— Mikhail Sergachev (@sergachev31) October 16, 2017
F Mason Wilgosh (Tri-City, 2007-12) has signed a one-year contract with Corona Brașov (Romania, Erste Liga). Last season, as an alternate captain with the Edinburgh Capitals (Scotland, UK Elite), he had 11 goals and 24 assists in 52 games. Wilgosh was with the Florida Everblades (ECHL) but was released on Oct. 9, before the start of the regular season. He had been pointless in one exhibition game.
Keoni Texeira hit on Kole Lind Sat. night. Texeira was given a 5 min maj and gm. Lind returned to the game pic.twitter.com/WR0lAQR3JD
— Brandon Rivers (@hodgesheroes) October 15, 2017
D Keoni Texeira of the Portland Winterhawks was handed a two-game suspension on Sunday for a hit on F Kole Lind of the visiting Kelowna Rockets on Saturday night. You are able to see the hit in the above tweet.
Andy Kemper, the Winterhawks’ play-by-play voice, tweeted that the suspension would end Texeira’s consecutive games played streak at 220, 20 games short of the franchise record held by D Troy Rutkowski.
Regan Bartel, the veteran radio voice of the Rockets, was at Saturday’s game — of course he was — and offered up this on his blog at reganbartel.blogspot.com:
“Here is my (opinion) on the Keoni Texeira hit on Kole Lind. It can’t happen. Now that we have more information than ever before on what hits to the head can do, hockey must make changes to the way it is played.
“Indeed it has. We are a gentler game, built more on speed. The way the game is officiated has made it better and, more importantly, safer.
“My belief is Texeira can’t step up and make that hit on Lind, like (Kelowna defenceman) James Hilsendager can’t make contact the way he did against Prince George Cougars forward Kody McDonald last weekend.
“Trust me, I love open ice hits. I am somewhat old school in my approach to the game, but WHL defencemen, specifically, need to learn that even though an opponent is vulnerable that hit can’t be made with the likelihood of it being a check to the head.
“In the old days, it was ‘tough titty’ if you had your head down. Those days are over.”
Bartel is exactly right. Sorry, dinosaurs, but the days of defencemen lurking near their blueline, then stepping into the neutral zone and drilling an unsuspecting forward are over, even if there isn’t contact with the head.
Those defencemen need to remember, though, that it’s OK to drop the gloves and pop the opposing forward a few times in the head.
D Juuso Valimaki of the Tri-City Americans was scratched from Saturday’s game, a 5-2 come-from-behind victory over the host Spokane Chiefs in which the visitors scored five third-period goals. . . . It turns out that Valimaki was ill and is being listed as day-to-day. . . . The Americans next play Tuesday when they entertain the Kelowna Rockets. . . . The Americans completed a five-game road swing with the victory in Spokane. Tri-City went 3-2-0 on the swing.
The Prince George Cougars, who were swept by the visiting Kamloops Blazers in a weekend series, will play their next seven games on the road. . . . The Cougars (3-5-2) dropped a pair of 4-1 decisions to the Blazers, who headed north having lost their first nine games this season. . . . The Cougars will make stops in Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary, Vancouver, Kelowna, Portland and Everett on this trip. . . . Prince George next plays at home on Nov. 10 and 11 when the Everett Silvertips stop in for a doubleheader.
Danny Flynn has coached in the OHL, QMJHL and now WHL. I had to ask him about WHL's disadvantage at Memorial Cup. https://t.co/fe8fkFE5qx
— Regan Bartel (@Reganrant) October 15, 2017
Regan Bartel, the aforementioned radio voice of the Kelowna Rockets, spent part of his weekend in Portland, where Danny Flynn is on the Winterhawks’ coaching staff. Bartel found time in his no doubt hectic schedule to interview Flynn, who is a veteran major junior coach with experience in the OHL and QMJHL. This is a solid five minutes. For example, I wasn’t aware until listening to this interview that QMJHL teams are permitted to fly in the playoffs.
— Regan Bartel (@Reganrant) October 15, 2017
D Shane Collins, 20, was waived by the Prince George Cougars, picked up by the OHL’s Barrie Colts and traded to the London Knights. He made his London debut against the host Windsor Spitfires on Thursday. . . . What did he think of his first look at the OHL from ice level. “I think there’s a little more open ice here,” Collins told Ryan Pyette of the London Free Press. “A second more to make a play than the chip-and-chase, rigid hockey you see out West. Here, it’s pretty fun.”
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At Brandon, F Schael Higson scored at 1:32 of OT to give the Wheat Kings a 6-5 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders. . . . With the Swift Current Broncos’ winning streak having ended at eight games on Saturday night, the Wheat Kings (7-2-1) are the hottest thing on the Prairies — this was their sixth straight victory. . . . The Wheat Kings had beaten the visiting Raiders 5-2 on Saturday night. . . . The Raiders (3-4-2), who lost 2-1 in OT to the visiting Regina Pats on Friday night, were playing their third game in fewer than 48 hours. . . . On Sunday, the Wheat Kings overcame 4-2 and 5-3 deficits as they scored the game’s last three goals. . . . F Sean Montgomery gave the Raiders a 1-0 lead just 50 seconds after the opening faceoff. . . . Brandon took a 2-1 lead with PP goals from F Tanner Kaspick (3), at 11:05, and D Kale Clague (7), at 15:50. . . . F Cole Fonstad got the Raiders into a tie at 17:11. . . . Montgomery (3), at 0:49 of the second period, and F Curtis Miske (2), on a PP, at 3:25 of the third gave the visitors a 4-2 edge. . . . Brandon F Ben McCartney (1) cut into that at 3:41, but Fonstad (5) got it back at 10:45. . . . Brandon F Gunnar Wegleitner (6) scored at 11:57 and F Ty Lewis tied it, on a PP, at 14:35. . . . Higson won it with his first goal of the season. . . . Wegleitner went into this season with one goal in 55 games — 43 with the Everett Silvertips and 12 with the Victoria Royals. Now he has one goal in each of his past six games. . . . Brandon got three assists from F Stelio Mattheos, two from Lewis and one each from Clague, Kaspick and Wegleitner. . . . D Max Martin earned two assists for the Raiders, with Miske and Fonstad each getting one. . . . Brandon was 3-6 on the PP; Prince Albert was 1-5. . . . The Wheat Kings got 20 stops from G Dylan Myskiw, while Prince Albert’s Curtis Meger blocked 25. . . . Announced attendance: 3,222.
At Calgary, the Lethbridge Hurricanes scored the game’s last three goals and beat the Hitmen, 3-1. . . . The Hurricanes (4-4-0) had lost their previous two games. . . . The Hitmen (3-6-1) had won their previous two games, both on the road. . . . Calgary took a 1-0 lead when F Jakob Stukel (6) scored at 3:22 of the first period. . . . F Giorgio Estephan (4) tied it, on a PP, at 7:08 of the second period, and F Jordy Bellerive (4) gave the visitors the lead, on another PP, at 8:17 of the third. . . . F Zane Franklin (2) iced it with the empty-netter at 18:47. . . . Bellerive and Estephan added an assist each. . . . Lethbridge was 2-7 on the PP; Calgary was 0-4. . . . G Stuart Skinner made 30 saves for the winners. . . . The Hitmen got 34 stops from G Nick Schneider. . . . Lethbridge opens a seven-game homestand on Friday with the Swift Current Broncos in town. . . . Announced attendance: 5,936.
At Regina, F Emil Oksanen’s PP goal at 1:00 of OT gave the Pats a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings. . . . D Conner McDonald (2) put the visitors out front, on a PP, at 5:07 of the second period. . . . Regina F Matt Bradley (9) tied it at 16:14. . . . The Oil Kings got that one right back as F Davis Koch (5) counted at 17:12. . . . F Sam Steel (4) scored for Regina, on a PP, at 11:20 of the third period and that goal forced OT. . . . Oksanen, the WHL’s highest-scoring freshman, won it with his ninth goal. It came with the Oil Kings serving a penalty for too many men. . . . D Josh Mahura had three assists for the Pats and Bradley had two. Steel added one to his goal. . . . Bradley is riding a 10-game point streak. . . . Edmonton got two assists from F Tomas Soustal. . . . Regina (5-4-1) was 2-4 on the PP; Edmonton (4-6-1) was 1-4. . . . G Tyler Brown stopped 24 shots to record the victory. . . . Edmonton G Boston Bilous made 27 saves. . . . Edmonton was playing its fourth road game in five nights; it went (1-2-1). . . . Regina D Liam Schioler returned after serving a two-game suspension. . . . Announced attendance: 6,484.
At Portland, F Kieffer Bellows and F Skyler McKenzie each had two goals and an assist as the Winterhawks dumped the Kelowna Rockets, 8-2. . . . It was the third game in six days for the Winterhawks (8-1-0), who have won six straight. . . . The Rockets (4-2-3) were playing their third game in fewer than 48 hours. They lost 4-3 at home to Calgary on Friday, then dropped a 5-4 OT decision in Portland on Saturday. . . . Kelowna now moves on to Kennewick, Wash., for a Tuesday night clash with the Tri-City Americans. The Rockets then return home to face the Winterhawks on Friday and Saturday nights. . . . On Sunday, the home team led 3-0 and 6-0 at the intermissions. . . . McKenzie has 10 goals now, while Bellows has six. . . . F Mason Mannek (2), F Jake Gricius (2), F Ilijah Colina (1) and F Joachim Blichfeld (3) also scored for Portland. . . . The Rockets got goals from D Gordie Ballhorn (1) and F Conner Bruggen-Cale (2). . . . F Ty Kolle had three assists for Portland and Blichfeld had one. . . . The Winterhawks were 3-5 on the PP; the Rockets were 2-8. . . . G Shane Farkas picked up the victory with 28 saves. . . . Kelowna starter Brodan Salmond surrendered three goals on 13 shots in the first period. James Porter played the last two periods, stopping 20 of 25 shots. . . . The Winterhawks were without D Keoni Texeira and D Brendan De Jong, both of whom are serving suspensions. . . . With those two out, D Nick Cicek, a 17-year-old freshman from Winnipeg, played in his first WHL game. He was a seventh-round selection in the 2015 WHL bantam draft. . . . Announced attendance: 3,024.
MONDAY (all times local):
No Games Scheduled.
TUESDAY (all times local):
Moose Jaw vs. Kootenay, at Cranbrook, B.C., 7 p.m.
Vancouver at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.
Kelowna vs. Tri-City, at Kennewick, Wash., 7:05 p.m.
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