (1) iced it at 2:13. . . . The last two goals came via the PP. . . . F Jared Bethune helped out with two assists. . . . The Cougars (1-3-0) were 2-2 on the PP; the Winterhawks (2-1-0) were 0-7. . . . G Shane Farkas started for Portland and made 26 saves. Evan Fradette was backing him up. Fradette, 16, is from St. Albert, Alta. He was a fifth-round pick in the 2016 bantam draft. . . . That allowed Portland to sit G Cole Kehler, one of four 20-year-olds on the roster, and get in F Evan Weinger who sat out Saturday night. The others 20s on Portland’s roster are F Alex Overhardt and D Keoni Texeira. . . . The Winterhawks were without F Joachim Blichfeld, who suffered a concussion on a hit from Seattle D Turner Ottenbreit on Saturday night. Ottenbreit was given a headshot major and game misconduct on the play. . . . Announced attendance: 2,570.

MONDAY (all times local):

No Games Scheduled.

TUESDAY (all times local):

Seattle vs. Tri-City, at Kennewick, Wash., 7:05 p.m.

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