Sunday, November 16, 2014

Former WHL official in mayor's office . . . Ex-WHLer retires due to concussion . . . Raiders dump slump

Former WHL on-ice official Andrew Jakubeit, 43, is the new mayor of Penticton, B.C. He was elected on Saturday, winning the race by more than 2,000 votes. . . . Jakubeit, who grew up in Kelowna, and his wife, LeAnne, have been active in the Penticton business community for almost 20 years. He has been president of the Downtown Penticton Association and has been on city council. He also has been heavily involved in minor hockey in Penticton. . . . Garry Litke, who had been Penticton's mayor, opted not to run.
Elliotte Friedman leads of the latest version of 30 Thoughts with notes on the NHL and Las Vegas. That is right here.

The BCHL’s Alberni Valley Bulldogs have announced the retirement of F Scott Cooke, 20, “due to medical reasons.”
Cooke joined the Bulldogs from the Moose Jaw Warriors earlier in the season. In his first game with the Bulldogs, he “suffered a concussion and has experienced reoccurring symptoms ever since," according to a news release. "Cooke remained with the team hoping to get back on the ice but unfortunately that didn’t happen.”
Cooke, who is from Surrey, B.C., plans to attend school in Kelowna in the new year.
Cooke was a fifth-round pick by the Vancouver Giants in the WHL’s 2009 bantam draft. He had a goal and three assists in 79 games with the Giants, then scored five times and added four assists in 42 games with Moose Jaw. He left the Warriors early this season.


In Regina, the Pats scored two third-period goals and beat the Seattle Thunderbirds, 2-1. . . . Regina F Morgan Klimchuk tied the game at 1:46 of the third period. That was his sixth goal this season and the 200th regular-season point of this career. . . . Pats F Patrick D'Amico got the winner, his 10th, at 15:32. . . . F Luke Osterman scored his first goal for Seattle, at 5:08 of the first perod. . . . Regina G Daniel Wapple stopped 29 shots, four fewer than Seattle's Taran Kozun. . . . The Pats (11-9-1) have won three in a row. . . . Seattle (9-9-3) is 2-3-0 on an East Division swing that wraps up today in Swift Current. . . .

In Swift Current, F Simon Stransky scored the shootout winner as the Prince Albert Raiders snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Broncos. . . . F Craig Leverton and Stransky scored for the Raiders (9-13-0) in the four-round shootout, with F Coda Gordon scoring for the Broncos (11-8-4), who are 1-0-2 in their last three outings. . . . Prince Albert F Reid Gardiner scored twice, giving him 10 this season. His second goal, at 9:40 of the third period, forced OT. . . . Stransky had the primary assist on each of Gardiner's goals. . . . Gordon scored his 11th goal of the season at 19:00 of the second period to run his point streak to 13 games, the longest in the WHL thus far this season. . . . Raiders G Rylan Parenteau turned aside 28 shots three fewer than Broncos G Landon Bow. . . . The Broncos are at home to the Seattle Thunderbirds this afternoon. . . .

In Brandon, F Braylon Shmyr scored the only goal of an eight-round shootout to give the Wheat Kings a 3-2 victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers. . . . Brandon G Jordan Papirny stopped 42 shots going into the shootout. At the other end, Marek Langhamer stopped 36 shots through OT. . . . Brandon F Reid Duke tied the game 2-2 with his sixth goal at 9:07 of the third period. . . . The Wheat Kings (17-4-1) and Tigers (14-4-2) are the Eastern Conference's top two teams. . . . An interesting sidebar to this game involved the Quenneville brothers -- F Peter and F John with the Wheat Kings and D Dave with the Tigers. . . . Rob Henderson of the Brandon Sun has a game story right here.

In Red Deer, F Preston Kopeck scored twice and added a assist to lead the Rebels to a 5-2 victory over the Saskatoon Blades. . . . Kopeck has six goals this season. . . . The teams were even 1-1 after one period, but the Rebels scored the game's next three goals. . . . F Wyatt Johnson had two assists for the Rebels (11-8-3), who are 8-1-2 in their last 11. . . . Red Deer G Rylan Toth made 28 saves, three fewer than Saskatoon's Alex Moodie. . . . Saskatoon F Nick Zajac drew a boarding major and game misconduct seven seconds into the second period for a hit on Red Deer D Haydn Fleury. . . . The Blades (6-15-0) visit the Calgary Hitmen this afternoon. . . .

In Lethbridge, F Sam Reinhart had a goal and two assists to help the Kootenay Ice to a 4-2 victory over the Hurricanes. . . . The Ice (8-13-0) has won five straight. . . . Reinhart broke a 1-1 tie with his third goal at 6:46 of the second period. He has 10 points in three games since returning from the NHL's Buffalo Sabres. . . . The Ice held a 27-9 edge in shots through two periods. The final totals were 39-22. . . . The Hurricanes (5-12-4) have lost six in a row (0-3-3). . . .

In Vancouver, F Brandon Magee had five assists and D Joe Hicketts had four to spark the Victoria Royals to a 7-5 victory over the Giants. . . . F Axel Blomqvist scored twice for Victoria (11-10-2), giving him nine this season. . . . The Giants (8-12-0) led 3-2 early in the second period when the Royals struck for three straight goals in a span of 7:18. . . . F Joel Hamilton had two goals, giving him nine, and an assist for the Giants, while F Matt Bellerive had three assists. . . . Hicketts now has 28 points, tops among WHL defencemen. He also has moved into a tie for fourth in the overall points race. . . . The Giants lost D Ryely McKinstry to an undisclosed injury on his first shift of the game. . . .

In Everett, the Silvertips outscored Kamloops 2-1 in a 15-round shootout and beat the Blazers, 3-2. . . . A 15-round shootout means that 30 shooters took a turn. That means only three skaters on each team didn't get to participate. . . . Everett D Kevin Davis, who is from Kamloops, scored the winning goal. . . . Everett D Carter Cochrane, who scored his side's other shootout goal, also is from Kamloops. . . . D Michael Fora, Kamloops' 13th shooter, scored the Blazers' lone goal of the shootout. . . . Cochrane matched that and, two rounds later, Davis won it. . . . The Blazers had a potential goal disallowed in OT when it was ruled that F Cole Ully had kicked the puck into the net. . . . Everett G Austin Lotz stopped 30 shots through OT, while Kamloops' Conor Ingram turned aside 21. . . . Kamloops F Deven Sideroff forced OT with his 11th goal at 19:59 of the third period. He also had an assist. . . . Everett took a 2-0 lead in the first period as it outshot the visitors, 11-4. . . . The Blazers (9-10-4), who are 0-4-3 in their last seven, scored twice in the third period when they held a 17-3 edge in shots. . . . F Carter Stadnyk had a goal, his 10th, and an assist for Everett. . . . The Silvertips (14-2-3), who are 9-2-0 in their last 11, will visit the Portland Winterhawks this evening. . . . Nick Patterson of the Everett Herald profiled Davis in Friday's paper. The story, which is right here, referred to Davis as "the Silvertips' silent assassin." . . . Patterson's game story from last night is right here. . . .

In Prince George, the Kelowna Rockets ran their winning streak to seven with a 6-2 victory over the Cougars. . . . On Friday, the Rockets beat the Cougars, 6-3. . . . Last night, the Rockets scored the game's first five goals. . . . F Rourke Chartier opened the scoring with his WHL-leading 23rd goal, via the PP. He also had two assists. . . . Kelowna F Nick Merkley had two assists for the fourth straight game. He and Chartier lead the points derby, each with 40. . . . Chartier has at least one goal in 10 straight games, while Merkley is on a seven-game points streak. . . . Kelowna F Tomas Soustal scored twice, giving him five, while F Tyson Baillie had three assists. . . . F Jari Erricson had two assists for the Cougars. . . . The Rockets were 3-for-7 on the PP. . . . Kelowna F Justin Kirkland left in the first period with an undisclosed injury. . . . The Rockets (20-1-1) are the first team in the WHL to 20 victories. They are 10-0-1 in their last 11 games. . . . The Cougars (11-11-0) have lost three straight. . . .

In Spokane, F Richard Nejezchleb scored twice and added an assist to lead the Tri-City Americans to a 5-3 victory over the Chiefs. . . . His first goal tied the game 1-1 at 10:56 of the first period; his second one broke a 2-2 tie at 17:28 of the second period on a PP. . . . Nejezchleb, a 20-year-old Czech, has 10 points, including five goals, in five games since being acquired from the Brandon Wheat Kings. . . . F Brian Williams drew three assists for the winners. . . . The Americans (14-9-0) are second in the U.S. Division, seven points ahead of the Chiefs (9-7-3), who hold four games in hand.

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