Friday, October 14, 2016

Blades open trek with win in Kelowna . . . Pratt, Benson, Phillips, Henry fill hats . . . Silvertips win again


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G Lasse Petersen, acquired by the Red Deer Rebels from the Everett Silvertips on Thursday, ran into weather problems so wasn’t able to travel in time to join his new teammates on Friday. . . . The right here.
Rebels entertained the Moose Jaw Warriors last night. . . . Brent Sutter, the owner, general manager and head coach in Red Deer, acquired Petersen because G Tyson Verhelst, 19, who was picked up from the Spokane Chiefs, looks to be out on a long-term basis. . . . “It’s an unfortunate situation with Tyson and we don’t know what his future is going to bring,” Sutter told Greg Meachem of reddeerrebels.com. “He’s back home now and will be evaluated on a regular basis. We couldn’t be left in a position where we’re hoping he might be back in two or three weeks, a month, whatever. It’s such an unknown thing.“It’s unfortunate for Tyson, but we needed to move forward and add someone to the group and we were fortunate enough to acquire a goalie who has some experience in the league.” . . . Meachem’s complete story is
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F Lane Pederson’s three-year entry-level contract with the Arizona Coyotes carries NHL salaries of US$610,000, $685,000 and $685,000, according to generalfanager.com. . . . Pederson, who plays for the Swift Current Broncos, agreed to the deal on Thursday. . . . The AHL salary in each of the three years is $70,000. . . . There also is a $105,000 signing bonus, payable in three annual installments.
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F Landon Quinney, 18, has signed with the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs. He was released earlier this season by the Moose Jaw Warriors. . . . Last season, the Las Vegas native had 16 points, including three goals, in 69 games with the Warriors. . . . Last night, in his first game, he picked up on assist and won four of five faceoffs in a 4-2 victory over the host Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. . . . His father, Ken, and brother, Gage, both are former WHLers. . . . 
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Brennan Tutt, who had a brief stint with the Seattle Thunderbirds in 2009-10, is one of three men in custody after what, according to the St. George, Utah, News, “is believed to be the biggest meth bust in Utah history.” . . . Tutt, 24, is from Airdrie. . . . The three were pulled over near Provo after police officers, with the help of a dog, found 236 pounds of methamphetamine, some steroids and $66,000. . . . According to The News, the meth had “an estimated wholesale value of $1.5 million and a street value of between $7 million and $15 million.” . . . Tutt was pointless during his stint with the Thunderbirds. . . . The News story is right here.
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The Tri-City Americans have dropped D Landon Fuller from their roster. He now is with the BCHL’s Salmon Arm Silverbacks. Fuller, 17, is from 100 Mile House, B.C. He was pointless in one game this season. He got into two games last season and also was pointless. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Fuller was a fifth-round selection in the 2014 WHL bantam draft.
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If you aren’t familiar with Joe Pelletier’s Greatest Hockey Legends.com, you should be. It’s a great place to drop by and visit whenever you get the urge to look into the game’s past. Pelletier also keeps tabs on hockey-related books as they come available and oftentimes offers up his thoughts on them. Right here, he takes a look at The Hockey Scribbler, which was written by George Bowering, a native of Penticton, B.C., who is a prolific writer.
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Got a tip or some information you feel could be useful to me, feel free to email me at greggdrinnan@gmail.com.
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FRIDAY’S GAMES:


At Brandon, F Austin Glover scored 45 seconds into OT to give the Raiders a 3-2 victory over the Wheat Kings. . . . Glover has five goals this season. . . . F Luke Coleman gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at 3:08 of the first period, only to have Brandon F Ty Lewis tie it at 14:24. . . . F Nic Holowko put the Raiders back out in front at 15:02 of the second period. . . . The Wheat Kings forced OT when F Ty Kaspick scored his sixth goal, on a PP, at 12:58 of the third period. . . . F Simon Stransky had two assist for the Raiders. . . . Kaspick and Lewis had an assist each. . . . G Ian Scott turned aside 32 shots for the Raiders, two fewer than Brandon’s Logan Thompson. . . . The Wheat Kings were 2-5 on the PP; the Raiders were 0-2. . . . Prince Albert (3-5-0) snapped a three-game losing skid. . . . Brandon (2-3-2) has lost three in a row. . . . The Wheat Kings scratched F Nolan Patrick, giving him what is believed to be his second maintenance day of the young season. He missed most of training camp after undergoing surgery for a sports hernia in July. . . . Announced attendance: 3,518.
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At Edmonton, F Matt Phillips scored three times and added two assists to lead the Victoria Royals to
MATT PHILLIPS
a 6-1 victory over the Oil Kings. . . . Phillips, who has six goals, opened the scoring at 8:38 of the first period. He made it 3-0 at 8:18 of the second, on a PP, and got his third goal, on another PP, at 9:54. . . . It was his second career hat trick, the other coming last season. . . . Phillips added an assist on F Tyler Soy’s goal, his fifth, on a PP at 12:03 of the first period. . . . Soy also had two assists. . . . The Royals were 3-7 on the PP, scoring three straight to take a 4-0 lead. . . . The Oil Kings were 1-4 on the PP. . . . F Jack Walker had a goal and an assist for the winners. . . . The Royals (5-5-0) got 39 saves from G Griffen Outhouse, while G Patrick Dea stopped 36 for Edmonton. . . . The Oil Kings (3-5-1) have lost the first two games of a seven-game homestand. . . . Announced attendance: 7,176.
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At Kelowna, G Logan Flodell stopped 36 shots and F Jesse Zaharichuk and F Mason McCarty each scored twice to lead the Saskatoon Blades to a 4-2 victory over the Rockets. . . . This was the first
LOGAN FLODELL
game of a B.C. Division swing for the Blades, who were 0-3 in their last three visits to Kelowna. . . . Saskatoon (5-2-1) is 4-0-1 in its last five starts. . . . Kelowna (3-6-0) has lost two in a row. . . . Shynkaruk, who basically walked into Saskatoon’s camp and asked for a tryout, has five goals this season. He opened the scoring on a PP at 10:20 of the first period. . . . F Kole Lind, who had both Kelowna goals, tied it at 13:14. . . . McCarty gave the visitors the lead with his fourth goal, on a PP, at 19:00. . . . Shynkaruk upped the lead to 3-1 at 3:50 of the third period. . . . Lind got the Rockets to within a goal at 18:36, but McCarty got the empty-netter at 19:15. . . . Flodell was sharp as the Rockets held a 30-11 edge in shots over the last two periods. . . . G Brodan Salmond stopped 13 shots for Kelowna. . . . The Blades were 2-5 on the PP; the Rockets were 0-2. . . . F Kaleb Fantillo, acquired by the Blades from the Medicine Hat Tigers on Thursday, didn’t play. . . . F Jake Kryski (ill) was among Kelowna’s scratches. . . . F Leif Mattson, acquired earlier in the month from the Brandon Wheat Kings, was in the Rockets’ lineup for the first time. . . . Announced attendance: 4,678.
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At Cranbrook, B.C., D Connor Hobbs scored at 1:26 of OT to give the Regina Pats a 5-4 victory over the Kootenay Ice. . . . F Nick Henry, who has four goals, scored three times and added an assist for
CONNOR HOBBS
the Pats. His third goal, at 13:32 of the third period, forced OT. . . . Henry’s second goal, on a PP at 7:14 of the second period, gave Regina a 3-1 lead. . . . The Ice came back to take a 4-3 lead as F Matt Alfaro scored shorthanded at 11:39, F Vince Loschiavo scored at 17:31 and F Zak Zborosky, who is from Regina, scored his second goal of the game, on a PP, at 5:44 of the third period. . . . Zborosky has nine goals, second in the WHL to Tri-City F Michael Rasmussen, who has 10. . . . F Sam Steel had three assists for Regina, while F Dawson Leedahl and Hobbs each had a goal and an assist. . . . Alfaro added an assist to his goal. . . . Regina G Jordan Hollett blocked 19 shots, while the Ice’s Payton Lee turned aside 52. . . . Kootenay was 1-6 on the PP; Regina was 1-7. . . . The Pats (5-0-3) are the only one of the WHL’s 22 teams not have lost in regulation time. . . . The Ice (1-5-3) has lost three in a row. . . . Announced attendance: 1,668.
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At Lethbridge, F Tyler Benson scored three times, including the OT winner, as the Vancouver Giants got past the Hurricanes, 4-3. . . . Benson’s fifth goal, on a PP, won it just 39 seconds into extra time. It
TYLER BENSON
also gave him his first WHL hat trick. . . . F Jesse Zaharichuk gave Lethbridge a 1-0 lead at 11:42 of the first period. . . . Benson tied it at 13:22. . . . F Ryley Lindgren put the home side ahead 2-1 with his sixth goal, on a PP, at 16:32. . . . Benson tied it 58 seconds into the second period. . . . F Brayden Burke, who also had two assists, gave Lethbridge a 3-2 lead at 14:01. . . . Vancouver F Brendan Semchuk forced OT with his fourth goal, on a PP, at 7:29 of the third period. . . . In 2015-16, a freshman season short-circuited by injury, Semchuk had a goal and an assist in 28 games. He has four goals and an assist in 11 games this season. . . . If you’re a WHL follower, you are aware of Benson’s injury woes. This season, he has five goals and four assists in six games. . . . F Thomas Foster had two assists for Vancouver. . . . The Giants got 25 saves from G Ryan Kubic, two fewer than Ryan Gilchrist of Lethbridge. . . . Vancouver was 2-4 on the PP; the Hurricanes were 1-5. . . . D Darian Skeoch had an assist for Vancouver; D Brennan Menell had an assist for Lethbridge. The two were involved in a trade earlier in the season. . . . The Giants (4-7-0) have won three in a row in Alberta. . . . The Hurricanes (5-2-2) have points in four straight (2-0-2). . . . Vancouver F Johnny Wesley was tossed with a headshot major and game misconduct at 3:21 of the second period. . . . Announced attendance: 3,267.
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At Medicine Hat, F Chad Butcher and F Mason Shaw each scored two goals and added an assist to help the Tigers to a 7-2 victory over the Calgary Hitmen. . . . After F Jakob Stukel gave Calgary a 1-0 lead at 1:50 of the first period, the Tigers erupted for five straight goals. . . . The Tigers got two assists from each of F Zach Fischer, F Steve Owre and F John Dahlstrom, with D David Quenneville and F Matt Bradley each adding a goal and an assist. . . . F Matteo Gennaro had a goal and an assist for Calgary. . . . The Tigers got 22 saves from G Nick Schneider. Calgary starter Cody Porter stopped 19 of 21 shots before leaving at 1:58 of the second period with an undisclosed injury. Kyle Dumba came on and allowed five goals on 18 shots. . . . Medicine Hat was 3-9 on the PP; Calgary was 1-7. . . . The Tigers (6-3-0) snapped a two-game losing skid. . . . The Hitmen (3-3-0) have lost two straight. . . . Announced attendance: 3,731.
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At Red Deer, F Austin Pratt scored three times to lead the Rebels to a 6-4 victory over the Moose Jaw Warriors. . . . Pratt gave the Rebels a 2-0 lead at 4:43 of the second period and tied the score 3-3 at
AUSTIN PRATT
17:14. He completed his first WHL hat trick at 12:43 of the third period, giving the Rebels a 5-4 lead in the process. . . . A 17-year-old from Lakeville, Minn., Pratt has eight points, including five goals, in nine games. Last season, as a freshman, he had eight goals and four assists in 56 games. . . . After Pratt tied the game at 3-3, Red Deer F Adam Musil gave his guys the lead at 18:23 of the second. . . . Moose Jaw F Luka Burzan’s second goal of the game, on a PP, tied it at 1:25 of the third. . . . Red Deer F Brandon Hagel had three assists, with D Colton Bobyk and F Michael Spacek each getting a goal and an assist. . . . The Warriors got two goals and an assist from F Jayden Halbgewachs, and two assists from each of F Nikita Popugaev and D Matt Sozanski. . . . Red Deer G Riley Lamb made 23 saves, six fewer than the Warriors’ Brody Willms. . . . Moose Jaw was 3-8 on the PP; Red Deer was 0-2. . . . The Rebels (4-3-2) have won two straight. . . . The Warriors are 4-2-2. . . . F Grayson Pawlenchuk played in his 200th regular-season game with the Rebels. . . . The Warriors lost F Tanner Jeannot with a boarding major and game misconduct for a hit on Red Deer D Alexander Alexeyev at 14:08 of the first period. . . . Announced attendance: 4,389.
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At Kent, Wash., F Kody McDonald scored in the fourth round of a shootout to give the Prince George Cougars a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds. . . . The Cougars (9-2-0) had lost their previous two games. . . . The Thunderbirds (2-3-1) have lost two straight. . . . Seattle led this one 2-0 on goals by F Nolan Volcan, at 8:32 of the first period, and F Sami Moilanen, 20 seconds into the second, on a PP. . . . F Jesse Gabrielle’s fourth goal got the Cougars to within one at 8:47 of the second period and F Jansen Harkins’ first goal tied it at 12:15. . . . F Brad Morrison had two assists for the Cougars, while Gabrielle also had an assist. . . . Prince George was 2-4 on the PP; Seattle was 1-5. . . . G Ty Edmonds, 20, stopped 23 shots for the Cougars, one more than Carl Stankowski, 16, of the Thunderbirds. . . . According to TBird Tidbits, the Cougars were “10-2-0 in their last 12 regular-season visits to Kent” prior to last night. . . . With four 20-year-olds on their roster, following the return of F Ryan Gropp, the Thunderbirds have to scratch one each game. Last night, G Rylan Toth drew the short straw. . . . Announced attendance: 3,068.
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At Spokane, F Patrik Bajkov’s second goal of the game, 24 seconds into OT, gave the Everett Silvertips a 4-3 victory over the Chiefs. . . . F Brian King gave Everett a 1-0 lead at 3:14 of the second period. . . . The Chiefs took a 2-1 lead on two goals from F Kailer Yamamoto, who has six goals. He scored on a PP at 16:02 of the second and added his other goal at 9:30 of the third. . . . Bajkov, who has four goals, tied it at 13:59 and D Noah Juulsen gave the visitors the lead, on a PP, 10 seconds later. . . . The Chiefs forced OT when F Markson Bechtold scored a shorthanded goal at 18:52. . . . F Dominic Zwerger, who was acquired by Everett from Spokane as the Chiefs got down to three 20-year-olds, had two assists, while Juulsen added one to his goal. . . . D Ty Smith had two assists for Spokane, while Yamamoto and Bechtold had one each. . . . G Mario Petit stopped 27 shots for Everett, 10 more than Spokane’s Jayden Sittler. . . . Everett was 2-5 on the PP; Spokane was 1-1. . . . The Silvertips (7-1-1) have won three in a row. . . . The Chiefs (2-4-1) have lost two straight. . . . Chiefs F Hunter Elynuik left with a charging major and game misconduct for a hit on F Devon Skoleski at 13:06 of the third period. . . . Announced attendance: 4,423.
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At Kennewick, Wash., G Rylan Parenteau made 28 saves to lead the Tri-City Americans to a 4-2 victory over the Kamloops Blazers. . . . Parenteau, 20, got the start after being acquired from the
MICHAEL RASMUSSEN
Prince Albert Raiders on Thursday. He joined his new team that night. . . . The Americans got two goals from F Michael Rasmussen, who leads the WHL with 10 scores. . . . He opened the scoring at 10:13 of the first period, on a PP, then set up a PP goal by D Parker Wotherspoon, at 17:05. . . . F Nick Chyzowski got Kamloops on the board at 12;16 of the second, but Rasmussen got that one back at 16:53. . . . F Travis Walton, with his first WHL goal, got the Blazers to within one at 8:03 of the third. . . . The Americans put it away when F Parker AuCoin scored at 19:02. . . . Rasmussen has 10 goals in eight games. Last season, he scored 18 times in 63 games. . . . G Connor Ingram turned aside 33 shots for the Blazers. . . . The Americans were 2-4 on the PP; Kamloops was 0-3. . . . The Americans (5-3-0) have won three in a row and are 4-0-0 at home. . . . The Blazers (4-6-0) had won their previous two games. . . . Tri-City head coach Mike Williamson now has 498 regular-season coaching victories. . . . Announced attendance: 2,758.

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SATURDAY’S GAMES (all times local):

Seattle at Everett, 7:05 p.m.
Swift Current at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.
Red Deer vs. Kootenay, at Cranbrook, B.C., 7 p.m.
Regina at Lethbridge, 7 p.m.
Vancouver at Medicine Hat, 7:30 p.m.
Brandon at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.
Portland at Spokane, 7:05 p.m.
Prince George vs. Tri-City, at Kennewick, Wash., 7:05 p.m.
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SUNDAY’S GAME (all times local):


Moose Jaw at Calgary, 2 p.m.

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