As we head into 2017, here’s a look at the number of regular-season victories for each of the WHL’s 22 head coaches:
Don Hay, Kamloops 698
Don Nachbaur, Spokane 680
Mike Williamson, Tri-City 515
Brent Sutter, Red Deer 428
Marc Habscheid, Prince Albert 411
Kevin Constantine, Everett 307
Shaun Clouston, Medicine Hat 296
Mike Johnston, Portland 252
Dave Lowry, Victoria 243
Steve Konowalchuk, Seattle 192
Mark French, Calgary 101
John Paddock, Regina 97
Tim Hunter, Moose Jaw 84
Steve Hamilton, Edmonton 82
Brent Kisio, Lethbridge 64
Richard Matvichuk, Prince George 27
David Anning, Brandon, 27
Jason Smith, Kelowna 23
Emanuel Viveiros, Swift Current 20
Luke Pierce, Kootenay 20
Jason McKee, Vancouver 14
Dean Brockman, Saskatoon 14
At Kamloops, the Victoria Royals scored the game’s first six goals as they beat the Blazers, 6-1. . . .
Victoria got goals from six different players. . . . The Royals took control as F Matt Phillips got No. 26 at 17:31 of the first period and F Regan Nagy (11) counted 42 seconds into the second period. . . . F Tyler Soy added his 16th, shorthanded, at 11:09, with Jack Walker scoring his 20th, at 14:04. . . . F Dante Hannoun (15) made it 5-0 at 1:00 of the third period, with F Ethan Price (3) making it 6-0 at 13:03. . . . Kamloops F Nick Chyzowski scored his 10th goal at 18:47 of the third. . . . The Royals got two assists from F Vladimir Bobylev, with Walker, Phillips, Soy and Nagy each adding one. . . . Victoria D Chaz Reddekopp drew one assist, running his point streak to 11 games. He has four goals and 10 assists during that stretch. . . . G Griffen Outhouse blocked 30 shots to earn the victory. . . . Kamloops starter Dylan Ferguson gave up five goals on 36 shots in 41:00. Max Palaga finished up, surrendering one goal on seven shots in 18:59 in his regular-season debut. . . . The Blazers were 0-2 on the PP; the Royals were 0-3. . . . Victoria (21-15-4) has points in five straight (4-0-1). . . . The Blazers (23-15-2) had won their previous two games. . . . Announced attendance: 4,648.
At Moose Jaw, D James Shearer’s PP goal in OT gave the Brandon Wheat Kings a 2-1 victory over the
Warriors. . . . Shearer scored his fifth goal at 2:40 of extra time. . . . F Noah Gregor (20) had given Moose Jaw a 1-0 lead, on a PP, at 11:08 of the third period. . . . Brandon tied it when F Stelio Mattheos scored his 13th goal, on a PP, at 18:31 with G Jordan Papirny on the bench for the extra attacker. . . . F Ty Lewis had two assists for Brandon. . . . Wheat Kings F Reid Duke, who scored in OT to give host Brandon a 4-3 victory over Moose Jaw on Friday, drew an assist on Shearer’s goal. . . . Last night, the goaltenders stole the show, as they combined for 71 saves. . . . Papirny finished with 35 saves, one fewer than Moose Jaw’s Zach Sawchenko. . . . Brandon was 2-6 on the PP; Moose Jaw was 1-6. . . . Brandon was without F Connor Gutenberg and F Meyer Nell, both of whom left with undisclosed injuries during Friday’s first period. . . . The Wheat Kings (18-15-4) have won three in a row — one in a shootout and two in OT. . . . The Warriors (21-9-7) have points in three straight (1-0-2). . . . Announced attendance: 3,307.
At Portland, F Luke Ormsby broke a 2-2 tie at 10:22 of the third period as the Seattle Thunderbirds got
past the Winterhawks, 3-2. . . . Portland F Ryan Hughes gave his guys a 1-0 lead with his 14th goal, at 14:38 of the first period. . . . Seattle F Scott Eansor (18) tied it, shorthanded, at 11:50 of the second period. . . . F Cody Glass (20) got that one back for Portland, at 16:42. . . . Seattle pulled even when F Zack Andrusiak (4) scored at 5:26 of the third period. . . . Ormsby, who had an assist on Andrusiak’s goal, won it with his second goal of the season. . . . Andrusiak drew an assist on the winner. . . . Seattle G Rylan Toth stopped 20 shots, 10 fewer than Portland’s Cole Kehler. . . . Seattle was 0-4 on the PP; Portland was 0-5. . . . The Thunderbirds (19-14-4) had lost their previous two games (0-1-1). . . . The Winterhawks (21-18-1) had won their last two games, including a 2-1 victory over the host Thunderbirds on Friday night. . . . D Austin Strand, acquired Friday from the Red Deer Rebels, had an assist in his Seattle debut. . . . Announced attendance: 10,947.
Happy New Year from the Ams!! 🎉🎉🎉 Thanks for making us part of your New Year's Eve Tradition! #NoiseFTB pic.twitter.com/o9EVCDjOJa— Tri-City Americans (@TCAmericans) January 1, 2017
At Kennewick, Wash., F Tyler Sandhu scored two goals to help the Tri-City Americans to a 3-1 victory over the Spokane Chiefs. . . . One night earlier, the Americans won 6-3 in Spokane. . . . Last night, F Riley McKay’s second goal of the season gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at 13:32 of the first period. . . . Sandhu tied it on a PP at 8:46 of the second period. . . . Tri-City took the lead on F Vladislav Lukin’s 16th goal, at 12:38 of the third period. . . . Sandhu iced it with his 11th goal, an empty-netter on a PP, at 19:37. . . . Lukin also had two assists, as did D Parker Wotherspoon. . . . The Americans got 29 saves from G Rylan Parenteau, while Spokane’s Jayden Sittler turned aside 30 shots. . . . Tri-City was 2-5 on the PP; Spokane was 0-3. . . . The Americans (22-16-3) have won two straight games. . . . The Chiefs (15-16-6) have lost two in a row. . . . Announced attendance: 5,869.
SUNDAY’S GAMES (all times local):
Calgary at Edmonton, 2 p.m.
Prince Albert at Regina, 4 p.m.
Swift Current at Saskatoon, 2:05 p.m.
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