Daily Dose of the Dub: Lineup notes, Milestones and Alumni news

Horstmann returns after missing 14 games

As expected, Tyler Horstmann was back in the lineup for the Edmonton Oil Kings after missing the last 14 games due to injury.

Cikhart draws back in for Pats

Jan Cikhart was back in the lineup for the Regina Pats after sitting out on Wednesday while Cole Carrier came out of the lineup. Robbie Holmes left Wednesday’s game in Calgary but was good to go on Friday.

Fizer and Yoder out vs. Giants

Tarun Fizer (lower-body injury vs. Red Deer) and Ty Yoder (took shot off the foot in practice) were not in the lineup vs. Vancouver on Friday. Cage Newans joined the team from the VIJHL’s Oceanside Generals for his second WHL game.

Kallionkieli out vs. Blades

Marcus Kallionkieli was not in the lineup for the Brandon Wheat Kings against the Saskatoon Blades due to illness.

Stepanov out for Raiders

Danill Stepanov was noticeably absent from the Prince Albert Raiders lineup on Friday against the Swift Current Broncos.

Hardy returns

One game after overage defenseman Carson Sass came back form injury, fellow 1999-born player Owen Hardy returned for Moose Jaw. He had not played since January 25th for the Warriors.

Silvertips clinch playoff spot

With a 2-1 victory over their U.S. Division rivals, the Seattle Thunderbirds, the Everett Silvertips have clinched their spot in the WHL Playoffs for the 17th straight season.

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Milestones

  • Brandon’s Lynden McCallum played in his 100th WHL game while Luka Burzan scored his 100th WHL goal and 200th WHL point.
  • Edmonton’s Jalen Luypen played in his 100th WHL game.
  • Everett’s Brendan Hunchak played in his first WHL game.
  • Kamloops’ Zane Franklin tallied point #200 while Connor Zary reached 100 assists.
  • Prince Albert’s Tyson Laventure recorded his first WHL assist.
  • Portland’s Lane Gilliss played in his 250th WHL game.
  • Red Deer’s Kyle Masters notched his first WHL point.
  • Saskatoon’s Chase Wouters played in his 250th WHL game and also his 200th consecutive game with Blades organization.
  • Scoring with 0.5 seconds left on the clock, Sasha Mutala secured the win for his Tri-City Americans and his first WHL hat-trick.

Bouwmeester undergoes a successful procedure

Former Medicine Hat Tigers defenseman Jay Bouwmeester underwent a successful procedure to install an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator inside his body. The procedure will restore his heart’s normal rhythm after he suffered a cardiac episode on the bench during a St. Louis Blues game earlier this week.

Evason named interim head coach of Wild

Dean Evason (200 GP, 150 G, 251 A with the Spokane Chiefs and Kamloops Junior Oilers from 1980-1984) has been named the interim head coach of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. Evason previously served as head coach of the Kamloops Blazers (1999-2002), Vancouver Giants (2002-04) and Calgary Hitmen (2004-05).

Americans sign Heffley

Colton Heffley (315 GP, 27 G, 65 A with the Kelowna Rockets and Prince Albert Raiders from 2009-15) has signed with the ECHL’s Allen Americans for the rest of the season. In 29 games this season with Dalhousie University he notched eight goals and nine assists.

Bulmer released in England

Brett Bulmer (178 GP, 65 G, 86 A with the Kelowna Rockets from 2008-11) was released by the Nottingham Panthers in the EIHL due to uncertainty over whether he could legally continue to work in the UK. In 32 games this season he posted eight goals and 13 assists.

Three Stars

First Star: Lethbridge’s Dylan Cozens had three goals and one assist

Second Star: Tri-City’s Sasha Mutala recorded a hat-trick

Third Star: Vancouver’s Justin Sourdif scored twice and added two assists

Honourable Mentions

Kamloops’ Orrin Centazzo and Portland’s Seth Jarvis each had two goals and one assist.

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