Monday, October 17, 2016

Chiefs, Rockets swing deal . . . Four suspensions finalized . . . Jeannot ruins Edmonton comeback




The Spokane Chiefs got a bit older on Monday; the Kelowna Rockets got younger.
In a one-for-one exchange, the Chiefs got F Tanner Wishnowski, 19, for F Colum McGauley, 16.
Wishnowski, a list player from Oakbank, Man., has a goal and an assist in 10 games in his sophomore season. As a freshman, he put up seven goals and six assists in 54 games.
He is expected to join his new team in time for a game against the visiting Everett Silvertips tonight (Tuesday).
McGauley was a fourth-round pick by Spokane in the 2015 WHL bantam draft. He is from Nelson, B.C., and is playing for the junior B Nelson Leafs of the Kootenay Junior International Hockey League. Last season, he had three goals and 15 assists in 39 games with the midget AAA Notre Dame Hounds, who play out of Wilcox, Sask.
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The Vancouver Giants have added D Jeff Rayman, 20, to their roster after claiming him off waivers from the Tri-City Americans. They placed him on waivers last week after acquiring G Rylan Parenteau, 20, from the Prince Albert Raiders. . . . The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Rayman, from Fernie, B.C., had a goal and seven assists in 86 games over two seasons (2013-15) with the Spokane Chiefs. He had three goals and two assists in 54 games with the Americans last season, and was pointless in seven games this season. . . . With the Giants, he joins F Thomas Foster and Russian D Dmitry Osipov as the 20-year-olds. . . . The Giants, who have won four in a row, all on the road, next play Wednesday when the Saskatoon Blades come calling to Langley, B.C.
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The Spokane Chiefs will be without F Hudson Elynuik when they play host to the Everett Silvertips tonight. He drew a three-game suspension after taking a charging major and game misconduct for a hit on Silvertips F Devon Skoleski in Everett on Friday night. Elynuik has missed one game. He also will miss a game on Friday when the Chiefs open an East Division swing against the Regina Pats. Elynuik will be eligible to return on Saturday in Brandon against the Wheat Kings.
The WHL also firmed up suspensions to a pair of Vancouver Giants. F Johnny Wesley was given a one-game suspension for a charging major and game misconduct in a game against the host Lethbridge Hurricanes on Friday, while D Darian Skeoch was given one game after he took a charging major and game misconduct in a game against the host Medicine Hat Tigers on Saturday. . . . Wesley has served his suspension. Skeoch won’t play tonight against the visiting Saskatoon Blades.
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F Chad Butcher of the Medicine Hat Tigers has been suspended for three games. He was hit under supplemental discipline after an unpenalized incident during a 7-2 victory over the visiting Calgary Hitmen on Friday. Butcher has missed one game and won’t play in a home-and-home Wednesday-Friday series with the Kootenay Ice.
The Hitmen asked for supplemental discipline, claiming that Butcher had slashed D Jake Bean, who apparently was left with a broken finger. The Hitmen are saying that he is out week-to-week.
“I watched the play and I’ve been slashed a lot harder than that,” Tigers F Steve Owre told Ryan McCracken of the Medicine Hat News.“It’s the league’s decision and we’re pretty biased on this side but, I think if you watch it, it was just a hockey play.”
Shaun Clouston, the Tigers’ GM/head coach, told McCracken: “It wasn’t called a penalty. It was kind of a one-handed slash . . . I believe it’s going to be very short because there was no intent. The ref on the ice was in real good position and didn’t call it, so we’re very optimistic it will just be the one game.”
So much for optimism . . . . three games it is.
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Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated convened a media panel and discussed a number of goings-on involving the NHL. One of the questions he asked: What rule — in game or of the greater league — would you get rid of and why.
Sean McIndoe, a writer with Vice Sports, Sportsnet and The Hockey News replied:
“The loser point. It’s completely ridiculous that this league still rewards teams for losing. The rule made a small amount of success when it was introduced in 1999, because the league felt they needed to discourage teams from playing for the tie in overtime. But since ties were eliminated with the introduction of the shootout, that reason doesn’t exist anymore. Yet we’re still stuck with this thing. The league tries to justify it by claiming that the loser point makes playoff races closer, but that’s simply not true. All it really accomplishes is artificially inflating the standings and making everyone’s record look better. Which, of course, is the whole point of the rule. GMs love it, because every year roughly 80% of the league gets to be over .500 in terms of points percentage. That’s completely absurd and makes a mockery of the integrity of the standings, but if you can tell your owner that you had a winning record even though you lost 45 games then you might get to keep your job. It’s a confidence scam, nothing more, and it’s embarrassing that we still have it.
“Even worse, the practical effect of the rule is that teams are encouraged to play for a tie in regulation. Which they do, especially as the season goes on. In every other sport, the end of a deadlocked game is edge-of-your-seat time, but in the NHL it’s when everyone shuts down and tries to run out of the clock so that the magic bonus point fairy will arrive. At some point, years down the road, we’re going to get rid of this thing. And then future generations will look back at the record books and wonder why the standings were all screwed up for decades and everyone was just OK with it.”
The complete roundtable is right here and it’s an interesting read.
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JUST NOTES:

The Prince Albert Raiders are down to two goaltenders after dropping Curtis Meger, 18, from their roster. He is expected to join the SJHL’s Estevan Bruins. Meger, from Regina, didn’t get into any games with the Raiders, who now will go with Ian Scott, 17, and Nick Sanders, 18, as their goaltenders. . . . 
The MJHL’s Winkler Flyers have acquired the junior A rights to G Cole Kehler, who will be 19 on Dec. 17, and future considerations from the Swan Valley Stampeders for G Connor Slip, 20, and F Jason Cohan, 20. . . . Kehler, who is 6-1-0, 2.57, .913 with the Portland Winterhawks, is from Altona, Man., which is about a 30-minute drive from Winkler. It could be that Ken Pearson, the Flyers’ GM/head coach, is looking ahead to next season and thinking that maybe, just maybe, Kehler will be available as a 20-year-old. . . .
Portland D Caleb Jones has a shootout winner and an OT winner in the Winterhawks’ last two games. The OT goal was the third of his career, leaving him one away from the franchise record that is shared by Nino Niederreiter, Todd Robinson and Ken Yaremchuk.
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MONDAY’S GAME:

At Edmonton, F Tanner Jeannot scored off a rebound at 3:10 of OT to give the Moose Jaw Warriors a 5-4 victory over the Oil Kings. . . . Moose Jaw led this one 4-2 with less than four minutes to play in
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the third period. . . . Edmonton F Davis Koch scored, shorthanded, at 16:43 to get the Oil Kings to within one. . . . Freshman F Trey Fix-Wolansky’s third goal of the season, at 19:29, with G Liam Hughes on the bench for the extra attacker, tied it. . . . Moose Jaw F Ryan Bowen had given his side a 1-0 lead at 1:04 of the first period. . . . F Lane Bauer, playing in his 200th regular-season game, pulled Edmonton even at 2:59. . . . The Warriors then took a 3-1 lead on goals from F Noah Gregor, at 5:51 of the first, and F Brett Howden, on a PP, at 7:04 of the second period. . . . F Kobe Mohr got the home side back to within one at 7:34 of the third period, only to have Howden get his second of the game, and eighth of the season, at 9:57. . . . F Jayden Halbgewachs had two assists for the winners, while Gregor added an assist to his goal. . . . D Aaron Irving drew two assists for Edmonton (3-5-2), which has lost three in a row, all at home. . . . The Warriors improved to 6-2-2. . . . G Zach Sawchenko stopped 34 shots for Moose Jaw, while Hughes turned aside 25 for Edmonton. . . . Moose Jaw was 1-6 on the PP; Edmonton was 0-4. . . . Announced attendance: 4,729.
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TUESDAY’S GAMES (all times local):

Tri-City at Portland, 7 p.m.
Swift Current at Prince George, 7 p.m.
Lethbridge at Regina, 7 p.m.
Everett at Spokane, 7:05 p.m.
Saskatoon at Victoria, 7:05 p.m.

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