F Zach Boychuk (Lethbridge, 2005-09) has signed a one-year contract with Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia, KHL). Last season, he had seven goals and nine assists in 35 games with Sibir Novosibirsk (Russia, KHL).
The Spokane Chiefs have added Czech D Filip Kral to their roster. They announced his signing on Friday, adding that he is expected to arrive in Spokane on Wednesday. . . . Kral will turn 18 on Oct. 20. . . . The Chiefs selected the 6-foot-0, 175-pounder in the CHL’s 2017 import draft. He is from Blansko. . . . Last season, he had four goals and six assists in 13 games with HC Kometa Brno in a U-20 league. He also had two assists in 23 games with the Kometa Brno side in the Czech Extraliga, and a goal and an assist in 12 games with SK Horacka Slavia Trebic in the country’s second-tier pro league. . . . In 22 games with the Czech Republic’s U-18 team, he had a goal and seven assists. . . . This season, he had played four games in the Extraliga and three with SK Horacka Slavia Trebic in country’s second tier pro league but had yet to earn a point. . . . Spokane’s other import is Slovakian F Milos Fafrak, who also was selected in the 2017 import draft. He went into the weekend with two assists in five games.
The Seattle Thunderbirds are down to the maximum of three 20-year-old players after releasing F Tyler Adams. From Regina, Adams was acquired last season from the Swift Current Broncos. He had three goals and five assists in 41 games with the Thunderbirds, after scoring once and adding six assists in 25 games with the Broncos. . . . In 2015-16, as a freshman, he had six goals and seven assists in 72 games with Swift Current. . . . Adams hadn’t gotten into a game with Seattle this season. . . . The Thunderbirds are left with F Donovan Neuls, D Turner Ottenbreit and D Austin Strand as their 20s.
All WHL teams have until Tuesday to declare a maximum of three 20-year-olds. As of Friday night, there still were four teams each carrying four 20s:
Medicine Hat Tigers — G Michael Bullion, F Zach Fischer, F Mark Rassell. D Kristians Rubins (Latvia) two-spotter. (Bullion was scratched last night against Regina.)
Portland Winterhawks — G Cole Kehler, F Alex Overhardt, D Keoni Texeira, F Evan Weinger. (Weinger was scratched last night in Spokane.)
Prince George Cougars — F Aaron Boyd, F Jared Bethune, D Shane Collins, F Brogan O’Brien. (Collins was scratched last night against Kelowna.)
Swift Current Broncos — F Conner Chaulk, G Logan Flodell, F Glenn Gawdin, F Arthur Miller. (Miller was scratched last night in Saskatoon.)
F Kolby Johnson, who was released by the Prince Albert Raiders, has joined the QMJHL’s Sherbrooke Phoenix. Johnson, 19, is from Rosetown, Sask. After the Raiders released him, he appeared ticketed for the SJHL’s La Ronge Ice Wolves. . . . Last season, he had two assists in 34 games after being acquired from Prince George as part of a deal in which D Brendan Guhle moved to the Cougars. In 83 career WHL games, Johnson has one goal and five assists. He was pointless in two games with the Raiders this season.
The Medicine Hat Tigers have hired long-time scout Carter Sears as their director of player personnel. He takes over from Darren Kruger, who left to join the scouting staff of the NHL’s Calgary Flames. . . . Sears has spent five seasons scouting for the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets. . . . Sears was a key figure on the scouting staff of the Red Deer Rebels when they won the 2001 Memorial Cup in Regina. He also worked for the Kootenay Ice.
The Regina Pats unveiled details of their 100th anniversary celebrations, a party that will signal 100 days until the opening of the 2018 Memorial Cup. . . . Yes, it will include an outdoor game between the Moose Jaw Warriors and the Pats. . . . Greg Harder of the Regina Leader-Post was at the news conference and filed this story.
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At Edmonton, D Kale Clague scored three times, his first goals this seaaon, as his Brandon Wheat Kings skated to a 7-3 victory over the Oil Kings. . . . Clague, a 19-year-old from Lloydminster, Alta., is in his fourth season with Brandon; this was his first career hat trick. He went into the game with 15 goals in 143 regular-season games. . . . The Wheat Kings opened up a 4-0 lead by the middle of the second period. . . . F Ty Lewis (3), F Linden McCorrister (2) and Clague scored first-period goals, with the latter sniping at 19:57. F Gunnar Wegleitner (1) made it 4-0 at 10:11 of the second period. . . . Edmonton climbed to within two goals on second-period goals from F Brett Kemp (1), at 13:15, and D Matthew Robertson (2), at 14:24. . . . F Stelio Mattheos (6), who also had two assists, got that one back at 1:11 of the third period. . . . F Trey Fix-Wolansky (4), who also had an assist, scored for Edmonton, on a PP, at 9:26, before Brandon put it away on goals from Clague, at 14:46 and 19:27. . . . Brandon got three assists from F Tanner Kaspick, and two from F Connor Gutenberg, with Lewis, McCorrister and Wegleitner each adding one. . . . Brandon (2-2-1) was 1-4 on the PP; Edmonton (2-4-0) was 2-6. . . . G Logan Thompson stopped 31 shots for the Wheat Kings. . . . Edmonton starter Travis Child allowed three goals on nine shots in the first period. Boston Bilous finished up by stopping nine of 11 shots in 38:38. . . . Announced attendance: 6,224.
At Calgary, G Dorrin Luding stopped 29 shots to help the Everett Silvertips to a 1-0 victory over the Hitmen. . . . It was the first career shutout for Luding, an 18-year-old freshman from Prince George. It came in his fifth appearance of the season. . . . Everett is without G Carter Hart (mononucleosis), so Kyle Dumba has been added to the roster and was on the bench last night in his hometown. . . . D Kevin Davis (1) scored the game’s only goal, at 3:03 of the third period. . . . Everett (3-3-0) was 0-5 on the PP; Calgary (1-3-1) was 0-2. . . . The Hitmen got 32 stops from G Nick Schneider. . . . The Silvertips are 2-2-0 on a nine-game road trip that includes six games in nine nights in the Central Division. This was Game 1 of that six-pack. . . . The Hitmen had D Jake Bean back for the first time this season. He missed four games while with the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes. . . . Earlier in the day, the Hitmen released G Connor Dochuk, 18. The SJHL’s Melville Millionaires hold his junior A rights. . . . That left the Hitmen with Matthew Armitage, who turns 17 on Oct. 30, to back up Schneider, 20. Armitage, from Calgary, was a fourth-round pick by the Spokane Chiefs in the 2014 bantam draft. . . . Calgary is without F Beck Malenstyn, who is listed as indefinite after suffering a wrist injury during a 5-4 loss to the host Saskatoon Blades on Sept. 30. . . . Announced attendance: 4,982.
At Lethbridge, G Stuart Skinner turned aside 35 shots to lead the Hurricanes to a 4-1 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders. . . . Skinner stopped 15, 10 and 11 shots by period as the Hurricanes improved to 3-2-0. . . . The Raiders (2-3-0) got 25 saves from G Curtis Meger. With veteran goaltenders Nicholas Sanders (day-to-day) and Ian Scott (indefinitely) hurt, Meger, a freshman, made his second straight start. Brett Balas, a 16-year-old from Calgary, was the backup. He was a third-round pick in the WHL’s 2016 bantam draft. . . . The Raiders aren’t talking publicly about Sanders’ injury, but the 19-year-old Calgarian underwent surgery on both hips following last season and missed most of training camp. . . . D Calen Addison (1) put Lethbridge in front, on a PP, at 5:02 of the first period, with F Tanner Nagel (1) making it 2-0 at 3:02 of the second. . . . The Raiders got to within one when F Sean Montgomery (1) counted at 7:59. . . . Lethbridge put it away with third-period goals from F Jayden Davis (1), at 13:44, and F Giorgio Estephan (2), in an empty net at 18:27. . . . Estephan also had one assist. . . . Lethbridge was 1-4 on the PP; Prince Albert was 0-3. . . . Announced attendance: 3,577.
— Moose Jaw Warriors (@MJWARRIORS) October 7, 2017
At Moose Jaw, the Warriors erased a 1-0 first-period deficit with five straight goals as they beat the Kootenay Ice, 5-2. . . . F Barrett Sheen put Kootenay ahead 1-0 at 12:37 of the first period. . . . The Warriors took the lead on goals from D Oleg Sosunov (3), at 15:29, and F Jayden Halbgewachs (4) just 17 seconds later. . . . F Brett Howden (2) upped it to 3-1 with a shorthanded goal at 14:42 of the second, with F Noah Gregor (2) scoring on the PP at 16:49. . . . Warriors F Justin Almeida (4) made it 5-1 at 16:49. . . . The Ice got the game’s final goal from F Colton Kroeker (2) at 18:43 of the third period. . . . Moose Jaw got three assists from F Brayden Burke, while Howden and Gregor added one each. . . . The Warriors (5-0-0) were 1-4 on the PP; The Ice (2-3-1) was 0-5. . . . G Brody Willms earned the victory with 22 saves, while the Ice’s Kurtis Chapman blocked 31. . . . D Cale Fleury, the Ice’s captain, sat this one out as he began a three-game WHL suspension. . . . Announced attendance: 3,229.
— Craig Button (@CraigJButton) October 7, 2017
At Saskatoon, F Tyler Steenbergen enjoyed his second straight four-goal outing, leading the Swift Current Broncos to a 6-2 victory over the Blades. . . . Steenbergen scored four times and added an assist as the Broncos beat the host Brandon Wheat Kings, 7-2, on Sept. 30. . . . Last night, he stretched a 2-0 lead to 5-0 with three straight second-period goals, completing the hat trick at 17:19. His fourth goal, at 13:48 of the third, gave the visitors a 6-1 edge. . . . Steenbergen, who also had an assist last night, has 10 goals in four games this season. . . . He has 16 points, while his linemates aren’t doing too badly, either — Glenn Gawdin has five goals and seven assists, with Aleksi Heponiemi having one goal and 11 helpers. . . . Last night, Gawdin had a goal and two assists, with Heponiemi picking up three helpers. . . . The Broncos are 4-0-0, with all of those coming on the road. They will play their home-opener tonight against the Kootenay Ice. . . . The Broncos were 1-5 on the PP; the Blades (1-3-0) were 0-2. . . . Swift Current G Logan Flodell, who was acquired from the Blades just prior to the start of the season, stopped 19 shots. . . . With starter Ryan Kubic unable to go, G Joel Grzybowski made his first career start for the Blades. He finished with 18 saves. . . . Announced attendance: 3,536.
At Medicine Hat, G Jordan Hollett, in his first appearance against his former team, stopped 19 shots to lead the Tigers to a 4-2 victory over the Regina Pats. . . . Hollett, 18, was acquired over the summer, but hadn’t played until last night due to mononucleosis. . . . Medicine Hat sophomore F Ryan Chyzowski (2) broke a 2-2 tie at 9:16 of the third period. . . . The Tigers got insurance when F Zach Fischer (1) scored at 11:13. . . . F Tyler Preziuso (1), who also had an assist, had given the home side a 1-0 lead at 12:45 of the first period, only to have F Wyatt Sloboshan (2) pull Regina even, on a PP, at 13:55. . . . The Tigers regained the lead at 14:46 on F Mark Rassell’s fifth goal. . . . F George King (2) pulled the Pats even at 4:02 of the second period. . . . D David Quenneville had three assists for Medicine Hat. . . . The Pats got two assists from F Emil Oksanen. . . . Medicine Hat (3-2-0) was 0-3 on the PP; Regina (2-3-1) was 1-4. . . . Regina G Tyler Brown stopped 27 shots. . . . Latvian D Kristians Rubins, 20, was back in Medicine Hat’s lineup after recovering from shoulder surgery. . . . Announced attendance: 3,524.
At Prince George, F Kole Lind scored the game’s last two goals to give the Kelowna Rockets a 7-6 OT victory over the Cougars. . . . F Josh Maser (2) gave the Cougars a 6-5 lead at 9:36 of the third period. . . . Lind tied the game at 16:27 of the third period and won it with his sixth goal of the season, at 2:38 of extra time. . . . D Nolan Foote (1) gave Kelowna a 1-0 lead, on a PP, at 3:20 of the first period. . . . The Cougars took a 3-1 lead on goals from F Jared Bethune (2), at 12:27 of the first, D Dennis Cholowski (2), just 1:01 later, and F Kody McDonald (4), at 2:39 of the second. . . . F Erik Gardiner, shorthanded, got the Rockets to within a goal at 3:28, but F Vladislav Mikhalchuk (2), on a PP, restored the Cougars’ two-goal lead at 9:49. . . . The Rockets cut into the lead again when F Colum McGauley (1) scored at 13:52, but the hosts went back up by two at 14:32 on a goal from F Jackson Leppard (2). . . . Kelowna tied it in the third period as Gardiner (2) and F Dillon Dube (2) counted at 0:45 and 3:17. . . . Dube and F Carsen Twarynski each had two assists, with Gardiner, Foote and Lind getting one each. . . . D Joel Lakusta, F Nikita Popugaev, McDonald and Bethune had two assists each for the Cougars, with Leppard getting one. . . . The Rockets improved to 3-1-1, while the Cougars are 2-3-1. They’ll play again tonight in Prince George. . . . G Brodan Salmond earned the victory with 30 saves, four more than Prince George’s Tavin Grant. . . . The Rockets lost D James Hilsendager to a charging major and game misconduct at 15:01 of the second period. . . . Announced attendance: 2,892.
At Kamloops, two teams continued season-opening franchise record-setting streaks as the Victoria Royals beat the Blazers, 4-1. . . . The Royals now are 6-0-0, two games better than the previous record (4-0-0) from 2015-16. . . . The Blazers are 0-7-0, the poorest start in franchise history. The previous record (0-6-0) came from 2015-16. . . . The Blazers have yet to lead at any point this season, and that continued last night as the Royals jumped out to a 3-0 lead. . . . F Igor Martynov (3) gave Victoria a 1-0 lead with a breakaway goal at 10:26 of the first period, and D Chaz Reddekopp (1), in his first game since returning from the AHL’s Ontario Reign, made it 2-0 at 17:02. . . . The lead became 3-0 when F Tyler Soy, in his first game after returning from the AHL’s San Diego Gulls, scored, on a PP, at 12:13 of the second period. . . . Kamloops got its lone goal from F Nick Chyzowski (1), on a PP, at 17:15 of the second. . . . Victoria F Dante Hannoun (8) iced it at 9:15 of the third period. . . . F Ryan Peckford drew two assists, while Hannoun had one. . . . Royals F Matthew Phillips had one assist — the 183rd point of his career — as he played in his 150th regular-season game. . . . Victoria was 1-7 on the PP; Kamloops was 1-5. . . . G Griffen Outhouse stopped 32 shots in a stellar effort for the Royals. . . . Dylan Ferguson of the Blazers turned aside 18 shots. . . . Cam Hope, the Royals’ general manager, and his wife, Sara, celebrated their 27th anniversary by taking in the game. Such is the life of a hockey executive. . . . Announced attendance: 3,312.
First game back tonight in over a year let’s go!!
— Jake McGrew (@McgrewJake) October 6, 2017
At Spokane, the Portland Winterhawks scored the game’s last six goals and beat the Chiefs, 6-1. . . . Portland F Bronson Sharp (1) broke a 1-1 tie at 2:43 of the second period, F Skyler McKenzie (3) made it 3-1, on a PP, at 15:14 and D Keoni Texeira (2) added a fourth goal just 53 seconds later. . . . F Ryan Hughes (1) and F Cody Glass (3) each had a goal and an assist for Portland. . . . F Jake McGrew gave Spokane a 1-0 lead at 1:17 of the first period. He was in Spokane’s lineup after not playing for more than a year thanks to a knee injury. Despite the injury, the San Jose Sharks selected him in the sixth round of the NHL’s 2017 draft. . . . Portland (3-1-0) was 2-5 on the PP; Spokane (4-2-0) was 0-7. . . . Portland G Cole Kehler stopped 30 shots in running his record to 3-0-0. . . . The Chiefs got 28 stops from G Dawson Weatherill. . . . The Winterhawks remain without F Joachim Blichfeld, who is sidelined with a concussion. . . . The Winterhawks will visit the Seattle Thunderbirds tonight, then return home to face the Chiefs on Sunday and Tuesday. . . . Announced attendance: 4,059.
At Langley, B.C., F James Malm earned four assists as the Vancouver Giants erased a 2-0 deficit and beat the Tri-City Americans, 6-3. . . . F Isaac Johnson (2) and F Maxwell James (2) put the visitors ahead 2-0 with goals at 1:24 and 13:06 of the opening period. . . . The Giants took a 3-2 lead on goals from F Brayden Watts, at 15:19 of the first period, and F Tyler Ho (1) and Watts (3), at 5:54 and 16:07 of the second. . . . Johnson (3) tied it at 4:53 of the third period. . . . The Giants won it with three quick goals, as F Ty Ronning (4) scored at 11:08 and F Owen Hardy, who has three goals, scored twice, at 12:09 and 14:29. . . . Ronning also had an assist. . . . Vancouver (2-2-0) was 0-3 on the PP; Tri-City (2-3-0) was 1-4. . . . G David Tendeck stopped 26 shots for the victors. . . . Tri-City got 33 stops from G Beck Warm. . . . The Americans will stay in Langley to play again tonight, before journeying to Victoria for games on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. . . . Announced attendance: 2,886.
SATURDAY (all times local):
Saskatoon at Regina, 7 p.m.
Brandon at Red Deer, 7 p.m.
Kootenay at Swift Current, 7 p.m.
Prince Albert at Medicine Hat, 7:30 p.m.
Kelowna at Prince George, 7 p.m.
Tri-City vs. Vancouver, at Langley, B.C., 7 p.m.
Portland vs. Seattle, at Kent, Wash., 6:05 p.m.
SUNDAY (all times local):
Brandon at Calgary, 4 p.m.
Everett at Edmonton, 4 p.m.
Swift Current at Moose Jaw, 4 p.m.
Seattle at Kamloops, 5 p.m.
Spokane at Portland, 5 p.m.
MONDAY (all times local):
No Games Scheduled.
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