Daily Dose of the Dub: Greig handed two game suspension, Rockets-Blazers rivalry heats up and more

Greig handed a two-game suspension

Brandon’s Ridly Greig was given a two-game suspension for this hit Red Deer’s Byron Fancy. He will miss games against Prince George and Calgary and be eligible to return on January 18th against Moose Jaw.

Blazers-Rockets rivalry heats up again

There was more evidence that the rivalry between the Kelowna Rockets and Kamloops Blazers is alive and well as the two teams combined for over 230 penalty minutes in Saturday night’s barn burner. The game also featured a fight between netminders Dylan Garand and Roman Basran. Basran appeared to suffer an injury at the end of the fight but there is no word on what exactly happened.

Reeves joins Cougars for rest of the season

Aiden Reeves has joined the Prince George Cougars from the Cariboo Cougars of the BCMML for the rest of the season. He’s played one game in Prince George this season going pointless.

Foote, Wong out for Kelowna, Schmiemann out for Blazers

Kelowna’s Nolan Foote and Trevor Wong and Kamloops’ Quinn Schmiemann were held out of Saturday’s fight fest due to injuries sustained on Friday night.

Daley, Wright held out for Blades

Charlie Wright was held out of Saskatoon’s lineup due to an upper-body injury while Caiden Daley encountered some travel issues which prevented him from playing in the game.

Colina sits out with illness

On the other side of the ice, Ilijah Colina was absent from the lineup due to illness.

Mitchell returns to Pats

Makai Mitchell played his first game with the Pats since November 27th vs. Lethbridge due to injury.

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Milestones

  • Kelowna’s Rilen Kovacevic made his WHL debut.
  • Lethbridge’s Noah Boyko played in his 100th WHL game while Chase Pauls scored his first WHL goal.
  • Medicine Hat’s Dylan Plouffe recorded his 100th WHL assist while Damon Agyeman scored his first WHL goal.
  • Moose Jaw’s Cade Hayes scored his first WHL goal while Tate Popple played in his 150th WHL game.
  • Regina’s Zach Wytinck played in his 200th WHL game.

Teddy Bear Toss goal

  • Seattle’s Conner Roulette scored the Teddy Bear Toss goal with 59.4 seconds left in the first period against the Everett Silvertips.

Karki joins Vipers

Lost in all the madness of the WHL trade deadline was the addition of Keegan Karki by the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL. In 17 games split between the Everett Silvertips and Prince Albert Raiders, he posted a 3.41 GAA and 0.888 Save Percentage with a 9-2-2-1 record.

Crusaders sign Ettinger

Fresh off a trade to the Victoria Royals, Ty Ettinger has signed with the AJHL’s Sherwood Park Crusaders. In 88 WHL games with the Brandon Wheat Kings, Vancouver Giants and Winnipeg ICE, Ettinger has two goals and nine assists.

Lacombe returns to Broncos

Chase Lacombe has returned to the SJHL’s Humboldt Broncos for the rest of the season after playing 17 games with the Swift Current Broncos with one goal.

Kolesar makes NHL debut

Keegan Kolesar (243 GP, 77 G, 90 A with the Seattle Thunderbirds from 2012-17) played in his first NHL game with the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday night.

Marleau plays in 1700th NHL game

Patrick Marleau (143 GP, 83 G, 116 A with the Seattle Thunderbirds from 1995-97) played in his 1700th NHL game on Saturday. He is just the fifth NHL player to reach that mark and is 68 games shy of Gordie Howe‘s all-time record.

Troubling Moment

Tri-City’s Landon Roberts was assessed a five-minute major and game misconduct for this knee-on-knee hit with Regina’s Kyle Walker.

Three Stars

First Star: Portland’s Jaydon Dureau had three goals and an assist

Second Star: Spokane’s Eli Zummack had two goals and two assists

Third Star: Medicine Hat’s Brett Kemp had two goals and one assist.

Honourable Mentions

Prince George’s Josh Maser, Kelowna’s Josh Pillar and Lethbridge’s Brett Davis all had two-goal games. Michal Teply had three assists for Winnipeg.

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