The Kamloops Blazers trimmed their roster to 23 players on Monday, sending Tristan Sieben to the AJHL and Devin Oakes to the BCHL.
The 19-year-old Sieben, who was acquired from the Vancouver Giants in September, recorded zero points in six games with the Blazers. He was brought in to give the team an older look up front and push the young squad. Sieben has not played in the AJHL since 2010-11.
Oakes, an 18-year-old forward out of Prince Rupert, played only two games with the Blazers this season and was held off the scoresheet. He spent 2012-13 with the junior B Kamloops Storm.
The moves leave Kamloops with 14 forwards, seven defencemen and two goaltenders.
The Blazers are expected to have everyone available tonight, as Cole Ully will return to the lineup for the Blazers’ WHL game against the Tri-City Americans.
Ully, an 18-year-old forward, sat out the Blazers’ weekend contests as he served a two-game WHL suspension. He was punished for a checking from behind major and game misconduct he took in a 3-1 loss to the host Prince George Cougars on Sept. 28.
In his absence, the Blazers split a pair of home games, beating the Victoria Royals 4-3 on Friday and losing 3-0 to the Cougars on Saturday.
Tuesday night’s game, at Interior Saving Centre, is scheduled for 7 o’clock.
The Blazers struggled to get anything going offensively against Prince George on Saturday, so the return of Ully, a 2012 fifth-round pick of the Dallas Stars, should help. In four games this season, Ully has scored two goals.
Kamloops has split the past two weekends after being swept by the Kelowna Rockets to start the season. The Blazers are 2-4-0, going 1-2-0 on the road and at home.
Tuesday night’s game will feature two playoffs teams from 2012-13 who are off to slow starts this season. The Blazers, who finished third in the Western Conference in 2012-13, are ninth in the 10-team conference, while Tri-City, the West’s No. 5 seed last season, is 2-5-1, and eighth.
The Blazers will head to Kennewick to play the Americans on Friday, before taking on the Winterhawks in Portland on Saturday. That will be the first meeting between the Blazers and Winterhawks since Portland eliminated Kamloops in the Western Conference final while on their way to the WHL title last season.
The Blazers will return to ISC for a Thanksgiving matinee with the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Monday.