Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Ully to play Russians . . . Wong fills hat in win . . . Oil Kings winless in Spokane



F Cole Ully of the Kamloops Blazers, who is leading the WHL scoring race, has been added to the WHL team that will play a touring Russian side in the Subway Super Series. Games are scheduled for Nov. 10 in Saskatoon and Nov. 11 n Brandon. . . . Ully, a 19-year-old from Calgary, was a fifth-round pick by the Dallas Stars in the 2013 NHL draft. He went into this season as perhaps the most under-rated player in the WHL. However, his start -- he has 26 points, including nine goals, in 16 games -- has taken care of that label. . . . Ully (flu) sat out the Blazers’ 4-1 loss to the visiting Everett Silvertips on Wednedsay night.
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The Kootenay Ice has released D Jordan Steenbergen, who was pointless in 12 games. Steenbergen, an 18-year-old from Sylvan Lake, Alta., is expected to join the AJHL’s Olds Grizzlys. He was a third-round pick in the 2011 bantam draft. . . . "It was a mutual parting of the ways," Ice GM Jeff Chynoweth told Taylor Rocca of the Cranbrook Daily Townsman. "He wasn't going to be happy being a No. 6, 7 or 8 defenceman or on the fourth line (as a) forward. He wanted to play more and we couldn't guarantee that. We reached a mutual decision to part ways." . . . The Ice now is carrying 23 players, including seven defencemen and 14 forwards.
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The Saskatoon Blades have revealed that they will be keeping F Luke Gingras for the remainder of this season. Gingras, a fourth-round selection in the 2013 bantam draft, has played two games with the Blades and is looking for his first point. A 16-year-old from Langley, B.C., he started the season with the major midget Valley West Hawks and had 20 points in eight games before joining the Blades.
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The Lethbridge Hurricanes have their roster down to 25 after releasing D Michal Holub, an 18-year-old from Mission. B.C. A third-round pick by Seattle in the 2011 bantam draft, he was acquired by Lethbridge at the 2013 trade deadline. He had eight points, including three goals, in 66 games with the Thunderbirds, and had one goal in 20 games with Lethbridge. . . . Holub is expected to join the BCHL’s West Kelowna Warriors.
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The Regina Pats have returned D Ryan Krushen, 16, to the midget AAA Sherwood Park Kings. Krushen, who was brought in a week ago due to injury concerns, played two games with the Pats.
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WEDNESDAY'S REPORT: 

In Lethbridge, F Tyler Wong scored three times to lead the Hurricanes to a 5-2 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders. . . . Wong has five goals this season. . . . The Hurricanes have won four of their last five games. . . . F Carter Folk had three assists for the winners. . . . G Zac Robidoux stopped 31 shots for his first victory with Lethbridge. Hurricanes starter Stuart Skinner left Wednesday for the U-17 World Hockey Challenge. . . . Veteran F Marcus Messier, 20, scored his first goal with the Raiders. . . . Earlier in the day, the Raiders learned that German F Leon Draisaitl, 18, will be staying with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers. He played his 10th game with the Oilers last night. . . .

In Vancouver, the Brandon Wheat Kings broke a 1-1 tie with three second-period goals and went on to a 5-2 victory over the Giants. . . . F Tyler Coulter scored twice for Brandon, giving him eight on the season. . . . Brandon F Jesse Gabrielle added his ninth as the Wheat Kings finished a tour through the B.C. Division at 4-1. . . . They will stop in Lethbridge on Friday and Medicine Hat on Saturday on the way home. . . . Brandon F John Quenneville scored his fourth goal and added two assists. . . . Brandon F Rihards Bukharts, the team's leading scorer, was a healthy scratch for a second straight game as F Richard Nejezchleb played his second straight game. Brandon is carrying three imports -- D Ivan Provorov is the other -- and one will have to be traded or released in the next few days to get down to the maximum of two. . . .

In Kamloops, F Kohl Bauml scored twice to help the Everett Silvertips to a 4-1 victory over the Blazers. . . . The Silvertips took a 2-1 lead into the third period when they tied a franchise record with goals six seconds apart to take control. . . . Bauml scored his second of the game, and seventh of the season, at 4:08 and F Carson Stadnyk got his eighth at 4:14. . . . The franchise record was set last season when D Ben Betker and F Jujhar Khaira scored at 3:32 and 3:38 of the third period in a 7-0 victory in Kamloops on Dec. 7. . . . Everett F Nikita Scherback had two assists. . . . Kamloops F Cole Ully, the WHL's leading scorer, sat this one out with the flu. . . . The Blazers also were without F Jake Kryski, who left yesterday for the U-17 World Hockey Challenge. . . . Everett is 9-1-3 overall, and 6-0-1 on the road. . . . Everett also won in Kamloops on Oct. 11, beating the Blazers, 5-1. . . . Kamloops visits Everett on Nov. 15 and Nov. 26. . . .

In Spokane, F Calder Brooks scored the lone goal of a three-round shootout as the Chiefs beat the Edmonton Oil Kings, 4-3. . . . Chiefs F Adam Helewka forced OT with his second goal of the game, and seventh of the season, at 18:39 of the third period. He also had an assist. . . . Spokane G Garret Hughson turned aside 46 shots through OT and was perfect in the shootout. . . . F Cole Benson had two assists for Edmonton, giving him 13 points in 14 games. Last season, he finished with a career-high 13 points in 59 games. . . . The Chiefs lost D Tamas Laday to a kneeing major and game misconduct at 19:37 of the first period. . . . In their history, the Oil Kings have played four times in Spokane and are 0-3-1.
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