The Kootenay Ice has released F Connor Barley, 17, from its roster. Barley, from St. Andrews, Man., was a seventh-round pick in the 2013 bantam draft. Last season, he had 38 points, including 19 goals, in 43 games with the midget AAA Winnipeg Thrashers. . . . The Ice has 26 players on its roster, including three goaltenders and 10 defencemen.
You may have noticed that the Everett Silvertips are in Prince George for a weekend doubleheader to open the season. The Silvertips won 2-0 on Friday night and, under normal circumstances, the teams would have played again on Saturday night. . . . Instead, the series will conclude today. Why the break between games? Because The Tragically Hip took over the CN Centre for Saturday night.
F Jamal Watson, a 20-year-old acquired by the Seattle Thunderbirds from the Lethbridge Hurricanes over the summer, has been assigned to the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps. He had been in camp with the Montreal Canadiens, the IceCaps’ NHL parent, in hopes of earning a pro contract. . . . D Noah Juulsen of the Everett Silvertips, who is in camp with the Montreal Canadiens, was back skating on Friday. He has been out with a concussion.
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.
Prince Albert: D Brendan Guhle, Buffalo.
Red Deer: F Conner Bleackley, Colorado; D Haydn Fleury, Carolina; D Nelson Nogier, Winnipeg.
Seattle: F Mathew Barzal, NY Islanders.
Swift Current: F Jake DeBrusk, Boston.
Tri-City: D Brandon Carlo, Boston.
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In Calgary, G Brendan Burke stopped 21 shots to lead the Hitmen to a 1-0 victory over the Kootenay Ice. . . . Burke, who was acquired last season from the Portland Winterhawks, has 10 career shutouts. . . . D Loch Morrison scored the game’s lone goal, at 4:17 of the second period. . . . Ice G Wyatt Hoflin turned aside 37 shots. . . . Calgary was 0-for-5 on the PP; Kootenay was 0-for-4. . . . The Hitmen, who went 7-0-0 in the exhibition season, had beaten the Ice 4-2 in Cranbrook on Friday. . . . Announced attendance: 8,105.
In Swift Current, F Reid Duke had two goals and an assist to help the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 4-1 victory over the Broncos. . . . F Rihards Bukarts, who was scratched Friday as the Broncos won 2-1 in a shootout in Brandon, got the Wheat Kings on the board at 15:50 of the first period. . . . Bukarts, 20, was in the lineup last night because F Tim McGauley, also 20, is out for up to eight weeks with what is believed to be a shoulder injury. . . . Brandon G Jordan Papirny stopped 23 shots. . . . Broncos G Landon Bow, who turned aside 53 shots on Friday, made 36 saves in this one. . . . The Broncos were 1-for-4 on the PP; Brandon was 0-for-6. . . . Prior to the game, Shawn Mullin, the Broncos’ radio voice, asked Mark Lamb, the team’s GM/head coach: “Where does some more offence come from for you guys?" Lamb replied, with a laugh: “Jake DeBrusk.” Unfortunately for the Broncos, DeBrusk remains with the NHL’s Boston Bruins. . . . Announced attendance: 2,201.
In Red Deer, the Rebels scored the game’s last four goals and beat the Edmonton Oil Kings, 4-1. . . . The Rebels’ Memorial Cup season didn’t start out the way they would have liked when Edmonton F Brett Pollock scored 40 seconds into the first period. . . . F Michael Spacek tied it at 6:57 of the first and F Grayson Pawlenchuk gave the Rebels the lead 44 seconds into the second. . . . Spacek, fresh off a stint with the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets, had two goals in his first WHL game. . . . Red Deer G Rylan Toth stopped 23 shots, six fewer than Edmonton’s Alec Dillon. . . . Red Deer was 1-for-5 on the PP; Edmonton was 0-for-3. . . . Announced attendance: 6,399.
In Regina, F Sam Steel scored at 1:24 of OT to give the Pats a 3-2 victory over the Moose Jaw Warriors. . . . F Dryden Hunt, a former Pats sniper, scored twice for the Warriors. . . . Hunt gave them a 2-1 lead at 8:28 of the second period. . . . Regina F Aaron Macklin, acquired earlier in the week from the Prince George Cougars, tied it at 8:41 of the third. . . . Moose Jaw F Jayden Halbgewachs missed on a penalty shot at 19:23 of the third period. . . . Regina G Daniel Wapple stopped 29 shots, while Moose Jaw’s Zach Sawchenko turned aside 43. . . . The Warriors were 0-for-6 on the PP; the Patas were 0-for-4. . . . The Warriors had beaten the visiting Pats 5-1 on Thursday. . . . Moose Jaw F Jesse Shynkaruk left at 8:24 of the second period with a checking-from-behind major and the accompanying game misconduct. . . . Announced attendance: 4,494.
In Prince Albert, F Sean Montgomery’s goal at 3:54 of OT gave the Raidersd a 6-5 victory over the Saskatoon Blades. . . . On Friday night, the Blades whipped the visiting Raiders, 7-2. . . . Last night, the Raiders opened up a 3-0 lead at 13:36 of the second period, but found themselves trailing 4-3 at 4:30 of the third period. . . . Two PP goals — by F Simon Stransky and F Luke Coleman — at 8:35 and 9:50 shot the Raiders back out front. . . . Saskatoon F Cameron Hebig scored at 15:25, on the PP, to force OT. . . . F Jordan Tkatch had a goal and three assists for the Raiders, with Stransky also getting two assists. F Reid Gardiner and D Hunter Warner had two assists each. . . . Saskatoon got two goals from F Wyatt Sloboshan. . . . Raiders G Rylan Parenteau, who was yanked one night earlier, stopped 29 shots, as did Nik Amundrud of the Blades. . . . The Raiders were 3-for-5 on the PP, while the Blades went 2-for-9. . . . Announced attendance: 2,627.
In Medicine Hat, the Tigers opened up a 4-0 first-period lead and went on to a 5-3 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes. . . . This was the first game to be played in the Canalta Centre, and the honour of scoring the first goal went to F Max Gerlach, a 17-year-old freshman from Flower Mound, Texas. The goal came via the PP at 6:14. . . . Gerlach, D David Quenneville and F Trevor Cox each had a goal and an assist for the winners, while D Ty Schultz had two assists. . . . F Brayden Burke had a goal and an assist for Lethbridge. . . . Tigers G Nick Schneider stopped 27 shots. . . . The Hurricanes had beaten the visiting Tigers 5-1 on Friday. . . . Announced attendance: 5,947.
In Kamloops, F Tyson Baillie scored twice and added an assist as the Kelowna Rockets dumped the Blazers, 7-3. . . . Baillie broke a 2-2 tie at 3:58 of the second period and gave Kelowna a 5-3 lead at 1:09 of the third period. He has four goals in two games. . . . F Tomas Soustal scored Kelowna’s last two goals. . . . F Gage Quinney, who was scratched on Friday night as one of four 20-year-olds on the roster, had two assists. . . . Kelowna G Jackson Whistle stopped 35 of 38 shots before behind hit in the throat with an errant stick and having to leave the game at 9:24 of the third. He was taken to hospital for X-rays after the game. The Rockets are scheduled to meet the Giants in Vancouver tonight. . . . Michael Herringer came on in relief and stopped all six shots he faced. . . . F Garrett Pilon had two goals and an assist for Kamloops, giving the freshman five points in two games. . . . The Rockets had opened the season with a 4-3 victory over visiting Kamloops on Friday. . . . Kelowna was 1-for-9 on the PP; the Blazers were 1-for-6. . . . Announced attendance: 3,937.
In Victoria, F Alex Forsberg had two goals and two assists, giving him seven points in two games, as the Royals got past the Portland Winterhawks, 6-5. . . . Forsberg had three assists in a 4-1 victory over Portland on Friday. . . . Last night, Forsberg broke a 4-4 tie at 18:39 of the second period. . . . F Regan Nagy upped the lead to 6-4 just 13 seconds into the third period. . . . Portland F Colton Veloso got his guys to within one at 17:08 of the third. . . . The Royals got three assists from F Jack Walker and two goals and an assist from F Vladimir Bobylev. . . . Bobylev, an 18-year-old Russian, has three goals and two assists in two games. Last season, with the Vancouver Giants, he had three goals and six assists in 52 games. . . . D Caleb Jones had a goal and two assists for Portland; he also was plus-4. . . . F Rodrigo Abols and D Keoni Texeira had two assists each for Portland. . . . Victoria G Coleman Vollrath stopped 27 shots. . . . G Adin Hill was among Portland’s scratches. He was to have started on Friday but was replaced by Bullion just prior to the game. Last night, Bullion stopped 22 shots. According to the online game sheet, the Winterhawks didn’t have a backup goaltender. . . . Victoria was 1-for-6 on the PP; Portland was 0-for-3. . . . Announced attendance: 4,699.
In Spokane, the Chiefs got three goals from F Jaret Anderson-Dolan as they beat the Tri-City Americans, 6-4. . . . Anderson-Dolan, the first overall selection in the 2014 bantam draft, was playing in his sixth regular-season game. The 16-year-old Calgarian was pointless in five games last season. . . . Tri-City F Tyler Sandhu scored twice in the second period to give his guys a 4-2 lead at 10:35 of the second period. . . . D Jason Fram pulled the Chiefs to within one at 15:22 of the second. . . . Anderson-Dolan opened the third period with a goal at 1:51 and completed his hat trick on the PP at 14:13. . . . F Kailer Yamamoto had a goal and two assists for Spokane, with F Dominic Zwerger adding three assists. . . . The Americans got a goal and two assists from F Jordan Topping and two assists from D Juuso Valimaki. . . . The Chiefs were 2-for-6 on the PP; the Americans were 0-for-7. . . . Tri-City D Dylan Coghlan left at 4:04 of the third period with a checking-from-behind major and game misconduct. . . . Announced attendance: 8,345.
SUNDAY’S GAMES (all times local):
Red Deer at Edmonton, 4 p.m.
Everett at Prince George, 5 p.m.
Kelowna at Vancouver, 6 p.m.
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