— Massey Twins (@MasseyTwins) October 12, 2017
The Swift Current Broncos now are the WHL’s only unbeaten team. The Broncos have won their seven games of this regular season and will go after victory No. 8 when they entertain the Vancouver Giants on Friday night.
The Victoria Royals were running neck-and-neck with the Broncos until Wednesday night when they dropped a 5-4 OT decision to the visiting Tri-City Americans. One night earlier, the Royals had thumped the Americans, 8-2.
The Royals are scheduled to visit the Spokane Chiefs on Friday night and the Seattle Thunderbirds on Saturday night.
When the CHL rankings were released this week, the Royals were on the top rung, with the Broncos at No. 2.
F Zach Fischer remained on the Medicine Hat Tigers’ suspended list on Wednesday after leaving the team on Sunday.
Fischer, 20, had 34 goals and 29 assists in 62 games last season, then was selected by the Calgary Flames in the fifth round of the NHL’s 2017 draft.
On Tuesday, Shaun Clouston, the Tigers’ general manager and head coach, told reporters: “We spent a lot of time on Sunday talking with him, talking with his agent, trying to get to the bottom of it. He didn’t give us any specifics, so if there’s any specifics, it’ll have to come from Zach.”
On Wednesday, Fischer tweeted a brief statement that really didn’t shed any light on why he chose to leave Medicine Hat.
“Over the past 48 hours,” Fischer wrote, “there have been many different opinions on why I left. I want to make it clear this was a personal decision and not a reflection on the Tigers, or the coaching staff. There is no one to blame. I have my reasons for change. Medicine Hat and the fans will forever have a special place in my heart. I wish Shaun and the staff well and look forward to moving on.”
The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!! Yes, winter must be almost upon us because it’s almost time for the annual CIBC Canada-Russia series.
The touring Russian side and Team WHL will play in Moose Jaw on Nov. 6 and in Swift Current on Nov. 7. These will be the first two games in the series that also will have games played in Owen Sound (Nov. 9), Sudbury (Nov. 13), Charlottetown (Nov. 14) and Moncton (Nov. 16).
The WHL has announced the bench staffs for Team WHL and it’s no surprise that Tim Hunter of the Moose Jaw Warriors will be the head coach because he also is an assistant coach with Canada’s national junior team.
Hunter will be assisted by John Paddock, the general manager and head coach of the Regina Pats, along with Manny Viveiros, who is the director of player personnel and head coach with the Swift Current Broncos.
Swift Current’s Jamie LeBlanc will work as the head athletic therapist, with Greg Mayer of the Pats helping him. Tanner Arnold, the Warriors’ equipment manager, will fill that role with Team WHL.
The WHL news release is right here.
The 2018 U-17 World Hockey Challenge will be played in New Brunswick — in Saint John and Quispamsis — from Nov. 3-10, 2018. The tournament features three Canadian teams and five international entries. . . . The 2017 tournament is to be held in the B.C. communities of Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, Nov. 5-11.
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The WHL has already suspended players for a total of 36 games… Last season, they didn't reach 36 until November
— Helen (@helenskiii) October 12, 2017
The WHL suspended two players for a total of seven games on Wednesday, running the October total to seven players and 19 games.
The latest players to be suspended are F Maxwell James of the Tri-City Americans and F Rykr Cole of the Spokane Chiefs.
James drew a four-game sentence after taking a headshot major and game misconduct against the host Victoria Royals on Tuesday night. James hit Victoria F Tarun Fizer, who didn’t return to the game and wasn’t in the lineup for last night’s rematch in Victoria. James began serving the suspension last night.
Cole was suspended after taking a boarding major and game misconduct for a hit on F Ryan Hughes of the Winterhawks in Portland on Tuesday night. Hughes didn’t return to the game.
At Brandon, the Wheat Kings ran their winning streak to four games with a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings. . . . The Wheat Kings (5-2-1), who had beaten the host Oil Kings 7-3 on Friday night, opened up a 3-0 first-period lead en route to victory. . . . F Connor Gutenberg (2) got it started at 8:26 of the first period, with F Caiden Daley (1) upping the lead at 11:55. . . . F Stelio Mattheos (8), on a PP, made it 3-0 at 14:57. . . . The Oil Kings made things interesting with goals from D Ethan Cap (1), on a PP, at 16:32 of the first period and D Matthew Robertson (3) at 2:17 of the second. . . . Brandon D Kale Clague (6) restored the two-goal lead, on a PP, at 9:06. . . . F Gunnar Wegleitner (4) iced it by running his goal-scoring streak to four games at 11:17 of the third period. . . . Wegleitner went into this season with one goal in 55 games — 43 with the Everett Silvertips and 12 with the Victoria Royals. . . . Brandon got three assists from F Ty Lewis, with Clague and Mattheos each earning one. . . . Brandon was 2-7 on the PP; Edmonton (3-5-0) was 0-5. . . . G Logan Thompson earned the victory with 19 saves. At the other end, Josh Dechaine stopped 29 shots. . . . Announced attendance: 2,940.
At Medicine Hat, F Mark Rassell scored two goals to help the Tigers to a 5-4 victory over the Everett Silvertips. . . . The Tigers opened up a 2-0 lead early in the first period, then exchanged goals until time ran out. . . . D David Quenneville (1), at 1:33, and F Dawson Heathcote (1), at 2:02, staked the home side to that 2-0 edge. . . . F Matt Fonteyne (6) got the Silvertips to within one at 19:47, only to have F Tyler Preziuso (2) restore the two-goal lead just 12 seconds later. . . . Everett made it 3-2 when F Patrick Bajkov (3) scored, on a PP, at 9:58 of the second period. . . . Rassell, who has eight goals, stretched the lead again, at 12:27. . . . F Brandson Hein (1) scored for Everett at 13:50. . . . Rassell gave the Tigers a 5-3 lead, on a PP, at 4:56 of the third period. . . . D Montana Onyebuchi (1) pulled the visitors back to within a goal at 14:26. . . . The Tigers got two assists from each of F Henry Rybinski, F Ryan Chyzowski and F Gary Haden, while Quenneville had one. . . . Bajkov and Fonteyne had an assist each for the Silvertips. . . . Medicine Hat (4-3-0) was 1-3 on the PP; Everett (3-6-0) was 1-4. . . . G Michael Bullion stopped 30 shots for the winners. . . . G Kyle Dumba made his first start with Everett, but was gone after allowing two goals on three shots in 2:02. Dorring Luding finished up by stopping 28 of 31 shots in 56:45. . . . Everett has two games left in a nine-game road trip that concludes with games in Lethbridge on Friday and Cranbrook on Saturday. . . . The Silvertips are 2-5-0 on the trip. . . . The Tigers were without F Max Gerlach, who has facial injuries after being hit with a stick, and F Jaeger White (undisclosed injury). . . . D Kyle Walker, a 17-year-old from Leduc, Alta., made his Everett debut after suffering a broken collarbone during training camp. . . . Announced attendance: 3,247.
Request for Brandt Centre: Can you put the rest of the baseball game on the centre-ice clock? Please? pic.twitter.com/YBGWidDpED
— Rob Vanstone (@robvanstone) October 12, 2017
At Regina, linemates Cam Hebig and Braylon Shmyr each had four points to lead the Saskatoon Blades to a 6-4 victory over the Pats. . . . Four nights earlier, the Pats had beaten the visiting Blades, 7-3. . . . Hebig finished with two goals and two assists, while Shmyr had a goal and three assists. F Bradly Goethals, the third member of the Blades’ top line, added a goal and an assist. . . . The Blades escaped from the first period with a 4-3 lead, on goals from D Libor Hajek (1), Hebig, D Seth Bafaro (1) and Shmyr (6). . . . F Sam Steel (3), D Josh Mahura (2) and F Matt Bradley (8), who also had an assist, replied for Regina. . . . Goethals (3) gave the Blades a 5-3 at 5:03 of the second period. . . . Regina F George King (3) pulled his guys to within a goal at 17:17. . . . Saskatoon got insurance when Hebig (4) scored an empty-netter at 19:40. . . . Saskatoon (2-4-0) was 1-3 on the PP; Regina (3-4-1) was 0-2. . . . G Ryan Kubic stopped 27 shots for the Blades in his return from an undisclosed injury. With Kubic back, the Blades returned G Nolan Maier to the SJHL’s Yorkton Terriers. . . . Regina starter Max Paddock allowed five goals on 14 shots in 25:03. Tyler Brown came on in relief to stop all 12 shots he faced in 33:59. . . . Announced attendance: 5,273.
— Brad Curle (@BCurle_Hitmen) October 12, 2017
At Kamloops, the Calgary Hitmen unleashed a 56-shot attack in skating to a 4-2 victory over the Blazers. . . . The Hitmen (2-5-1) ended a five-game losing skid. . . . The Blazers (0-9-0) remain the only club in the 60-team CHL without at least one point. They will visit the Prince George Cougars for games on Friday and Saturday nights. . . . F Andrew Fyten (2) gave Calgary a 1-0 lead at 3:09 of the opening period. . . . Kamloops F Luc Smith (1) tied it at 7:28 of the second period. . . . Calgary, which had lost 7-1 to the host Prince George Cougars on Tuesday night, scored the next three goals. . . . F Luke Coleman (2) counted at 7:51 of the second, with F Jakob Stukel (4) scoring at 8:59. F Hunter Campbell (1) made it 4-1 at 10:22 of the third period. . . . F Quinn Benjafield (1) scored at 14:55 to get Kamloops to within two goals. . . . F Matteo Gennaro had two assists for Calgary, with Stukel and Hunter adding one each. . . . Each team was 0-5 on the PP. . . . G Nick Schneider earned the victory with 30 saves. . . . The Blazers got 52 saves from G Dylan Ferguson. . . . The Hitmen have won eight of their last nine games against Kamloops. . . . Announced attendance: 3,123.
At Victoria, D Dylan Coghlan scored at 1:12 of OT to give the Tri-CityAmericans a 5-4 victory over the Royals in a game that featured six third-period goals. . . . Tri-City F Michael Rasmussen (3) tied the game, on a PP, at 18:57 of the third period. . . . Coghlan won it on another PP when he scored his fourth goal of the season. . . . Coghlan and F Jordan Topping had the assists on Rasmussen’s goals; Rasmussen and Topping had assists on the winner. . . . The Americans, who had lost 8-2 in Victoria one night earlier, improved to 4-4-0. . . . The Royals now are 7-0-1. . . . Coghlan had opened the scoring at 6:18 of the first period. . . . The Royals took a 2-1 lead on goals from F Matthew Phillips (6), on a PP, at 12:04 of the second period and F Regan Nagy, shorthanded, at 3:31 of the third. . . . Topping (5) tied it, on a PP, at 4:53. . . . Nagy (7), on a PP, restored Victoria’s lead at 6:54. . . . The Americans tied it when F Connor Bouchard (1) scored at 11:23, only to have Victoria go back out front at 12:26 when F Igor Martynov (4) scored. . . . F Morgan Geekie had two assists for the winners. . . . The Royals got two assists from each of F Dante Hannoun and F Tyler Soy. . . . Tri-City was 3-7 on the PP; Victoria was 2-5. . . . The Americans got 23 saves from G Beck Warm. . . . Victoria’s Griffen Outhouse stopped 41 shots. . . . Announced attendance: 4,811.
THURSDAY (all times local):
Edmonton at Moose Jaw, 7 p.m.
Red Deer vs. Kootenay, at Cranbrook, B.C., 7 p.m.
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— Regina Pats (@WHLPats) October 10, 2017
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