Hitmen leave Brandon with victory

Ice gets Descheneau back from Blues organization
By Gregg Drinnan
October 2, 2015 11:17 P.M.
The Medicine Hat Tigers celebrate a game-winning goal by Steve Owre in Saskatoon on Friday night. (Photo by Darren Steinke)


F David Hruška (Red Deer, 1995-96) signed a one-year contract with Slavia Prague (Czech Republic, 1. Liga) after being released by Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic, Extraliga). He was pointless in six games with Karlovy Vary this season. . . .
F Lukáš Králik (Victoria, 2011-12) signed a one-month tryout contract with Brest (France, Ligue Magnus). He was released by Epinal (France, Ligue Magnus) on Sept. 28 after recording one assist in two games. . . .
G Tomáš Vošvrda (Medicine Hat, 2007-08) was assigned on loan by Olomouoc (Czech Republic, Extraliga) to Haví?ov (Czech Republic, 1. Liga). This season, with Olomouc, he was 4.00 and .888 in one game.
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The Kootenay Ice has added another 20-year-old to its roster with the return of F Jaedon Descheneau from the AHL’s Chicago Wolves. He had started out in camp with the NHL’s St. Louis Blues, who took him in the fifth round of the NHL’s 2014 draft. . . . In the past three seasons with the Ice, Descheneau totalled 257 points, including 104 goals, in 209 games. . . . Other 20-year-olds on the Ice’s roster are F Luke Philp, who turns 20 on Nov. 6, F Jon Martin, D Tanner Lishchynsky and G Wyatt Hoflin. D Tyler King, who is out long-term recovering from shoulder surgery, also belongs to the Ice. . . . Taylor Rocca of the Cranbrook Daily Townsman has more right here on the Ice and its 20-year-old situation.
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The Lethbridge Hurricanes have released F Ben Duperreault, 19, getting their roster down to 24 players. . . . Dupereault, from Wilcox, Sask., had a goal and an assist in five exhibition games, then was pointless in one regular-season game. . . . He was an eighth-round selection by the Moose Jaw Warriors in the 2011 bantam draft. He played the previous two seasons with Moose Jaw, putting up 24 points, including eight goals, in 103 games. . . . The Hurricanes now are carrying two goaltenders, eight defencemen and 14 forwards.
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The Moose Jaw Warriors will have F Brayden Point, their captain, in the lineup tonight for the first time since he returned from the camp of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning. With the Warriors having missed the playoffs each of the last three seasons, Point says he has only one goal, and that is to get back into post-season play. . . . The Warriors are at home tonight to the unbeaten Calgary Hitmen. . . . Matthew Gourlie of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald has more with point right here.
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Potential WHL players still with NHL teams:
Calgary: F Jake Virtanen, Vancouver.
Prince Albert: D Brendan Guhle, Buffalo.
Red Deer: D Haydn Fleury, Carolina.
Seattle: F Mathew Barzal, NY Islanders.
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The Toyota Center in Kennewick, Wash., the home of the Tri-City Americans, will keep its name for at least another five years. Toyota dealers in that area are paying more than $1.1 million to keep naming rights to that building and the Toyota Arena. Originally the Tri-Cities Coliseum, it was renamed in 2005 as part of a 10-year, $2.1-million deal. . . .
In a junior A trade made Friday, the BCHL’s West Kelowna Warriors acquired the rights to G Trevor Martin, 19, and future considerations from the SJHL’s Melville Millionaires for G Daniel Mannella, 20, and D Jake Tesarowski, 18. . . . Martin is one of two goaltenders on the Red Deer Rebels’ roster. He backed up Rylan Toth against the visiting Swift Current Broncos last night.

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FRIDAY’S GAMES:
In Brandon, the Calgary Hitmen scored the game’s first three goals en route to a 3-2 victory over the Wheat Kings. . . . Brandon went in as the CHL's top-ranked team, with Calgary at No. 4. . . . F Radel Fazleev opened the scoring while shorthanded at 9:36 of the second period, with D Jake Bean and F Terrell Draude adding third-period PP goals for Calgary (3-0-0). . . . The Wheat Kings (1-1-1) made it interesting when D Macoy Erkamps and D Colton Waltz scored at 12:33 and 16:16 of the third period. . . . Calgary G Brendan Burke stopped all 24 shots he faced before leaving at 6:22 of the third period. He had been shaken up in a scramble at 10:48 of the second but stayed in the game. Kyle Dumba came on and gave up two goals on eight shots. . . . Brandon G Jordan Papirny stopped 20 shots. . . . Calgary was 2-for-7 on the PP; Brandon was 0-for-6 and now is 0-for-18 this season. . . . The game featured 20 minor penalties, 11 to Calgary. . . . Brandon F Rihards Bukarts was ejected with a checking-from-behind major for a second-period hit on Calgary F Carson Twarynski. . . . Brandon scratched two 20-year-olds (F Tim McGauley, who is hurt, and F Quintin Lisoway) and import F Dario Winkler, while using Bukarts, a 20-year-old import, and Waltz and Erkamps, both 20s. . . . Brandon also scratched F Garrett Armour, who was acquired this week from the Saskatoon Blades. . . . Announced attendance: 4,278.
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In Edmonton, the Kelowna Rockets scored the game’s last four goals, three of them in the third period, and beat the Oil Kings, 5-3. . . . F Rourke Chartier gave Kelowna (3-1-0) a 1-0 lead at 5:04 of the first period, on a PP. . . . The Oil Kings then took a 3-1 lead into the third period on two goals from F Lane Bauer and one from F Brandon Baddock. . . . F Calvin Thurkauf started Kelowna’s comeback at 18:26 of the second period. . . . F Kole Lind got Kelowna even at 3:43 of the third and F Cole Linaker won it at 18:29 on the PP. . . . Linaker then added an empty-netter. . . . “We need to not take bad penalties at the late part of the game,” Edmonton head coach Steve Hamilton said on the team’s website. “That’s two nights in a row we put ourselves in a tough spot. We rely on the same guys to kill over and over and keep taxing them over and over … . You get tired, you get overworked and you’re susceptible to break downs, and that’s what you saw tonight.” . . . The Rockets are the defending champions; the Oil Kings (0-2-1) won the title in 2013-14. . . . Kelowna G Michael Herringer stopped 35 shots. According to the online game sheet, the Rockets didn’t have a backup goaltender. Jackson Whistle has sat out two games after taking a stick to the throat during a 7-3 victory in Kamloops last Saturday. . . . Edmonton G Patrick Dea stopped 37 shots. . . . The Rockets were 2-for-7 on the PP; the Oil Kings were 2-for-4. . . . Edmonton now has allowed five goals on 20 PP chances. Hamilton said: “Our PK is just bleeding chances right now. We’re going to have to dig deeper and find the guys who are willing to really sell out on our penalty kill and do the things that need to be done. We might be taking it for granted because we’ve been so good at it for so long.” . . . Kelowna got two assists from each of F Justin Kirkland and F Tomas Soustal. . . . The Rockets were without F Dillon Dube, who served the first of a two-game suspension for a kneeing major. . . . Announced attendance: 4,224.
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In Red Deer, F Ivan Nikolishin scored two goals and set up another to help the Rebels to a 5-1 victory over the Swift Current Broncos. . . . F Michael Spacek, the Rebels’ other import, had a goal and an assist, both on the PP. . . . Spacek has four goals and three assists in three games. . . . Red Deer (3-0-0) got two assists from each of F Presten Kopeck and D Colton Bobyk. . . . The Broncos (1-2-0) got their goal from F Jake DeBrusk. . . . Red Deer G Rylan Toth stopped 24 shots, while Landon Bow of the Broncos turned aside 43. . . . Red Deer was 2-for-6 on the PP, while the Broncos’ PP never got on the ice. . . . Announced attendance: 5,101. . . . Sophomore D Josh Mahura was among Red Deer’s scratches. Brent Sutter, the Rebels’ GM and head coach, said later that Mahura will be “out a long time.”
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In Cranbrook, F Luke Philp scored two PP goals and added an assist to lead the Kootenay Ice to a 5-2 victory over the Spokane Chiefs. . . . F Keanu Yamomoto got Spokane (1-1-0) started at 7:12 of the first period, but the Ice got the next three goals, the first two from Philp. He scored at 8:25 of the first and 3:06 of the second. . . . F Zak Zborosky upped the Ice’s lead to 3-2 at 7:29 of the second and the Chiefs weren’t able to catch up. . . . Zborosky finished with two goals, while Ice D Cale Fleury had three assists and F Lance Loschiavo had two. . . . The Ice (1-2-0) won for the first time under new head coach Luke Pierce. . . . Kootenay G Keelan Williams turned aside 35 shots. . . . Spokane starter Garret Hughson left at 14:53 of the second, having stopped 14 of 18 shots. Tyson Verhelst came on to stop 12 of 13. . . . The Ice was 2-for-4 on the PP; the Chiefs were 0-for-5. . . . The Ice was without D Jason Wenzel after the team suspended him for two games for“a violation of team rules at Mount Baker Secondary School.” . . . Announced attendance: 2,019. . . . Taylor Rocca of the Cranbrook Daily Townsman has a game story right here.
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In Prince Albert, F Reid Gardiner scored the lone goal of a shootout to give the Raiders a 5-4 victory over the Vancouver Giants. . . . Gardiner was the first shooter in the shootout. . . . The visitors took a 3-2 lead into the third period but found themselves trailing after Gardiner, at 4:19, and F Luke Coleman, on a PP at 12:39, scored for the Raiders (2-1-0). . . . Vancouver (2-0-1) got a goal from F Alec Baer with 34.9 seconds left in the third to force OT. . . . G Ian Scott, in his first WHL start for the Raiders, stopped 29 shots, while Vancouver’s Payton Lee kicked out 32. . . . The Raiders were 2-for-6 on the PP; the Giants were 0-for-3. . . . D Brennan Menell was among the Giants’ scratches. He was injured Sunday in a knee-on-knee hit delivered by F Dillon Dube of the Kelowna Rockets. Dube drew a two-game suspension for the hit. . . . Announced attendance: 2,147.
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In Saskatoon, F Steve Owre scored at 2:32 of OT to give the Medicine Hat Tigers a 3-2 victory over the Blades. . . . The Blades started OT on the PP as Owre went off for interference at 19:49 of the third period. . . . Saskatoon (1-0-2) took a 2-0 lead into the second period on goals by F Nikita Soshnin and F Ryan Graham. . . . F Chad Butcher got the Tigers (2-1-0) on the board at 10:04 of the second period and F Mason Shaw tied the score at 2:36 of the third. . . . Medicine Hat G Nick Schneider stopped 20 shots, 15 fewer than Saskatoon’s Brock Hamm. . . . Saskatoon was 1-for-5 on the PP; Medicine Hat was 0-for-5. . . . Announced attendance: 3,550. . . . The Tigers had F Matt Bradley back in the lineup for the first time since he underwent surgery in mid-September to remove a benign tumour from his nasal passage. He had one assist last night.
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In Victoria, F Tyler Soy and D Chaz Reddekopp each scored twice to lead the Royals to a 4-2 victory over the Kamloops Blazers. . . . Soy, in his third season, broke a 1-1 tie at 6:12 of the second period, while on the PP, and stretched the lead to 3-1 at 17:50. . . . D Nolan Kneen, the third overall pick in the 2014 bantam draft, scored his first WHL goal for Kamloops (0-3-0). . . . D Joe Hicketts, a Kamloops native, had two assists for the Royals (3-0-0). . . . F Jesse Zaharichuk had two assists for Kamloops. . . . G Coleman Vollrath stopped 26 shots for the Royals, while Connor Ingram turned aside 25 at the other end. . . . Victoria was 2-for-6 on the PP; Kamloops was 1-for-4. . . . F Matt Revel was back in Kamloops’ lineup for the first time since suffering a shoulder injury on Sept. 11. . . . Announced attendance: 3,449.
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SATURDAY’S GAMES (all times local):
Lethbridge vs. Kootenay, at Cranbrook, 7 p.m.
Brandon at Regina, 7 p.m.
Medicine Hat at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.
Calgary at Moose Jaw, 7 p.m.
Kelowna at Red Deer, 7 p.m.
Everett at Portland, 7 p.m.
Spokane vs. Tri-City, at Kennewick, Wash., 7:05 p.m.
Kamloops at Victoria, 7:05 p.m.
Prince George vs. Seattle, at Kent, Wash., 7:05 p.m.
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