G Damien Ketlo of the Regina Pats is about to return from a shoulder injury suffered in a line brawl on Oct. 1. You may recall that Ketlo scrapped with Edmonton G Cam Lanigan and came out of it with a shoulder injury that cost him four games.
Ketlo has told Greg Harder of the Regina Leader-Post that he regrets getting into the scrap. But it’s Ketlo’s explanation of what happened that is so funny. Here is what he told Harder:
“I looked up and I saw (Lanigan) at the red line. I didn’t realize we had a penalty and he was just going for the extra attacker. I thought he wanted to go because everyone else was fighting so I skated out there. We talked after the game and realized we were both in the wrong. We both thought each other was calling (the other guy) out. If I could I’d go back and not fight obviously but what’s done is done. I had to pay my dues.”
The NAHL’s Corpus Christi IceRays have signed F Tyler Parker, 18, of Livermore, Calif. Parker spent parts of the last two seasons in the WHL. He had two points in 18 games with the Regina Pats last season, after getting six points in 44 games with the Everett Silvertips in 2008-09. The IceRays are in their first season in the NAHL. . . . The Brandon Wheat Kings have designated D Kyle Krzyzaniak, 18, for assignment. His junior A rights belong to the SJHL`s Humboldt Broncos. . . . Darcy Kuemper of the Red Deer Rebels is the CHL’s goaltender of the week after going 4-0-0-0, 0.85, .967. With Kuemper starting three games and coming on in relief in a fourth, the Rebels swept a four-game swing into the East Division. . . . The Everett Silvertips have added F Taylor Cote, who turns 17 on Nov. 16. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder had two assists and 39 penalty minutes in 12 games with the Storm. . . . F Josh Nicholls took part in the Saskatoon Blades’ complete practice on Wednesday and has been cleared to play Friday against the Rebels in Red Deer. Nicholls was hit from behind by Tri-City Americans F Brendan Shinnimin on Oct. 6. Shinnimin has been suspended for 12 games. Nichols missed one game, a 6-4 victory over the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors on Friday. . . . Red Deer F Josh Cowen (mononucleosis) and F Turner Elson (concussion) have been cleared to return and they may be back in the lineup Friday against visiting Saskatoon.
KOOTENAY 3 at MOOSE JAW 6: The Ice (4-3-0-1) got the game’s first goal, from F Max Reinhart, at 2:23 of the first period, but then gave up four in a row before the first period ended. . . . The Warriors (3-7-0-0) got their first two goals from F Antonin Honejsek, with F Dylan Hood adding the third. D Collin Bowman pushed the lead to 4-1 at 3:26 of the second on the PP. . . The Ice closed to 4-3 on goals from F Joe Antilla and F Kevin King. . . . But the Warriors put it away with two third-period PP goals, from D Morgan Rielly, at 6:29, and Hood, at 14:51. . . . Rielly, the second overall pick in the 2009 bantam draft, picked up his first WHL points, with a goal and two assists. . . . Bowman also had two assists, while F Sam Fioretti had three helpers and F Quinton Howden had two. . . . The Warriors had lost three straight. . . . Ice G Nathan Lieuwen stopped 29 of 35 shots before Brett Teskey came on to stop all six shots he faced in the last five minutes. . . . According to the WHL website, Moose Jaw G Brandon Stone, making his first WHL start, stopped 10 of 12 shots, with Thomas Heemskerk coming on to turn aside 16 of 17. However, according to the Moose Jaw Times-Herald, Stone allowed all three goals before relieved by Heemskerk, who stopped all 18 shots he faced. . . . The Ice was 1-for-2 on the PP; the Warriors were 3-for-9. . . . Attendance was 2,514. . . . Checking-from-behind count: One minor, to Kootenay F Brendan Hurley.
TRI-CITY 1 at SWIFT CURRENT 2: The Broncos (4-6-0-0) scored a goal in each of the first two periods and hung on for its third victory in four games. . . . The Americans (7-3-1-0) had won three in a row. The finished their six-game East Division swing at 3-3. . . . F Stepan Novotny opened the scoring, on the PP, at 15:16 of the first period. He has seven goals. . . . F Adam Lowry added his first of the season at 10:51 of the second. Lowry, who had been out with mononucleosis, was playing in his fourth game of the season. . . . Tri-City F Patrick Holland got his mates close at 10:26 of the third with his sixth goal of the season. . . . Swift Current G Mark Friesen stopped 29 shots, three fewer than Tri-City’s Drew Owsley. . . . Swift Current was 1-for-5 on the PP; the Americans were 0-for-2. . . . Attendance was 1,959. . . . Checking-from-behind count: Zero.
KAMLOOPS 5 at KELOWNA 4: The Blazers won the hard way as they had to kill off a delay-of-game penalty to D Austin Madaisky over the game’s last two minutes. . . . The Blazers (4-4-0-1) broke a 2-2 first-period tie with three second-period goals, then hung on as the Rockets (2-5-0-0) scored two PP goals in the third. . . . The Blazers were 0-for-5 on the PP -- they are 1-for-19 in three road games. . . . The Rockets were 3-for-8 on the PP. . . . The Rockets had won their last two games. . . . German F Bernhard Keil scored his first goal for Kamloops. . . . D Bronson Maschmeyer’s goal at 18:44 of the third period stood up as the winner. . . . Kamloops had 13 players with a point apiece, but nobody with more than one. . . . F Shane McColgan had three assists for Kelowna, which again was without D Tyson Barrie (hamstring). . . . Kamloops started Jon Groenheyde in goal. He stopped four of six shots, with Jeff Bosch coming on to play the last two periods and kick out 25 of 27 shots. . . . The Rockets opened with Jordon Cooke. He stopped 18 of 22, with Adam Brown coming on to turn aside 11 of 12. . . . Attendance was 6,061. . . . Checking-from-behind count: Zero. . . . Kelowna D Colton Jobke was ejected after taking an elbowing major late in the second period. . . . The quote of the night, without doubt, goes to Regan Bartel, the Rockets’ veteran radio voice, who opened the second period with this gem: “Feeling that taco that I had earlier today.” . . . Hey, two minutes for not feelin’ so good, eh.
CHILLIWACK 4 at EVERETT 3 (OT): F Ryan Howse won it with his 10th goal of the season at 1:22 of OT. . . . Howse leads the WHL in goals. . . . Chilliwack (4-3-0-0) got the game’s first goal, at 9:06 of the first period on the PP, and the teams alternated goals the rest of the way. . . . D Brennan Yadlowski scored for Everett at 17:07 of the third period to force OT. . . . Chilliwack F Roman Horak, with 12 points in his first five games, was held pointless. . . . The Silvertips (4-2-0-1) have lost three in a row. Their season-opening eight-game homestand has one game remaining. . . . F Tyler Maxwell, who had scored eight of Everett’s first 21 goals, was blanked. . . . Chilliwack G Lucas Gore stopped 42 shots, 20 more than Everett’s Kent Simpson. . . . Chilliwack was 1-for-6 on the PP; Everett was 0-for-3. . . . Attendance was 4,313. . . . Checking-from-behind count: One minor, to Chilliwack F Tim Traber.
PRINCE ALBERT 5 at VANCOUVER 3: F Igor Revenko had two goals and two assists for the Raiders (5-4-1-0), who are 2-1-1-0 on this six-game road swing. . . . They finish up in Prince George on Friday and Red Deer on Saturday. . . . The Giants (5-4-1-0) had won four of five. . . . G Jamie Tucker made 26 saves for the Raiders. He started last season with the Giants before asking for a trade and ending up in Prince Albert. . . . D James Bettauer and F Sebastian Svendsen gave the visitors a 2-0 lead with goals 14 seconds apart in the first period. Svendsen also began his career with Vancouver. . . . F Michael Burns got Vancouver on the board at 15:01 of the first. . . . The Raiders took control on goals from Revenko, at 14:53 of the second, and F Justin Maylan, just 32 seconds into the third. . . . F Jonathan Parker drew two assists for P.A. . . . F Craig Cunningham had a goal and an assist for Vancouver. . . . Raiders F Mark McNeill had an assist to run his point streak to nine games. . . . Giants G Brendan Jensen stopped 32 shots. . . . P.A. was 1-for-6 on the PP; Vancouver was 1-for-4. . . . Attendance was 4,682. . . . Checking-from-behind count: Zero. . . . The Raiders lost F Brandon Herrod after he went heavily into the boards in the second period. He returned for a couple of shifts but left the game and is day-to-day.
CALGARY 5 at PORTLAND 1: F Cody Sylvester and F Kris Foucault each scored twice for the Hitmen, who won in head coach Mike Williamson’s return to Portland. . . . Williamson spent time as a player, assistant coach and head coach -- he was the head coach for eight seasons -- with the Winterhawks and was a popular figure in the Oregon city. He was out of hockey for two seasons before signing on as Calgary’s head coach prior to the 2009-10 season. . . . Foucault also had two assists, as did F Cody Beach. . . . The Hitmen (3-3-0-0) opened a 4-0 lead before F Sven Bartschi scored his seventh of the season on a late third-period PP for Portland (6-2-0-1), which had won four in a row. . . . Foucault then wrapped it up with an empty-netter. . . . Calgary G Michael Snider stopped 31 shots, while Portland G Mac Carruth stopped 33. . . . Attendance was 2,282. . . . Checking-from-behind count: Zero. . . . F Nino Niederreiter, who starred in Portland last season, scored his first NHL goal for the New York Islanders. Niederreiter, who is 19 so has to play with the Islanders or be returned to the Winterhawks, was the third star as the Islanders dropped a 2-1 decision to the Washington Capitals. . . . With the deadline for WHL teams to declare a maximum of three 20-year-olds arriving today, Calgary scratched D Zak Steber while dressing D Misha Fisenko, F Kris Foucault and F Tyler Fiddler. . . . The Calgary roster includes F Trevor Cheek, a freshman who is from Vancouver, Wash., which is across the Columbia River from Portland. Yes, Cheek had his own cheering section at this game. “They went wild for every Calgary goal,” reports one observer. “But the funny part was that they went crazy when Cheek was announced as the player serving a too many men on the ice penalty. I don't think I've ever heard someone get an ovation for serving a bench minor. That was the only time his name was said over the PA after the starting lineups.”
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