As the weather changes a reminder for us all to be safe out there + a thank you to all of the bus drivers that keep our teams safe #4Broncos

— Jason Taylor (@JTNewport) October 14, 2017

Here’s one for old friend Dan Russell.

In the waning minutes of Friday night, a news release arrived from the Victoria Royals. Part of it dealt with the team having been involved in setting a franchise record as it dropped an 8-6 decision to the Chiefs in Spokane earlier in the evening.

According to the news release, the 14 combined goals set a single-game record, breaking the previous mark of 13 from Dec. 17, 2014, when the Royals lost 7-6 in a shootout to the host Everett Silvertips.

This is just one more example of how the shootout has come to bastardize statistics.

You see, there were three goals scored in the shootout that night in Everett. So why does only one of them count? Why wasn’t Everett given credit for an 8-7 victory? After all, there were 15 goals scored. How is it that we can just completely ignore two of them?

Shouldn’t Victoria’s franchise record for combined goals in a single game be 15, which would mean Friday’s game fell one goal short?

Just thinking about all this gives me a headache.

Ken Dryden believes that he has incurred two concussions during his lifetime. He has written about that for The Globe and Mail, along with a few other concussion-related thoughts. One of those thoughts deals with eliminating concussions by getting rid of headshots.

Dryden hits the nail on the head with a sledge hammer when he writes:

“Here is where we start. Here is where we focus. The issue isn’t whether a hit is intentional or accidental, whether a player’s head is up or down, targeted or not, whether the hit comes from a shoulder, an elbow or a fist. The brain doesn’t distinguish. It is about the hit, period. It is about the player being hit, not the hitter; the effect, not the cause.

“So, at the core of every decision made about concussions is a singular understanding: No hits to the head – no excuses.”

Please. To the people who are responsible for how the WHL game is played . . . please. You can start by no longer allowing teenagers to punch each other in the face. Please.

Dryden’s complete essay, and it’s worth the read, is right here.

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At Brandon, the Wheat Kings ran their winning streak to five games with a 5-3 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders. . . . The Wheat Kings (6-2-1) jumped out to a 3-0 first-period lead on goals from F Connor Gutenberg (3), F Ty Lewis (5) and F Evan Weinger (1) and were never headed. . . . F Jordy Stallard, who is from Brandon, scored two second-period goals for the Raiders (3-4-1), at 10:21 and 15:20. He’s got five goals. . . . F Stelio Mattheos (9), on a PP, scored for Brandon at 17:36 of the second, and F Gunnar Wegleitner (5) added more insurance at 5:00 of the third period. . . . The Raiders got their final goal from F Cole Fonstad (3) at 12:04. Fonstad also had two assists. . . . F Tanner Kaspick had three assists for Brandon, with Mattheos and Lewis adding one each. . . . Brandon was 2-2 on the PP; Prince Albert was 2-3. . . . G Logan Thompson earned the victory with 25 stops, two fewer than Curtis Meger of the Raiders. . . . The Raiders were without D Brayden Pachal, who was serving the second of a three-game suspension. . . . Announced attendance: 3,870.

Those are some threads the @WHLKootenayICE are sporting in the warmup tonight. #DonCherry #WHL

— Trevor Crawley (@tcrawls) October 15, 2017

At Cranbrook, B.C., the Kootenay Ice scored the game’s last three goals, all in the third period, and beat the Everett Silvertips, 5-3. . . . The Ice (3-5-1) had lost its previous four games. . . . F Jeff de Wit (3) scored the game’s first and last goals. He gave the Ice a 1-0 lead at 5:58 of the first period, then got the empty-netter at 18:59 of the third. . . . D Jake Christiansen (1) tied it for Everett, on a PP, at 16:46 of the second period. . . . F Colton Veloso (2) gave the home team a 2-1 lead at 17:28. . . . Everett took a 3-2 lead on third-period goals from F Patrick Bajkov (4), at 1:07 of the third period, and F Riley Sutter (7), at 6:59. . . . F Michael King (3) tied it at 10:51 and F Vince Loschiavo (3) broke the deadlock at 13:02. . . . Sutter added an assist to his goal. . . . Kootenay was 0-2 on the PP; Everett was 1-6. . . . Kootenay got 37 saves from G Bailey Brkin. At the other end, Dorrin Luding turned aside 27 shots. . . . The Silvertips have played 11 games this season; this was the first time that they didn’t score either one or four goals. . . . The Silvertips (4-7-0) concluded a nine-game road trip with this game. They went (3-6-0) on a swing that started with games in Kelowna, Kennewick, Wash., and Spokane, then went through the Central Division. . . . The good news is that the trip accounted for 25 per cent of Everett’s entire road schedule. . . . Announced attendance: 2,457.

Don Cherry Night in Moose Jaw for the Kidney Foundation of Canada @CBCDon_Cherry @kidneycanada @MJWARRIORS @TheWHL

— Tanner Arnold (@TannerArnold15) October 14, 2017

At Moose Jaw, F Jayden Halbgewachs scored 52 seconds into OT as the Warriors beat the Vancouver Giants, 4-3. . . . Halbgewachs won it with his sixth goal of the season. . . . F Brett Howden drew the primary assist, his third helper of the game. He now has 200 points, including 113 assists, in 205 regular-season games. . . . F Brayden Watts, who played 97 games with Moose Jaw before being dealt to Vancouver last season, gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at 1:11 of the first period. . . . The Warriors scored the next three goals. D Jett Woo (4) tied it at 12:26. . . . F Justin Almeida (5) gave the home side a 2-1 lead at 2:57 of the second and F Brayden Burke (5) stretched the lead, on a PP, at 10:24. . . . The Giants tied it before the period ended as Watts (6) counted at 12:09 and D Dylan Plouffe scored at 18:35. . . . Watts has six goals in eight games, after totalling seven in 70 last season. . . . Halbgewachs also had two assists, with Woo adding one. . . . The Giants got two assists from F Milos Roman. . . . The Warriors (7-1-0) were 1-4 on the PP; Vancouver (2-4-2) was 0-2. . . . The Giants lost 1-0 in Swift Current on Friday to open their East Division swing. . . . Moose Jaw got 23 saves from G Brody Willms, while Todd Scott blocked 28 shots at the other end. . . . The Warriors completed a seven-game homestand with the victory. They went 6-1-0. They have played only once on the road. . . . James Gallo, the radio voice of the Warriors, called his 800th WHL game. . . . Announced attendance: 3,461.

At Red Deer, F Cam Hebig broke a 1-1 tie at 11:10 of the third period and the Saskatoon Blades went on to a 4-1 victory over the Rebels. . . . F Braylon Shmyr (7) gave the Blades a 1-0 lead on a PP, at 2:51 of the first period. . . . Red Deer tied it 51 seconds into the third period when F Grayson Pawlenchuk (6) scored. . . . Hebig won it with his fifth. . . . F Chase Wouters (2) added insurance at 14:17 and D Libor Hajek (2) made it 4-1 at 18:30. . . . Saskatoon got two assists from F Bradly Goethals and one each from Hebig, Hajek and Shmyr. . . . Saskatoon (3-5-0) was 1-6 on the PP; Red Deer (5-4-0) was 0-5. . . . G Ryan Kubic stopped 27 shots for the Blades. . . . The Rebels got 34 saves from G Ethan Anders. . . . This was the start of a six-game homestand for the Rebels. . . . Announced attendance: 4,669.

At Swift Current, F Brett Kemp scored with 18.3 seconds left in the third period to give the Edmonton Oil Kings a 4-3 victory over the Broncos. . . . Kemp’s second goal of the game, and fourth of the season, ended Swift Current’s perfect start to the season. The Broncos now are 8-1-0; the Oil Kings, who score three times in the third period, are 4-6-0. . . . F Glenn Gawdin (7) gave the Broncos a 1-0 lead at 13:33 of the first period. . . . Kemp tied it with a shorthanded goal at 19:47. . . . The Broncos responded with two second period goals. F Aleksi Heponiemi (5) broke the tie at 13:03, and D Colby Sissons (4) made it 3-1, on a PP, at 18:49. . . . Edmonton F Davis Koch (4) cut the deficit to one, on a PP, at 12:54, and F Kobe Mohr (4) tied it at 15:00. . . . Kemp and Mohr each added an assist. . . . The Broncos got three assists from F Tyler Steenbergen, who leads the WHL with 16 goals. He also leads the WHL with 25 points. . . . Gawdin and Heponiemi each had an assist. . . . Edmonton was 1-3 on the PP; Swift Current was 1-4. . . . G Travis Child, who played 75 games with the Broncos before being dealt to Brandon last season, stopped 19 shots for Edmonton. . . . The Broncos got 31 stops from G Joel Hofer. . . . Announced attendance: 2,463. . . . A note from Geoffrey Brandow (@GeoffreyBrandow): When Swift Current beat the visiting Vancouver Giants 1-0 on Friday night, it was the first time the Broncos had won by that score since Oct. 11, 2010, when they beat the visiting Kootenay Ice in a shootout. The last time the Broncos won 1-0 in regulation was on Dec. 7, 2007, in Cranbrook.


— Helen 😀 (@helenskiii) October 15, 2017

At Portland, F Skyler McKenzie scored his eighth goal of the season, 24 seconds into OT to give the Winterhawks their fifth straight victory, a 5-4 triumph over the Kelowna Rockets. . . . The Winterhawks (7-1-0) got a goal and two assists from F Joachim Blichfeld, all in the first period. He had missed the previous five games with a concussion. . . . The hosts opened a 3-0 first-period lead on goals from Blichfeld (2), F Kieffer Bellows (4) and D Henri Jokiharju (4). The first two of those came via the PP. . . . The Rockets tied it with the next three goals. . . . F Carsen Twarynski scored, on a PP, at 6:21 of the second, and F Erik Gardiner (3) counted at 15:28 of the second. . . . F Kyle Topping pulled Kelowna even at 4:44 of the third period. . . . Portland went back in front at 7:44 of the third period when F Brad Ginnell (3) scored on a PP. . . . Twarynski (3) forced OT at 15:20. . . . F Cody Glass, F Alex Overhardt and Jokiharju each had two assists, with Bellows adding one. . . . The Rockets got two assists from F Dillon Dube and one each from Topping and Gardiner. . . . Portland was 3-4 on the PP; Kelowna (4-2-2) was 1-4. . . . G Cole Kehler earned the victory with 29 stops, five fewer than Kelowna’s James Porter, who made his second WHL start. . . . Regan Bartel, the radio voice of the Rockets, points out that Porter, from Bonner’s Ferry, Idaho, is the third American-born goaltender to play for Kelowna. He joins Adam Brown (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Mark Guggenberger (Richfield, Minn.) in that exclusive club. . . . Bartel also noted that the Rockets are 8-0-2 in their last 10 regular-season visits to Portland. . . . Kelowna went to OT for the third time in four games. . . . Portland D Keoni Texeira was given a headshot major and game misconduct for a hit on Kelowna F Kole Lind at 5:43 of the second period. Lind was back during the resulting PP. . . . Portland D Brendan De Jong sat out the second of a three-game suspension. . . . The Winterhawks also are without F Ryan Hughes, who had surgery to repair a broken leg after being injured on Tuesday. . . . These two teams will play in Portland again today (Sunday), then meet in Kelowna on Friday and Saturday. They will have completed their four-game season series in the span of eight nights. . . . Announced attendance: 4,647.

Blazers first two game sweep in PG since Jan 6-7, 2012.

— Jon Keen (@JonKeenNLSports) October 15, 2017

At Prince George, the Kamloops Blazers, who lost their first nine games this season, now are riding a two-game winning streak, having beaten the Cougars, 4-1. . . . The Blazers (2-9-0) had beaten the host Cougars 4-1 on Friday night to end their season-opening skid. . . . The Cougars now are 3-5-2. . . . F Luc Smith (2) opened the scoring for Kamloops at 1:36 of the first period. . . . D Dennis Cholowski (4) tied it, on a PP, at 14:25. . . . Kamloops broke the tie with two goals in the final 18 seconds of the second period. F Nick Chyzowski (3) scored at 19:42 and D Ondrej Vala (2) followed up with a goal at 19:57. . . . The visitors got insurance from F Connor Zary (3) at 17:42 of the third period. . . . F Jermaine Loewen had two assists for Kamloops. . . . The Cougars were 1-4 on the PP; the Blazers were 0-5. . . . G Dylan Ferguson stopped 17 shots for Kamloops, which outshot its hosts 13-1 in the second period and 8-4 in the third. . . . The Cougars got 30 saves from G Taylor Gauthier. . . . Kamloops took out veteran F Quinn Benjafield (undisclosed injury) and brought back Swiss freshman F Justin Sigrist, who was a healthy scratch on Friday. . . . Announced attendance: 2,874.

At Spokane, the Tri-City Americans erased a 2-0 deficit with five third-period goals and beat the Chiefs, 5-2. . . . F Jaret Anderson-Dolan (3) and D Filip Kral (1) scored for Spokane in the game’s first eight minutes. . . . The Americans tied it on goals from F Morgan Geekie, at 1:52 of the third period, and F Connor Bouchard (2), at 3:15. . . . Geekie (3) broke the tie at 4:44. . . . F Michael Rasmussen (4) found the range at 8:01, and F Sasha Mutual (1) rounded out the scoring at 10:29. . . . Rasmussen and F Jordan Topping each had two assists for the winners. . . . The Americans (5-4-0) were 0-4 on the PP; the Chiefs (5-5-0) were 1-3. . . . Tri-City G Beck Warm made 26 stops. . . . The Chiefs opened with Dawson Weatherill, who surrendered five goals on 25 shots in 50:29. Donovan Buskey came on in relief to stop all five shots he faced, in 9:31. . . . Rasmussen lost some blood when he was struck in the face by a deflected puck in the second period. After some medical attention and a change of sweaters, Rasmussen returned to action. . . . The Americans were without F Maxwell James, 20, who served Game 2 of a four-game suspension. With him suspended, the Americans could only dress two 20s, and they went with G Patrick Dea, who backed up, and Topping. . . . That meant Russian F Vladislav Lukin, 20, who reappeared on Tri-City’s roster on Thursday, didn’t play. . . . The Americans also scratched D Juusu Valimaki, so their only import was freshman D Roman Kalinichenko. . . . Chiefs F Rykr Cole sat out the second of a three-game suspension. . . . Announced attendance: 7,411.

Love the @SeattleTbirds banners in downtown Kent! #whlchamps

— Shauna Kruse (@ShaunanKruse) October 14, 2017

At Kent, Wash., F Tyler Soy had a goal and three assists to lead the Victoria Royals to a 6-1 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds. . . . Soy, 20, has four goals and nine assists in five games since returning from the AHL’s San Diego Gulls. . . . Seattle actually scored the game’s first goal last night, with F Nolan Volcan (2) finding the range at 6:17 of the first period. . . . F Matthew Phillips (9) scored the next two goals, at 11:07 and 19:33, as the Royals took a 2-1 lead. . . . Phillips has 24 points in a 10-game streak. . . . The Royals later got goals from F Jared Legien (4), F Regan Nagy (9), who also had an assist, Soy and D Jared Freadrich (2). . . . Victoria (8-1-1) was 3-8 on the PP; Seattle (4-3-1) was 0-4. . . . Victoria starter Griffen Outhouse stopped 26 of 27 shots in 51:18. Dean McNabb finished up, stopping five shots in 8:42. . . . The Thunderbirds got 24 saves from G Matt Berlin. . . . TBird Tidbits reported prior to the game that Seattle had won its last nine regular-season games with Victoria. The Royals last won on March 2, 2015. . . . Victoria D Scott Walford had one assist. He has at least an assist in five straight games. . . . Seattle D Turner Ottenbreit served Game 5 of a six-game suspension. He will miss Friday’s visit by the Moose Jaw Warriors, and will be eligible to return on Saturday in Everett. . . . Announced attendance: 4,055.

SUNDAY (all times local):

Prince Albert at Brandon, 4 p.m.

Lethbridge at Calgary, 4 p.m.

Edmonton at Regina, 4 p.m.

Kelowna at Portland, 5 p.m.

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@MJWARRIORS – nice win👍🏼

— A Sandbeck (@gc116) October 15, 2017

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