McCorrister sparks Wheaties … Ice chills Broncos … Giants rock Pats … Rockets get past ‘Hawks, finally

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D Kalvin Sagert (Kamloops, Lethbridge, Prince George, 2002-08) has been released by mutual agreement by Gherdëina Selva Val Gardena (Italy, Alps HL). This season, he had one goal and four assists in 10 games. . . .

D Zach Yuen (Tri-City, 2008-13) has been released by Kunlun Red Star Beijing (China, KHL). He had two goals and one assist in 21 games. . . .

F Vladislav Lukin (Tri-City, 2014-17) has signed a two-year two-way contract with Salavat Yulaev Ufa (Russia, KHL). Last season, he had 26 goals and 32 assists in 63 games with the Tri-City Americans (WHL). . . .

D Stefan Elliott (Saskatoon, 2006-11) has signed a contract for the rest of this season with HV71 Jönköping (Sweden, SHL). Last season, he had four goals and seven assists in 31 games with Ak Bars Kazan (Russia, KHL).

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SATURDAY:

Congrats to Wheat Kings forward Linden McCorrister on his first hat trick in his #WHL career! #Lindy @lindenm12 pic.twitter.com/dZZGueKjPu

— Brandon Wheat Kings (@bdnwheatkings) October 22, 2017

At Brandon, F Linden McCorrister scored three times to lead the Wheat Kings to a 4-2 victory over the Victoria Royals. . . . Brandon (9-3-1) has won two in a row. . . . Victoria (9-3-1) has lost two straight. . . . That was McCorrister’s first WHL hat trick and came in his 84th career game. He has five goals this season. The 19-year-old from Peguis, Man., went into this season with five goals in 71 games over two previous seasons. . . . McCorrister gave Brandon a 1-0 lead, on a PP, at 5:06 of the first period. . . . The Royals tied it when F Tyler Soy (5) scored at 6:17. That was Soy’s 249th career regular-season point, in 265 games, giving him the Royals’ franchise record. F Jack Walker held the previous mark, set in 318 games. The Victoria/Chilliwack Bruins’ franchise record belongs to F Brandon Magee (264), who did that in 318 games as well. . . . Royals F Matthew Phillips (11) gave Victoria a 2-1 lead at 13:52 of the second period. Phillips has at least a point in each of his 13 games this season and that’s one shy of the franchise record set by F Mark Santorelli with the Bruins in 2006. . . . McCorrister tied the game, on a PP, at 17:29 of the second period. . . . F Tanner Kaspick (4) broke the tie at 8:35 of the third period. . . . McCorrister put his third goal into an empty net at 19:06. . . . Brandon D Kale Clague drew three assists. He has 24 points, 14 of them assists, in 11 games. . . . F Stelio Mattheos added two assists for the winners. . . . G Logan Thompson blocked 24 shots for Brandon. . . . Victoria G Dean McNabb turned aside 37 shots. . . . Announced attendance: 4,360.

At Prince Albert, F Parker Kelly’s second goal of the game, at 3:05 of OT, gave the Raiders a 4-3 victory over the Saskatoon Blades. . . . The Blades had forced OT with two late third-period goals, both of them coming with G Ryan Kubic on the bench for the extra attacker. . . . F Caleb Fantillo (3) scored on a PP at 17:50 and F Chase Wouters (3) tied it at 18:39. . . . The Raiders (4-4-3) had been 0-1-3 in their previous four games. . . . The Blades (3-6-1) have lost two in a row. . . . The Raiders took a 3-1 lead at 7:35 of the third period on Kelly’s first goal, a shorthanded effort. He now has eight goals this season. . . . F Jordy Stallard (7), who also had an assist, gave the Raiders a 1-0 lead at 4:45 of the first period. . . . F Curtis Miske (3) upped that to 2-0 at 13:22 of the second. . . . Saskatoon F Josh Paterson (2) got his guys to within a goal just 1:11 later. . . . Wouters added an assist to his goal for Saskatoon. . . . Prince Albert was 1-4 on the PP; Saskatoon was 1-6. . . . G Ian Scott made 30 stops for the Raiders in his first appearance since he suffered an undisclosed injury on opening night. He sat out nine games. . . . The Blades got 23 saves from Kubic. . . . The Raiders lost F Zack Hayes with a headshot major and game misconduct — he hit Saskatoon D Jake Kustra — at 15:36 of the second period. . . . “I totally disagree with the call, that’s all I can say about that,” Raiders head coach Marc Habscheid told Jeff D’Andrea of paNOW.com. “It seemed like there was one official making a lot of calls, and that’s up to them, but we disagreed with quite a few of the calls tonight.” . . . Announced attendance: 2,195.

Fernie we stand with you! #Ferniestrong pic.twitter.com/7Y0sLikDHE

— Kootenay ICE (@WHLKootenayICE) October 22, 2017

At Cranbrook, B.C., F Colton Kroeker scored at 2:53 of OT to give the Kootenay Ice a 5-4 victory over the Swift Current Broncos. . . . It was quite a turnaround for the ice (5-6-1), who had been beaten 11-1 by the host Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday. . . . The Broncos (9-2-0) lost for the first time on the road, where they now are 6-0-1. . . . The Ice erased deficits of 2-1, 3-2 and 4-3 to win this one. . . . Kootenay took a 1-0 lead on F Colton Veloso’s third goal of the season, at 7:08 of the first period. . . . The Broncos took a 2-1 lead on two PP goals from F Aleksi Heponiemi, at 17:44 and 18:43. . . . Ice D Cale Fleury tied it, on a PP, at 3:16 of the second period. . . . F Glenn Gawdin (8) put the visitors back out front at 6:14. . . . F Gilian Kohler (2) tied it again, at 6:50. . . . The Broncos went back out front as F Tyler Steenbergen (21) counted, on a PP, at 8:41. . . . Fleury (3) forced OT with a goal at 8:54. . . . Veloso added two assists to his goal, as did Kroeker, while Kohler had one. . . . Gawdin and Steenbergen each had two assists, with Heponiemi getting one. That means the Broncos’ hot line had a nine-point outing. . . . The Ice was 2-6 on the PP; the Broncos were 3-4. . . . G Bailey Brkin started for the Ice and allowed three goals on 13 shots in 26:14. Kurtis Chapman came on in the second period and stopped 12 of 13 shots in 36:39. . . . The Broncos got 31 saves from G Logan Flodell. . . . Announced attendance: 2,479.

At Red Deer, the Prince George Cougars scored the game’s last four goals and beat the Rebels 4-1. . . . The Cougars (4-5-3) had lost their previous three games (0-2-1). . . . The Rebels slipped to 6-5-0. . . . F Mason McCarty (10) gave the home team a 1-0 lead at 3:04 of the first period. . . . F Josh Maser (4) pulled the Cougars even at 13:31. . . . F Jackson Leppard (5) broke the tie at 9:18 of the second period and F Aaron Boyd (4), who also had an assist, added insurance at 18:20. . . . F Brogan O’Brien (3) made it 4-1 just 40 seconds into the third period. . . . The Cougars were 0-2 on the PP; the Rebels were 0-1. . . . G Tavin Grant earned the victory with 34 saves, three more than Red Deer’s Ethan Anders. . . . Announced attendance: 4,204.

So barring a Vancouver Giants WHL Final run or some sort of trade, Tyler Benson will have never played a WHL game in Saskatchewan.

— Lucas Punkari (@lpunkari) October 21, 2017

At Regina, F Ty Ronning had a goal and two assists to lead the Vancouver Giants to a 5-2 victory over the Pats. . . . The Giants (5-5-2) went 3-2-2 on a seven-game road trip that wrapped up with this game. . . . Regina (7-5-1) had a four-game winning streak snapped. . . . Vancouver jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead on goals from F James Malm (3), at 2:25, and F Brendan Semchuk (4), at 15:07. . . . F Emil Oksanen (10) got Regina to within a goal at 15:28, but the Giants took control with the next two goals. . . . D Bowen Byram scored his first WHL goal, on a PP, at 2:29 of the third and F Milos Roman (4) made it 4-1 at 7:09. . . . F Braydon Buziak (1) scored while shorthanded for Regina at 11:47. . . . Ronning (10) finished the scoring with a shorthanded empty-netter at 17:58. . . . F Brad Morrison had two assists for the Cougars, the first one the 200th regular-season point of his career. He has played in 272 games, the first 260 with the Prince George Cougars. . . . F Dawson Holt also had two assists for the winners, with Semchuk getting one. . . . Vancouver was 1-4 on the PP; Regina was 0-3. . . . G Todd Scott earned the victory with 33 saves, 12 fewer than Regina’s Max Paddock. . . . Announced attendance: 6,363.

Apparently the T-Birds are playing Moose Jam tonight…I prefer a good strawberry jam to moose pic.twitter.com/DLtBCnnMpP

— Andy Eide (@AndyEide) October 22, 2017

At Kent, Wash., F Justin Almeida broke a 1-1 tie at 18:45 of the third period as the Moose Jaw Warriors beat the Seattle Thunderbirds, 3-1. . . .The Warriors (9-3-0) have won two in a row. . . . The Thunderbirds (4-4-1) have dropped two straight. . . . F Tanner Jeannot (4) put the visitors out front at 5:14 of the second period. . . . F Sami Moilanen (9) tied it at 8:19. . . . The Warriors got the empty-netter from F Noah Gregor (8), at 19:31 of the third period. . . . The Warriors got two assists from D Dmitri Zaitsev, with Jeannot adding one. . . . Seattle was 0-2 on the PP; Moose Jaw was 0-4. . . . Seattle head coach Matt O’Dette wasn’t enamoured by the officiating. Here’w what he told Andy Eide of 710 ESPN Seattle: “They’re playing extremely hard and it’s frustrating when you don’t get a fair shake. We earned some calls there in the third that weren’t called. I’ll have to watch the video and assess it. Those were choices by the refs, not to make those calls for whatever reason. It’s a tough pill to swallow . . .” . . . G Brody Willms recorded the victory with 31 saves. . . . G Liam Hughes stopped 31 shots for Seattle. . . . The Thunderbirds had freshman Russian F Nikita Malukhin in the lineup for the first time. He had been out since suffering an undisclosed injury during the exhibition season. . . . Seattle D Turner Ottenbreit didn’t play as he completed a six-game suspension. He last played on Sept. 30. . . . Announced attendance: 5,070.

Fmr @TCAmericans G Olaf Kolzig on Ams bench tonite…asked him on his Kamloops memories…"I memorized Takin' Care of Biz in the 1st period"

— Jon Keen (@JonKeenNLSports) October 22, 2017

At Kennewick, Wash., F Jordan Topping scored three times to help the Tri-City Americans to a 6-3 victory over the Kamloops Blazers. . . . The Americans (8-4-0) have won five in a row. . . . The Blazers (3-10-0) had won their previous three games. . . . Topping, who has nine goals, gave the Americans a 2-0 lead with a pair of first-period goals, at 6:59 and 11:23, the latter via the PP. . . . F Garrett Pilon (5) scored the Blazers’ first goal, at 19:12. . . . Tri-City got the only two goals of the second period, from D Roman Kalinichenko (1), at 15:30, and F Parker AuCoin (3), at 18:44. . . . The teams exchanged goals in the third period, with F Carson Denomie (1) and D Joe Gatenby (4) scoring for Kamloops, and F Michael Rasmussen (5) and Topping, with the empty-netter, counting for the winners. . . . Tri-City got two assists from D Dylan Coghlan and one from Rasmussen. . . . Each team was 1-3 on the PP. . . . G Patrick Dea earned the victory with 26 saves. . . . Kamloops starter Dylan Ferguson stopped 21 of 25 shots through two periods. Max Palaga played the third, allowing one goal on eight shots. . . . Announced attendance: 3,730.

At Kelowna, F Carsen Twarynski scored three times and F Kole Lind had a goal and three assists as the Rockets dumped the Portland Winterhawks, 7-2. . . . The Rockets (5-5-2) had lost their previous five games (0-4-1). . . . The Winterhawks (9-2-0) had won seven in a row. They are 4-1-0 on the road. . . . Portland played four straight games against Kelowna, winning the first two — 5-4 in OT and 8-2 — on home ice, then winning 3-1 on the road Friday. . . . Yes, these two teams played their four-game season series in the span of eight nights. . . . Last night, the Rockets scored the game’s first three goals, with D Cal Foote (3) scoring 47 seconds into the first period, Twarynski getting his first of the night at 4:31, and Lind scoring his eighth, on a PP, at 14:47. . . . Portland F Cody Glass (6) cut into the lead at 2:39 of the second period, but Kelowna took control with the next two goals, from Twarynski, on a PP, at 9:30, and F Nolan Foote, at 12:24. . . . D Henri Jokiharju (5) had Portland’s other goal, with Twarynski (6) and F Leif Mattson (1) adding third-period PP goals for the Rockets. . . . That was Twarynski’s second career WHL hat trick. . . . D Gordie Ballhorn, F KyleTopping and F Erik Gardiner each had three assists for Kelowna, with Cal Foote and Mattson adding one each. . . . F Kieffer Bellows had two assists for Portland. He had four goals and six assists in the four games against Kelowna. . . . Kelowna was 4-5 on the PP; Portland was 1-4. . . . G James Porter earned the victory with 34 saves. . . . Portland G Shane Farkas stopped 29 shots. . . . Announced attendance: 4,774.

SUNDAY (all times local):

Prince George at Calgary, 4 p.m.

Spokane at Edmonton, 4 p.m.

Seattle at Everett, 4 p.m.

Medicine Hat at Lethbridge, 6 p.m.

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Haydn Fleury took the ceremonial puck drop for Carolina. Brenden Morrow used to babysit Fleury when they were just two kids in Saskatchewan. pic.twitter.com/P8XBlAT61l

— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) October 22, 2017

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