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October 3, 2015 11:15 A.M.


D Joel Kwiatkowski (Tacoma/Kelowna, Prince George, 1994-98) signed a one-year contract with MoDo Örnsköldsvik (Sweden, SHL). Last season, he had three goals and 10 assists in 42 games with Fribourg-Gottéron (Switzerland, NL A).
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You have to think that Brent Sutter, the owner, general manager and head coach of the Red Deer Rebels, slept pretty WHL team logowell last night. Or, at least as well as he ever sleeps during the season.
With the Carolina Hurricanes having returned D Haydn Fleury, a first-round selection in the NHL’s 2014 draft, to the Rebels, Sutter’s deck of cards is flush.
Fleury was returned a couple of days after the Colorado Avalanche sent back F Conner Bleackley, the Rebels’ captain. They also got back F Michael Spacek, a Czech freshman, from the Winnipeg Jets and he is turning out to be a real handful for opposing teams in the early going.
The Rebels are the host team for the 2016 Memorial Cup tournament and Sutter knows what cards he has in his hand.
He started dealing last season when he added defencemen Colton Bobyk and Nelson Nogier in trades. Fleury arrives just as sophomore Josh Mahura checks out with an injury that Sutter has said could keep him out for quite a while.
Fleury, by the way, wasn’t back in Red Deer in time to play Saturday night against the Kelowna Rockets. He likely will play Tuesday against the host Lethbridge Hurricanes.
The Rebels, it should be pointed out, beat the defending-champion Rockets, 7-4, to run their record to 4-0-0. You know Sutter won't be please with the four goals against, but he's got all hands on deck now and he'll be happy about that.
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Potential WHL players still with NHL teams:
Calgary: F Jake Virtanen, Vancouver.
Prince Albert: D Brendan Guhle, Buffalo.
Seattle: F Mathew Barzal, NY Islanders.
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F Brandon Magee, who played one season with the Chilliwack Bruins and four with the Victoria Royals, has signed a one-year deal with the AHL’s Texas Stars. The Edmonton native put up 264 points, including 113 goals, in 318 regular-season WHL games. Last season, he had 61 points, 23 of them goals, in 50 games with Victoria. . . . Chilliwack selected him in the fourth round of the WHL’s 2009 bantam draft. He was never selected in the NHL draft.
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Former Seattle Thunderbirds assistant coach Darren Rumble now is the head coach of the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats, and he had an interesting Friday.
The Wildcats played home-and-home with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and it was quite a series. The Screaming QMJHLEagles won 7-3 at home in Sydney, N.S., on Wednesday, in a penalty-filled affair.
On Friday, the Wildcats won another penalty-filled contest, 5-2, and before it was over the two head coaches were in a yelling match. Things boiled over after Moncton F Conor Garland, the QMJHL’s defending scoring champion, got into a scrap and ended up with his helmetless head slamming into the ice surface.
Rumble apparently got up on top of the boards and challenged Marc-Andre Dumont, the Screaming Eagles’ GM and head coach, to a scrap.
Mike Sanderson of Yahoo! Canada Sports has more right here.
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The KHL’s regular season is heading into its second quarter and Patrick Conway of Conway’s Russian Hockey Blog has taken a comprehensive look at attendance figures. That piece is right here.
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SATURDAY’S GAMES:
At Cranbrook, F Giorgio Estephan scored once and added three assists to lead the Lethbridge Hurricanes to a 5-1 victory over the Kootenay Ice. . . . The Hurricanes (2-1-0) got off to a quick start on goals from Estephan and F Jordy Bellerive at 1:08 and 2:47 of the first period. . . . The visitors went on to score the first five goals, adding one in the second and two in the third. . . . The Ice now is 1-3-0. . . . F Brayden Burke helped out with a goal and an assist. . . . Lethbridge G Jayden Sittler stopped 25 shots. losing his shutout when F Jon Martin scored a PP goal at 3:34 of the third. . . . Ice G Declan Hobbs stopped 34 shots. . . . The Ice’s scratches included G Wyatt Hoflin, 20, while F Jaedon Descheneau, 20, was back for his first game since being returned from the St. Louis Blues organization. . . . Hoflin sat for a second straight game, with Keelan Williams having started Friday night. . . . Lethbridge was 1-for-7 on the PP; Kootenay was 1-for-6. . . . Announced attendance: 1,942. . . . Taylor Rocca of the Cranbrook Daily Townsman has a gamer right here.

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At Regina, F Jayce Hawryluk scored four goals, three of them in the first period, to spark the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 6-0 victory over the Pats. . . . Brandon G Jordan Papirny stopped 16 shots in recording the ?? shutout of his career. . . . It was Hawryluk’s second career four-goal game and the sixth hat trick of his career. He also had an assist. . . . Hawryluk scored three times on the PP as Brandon (2-1-1) was 4-for-10 with the man advantage. Regina (1-2-0) was 0-for-4. . . . F Nolan Patrick had three assists, with D Ivan Provorov, D Kale Clague and D Macoy Erkamps each getting two. . . . F John Quenneville helped out with a goal and two assists. . . . Regina took 61 of the game’s 120 penalty minutes. . . . With GM/head coach John Paddock in Winnipeg — he was inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame — assistant GM/assistant coach Dave Struch ran things. . . . Former WHL star Sheldon Kennedy was among the inductees, too. . . . The Wheat Kings were without F Rihards Bukarts, who drew a TBD suspension for a checking-from-behind major in a 3-2 loss to visiting Calgary on Friday night. . . . Bukarts is a 20-year-old and being suspended doesn’t free up a 20-year-old spot. So Brandon dressed just two — Erkamps and D Colton Waltz — while scratching F Quintin Lisoway. F Tim McGauley, another 20, has a shoulder injury. . . . Announced attendance: 3,945.
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At Prince Albert, F Reid Gardiner scored 18 seconds into OT to give the Raiders a 5-4 victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers. . . . It was the third straight OT game for the Raiders (3-1-0), who have won all three of those games — twice in OT and once in a shootout. . . . The Tigers (2-2-0) led 3-2 after one period and were ahead 4-3 late in the second. . . . Raiders F Austin Glover tied the game at 19:04 of the second period. . . . Gardiner won it with his fourth goal of the season. He finished with two goals and an assist, while F Simon Stransky had three assists. D Jesse Lees scored once and drew two assists, and D Hunter Warner had two helpers. . . . The Tigers got two goals from Steve Owre, and two assists from each of D David Quenneville and F Trevor Cox. . . . Raiders G Rylan Parenteau stopped 29 shots, four more than Evan Johnson of the Tigers. . . . Prince Albert was 2-for-7 on the PP; Medicine Hat was 0-for-2. . . .  Announced attendance: 2,159. . . . Jeff d’Andrea of paNOW has a game story right here.
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At Moose Jaw, freshman F Noah Gregor and veteran F Brayden Point each had three points to lead the Warriors to a 6-3 victory over the Calgary Hitmen. . . . Moose Jaw (2-0-1) handed Calgary (3-1-0) its first loss. The Hitmen also had gone 7-0-0 in the exhibition season. . . . Trailing 1-0 in the first period, the Warriors scored back-to-back PP goals, with Gregor counting at 7:57 and Point scoring at 8:50. . . . With the score tied at 2-2 in the second period, the Warriors got goals from F Dryden Hunt, at 11:34 on a PP, F Jayden Halbgewachs at 12:17, and Gregor at 14:95, on a PP. . . . Gregor finished with two goals and an assist, with Point scoring once — it was his 100th WHL goal — and setting up two others. . . . Moose Jaw D Ryan Gardiner and F Brett Howden each had two assists. . . . Warriors G Zach Sawchenko turned aside 27 shots, two more than Calgary’s Kyle Dumba, who was making his first WHL start. . . . Calgary had G Lasse Petersen backing up Dumba, with G Brendan Burke scratched. He was shaken up during a 3-2 victory in Brandon on Friday and left in the third period. . . . Calgary F Lucas Cullen took a hard hit from Moose Jaw F Tanner Jeannot in the first period and didn’t return. . . . Calgary already was without F Carsen Twarynski and F Jordy Stallard with undisclosed injuries. . . . Moose Jaw was 4-for-11 on the PP; Calgary was 1-for-8. . . . “This is the result when you get lazy and don’t move your feet,” Calgary GM Mike Moore told Jason Pirie of hitmenhockey.com. “You can’t win in this league giving up that many power-play opportunities, especially to a power-play that has skilled players like Brayden Point and Brett Howden on it.” . . . Announced attendance: 3,241.
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At Red Deer, F Evan Polei scored twice to erase a 1-0 deficit and get the Rebels started towards a 7-4 victory over the Kelowna Rockets. . . . F Tyson Baillie gave Kelowna (3-2-0) a 1-0 lead with his fifth goal at 8:36 of the first period, on a PP. . . . Polei scored at 14:57 and 15:15 and the Rebels (4-0-0) never trailed after that. . . . Kelowna F Kole Lind got the Rockets to within 3-2 at 7:14 of the second but Red Deer got goals 17 seconds apart from F Grayson Pawlenchuk and F Austin Pratt to go ahead 5-2. . . . F Michael Spacek had a goal, his fifth, and an assist for the Rebels, with F Ivan Nikolishin and F Brandon Hagel each getting two assists. . . . D Riley Stadel and D Lucas Johansen each had two helpers for Kelowna. . . . Red Deer G Rylan Toth stopped 34 shots. . . . Rockets G Michael Herringer, playing without a backup according to the online game sheet, blocked 31 shots. . . . Kelowna G Jackson Whistle wasn’t dressed for a third straight game after taking a stick to the throat in Kamloops on Sept. 27. . . . Announced attendance: 5,507.
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At Portland, the Everett Silvertips scored the game’s last three goals, two of them by F Devon Skoleski, and beat the Winterhawks, 3-1. . . . F Rodrigo Abols gave Portland (0-3-0) a 1-0 lead at 5:33 of the first period. . . . Skoleski tied it at 8:00 of the first period and D Noah Juulsen gave Everett (2-1-0) a 2-1 lead at 17:09 of the second. . . . Skoleski, an 18-year-old freshman from St. Adolphe, Man., iced it with a PP goal at 5:11 of the third. . . . Everett G Carter Hart stopped 34 shots. Adin Hill of the Winterhawks made 24 saves. . . . G Austin Lotz, one of four 20-year-olds with Everett, wasn’t in uniform even though the Silvertips dressed only two 20s — F Remi Laurencelle and F Carson Stadnyk. . . . Everett was 1-for-6 on the PP; Portland was 0-for-4. . . . Portland D Jack Dougherty wasn’t on the bench for the third period. . . . Announced attendance: 9,159.
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At Kennewick, Wash., F Dominic Zwerger scored seven seconds — yes, seven seconds! — into OT to give the Spokane Chiefs a 4-3 victory over the Tri-City Americans. . . . The Chiefs (2-1-0) had taken a 2-0 lead into the third period. . . . The Americans (0-1-1) pulled even on goals from F Vladislav Lukin, at 5:45, and F Parker Bowles, at 7:48. . . . Spokane D Jason Fram, who had two goals and a helper, put his guys back out front at 10:50. . . . Tri-City F Justin Topping forced OT with a goal at 15:17. . . . Zwerger finished with two goals and an assist. . . . D Brandon Carlo had two assists for the Americans. . . . Spokane G Tyson Verhelst stopped 31 shots, 12 more than Tri-City’s Evan Sarthou. . . . The Chiefs were 1-for-5 on the PP; the Americans were 0-for-6. . . . Chiefs F Jacob Cardiff took a charging major and game misconduct at 6:34 of the first period for a hit on F Braden Purtill, who didn’t return. . . . Announced attendance: 4,510.
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At Victoria, D Joe Hicketts earned three assists to lead the Royals to a 5-1 victory over the Kamloops Blazers. . . . Hicketts now holds the franchise record for career assists by a defenceman. He’s got 94 in 170 regular-season games. Brandon Manning had held the record of 91. He played 200 games with the Chilliwack Bruins, who moved to Victoria in time for 2011-12. . . . F Jack Walker added a goal and two assists for the Royals (4-0-0). . . . The Blazers are 0-4-0, the first time in the franchise’s 35 seasons that it has opened with four straight losses. . . . Victoria G Coleman Vollrath stopped 25 shots, five fewer than the Blazers’ Connor Ingram. . . . Victoria was 2-for-4 on the PP; Kamloops was 0-for-3. . . . Blazers F Matt Revel, who played Friday for the first time after injuring a shoulder on Sept. 11, was scratched with an undisclosed injury. . . . Announced attendance: 4,101.
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At Kent, Wash., D Jerret Smith scored twice and added an assist to lead the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 4-1 victory over the Prince George Cougars. . . . Freshman D Jarret Tyszka scored the game’s first goal, giving Seattle a 1-0 lead at 10:01 of the first period. . . . Smith scored his side’s second goal, flipping the puck from centre ice on a line change and having it get past G Ty Edmonds. . . . Seattle G Logan Flodell stopped 27 shots. He lost his shutout when F Jesse Gabrielle scored a shorthanded goal at 2:54 of the second period. . . . Edmonds turned aside 33 shots. . . . Seattle improved to 1-1-0, while Prince George slipped to 1-2-0. . . . The Thunderbirds were 2-for-4 on the PP; the Cougars were 0-for-1. . . . F Ryan Gropp (undisclosed injury) and F Matthew Barzal were among Seattle’s scratches. Barzal remains with the NHL’s New York Islanders. . . . Announced attendance: 5,095.

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SUNDAY'S GAMES (all times local):
Vancouver at Saskatoon, 2 p.m.
Swift Current at Edmonton, 4 p.m.
Calgary at Regina, 4 p.m.
Kelowna at Lethbridge, 6 p.m.
Seattle vs. Tri-City, at Kennewick, Wash., 5:05 p.m.
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