Daily Dose of the Dub: Broncos and Raiders swap forwards, Pats acquire Cikhart and more

Broncos acquire Nagy for Culling

The Swift Current Broncos have acquired Cole Nagy from the Prince Albert Raiders in exchange for forward Matthew Culling. Both players debuted for their new teams on Friday night with Nagy picking up two assists in a 4-3 win for Swift Current while Culling was held without a point in a 3-2 loss to Saskatoon. On the season, Culling has three goals and one assist in 32 games while Nagy has two goals and two assists in 25 games.

Pats acquire Cikhart for pick

The Regina Pats have acquired forward Jan Cikhart from the Tri-City Americans for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2022 WHL Bantam Draft. Cikhart was in his rookie season with the Americans after being selected in the first round of the 2019 CHL Import Draft. He’s off to a bit of a slow start with one goal and three assists in 25 games but will be taking on a larger role in Regina which could help boost those statistics. The Pats had an open import spot on the roster as 2019 first round CHL Import pick Daniil Guschchin did not report to Regina.

World Juniors Update

  • Everett Silvertips goalie Dustin Wolf made 17 saves on 20 shots in a 6-3 win for the U.S. against Germany.
  • Lethbridge Hurricanes forward Oliver Okuliar had a goal for Slovakia in a 3-1 win over Kazakhstan.

Arnold leaves game with injury

Spokane Chiefs netminder Campbell Arnold left Friday’s game against the Seattle Thunderbirds after slamming into the right post as he attempted to make a save on a shot from Henrik Rybinski which ended up in the back of the net. Brett Balas, who had been recalled prior to the game, relieved Arnold allowing seven goals on 37 shots. If Arnold is out for an extended period of time, that would be a significant blow to the Chiefs as Lukas Parik is away at the World Junior Hockey Championship.

Chiefs send Thornton and Beaupit back to home clubs

The Spokane Chiefs also returned Ben Thornton and Mason Beaupit to their respective home clubs. Thornton has played one game with the Chiefs this year while Beaupit has suited up for two games with a 3.80 GAA and 0.889 save percentage. Beaupit could be recalled by the Chiefs depending on the severity of Arnold’s injury.

McLeod injured in a game against Red Deer

Edmonton Oil Kings defenseman Wyatt McLeod left the game against Red Deer in the second period with an injury. There’s no immediate word on what caused the injury or the severity.

Gut back from injury

Michal Gut is back in the Everett Silvertips lineup after missing the last six games due to injury. The injury prevented him from representing the Czech Republic as they host the World Juniors but maybe a blessing in disguise for Everett as they look to stay atop the U.S. Divison.

Chorney returns to Pats

Regina Pats forward Carter Chorney played his first game since December as he was sidelined with an injury.

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Watts delayed getting back to Prince Albert

When you think of places you might get snowed in, Prince Albert is higher on the list than California. For Prince Albert Raiders forward Brayden Watts it was the Californian snow that held him out of Friday’s game against Saskatoon.

Ice recall Danis

Logan Danis is back with the Winnipeg ICE after being recalled from the MJHL’s Winnipeg Blues. In 19 games with the team this season, he has a goal and three assists.

Dunsford returns to Tri-City

Mason Dunsford has returned to the Tri-City Americans after being recalled from the Port Moody Panthers). In his lone WHL appearance, he posted an 8.42 GAA and .706 save percentage.

Lindgren starting second half with Blazers

2019 first-round WHL Bantam Draft pick Mats Lindgren is starting the second half of the WHL season with the Kamloops Blazers. He’s played two games with Kamloops so far this season.

Milestones

  • Everett Silvertips goaltender Braden Holt made his WHL debut, relieving Keegan Karki.
  • Kamloops Blazers defenseman Ethan Branwood tallied his first WHL goal.
  • Kelowna Rockets defenseman Noah Dorey made his WHL debut after being recalled by the club.
  • Prince George Cougars forward Blake Eastman scored his first WHL goal while Tyson Upper appeared in his 100th WHL game.
  • Vancouver Giants forward Krz Plummer notched his first WHL goal.
  • Winnipeg ICE netminder Liam Hughes recorded his first career shutout.

Bobylov traded in KHL

Vladimir Bobylyov (162 GP, 40 G, 72 A with the Vancouver Giants and Victoria Royals from 2014-17) was traded from Salavat Yulaev Ufa in the KHL to Traktor Chelyabinsk along with Nikolai Chebykin for Alexei Kruchinin. The 2016 sixth-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs has been playing in the VHL for Toros Neftekamsk where he has 11 goals and eight assists in 36 games.

Boychuk signs in Switzerland

Zach Boychuk (237 GP, 110 G, 161 A with the Lethbridge Hurricanes from 2005-09) has signed with HC Fribourg-Gotteron as an injury replacement. Drafted in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes, Boychuk scored seven goals and added eight assists in 47 games split between Russia and Switzerland.

Three Stars

First Star: Seattle’s Kelti Jeri-Leon had two goals and three assists

Second Star: Seattle’s Henrik Rybinski scored two goals and added two assists.

Third Star: Winnipeg’s Liam Hughes recorded a 28-save shutout

Honourable Mention

Seattle’s Andrej Kukuca, Kamloops’ Zane Franklin, and Swift Current’s Aiden Bulych all tallied two goals and one assist.

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