Thanks to the @spokanechiefs for all they have done for me. With that being said, very excited for the opportunity with the @SeattleTbirds !— Matt Berlin (@mattberlin31) October 7, 2016
It seems that G Matt Berlin is on the move. According to his Twitter account, he is joining the Seattle Thunderbirds after having been dropped by the Spokane Chiefs.
Late Friday night, the Chiefs tweeted that they have traded Berlin to Seattle for an undisclosed conditional selection in the 2018 WHL bantam draft.
Berlin got into six games with the Chiefs last season, going 1-1-2, 4.38, .851.
He started this season with them, too, but played just 10 minutes before being dropped from the roster. He apparently was going to join the AJHL’s Drayton Valley Thunder.
Now, however, it seems he will be with the Thunderbirds.
Berlin, 18, from Edmonton, was a seventh-round pick by the Chiefs in the 2013 WHL bantam draft.
In Seattle, Berlin will join two other goaltenders — Rylan Toth, 20, who was acquired from the Red Deer Rebels on Sept. 16, and Carl Stankowski, 16, who was a second-round pick in the 2014 bantam draft.
Toth went the distance on Friday night in a 3-1 victory over the visiting Victoria Royals.
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Bill at Wrigley tonight. Lol pic.twitter.com/siittrLCUk— James Carroll (@643equals2) October 8, 2016
At Brandon, F Nolan Patrick forced OT and then scored the lone goal of a shootout as the Wheat Kings beat the Swift Current Broncos, 4-3. . . . Patrick tied the game 3-3 with his third goal of the season, at 19:13 of the third period. . . . F Aleksi Heponiemi had given the Broncos a 3-2 lead at 9:15 of the third. . . . F Riley Stottls scored twice for the Broncos, giving him three goals. From Winnipeg, he was the 10th overall pick in the 2015 bantam draft. . . . F Tanner Kaspick had a goal and an assist for Brandon (2-1-1), while F Ty Lewis had two assists. . . . The Broncos (4-2-1), who had won two straight, got two assists from D Sahvan Khaira. . . . Brandon G Logan Thompson stopped 21 shots, 10 fewer than Travis Child of the Broncos. . . . The Wheaties were 1-2 on the PP; Swift Current was 0-5. . . . Announced attendance: 3,650.
At Calgary, the Hitmen scored two third-period PP goals and beat the Kamloops Blazers, 2-1. . . . F Quinn Benjafield had given the visitors a 1-0 lead at 17:57 of the first period. . . . F Carsen Twarynski tied the score 27 seconds into the third period. . . . F Matteo Gennaro got the winner at 14:14. . . . The Calgary PP unit had been 0-19 before Twarynski’s goal. . . . Calgary G Cody Porter blocked 27 shots, while Connor Ingram of the Blazers turned aside 34. . . . Calgary (3-1-0) was 2-6 on the PP; Kamloops was 0-4. . . . The Blazers (2-5-0) have lost three in a row. After opening the season at home, with a 9-2 victory over the Kelowna Rockets, they are nearing the end of a seven-game road swing that wraps up Saturday night in Medicine Hat. . . . Calgary had its full lineup in place for the first time as all eight of its NHL campers are back and played. D Jake Bean, who was with the Carolina Hurricanes for three weeks, drew one assist. . . . The Blazers had G Max Palaga of the major midget Thompson Blazers backing up Ingram. Dylan Ferguson hasn’t played since suffering an ankle injury in the first period of Game 2. Carter Phair took a shot to the head during practice on Thursday and was unavailable. . . . Kamloops lost F Garrett Pilon after he took a hard hit from Gennaro late in the second period. Pilon went to the dressing room and never returned. . . . Announced attendance: 5,745.
At Edmonton, G Michael Herringer earned the shutout and F Calvin Thurkauf scored the goal as the Kelowna Rockets beat the Oil Kings, 1-0. . . . Herringer, 20, stopped 38 shots in putting up his first shutout of this season and the fourth of his career. . . . Thurkauf broke the scoreless tie at 11:18 of the third period. He’s got three goals this season. . . . Edmonton G Liam Hughes turned aside 33 shots. . . . Kelowna (3-4-0), which has won two in a row, was 0-4 on the PP; Edmonton was 0-5. . . . The Oil Kings (2-3-1) have lost four in a row (0-3-1). . . . Announced attendance: 12,781.
At Everett, F Michael Rasmussen scored twice to lead the Tri-City Americans to a 4-1 victory over the Silvertips. . . . This was the third straight game between the teams; the Americans won two of them. . . . F Dominic Zwerger gave the hosts a 1-0 lead 30 seconds into the game. . . . Tri-City pulled even at 1:18 on F Dakota Krebs’ first WHL goal. . . . Rasmussen, who has a WHL-leading eight goals, broke the tie at 13:31. . . . F Max James provided insurance with a shorthanded goal at 4:27 of the third. . . . Rasmussen added a PP goal at 15:00. . . . F Morgan Geekie had three assists for the Americans (3-3-0). . . . G Nic Sanders stopped 29 shots for the victory. . . . The Silvertips (4-1-1) got 23 stops from Carter Hart. . . . The Americans were 2-3 on the PP; the Silvertips were 0-6. . . . Announced attendance: 3,908.
At Moose Jaw, the Portland Winterhawks scored the game’s last five goals and beat the Warriors, 5-2. . . . The Warriors led 2-0 on first-period goals by F Brett Howden, at 10:48, and F Ryan Bowen, on a PP, at 13:20. . . . F Lane Gilliss got Portland on the board at 13:49 and F Skyler McKenzie, on a PP, pulled the visitors even at 17:03. . . . McKenzie’s seventh goal of the season, at 4:13 of the second period, proved to be the winner. . . . F Cody Glass, who leads the WHL scoring derby, had Portland’s last two goals. He also had an assist. . . . Glass has 15 points in seven games, two more than F Chad Butcher of the Medicine Hat Tigers, who has played six games. . . . F Ryan Hughes had two assists for Portland (5-2-0), which is 2-1-0 on its East Division tour. . . . Hughes, 17, has 10 points in seven games. Last season, as a freshman, he put up 13 points in 71 games. . . . The Warriors (3-1-2) lost for the first time in regulation. . . . G Cole Kehler stopped 20 shots for Moose Jaw, while Brody Willms blocked 37 at the other end. . . . The Winterhawks held a 19-1 edge in shots in the second period. . . . Portland was 1-3 on the PP; Moose Jaw was 1-4. . . . The Winterhawks had Latvian F Rodrigo Abols, 20, in the lineup after a three-game absence. He had one assist. . . . Portland didn’t dress Danish F Joachim Blichfeld. . . . Announced attendance: 3,204.
At Prince George, the Cougars ran their season-opening winning streak to seven games as they beat the Vancouver Giants, 5-2. . . . The Cougars (7-0-0) are the CHL’s top-ranked team. . . . The Giants jumped to a quick 2-0 lead but weren’t able to score again. F Thomas Foster made it 1-0 just 57 seconds into the game and F Jack Flaman scored his fourth goal for a 2-0 lead at 2:53. . . . Cougars F Jesse Gabrielle, just back from the camp of the Boston Bruins, then figured in three quick goals as the home side took control. He drew the primary assist on a PP goal from F Kody McDonald at 11:17. Gabrielle then scored a PP goal at 12:31 and his shorthanded score at 14:00 gave the Cougars their first lead. . . . F Janson Harkins added two assists for the Cougars, while F Josh Curtis and F Yan Khomenko each had a goal and an assist. . . . Prince George G Ty Edmonds stopped 24 shots. The Giants (1-6-0) got 30 saves from Ryan Kubic. . . . The Cougars were 2-4 on the PP; the Giants were 0-3. . . . Announced attendance: 3,014.
Hey @NYIslanders fans. In @TheWHL action @tigershockey @Dquenneville19 has 🎩🎩🎩 in 6-3 win vs. Red Deer. Hope family brought hats from home!— Craig Button (@CraigJButton) October 8, 2016
At Red Deer, D David Quenneville scored three times to lead the Medicine Hat Tigers to a 6-3 victory over the Rebels. . . . The Tigers overcame a 3-2 deficit with four third-period goals, two of them from Quenneville, who has four goals this season. . . . Last season, Quenneville had 14 goals — including two two-goal games — in 64 games. As a freshman, in 2014-15, he scored six times in 66 games. . . . Red Deer F Michael Spacek scored twice to give his guys a 2-1 lead early in the second period. . . . Tigers F Mark Rassell tied it at 10:39, only to have Red Deer F Evan Polei put the home side out front again, at 12:27. . . . The Tigers then scored three straight PP goals to take control. F Chad Butcher counted at 3:54 of the third period and Quenneville completed his hat trick with goals at 4:08 and 14:07. . . . Butcher added three assists to his goal, while F Steve Owre also had three helpers. Medicine Hat got a goal and two assists from F Mason Shaw. . . . Red Deer F Austin Pratt had two assists. . . . G Nick Schneider stopped 37 shots for the Tigers, 10 more than Red Deer’s Riley Lamb. . . . While the Tigers went 4-7 on the PP, the Rebels were 0-7. . . . The Tigers (5-1-0) have won five straight games. . . . The Rebels are 2-3-2. . . . F Adam Musil played his 200th regular-season game, all with Red Deer. . . . Announced attendance: 4,329.
At Regina, F Keenan Taphorn scored at 4:06 of OT to give the Kootenay Ice a 4-3 victory over the Pats. . . . Taphorn, a 16-year-old freshman from Yorkton, Sask., has two goals this season. . . . The Ice jumped out to a 3-0 first-period lead on two goals from F Zak Zborosky, who is from Regina, and one from F Matt Alfaro. . . . Zborosky has six goals. . . . F Lane Zablocki got Regina’s first goal, at 1:10 of the second period and D Sergey Zborovskiy pulled the Pats to within a goal at 4:28. . . . This is believed to be the first game in WHL history in which players whose last names begin with ‘Z’ scored four of first five goals. . . . F Dawson Leedahl forced OT when he scored a PP goal at 2:43 of the third period. . . . F Vince Loschiavo had two assists for the Ice (1-3-2). . . . F Jake Leschyshyn had three helpers for Regina (3-0-2), while Zablock added one to his goal. . . . Each team was 1-5 on the PP. . . . Regina F Austin Wagner was ejected at 9:50 of the first period as he incurred a checking-from-behind major. . . . Announced attendance: 3,958.
The @SeattleTbirds have not had a regulation loss at home on a Friday in the regular season since 11/21/14. They are 12-0-2-0 since then.— TBird Tidbits (@TBirdTidbits) October 8, 2016
At Kent, Wash., F Alexander True scored the game’s first two goals early in the second period and the Seattle Thunderbirds went on to a 3-1 victory over the Victoria Royals. . . . True, who has four goals, scored at 1:33 and 5:36 and the Thunderbirds (2-2-0) took it from there. . . . F Sami Moilanen and F Cavin Leth drew the assists on both True goals, the second of which came via the PP. . . . F Nolan Volcan gave Seattle a 3-0 lead at 3:09 of the third period. . . . Victoria D Chaz Reddekopp scored a PP goal at 12:14. . . . G Rylan Toth stopped 28 shots for Seattle. . . . The Royals (2-4-0) got 24 stops from Dylan Myskiw. . . . The Thunderbirds were 1-4 on the PP; the Royals were 1-6. . . . Announced attendance: 4,346.
At Spokane, the Lethbridge Hurricanes struck for three first-period PP goals en re route to a 5-3 victory over the Chiefs. . . . F Tyler Wong scored PP goals at 2:59 and 17:01 of the first period and F Ryley Lindgren added another at 17:34. . . . Wong drew an assist on Lindgren’s goal, while F Giorgio Estephan had assists on two of the first three goals. . . . F Pavel Kousal got Spokane on the board at 19:44 of the first. . . . Lethbridge F Egor Babenko scored what proved to be the winner at 1:31 of the second period. . . . F Keanu Yamamoto had a goal and an assist for Spokane, while his brother, Kailer, had two assists. . . . Lethbridge (4-2-0) was 3-6 on the PP; Spokane (1-2-0) was 2-5. . . . G Stuart Skinner stopped 30 shots for the winners. Jayden Sittler, whom the Chiefs acquired from Lethbridge over the summer, gave up five goals on 13 shots. Dawson Weatherill made his Spokane debut in relief and stopped all five shots he saw. . . . Announced attendance: 4,610.
SATURDAY’S GAMES (all times local):
Kamloops at Medicine Hat, 7:30 p.m.
Kootenay at Moose Jaw, 7 p.m.
Vancouver at Prince George, 7 p.m.
Kelowna at Red Deer, 7 p.m.
Brandon at Regina, 7 p.m.
Portland at Saskatoon, 7:05 p.m.
Victoria at Spokane, 7:05 p.m.
Prince Albert at Swift Current, 7 p.m.
Lethbridge vs. Tri-City, at Kennewick, Wash., 7:05 p.m.
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