Saturday, October 2, 2010

Friday's roundup . . .

The Brett brothers have owned the Spokane Chiefs for 20 years. John Blanchette of the Spokane Spokesman-Review talks to Bobby Brett about that and more, and it’s right here.
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The Calgary Hitmen have chosen to split the captain’s ‘C’ between D matt MacKenzie and F Tyler Fiddler. . . . At the same time, F Jimmy Bubnick will wear one ‘A’, with D Zak Stebner and D Ben Wilson sharing the other one.
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FRIDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:
SASKATOON 0 at BRANDON 7: F David Toews scored twice and added an assist for the Wheat Kings (4-0-0-0). . . . Brandon G Liam (Sonny) Liston stopped 23 shots for his first WHL shutout. . . . The Blades (2-1-0-0) were outshot 38-23, including 14-5 in a scoreless first period. . . . The Wheat Kings scored three times in the second period. . . . The teams meet in Saskatoon on Sunday. . . . Brandon F Wheaton King had a goal and two assists. . . . The Wheat Kings were 2-for-10 on the PP — they are 8-for-29 in four games — and scored a shorthanded goal. . . . Saskatoon was 0-for-5 on the PP. . . . Brandon’s penalty killers are 17-for-17 in four games. . . . The last time Brandon opened 4-0? It was 1994. . . . Attendance was 4,226.
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PRINCE ALBERT 5 at SWIFT CURRENT 4: The Raiders (1-3-0-0) built a 4-1 lead and hung on as the Broncos (1-3-0-0) scored three times in 1:44 late in the third period. . . . F Igor Revenko’s first goal of the season, at 1:35 of the third, stood up as the winner. . . .. The Broncos got late goals from F Justin Dowling (15:35), F Stepan Novotny (16:13) and F Brad Hoban (17:19). The first two came via the PP. . . . Novotny has five goals in four games. . . . F Mark McNeill had two goals and a helper for the Raiders, while F Justin Maylan and F Brandon Herrod each had two assists. Herrod went into the game having scored four of his club’s eight goals over three games. . . . F Cody Eakin, in his first game since rejoining the Broncos from the NHL’s Washington Capitals, had two assists. . . . Raiders G Eric Williams, making his first WHL start, stopped 35 shots. . . . The Broncos opened with Mark Friesen, who stopped 15 of 19. Austin Smith came on in relief and stopped seven of eight shots. . . . The Raiders were 2-for-4 on the PP; the Broncos were 2-for-6. . . . Attendance was 2,160.
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EDMONTON 7 at REGINA 3: This one involved a line brawl and battling goaltenders at 19:40 of the second period. . . . Referee Adam Byblow handed out 112 penalty minutes after the incident that included Edmonton G Cam Lanigan and Regina G Damien Ketlo. . . . Here’s Lanigan, talking to Greg Harder of the Regina Leader-Post: “I was just standing there as a bystander. Kets came out to the hash marks at first and shook his gloves. I didn’t do anything. I kind of just nodded it off. Next thing I knew he was coming out at me. It was a fight-or-flight reaction. It kind of just happened. My first fight. I don’t know if I’ll repeat it. It’s not the best situation but I’m glad it went the way it did.” . . . The Oil Kings held a 5-2 lead at the time. . . . Regina (1-3-0-0) led 2-1 just 28 seconds into the second period, but the visitors then scored four goals before the end of the period. That included three in a span of 1:31. . . . Edmonton (2-2-0-0) has won two in a row after opening with two losses. . . . F Cameron Abney had two goals and a helper for Edmonton, with F Travis Ewanyk and F Mike Piluso each getting two assists. . . . Edmonton D Marek Hrbas didn’t get a point but was plus-4. . . . F Killian Hutt had two assists for Regina. . . . Regina D Cody Carlson and F Chandler Stephenson each was minus-4. . . . Edmonton held a 43-22 edge in shots. . . . Attendance was 3,719.
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RED DEER 1 at MEDICINE HAT 2: The Tigers (1-1-0-0) got two first-period power-play goals and hung on for the victory. . . . F Tyler Pitlick, with his first WHL goal at 1:43, and F Ryan Harrison, with his first goal with the Tigers, gave the home side a 2-0 lead before the first period was half over. . . . F Turner Elson got Red Deer’s goal at 13:17 of the second. Yes, it came on the PP. . . . Red Deer lost for the first time in four games. . . . Each team had six PP chances. . . . Tigers G Deven Dubyk stopped 31 shots, while Red Deer’s Darcy Kuemper stopped 15. . . . Red Deer F Andrej Kudrna had one assist, giving him eight points in four games. . . . Attendance was 4,006.
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SPOKANE 3 at KOOTENAY 6: The Ice (2-1-0-0) erased a 3-2 deficit by scoring the game’s last four goals — two in each of the last two periods. . . . F Kevin King scored twice and added an assist for the Ice, while F Elgin Pearce had three assists. . . . Last season, Pearce had seven points, including four assists, in 45 games. . . . Spokane F Blake Gal was minus-5, while F Levko Koper was minus-4. . . . Kootenay G Todd Mathews stopped 24 shots. . . . The Chiefs (0-2-0-0), with a 27-19 edge in shots, got 13 stops from G James Reid. . . . The Ice was 0-for-4 on the PP but got a shorthanded goal from King. . . . The Chiefs were 2-for-5 on the PP. . . . Attendance was 2,454.
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KAMLOOPS 2 at EVERETT 4: This game swung on two shorthanded breakaways. . . . Everett F Landon Ferraro scored on one early in the second period to forge a 1-1 tie. . . . Everett F Josh Birkholz had another one in the third period, with the score tied 2-2. The play ended with referee Pat Smith awarding a penalty shot. Birkholz scored his second goal of the game to give Everett (3-0-0-0) the lead for the first time and it stood up as the winner. . . . Everett is three games into an eight-game season-opening homestand. . . . Kamloops (1-2-0-0) had a 44-20 edge in shots, including 29-8 after two periods. . . . Everett G Kent Simpson stopped 42 shots. . . . Attendance was 5,005.
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VANCOUVER 5 at PRINCE GEORGE 3: The big story here was the attendance — 5,095. . . . F Craig Cunningham scored two goals 57 seconds part in the first period to give the Giants (2-3-0-0) a 2-0 lead. . . . The Cougars (1-2-0-0) got to within one three different times but weren’t able to get the equalizer. . . . Vancouver F Brendan Gallagher ended it with an empty-netter, his fifth goal of the season. Teammate James Henry also scored has five; he got two last night. . . . Henry also was plus-4. . . . F Spencer Asuchak and D Martin Marincin each had a goal and an assist for the Cougars. . . . Prince George G Morgan Clark stopped 22 shots, while Vancouver’s Mark Segal blocked 29. . . . The Cougars were 1-for-12 on the PP; the Giants were 0-for-4. . . . Vancouver took six straight minors in the second and the Cougars had a 5-on-3 advantage on three separate occasions but could only come up with one goal.
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KELOWNA 0 at TRI-CITY 1: G Drew Owsley stopped 34 shots for the shutout and F Adam Hughesman scored the only goal. . . . Hughesman’s third of the season came at 5:05 of the first period. . . . Owsley has six career shutouts. He is 7-0 all-time against the Rockets. . . . Kelowna G Adam Brown turned aside 27 shots. . . . The Americans stayed unbeaten, at 4-0-0-0, while the Rockets slid to 0-3-0-0. . . . The Americans had won 4-3 in Kelowna on Wednesday. . . . The Rockets, who have lost nine straight games in Kennewick, Wash., were 0-for-5 on the PP; the Americans were 0-for-6. . . . Attendance was 3,837. . . . The last time the Americans opened with four straight victories was 2007-08 when they started 5-0-0-0.
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LETHBRIDGE 2 at SEATTLE 3 (SO): F Marcel Noebels got the winner in the shootout. . . . He scored Seattle’s second shootout goal — F Burke Gallimore also scored — while G Calvin Pickard stopped two Lethbridge shooters. . . . After two scoreless periods, Seattle (2-2-0-0) took a 2-0 lead on goals by F Travis Toomey and Noebels. . . . Lethridge (2-0-0-1) tied it with two late goals — F Jacob Berglund, at 17:07, and F Philip Tot, at 18:29. The teams were skating four aside and Lethbridge G Brandon Anderson was off for the extra attacker when Tot scored. . . . Anderson finished with 35 saves through OT, while Pickard stopped 29. . . . Attendance was 3,255.

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