F Roman Tománek (Calgary, Seattle, 2004-06) has signed a two-game tryout contract with Beyreuth (Germany, DEL2). He was released by mutual agreement by Freiburg (Germany, DEL2) on Tuesday, after recording one assist in 13 games.
The Red Deer Rebels have acquired F Lukus MacKenzie, 18, from the Saskatoon Blades for a fourth-round selection in the 2018 WHL bantam draft.
MacKenzie, who was a late scratch from the Blades’ 2-1 OT victory over the host Lethbridge Hurricanes on Wednesday night, has four assists in 13 games this season.
MacKenzie, from Calgary, was a third-round selection by the Blades in the 2014 bantam draft. In 121 regular-season games, he has eight goals and 16 assists.
At 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, MacKenzie will bring some physical play and an edge to the Rebels’ forward ranks.
The deal was announced Thursday morning, less than 12 hours after the Rebels dropped a 4-2 decision to the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds, a game that was followed by an epic rant from Brent Sutter, Red Deer’s general manager and head coach.
The Rebels gave up a 2-1 third-period lead, with the winning goal, by Seattle F Donovan Neuls, coming with the home team on its fifth straight PP.
Sutter didn’t hold back after the game. He told reporters that the difference was “bad coaching.“
“Playing those guys in the third period, our so-called best players. . . . They were terrible tonight and I shouldn’t have had them on the ice in the third period. I shouldn’t have had them on the power play in the last four minutes. That’s my fault.
“It’s unacceptable. (Brandon) Hagel was terrible tonight, (Lane) Zablocki was awful.
“Our older players didn’t play like they need to play and when you have that, when your best players aren’t your best players and they’re your worst players, you struggle. And you put other players in situations that they probably struggle in, too.”
Having dealt F Lukus MacKenzie to the Red Deer Rebels, the Saskatoon Blades added F Alec Zawatsky to their roster.
Zawatsky, 18, had two goals and two assists in five games with the BCHL’s Cowichan Capitals, then was dealt to the SJHL’s Notre Dame Hounds. He had nine goals and 10 assists in 13 games with the Hounds.
Zawatsky, who is from Yorkton, Sask., practised with the Blades in Lethbridge on Thursday. According to a tweet from Les Lazaruk, the veteran radio voice of the Blades, Zawatsky “drove from Estevan where he scored (Wednesday) night in Hounds’ 6-5 loss to Bruins to make it to Lethbridge . . . through snowstorm for practice.”
Zawatsky is expected to make his WHL debut tonight against the host Medicine Hat Tigers.
His father, Ed, played four seasons (1987-91) at Colorado College before going on to a pro career that included nine seasons in Germany. He also has coached the SJHL’s Yorkton Terriers and now scouts for the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks.
The Everett Silvertips have acquired F Luke Ormsby, 18, from the Seattle Thunderbirds for a ninth-round selection in the 2018 WHL bantam draft.
Ormsby was born in Port Angeles, Wash., and has lived in Everett and Bellingham. He also played in Everett’s minor hockey ranks.
“We’re excited to welcome an individual like Luke to the Silvertips family, who brings proven experience at this level and a is homegrown player as well,” Garry Davidson, Everett’s general manager, said in a news release.“His hard work, beginning in Everett Youth Hockey, gave him the necessary tools to improve each year and reach the WHL level. He gets around the ice very well, and shows up to play with emotion and intensity.”
This season, Ormsby was pointless in 11 games with Seattle. Last season, he had six goals and five assists in 11 regular-season games, then added one assist in 13 playoff games.
The Thunderbirds selected him in the ninth round of the 2014 WHL bantam draft.
Ormsby had left the Thunderbirds on Monday and was to have joined the BCHL’s Wenatchee Wild.
At the time, Seattle general manager Russ Farwell said: “He is going to Wenatchee to play. We are releasing him. It was a mutual decision.”
F Kalen Szeto, who turned 15 on Oct. 12, has committed to attend Yale U and play for the Bulldogs, starting with the 2020-21 season. . . . He was a fifth-round selection by the Saskatoon Blades in the WHL’s 2017 bantam draft. . . . This season, Szeto, who is from Vancouver, has four goals and 10 assists in 10 games with the Burnaby Winter Club Prep team in the CSSHL. . . . Last season, he had 97 goals and 81 assists in 67 games with the BWC’s bantam A1-T1 side.
F Zach Michaelis of Elk River, Minn., has committed to attend the u of Nebraska-Omaha and play for the Mavericks starting with the 2021-22 season. He turned 15 on May 30. . . . Michaelis was a fourth-round selection by the Prince George Cougars in the 2017 bantam draft. . . . Last season, Michaelis played for a bantam team at Shattuck St. Mary’s in Faribault, Minn. This season, he is playing at Elk River High School and with the U-15 Minnesota Blades.
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F Lucas Cullen has joined the BCHL’s West Kelowna Warriors. Cullen, 18, is from Kelowna. He left the Calgary Hitmen on Oct. 24 to pursue other hockey opportunities. He had one assist in seven games this season. Last season, Cullen had four goals and four assists in 37 games. The Hitmen selected him in the fifth round of the 2014 bantam draft. . . .
The Medicine Hat Tigers have dropped D Trevor Longo, 17, from their roster. Long, from North Vancouver, B.C., was pointless in four games. Last season, he had 11 goals and 26 assists in 40 games with the major midget Vancouver-Northwest Giants, and was pointless in two games with the BCHL’s Langley Rivermen. . . . The Tigers selected him in the sixth round of the 2015 bantam draft. . . .
With D Braden Schneider at the U-17 World Hockey Challenge, the Brandon Wheat Kings have added D Neithan Salame to their roster. Salame, 16, is expected to make his WHL debut tonight against the visiting Kootenay Ice. From Edmonton, he was a seventh-round pick in the 2016 bantam draft. This season, he has three goals and nine assists in 10 games with the midget AAA Edmonton-Knights of Columbus Pats.
For the first time since the 2009-10 season, the @SeattleTbirds have won 4 straight road games in regulation.
— TBird Tidbits (@TBirdTidbits) November 3, 2017
At Edmonton, F Zack Andrusiak broke a 1-1 tie at 15:14 of the third period as the Seattle Thunderbirds skated to a 3-1 victory over the Oil Kings. . . . The Thunderbirds (9-5-1), who were playing their fifth game in seven nights, have won four in a row. They are 5-1-0 on a seven-game road trip that wraps up Saturday night against the Medicine Hat Tigers. . . . The Oil Kings (5-9-2) have lost three straight. . . . Seattle broke a scoreless tie at 11:26 of the second period when D Austin Strand scored on a PP. That was his ninth goal this season, eight of which have come via the PP. . . . D Jantzen Leslie, acquired earlier in the week from the Saskatoon Blades, was in the Oil Kings’ lineup and scored his first goal at 6:47 of the third period. He was playing in his 83rd career regular-season game — 10 with Everett, 72 with Saskatoon and one with Edmonton. . . . Andrusiak snapped the tie with his seventh goal of the season. . . . F Nolan Volcan (5), who is from Edmonton, iced it with an empty-netter at 19:38. . . . Seattle was 1-3 on the PP; Edmonton was 0-5. . . . Seattle G Matt Berlin, who is from Edmonton, stopped 30 shots. . . . Edmonton G Boston Bilous turned aside 16 shots. . . . With G Travis Child out with an undisclosed injury, Edmonton had G Josh Dechaine backing up Bilous. Dechaine, 19, got into 17 games with the Oil Kings last season and two this season. He now plays for the AJHL’s Sherwood Park Crusaders. . . . Tyrel Bauer, a second-round selection in the 2017 bantam draft, made his WHL debut with the Thunderbirds. From Cochrane, Alta., he plays for the midget AAA Airdrie CFR Bisons. . . . Announced attendance: 5,572.
At Moose Jaw, the Warriors erased a 2-1 deficit with four goals in the second half of the third period — the last three in 35 seconds — to beat the Prince Albert Raiders, 5-2. . . . The Warriors (12-4-0) have won two in a row. . . . The Raiders (6-5-3) had points in each of their previous five games (3-0-2). . . . F Brett Leason (2) gave the Raiders a 1-0 lead at 5:31 of the first period. That was his first goal in two games since being acquired from the Tri-City Americans. . . . F Luka Burzan (2) pulled the Warriors even, on a PP, at 19:43. . . . Prince Albert went back out front when F Devon Skoleski (6) scored at 8:32 of the second period. . . . F Brayden Burke (7) tied it, on a PP, at 11:14 and F Jayden Halbgewachs snapped the tie at 16:06. . . . F Tanner Jeannot (10) provided Moose Jaw with some insurance at 16:22 and Halbgewachs (10) finished the scoring at 16:41. . . . The Warriors got three assists from F Brett Howden and two each from D Chase Hartje and Burke. . . . Moose Jaw was 2-5 on the PP; Prince Albert was 0-3. . . . G Brody Willms earned the victory with 24 saves. . . . At the other end, Curtis Meger stopped 37 shots. . . . Announced attendance: 3,209.
FRIDAY (all times local):
Kootenay at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.
Red Deer at Regina, 7 p.m.
Calgary at Lethbridge, 7 p.m.
Swift Current at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.
Saskatoon at Medicine Hat, 7:30 p.m.
Portland at Spokane, 7:05 p.m.
Kamloops vs. Vancouver, at Langley, B.C., 7:30 p.m.
Kelowna at Victoria, 7:05 p.m.
Prince George at Everett, 7:35 p.m.
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