The Kamloops Blazers have added D Connor Clouston, 16, to their roster for the remainder of this season. Clouston, a third-round selection in the 2011 bantam draft, spent the season with the Medicine Hat-based Southeast Tigers, a midget AAA team that didn’t make the Alberta midget league playoffs. . . . He played three games with the Blazers earlier in the season, recording four penalty minutes. . . . Clouston is the son of Shaun Clouston, the Medicine Hat Tigers’ general manager and head coach.
The Spokane Chiefs have added D Colton Bobyk, 16, to their roster for this weekend. A 10th-round selection in the 2011 bantam draft, Bobyk was the Alberta midget league’s top-scoring defenceman with 32 points, including eight goals, in 31 games with the Red Deer Chiefs. . . . The Chiefs are at home to the Edmonton Oil Kings on Friday and the Kamloops Blazers on Saturday.
The matchups, if the WHL playoffs opened today:
Edmonton (1) vs. Kootenay (8)
Saskatoon (2) vs. Swift Current (7)
Calgary (3) vs. Medicine Hat (6)
Red Deer (4) vs. Prince Albert (5)
Portland (1) vs. Everett (8)
Kelowna (2) vs. Seattle (7)
Kamloops (3) vs. Victoria (6)
Tri-City (4) vs. Spokane (5)
In Red Deer, former Regina F Dominik Volek scored in the circus as his Rebels beat the Pats, 3-2. . . . The Rebels acquired Volek’s rights from Regina prior to Christmas and he joined them after the break. He had been playing in his native Czech Republic after spening last season with the Pats. . . . Red Deer F Rhyse Dieno continued his breakout season with a goal, his 24th, and an assist. He drew an assist on F Turner Elson’s tying goal at 19:00 of the third period. . . . Red Deer G Patrik Bartosak, who stopped 20 shots, was on the bench for the extra attacker when Elson scored. Included in Bartosak’s evening were two key first-period stops on F Chandler Stephenson. . . . Dieno now has 45 points in 37 games. . . . F Lane Scheidl scored both Regina goals, giving him 31 this season. . . . Regina G Matt Hewitt stopped 40 shots. . . . Volek was the only one of five shooters to score. Regina went 0-for-3 in the shootout. . . . The victory lifted Red Deer into fourth place in the Eastern Conference, a point ahead of the Prince Albert Raiders. Fourth place means home-ice advantage in the opening round of playoffs. . . .
In Kennewick, Wash., F Justin Feser scored three times to lead the Tri-City Americans to a 5-4 victory over the Vancouver Giants. . . . Feser, who has 35 goals, scored on the power play, shorthanded and at even strength. . . . Feser, who was playing in his 308th straight game, also added an assist. . . . Feser has three hat tricks this season, two against the Giants. . . . The Americans, who went 4-0 against Vancouver this season, got off to a 2-0 lead and were never caught. . . . The Giants, who got two goals and an assist from Jackson Houck, got to within one at2-1, 3-2, 4-3 and 5-4 but couldn’t equalize. . . . Tri-City G Troy Trombley stopped 27 shots in putting up his third straight victory. . . . The Americans had F Beau McCue back in the lineup. He hadn’t played since Jan 13 because of an ankle injury. . . . The Americans, who have won three straight, moved into fourth in the Western Conference. . . . Vancouver has lost three straight.
From Brandon Wheat Kings scout Mike Fraser (@MikeFraser29): “You know you enjoy being a scout when you’re an hour away from your 227th game of the season and can’t wait to watch it.”
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