Import returns to Americans … Ex-Pats co-owner dies at 78 … Broncos still perfect … Blazers get victory

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BREAKING: Titan have signed goaltender Jason Voorhees to a one-game contract. Look out, @IslandersHKY. #FridayThe13th #BattleOfTheGulf pic.twitter.com/lLRAMbqQnN

— Titan AcadieBathurst (@ABTitan) October 13, 2017

F Tyler Redenbach (Prince George, Swift Current, Lethbridge, 2001-05) has signed a one-year contract with Liberec (Czech Republic, Extraliga). Redenbach was released by mutual agreement by Tappara Tampere (Finland, Liiga) earlier on Friday. He had one goal in 10 games. . . . Liberec needed help at centre after what the club says is a “long-term injury” to F Mário Bližňák (Vancouver, 2005-08).

The Tri-City Americans have three imports on their roster again as F Vladislav Lukin, 20, has returned from a brief stint in the pro game.

Lukin, from Ufa, Russia, was in the Americans’ training camp, but left to join the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage. On Oct. 2, the Rampage sent him to the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles. They released him on Tuesday.

Lukin has played three seasons with the Americans. Last season, he had 26 goals and 32 assists in 63 games. In 183 career regular-season games, he has 54 goals and 64 assists.

Lukin’s return presents the Americans with some roster challenges.

As a 20-year-old and an import, he is a two-spotter.

He joins F Jordan Topping, F Maxwell James and G Patrick Dea in giving the Americans four 20-year-olds, one over the maximum allowed.

The Americans also have two other imports — veteran Finnish D Juuso Valimaki and freshman Russian D Roman Kalinichenko — so, if they keep Lukin, one of those two will have to go.

Interestingly, the Americans had another import on their roster — freshman Belarusian D Sergei Sapego — but placed him on waivers earlier in the week. He was claimed by the Prince Albert Raiders.

Ted Knight, a former co-owner of the Regina Pats, died from cancer on Friday morning. He was 78. . . . Knight, along with Huddy Bell, Bill Hicke, Jack Nicolle and Morley Gusway, purchased the Pats in 1986. They later sold the franchise in 1995, the WHL ultimately purchasing it and then selling it to Diane and Russ Parker of Calgary. . . . Knight also was the long-time president of the Regina-based Knight Automotive Group. . . . A funeral service is scheduled for Tuesday, 2 p.m., at the Centre of the Arts in Regina. . . . A complete obituary is right here.

The Kelowna Rockets have added F Kyle Crosbie, 16, to their roster, at least for the weekend. Crosbie, from Didsbury, Alta., was an eighth-round selection in the WHL’s 2016 bantam draft. . . . This season, he put up a goal and four assists with the EDGE School’s prep team in Calgary. Last season, he had 12 goals and 18 assists in 28 games with EDGE’s Elite 15 side.

This afternoon we stopped to pay our respects at the Four Broncos Memorial Monument outside of Swift Current. Quite a powerful moment pic.twitter.com/GJmM4yPO4Q

— Brian Cheeseman (@b_cheeseman) October 13, 2017

The Edmonton Oil Kings have signed F Tyler Horstmann and F Jalen Luypen to WHL contracts. . . . Horstmann, from Richmond, B.C., was a fourth-round pick in the 2017 WHL bantam draft. This season, he has four assists in six games with the Greater Vancouver Canadians of the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League. Last season, he had 16 goals and 12 assists in 30 games with the Delta Hockey Academy’s bantam prep team. . . . The Oil Kings selected Luypen, from Kelowna, in the ninth round of the 2017 bantam draft. He has three goals and three assists with the Okanagan Hockey Academy prep team in Penticton, B.C. Last season, with the OHA’s bantam prep team, he had 21 goals and 17 assists in 30 games.

Curling Canada announced Friday that the 2019 Tim Hortons Brier will be held in Brandon, running from March 2-10. That means the Wheat Kings will spend most of the 2018-19 regular-season’s final four weeks on the road.

F Austin Wong, 17, has committed to attend Harvard University and play for the Crimson. Wong, the younger brother of former Lethbridge Hurricanes star Tyler Wong, was an 11th-round pick by the Kootenay Ice in the 2015 WHL bantam draft. . . . The Ice dealt his rights to the Hurricanes on Aug. 22, getting back D Tyler Strath, 17, and a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2019 bantam draft. . . . Austin Wong was in training camp with the Hurricanes. . . . Strath and Wong are teammates with the AJHL’s Okotoks Oilers. . . . Wong, who is from Cochrane, Alta., has four goals and four assists in eight games. Strath has two assists in four games.

F Nigel Dawes is burning through the early days of the KHL regular season, running at a goal-a-game pace. Dawes, 32, has scored 18 times the season’s first 18 games. But Dawes, who is from Winnipeg and played four seasons (2001-05) with the WHL’s Kootenay Ice, won’t be playing for Canada at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. He is in his seventh season with Astana Barys and has been a citizen of Kazakhstan for two years and doesn’t have any regrets. . . . Tim Wharnsby of cbc.ca has more right here.

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NOT REAL NEWS: A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. https://t.co/HpPfNpisxf

— The Associated Press (@AP) October 13, 2017

I guess it says something about the days in which we live that The Associated Press now runs a regular feature that it calls NOT REAL NEWS. . . . Makes you wonder what’s next.

FRIDAY:

This weekend at the Bronco concession, the #Steenburger! Here's @T_Steener with a special message… pic.twitter.com/5y0rPUEMfm

— SC Broncos (@SCBroncos) October 13, 2017

In Swift Current, G Logan Flodell earned the shutout and, yes, F Tyler Steenbergen scored the goal as the Broncos beat the Vancouver Giants, 1-0. . . . The Broncos ran their record to 8-0-0; they are the only one of the WHL’s 22 teams not have been beaten in regulation time. . . . Flodell stopped 37 shots in posting his first shutout this season and the seventh of his career. He stopped 17 shots in the first period and 13 in the third. . . . Steenbergen scored his WHL-leading 16th goal at 11:54 of the second period. He has goals in seven straight games, having only not scored in the season-opener. . . . Swift Current was 0-3 on the PP; Vancouver (2-4-1) was 0-1. . . . The Giants got 30 saves from G David Tendeck. . . . The Giants opened a six-game East Division swing with this game. They’ll play tonight in Moose Jaw. . . . This was a return to Swift Current for Dean Chynoweth, the Giants’ associate coach. Chynoweth, in his first season with the Giants, spent five seasons (2004-09) with the Broncos as their general manager and head coach. . . . The Broncos are at home to the Edmonton Oil Kings tonight. . . . Announced attendance: 2,263.

At Lethbridge, the Everett Silvertips erased a 3-2 deficit with two third-period goals as they beat the Hurricanes, 4-3. . . . F Bryce Kindopp, with his second goal of the game and the season, pulled Everett into a 3-3 tie at 5:59. . . . F Riley Sutter, with his second goal of the game and sixth of the season, snapped the tie at 16:18. . . . The Hurricanes erased a 2-0 first-period deficit with three second-period PP goals. . . . Kindopp and Sutter had given Everett a 2-0 lead with goals at 0:59 and 18:44 of the first period. . . . The Hurricanes scored the only goals of the second period, with F Jordy Bellerive counting at 3:58, F Dylan Cozens (4) scoring at 15:02 and Bellerive (3) providing the 3-2 lead at 18:29. . . . The Silvertips got two assists from F Connor Dewar and one from Sutter. . . . F Giorgio Estephan drew two assists for Lethbridge, with Bellerive getting one. . . . Lethbridge was 3-5 on the PP; Everett was 0-5. . . . D Dorrin Luding stopped 29 shots to earn the victory over Stuart Skinner, who made 32 saves. . . . The Silvertips had G Blake Lyda, a 15-year-old from Edmonton backing up. Lyda was a fourth-round pick in the 2017 bantam draft and is playing for the minor midget AAA CAC Canadians in his hometown. . . . Everett scratched three goaltenders — Connor Hart (mononucleosis), Dustin Wolf (undisclosed injury) and Kyle Dumba, who has been released. Dumba, 19, was released earlier in the month by the Kamloops Blazers, then added by the Silvertips after Hart was diagnosed. Dumba started Wednesday’s 4-2 loss in Medicine, but lasted only 2:02 as he surrendered two goals on three shots. . . . The Silvertips (4-6-0) snapped a three-game losing skid with the victory. . . . Everett has scored four times in seven of its 10 games; it has scored once in each of the other three games. . . . The Hurricanes slipped to 3-4-0. . . . The Silvertips wrap up a nine-game road trip tonight in Cranbrook, B.C., against the Kootenay Ice. To this point, the Silvertips are 3-5-0 on the swing. . . . Announced attendance: 3,335.

At Prince Albert, D Josh Mahura scored at 1:55 of OT as the Regina Pats beat the Raiders, 2-1. . . . That was Mahura’s third goal of the season. . . . Freshman F Emil Oksanen gave Regina a 1-0 lead with his eighth goal, at 19:01 of the second period. . . . The Raiders tied it when F Spencer Moe (2) scored at 2:18 of the third period. . . . F Matt Bradley had two assists for Regina, which now is 4-4-1. . . . The Raiders are 3-3-1. . . . The Pats were 0-4 on the PP; the Raiders were 0-3. . . . Regina G Tyler Brown stopped 25 shots, six fewer than Prince Albert’s Curtis Meger, who was making his fifth straight start. Nicholas Sanders, who has been out with an undisclosed injury, returned as the backup. Veteran G Ian Scott still is out with an undisclosed injury. . . . The Raiders have returned G Brett Balas, 16, to the midget AAA Calgary Flames. . . . D Brayden Pachal was among the Raiders’ scratches as he sat out the first of a three-game suspension. . . . Regina D Liam Schioler sat this one out as he served the second of a two-game suspension. . . . The Raiders hit the road right after the game and headed for Brandon where they will play the Wheat Kings tonight and Sunday. Yes, it’s one of those three games-in-fewer-than-48-hour weekends for Prince Albert. . . . Announced attendance: 2,008.

…this is the @BladesHockey 7th game of the season…but only their 4th different opponent. Have played @SCBroncos, @WHLPats & Med Hat 2X.

— Les Lazaruk (@Bladesvoice) October 14, 2017

At Medicine Hat, the Tigers struck five times on the PP and beat the Saskatoon Blades, 5-2. . . . Tigers F Mark Rassell (9) broke a 2-2 tie at 17:37 of the second period. . . . D David Quenneville (2) had given the home boys a 1-0 lead at 6:11 of the first period. . . . Saskatoon D Jackson Caller, in his 81st WHL game, tied it with his first career goal, at 15:10. . . . The Tigers went back out front at 9:14 of the second period when F James Hamblin (1) scored. . . . The Blades tied it as F Josh Paterson (1) scored, on a PP, at 11:37. . . . Medicine Hat put it away with third-period goals from F Josh Williams (2), at 1:34, and D Kristians Rubins (1), at 6:20. . . . Quenneville also had three assists, as did D Linus Nassen, while Hamblin and Rassell each had one. . . . Medicine Hat (5-3-0) was 5-7 on the PP; Saskatoon (2-5-0) was 1-3. . . . G Jordan Hollett earned the victory with 26 saves, six fewer than Saskatoon’s Ryan Kubic. . . . The Tigers played again without F Max Gerlach (facial injuries) and F Jaeger White (undisclosed injury). . . . Among Saskatoon’s scratches were F Logan Christensen, who suffered an undisclosed injury in practice earlier in the week, and F Kirby Dach, who didn’t make the trip after taking a hit from behind in Regina on Saturday. Regina D Liam Schioler drew a two-game suspension for the hit. . . . Announced attendance: 3,301.

At Prince George, the Kamloops Blazers halted their season-opening franchise-record nine-game losing streak by beating the Cougars, 4-1. . . . The Cougars (3-4-2) scored the game’s first goal, but the Blazers (1-9-0) got the next four to win it. . . . The home team scored first with F Kody McDonald (8) getting the goal at 8:30 of the first period. . . . The Blazers took control with three PP goals. . . . F Garrett Pilon (4) was given credit for a goal that tied it at 19:17 of the first period, although that may be changed to F Connor Zary for his second goal of the season. . . . Zary gave Kamloops the lead, only its second this season, at 3:49 of the second period. . . . F Brodi Stuart (3) added insurance at 9:23 of the third period. . . . F Jermaine Loewen (1) got the empty-netter at 18:59. . . . Pilon also had two assists, while Zary added one. . . . Kamloops was 3-6 on the PP; Prince George was 0-5. . . . G Dylan Ferguson blocked 24 shots for the Blazers, while the Cougars’ Taylor Gauthier stopped 17. . . . The Blazers had Loewen (head) back in the lineup after a six-game absence. . . . Freshman F Justin Sigrist, who is from Switzerland, was among the Blazers’ scratches. He has a goal and two assists in nine games. . . . The Cougars were without injured defencemen Josh Anderson and Jonas Harkins. . . . Announced attendance: 3,374.

At Kelowna, the Calgary Hitmen got out to a 3-1 lead in the second period and hung on for a 4-3 victory over the Rockets. . . . F Mark Kastelic (2) got Calgary started at 4:36 of the first period, only to have Kelowna F Nolan Foote (2) tie it at 10:33. . . . F Hunter Campbell (2), at 11:14, and F Jakob Stukel (5), at 13:26, provided Calgary with the 3-1 lead. . . . The Rockets twice cut the deficit to one but couldn’t equalize. . . . F Kyle Topping (3) got it to 3-2 at 14:57. . . . The Hitmen got back the two-goal lead when F Cael Zimmerman, a 16-year-old from Englefeld, Sask., scored his first WHL goal at 11:49 of the third period. . . . The Rockets got back to within a goal, again, at 13:39 when F Jack Cowell (4) counted, on a PP. . . . Topping and F Kole Lind each had two assists for Kelowna. . . . Calgary (3-5-1) was 0-5 on the PP; Kelowna (4-2-1) was 1-6. . . . G Nick Schneider stopped 31 shots for the visitors, with Brodan Salmond turning aside 22 for the Rockets. . . . This was the first of four games in five nights for the Rockets, who play tonight (Saturday) and Sunday in Portland. . . . The Hitmen concluded a three-game B.C. Division road trip. They were 2-1-0, having lost 7-1 in Prince George and won 4-2 in Kamloops. . . . Announced attendance: 5,221.

At Spokane, F Jake McGrew scored three times to help the Chiefs to an 8-6 victory over the Victoria Royals. . . . The Royals (7-1-1) suffered their first regulation loss of the season. . . . The Chiefs are 5-4-0. . . . McGrew, an 18-year-old from Orange, Calif., sat out all of last season with a knee injury suffered in training camp. He was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the sixth round of the NHL’s 2017 draft. . . . Last night, McGrew, who now has four goals, was playing in his fourth game. . . . The Chiefs fell behind 1-0 early in the first period, but took control with the next four scores in a six-goal first period. . . . F Regan Nagy (8), on a PP, put the Royals ahead at 4:14. . . . The Chiefs then got goals from McGrew (2), F Riley Woods (5), F Eli Zummack (3) and F Hayden Ostir (2) to take a 4-1 lead. . . . F Eric Florchuk (2) pulled the Royals to within two goals at 13:35. . . . F Jaret Anderson-Dolan (2) stretched Spokane’s lead at 3:02 of the second period, but Victoria D Chaz Reddekopp (2) got that one back at 4:11. . . . McGrew’s second goal upped the home side’s lead to 6-3 at 6:34. . . . F Matthew Phillips (7) scored for the Royals at 19:35. . . . The Chiefs iced it by taking an 8-4 lead on goals from Ostir and McGrew, at 1:43 and 3:13 of the third period. . . . Florchuk, shorthanded, and F Tyler Soy (3) closed out the scoring for Victoria at 8:15 and 15:26. . . . The Chiefs got two assists from each of F Ethan McIndoe, D Ty Smith and Anderson-Dolan, with Zummack getting one. . . . Phillips and Soy each had two assists for the Royals. Nagy had one. . . . Czech D Filip Kral picked up an assist for the Chiefs in his first WHL game. . . . Spokane was 2-6 on the PP; Victoria was 1-4. . . . G Dawson Weatherill turned aside 20 shots for the Chiefs. . . . Victoria starter Griffen Outhouse was beaten seven times on 29 shots in 41:43. Dean McNabb finished up with 10 saves on 11 shots in 16:40. . . . The Chiefs had scored 32 goals in their first eight games. . . . Spokane F Rykr Cole began serving a three-game suspension after taking a boarding major and game misconduct in Portland on Tuesday. He hit Winterhawks F Ryan Hughes, who has since undergone surgery for a broken leg. . . . Announced attendance: 4,013.

SATURDAY (all times local):

Prince Albert at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.

Everett vs. Kootenay, at Cranbrook, B.C., 7 p.m.

Vancouver at Moose Jaw, 7 p.m.

Saskatoon at Red Deer, 7 p.m.

Edmonton at Swift Current, 7 p.m.

Kelowna at Portland, 6 p.m.

Kamloops at Prince George, 7 p.m.

Tri-City at Spokane, 7:05 p.m.

Victoria vs. Seattle, at Kent, Wash., 7:05 p.m.

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The boys will be wearing these on Saturday. Listen to what it means for them to wear one of the plaid jerseys

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— Kootenay ICE (@WHLKootenayICE) October 13, 2017

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