F Marcus Messier, 20, is no longer with the Prince Albert Raiders. According to a two-paragraph release from the team, he "has returned home to Camrose to deal with some personal family matters."
Raiders general manager Bruno Campese is quoted: "We support Marcus' decision to return home to deal with personal issues and will re-evaluate the situation in several days."
Messier has a goal and an assist in six games with the Raiders. He got caught up in the 20-year-old numbers game with the Spokane Chiefs and caught on with Prince Albert after being placed on waivers. In 235 regular-season games, Messier, who also has played with the Tri-City Americans, has 27 goals and 42 assists.
In the OHL, F Connor McDavid put up 42 points in the Erie Otters' first 14 games. He was blanked in No. 15, but has seven points in two games since then. On Saturday, he had his eighth four-point game of the season as the host Otters dumped the Saginaw Spirit, 8-1. . . . McDavid now has 49 points, including 15 goals, in 17 games. . . . He leads the OHL in assists (34) and points. Teammate Dylan Strome is next, with 39 points. . . . Erie F Alex DeBrincat, a freshman, leads the OHL in goals, with 19.
Circus Maximus, aka the NFL, is in London again this weekend and so is Tony Romo, aching back and all. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback is expected to play against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday and Michael Powell of The New York Times has some thoughts right here.
SATURDAY’S GAMES:In Saskatoon, F Ryan Graham scored twice and added an assist as the Blades doubled up on the Seattle Thunderbirds, 4-2. . . . Graham gave his side 2-0 and 3-1 leads with his fourth and fifth goals of the season. . . . F Ryan Gropp scored his ninth for Seattle (8-7-3), which was without F Mathew Barzal for a second straight game. He has an undisclosed injury. . . . Saskatoon G Trevor Martin stopped 34 shots to get his first WHL victory after three losses. . . . Seattle lost D Evan Wardley to a checking-from-behind major and game misconduct at 16:34 of the first period. He hit Saskatoon F Nick Zajac, who stayed in the game. . . . The Thunderbirds are 1-1-0 on an East Division tour. . . . The Blades (6-13-0) snapped a four-game losing skid. . . .
In Brandon, the Wheat Kings got two shootout goals to beat the Calgary Hitmen, 2-1. . . . The Wheat Kings (16-3-1) are on a season-high six-game winning streak. . . . F Rihards Bukarts and F John Quenneville scored the shootout goals for Brandon; only F Adam Tambellini scored for Calgary. . . . Bukarts scored his 10th goal at 6:10 of the second period, via the PP. . . . Calgary got that one back at 13:15 when D Travis Sanheim scored his seventh goal, also on the PP. . . . Brandon G Jordan Papirny stopped 36 shots, seven more than Calgary's Mack Shields. . . . According to a tweet from Bruce Luebke, the veteran radio voice of the Wheat Kings: "That breaks a 12-game regular-season losing streak for the @bdnwheatkings against Calgary. 1st win over Hitmen since Nov.4, 2011." . . . The Hitmen (10-8-2) had won their previous three games. . . .
In Cranbrook, the Kootenay Ice got two shootout goals and beat the Swift Current Broncos, 3-2. . . . F Luke Philp and F Jaedon Descheneau scored for the Ice (6-13-0) in a shootout that went five rounds. F Coda Gordon, who shot first, was the only visiting player to score. . . . The Ice has won three in a row. . . . F Colby Cave scored his eighth goal and added an assist for the Broncos (11-9-3). His PP goal at 1:49 of the third period forced OT. . . . After the game, the Ice released F Jared Legien, 16, from its roster. He is on his way back to the midget AAA Moose Jaw Generals. From White City, Sask., Legien was the ninth overall pick in the 2013 bantam draft. He had one assist in 13 games with the Ice. . . . The Ice is carrying 23 players, including 14 forwards and seven defencemen. . . .
In Lethbridge, the Edmonton Oil Kings snapped a six-game losing streak with a 4-0 victory over the Hurricanes. . . . Edmonton G Tristan Jarry turned aside 32 shots to earn his first shutout of the season. . . . Jarry's evening included facing two penalty shots. Neither F Taylor Cooper, in the first period, nor F Jamal Watson, in the second, could beat Jarry. . . . F Brett Pollock's seventh goal of the season, at 11:21 of the third, turned out to be the winner. . . . F Andrew Koep drew two assists. . . . Lethbridge G Zac Robidoux stopped 30 shots. . . . The Oil Kings (10-8-2) had gone six games (0-5-1) without a victory. . . . The Hurricanes (5-10-4) had points in each of their previous four games (1-0-3). . . .
In Medicine Hat, F Cole Sanford scored twice to lead the Tigers to a 4-2 victory over the Moose Jaw Warriors. . . . Sanford broke a 2-2 tie with his second goal, and 13th of the season, at 8:28 of the second period. . . . The Tigers (14-3-1) have won three straight. . . . The Warriors (7-10-2) got a goal and an assist from each of F Tanner Eberle and F Torrin White. . . . Eberle has nine goals; White has four. . . . F Steve Owre had a goal, his eighth, into an empty net, and an assist for the Tigers, while F Trevor Cox had two assists. . . . Medicine Hat G Nick Schneider stopped 24 shots; he's 5-0 this season. Since being acquired from the Regina Pats last season, he's 11-0 in a backup role. . . . The Tigers were 2-for-3 on the PP; the Warriors were 0-for-7. . . .
In Prince George, F Austin Carroll broke a 2-2 tie early in the second period and the Victoria Royals skated to a 6-2 victory over the Cougars. . . . Carroll scored his 13th goal at 2:17 of the second. . . . Victoria got shorthanded goals from F Brandon Magee, who ran his point streak to nine games, and F Regan Nagy. . . . Those goals offset the Cougars' two PP scores. . . . D Joe Hicketts had two assists for Victoria (10-9-2), which was 0-2-1 in its previous three outings. . . . Magee had a goal and an assist in Friday’s 3-2 loss to the Cougars, and repeated that last night. He missed the first 12 games of the season with a suspension, but has at least a point in each of the nine games he has played. . . . The Cougars (11-9-0) had won four in a row and also had won five straight at home. . . . Prince George F Chance Braid missed this one as he awaits word on a suspension. His check from behind on Friday left Victoria F Jared Dmytriw with a concussion. . . .
In Portland, F Nic Petan scored 56 seconds into OT to give the Winterhawks a 4-3 victory over the Kamloops Blazers. . . . Petan has two goals this season. . . . Portland F Oliver Bjorkstrand forced OT with a PP goal at 13:58 of the second period. He's got 11 goals. He also had two assists. . . . Petan also had two assists. . . . Freshman F Deven Sideroff scored his 10th goal for the Blazers (9-9-3), who have lost five in a row (0-3-2). . . . Kamloops F Quinn Benjafield, the 19th pick in the 2013 bantam draft, scored his first goal. . . . Portland (8-11-2) was 2-for-7 on the PP; Kamloops was 0-for-1. . . . Portland G Brendan Burke stopped 34 shots in his first appearance since Oct. 21. He had been out with an undisclosed injury. . . . Cougars F Chase Witala completed a two-game suspension, while D Marc McNulty remains out with an undisclosed injury. . . .
In Kennewick, Wash., F Beau McCue scored at 2:34 to give the Tri-City Americans a 3-2 victory over the Red Deer Rebels. . . . Mcue has eight goals this season. . . . Tri-City F Taylor Vickerman tied the game 2-2 with his first goal, on the PP, at 19:55 of the second period. . . . Americans G Eric Comrie stopped 23 shots, two fewer than Red Deer's Rylan Toth. . . . The Americans (12-8-0) have won four in a row. . . . The Rebels (9-9-2) went 2-1-2 on their U.S. Division swing. . . .
In Kelowna, G Michael Herringer earned his first WHL shutout as the Rockets dropped the Vancouver Giants, 5-0. . . . Herringer turned aside 29 shots in his second appearance of the season. . . . Herringer was with the Rockets because of an injury to backup Jake Morrissey. It would appear that Morrissey is ready to return because the Rockets apparently released Herringer from their roster after the game; at least, his name disappeared from the roster on the WHL website. He was 2-0-0/1.50/.938 during his stint in Kelowna. Chances are Herringer, 18, is headed back to the junior B Nanaimo Buccaneers. . . . The Rockets scored five second-period goals, with F Tyrell Goulbourne getting three of those. Goulbourne, who has seven goals, scored three times in 7:01. . . . Goulbourne, who sat out the club's last game with a one-game suspension, also had an assist and was plus-5. . . . Kelowna F Nick Merkley had two assists, while F Rourke Chartier scored his WHL-leading 18th goal and had two helpers. . . . The Rockets (17-1-1), who are 9-0-0 at home, went 5-0-1 while head coach Dan Lambert was at the U-17 World Hockey Challenge in Sarnia, Ont. Assistant coaches Kris Mallette and Travis Crickard ran the show in Lambert’s absence. . . . The Giants (7-11-0) have lost three straight. . . .
In Everett, the Spokane Chiefs scored the game's last four goals, all in the third period, and beat the Silvertips, 6-4. . . . The Silvertips (12-2-3) have two regulation-time losses this season, both to the Chiefs. . . . Everett had a six-game winning streak snapped. . . . F Nikita Scherbak's 11th goal gave Everett a 4-2 lead at 16:27 of the second period. . . . F Adam Helewka, with his 10th, got the Chiefs to within one on a PP at 1:59 of the third and F Calder Brooks tied it, with his seventh, on another PP, at 10:02. . . . F Markson Bechtold's second goal of the season, at 16:21, proved to be the winner. . . . Helewka had two goals and two assists. . . . The Silvertips, the league's least-penalized team, took five of their seven minors in the third period. . . . The Chiefs (8-5-3) had lost their previous two games. . . . Spokane had F Mitch Lipon (shoulder) and D Tamas Laday (two-game suspension) back in the lineup. Lipon hadn’t played since Sept. 20, meaning this was his second game of the season.
@Kelowna_Rockets Dan who? Just kiddin! Can't wait to have you back @DanLambert15 #Sitdown #CoachMally #CoachStoneCold pic.twitter.com/eeQF1FPcrN
— Travis Crickard (@TCrickard1) November 9, 2014
This guy wins my vote for Cutest Cowboy at @BladesHockey Country night tonight! #yeehaw #cowboy #cute #WHL #YXE pic.twitter.com/hWWy7Lw8ha
— Alanna Priestner (@alannapriestner) November 9, 2014