F Cory Millette of the Red Deer Rebels, out with a concussion since Jan. 9, has been cleared to begin off-ice workouts. There is no timeline for a return to action, though.
Matthew Gourlie of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald reports that the Moose Jaw Warriors have sent home freshman D Spencer Morse, 17. In 40 games, he had five points and 70 penalty minutes.
“He’s been sent home for disciplinary reasons and we will re-evaluate as we go along,” Warriors head coach Mike Stothers told Gourlie.
Morse, from Calgary, was a second-round selection by the Warriors in the 2010 bantam draft.
The Kelowna Rockets have revealed that neither F Carter Rigby nor D Mitchell Wheaton will play again this season. Both have shoulder injuries that will require surgery and are expected to be sidelined for up to five months. . . . Rigby, an 18-year-old from Penticton, B.C., had 20 points, including 12 goals, in 34 games. He hasn’t played since Jan. 31. . . . Wheaton, a 17-year-old freshman from Sherwood Park, Alta., had eight points in 39 games. Wheaton last played on Jan. 24.
I meant to post this link earlier, and it slipped through the cracks.
Steve Ewen of the Vancouver Province wrote Saturday about the Vancouver Giants having signed F Alec Baer, a 15-year-old who is rated as one of the best players in his age group in Minnesota.
That story is right here.
The matchups, if the WHL playoffs opened today:
Edmonton vs. Kootenay
Saskatoon vs. Swift Current
Calgary vs. Medicine Hat
Prince Albert vs Red Deer
Portland vs. Everett
Kelowna vs. Seattle
Kamloops vs. Victoria
Spokane vs. Tri-City
In Saskatoon, the Blades scored five straight goals in beating the Brandon Wheat Kings, 5-1. . . . Saskatoon now has won 12 in a row and holds a four-point lead atop the East Division. . . . F Josh Nicholls scored his 38th goal of the season for the Blades, while F Matej Stransky got his 32nd. . . . Saskatoon is one victory shy of the franchise record for consecutive records set by the 1987-88 team. The Blades are at home to the Moose Jaw Warriors on Wednesday. . . . Brandon had D Tyler Yaworski back in the lineup after he served a six-game suspension for a checking-to-the-head major. He took a checking-from-behind minor in the second period last night. . . .
In Swift Current, F Jaedon Descheneau scored three times to lead the Kootenay Ice to a 5-2 victory over the Broncos. . . . The victory lifted the Ice past the idle Lethbridge Hurricanes and into eighth place in the Eastern Conference. . . . Descheneau has 18 goals this season. . . . F Adam Lowry scored twice for the Broncos, giving him 39 goals. . . . Ice G Mackenzie Skapski, in his 54th appearance, stopped 23 shots as he won for the 28th time. Among goaltenders, only Lethbridge’s Ty Rimmer (55) has been in more games this season. . . .
In Edmonton, G Laurent Brossoit stopped 20 shots and F Michael St. Croix the career 300-point plateau as the Oil Kings beat the Prince George Cougars, 6-0. . . . Brossoit has 10 shutouts in his career, five of them this season. . . . F Henrik Samuelsson scored the game’s first goal, his 30th. . . . St. Croix had a goal, his 31st, and two assists. In his career, he has 302 points in 268 games. . . . F Curtis Lazar added two goals, giving him 32. . . .
In Portland, the line of Taylor Leier, Chase De Leo and Oliver Bjorkstand combined for 16 points as each enjoyed a career game in the Winterhawks’ 8-3 victory over the Spokane Chiefs. . . . Leier scored twice, giving him 25, and added four assists. . . . De Leo had five assists. . . . Bjorkstand, a 17-year-old freshman from Denmark, struck for four goals and added an assist. He has 27 goals this season, including two hat tricks. . . . Leier had the first six-point game by a Portland player since Chad Wolkowski on Dec. 1, 2002. He had four goals and two assists in a 6-1 victory over the visiting Swift Current Broncos. . . . Portland players have enjoyed four four-goal games this season. . . . The Winterhawks’ high-scoring line of Brendan Leipsic, Nic Petan and Ty Rattie didn’t pick up even one point.
D Tyler Yaworski, Brandon
D Colton Waltz, Brandon
F Taylor Cooper, Brandon
F Blake Gal, Spokane
From former Swift Current Broncos F Sheldon Kennedy (@ShelKenn): “Feel very honored to drop puck at #swiftcurrent broncos hockey game today. In recognition of #SheldonKennedyDay. Thx to City and Broncos”
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