Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Rasmussen, Ams edge Winterhawks . . . Broncos win again in B.C. . . . Peckford spins record for Royals


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Tim Hunter, the head coach of the Moose Jaw Warriors, has been named head coach of Team WHL for the two-game series against a Russian side that is scheduled for next month. . . . Steve Hamilton, the head coach of the Edmonton Oil Kings, has been named assistant coach. . . . The games are scheduled for Prince George on Nov. 7 and Edmonton on Nov. 8. . . . Brian Cheeseman, Edmonton’s athletic therapist, will work both games for Team WHL. Chico Dhanjal, the Prince George Cougars’ equipment manager, will join Cheeseman in Prince George, with Edmonton equipment manager Rogan Dean doing the same in Edmonton.
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If you are going to attend a Kelowna Rockets home game you should be prepared to pay $15 to park at Prospera Place, an increase of $5 over last season. According to a report by infotel.ca that is right here, RG Properties, which manages the facility, chose to raise the price. 
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The NHL season is up and running and that means Elliotte Friedman is back with his always-readable 30 Thoughts. He filed on Tuesday and the top focuses on the Edmonton Oilers and the commotion raised this week when a day off got moved from Monday to Wednesday. It’s all right here.
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OHLIn an OHL trade of note completed on Tuesday evening, the Windsor Spitfires have acquired D Sean Day, 18, from the Mississauga Steelheads in exchange for selections in the league’s draft. . . . From a Windsor news release: “In addition to the 18-year-old defenceman, Windsor gets Barrie’s third-round selection in 2019 and Mississauga’s sixth in 2017. Headed the other way is Niagara’s second-round pick in 2018, Sarnia’s second in 2017, Windsor’s fifth-round pick in 2019 and Windsor’s third in 2020.” . . . Day was a third-round selection by the New York Rangers in the NHL’s 2016 draft. He was the fourth player in OHL history to be granted exceptional status, allowing him to play regularly as a 15-year-old. The others? John Tavares, Aaron Ekblad and Connor McDavid. . . . In 183 regular-season games over four seasons with the Steelheads, Day had 25 goals and 54 assists.
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TUESDAY’S GAMES:


At Portland, F Michael Rasmussen scored his WHL-leading 11th goal to break a 3-3 tie and give the
MICHAEL RASMUSSEN
Tri-City Americans a 4-3 victory over the Winterhawks. . . . Rasmussen got the winner at 8:19 of the third period as the Americans overcame a 3-1 deficit. . . . F Keegan Iverson’s first of two goals gave Portland a 1-0 lead at 8:04 of the first period. . . . Tri-City tied it on F Keltie Jeri-Leon’s first goal at 15:42. . . . Portland regained the lead 17 seconds later when F Brendan De Jong got his third goal. . . . Iverson scored on a PP at 19:45 for a 3-1 lead. . . . Tri-City D Juuso Valimaki got a PP goal to pull his guys to within one at 2:50 of the second period. . . . F Vladislav Lukin’s sixth goal got Tri-City even at 11:36. . . . F Kyle Olson had two assists for the winners, while Valimaki added an assist to his goal. . . . The Winterhawks got three assists from F Skyler McKenzie. . . . Portland F Cody Glass had two assists, allowing him to keep pace with Regina F Sam Steel atop the WHL points derby. Each has 19 points. . . . G Rylan Parenteau stopped 38 shots in his third straight start since being acquired by the Americans from the Prince Albert Raiders. . . . Portland got 35 stops from G Cole Kehler. . . . The Winterhawks were 1-4 on the PP; the Americans were 1-7. . . . The Americans improved to 6-4-0. . . . The Winterhawks (8-4-0) had won their previous three games. . . . The victory was No. 499 as a WHL head coach for Tri-City’s Mike Williamson. . . . Announced attendance: 3,228.
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At Prince George, F Tyler Steenbergen’s second goal of the game, 59 seconds into OT, gave the Swift
TYLER STEENBERGEN
Current Broncos a 5-4 victory over the Cougars. . . . The Broncos (8-2-1) are 2-0-0 on a B.C. Division swing and Steenbergen has four goals in the two games, giving him nine on the season. . . . Swift Current is 6-0-1 in its last seven games. . . . The Cougars (10-2-1) have points in their last three (2-0-1). . . . When F Justin Almeida scored a PP goal at 6:52 of the third period, the Cougars held a 4-2 lead. . . . The Broncos tied it on goals 53 seconds apart by F Lane Pederson, on a PP at 10:32, and F Calvin Spencer, at 11:25. . . . The Broncos got two assists from each of F Aleksi Heponiemi, D Colby Sissons and D Artyom Minulin, while F Glenn Gawdin had a goal and an assist. . . . D Tate Olson had a goal and an assist for the Cougars. . . . G Taz Burman blocked 30 shots for the Broncos, while Ty Edmonds stopped 28 at the other end. . . . Swift Current was 2-2 on the PP; Prince George was 2-4. . . . Announced attendance: 2,565.
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At Regina, F Sam Steel, who is tied for the WHL’s points lead, had two goals as the Pats bounced the
SAM STEEL
Lethbridge Hurricanes, 6-1. . . . The Pats took control of this one with the game’s first four goals, the latter two of those just 57 seconds apart late in the first period. . . . Steel, who has nine goals, scored the game’s first goal and the last one. The second one was a shorthanded effort. . . . F Filip Ahl helped Regina with two goals, giving him six, and an assist, with F Dawson Leedahl and D Chase Harrison each adding two assists. . . . G Tyler Brown stopped 22 shots for the Pats, who won 7-2 in Lethbridge on Saturday. . . . Lethbridge starter Stuart Skinner was beaten four times on 14 shots in the first period. Ryan Gilchrist came on in relief and stopped 21 of 23 shots over the last two periods. . . . Regina was 0-3 on the PP; Lethbridge was 0-8. . . . Including last spring’s playoffs, Regina has won six in a row from Lethbridge. . . . Steel has a WHL-leading 19 points in eight games. In his third season, he now has 143 points, including 49 goals, in 146 games. . . . The Pats (7-0-3) remain the only one of the CHL’s 60 teams not to have lost a game in regulation time. . . . Lethbridge (5-4-2) has lost three in a row ((0-2-1). . . . The Hurricanes were without F Egor Babenko, who is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. . . . Announced attendance: 3,548.
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At Spokane, F Kailer Yamamoto had a goal and an assist to help the Chiefs to a 2-1 victory over the
KAILER YAMAMOTO
Everett Silvertips. . . . Yamamoto scored his seventh goal at 9:20 of the first period and F Jaret Anderson-Dolan made it 2-0 at 16:18. . . . F Tanner Wishnowski, acquired this week from the Kelowna Rockets, had the secondary assist on each goal. . . . Everett F Patrick Bajkov got Everett on the board at 16:01 of the second period. . . . G Dawson Weatherill stopped 26 shots for Spokane, five more than Everett’s Carter Hart. . . . The Silvertips (8-2-1) had won their previous four games. The Silvertips had been 5-0-1 on the road. They may not admit it, but there has to be some tiredness creeping into their game. They played four games in five nights last week. They are in Kelowna tonight and in Victoria on Saturday. . . . The Chiefs (3-4-2) had lost three in a row (0-1-2). . . . The Chiefs were 0-2 on the PP; the Silvertips were 0-3. . . . Announced attendance: 3,183.
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At Victoria, F Ryan Peckford skated his way into the Royals’ record book as they roared to a 9-3 victory over the Saskatoon Blades. . . . Peckford had a goal and five assists, giving him a franchise-
RYAN PECKFORD
record six points. . . . Last season, as a freshman, Peckford had eight goals and three assists in 62 games. This season, the native of Stony Plain, Alta., has a goal and eight assists in 11 games. . . . Five players had shared the Royals’ single-game record of five points. . . . The Royals tied a franchise record for most goals in a game — as the Chilliwack Bruins (remember them?), they beat the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes 9-2 on Feb. 2, 2010. . . . Cleve Dheensaw of the Victoria Times Colonist also reported: “Two other franchise records were tied. Peckford matched the standard for most points in a period with four, previously accomplished by forward Oscar Moller in the third period at Tri-City on Oct. 19, 2007, when the franchise was the Bruins, and by defenceman Chaz Reddekopp in the third period in Everett on Dec. 17, 2014. Peckford and Phillips also tied the team record for most assists in a period with three each to match Reddekopp’s trio from that game in Everett two years ago.” . . . The Royals took control if this game with five first-period goals, the seventh time in franchise history they have done that. . . . F Regan Nagy had two goals and an assist for the Royals, with D Ryan Gagnon and F Matt Phillips adding three assists each. Phillips also hit a post on a first-period penalty shot. . . . Victoria was 3-6 on the PP; Saskatoon, now 1-1-0 in the B.C. Division, was 1-4. . . . G Griffen Outhouse stopped 20 shots for the winners. . . . G Brock Hamm of the Blades blocked 26. . . . The Royals (6-5-0) have won two in a row. . . . Saskatoon (5-3-1) had been 4-0-1 in its previous five games. . . . F Caleb Fantillo, acquired last week from the Medicine Hat Tigers, made his Saskatoon debut. . . . Announced attendance: 3,082.
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WEDNESDAY’S GAMES (all times local):

Swift Current at Kamloops, 7 p.m.
Everett at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.
Kootenay at Medicine Hat, 7 p.m.
Lethbridge at Moose Jaw, 7 p.m.

Saskatoon vs. Vancouver, at Langley, B.C., 7 p.m.

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