Saturday, October 23, 2010

No ch-ch-ching from Spokane

Richard Doerksen, the WHL’s vice-president hockey, advises that there won’t be any fines from the Wednesday night game that had the Calgary Hitmen in Spokane to play the Chiefs. There was something up a dust-up near game’s end. Doerksen informs that “fine are only levied if there are more than two fights during an altercation . . . there were two fights during the altercation (in Spokane) in the third period, so no fines were applicable.”
I wasn’t aware of that and thanks for the clarification.
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G Chase Martin, 18, has moved from the Prince George Cougars to the BCHL’s Salmon Arm Silverbacks. Martin joined Prince George a couple of weeks ago to backup James Priestner, 19. That role now belongs to Ty Rimmer, 18, who was acquired from the Brandon Wheat Kings.
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FRIDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:
MEDICINE HAT 9 at PRINCE ALBERT 2: F Linden Vey, F Ryan Harrison and F Emerson Etem scored two goals each as the Tigers (6-3-0) won their fourth game in a row. . . . The Raiders (5-7-1) were playing their first home game since returning from a six-game swing that took them into the B.C. Division. . . . Vey and Harrison, who was acquired from the Raiders over the offseason, also had an assist each, while D Thomas Carr had a goal and two helpers, as did F Cole Grbavac. . . . D Scott McKay and D Sebastian Owuya also had two assists apiece. . . . The Raiders got the game’s first goal, when F Justin Maylan scored at 16:20 of the first period. However, Vey scored two minutes later and that was the first of seven in a row. . . . Medicine Hat G Deven Dubyk stopped 19 shots. . . . P.A. starter Jamie Tucker stopped 16 of 23 shots, before Eric Williams came on to give up two goals on as many shots. . . . The Tigers were 3-for-3 on the PP; the Raiders were 0-for-4. . . . Attendance was 2,337. . . . Raiders F Jonathan Parker had an assist and now is on an eight-game point streak. . . . Checking-from-behind count: Zero. . . . Medicine Hat F Tyler Pitlick was ejected at 2:44 of the second period with a kneeing major. Prince Albert D Nathan Deck was injured on the play and didn’t return to the game. . . . “I watched it on the video afterwards and I didn’t think I did anything too horrible,” Pitlick told John MacNeil of the Prince Albert Daily Herald. “I thought it barely should have been a (minor). But that’s what happens (when) a ref makes a mistake. I mean, I went in there with my hip and the guy (Deck) hit me and tripped. There was nothing I could do about it. I went to go and make a physical play and he tried to duck away from it and he ended up falling. It may have looked worse to the ref than it was, but I watched it on the video and I didn’t think it was too big of a deal.” . . . The Raiders remain without D Jordan Rowley (broken wrist).
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RED DEER 1 at KOOTENAY 4: The Rebels, who had been 5-1 on the road, scored the game’s first goal and then gave up four in a row. . . . F Colten Mayor got his first goal, at 15:12 of the first period, only to have F Jesse Ismond of the Ice get his third just 2:32 later. . . . F Joe Antilla got the eventual winner at 11:43 of the third. . . . Ice F Kevin King got his sixth, into an empty net, at 18:10. . . . Ice D Joey Leach got his first of the season 31 seconds later. . . . The Ice improved to 7-3-1 as it won for the third time in a row and the fourth time in five games. . . . The Rebels slipped to 8-5-0. . . . Kootenay G Nathan Lieuwen stopped 27 shots, one fewer than Red Deer’s Darcy Kuemper. . . . The Rebels were 0-for-4 on the PP; the Ice was 0-for-7. . . . Attendance was 2,626. . . . Checking-from-behind count: One minor, to Ismond at 1:49 of the first period. . . . The Ice remains without D Brayden McNabb (shoulder).
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SWIFT CURRENT 0 at REGINA 2: G Damien Ketlo stopped 29 shots as the Pats (3-7-2) won after losing two in a row. . . . It was Ketlo’s first shutout this season and the 10th of his career. Whoops! There’s that darn WHL website again. Actually, Ketlo hadn’t had a shutout since he was in the BCHL three seasons ago. . . . Included in Ketlo’s effort was stopping F Killian Hutt, who started the season with Regina, on a second-period penalty shot. . . . Regina has won three games this season, with two of those over Swift Current. . . . D Mark Schneider got the game’s first goal just 54 seconds into the first period. . . . F Carter Ashton, the subject of recent trade speculation, got his fourth on the PP at 1:54 of the third. . . . F Jordan Weal drew two assists. . . . The Broncos (7-7-0) had won five in a row. They have given up only seven goals in their last six games. . . . G Mark Friesen stopped 30 shots for Swift Current. He has played in all 14 of the Broncos’ games this season. . . . Swift Current was 0-for-6 on the PP; Regina was 1-for-9. . . . D Art Bidlevskii, whom the Pats acquired Oct. 6 from the Prince George Cougars, finally made his Regina debut. He had been out with a broken thumb. . . . Attendance was 4,534, the largest crowd this season in Regina. . . . The teams meet again Sunday in Swift Current. . . . Checking-from-behind count: Zero. There were 21 minor penalties handed out, though.
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KAMLOOPS 3 at EDMONTON 2: F Dalibor Bortnak had a goal and two assists for the Blazers (6-6-1), who won their second straight game on this three-game Alberta swing that ends tonight in Calgary. . . . The Oil Kings (5-7-0) have lost five in a row after winning five straight. . . . Kamloops G Jeff Bosch stopped 34 shots just two nights after turning aside 39 in a 1-0 victory in Red Deer. . . . Kamloops F Jesse Sinatynski, in his second game since being acquired last week from Brandon, opened the scoring at 11:26 of the first period. . . . Edmonton F Mike Piluso tied it 37 seconds later. . . . Kamloops then got two PP goals -- from F JT Barnett at 10:45 of the second and Bortnak at 16:37 of the third. . . . D Griffin Reinhart scored at 17:37 of the third period with G Cam Lanigan on the bench for the extra attacker. . . . Lanigan made 36 saves. . . . Kamloops was 2-for-5 on the PP; Edmonton was 0-for-4. . . . Attendance was 3,367. . . . Checking-from-behind count: Zero.
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LETHBRIDGE 3 at SASKATOON 4 (SO): F Ryan Olsen, a 16-year-old freshman, scored his first WHL goal in the first period and then scored the only goal of the shootout as the Blades (9-2-0) ran their home record to 6-0. . . . The Hurricanes (4-5-2) led this one 1-0, 2-1 and 3-1. . . . F Curtis Hamilton, on a second-period PP, and D Duncan Siemens, on the PP at 15:30 of the third, pulled the Blades into a tie. . . . Saskatoon was 2-for-7 on the PP; Lethbridge was 1-for-5. . . . The Hurricanes’ PP is 5-for-59 in 10 games. . . . Lethbridge G Brandon Anderson stopped 33 shots, nine more than Saskatoon’s Adam Morrison. . . . Attendance was 4,268. . . . Checking-from-behind count: Zero.
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EVERETT 3 at KELOWNA 4 (SO): D Tyson Barrie scored in the shootout to give the Rockets (4-7-0) the victory. . . . Kelowna G Adam Brown preserved the victory with a left pad save on F Landon Ferraro and then beat F Kellan Tochkin. . . . Kelowna F Spencer Main hit a goal post in OT. . . . F Mitchell (Dirty Harry) Callahan scored two early third-period goals to put the Rockets ahead 3-1. He has five goals. . . . F Manraj Hayer’s first WHL goal, at 9:33, got Everett (5-3-3) to within one and F Tyler Maxwell, with his 12th, tied it on the PP at 12:49. . . . F Zach Franko set up two goals for Kelowna, while D Chad Suer had two helpers for Everett. . . . Barrie opened the scoring with his first of the season at 4:55 of the first period on the PP. . . . Everett was 1-for-4 on the PP; Kelowna was 2-for-8. . . . Brown finished with 36 saves, two more than Everett’s Kent Simpson. . . . Attendance was 6,061. . . . Checking-from-behind count: Zero. . . . The Silvertips were without head coach Craig Hartsburg, who underwent a heart catheterization procedure on Wednesday, for a second straight game. He will miss one more game this weekend, then will return to the team as he awaits a date for heart surgery.
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TRI-CITY 7 at PRINCE GEORGE 3: F Justin Feser and F Adam Hughesman each scored twice for the Americans (9-3-1). . . . Tri-City, having won five of six, held a 2-1 lead before Feser sandwich two goals around a Hughesman score early in the third period. . . . F Patrick Holland of the Americans finished the night with a goal and four assists. . . . Tri-City F Brendan Shinnimin sat out the sixth game of his 12-game suspension. The Americans are 5-1 without him. . . . The Americans, who counted five times in the third period, have won 18 of their last 19 meetings with the Cougars, including 11 in a row. . . . F Brett Connolly scored twice for the Cougars (6-5-1), who had won three in a row. He has 13 goals. . . . Tri-City G Chris Driedger, a 16-year-old from Winnipeg, made 23 saves in his first WHL appearance. . . . Prince George opened with James Priestner, who stopped 20 of 25. Ty Rimmer finished up by giving up two goals on 12 shots. . . . Tri-City was 1-for-3 on the PP; the Cougars were 0-for-2. . . . Attendance was 2,113. . . . Checking-from-behind count: Zero.
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SEATTLE 1 at PORTLAND 2 (SO): F Ty Rattie and F Brendan Leipsic scored in the shootout for the Winterhawks (10-2-1), the first team to 10 victories this season. . . . Portland has won four in a row and eight of nine. . . . Seattle (5-2-2), which was blanked in the shootout, had won four of its last five. . . . F Colin Jacobs scored for Seattle, at 5:05 of the second period, on a PP. . . . F Ty Rattie replied for Portland, also on a PP, at 18:16 of the second. . . . Rattie extended his point streak to seven games (15 points). Linemate Sven Bartschi had an assist and now has 14 points on his own seven-game streak. . . . Seattle G Calvin Pickard stopped 42 shots, while Portland’s Mac Carruth turned aside 25. . . . Seattle was 1-for-5 on the PP; Portland was 1-for-6. . . . Attendance was 8,342. . . . Checking-from-behind count: One minor, to Portland F Riley Boychuk.
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BRANDON 2 at VANCOUVER 5: F Brendan Gallagher scored twice and F Craig Cunningham had two assists to lead the Giants (7-5-2). . . . Gallagher moved into the WHL goal-scoring lead, with 15 goals, while Cunningham is No. 1 in points, with 29 in 14 games. . . . The Wheat Kings (4-8-0) have lost eight straight games. . . . Vancouver G Brendan Jensen made 31 saves, one fewer than Brandon’s Liam (Sonny) Liston. . . . Brandon was 0-for-6 on the PP; Vancouver was 0-for-2. . . . Attendance was 6,349. . . . Checking-from-behind count: Zero.
 
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