F Denis Tolpeko (Seattle, Regina, 2003-06) has been released by mutual agreement by Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (Russia, KHL). He was pointless in five games. . . .
F Jakub ?utta (Swift Current, 1998-2001) signed a one-year contract with Västerås (Sweden, Allsvenskan). Last season, he had two goals and an assist in 20 games with Pardubice (Czech Republic, Extraliga).
For each of the previous 14 seasons, the Spokane Chiefs have opened the WHL’s regular season on the road. Tonight, they open at home against the Tri-City Americans. . . . Chris Derrick of the Spokane Spokesman-Review reports that the Toyota Center in Kennewick, Wash., the home of the Americans, is playing host to illusionist Jay Owenhouse tonight so the teams are in Spokane. . . . The Chiefs, however, won’t play at home again until Oct. 16 as they play six in a row on the road. . . . "I've said it to anybody who will listen: I'm not a fan of the scheduling process the way it is now," Tim Speltz, the Chiefs’ general manager, told Derrick. “We lose so much control over what we're doing as a team. It gets dictated to us. Sometimes you end up having to take your medicine.”
The Lethbridge Hurricanes got their roster down to 25 players by dropping D Scott Allan, 19, from their roster on Friday. Allan, from Thornton, Colo., had been acquired from the Seattle Thunderbirds in January for a fifth-round pick in the 2016 bantam draft. He had one assist in 31 games with the Hurricanes. He is expected to join the BCHL’s West Kelowna Warriors. . . . The Hurricanes are carrying two goaltenders, eight defencemen and 15 forwards.
The Saskatoon Blades got down to three 20-year-olds by releasing D Isaac Schacher. A native of Kimberley, B.C., he also has played with the Victoria Royals and Regina Pats. In 139 regular-season games, he has two goals and 16 assists. . . . The move left the Blades with F Nick Zajac, F Connor Gay and D Mitch Wheaton as their 20-year-olds.
With D Connor Hobbs having returned from the NHL’s Washington Capitals, the Pats released D Ryan Krushen, 17, from their roster. He is expected to join the AJHL’s Sherwood Park Crusaders. He had two assists in 20 games with the Pats last season, while he also played some with the midget AAA Sherwood Park Kings. . . . Hobbs will be in the lineup tonight as the Pats play host to the Moose Jaw Warriors.
Shaw released most of its WHL telecast schedule on Friday. The schedule includes 30 regular-season games with six more to be added near the end of the season. . . . That schedule is right here. . . . The schedule doesn’t include any mention of telecast crews, so that will make it official that Dan Russell is out after 11 years as the primary play-by-play voice.
The Boston Bruins have signed D Brandon Carlo, 18, of the Tri-City Americans. Carlo, from Colorado Springs, Colo., is in camp with the Bruins and has one goal in two exhibition games. . . . He played the past two seasons with the Americans. Last season, he had 25 points, including four goals, in 63 games. The Bruins selected him in the second round of the NHL’s 2015 draft. . . . Carlo told Annie Fowler of the Tri-City Herald on Friday that the Bruins haven’t indicated when, or even if, he will be returned to the Americans.
Players returned by NHL teams to WHL teams on Friday: F Jayce Hawryluk (Florida) to Brandon; D Dysin Mayo (Arizona) to Edmonton; and G Nick Schneider (Calgary) to Medicine Hat.
Potential WHL players still with NHL teams:
Brandon: F John Quenneville, New Jersey.
Calgary: F Jake Virtanen, Vancouver; F Keegan Kanzig, Calgary.
Everett: D Noah Juulsen, Montreal (concussion).
Moose Jaw: F Brayden Point, Tampa Bay.
Red Deer: F Conner Bleackley, Colorado; D Haydn Fleury, Carolina; D Nelson Nogier, Winnipeg.
Seattle: F Mathew Barzal, NY Islanders; F Jamal Watson, Montreal.
Swift Current: F Jake DeBrusk, Boston.
Tri-City: D Brandon Carlo, Boston.
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F Brandon Baddock, 20, is the ninth captain in the modern-day history of the Edmonton Oil Kings. He is from Vermilion, Alta. . . .
F Beau McCue, 20, has been named the 27th captain in the Tri-City Americans’ history. He is from Pasco, Wash., one of the Tri-Cities, and is into his fourth WHL season. . . .
F Dominic Turgeon, 19, is the new captain of the Portland Winterhawks. The 41st captain in Portland franchise history, he is entering his fourth season in Portland.
In Brandon, Swift Current G Landon Bow stole the show as the Broncos beat the Wheat Kings 2-1 in a shootout . . . . Bow, 20, stopped 51 shots through regulation time and two more in OT. . . . Bow stopped 21 of 22 shots in the first period and 15 in each of the second and third periods. . . . Broncos F Connor Chaulk, the first shooter, scored the lone goal of the shootout. . . . Brandon F Tim McGauley opened the scoring at 9:29 of the first period. . . . Swift Current F Tyler Adams tied it with a PP goal at 19:50 of the first. . . . Swift Current was 1-for-3 on the PP; Brandon was 0-for-6. . . . The 3-on-3 OT period actually started with Brandon on the PP, so it opened 4-on-3. . . . Brandon G Jordan Papirny stopped 17 shots. . . . The Wheat Kings went into the game having won 14 of their last 15 home-openers. . . . The Wheat Kings opened the season with five locals in the lineup— F Duncan Campbell, F Tyler Coulter, F Connor Gutenberg, F Tanner Kaspick and F Ty Lewis. All five played for the midget AAA Wheat Kings. . . . Broncos F Tyler Steenbergen left in the first period with an undisclosed injury. . . . Announced attendance: 5,004.
In Cranbrook, the Calgary Hitmen scored three PP goals as they beat the Kootenay Ice, 4-2. . . . The Ice got the game’s first goal when D Nathyn Mortlock scored at 5:15 of the first period. . . . The Hitmen scored the next four goals — two in the first period and two more in the second. . . . F Carsen Twarynski tied it just 17 seconds after Mortlock’s goal and D Travis Sanheim, on the PP, gave the Hitmen the lead at 17:20. . . . G Brendan Burke made 22 saves for Calgary, which had Kyle Dumba backing up. . . . G Wyatt Hoflin turned aside 26 shots for the Ice. . . . F Jordy Stallard had two assists for Calgary. . . . The Hitmen were 3-for-7 on the PP; the Ice was 0-for-6. . . . Announced attendance: 2,137. That is 102 fewer than the Ice averaged last season. . . . Taylor Rocca of the Cranbrook Daily Townsman has a game story right here.
In Lethbridge, the Hurricanes scored the game’s first five goals as they beat the Medicine Hat Tigers, 5-1. . . . The Hurricanes struck for two goals in the first period, one in the second and two more in the third. . . . F Tyler Wong, the team captain, scored Lethbridge’s second and third goals. . . . F Cory Millette and F Jordy Bellerive each had two assists for the Hurricanes, while F Justin Gutierrez had a goal and an assist. . . . Lethbridge G Stuart Skinner stopped 40 shots, losing his shutout at 16:51 of the third period on a PP goal by F Trevor Cox. . . . Tigers G Nick Schneider stopped 27 shots. . . . These teams have opened against each other in each of the last seven seasons, with Lethbridge now having won four of those games. . . . The Hurricanes were 3-for-8 on the PP; the Tigers were 1-for-6. . . . Announced attendance: 4,248.
In Saskatoon, the Blades scored three times in the second period and went on to beat the Prince Albert Raiders, 7-2. . . . F Cameron Hebig had a goal and three assists for the Blades, with F Connor Gay adding two goals and two assists. . . . The Blades led 2-0 by 7:45 of the first period, only to have the Raiders tie it with two late goals. . . . Gay restored Saskatoon’s lead at 4:42 of the second period and the home side roared on from there. . . . D Brycen Martin and F Ryan Graham each had a goal and an assist for the Blades, who got 23 saves from G Brock Hamm. . . . Raiders starter Rylan Parenteau gave up five goals on 21 shots before leaving at 15:50 of the second, with Ian Scott coming on to stop 12 of 14. . . . Saskatoon was 1-for-8 on the PP; the Raiders were 0-for-5. . . . Announced attendance: 4,780.
In Prince George, G Carter Hart turned aside 27 shots for the season’s first shutout as the Everett Silvertips beat the Prince George Cougars, 2-0. . . . Hart, a sophomore from Sherwood Park, Alta., had four shutouts last season. . . . Prince George G Ty Edmonds stopped 33 shots, including 20 in the second period. . . . Everett F Patrick Bajkov scored the game’s first goal, at 12:30 of the second period. . . . F Connor Dewar iced it at 19:23 of the third. . . . Everett was 0-for-1 on the PP; Prince George was 0-for-2. . . . Announced attendance: 3,902.
In Kelowna, F Tyson Baillie scored twice and added an assist to lead the Rockets to a 4-3 victory over the Kamloops Blazers. . . . Baillie scored 53 seconds into the first period, then broke a 1-1 tie at 1:15 of the second. . . . Rockets F Tomas Soustal snapped a 2-2 tie at 17:15 of the second period, with F Justin Kirkland making it 4-2 at 19:25. . . . Kamloops F Jermaine Loewen, without a point in 37 games last season, drew an assist on the Blazers’ third goal, from freshman F Spencer Bast at 3:24 of the third period. . . . F Garrett Pilon, the son of former NHL D Rich Pilon, had his first WHL goal and an assist for Kamloops. . . . Kelowna G Jackson Whistle stopped 30 shots, four more than Kamloops’ Connor Ingram. . . . The Blazers were 0-for-6 on the PP; the Rockets were 0-for-3. . . . Kelowna F Calvin Thurkauf, a freshman from Switzerland, was helped off in the second period after absorbing a hit from Kamloops D Nolan Kneen. . . . With each team still having four 20-year-olds in camp, the Rockets scratched F Gage Quinney, while Kamloops sat D Ryan Rehill. . . . In the last two-plus seasons, the Rockets are 18-1-0 against the Blazers. . . . Announced attendance: 5,464.
In Victoria, F Alex Forsberg drew three assists to help the Royals to a 4-1 victory over the Portland Winterhawks. . . . Victoria F Jack Walker scored the game’s first goal at 19:58 of the first period. . . . The Royals took control with three second-period goals. . . . Forsberg was in on his side’s first three goals. . . . F Dante Hannoun and F Vladimir Bobylev each had a goal and an assist for Victoria. . . . Royals G Coleman Vollrath stopped 21 shots. He lost the shutout at 13:10 of the third period when F Carl Ericson beat him. . . . G Adin Hill had been expected to start for Portland but was a late scratch, meaning the start went to Michael Bullion, who made 25 saves. . . . Victoria was 1-for-7 on the PP; Portland was 0-for-6. . . . Announced attendance: 6,627.
In Vancouver, F Ty Ronning broke a 2-2 tie with PP goal at 17:18 of the third period to give the Giants a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds. . . . The Giants got the late PP after Seattle D Ethan Bear was penalized for delay of game. Yes, he put the puck into the crowd. . . . Injuries limited Ronning to 24 games last season; he finished with one goal and one assist. . . . Last night, the son of former NHL F Cliff Ronning scored twice. . . . His first goal, at 18:09 of the first period, gave Vancouver a 2-0 lead. . . . The Thunderbirds tied it on third-period goals from F Scott Eansor and F Nick Holowko. . . . Vancouver G Payton Lee stopped 24 shots, two more than Seattle’s Taz Burman. . . . The Giants were 1-for-4 on the PP; Seattle was 0-for-3. . . . F Ryan Gropp (undisclosed injury) was among Seattle’s scratches, while F Mathew Barzal remains with the NHL’s New York Islanders. . . . The Giants were without F Tyler Benson and F Thomas Foster, both of whom are out indefinitely. . . . Announced attendance: 4,741.
SATURDAY’S GAMES (all times local):
Kootenay at Calgary, 7 p.m.
Brandon at Swift Current, 7 p.m.
Edmonton at Red Deer, 7 p.m.
Moose Jaw at Regina, 7 p.m.
Saskatoon at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.
Lethbridge at Medicine Hat, 7:30 p.m.
Kelowna at Kamloops, 7 p.m.
Portland at Victoria, 7:05 p.m.
Tri-City at Spokane, 7:05 p.m.
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