Pats stun Broncos with late comeback

Americans climb right back into playoff contention

 

 

 

F Justin Feser (Tri-City, 2008-13) has signed a two-year extension with Olten (Switzerland, NL B). He led Olten in scoring, with 49 points, including 18 goals, in 45 games. The Swiss NL B regular season ended on Saturday. . . .

F Dalibor Bortňák (Kamloops, 2008-11) has been traded by Košice to Banská Bystrica (both Slovakia, Extraliga) for Ivan Jankovič. In 41 games, Bortňák had four goals and six assists. . . .

F Pavel Brendl (Calgary, 1998-2001) has signed with Zvolen (Slovakia, Extraliga) for the rest of the season. This season with Skalica (Slovakia, Extraliga), he had 19 goals and 10 assists in 46 games. There are six games left in the Extraliga’s regular season.

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The Red Deer Rebels added two players to their roster as they headed into the B.C. Division for four games. With G Rylan Toth out with what is believed to be a high ankle sprain, the Rebels added G Dawson Weatherill from the midget AAA Red Deer Chiefs. A second-round pick in the 2014 bantam draft, he’ll back up Trevor Martin. . . . The Rebels also added D Ethan Sakowich, from Athabasca, Alta. He turned 17 on Feb. 4. He plays for the midget AAA Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., Rangers. A third-round selection in the 2014 bantam draft, he was pointless in two games with the Rebels earlier this season. . . . The Rebels open the trip in Kelowna tonight.

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Paul Figler of whlstats.ca tweeted a couple of interesting statistics on Monday afternoon, pointing out that F Dryden Hunt of the Moose Jaw Warriors, who had just enjoyed a five-point outing, had moved to second overall in “per cent of team goals created” with 45.81. . . . F Adam Brooks of the Regina Pats is No. 1 at 47.75. . . . Brooks has been in on 85 of Regina’s 178 goals, while Hunt has figured in 93 of Moose Jaw’s 203 goals. . . . It’s worth noting, too, that Brooks and Hunt both began their WHL careers with the Pats when they were owned by the Parkers. Brooks was a second-round selection, 25th overall, in the 2011 bantam draft. Hunt was a list player. . . . Hunt was traded to the Medicine Hat Tigers in the middle of 2014-15, and they dealt him to Moose Jaw prior to this season as they got down in 20-year-old numbers.

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Bill Gallacher, the owner of the Portland Winterhawks, was in the Oregon city on Monday to watch his team play. Before the game, he answered a few questions and Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune was there. That piece is right here.

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Coaching

Wayne Bartley is out as the director of player personnel and head MJHL coach of the MJHL’s Selkirk Steelers. The team announced Monday that they have “mutually parted ways.” . . . Bartley replaced Ryan Smith as head coach to being the 2014-15 season. . . . The Steelers have nine regular-season games remaining. Assistant coach Jeff Mitchell is the interim head coach. . . . The Steelers are 20-29-2, good for eighth place in the 11-team league.

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Ron Johnson has resigned as the director of hockey development and head coach of the junior B Port Moody Panthers of the Pacific Junior Hockey League. . . . The move was made for personal reasons. . . . “Due to other pressing commitments, I have decided to step down . . .,” Johnson said in a news release. . . . Johnson, 57, had been director of hockey development since May 2014 and head coach since October 2014. . . . The team says a search for a replacement has begun. . . . The Panthers are 11-28-5 and in fifth place in the five-team league.

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MONDAY’S GAMES:

At Swift Current, the Regina Pats erased a 3-1 third-period deficit and went on to beat the Broncos, 4-3, in a shootout. . . . F Cole Sanford and F Adam Brooks scored shootout goals for Regina, while F Tyler Steenbergen and F Lane Pederson of the Broncos weren’t able to solve Pats G Tyler Brown. . . . Steenbergen, with his 13th goal, 54 seconds into the second period and F Glenn Gawdin, with his 11th, at 9:08 gave the home side a 2-0 lead. . . . D Sergey Zborovskiy got the Pats on the board with his seventh goal at 12:54. . . . The Broncos appeared to put it away at 3:05 of the third period. They had just finished killing off the first part of a 5-on-3 disadvantage when F Jamal Watson stepped out of the penalty box and scored his 11th goal, while shorthanded, for a 3-1 lead. . . . F Sean Richards got the Pats to within one with his third goal at 6:58 and D Connor Hobbs, tied it with his 14th, on a PP, at 10:27. . . . Sanford had three assists, and F Sam Steel had two for Regina. . . . D Colby Sissons had two assists for the Broncos. . . . Brown finished with 29 saves through OT, while Taz Burman of the Broncos stopped 35. . . . The Broncos were 1-for-3 on the PP; the Pats were 1-for-4. . . . Regina (25-23-7) has won two in a row and is in sole possession of the Eastern Conference’s first wild-card spot. . . . The Broncos (20-28-7) are eight points out of a playoff spot that right now belongs to Edmonton. Swift Current has two games in hand, but no games left with Edmonton. The Broncos have 17 games remaining. . . . Announced attendance: 2,478.

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At Edmonton, F Max James broke a 1-1 tie with a shorthanded goal at 3:24 of the third period and the Tri-City Americans went on to a 3-1 victory over the Oil Kings. . . . James had three goals this season. . . . F Parker Bowles scored his 32nd goal at 4:00 of the second period to get the Americans rolling. . . . Edmonton F Davis Koch tied it with his fifth goal at 16:06. . . . Tri-City F Jordan Topping supplied some breathing room with his 24th at 12:18 of the third. . . . Topping and Bowles also had an assist each, while F Tyler Sandhu had two assists. . . . Tri-City G Evan Sarthou stopped 26 shots, one more than Edmonton’s Patrick Dea. . . . The Oil Kings were 0-for-2 on the PP; the Americans were 0-for-3. . . . The Americans (27-26-3) have won two in a row. They went 3-1-0 in a four-game swing into the Central Divison, also beating Kootenay and Red Deer, while losing to Lethbridge. That leaves the Americans three points behind the Kamloops Blazers, who hold down the Western Conference’s second wild-card spot. . . . The Oil Kings (24-26-7) hold down the Eastern Conference’s second wild-card spot. . . . Announced attendance: 10,812.

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At Prince Albert, F Dryden Hunt and F Brayden Point had big days the Moose Jaw Warriors beat the Raiders, 5-0. . . . Hunt, who leads the WHL in goals (44) and points (93), scored three times and added two assists. He got the game’s first goal, 52 seconds into the second period, added an empty-netter at 15:51 of the third and got the game’s last goal at 17:52. . . . Hunt, 20, went into this season with career highs of 33 goals and 83 points. . . . Hunt has three hat tricks in his last five games. He had three goals on Wednesday when the Warriors beat the visiting Raiders, 4-2. . . . Point scored his 28th goal and added three assists. He’s got 67 points in 34 games this season. His assist on Hunt’s first goal was Point’s 300th career point. He finished the game with 303 points in 238 games, behind only F Chad Hinz (332 in 285 games) and F Theo Fleury (472 in 274 games) in franchise history. . . . F Noah Gregor picked up his 23rd goal and added two assists. . . . Moose Jaw G Zach Sawchenko stopped 37 shots. He’s got two shutouts this season and six in his career. . . . Raiders G Rylan Parenteau turned aside 25 shots. . . . Moose Jaw was 2-for-6 on the PP; Prince Albert was 0-for-4. . . . The Warriors (29-21-8) are 4-0-1 in their last five outings and now are just two points behind the second-place Raiders (31-19-6) in the East Division. . . . The Raiders are at home to Regina on Wednesday and the Warriors are back in Prince Albert on Friday. . . . Announced attendance: 2,282.

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At Portland, D Caleb Jones score at 1:13 of OT to give the Winterhawks a 2-1 victory over the Victoria Royals. . . . Jones’ ninth goal came off a 2-on-1 break. . . . F Ryan Peckford gave Victoria a 1-0 lead with his seventh goal at 6:29 of the first period. . . . Portland F Dominic Turgeon tied it with his 28th goal at 13:45 of the second. . . . F Matt Phillips drew an assist, giving him 63 points. That is a Royals’ record for most points by a freshman. F Logan Nelson had 62 in 2011-12. The franchise record (82) belongs to Mark Santorelli, who did it with the 2006-07 Chilliwack Bruins. . . . Portland G Adin Hill stopped 29 shots, three more than Victoria’s Griffen Outhouse. . . . Each team was 0-for-2 on the PP. . . . The Winterhawks (29-25-3) have points in four straight (3-0-1). They are tied for third in the U.S. Division with the Spokane Chiefs (27-22-7), who hold a game in hand. . . . Portland starts a six-game Central Division tour in Lethbridge on Friday. . . . The Royals (37-16-6) have lost two in a row after winning 11 straight. They are tied with Lethbridge for second in the overall standings, one point behind Kelowna. . . . Announced attendance: 6,723.

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TUESDAY’S GAME (all times local):

Red Deer at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.