Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Pats roll in Edmonton ... Balcers' brace beats Everett ... Walter sparks Ice ... Bondra fills hat

F Dominik Volek (Regina, Red Deer, Vancouver, 2011-14) has been assigned on loan by Sparta Prague (Czech Republic, Extraliga) to České Budějovice (Czech Republic, 1. Liga) for one month. This season, he was pointless in one game with Sparta Prague. . . .
F Ben Walker (Victoria, 2011-14) has signed a tryout contract with České Budějovice (Czech Republic, 1. Liga). Last season, he had a goal and two assists in 16 games with the Manitoba Moose (AHL), and seven goals and four assists in 36 games with the Tulsa Oilers (ECHL).
F Taylor Sanheim of the Calgary Hitmen has been hit with a TBD suspension by the WHL office after he took a checking-from-behind major and game misconduct against the host Everett Silvertips on Tuesday night. . . . Sanheim hit Everett D Noah Juulsen from behind late in the first period. Juulsen went to the dressing room, then returned for the start of the second period. He played a couple of PP shifts, picking up an assist on one of the four goals Everett scored on the major penalty, then left the game. He took off his gear and watched the remainder of the game from the press box.
The Portland Winterhawks have acquired F Ty Westgard, 18, from the Victoria Royals for a conditional 10th-round selection in the 2019 WHL bantam draft.  Westgard, from White Rock, B.C., has one goal in two games this season. He has been out with an undisclosed injury since early in the season. . . . Last season, Westgard had three assists in 21 games with the Royals, and 22 points, seven of them goals, in 25 games with the BCHL’s Surrey Eagles. . . . He was an eighth-round pick by Victoria in the 2013 bantam draft. . . . Westgard won’t be joining the Winterhawks, at least not immediately. Rather, he has been added to Surrey’s roster, as has F Josh Bruce, 18, who was acquired by the Vancouver Giants from the Saskatoon Blades on Oct. 19. . . . Surrey also dealt D Trent Huitema, 18, to the Prince George Spruce Kings for future considerations. Huitema began the season with the Spokane Chiefs, but was released on Nov. 5 and joined the Eagles.
The junior B Princeton Posse of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League fired general manager and head coach Geoff Goodman on Wednesday. The Posse also fired associate coach Lance Vaillancourt. . . . Goodman had been in his second season with the Posse. . . . The Posse is 5-15-2 and in fifth place in the five-team Okanagan Division. . . . There was no indication given Wednesday night as to who now is running the Posse’s bench.


At Edmonton, the Regina Pats erased a 2-0 deficit and went on to beat the Oil Kings, 4-2. . . . If was
Regina’s first road game on a trip that will take it into the B.C. Division. . . . The Pats (15-0-3) have won 11 in a row and remain the only one of the CHL’s 60 teams not to have lost in regulation time. . . . Regina is on the longest undefeated streak to begin a season in franchise history. . . . The Oil Kings (8-10-2) had won their previous three games. . . . Edmonton’s two-goal lead came on goals from F Davis Murray (2), at 18:30 of the first period, and F Lane Bauer (11), at 4:45 of the second. . . . Regina F Sam Steel cut the deficit in half with his 17th goal, on a PP, at 19:45. He’s got goals in six straight games. . . . Regina D Connor Hobbs tied it with his seventh at 13:07 of the third period. . . . Pats D Chase Harrison broke the tie with his fifth goal, at 17:38. . . . F Nick Henry of the Pats got the empty-netter at 19:52. . . . Steel also had two assists, while Hobbs added one to his goal. . . . Harrison now is riding a WHL-high 13-game point streak, while F Adam Brooks, who had one assist, is on a 12-game streak. . . . Regina G Jordan Hollett stopped 15 shots in running his record to 6-0-1. . . . The Oil Kings got 39 saves from Patrick Dea. . . . Regina was 1-3 on the PP; Edmonton was 0-1. . . . Announced attendance: 5,698.

At Kamloops, F Rudolfs Balcers scored his second goal of the game just 11 seconds into OT to give the
Blazers a 2-1 victory over the Everett Silvertips. . . . Balcers was offside off the OT-opening face-off. He and F Deven Sideroff created a 2-on-1 off the ensuing faceoff, then played give-and-go, with Balzers tucking the winner into an open net. . . . The Latvian freshman has 13 goals. . . . Sideroff drew two assists. . . . Everett got its goal from F Orrin Centazzo, his first WHL score, at 12:12 of the second period. . . . Balcers tied it at 15:31 of the second. . . . Kamloops G Connor Ingram was sharp, with 33 saves, while Everett’s Carter Hart stopped 21. . . . Ingram and Hart both are expected to be invited to the Canadian national junior team’s selection camp next month. . . . Everett was 0-1 on the PP; Kamloops was 0-3. . . . The Blazers improved to 12-10-1. . . . The Silvertips are 15-2-4, including 7-0-3 in their last 10. The loser point moved them into a tie with the idle Prince George Cougars atop the overall standings. . . . The Silvertips are 6-0-1 in their last seven visits to Kamloops. In its last 13 games against Kamloops, Everett is 11-0-2. . . . Announced attendance: 3,515.
At Lethbridge, G Jakob Walter stopped 40 shots and F Zak Zborosky and D Cale Fleury each scored
twice to lead the Kootenay Ice to a 4-1 victory over the Hurricanes. . . . Walter, who earned his first WHL victory, stopped 20 shots in the third period as the Ice spent most of it with a 2-0 lead. . . . Zborosky, who has 16 goals, struck at 16:37 of the second period and 4:12 of the third for a 2-0 lead. . . . Fleury’s third goal made it 3-0 at 17:49. . . . Lethbridge F Tanner Nagel got his second goal, at 18:01 of the third. . . . Fleury added the empty-netter at 19:23. . . . The Hurricanes got 29 saves from G Stuart Skinner. . . . Each team was 0-3 on the PP. . . . The Ice (4-12-5) had lost its previous five games (0-4-1). The victory lifted the Ice over the Prince Albert Raiders and out of the WHL basement. . . . The Hurricanes (7-10-3) have lost four in a row (0-3-1). . . . Ice D Troy Murray had one assist and was plus-4. . . . F Ryan Bowen, who was acquired by Lethbridge from Moose Jaw in the deal that had F Brayden Burke move to the Warriors, made his debut with the Hurricanes. . . . F Peyton Krebs, the first overall selection in the 2016 WHL bantam draft, made his WHL debut with the Ice. He drew the primary assist on Zborosky’s second goal. . . . Announced attendance: 2,696.

At Kennewick, Wash., F Tyler Sandhu had a goal and his 100th career assist to help the Tri-City
Americans to a 5-1 victory over the Calgary Hitmen. . . . The Americans (14-7-1) have won two straight. . . . The Hitmen (7-8-2) have lost three in a row and been outscored 20-4 in the process. . . . Tri-City scored the game’s first five goals. . . . F Morgan Geekie got it started with his 11th goal, on a PP, at 13:01 of the first period. . . . D Parker Wotherspoon made it 2-0 with his fifth goal, on another PP, at 8:46 of the second. . . . The Americans then got a shorthanded score from Sandhu, his second goal this season, at 19:32. . . . D Juuso Valimaki, with his fourth, and F Michael Rasmussen, with his WHL-leading 18th, added third-period goals for the winners. . . . Tri-City got three assists from F Vladislav Lukin. . . . Valimaki, Geekie and Rasmussen each had one assist. . . . Americans G Evan Sarthou, in his first home start of the season, blocked 24 shots. He lost his shutout bid when D Micheal Zipp (2) scored at 11:48 of the third period. . . . Kyle Dumba stopped 17 shots for Calgary. . . . Tri-City was 2-7 on the PP; Calgary was 0-6. . . . In its last three games, the Hitmen have surrendered nine PP goals on 17 opportunities, and they have surrendered three SH goals. . . . Tri-City opened a nine-game homestand with this victory. It now is 7-1-0 at home. . . . The Hitmen continue to be without D Jake Bean (hand). They also were without F Taylor Sanheim (suspended). . . . Announced attendance: 2,909.

At Langley, B.C., F Radovan Bondra scored three times and added an assist as the Vancouver Giants
opened up a 4-0 lead en route to a 5-3 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders. . . . Bondra, who has 15 goals, opened the scoring at 6:48 of the first period. . . . D Matt Barberis (3) made it 2-0 at 8:21 and Bondra scored on a penalty shot at 10:34. . . . F Thomas Foster’s fourth goal, at 2:07 of the second period, gave the home side a 4-0 edge. . . . The Raiders, who are 0-4-0 on a B.C. Division trip that ends Friday in Prince George, got their first goal from F Cole Fonstad (3) at 16:03. . . . Bondra completed his hat trick at 8:37 of the third. He had 15 goals in 58 games last season. . . . Prince Albert made it close on two late goals from F Cavin Leth (3) and F Sean Montgomery (6). . . . F Ty Ronning had two assists for Vancouver, while Foster added one. . . . Fonstad also had an assist for the Raiders. . . . Vancouver got 24 saves from G David Tendeck. . . . Raiders starter Ian Scott gave up four goals on 11 shots in 22:07, with Nick Sanders coming on in relief to stop 11 of 12. Scott has failed to finish each of his last three starts and four of five. . . . The Raiders were 1-5 on the PP; Vancouver was 0-2. . . . The Giants improved to 10-12-0. . . . Prince Albert now is 5-15-1. . . . Announced attendance: 2,878.

THURSDAY’S GAME (all times local):

Moose Jaw at Saskatoon, 7:05 p.m.

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