In the CHL’s only Monday contest, Riley Boychuk was in the starting lineup but did not register a point as Portland trounced Vancouver, 7-2. The 6’5, 220-pound forward arrived back in PDX Sunday night along with Brad Ross (TOR) and team captain Brett Ponich (STL) to help the ‘Hawks even their record after Saturday’s 4-1 opening night loss to Seattle. Ross poured in the game winning goal and an assist to fuel the Winterhawks to victory in their home opener.
Also from the WHL, word out of Kamloops is that Corey Fienhage was given a day off Monday after returning to the Blazers over the weekend. The 6’4, 221-pounder wasn’t suffering from jet lag, but rather was still sore after blocking a shot while in Sabres training camp. Fienhage, 20, will wear an “A” for the Blazers this season.