The Everett Silvertips have lost Slovakian F Peter Melcher, perhaps for the remainder of this season, after playing him on the injured list. He is returning home to work at recovering from an injury. Josh Horton, who covers the Silvertips for the Everett Herald, tweeted on Tuesday that Melcher “is still experiencing concussion symptoms and is also dealing with a neck injury.” . . . Horton added that Melcher is “listed as week-to-week but it’s possible he will miss a substantial (amount) of time.” . . . The Silvertips selected Melcher in the first round of the CHL’s 2018 import draft. He had yet to get into a game with Everett after going pointless in two exhibition games. . . . Without Melcher, the Silvertips are down to one import player — Slovakian F Martin Fasko-Rudas, who is in his second season in Everett.
After having two Pouliot brothers on their roster earlier this month, the Swift Current Broncos now are left with none. . . . The Broncos released D Sam Pouliot on Tuesday; they lost D Ryan Pouliot on waivers to the Vancouver Giants earlier this month. . . . Sam, 18, was pointless in five games with the Broncos; last season, he had one goal in 16 games with the Red Deer Rebels. Swift Current acquired him from Red Deer on Sept. 4, giving up a 10th-round selection in the 2020 bantam draft in the exchange. . . . The Broncos had claimed Ryan, 20, off waivers from the Kootenay Ice on July 26. He was pointless in three games with the Broncos when they placed him on waivers. He was claimed by the Giants on Oct. 2 but, so far, has refused to report.
F Josh Maser of the Prince George Cougars has had his suspension set at four games after he was given a major penalty and game misconduct for slew-footing in a 3-2 loss to the visiting Vancouver Giants on Saturday night. F Justin Sourdif of the Giants wasn’t injured on the play in question. . . . This was the third suspension of four or more games handed out by Kevin Acheson, who handles the WHL’s discipline, after weekend games. . . . F Sean Richards of the Everett Silvertips drew a five-game sentence for a headshot major and game misconduct during a 2-1 OT loss to the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday. Seattle D Reece Harsch, who absorbed that hit, is listed as day-to-day on the WHL roster report that was released on Tuesday. . . . F Jermaine Loewen, who was named captain of the Kamloops Blazers on Tuesday, was suspended for four games after he took a headshot major and game misconduct against the visiting Portland Winterhawks on Friday. D Matthew Quigley of the Winterhawks is listed as week-to-week.
TUESDAY NIGHT NOTES:
The WHL has two teams that have yet to lose in regulation time and they’re both off until Friday night. . . . The Victoria Royals (6-0-0) will be at home to the Vancouver Giants on Saturday and Sunday. The Giants are no slouches themselves, having opened 6-1-0. . . . The Brandon Wheat Kings (4-0-1) are scheduled to entertain the Moose Jaw Warriors on Friday and the Swift Current Broncos on Saturday. . . .
Meanwhile, at the other end of the spectrum, the Swift Current Broncos (0-6-0), who are the WHL’s defending champions, are to face the visiting Spokane Chiefs on Friday and then travel to Brandon for a Saturday night date. . . . The Calgary Hitmen (0-5-1) are scheduled to play at home twice on the weekend — they’ll face the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Friday and the Regina Pats on Sunday.
In Tuesday’s lone game, the host Tri-City Americans got a goal and three assists from F Kyle Olson as they skated to a 6-4 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings. . . . Olson broke a 4-4 tie at 2:47 of the third period. The primary assist went to D Dom Schmiemann, who was making his Tri-City debut after being acquired from the Calgary Hitmen on Saturday. . . . F Isaac Johnson, who missed a weekend game in order to attend a sister’s wedding in Minnesota, helped the winners with a goal and two assists. . . . The Oil Kings got three assists from F Carter Souch. . . . The Americans are 3-2-0 on a six-game season-opening homestand that wraps up Friday against the Kelowna Rockets. . . . Edmonton is 0-2-1 on a four-game road trip that concludes tonight (Wednesday) in Portland against the Winterhawks.
The WHL roster report that was posted on its website on Tuesday is right here.
Former NHL G Tom Barrasso is the new head coach of the EIHL’s Sheffield Steelers. . . . The Steelers had been looking for a replacement for Paul Thompson, who cited personal reasons as he left the Steelers on Oct. 1. Thompson, 53, had been with the Steelers for more than three seasons. Thompson has coached in Great Britain since 1994-95. . . . Barrasso, 53, had been in his third season as the head coach of Asiago, an Italian team in the Alps Hockey League. . . . Jackson Whistle, who played in the WHL with the Vancouver Giants and Kelowna Rockets, is one of Sheffield’s two goaltenders. . . . Assistant coach Nicola Tessari has been named the interim head coach of Asiago as the search for a new head coach gets started.