Saturday, September 3, 2016

Chiefs player "moving limbs" after being injured . . . No timetable for Patrick's return . . . Heponiemi sharp for Broncos

Kolby Morrisseau signed with the Spokane
Chiefs on May 22, 2015. 
(Spokane Chiefs photo)
F Koby Morrisseau, the ninth overall selection in the 2015 bantam draft, left the ice on a stretcher at 13:17 of the third period during a game in Everett between his Spokane Chiefs and the Portland Winterhawks on Saturday afternoon. . . . Late Saturday night, Taking Note was told by a source familiar with the situation that everyone was “waiting for concrete info,” but that Morrisseau had been taken to hospital for X-rays and was “moving all of his limbs since he left the ice.” He also had been talking to medical staff as he was taken off the ice. . . . Morrisseau, a native of Grandview, Man., who is to turn 16 on Oct. 18, signed with the Chiefs on May 22, 2015. . . . On Saturday, he was checked, went down and needed immediate attention. Trainers from Spokane and Portland were on the ice immediately and soon were joined by staff from the Seattle Thunderbirds and Everett Silvertips. There also were a couple of doctors and paramedics on the ice. . . . Last season, Morrisseau had 15 points, eight of them goals, with the midget AAA Parkland Rangers. In his draft season, he had 61 points, including 39 goals, in 30 games with the bantam AAA Rangers. . . . F Brett Clayton of the Winterhawks was handed a major for checking to the head and a game misconduct on the play on which Morrisseau was injured.
F Nolan Patrick, who at this point is the most likely No. 1 selection in the NHL’s 2017 draft, has yet to take part in the Brandon Wheat Kings’ training camp. He had sports hernia surgery in July and is skating under the watchful eye of assistant coach Aaron Rome. . . . “It’s going pretty good,” Patrick told Perry Bergson of the Brandon Sun. “Obviously, you never want to go down with an injury but, for me, it kind of happened at the best time, in the off-season. Hopefully, I won’t miss any games.” . . . Patrick, who was the WHL’s playoff MVP, told Bergson that he was injured in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final against the Red Deer Rebels on April 27. . . . After the playoffs, Patrick had hoped that the injury would heal with time. When that didn’t work, he underwent surgery. . . . There is no timetable for his return to practice, but he hopes to be ready for Brandon’s season-opener. The defending-champion Wheat Kings open against the host Moose Jaw Warriors on Sept 23. . . . Bergson’s story is right here.
The Saskatoon Blades have signed G Nolan Maier, who was a second-round pick in the 2016 bantam draft. That is the earliest in the history of the draft that the Blades have selected a goaltender. From Yorkton, the 5-foot-11, 160-pounder played last season for the bantam AA Yorkton Terriers, putting up a 1.54 GAA in 16 games.
The Edmonton Oil Kings have signed F Ty Gerla to a WHL contract. Gerla, a listed player from Calgary, played last season with the midget AAA Calgary Royals, putting up 23 points, 11 of them goals, in 32 games.
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At Everett, F Joachim Blichfeld scored at 1:21 of OT to give the Portland Winterhawks a 3-2 victory over the Spokane Chiefs. Portland F Ilijah Colina had tied the game 2-2 just six seconds into the third period. The game included 17 power-play opportunities — Spokane was 2-for-10; Portland was 2-for-7. F Brad Ginnell, the grandson of the late, great Pat Ginnell, scored his first WHL goal for Portland. . . . G Beck Warm stopped 33 shots to help the Tri-City Americans to a 5-3 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds. Tri-City F Keltie Jeri-Leon broke a 2-2 at 13:19 of the second period and teammate D Kurtis Rutledge added insurance at 3:34 of the third. . . . F Connor Dewar’s second goal of the game, at 11:17 of the third period on a PP, gave the Everett Silvertips a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Giants. D Kevin Davis had two assists for Everett. Vancouver got a goal and an assist from F Tyler Benson. . . .
At Red Deer, G Alec Dillon, who missed most of last season due to injury, stopped 20 of 21 shots in the game’s first 33:15 to help the Edmonton Oil Kings to a 4-2 victory over the Prince George Cougars. A 19-year-old from Victoria, the 6-foot-5, 185-pound Dillon got into only seven games last season. F Colton Kehler had a goal and an assist for the Oil Kings. The Oil Kings also got a goal from F Ty Gerla, whose signing was announced prior to the game. . . . F Cael Zimmerman and F Aaron Hyman each had a goal and two assists and D Jackson van de Leest drew three assists as the Calgary Hitmen beat the Red Deer Rebels, 6-4. F Matteo Gennaro added two goals for the Hitmen. The Rebels got two assists from F Austin Schellenberg. Red Deer F Evan Polei left in the first period with an undisclosed injury. Brent Sutter, the Rebels’ GM and head coach, said later that Polei will be out for “a bit.” . . . 
At Regina, Finnish freshman F Aleksi Heponiemi scored twice and added an assist to lead the Swift Current Broncos to a 7-6 OT victory over the Moose Jaw Warriors. Heponiemi has four goals and three assists in his first three exhibition games. F Lane Pederson won the game, at 2:53 of extra time. The Warriors forced OT with third-period goals from F Chantz Petruic, at 12:20, and Luka Burzan, at 18:42. F Noah Gregor and F Nikita Popugaev each had a goal and three assists and D Dmitri Zaitsev had three assists for the Warriors. Moose Jaw F Ryan Bowen left after apparently suffering a leg injury in the second period. . . . The Regina Pats scored the game’s last four goals, the last two into an empty net, as they beat the Saskatoon Blades, 4-1. F Nick Henry had a goal and two assists for Regina, with F Sam Steel getting two assists. Saskatoon G Nolan Maier, who signed earlier in the day, stopped 37 shots in his debut. . . .
At Kelowna, the Rockets built up a 5-1 lead and hung on for a 6-5 victory over the Victoria Royals. F Kole Lind’s empty-net goal, at 19:35 of the third period, gave the home side a 6-4 lead. Victoria got a goal from F Arjun Atwal at 19:41. F Jake Kryski and F Calvin Thurkauf each scored twice for Kelowna. F Dante Hannoun, who had three goals in Kamloops on Friday, had a goal and two assists for the Royals, with D Ralph Jarratt earning three assists. . . .
At Taber, Alta., the Lethbridge Hurricanes built a 3-0 second-period lead but needed a goal from F Colton Kroeker at 14:07 of the third period for a 4-3 victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers. F Tyler Wong scored twice for Lethbridge. F James Hamblin had a goal and an assist for the Tigers.

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