Thursday, December 1, 2016

Pats make Smart deal . . . Hitmen make two moves . . . Hart, Ingram on fire

The Regina Pats have acquired D Jonathan Smart, 17, from the Kelowna Rockets in exchange for D James Hilsendager, 19, and F Erik Gardiner, 17.
Smart, the 22nd overall selection in the 2014 WHL bantam draft, has three goals in 14 assists in 68
games with the Rockets over two seasons. He is the son of former WHL F Jason Smart and the grandson of long-time scout Russ Smart.
This season, the 6-foot-0, 195-pound Smart, who is from Kelowna, has one goal and six assists in 24 games. He is eligible for the NHL’s 2017 draft and is rated as a potential fourth- to sixth-round selection.
Hilsendager, from Lloydminster, Alta., has one goal and 17 assists in 135 career regular-season games. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder was a ninth round pick by Regina in the 2012 bantam draft. This season, he has three assists in 18 games.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Gardiner, a second-round selection in the 2014 bantam draft, is playing in his hometown with the SJHL’s Humboldt Broncos. He has 14 points, including 10 goals, in 14 games. In four games with the Pats — two each in 2014-15 and this season — he has one assist. He is the younger brother of former Prince Albert Raiders F Reid Gardiner.
The Calgary Hitmen have acquired D Brady Reagan, 19, from the Lethbridge Hurricanes in exchange for a fourth-round selection in the 2017 WHL bantam draft. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Reagan, from Calgary, has nine goals and 28 assists in 184 career regular-season games. . . . He was a second-round pick by the Regina Pats in the 2012 bantam draft. He played 61 games over three seasons with Regina before being traded to Lethbridge during the 2014-15 season. This season, Reagan had a goal and four assists in 18 games with the Hurricanes. He was suspended by the Hurricanes on Oct. 28 for “violating team rules.” Reagan returned to the lineup on Nov. 16 after sitting for six games.
The Calgary Hitmen have placed F Taylor Sanheim, 20, on waivers. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder is from Elkhorn, Man. He has two goals and five assists in 18 games this season. In 132 career regular-season games, all with Calgary, he put up 51 points, including 12 goals. . . . The move leaves the Hitmen with two 20-year-olds — F Tyler Mrkonjic and D Micheal Zipp, who is the team’s captain. . . . On Monday, the Lethbridge Hurricanes waived D Kord Pankewicz, 20, leaving them with F Tyler Wong, their captain, and F Ryley Lindgren as the 20s. The Hurricanes then added D Shaun Dosanjh, 20, off waivers from the Kamloops Blazers.
F Radovan Bondra will be leaving the Vancouver Giants on Dec. 16 to play for Slovakia at the World Junior Championship in Toronto and Montreal. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Bondra has 17 goals and 10 assists in 26 games, after totalling 30 points, 15 of them goals, in 58 games as a freshman last season. The Chicago Blackhawks selected Bondra, 19, in the fifth round of the NHL’s 2016 draft.
D Vladislav Yeryomenko of the Calgary Hitmen has been named to Team Belarus for the IIHF World Junior Championship (Division I, Group A) that is scheduled for Dec. 11-17 in Bremerhaven, Germany. Also in that event will be teams from Austria, France, Kazakhstan and Norway. . . . Yeryomenko, 17, has one goal and three assists in 19 games with the Hitmen. He will be in Calgary’s lineup for two weekend road games — against the Swift Current Broncos on Friday and Moose Jaw Warriors on Saturday — before leaving on Sunday.
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At Everett, G Carter Hart stopped 20 shots in posting his third straight shutout, all on home ice, as the
Silvertips beat the Kootenay Ice, 5-0. . . . Hart was one of three goaltenders named to the Canadian national junior team’s selection camp roster on Tuesday. . . . Hart has four shutouts this season and 14 in his career. He blanked the Seattle Thunderbirds, 3-0, on Nov. 23 and beat the Prince George Cougars, 3-0, on Saturday. He has made 83 saves in his three blank jobs. . . . Hart leads the WHL in shutouts (4), GAA (1.59) and save percentage (.939). He also owns the franchise record for longest shutout streak. The previous record (178:14) was held by David Reekie (2006-07). . . . F Bryce Kindopp scored twice for Everett, giving him five. He got the eventual winner at 8:24 of the first period. . . . D Kevin Davis had two assists, with F Eetu Tuulola adding a goal, his sixth, and two assists. . . . F Bradly Goethals scored his second goal, on a PP, in three games. . . . Ice G Payton Lee stopped 39 shots. . . . Everett was 2-5 on  the PP; Kootenay was 0-2. . . . The Silvertips (19-3-4) have won four in a row. They are back within a point of the Medicine Hat Tigers (21-5-1), who lead the overall standings and have won 10 in a row. The Tigers are scheduled to play in Everett on Friday night. . . . The Ice (5-17-6) has lost four straight. . . . Announced attendance: 2,716.

At Kamloops, G Connor Ingram made 52 saves and F Deven Sideroff scored the OT winner as the
Blazers beat the Seattle Thunderbirds, 4-3. . . . Ingram stopped 17, 19 and 16 shots by period. The lone period in which the Blazers held an edge in shots was in OT when they had the only three shots on goal. . . . Ingram was one of three goaltenders invited to the Canadian national junior team’s selection camps on Tuesday. . . . “That was one of the best goaltending efforts I’ve seen since I’ve been in the league,” Kamloops head coach Don Hay said. Hay was coaching in his 1,244th regular-season WHL game. He won his 690th game last night. . . . F Deven Sideroff won the game at 1:03 of OT, scoring his 14th goal on a PP. . . . F Rudolfs Balcers gave Kamloops a 1-0 lead with his 16th goal, just 17 seconds into the first period. . . . Seattle took a 2-1 lead on goals from D Ethan Bear (8), at 19:42 of the first period, and F Mathew Barzal (2), at 7:50 of the second. . . . Sideroff tied it while shorthanded at 19:07. . . . F Spencer Bast gave the Blazers a 3-2 lead at 2:00 of the third period. . . . The Thunderbirds tied it three minutes later when F Ryan Gropp, who is from Kamloops, scored on a PP. He’s got six goals. . . . F Garrett Pilon had three assists for Kamloops. . . . Barzal and Gropp added an assist each. . . . Seattle G Matt Berlin stopped 17 shots in losing for the first time in four decisions. With starter Rylan Toth nicked up, Berlin made his third straight start. . . . Kamloops was 1-2 on the PP; Seattle was 1-5. . . . The Blazers (15-12-1) had lost their previous two games. . . . The Thunderbirds (13-9-3) are 2-0-1 in their last three. . . . Kamloops F Matt Revel played in his 300th regular-season game. He played the first 104 of those with the Saskatoon Blades. In 300 career games, he has 167 points, including 68 goals. . . . Announced attendance: 3,184, the seventh-smallest crowd in the history of the Sandman Centre, which opened in the fall of 1992.

At Lethbridge, F Giorgio Estephan scored twice and set up another goal as the Hurricanes skated to a 5-
1 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders. . . . The home team scored the game’s first four goals, with D Calen Addison opening the scoring with his fourth goal at 6:10 of the first period. . . . F Tyler Wong (17) upped the lead to 2-0 at 13:13 of the second period and Estephan, who has 12 goals, added insurance at 15:26 and again 25 seconds into the third period. . . . Addison and F Ryley Lindgren each had a goal and an assist for Lethbridge. . . . The Hurricanes got 24 saves from G Stuart Skinner. . . . Prince Albert G Ian Scott stopped 36 shots. . . . The Hurricanes were 1-4 on the PP; the Raiders were 0-3. . . . F Kolby Johnson, who moved to Prince Albert from Prince George in the deal that had D Brendan Guhle go to the Cougars, was a scratch for a third straight game. . . . The Hurricanes (12-11-3) have won five in a row. . . . The Raiders (5-20-1) have lost nine straight games. . . . Announced attendance: 2,869.

At Red Deer, F Adam Musil’s second goal of the game, this one in OT, gave the Rebels a 4-3 victory over
the Saskatoon Blades. . . . The Rebels overcame a 3-1 deficit by counting the game’s last three goals. . . . Musil’s eighth goal of the season won it at 3:41 of OT. . . . Red Deer D Colton Bobyk was credited with the game’s first goal, at 14:27 of the first period, but it was later changed to Musil. . . . The Blades scored the next three goals. . . . F Wyatt Sloboshan (4) tied the score at 15:23 of the first period. D Jackson Caller gave the visitors the lead with his first WHL goal, at 10:05 of the second period. F Gage Ramsay made it 3-1 with his third goal, on a PP, at 5:40 of the third. . . . Red Deer F Evan Polei (10) started the comeback at 5:57. . . . F Austin Pratt (8) tied the score at 9:39. . . . The Rebels got two assists from each of D Josh Mahura and F Michael Spacek. . . . G Lasse Petersen stopped 21 shots to earn the victory. . . . The Blades got 31 saves from G Brock Hamm. . . . Each team was 1-4 on the PP. . . . The post-game scoring change allowed Bobyk to run his assist streak to 11 games. . . . The Rebels now are 13-11-4. . . . The Blades (10-17-1) have lost two straight. . . . Announced attendance: 4,008.

At Spokane, the Portland Winterhawks rode two early PP goals to a 2-1 victory over the Chiefs. . . . F Cody Glass scored his 14th goal at 3:31 of the first period and F Ryan Hughes (11) made it 2-0 at 6:38. . . . Spokane F Keanu Yamamoto got his ninth goal at 17:55 of the third period with G Jayden Sittler on the bench for an extra attacker. . . . G Cole Kehler, who was acquired from the Kamloops Blazers during the offseason, turned aside 34 shots for Portland as he improved his numbers to 12-7-0, 2.76, .916. He has won six straight starts. The Winterhawks gave up a conditional eighth-round pick in the 2018 bantam draft for Kehler, who turns 19 on Dec. 17. . . . The Chiefs got 38 saves from Sittler. . . . Portland was 2-3 on the PP; Spokane was 0-2. . . . The Winterhawks (14-12-1) have at least a point in seven straight games (6-0-1). . . . Spokane (10-10-5) has lost two in a row. . . . The Chiefs, who are without F Kailer Yamamoto, their best player, dressed only 17 skaters, one under the maximum. That included just 10 forwards. . . . Announced attendance: 3,193.
At Kennewick, Wash., the Kelowna Rockets struck for the game’s first three goals and went on to a 4-1
victory over the Tri-City Americans. . . . D Nolan Foote (4) got things started at 10:01 of the first period, with F Jordan Borstmayer (3) upping it to 2-0 at 16:20. . . . F Kole Lind made it 3-0 with his 14th goal at 13:02 of the second period. He has goals in five straight games and eight of nine. His 14th goal came in his 26th game; last season, he finished with 14 goals in 70 games. . . . F Vladislav Lukin’s 13th goal got Tri-City on the scoreboard at 8:25 of the third period. . . . Kelowna F Tomas Soustal (12) closed out the scoring at 17:46. . . . Soustal and Lind added an assist each to their goals. . . . Kelowna G Michael Herringer stopped 20 shots. . . . The Americans got 41 saves from Rylan Parenteau. . . . The Rockets were 0-2 on the PP; the Americans were 0-3. . . . F Jake Kryski was back in Kelowna’s lineup after a three-game absence. . . . The Rockets (15-11-0) have won two straight. . . . The Americans are 16-10-2. . . . Announced attendance: 2,385.
At Victoria, F Zach Russell’s second goal of the season broke a 3-3 tie at 16”32 of the third period and
gave the Brandon Wheat Kings a 4-3 victory over the Royals. . . . Russell, a 17-year-old from Calgary, was traded by the Royals to the Wheat Kings for a sixth-round selection in the 2017 WHL bantam draft, on Nov. 10. . . . The Wheat Kings held 2-0 and 3-1 leads in this one. . . . F Reid Duke (16) and F Tanner Kaspick (11) scored 27 seconds apart late in the first period for that 2-0 lead. . . . F Matt Phillips, who scored all three Victoria goals, cut into the deficit at 17:25, just 21 seconds after Kaspick had scored on a PP. . . . F Ty Lewis gave Brandon a 3-1 lead with his 15th goal, at 11:24 of the second period. . . . Phillips completed his third career hat trick with goals at 2:02 and 13:45 of the third period. . . . Duke also had two assists, while Lewis and Kaspick each had one. . . . Victoria got two assists from each of F Ryan Peckford and F Dante Hannoun. . . . Brandon G Jordan Papirny blocked 29 shots, as did Victoria’s Dylan Myskiw. . . . Brandon was 1-3 on the PP; Victoria was 1-7. . . . The Wheat Kings (13-9-2) had lost their previous two games. This was Game 1 of a seven-game road trip for Brandon. . . . Injured F Nolan Patrick didn’t make the trip west with his teammates. . . . The Royals (14-12-2) have lost three in a row. They are without veteran F Tyler Soy, who is out with an undisclosed injury. . . . Announced attendance: 4,073.

THURSDAY’S GAMES (all times local):

No Games Scheduled.

FRIDAY’S GAMES (all times local):

Saskatoon at Edmonton, 7 p.m.
Medicine Hat at Everett, 7:35 p.m.
Red Deer at Lethbridge, 7 p.m. (TBG)
Moose Jaw at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.
Victoria at Prince George, 7 p.m.
Kootenay vs. Seattle, at Kent, Wash., 7:35 p.m.
Kelowna at Spokane, 7:05 p.m.
Calgary at Swift Current, 7 p.m. (TBG)
Portland vs. Tri-City, at Kennewick, Wash., 7:05 p.m.
Brandon vs. Vancouver, at Langley, B.C., 7:30 p.m.
TBG: Teddy Bear Game.

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