Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Rudy skates on at the Soo

The Chilliwack Bruins have acquired F T.C. Cratsenberg, 18, from the Spokane Chiefs for a conditional eighth-round pick in the 2012 WHL bantam draft. Cratsenberg, who is from Federal Way, Wash., was a sixth-round pick by the Chiefs in the 2007 draft. He was pointless in five games this season. In 68 career games, he has two assists and 84 penalty minutes. . . . The move leaves the Chiefs with 24 players on their roster, including two goaltenders and eight defencemen
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F Tyler Pitlick of the Medicine Hat Tigers drew a three-game suspension for a kneeing major he incurred in Friday’s 9-2 victory over the Raiders in Prince Albert. Pitlick hit Prince Albert D Nathan Deck, who suffered a knee injury and could miss up to six weeks with a torn MCL. Pitlick sat out a 4-1 loss to the Blades in Saskatoon on Saturday and last night’s 3-2 loss to the visiting Kootenay Ice. He also will miss Saturday’s visit by the Chilliwack Bruins. He is eligible to return on Tuesday when the Tigers meet the Hitmen in Calgary.
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From the latest musings of Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada: “Mike Milbury, Craig Simpson and I are in the hotel bar in Philadelphia. A man walks in and looks at Milbury, who says, ‘Don't hate me because I used to kick the Flyers' asses.’ The guy says, ‘Don't worry, I'm from Pittsburgh.’ The reply: ‘Oh, I kicked their asses, too.’ ” . . . The whole package is right here.
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The Prince Albert Raiders have assigned F Tyler Paslawski, 18, to the SJHL’s Nipawin Hawks. Paslawski, who is from Choiceland, Sask., had one assist in five games with the Raiders. . . . This gets the Raiders’ roster down to 24, including two goaltenders and nine defencemen. . . . Of the nine defencemen, three are injured. Nathan Deck (knee) won’t play for a while, nor will Emerson Hrynyk (shoulder). Jordan Rowley (wrist) should be back within two weeks. . . . The Raiders (5-7-2) are at home tonight to the Moose Jaw Warriors (4-8-1).
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Rudy is skating into the Soo. F Rudy Sulmonte, 18, has forsaken a scholarship to Mercyurst College, a Division 1 NCAA school in Erie, Penn., and has joined the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Dave Torrie said it was the first time in his eight seasons as the Greyhounds’ general manager that “we have had a free agent player who was attending an NCAA institution on a full scholarship decide to leave and join our program.” . . . Sulmonte, who is from Levittown, N.Y., played two seasons with the junior New Jersey Rockets. He is to join the Greyhounds on a three-game swing that opens tonight in Windsor.
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F Josh Cowen of the Red Deer Rebels will sit for another couple of weeks as he recovers from mononucleosis. Greg Meachem of the Red Deer Advocate reports that “tests have revealed that his spleen hasn’t been affected but the 19-year-old is lacking energy.” . . . D Matt Pufahl is close to returning from a concussion and may play this weekend. . . . F Locke Muller (broken hand) has had a pin removed but is still a couple of weeks away.
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TUESDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:
KOOTENAY 3 at MEDICINE HAT 2: The Ice (9-3-1) scored the only two goals of the third period to extend its winning streak to five. . . . The Tigers (6-5-0) led 1-0 and 2-1. . . . D Dylan Busenius, with his first WHL goal in 51 games, scored for the Tigers at 11:07 of the first. . . . F Joe Antilla, with his first of two, pulled the Ice even just 43 seconds later. . . . F Curtis Valk, with his first WHL goal, gave the Tigers’ a 2-1 lead at 12:58. . . . It was the Medicine Hat native’s seventh game this season and the 11th of his career. . . . Antilla, with his sixth of the season, pulled the visitors even at 2:55 of the third. . . . F Matt Fraser of the Ice won it on the PP at 14:52 of the third. It was his fifth of the season. . . . F Emerson Etem had two assists for the Tigers, while D Joey Leach had two helpers for the Ice. . . . Ice G Nathan Lieuwen stopped 26 shots, two more than Medicine Hat’s Tyler Bunz. . . . The Ice was 1-for-2 on the PP; the Tigers were 0-for-3. . . . Attendance was 4,006. . . . Checking-from-behind count: Zero.
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SASKATOON 2 at REGINA 5: The Blades (10-3-0) scored the game’s first and last goals. In between, the Pats (5-7-2) struck five times. . . . Regina now has won three in a row. . . . The Blades had won two in a row. They now are 3-3-0 on the road. . . . F Marek Viedensky got his 10th of the season for Saskatoon at 9:54 of the first. . . . F Colin Reddin, with his third, and F Thomas Frazee, with his sixth, put the Pats out front before the period ended. . . . Frazee scored on the PP. . . . The Pats took control on second-period goals from F Jordan Weal, his seventh, and F Garrett Mitchell. . . . F Carter Ashton also scored for Regina, his sixth. . . . F Darius Dziurzynski got his 10th for the Blades. . . . Regina was 3-for-7 on the PP, while Saskatoon was 0-for-4. . . . Regina G Damien Ketlo stopped 33 shots, including 19 of 20 in the third period. . . . Saskatoon’s Adam Morrison stopped 28 shots. . . . Paid attendance was 3,620, although Greg Harder of the Regina Leader-Post wrote: “Only about half that number actually braved the first blizzard of the season.” . . . Harder also pointed out that this was the “Pats’ first regulation home victory in three years over Saskatoon.” The Blades were 7-0-3 in their last 10 visits to Regina. . . . Checking-from-behind count: Zero.
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BRANDON 3 at KELOWNA 1: F Shayne Wiebe, the Wheat Kings’ captain, had a goal and an assist as Brandon snapped its nine-game losing streak. . . . The Wheat Kings (5-9-0) opened the season with four victories and then lost nine in a row. . . . Wiebe broke a 1-1 tie with his fourth goal just 49 seconds into the third period. . . . The Rockets thought they had tied the game four minutes later when a puck bounced in off F Cody Chikie’s upper body. Referee Andy Thiessen waved it off and the call was upheld with video review. . . . F Shane McColgan had given the Rockets (4-8-0) a 1-0 lead at 5:17 of the first period. He has 12 points in a seven-game point streak. . . . F Mark Stone pulled Brandon even at 10:23 of the first. . . . F Brenden Walker added an empty-netter for the Wheat Kings. . . . Brandon G Liam Liston stopped 27 shots, two more than Kelowna’s Adam Brown. . . . Brandon was 0-for-2 on the PP; Kelowna was 0-for-4. . . . Kelowna F Geordie Wudrick, 20, was back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch for what he said was the first time in his career. According to the WHL website, this was Wudrick’s 323rd career regular-season game. If he is to play in all of the Rockets remaining 60 games, he will finish at No. 2 on the all-time list. Of course, according to the website, he played 86 games last season -- 24 with the Swift Current Broncos and 62 with the Rockets. . . . Ahh, yes, the troubled WHL website. . . . During the Kelowna broadcast, Gord McGarva, who rides shotgun with Rockets voice Regan Bartel, was heard to say: “Sometimes I’m wrong.” . . . For some reason, Bartel chose not to walk through the wide-open door. . . . The Wheat Kings are 1-4 on this eight-game swing that continues tonight in Kamloops. Brandon also will stop in Cranbrook on Frieday and Lethbridge on Saturday before returning home to face the Spokane Chiefs on Nov. 5. . . . Attendance was 6,021. . . . Checking-from-behind count: Zero.
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TRI-CITY 5 at SEATTLE 4 (SO): F Justin Feser’s shootout goal gave the Americans the victory. . . . It was the first time all night that the Americans held the lead. . . . Seattle F Marcel Noebels, the third shooter, gave his side 1 -0 lead, only to have Tri-City F Patrick Holland tie it. . . . The Americans (10-4-1) are the third WHL team to 10 victories this season. . . . The Thunderbirds are 5-2-3. . . . Feser, who forced OT at 14:00 of the third, won it after Seattle F Luke Lockhart deked and then missed the net behind Tri-City G Drew Owsley. . . . The Thunderbirds scored the game’s first goal and the team’s alternated goals through the third period. . . . Feser also had an assist. . . . Tri-City D Tyler Schmidt drew two helpers. . . . Noebels, a freshman from Germany, had a rather memorable night. He had a goal, his third, and two assists, picked up 17 minutes in penalties as he got into a third-period scrap, and scored in the shootout. . . . Lockhart scored twice for the Thunderbirds, while D Brenden Dillon had two assists and F Burke Gallimore had a goal and an assist. . . . Tri-City had a big chance in OT when F Jordan Messier tipped a Schmidt shot off a post behind G Calvin Pickard. . . . Messier scored his ninth of the season in the first period. . . . Owsley made 29 saves; Pickard made 30. . . . The Americans were 1-for-2 on the PP; the Thunderbirds were 3-for-4. . . . Attendance in Kent, Wash., was 3,045. . . . Checking-from-behind count: Two minors, one each to Tri-City D Spencer Humphries and Schmidt.

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