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The Lethbridge Hurricanes have signed G Carl Tetachuk, 16, to a WHL contract. From Lethbridge, Tetachuk is playing for the midget AAA Hurricanes (14-1-1, 1.47, .931, with six shutouts). He leads the Alberta Midget Hockey League in victories, GAA, save percentage and shutouts. . . . The 5-foot-11, 160-pound Tetachuk wasn’t selected in the 2016 WHL bantam draft, despite going 14-3-1, 2.01, .885 with the Lethbridge Golden Hawks.
Jim Swanson, a former sports editor of the Prince George Citizen, has been named a finalist as the Victoria Chamber of Commerce’s Business Person of the Year. . . . Swanson, who spent a number of years covering the Prince George Cougars and the WHL, now is the managing partner of the Victoria HarbourCats of baseball’s West Coast League. He is preparing for his fifth season with the franchise, having started as general manager and vice-president. . . . The 2018 Greater Victoria Business Awards will be handed out on May 10.
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IF THE PLAYOFFS OPENED TODAY …
Prince Albert at Moose Jaw
Regina at Medicine Hat
Brandon at Swift Current
Kootenay at Lethbridge
Seattle at Everett
Tri-City at Kelowna
Spokane at Portland
Vancouver at Victoria
At Moose Jaw, G Brody Willms stopped 20 shots to lead the Warriors to a 2-0 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes. . . . Moose Jaw (41-9-3) has won two in a row and leads the overall standings by five points over Swift Current. . . . Lethbridge (25-22-6) had points in each of its previous five games (3-0-2). It is second in the Central Division, five points ahead of Kootenay. . . . F Vince Loschiavo (15) scored the game’s first goal, at 8:11 of the first period, and F Brayden Burke (26) added insurance at 16:10. Burke and Swift Current F Glenn Gawdin now are tied for the scoring lead, each with 99 points. . . . Willms posted his third shutout of this season, and the fourth of his career. This season, he is 29-7-3, 3.02, .901. . . . The Hurricanes got 34 saves from G Logan Flodell. . . . Lethbridge was 0-3 on the PP; Moose Jaw was 0-4. . . . The Warriors continue to be without D Jett Woo, although is back at practice in a non-contact outfit. . . . The Hurricanes still are without F Dylan Cozens. . . . Announced attendance: 3,259.
At Regina, the Kootenay Ice struck for three second-period goals and went on to beat the Pats, 4-2. . . . Kootenay (24-28-3) had lost its previous five games. It is third in the Central Division, five points behind Lethbridge. . . . Regina (28-23-5) had won its past three games. It is fourth in the East Division, four points behind Brandon, but continues to hold down the Eatern Conference’s first wild-card spot. . . . F Alec Baer (23) gave the Ice a 1-0 lead just 46 seconds into the first period. . . . Regina F Nick Henry (9) tied it at 1:04 of the second period. . . . The Ice took common with three goals in 6:29. . . . F Colton Kroeker (12) started it with a shorthanded goal at 3:29. . . . F Sebastian Streu (9) gave the visitors a 3-1 lead at 6:14, and D Dallas Hines (4) added a PP goal at 9:48. . . . The Pats got their second goal from F Matt Bradley (31) at 6:33 of the third period. . . . Hines, Baer and Kroeker added an assist each for the winners. . . . F Sam Steel drew two assists for Regina. . . . Kootenay was 1-2 on the PP; Regina was 0-5. . . . The Ice got 37 saves from G Duncan McGovern, while Ryan Kubic stopped 29 shots for the Pats. . . . Announced attendance: 6,020.
At Swift Current, F Glenn Gawdin scored the game’s first two goals to get the Broncos headed towards a 5-1 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders. . . . Swift Current (38-13-4) has won two straight. It is second in the overall standings, five points behind Moose Jaw, which holds two games in hand. . . . Prince Albert (22-21-11) had points in its previous nine games (6-0-3). It is tied with Saskatoon for the Eastern Conference’s second wild-card spot. . . . Gawdin, who has 46 goals, scored 22 seconds into the first period, then added a second goal at 11:25. He has 99 points and is tied with Moose Jaw F Brayden Burke for the lead in the scoring race. . . . F Giorgio Estephan (25), at 11:39, and F Beck Malenstyn (7), at 17:38, added goals before the period ended. . . . F Kaden Elder (13) made it 5-0 at 1:43 of the second period. . . . The Raiders got their goal from F Justin Nachbaur (7) at 13:58 of the second. . . . The Broncos got two assists from F Matteo Gennaro, with Estephan and Malenstyn getting one each. . . . Swift Current was 1-4 on the PP; Prince Albert was 0-3. . . . G Stuart Skinner earned the victory with 29 saves, one fewer than Prince Albert’s Curtis Meger. . . . The Broncos had F Aleksi Heponiemi, Elder and D Sahvan Khaira back after brief injury-related absences. . . . Announced attendance: 2,890.
At Brandon, the Wheat Kings scored the game’s last five goals, the last two into an empty net, and beat the Saskatoon Blades, 6-3. . . . Brandon (30-19-5) is third in the East Division, now four points up on Regina. . . . Saskatoon (26-26-3) remains tied with Prince Albert for the Eastern Conference’s second wild-card spot. They will play tonight in Saskatoon as the folks in ‘Toontown celebrate the 30th anniversary of the facility originally known as Saskatchewan Place (it now is the SaskTel Centre). . . . Last night, F Cole Reinhardt gave Brandon the lead at 3:11 of the first period. . . . Saskatoon scored the next three goals. . . . F Max Gerlach (26) tied it at 7:21. . . . F Bradly Goethals (11) gave the visitors a 2-1 lead at 5:17 of the second period, and D Dawson Davidson (8) upped it to 3-1 at 10:57. That was Davidson’s first goal since coming over from Regina in January. . . . F Luka Burzan (10) got Brandon to within a goal at 16:16. . . . D James Shearer (1) tied the scored at 2:38 of the third period, with Reinhardt 13) breaking the tie at 13:52. . . . D Chase Hartje (2) and F Evan Weinger (25) got the empty-netters, at 18:00 and 18:30. . . . F Gunnar Wegleitner had two assists for Brandon, with Reinhardt and Weinger getting one apiece. . . . The Blades got two assists from F Logan Christensen. . . . Brandon was 0-4 on the PP; Saskatoon was 0-2. . . . G Logan Thompson stopped 33 shots to record the victory over Tyler Brown, who made 19 saves. . . . G Nolan Maier (ill) was among Saskatoon’s scratches. As a result, Koen MacInnes, 16, came in from the Burnaby Winter Club to back up Brown. MacInnes was a second-round pick by Saskatoon in the WHL’s 2017 bantam draft. . . . Announced attendance: 4,210.
At Red Deer, F Kristian Reichel scored three goals and added an assist to lead the Rebels to a 7-2 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings. . . . Red Deer (17-25-13) has points in nine straight games (7-0-2). It is fourth in the Central Division, four points behind Kootenay. . . . Edmonton (14-32-7) has lost three in a row. . . . These two teams will play again this afternoon in Edmonton and it’s on Sportsnet. . . . F Kobe Mohr (7) gave Edmonton a 1-0 lead 26 seconds into the game. . . . Red Deer scored the next five goals, three of them by Reichel, who has 23. . . . He started with PP goals at 3:37 and 17:59 of the second period. . . . F Arshdeep Bains (2) made it 3-1 at 19:15. . . . Reichel completed the hat trick with a shorthanded goal at 4:28 of the third period. . . . F David Kope (8) got a shorthanded goal for Edmonton in the third period, before F Brandon Hagel (9) and D Hunter Donohoe (2) finished Red Deer’s scoring. . . . McCarty, Hael and D Dawson Barteaux each had two assists for Red Deer. . . . The Rebels were 3-11 on the PP; the Oil Kings were 0-3. . . . G Riley Lamb stopped 24 shots for the winners, while Edmonton’s Todd Scott turned aside 33. . . . The Oil Kings lost F Trey Fix-Wolansky to a cross-checking major and game misconduct for a hit on Reichel at 8:42 of the first period. . . . D Alex Alexeyev, who was due back in Red Deer on Friday after returning to Russia following the death of his mother, may return to the lineup on Monday in Prince George. . . . Announced attendance: 4,729.
At Medicine Hat, David Quenneville became the highest-scoring defenceman in Tigers history as they beat the Calgary Hitmen, 4-0. . . . Medicine Hat (28-22-7) has won two straight. It leads the Central Division by seven points over Lethbridge. . . . Calgary (16-31-7) had points in its two previous games (1-0-1). . . . Quenneville drew two assists, giving him 197 career points, one more than Kris Russell. Quenneville, 19, has played 236 games over four seasons. Russell, now with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, played 241 games over four seasons. . . . F Elijah Brown opened the scoring at 1:16 of the second period, with F Mark Rassell (44) making it 2-0 at 2:13. . . . Brown (5) upped it to 3-0 at 3:36. . . . F Ryan Chyzowski (18) added a PP goal at 15:20 of the third period. . . . G Michael Bullion recorded his second consecutive shutout with 16 saves. He’s got three shutouts this season and six in his career. . . . Calgary G Nick Schneider stopped 41 shots. . . . Announced attendance: 3,063.
At Prince George, F Jermaine Loewen scored a PP goal late in the third period to give the Kamloops Blazers a 3-2 victory over the Cougars on Lumberjack Night. . . . Kamloops (25-25-4) had lost its previous two games (0-1-1). It is eight points away from a playoff spot. . . . Prince George (19-28-8) has lost two straight. It is fifth in the B.C. Division, eight points behind Kamloops. . . . F Ryley Appelt (2) gave the Blazers a 1-0 lead at 1:37 of the first period. . . . The Cougars took the lead on goals by F Ilijah Collins (8), at 2:46, and F Kjell Kjemhus (1), at 3:37. . . . Kamloops F Jackson Shepard (6) got the visitors even at 9:44. . . . The teams then played almost 50 minutes of scoreless hockey before Loewen scored his 26th goal. . . . D Joe Gatenby had two assists for the Blazers. He has career highs in goals (11), assists (36) and points (47). He will play his 300th regular-season game tonight in Prince George. . . . Kamloops was 0-3 on the PP; Prince George was 0-6. . . . G Dylan Ferguson stopped 26 shots to earn the victory over Taylor Gauthier, who made 30 saves. . . . Kamloops F/D Tylor Ludwar took a kneeing major and game misconduct after a hit on D Joel Lakusta at 9:38 of the third period. Lakusta wasn’t injured on the play. . . . Kamloops F Luc Smith left early in the first period, after he missed a check, hit the boards hard and left with an apparent leg injury. . . . F Brendan Boyle, 16, made his WHL debut with the Cougars. From Lake Country, B.C., he plays for the major midget Okanagan Rockets. He has 16 goals and 19 assists in 29 games in the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League. . . . Announced attendance: 2,901.
At Portland, G Shane Farkas stopped 32 shots to help the Winterhawks to a 3-1 victory over the Tri-City Americans. . . . Portland (33-18-4) has won three straight games. It is second in the U.S. Division, two points behind Everett. . . . Tri-City (27-18-8) has lost three in a row (0-2-1) and now is tied with Seattle for the Western Conference’s two wild-card spots, but they are just one point behind Spokane, which is third in the U.S. Division. . . . F Jordan Topping (31) gave Tri-City a 1-0 lead at 19:31 of the first period. . . . D Dennis Cholowski (14) got Portland into a 1-1 tie at 3:24 of the second period. That was his first goal with the Winterhawks, after being acquired from Prince George at the trade deadline. . . . F Joachim Blichfeld (18) broke the tie at 4:33. . . . F Kieffer Bellows (29) added insurance at 16:44 of the third period. . . . Tri-City was 0-1 on the PP; Portland was 0-2. . . . Farkas won for the fifth time in his last six decisions. . . . The Americans got 34 stops from G Patrick Dea. . . . D Keoni Texeira played in his 327th regular-season game, moving past Kevin Haupt (1994-99) and into second on Portland’s all-time list. Only D Troy Rutkowski (2008-13) has played in more, at 351. . . . Announced attendance: 7,741.
At Victoria, the Royals scored three times on the PP en route to a 6-1 victory over the Kelowna Rockets. . . . Victoria (33-19-4) now is tied with Kelowna (33-17-4) atop the B.C. Division. The Rockets hold two games in hand. . . . The Royals took a 2-0 lead on PP goals from F Dante Hannoun (22), at 16:36 of the first period, and F Matthew Phillips, at 9:28 of the second period. . . . F Dillon Dube (24) got Kelowna’s goal at 11:26 of the second. . . . Victoria took a 3-1 lead at 13:20 of the second when F Igor Martynov (16) scored. . . . Phillips (41) added insurance at 17:19. His two goals made him the WHL’s fifth 40-goal man this season. . . . Victoria got third-period goals from F Tyler Soy (28) and F Andrei Grishakov (17), the latter on a PP. . . . Soy also had three assists, as did F Tanner Kaspick, with Hannoun getting two. . . . Victoria was 3-8 on the PP; Kelowna was 0-4. . . . G Griffen Outhouse stopped 37 shots through 56:00 for the Royals. Dean McNabb finished up with two saves in 4:00. . . . G Brodan Salmond allowed four goals on 25 shots through two periods for the Rockets. James Porter Jr. finished up by stopping 13 of 15 shots. . . . These same teams will play again tonight in Victoria, and then head for Kelowna and a Monday afternoon clash. . . . The Rockets had F Erik Gardiner in their lineup for the first time since Oct. 28. Gardiner, who missed 39 games, was out with a concussion. Gardiner was hit square in the visor by a puck on Oct. 27, then played the next night, before being knocked out of the lineup by symptoms associated with a concussion. . . . Announced attendance: 4,887.
At Langley, B.C., F Ty Ronning set a franchise single-season scoring record in OT to give the Vancouver Giants a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds. . . . Vancouver (29-17-8) is third in the B.C. Division, four points behind Kelowna and Victoria. . . . Seattle (27-18-8) has points in three straight (1-0-2) and is tied with Tri-City for the Western Conference’s two wild-card spots. . . . Ronning scored the game’s first goal, his 48th of the season, at 6:13 of the second period. . . . Seattle tied it on F Noah Philp’s 12th goal at 10:27 of the third. . . . Ronning won it at 1:42 of OT. That was his 49th goal in 53 games, giving him the Giants’ single-season franchise record. F Evander Kane had 48 goals, in 61 games, in 2008-09. . . . Ronning is second in goals, behind only Moose Jaw F Jayden Halbgewachs, who has 51. . . . Each team was 0-1 on the PP. . . . Vancouver got a giant game from G David Tendeck, who made 49 saves. . . . Seattle G Liam Hughes stopped 19 shots. . . . The Giants scratched four defencemen — Matt Barberis, Darian Skeoch, Alex Kannok Leipert and Dylan Plouffe. . . . Announced attendance: 3,437.
At Everett, the Spokane Chiefs scored the game’s last two goals and beat the Silvertips, 2-1 in OT. . . . Spokane (29-19-5) has points in nine straight games (7-0-2). It has moved into third in the U.S. Division, seven points behind Portland. . . . Everett (34-17-4) has points in three straight (2-0-1). It leads the U.S. Division by two points over Portland. . . . F Garrett Pilon (26) gave Everett a 1-0 lead at 10:17 of the first period. . . . That lasted until 18:11 of the third period when F Jaret Anderson-Dolan (29) pulled Spokane even. . . . The Chiefs won it at 2:58 of OT when F Kailer Yamamoto scored his 11th goal. . . . D Ty Smith drew an assist on each of Spokane’s goals. . . . Spokane was 0-1 on the PP; Everett was 0-4. . . . The Chiefs got 38 saves from G Dawson Weatherill. . . . G Carter Hart stopped 30 shots. He is one victory shy of the franchise record for career victories by a goaltender, and one shutout away from tying the WHL’s career record. . . . Announced attendance: 4,863.
SATURDAY (all times local):
Red Deer at Edmonton, 1:30 p.m.
Kootenay at Moose Jaw, 7 p.m.
Lethbridge at Regina, 7 p.m.
Brandon at Swift Current, 7 p.m.
Prince Albert at Saskatoon, 7:05 p.m.
Vancouver at Everett, 7 p.m.
Kamloops at Prince George, 7 p.m.
Portland vs. Seattle, at Kent, Wash., 6:05 p.m.
Spokane vs. Tri-City, at Kennewick, Wash., 7:05 p.m.
Kelowna at Victoria, 7:05 p.m.