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By Gregg Drinnan
September 27, 2015 10:43 P.M.


F Alexander Kuvayev (Lethbridge, Vancouver, 2010-12) has been assigned by Metallurg Novokuznetsk (Russia, KHL) to (Zauralie Kurgan (Russia, Vysshaya Liga). He was pointless in three games with Novokuznetsk.
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It is safe to say that the Spokane Chiefs were agog with F Jaret Anderson-Dolan’s performance on Saturday night.
Anderson-Dolan, the 14th overall selection in the 2014 bantam draft, struck for three goals in the Chiefs’ first game of the regular season, a 6-4 come-from-behind victory over the visiting Tri-City Americans.
"I'm still trying to process what (he) did out there," F Kailer Yamamoto told Chris Derrick of the Spokane Spokesman-Review. “I'd say he's one of the best players in the league right now. He's going to be a dominant player the rest of the season.”
Anderson-Dolan, a 16-year-old from Calgarian, had been pointless in six previous games — five during the 2014-15 regular season and one in last spring’s playoffs. He played the last three seasons at the EDGE school in Calgary.
Chiefs head coach Don Nachbaur told Derrick that he only hopes Anderson-Dolan’s teammates were paying attention.
“It's a great start to his career," Nachbaur said. “We needed somebody to shoot the puck. He has a great shot and he used it tonight and he beat their goaltender. Hopefully, he continues to do that and hopefully the other guys on the team will watch him do that and try to emulate that and make some plays.”
As for Anderson-Dolan, he told Derrick: “I had a couple of games last year, but I think I have more experience this year. “But I don't think I was expecting going in to get a hat trick."
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The Vancouver Giants beat the visiting Kelowna Rockets 5-2 on Sunday night. During the game, Steve Ewen of the Vancouver Province tweeted that the Giants “are no longer listing D Shaun Dosanjh on their roster. He's apparently at home, awaiting a trade.” . . . Dosanjh, 19, is from Richmond, B.C. He was a third-round pick in the 2011 bantam draft. . . . A 6-foot-1, 200-pounder, he has five points, including two goals, in 85 regular-season games. Last season, he had one point in 38 games.
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The NHL’s New Jersey Devils have returned F John Quenneville, 19, to the Brandon Wheat Kings. He was a first-round selection by the Devils in the NHL’s 2014 draft. . . . Over the last two regular seasons in Brandon, he has put up 105 points, including 42 goals, in 118 games. . . . Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Lightning trimmed 23 players from their training camp roster. When the cutting was done, F Brayden Point of the Moose Jaw Warriors was still on the roster. . . . D Keegan Kanzig, 20, who is eligible to return to the Calgary Hitmen, was sent by the Calgary Flames to the AHL’s Stockton Heat. . . . The Flames also sent Swedish D Oliver Kylington, 18, to Stockton. Kylington, a second-round pick in the 2015 NHL draft, also is eligible to play for the Brandon Wheat Kings, who selected him in the CHL’s 2015 import draft. . . . Word came late Sunday night that the Boston Bruins have signed D Brandon Carlo to the Tri-City Americans. He signed a three-year deal with the Bruins last week.
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Potential WHL players still with NHL teams:
Calgary: F Jake Virtanen, Vancouver.
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.
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In a wild and crazy OHL game on Saturday night, one team thought it had won in OT and, on the same sequence, the other team thought it won on a breakaway. Video reviews ruled that the game must go on. . . . Eventually it ended in a shootout. . . . Ryan Pyette of the London Free Press has more right here.
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Condolences to former WHL player and Moose Jaw Warriors/Prince George Cougars coach Lane Lambert and his family on the death of wife and mother Andi on Sept. 16. . . . “The day before training camp opened, Andi Lambert, the wife of Washington assistant coach Lane Lambert, died at the age of 45. She had spent the last 17 years battling a rare form of breast cancer. On Saturday, the entire Capitals team, along with members of the Nashville Predators, who Lambert previously coached for alongside Barry Trotz, went up to Ohio attend the funeral outside of Cleveland,” Chris Gordon writes. There is more right here.
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Patrick Conway has another terrific look at the KHL and hockey in Russia right here. . . . I never miss Elliotte Friedman’s 30 Thoughts and I have come to look forward to Conway’s Russian notebook just as much. If you’re a hockey fan, you will want to make it a regular stop.
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I don’t know that one photo has ever summed up a team’s season the way the one of Jonathan Papelbon choking Bryce Harper tells you all you need to know about the Washinton Nationals. That happened Sunday and Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post chronicles it all right here.

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Got a tip or some information you feel could be useful to me, feel free to email me at greggdrinnan@gmail.com.
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SUNDAY’S GAMES:
In Edmonton, the Red Deer Rebels were 40 seconds from defeat only to roar back and beat the Oil Kings 3-2 in OT. . . . The Oil Kings had a 2-1 lead when F Andrew Koep was penalized for hooking at 19:23 of the third period. . . . Red Deer had G Rylan Toth on the bench for the extra attacker when F Ivan Nikolishin tied the score at 19:39. . . . F Michael Spacek won the game with his third goal of the weekend, this one just 38 seconds into OT. . . . Spacek, who also had two assists, had two goals on Saturday as the Rebels beat the visiting Oil Kings, 4-1. . . . On Sunday, Edmonton F Tyler Robertson had snapped a 1-1 tie at 9:40 of the third period. . . . Red Deer D Colton Bobyk and Nikolishin each had a goal and an assist. . . . Toth finished with 18 saves on 20 shots, while Trevor Martin stopped three shots in a brief appearance. . . . Edmonton G Patrick Dea turned aside 42 shots, including 19 in the first period. He also stopped F Wyatt Johnson on a first period penalty shot. . . . Red Deer was 2-for-8 on the PP; Edmonton was 0-for-3. . . . The Oil Kings had won three home-openers in a row. . . . Announced attendance: 7,216.
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In Prince George, F Jesse Gabrielle scored twice to help the Cougars to a 5-1 victory over the Everett Silvertips. . . . The teams had played Friday in Prince George — the Silvertips won, 2-0 — but couldn’t complete the doubleheader on Saturday because The Tragically Hip owned the CN Centre. . . . F Colby McAuley gave the Cougas a 1-0 lead at 17:32 of the first period and the home side went on to score the game’s first four goals. . . . D Tate Olson had two assists. . . . Prince George G Mack Shields stopped 25 shots. He lost his shutout bid at 4:05 of the third period when Matt Fonteyne scored. . . . The Cougars were 2-for-3 on the PP; Everett was 0-for-3. . . . F Dawson Leedahl and D Tristen Pfeifer, both 19, were among Everett’s scratches. . . . Leedahl sat out after taking a headshot from Prince George F Aaron Boyd on Friday. Boyd served a one-game suspension last night. . . . Announced attendance: 2,290.
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In Vancouver, the Giants scored the game’s first five goals and beat the Kelowna Rockets, 5-2. . . . It was Vancouver’s first victory over Kelowna in 14 tries. . . . The Rockets, playing their third game in 48 hours, had a horrid second period, giving up three goals and losing F Dillon Dube to a kneeing major, D Devante Stephens to an arm injury and F Rourke Chartier, after he was struck on the face by a puck. . . . Chartier was back for the third period, but Stephens didn’t return. . . . F Taylor Crunk got Vancouver started offensively with a goal at 14:43 of the first period. . . . F Jackson Houck made it 5-0 at 5:35 of the second on a PP. . . . F Radovan Bondra had a goal and an assist for the Giants, with F Carter Popoff getting two assists. . . . Vancouver G Payton Lee stopped 23 shots. . . . Kelowna scratched G Jackson Whistle, who left in the third period of Saturday’s 7-3 victory in Kamloops after taking a stick to the throat during a scramble. . . . With Whistle out, Michael Herringer made his first start of the season, with David Tendeck backing him up. Tendeck, from North Vancouver, will turn 16 on Nov. 25. He was a sixth-round pick by the Giants in the 2014 bantam draft. . . . Herringer stopped 26 shots. . . . Vancouver was 2-for-3 on the PP; Kelowna was 1-for-6. . . . Dube took a kneeing major and game misconduct 37 seconds into the second period for a hit on D Brennan Menell, who needed help leaving the ice. He returned for the start of the third period, but then returned to the dressing room. . . . Bondra scored on that sequence to give the Giants a 3-0 lead. . . . The Giants went up 4-0 on D Ryley McKinstry’s PP goal at 4:42 of the second, a play that started with Stephens blocking a shot and heading to the dressing room. . . . Announced attendance: 4,131. . . . After the game, Regan Bartel, the veteran radio voice of the Giants, tweeted: “Giants deserved win tonight. Desperately need w's to attract fans. Can't remember last time I visited Pacific Coliseum with so few watching.” . . . As mentioned, this was the Rockets’ third game in as many nights on the season’s opening weekend. “It’s not ideal to jump into a 3-on-3 but those are the cards we were dealt so you have to make the best of it,” Kelowna head coach Brad Ralph said after beating the Blazers 7-3 in Kamloops on Saturday night. “We have to find a way to win these games.” . . . The Rockets beat the visiting Blades, 4-3, on Friday, so finished the weekend 2-1-0. . . . The Giants head east this week and Steve Ewen of the Vancouver Province reports that Menell will make the trip, but F Tyler Benson and F Thomas Foster won’t be there.
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MONDAY’S GAMES (all times local):
No Games Scheduled.
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D Calen Addison, the second overall selection by the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL’s 2015 bantam draft, will be on the shelf for a while after fracturing a fibula in a midget AAA game on Friday night. Addison, who is from Brandon and plays for the midget AAA Wheat Kings, underwent surgery on Sunday. He is expected to be out at least three months.

 

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