Wednesday, October 12, 2016

'Tips, Wheaties make deal . . . Blazers add 20-year-old d-man . . . Pats can't keep up with Jones

F Gilbert Brulé (Vancouver, 2002-06) has been traded by Medveščak Zagreb (Croatia, KHL) to Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk (Russia, KHL) for “compensation.” This season, with Zagreb, he had six goals and four assists in 16 games. It appears that Brulé may have asked for a trade. According to Zagreb's website, “Brulé, in a mutual agreement with the club, has decided to continue his career in Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk.” Nizhnekamsk reports that Brulé has signed a two-year contract with his new club.
The Everett Silvertips have acquired F Brad Goethals, 18, from the Brandon Wheat Kings for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2018 WHL bantam draft. . . . Goethals is expected to join the Silvertips at some point over the weekend. . . . Last season, playing for the midget AAA Eastman Selects, he led the Manitoba Midget Hockey League in goals (41) and points (74) in 43 games. In 83 games in that league, he put up 129 points, including 73 goals. . . . Goethals is from Ile-des-Chenes, Man., the hometown of Everett G Mario Petit. Goethals was teammates on the Selects with Everett D Montana Onyebuchi. . . . There was a time when Goethals appeared head to Bemidji State, but he later changed his mind and was in Brandon’s training camp prior to last season.
The Kamloops Blazers have claimed D Shaun Dosanjh, 20, off waivers from the Prince George Cougars. . . . The Blazers were looking to fill a roster spot created when they put veteran D Dallas Valentine, 20, on the long-term injury reserve list. He suffered an elbow injury during a 2-1 loss to the host Calgary Hitmen on Oct. 7. . . . From Richmond, B.C., Dosanjh was a third-round selection by the Vancouver Giants in the WHL’s 2011 bantam draft. He has six points, two of them goals, in 128 regular-season games, 85 with the Giants and 43 with the Cougars. . . . He was pointless in four games with Prince George this season. . . . Dosanjh joins F Collin Shirley and F Matt Revel as the Blazers’ 20-year-olds. . . . The Cougars now have three 20s on their roster — F Colby McAuley, D Sam Ruopp and G Ty Edmonds.
The Prince Albert Raiders trimmed two players from their roster on Wednesday. . . . F Evgeni Astrouski, 17, is expected to play for the AJHL’s Drumheller Dragons. A 10th-round pick in the 2015 bantam draft, he was pointless in one game with the Raiders. Evgeni is from Belarus but isn’t considered an import because he played some minor hockey in Edmonton. . . . D Lane Kirk, 16, is expected to join the MJHL’s Swan Valley Stampeders who play out of his hometown of Swan River. He was a fifth-round selection in the 2015 bantam draft. Kirk had one assist in three games with the Raiders this season.

Luke Osterman, 19, was selected by the Seattle Thunderbirds in the eighth round of the 2012 bantam draft. He is from Stillwater, Minn. . . . In 2014-15, as a freshman with the Thunderbirds, he had two goals in 45 games. Last season, he had one assist in 35 games. . . . The above tweet was posted Tuesday night, prior to Seattle’s 3-1 loss to the visiting Spokane Chiefs.
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At Kamloops, the Blazers got five goals from defencemen as they dusted the Spokane Chiefs, 6-1. . . . The Blazers have scored 15 goals in their only two games this season. They beat the Kelowna
Rockets, 9-2, on opening night. . . . D Dawson Davidson and D Ondrej Vala each scored twice for Kamloops, which got the game’s last six goals. . . . F Jaret Anderson-Dolan gave Spokane the lead with a PP goal at 2:20 of the first period. . . . Vala tied it at 13:46 and F Collin Shirley gave Kamloops the lead on a PP at 15:15. . . . Davidson and Vala scored their first two goals of the season, while D Nolan Kneen got his first. . . . G Quinn Benjafield drew three assists and F Nick Chyzowski had two. Kneen added an assist to his goal. . . . Kamloops G Connor Ingram stopped 29 shots with Hockey Canada goaltending coach Fred Brathwaite in the house. . . . Spokane starter Dawson Weatherill was beaten five times on 18 shots, with reliever Jayden Sittler coming in to stop 16 of 17 in 29:58. . . . Kamloops was 2-3 on the PP; Spokane was 1-5. . . . The Blazers (4-5-0) have won two in a row. . . . The Chiefs are 2-4-0. . . . The game featured the WHL’s two winningest active coaches. Don Hay of Kamloops now has 679 regular-season victories, 12 more than Spokane’s Don Nachbaur. . . . F Eli Zummack, 16, made his WHL debut with the Chiefs. From Kelowna, he was a second-round pick by the Red Deer Rebels in the 2015 bantam draft. Zummack was part of a Jan. 1 exchange in which F Adam Helewska went to Red Deer. . . . On a night when F Auston Matthews scored four goals in his first NHL game with the Toronto Maple Leafs, a reader of this blog points out that this game featured players named Sittler, Henderson, Mahovlich and Walton. . . . F Massimo Rizzo, taken 15th overall by the Blazers in the WHL’s 2016 bantam draft, made his BCHL debut with the Penticton Vees on Wednesday night. He was pointless as the host Vees ran their winning streak to eight games with a 3-1 victory over the Langley Rivermen. Rizzo plays for the Burnaby Winter Club team in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League. . . . Announced attendance: 3,623.

At Lethbridge, F Giorgio Estephan scored twice and added an assist to help the Hurricanes to a 5-2 victory over the Victoria Royals. . . . Estephan broke a 1-1 tie at 7:52 of the second period and the home boys scored the game’s next three goals. . . . F Brayden Burke added a goal and two assists for Lethbridge, while F Egor Babenko scored twice, giving him five. . . . The wines got 36 saves from G Stuart Skinner. . . . Victoria starter Griffen Outhouse gave up four goals on 23 shots in 44:07. Reliever Dylan Myskiw stopped three of four shots. . . . The Hurricanes (5-2-1) were 1-3 on the PP; the Royals (4-5-0) were 0-3. Victoria had won its previous two games. . . . The game marked the return of F Carter Folk, 20, to Lethbridge. After playing 171 games with the Hurricanes, he was dealt to Victoria on Sept. 12 as Lethbridge got down to three 20s. He was pointless last night. . . . Announced attendance: 2,757.
At Prince George, D Kevin Davis broke a 2-2 tie at 15:54 of the first period and the Everett Silvertips went on to a 6-3 victory over the Cougars. . . . The Silvertips (6-1-1) swept the two-game series in Prince George. The Cougars (8-2-0) had been unbeaten going into Tuesday’s game. . . . F Patrick Bajkov had a goal and two assists in the first period for Everett. He scored the game’s first goal, at 5:29, then drew an assist on F Riley Sutter’s PP goal at 7:36. . . . F Brogan O’Brien and F Aaron Boyd scored nine seconds apart to pull the Cougars even. . . . Davis then broke the tie, with Bajkov getting the primary assist. . . . F Graham Millar’s sixth goal made it 4-2 at 1:38 of the second period. Sutter’s second goal, at 2:51, upped the lead to 5-2. . . . Davis added an assist to his goal. . . . G Carter Hart blocked 19 shots for Everett. . . . Prince George starter Nick McBride gave up five goals on 13 shots in 22:51. Ty Edmonds came on in relief and stopped 13 of 14. . . . Everett was 3-7 on the PP; Prince George was 1-4. . . . Announced attendance: 2,534.

At Regina, D Caleb Jones scored off a 2-on-1 break with 54.6 seconds left in OT to give the Portland Winterhawks a 5-4 victory over the Pats. . . . The teams were tied 1-1 going into the third period, where they evenly split six goals. . . . Portland took a 3-1 lead on goals by F Evan Weinger and Colton Veloso before the period was five minutes old. . . . The Pats scored the next three goals — F Adam Brooks (5:33), F Sam Steel (7:21, PP) and F Filip Ahl (10:12, PP). . . . Portland D Keoni Teixeira forced OT with a 5-on-3 pP goal at 17:05. . . . Jones and F Lane Gilliss each had a goal and an assist for Portland, with F Ryan Hughes adding two assists. . . . Last season, Hughes had three goals and 10 assists in 71 games. This season, the 17-year-old from Edmonton has three goals and 10 assists in 10 games. . . . Brooks, the reigning WHL scoring champ, scored twice in his first game since returning from the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. . . . Steel added an assist to his sixth goal, while Ahl also had an assist, and D Connor Hobbs had two of them. . . . The game featured 103 shots on goal, 52 by Regina. . . . Portland G Michael Bullion stopped 47 shots, one more than Regina’s Tyler Brown. . . . Regina was 2-6 on the PP; Portland was 1-5. . . . Portland (7-3-0) went 4-2-0 on its East Division trip. . . . Regina (4-0-3) still is the only one of the WHL’s 22 teams not to lose in regulation time. . . . Announced attendance: 3,614.

THURSDAY’S GAMES (all times local):

No Games Scheduled.

FRIDAY’S GAMES (all times local):

Prince Albert at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.
Victoria at Edmonton, 7 p.m.
Saskatoon at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.
Regina vs. Kootenay, at Cranbrook, B.C., 7 p.m.
Vancouver at Lethbridge, 7 p.m.
Calgary at Medicine Hat, 7:30 p.m.
Moose Jaw at Red Deer, 7 p.m.
Prince George vs. Seattle, at Kent, Wash., 7:35 p.m.
Everett at Spokane, 7:05 p.m.
Kamloops vs. Tri-City, at Kennewick, Wash., 7:05 p.m.

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