Sunday, March 5, 2017

Broncos streaking . . . Pats end four-game skid, but lose veteran . . . Warriors romp past Ice

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“The Prince George Cougars’ $5,950 donation to the BC Liberals was the biggest in the party’s unaudited report for Feb. 17-22,” writes Bob Mackin of theBreaker.news. “The Cougars donated almost exactly a year after Prince George-Valemount Liberal MLA (and notable Cougars’ fan) Shirley Bond signed a cabinet order excusing B.C.’s six Western Hockey League team owners from paying the scholarship-eligible players $10.85-an-hour.” . . . Mackin has more, including a look at how the WHL worked to get that exclusion, and it’s all right here.  
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The Brandon Wheat Kings, celebrating their 50th anniversary season, added five more players to their Dream Team on Sunday. . . . They announced that the third line comprises Marty Murray (1991-95), Eric Fehr (2000-05) and Ray Ferraro (1983-84), while the first defence pairing revealed features Keith Aulie (2005-09) and Kevin Cheveldayoff (1986-90). . . . Earlier, the Wheat Kings announced a fourth line of Matt Calvert, Mark Stone and Jordin Tootoo. . . . When completed, the team will comprise two goaltenders, six defencemen and 12 forwards.
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The BCHL’s West Kelowna Warriors, the defending national junior A champions, aren’t going anywhere. They announced Friday night that ownership has been restructured, something that means they won’t be moving to North Delta, B.C. . . . The Warriors, playing at home, lost the opening two games of their first-round playoff series to the Merritt Centennials, 6-5 on Friday night and 5-4 in triple OT on Saturday night. The series resumes Monday in Merritt.
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SUNDAY’S GAMES:

At Edmonton, the Swift Current Broncos erased a 2-1 deficit with three straight goals, then hung on for a
GLENN GAWDIN
4-3 victor over the Oil Kings. . . . F Davis Murray (3) gave the home team a 1-0 lead at 1:47 of the first period. . . . The Broncos tied it at 10:17 on F Glenn Gawdin’s 24th goal. . . . F Trey Fix-Wolansky put Edmonton in front with his 22nd goal, at 12:11. . . . The visitors pulled even again as F Kaden Elder (14) scored at 6:37 of the second period. . . . F Conner Chaulk’s seventh goal gave the Broncos their first lead, at 11:28. . . . F Aleksi Heponiemi scored No 26, on a PP, at 4:20 of the third period to give Swift Current a 4-2 lead. . . . The Oil Kings cut that to one when F Graham Millar (11) scored at 12:15. . . . Gawdin also had an assist, as did Fix-Wolansky. . . . G Jordan Papirny turned aside 34 shots to earn the victory over Josh Dechaine, who made 25 saves. . . . Swift Current was 1-3 on the PP; Edmonton was 0-2. . . . The Broncos (34-20-10) have won four in a row. They will finish third in the East Division. . . . The Oil Kings (20-40-5) have lost eight straight (0-7-1). Edmonton, in its 10th WHL season, has lost 40 games for the second time. The other was in 2009-10) when it dropped 43. . . . Announced attendance: 11,041.
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At Brandon, F Sam Steel snapped a 2-2 tie at 2:24 of the second period and the Regina Pats went on to a 4-2 victory over the Wheat Kings. . . . The Pats, who were playing their third game in fewer than 48
SAM STEEL
hours, had lost their previous four games (0-3-1). . . . After losing 6-3 to the visiting Calgary Hitmen on Saturday night, Pats GM/head coach John Paddock told Greg Harder of the Regina Leader-Post: “If I wasn’t concerned I probably wouldn’t be doing my job. I’m not making any excuses. It’s just fact. We badly need rest. Every team has gone through it — a heavy schedule. We hit ours at the end of the year.” . . . The Pats are off now until Wednesday when they visit Swift Current. . . . On Sunday, F Adam Brooks got the Pats started with his 36th goal, shorthanded, at 15:12 of the first period. . . . That was Regina’s WHL-leading 20th shorthanded goal this season. . . . Brandon tied it when F Stelio Mattheos got No. 25, on a PP, at 1:07 of the second period. . . . D Connor Hobbs (28) put the Pats back out front, on a PP, at 15:06. . . . The Wheat Kings tied it again, this time on F Tyler Coulter’s 30th goal, at 16:29. . . . Steel, who leads the WHL with 119 points, including 46 goals, broke the tie and F Wyatt Sloboshan (9) added insurance with an empty-netter at 18:55. . . . Brooks, Hobbs and Steel each had an assist, as did Mattheos. . . . G Tyler Brown earned the victory with 36 saves. . . . Brandon got 53 saves from G Logan Thompson, who wasn’t beaten by F Austin Wagner on a third-period penalty shot. . . . Each team was 1-5 on the PP. . . . The Pats (45-12-8) lead the overall standings by five points over Medicine Hat. . . . Brandon (29-17-10) is likely to finish in the Eastern Conference’s first wild-card spot. . . . Announced attendance: 3,851. . . . Greg Harder of the Regina Leader-Post reports that Pats F Duncan Pierce will miss up to six weeks with a hairline fracture in his right fibula. He was injured on Saturday night. . . . On Sunday, the Pats lost F Dawson Leedahl in the second period after he absorbed a check from Brandon D Dmitry Osipov.
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At Moose Jaw, F Jayden Halbgewachs scored a goal and added three assists as the Warriors dumped the Kootenay Ice, 11-2. . . . The Ice was playing its third game in Saskatchewan in fewer than 48 hours. It
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was outscored 23-2 in those games, having also lost 8-0 in Prince Albert and 4-0 in Saskatoon. . . . Moose Jaw led 3-1 and 7-1 at the period breaks. . . . The Warriors stretched that 3-1 lead to 5-1 with two goals in 44 seconds early in the second period. . . . Halbgewachs has 46 goals, two off the WHL lead that is held by F Tyler Wong of Lethbridge. . . . F Thomas Foster helped Moose Jaw his 21st goal and two assists. . . . F Noah Gregor scored twice for the Warriors, giving him 24, with singles from F Brayden Burke (18), F Branden Klatt (7), F Luka Burzan (14), D Dmitri Zaitsev (1), F Tanner Jeannot (19), F Justin Almeida (10) and F Brecon Wood (1). . . . Zaitsev, a Russian freshman, scored his first WHL goal in his 64th game. He also has 17 assists. . . . Wood, a 16-year-old freshman from Edmonton, has a goal and one assist in 55 games. . . . D Colin Paradis, D Josh Thrower and F Brett Howden each had three assists. Almeida and Burke had one each. . . . The Ice got goals from F Noah Philp (8) and F Barrett Sheen (8). . . . Moose Jaw G Brody Willms stopped 33 shots. . . . Kootenay starter Jakob Walter allowed five goals on 16 shots in 22:57. Payton Lee finished up, stopping 23 of 29 shots in 37:03. . . . The Ice was 1-2 on the PP; the Warriors were 0-1. . . . Moose Jaw (41-17-8) has won nine in a row. . . . Kootenay (14-41-19) has lost three straight. . . . Announced attendance: 3,476.
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MONDAY’S GAMES (all times local):

No Games Scheduled.
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TUESDAY’S GAMES (all times local):

Victoria at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.
Kootenay at Medicine Hat, 7 p.m.
Swift Current at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.
Saskatoon at Red Deer, 7 p.m.
Spokane vs. Seattle, at Kent, Wash, 7:05 p.m.

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