Monday, September 5, 2016

Morrisseau out of hospital, more tests ahead . . . Wheaties sign second-rounder . . . Winterhawks now 3-0-0

D Nikolai Ladygin (Medicine Hat, Tri-City, 2001-02) has signed a one-year contract with Dunaújváros (Hungary, MOL Liga). Last season, with Beibarys Atyrau (Kazakhstan, Kazakh Vysshaya Liga), he had four goals and eight assists in 37 games.
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F Koby Morrisseau of the Spokane Chiefs has been released from hospital after being injured during an exhibition game in Everett on Saturday afternoon. . . . A WHL insider familiar with the situation told Taking Note late Monday afternoon that Morrisseau was released on Sunday morning and returned to Spokane. “He will undergo further testing this week, but it appears that everything should be fine after a recuperation period that may be a while,” Taking Note was told. . . . Morrisseau, the ninth overall selection in the 2015 bantam draft, was injured at 13:17 of the third period after being checked by F Brett Clayton of the Portland Winterhawks. After receiving medical attention on the ice, Morrisseau was placed on a backboard, then on a stretcher and taken to hospital. . . . Taking Note was told Saturday night that X-rays were negative. . . . Morrisseau, who is from Grandview, Man., will turn 16 on Oct. 18. He has signed with the Chiefs. . . . Clayton was handed a major for checking to the head — it later was changed to checking from behind — and a game misconduct.
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F Brett Clayton of the Portland Winterhawks has been served with a TBD suspension for the check that resulted in Spokane Chiefs’ F Koby Morrisseau leaving a game on a stretcher in Everett on Saturday. . . . The WHL also suspended D Dmitry Osipov of the Vancouver Giants for one game after he took a boarding major and game misconduct against the Chiefs on Friday. . . . A WHL player suspended during the preseason will serve the suspension by missing an exhibition game or games. However, if the suspension were to run past the end of the exhibition season, he would miss regular-season games. . . . There are two skaters who will miss the start of the regular season with suspensions left over from last season. F Max James of Tri-City will miss the Americans’ first two games, while F Tyler Wong of Lethbridge is to miss the Hurricanes’ opener.
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The Brandon Wheat Kings have signed F Ben McCartney, who was a second-round selection in the 2016 bantam draft. From Portage la Prairie, Man., McCartney played last season with the Okanagan Hockey Academy’s bantam prep team, putting up 33 points, including 18 goals, in 23 games.
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SUNDAY’S GAMES:

In Everett, the Portland Winterhawks scored four third-period goals and beat the Silvertips, 4-1. The Winterhawks ran their exhibition record to 3-0-0 after one weekend of play. F Ryan Hughes led the Winterhawks with two goals. . . . The Victoria Royals got two goals from F Jack Walker as they beat the Tri-City Americans, 4-2. . . . The Seattle Thunderbirds scored the game’s last two goals to beat the Spokane Chiefs, 4-3. F Brandon Schuldaus tied the score at 19:18 of the second period and F Scott Eansor won it at 1:04 of the third. Schuldaus drew an assist on the winner. F Alexander True and F Keegan Kolesar had two assists each for Seattle. F Eli Zummack scored twice and added an assist for Spokane, which got a goal and two assists from F Taylor Ross. . . . 
In Kamloops, F Quinn Benjafield had a goal and two assists, while D Luke Zazula drew three assists as the Blazers got past the Kelowna Rockets, 5-2.
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