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Daily Dose of the Dub: U17 World Hockey Challenge kicks off; Rybinski asks for a trade

U17 World Hockey Challenge starts Saturday

In pre-tournament action on Thursday, Canada Black doubled up Finland 4-2 behind goals from Saskatoon’s Kyle Crnkovic and Spokane’s Jack Finley.

Kootenay’s Connor McClennon had a goal and two assists for Canada White as they edged Russia 5-4 and Kamloops’ Dylan Garand stopped all 10 shots he saw as Canada Red flew by the United States 5-2.

On Saturday, Canada Red opens the tournament up against Russia.

Harkins leaves the Pats

‪Roster update: Defenceman Jonas Harkins is no longer with the team and has gone home to B.C. The Pats would like to thank him for his contributions and wish Jonas all the best in the future! ‬

Posted by Regina Pats Hockey Club on Friday, November 2, 2018

-The younger brother of Jansen Harkins and son of Todd Harkins has left the Regina Pats.

Harkins was drafted by the Prince George Cougars while his dad was general manager there. At the January trade deadline during the 2017-18 season, Harkins was dealt along with Jesse Gabrielle from the Cougars to the Pats.

After 17 games with the Cougars, where he had a single assist, the defenseman had another assist in 17 games over the rest of the 2017-18 season and the start of the 2018-19 campaign (17 games).

The 2000-born blue liner heads back to B.C, where he will likely play in the BCHL.

Gerla no longer with the Oil Kings

-Another player left his WHL club. The 1999-born Gerla had 29 points over 102 games between the 2016-17 and 2017-18 season. This year, the left wing was pointless through seven games.

Gerla’s future is unknown at this time. The Calgary native would likely have an opportunity somewhere in the AJHL.

Rybinski wants out of Medicine Hat; sparks outrage

-A 2001-born forward who had a strong rookie year with the Medicine Hat tigers reportedly has asked for a trade during his 17-year-old season.

During his 16-year-old year, the former second-round pick by the Tigers had 12 points in 63 games. Through 14 games this year, he has five points.

The right-handed winger hails from Vancouver, B.C.

Gary Haden earlier asked for a trade and was moved to the Saskatoon Blades.

Former Rockets defenseman lands in the BCHL

Three stars of the night:

  1. Brett Leason – Two goals and two assists for four points runs the league-leader to 39 in just 17 games. Leason’s Prince Albert Raiders ousted the Kootenay ICE 7-2. Leason’s previous career best was 33.
  2. Cody Glass – One goal and three assists for four points as the Vegas Golden Knights prospect led the Portland Winterhawks to a 7-3 win over the Victoria Royals.
  3. Mark Kastelic – He notched two goals and an assist for three points as the Calgary Himtne outscored the Medicine Hat Tigers 7-5. James Malm had two points in his Calgary debut as well.

Honorable mentions:

Krytof Hrabik, Parker AuCoin and Sasha Mutala each had two points as the Tri-City Americans took a hard-fought road win over the Everett Silvertips 4-2… Isaiah DiLaura stopped 21-of-22 shots as the Prince George Cougars took down the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-1… Stelio Mattheos scored a goal in regulation and then added the overtime winner as the Brandon Wheat Kings edged the Kamloops Blazers 3-2… Joel Hofer was good for 42-of-46 stops as the Swift Current Broncos earned their second win in 2018-19, 5-4 in overtime over the Lethbridge Hurricanes… Max Gerlach had two goals for the Saskatoon Blades as they slipped by the Moose Jaw Warriors 5-2… Brett Kemp notched two goals and an assist for the Edmonton Oil Kings as they kept their winning ways going, 5-1 over the Regina Pats.

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