Sunday in the WHL: Warriors sneak past Tigers . . . Ice freezes out Blades . . . ‘Tips, ‘Hawks tied at top


The above tweet came from the Saskatoon Blades’ Twitter account as their game with the host Kootenay Ice was about to begin.

If this report is accurate, it also is scary, and it is to be hoped that the WHL commissioner’s office will be looking into the situation.

You would think that there would be a doctor in the house whenever two teams start their pregame warmup, wouldn’t you?

The NFL playoff game between the visiting New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings is why we play/watch sports. It is being shown again tonight (Sunday) at midnight on the NFL Network. It will be worth PVRing (is that a word?) and watching again, just to see if it really happened.

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At Moose Jaw, the Warriors gave up 3-0 and 4-1 leads before beating the Medicine Hat Tigers, 5-4 in OT, on a goal from F Brett Howden. . . . The Warriors (36-7-3) lead the MooseJawWarriorsoverall standings by 10 points over Swift Current. . . . The Tigers (24-17-4) are atop the Central Division, nine points ahead of Lethbridge. . . . The Warriors got out to a 2-0 lead as D Brandon Schuldaus scored his first two goals of the season, at 6:16 of the first period and 1:26 of the second. . . . Schuldaus is in his third WHL season; he had two goals in each of his first two seasons. He started this season with 12 assists in 37 games with Red Deer. Since being acquired by the Warriors, he had two goals and two assists in five games. . . . D Dmitri Zaitsev (4) upped the lead to to 3-0 at 2:40 of the second. . . . D Kristians Rubins (4) got the Tigers started at 4:44. . . . The Warriors went ahead 4-1 when F Jayden Halbgewachs, the WHL’s leading sniper, got No. 48 at 6:41 of the third period. . . . The Tigers tied it on goals from F Jaeger White (6), at 10:26; F Bryan Lockner (9), on a PP, at 16:18; and F Mark Rassell (37), at 19:21. . . . Howden won it with his 17th goal at 3:06 of extra time. . . . Howden, who also had two assists, has four goals and six assists in three games since returning from the WJC where he won gold with Canada. . . . Halbgewachs also had two assists, as did F Ryan Peckford. . . . Warriors F Brayden Burke had one assist. He leads the WHL with 88 points, one more than Halbgewachs. . . . White added an assist to his goal for the Tigers. . . . Burke also had the distinction of taking the game’s only penalty, a minor for tripping at 15:34 of the third period. . . . Lockner scored with him in stir. . . . The Warriors got 37 saves from G Brody Willms. At the other end, Jordan Hollett stopped 35 shots. . . . Both teams were playing their third game in fewer than 48 hours, with the Tigers on the road for all three. . . . James Gallo (@jamesgallo2) tweeted that this was Moose Jaw head coach Tim Hunter’s “129th win on the Warriors bench, which ties him with Dave Hunchak for second on the Warriors’ all-time win list.” . . . Who is No. 1? Al Tuer, with 137 victories. . . .  Announced attendance: 3,306.

At Cranbrook, B.C., the Kootenay Ice scored four goals before the game was 11 minutes old and went on to beat the Saskatoon Blades, 8-2. . . . Kootenay (19-22-3) had lost its Kootenaynewprevious six games (0-5-1). The Ice is third in the Central Division, two points behind Lethbridge. . . . The Blades (22-20-3) hold down the Eastern Conference’s second wild-card spot, seven points ahead of Prince Albert, which has two games in hand. . . . The above tweet came out of the Blades’ Twitter account after the first period. Yes, it was an afternoon game. . . . F Brett Davis, who had two goals, scored twice in that early onslaught, giving him 13. F Alec Baer (18) and F Colton Kroeker (10) added the others. . . . F Max Gerlach (19) got the Blades on the scoreboard at 18:17, but F Colton Veloso (15) got that one back just 63 seconds later. . . . F Keenan Taphorn (5) and D Sam Huston (2) added second-period goals for the winners. . . . D Jake Kustra (3) had Saskatoon’s last goal. . . . The Ice was 2-8 on the PP; the Blades were 0-6. . . . G Duncan McGovern stopped 28 shots for the Ice, while the Blades’ Tyler Brown turned aside 25 shots. . . . Kootenay D Ryan Pouliot came up short on a penalty shot at 19:50 of the third period. . . . (NOTE: I later heard from an observer of this game who points out that Pouliot, “who received a minor 10 seconds earlier, did not take the penalty shot, was not on the ice at the end of the game, nor did he get in a fight from the dressing room as the WHL website summary claims. I maintain that Martin Bodak had the penalty shot credited to Pouliot and Brad Ginnell had the fight credit to Pouliot at the end of the game.”) . . . Presumably, changes are coming to the online game sheet. . . . The Ice had Jesse Makaj backing up McGovern as Matt Berlin suffered an undisclosed injury on Saturday. Makaj, 16, was a second-round pick in the 2016 bantam draft. He plays for the major midget Greater Vancouver Canadians. . . . There were two fights at the final buzzer, which may result in fines. . . . Announced attendance: 2,535.

At Portland, F Matt Fonteyne scored in the fourth round of a shootout to give the Everett Silvertips a 4-3 victory over the Winterhawks. . . . The Silvertips (27-16-2) have won four Everettin a row. . . . The Winterhawks (26-13-4) have points in five straight (4-0-1). . . . The two teams are tied atop the U.S. Division, with Portland holding two games in hand. . . . F Skyler McKenzie (32) gave the home side a 1-0 lead, on a PP, at 13:48 of the first period. . . . Everett tied it at 13:33 of the second period when Fonteyne (25) scored. . . . The visitors took the lead 1:16 later as F Martin Fasko-Rudas scored his second goal of the season. . . . Portland F Kieffer Bellows (22) tied it at 1:18 of the the third period. . . . F Connor Dewar (19) put Everett back out front, on a PP, at 7:18. . . . Portland forced OT when McKenzie (33) scored his second goal of the game, at 15:26. . . . F Patrick Bajkov scored for Everett in the second round, with Portland tying it in Round 3 when Bellows scored. . . . Bajkov had two assists for Everett, with Fonteyne adding one. . . . Bellows added an assist to his goal. . . . Everett was 2-6 on the PP; Portland was 1-5. . . . G Carter Hart stopped 24 shots to earn the victory over Cole Kehler, who made 39 saves. . . . The Winterhawks went 2-0-1 in in playing three games in fewer than 48 hours. . . . Everett will make it three games in fewer than 48 hours when it plays host to the Tri-City Americans today (Monday), at 4:05 p.m. . . . Announced attendance: 4,266.

MONDAY (all times local):

Tri-City at Everett, 4:05 p.m.


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