A couple of notes in reference to what appeared here yesterday on WHL attendance. . . .
WHL Facts (@WHL Facts) notes that before Friday’s games, WHL attendance was up four fans per game over last season at the same point (311 games). The average attendance this season was 4,104; a year ago, it was 4,100. . . .
WHL Facts (@WHLFacts) also notes that the Victoria Royals’ attendance, including Friday’s games, is showing an increase of 322 fans per game over last season, 4,505 versus 4,183. . . .
Tbird_Tidbits (@TBirdTidbits) has the Seattle Thunderbirds’ average attendance through 14 home games at 3,961, an increase of 130 over the same time last season (3,831).
My mistake . . . D Jake Toporowski, 16, plays for the junior B Spokane Braves of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. He was in the Spokane Chiefs’ lineup last night as they played host to the Kootenay Ice. He was a third-round selection by the Chiefs in the 2013 bantam draft.
SATURDAY’S GAMES:In Swift Current, the Brandon Wheat Kings scored four second-period goals and went on to beat the Bronco, 6-4. . . . Broncos F Jay Merkley scored the Teddy Bear goal, 29 seconds into the second period, via the PP, evening the score at 1 in the process. . . . Merkley's ninth goal was followed by four straight Brandon scores, two of them PP goals from D Ivan Provorov, who has 10 goals. Provorov also had an assist. . . . The Broncos got to within one, at 5-4, on goals by D Brycen Martin, his first, at 15:49 of the second, F Colby Cave, his 13th, at 2:48 of the third, and F Glenn Gawdin, his ninth, at 13:41. . . . Brandon F Tim McGauley iced it with an empty-netter. He's got 16 goals. . . . F Nolan Patrick scored Brandon's first goal, his 10th of the season and his sixth goal in eight games. This one came on the PP. . . . Brandon was 4-for-9 on the PP; the Broncos were 1-for-2. . . . The Wheat Kings (22-7-2) had lost their previous two games. . . . The Broncos are 15-13-4. . . . Rob Henderson of the Brandon Sun has a game story right here. . . .
In Edmonton, the Moose Jaw Warriors struck for five goals in 13:38 of the second period as they beat the Oil Kings, 7-4. . . . Oil Kings F Andrew Koep scored the Teddy Bear goal, just 51 seconds into the game. He's got eight goals. . . . After that, it was all Moose Jaw as it rattled off six straight goals. . . . F Brett Howden tied the game with his eighth goal, on the PP, at 16:23 of the first. . . . F Jack Rodewald added two second-period goals for Moose Jaw, giving him 16. He also had three assists. . . . Moose Jaw F Brayden Point scored his 16th goal and added three assists to run his point streak to 10 games, while F Tanner Eberle had two goals, giving him 14, and an assist. . . . Edmonton D Dysin Mayo had two goals, giving him eight, and an assist. . . . Edmonton D Ashton Sautner had one assist to run his point streak to 12 games. . . . Moose Jaw was 3-for-8 on the PP; Edmonton was 0-for-2. . . . Edmonton had F Branden Klatt, a 16-year-old from Moose Jaw, in their lineup. He has 16 points, including six goals, in 22 games with the midget AAA Moose Jaw Generals. Klatt was a sixth-round pick by Edmonton in the 2013 bantam draft. . . . Attendance was 14,066. . . . The Warriors (13-13-3) finish off a three-game Alberta swing this afternoon in Calgary at another Teddy Bear game. . . . The Oil Kings (14-12-5) are 0-2-1 in their last three games. . . .
In Lethbridge, F Wyatt Johnson scored two goals to help the Red Deer Rebels to a 4-2 victory over the Hurricanes. . . . The Rebels scored the game's first three goals, to by Johnson, who has 15, and took a 3-0 lead into the third period. . . . Lethbridge got to within 3-2 but F Brooks Maxwell put it away with an empty-netter, his ninth goal this season. . . . F Taylor Cooper scored Lethbridge's Teddy Bear goal, his eighth, at 12:04 of the third period. . . . F Zach Jones got his 13th for Lethbridge, a shorthanded marker. . . . F Tyler Wong had two assists for the Hurricanes. . . . Lethbridge G Stuart Skinner stopped 33 shots, 16 more than Red Deer's Rylan Toth. . . . The Rebels (16-11-4) have won two in a row. . . . Lethbridge (6-19-4) has lost four in a row. . . .
In Vancouver, F Jackson Houck scored the only goal of the shootout as the Giants beat the Saskatoon Blades, 3-2. . . . Houck also scored the Teddy Bear goal at 2:18 of the third period, tying the game 1-1. . . . He's got 11 goals. . . . Saskatoon F Josh Uhrich gave his side a 2-1 lead at 11:35. . . . Vancouver F Jakob Stukel forced OT when he scored his first goal at 14:28. . . . D Arvin Atwal had two assists for the Giants. . . . Saskatoon G Nik Amundrud turned aside 38 shots, 16 more than Vancouver's Payton Lee. . . . The Blades are 0-4-0 on their B.C. Division swing, even though they haven't allowed a first-period goal. They wrap up the tour in Prince George on Tuesday. . . . The Giants (12-18-0) have won three in a row and are 2-0-0 under new head coach Claude Noel. . . . The Blades (7-21-3) are 0-6-1 in their last seven. . . .
In Portland, F Paul Bittner scored twice to help the Winterhawks to a 5-3 victory over the Everett Silvertip. . . . Bittner's first goal, at 2:59 of the first period, was the Teddy Bear goal. . . . His second goal, and 11th of the season, broke a 1-1 tie. F Miles Koules made it 3-1 with his 11th at 18:19 of the first and Everett was playing catch up the rest of the game. . . . D Layne Viveiros had three assists for Portland, the last one coming on F Oliver Bjorkstrand's 20th goal of the season. . . . F Nikita Scherbak had two assists for Everett. . . . Portland improved to 16-13-3, while Everett slid to 17-7-4. . . . The Winterhawks are at home to Medicine Hat late this afternoon. . . .
In Kamloops, F Jansen Harkins had two goals and two assists to help the Prince George Cougars to a 6-3 victory over the Blazers. . . . Harkins, who was plus-4, has nine goals this season. . . . Swiss D Michael Fora scored the Blazers' Teddy Bear goal, hammering a shot from the point past G Ty Edmonds on a PP at 8:36 of the second period. . . . The Cougars scored the game's first two goals, meaning that in their last five home games, the Blazers trailed 2-0, 2-0, 3-0, 3-0 and 6-0. . . . Fora's goal got the Blazers to within 2-1, but they gave up the game's next two goals. Two PP goals got them to within 4-3 but the Cougars scored the game's last two goals. . . . Fora finished with a goal and two assists, while F Cole Ully and D Josh Connolly each had two assists. . . . D Marc McNulty of the Cougars had a goal, his fourth, and two assists. He was the game's best player. . . . Prince George F Chase Witala had two assists. . . . Prince George (15-15-0) has won two in a row and moved into third place in the B.C. Division, one point ahead of the Blazers (12-15-5). . . . Cougars F Colby McAuley was in the lineup after the WHL chose not to suspend him for a charging major and game misconduct given to him on Friday night in Kelowna. . . . The Blazers won’t play at home again until Jan. 2. They will play six games in the Central Division from Wednesday through Dec. 17. . . .
In Kent, Wash., the Medicine Hat Tigers opened up a 4-1 lead and went on to beat the Seattle Thunderbirds, 5-3. . . . Tigers F Anthony Ast scored his second goal of the season at 19:40 of the second for a 4-1 lead. . . . The Thunderbirds got to within 4-3 on two third-period goals by F Keegan Kolesar, who has nine, but Medicine Hat D David Quenneville iced it with his fifth goal, at 17:01 of the third. . . . D Matt Staples had two assists for the Tigers, who are 2-0 on a quick trip into the U.S. . . . The Tigers (21-6-2), who got 40 saves from G Nick Schneider, have won five straight. . . . Seattle (12-13-4), which travels to Spokane today, had won its previous two games. . . . The Tigers are to visit Portland this afternoon. . . .
In Spokane, the Kootenay Ice, who won three of their first 16 games, reached the .500 mark with a 3-2 victory over the Chiefs. . . . A fourth straight victory improved the Ice's record to 15-15-0. The Ice now has won 12 of 14. . . . F Tim Bozon, with his 10th goal, got the Ice on the board 33 seconds into the game, and F Sam Reinhart, with his eighth, made it 2-0 at 3:34 of the first on his team's second shot. . . . The Chiefs tied it on two goals from D Jason Fram, who has six. He scored at 14:11 of the first, on a PP, and tied it at 19:49 of the second. . . . Ice F Levi Cable won it with his 10th goal at 6:37 of the third. . . . Reinhart had a goal and an assist as he ran his point streak to 13 games. he's got 26 points, including eight goals, over that stretch. . . . Ice F Jaedon Descheneau had an assist on the winner to run his point streak to 12 games. . . . Ice F Zak Zborosky had two assists. . . . Kootenay G Wyatt Hoflin stopped 34 shots. . . . The Chiefs (14-11-3) have lost four straight. . . . The Ice will meet the Tri-City Americans in Kennewick, Wash., tonight. . . . The Chiefs are scheduled to entertain the Seattle Thunderbirds tonight. . . .
In Kelowna, G Jackson Whistle stopped 27 shots to carry the Rockets to a 1-0 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders. . . . Whistle has four shutouts this season and seven in his career. . . . Rockets F Dillon Dube scored the Teddy Bear goal with 1:31 left in the first period. The teams went to the dressing rooms and those 90 seconds were played just prior to the start of the second. . . . That was Dube's second goal of the season. . . . Raiders head coach Marc Habscheid was joined behind the bench by assistant coach Kelly Guard, who usually watches from upstairs. In 2004, Habscheid was the Rockets' head coach and Guard the No. 1 goaltenders as Kelowna won the Memorial Cup on home ice. Guard posted 13 regular-season shutouts that season. . . . The Rockets improved to 24-4-3. . . . The Raiders (15-15-0) had won their previous two games. They also had won seven straight on the road.
Just passed Seabass in the pressbox here in phoenix. #Bruins #coyotes
— Corey Hirsch (@CoreyHirsch) December 7, 2014
I didn't want to tell Seabass I shut him out in Boston for my first ever NHL shutout. #Bruins
— Corey Hirsch (@CoreyHirsch) December 7, 2014
@CoreyHirsch did you strike this pose? pic.twitter.com/R0qxQgEcYV
— Rob LeLacheur (@RJLolly) December 7, 2014