Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Shinnimin places a phone call

F Jesse Schultz (Tri-City, Prince Albert, Kelowna, 1999-2003) signed a one-year contract with Cortina (Italy Serie A). He had seven goals and nine assists in 21 games for Björklöven Umeå (Sweden Allsvenskan) and four goals and eight assists in 21 games for Nuremburg (Germany DEL) last season. . . .
D Jason Beckett (Seattle, 1997-2000) signed a try-out contract with Jesenice (Slovenia, plays in Austria Erste Bank Liga). He had six goals and 33 assists with Red Bull Salzburg II (Austria Nationalliga) last season.
By now, you will have heard that the WHL has suspended Tri-City Americans F Brendan Shinnimin for 12 games for his hit on Saskatoon Blades F Josh Nicholls on Oct. 6. John MacNeil of the Prince Albert Daily Herald spoke with Shinnimin and Nicholls. That story is right here. And, yes, Shinnimin has called Nicholls and offered an apology.
One day after giving up eight goals and losing 8-7 in overtime to the host Edmonton Oil Kings, the Prince George Cougars have added a goaltender to their roster. Chase Martin, 18, from Medicine Hat, is scheduled to practice with the Cougars today. Martin was a fifth-round pick by the Spokane Chiefs in the 2007 WHL entry draft. . . . He played last season with the AJHL’s Calgary Canucks, going 9-8-2, 3.33, .896 in 23 games. . . . Martin joins James Priestner, 19, and Tyler Santos, 16, as the goaltenders on the Cougars’ roster.
The Prince Albert Raiders meet the Giants in Vancouver tonight, which means G Jamie Tucker gets to play against his old team. Tucker was with the Giants last season before asking to be moved. Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun has that story right here.
F Matt Bellerive of the Vancouver Giants won’t play against the visiting Prince Albert Raiders tonight. He received a two-game suspension for a boarding major he incurred Monday for a hit on F Chase Schaber of the Kamloops Blazers. . . . Vancouver F Randy McNaught suffered an ankle injury in that Monday game in Kamloops. Vancouver head coach Don Hay told Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun that McNaught is out “week-to-week.“ . . . In a trade with a bit of a difference, the SJHL’s Weyburn Red Wings swapped one brother act (F Daniel Adams and D Dmitry Adams) to the MJHL’s Neepawa Natives for another brother act (F Blake Kirkham and F Scott Kirkham). Weyburn GM Ron Rumball told the Saskatoon StarPhoenix he hadn’t seen such a trade in his 45 years around the SJHL. . . . And if he hasn’t seen it, that’s good enough for me. If you didn‘t know, Rumball and Weyburn head coach Dwight McMillan have been around so long they boarded Noah’s boat together. . . . F D.Jay McGrath, an 18-year-old from Kindersley, Sask., has joined his hometown SJHL team, the Klippers, after being released by the Everett Silvertips. He was pointless in five games this season after picking up five points in 52 games with Everett last season. He was a third-round pick in the 2007 bantam draft. . . . Matthew Gourlie of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald reports that G Brandon Stone will make his first WHL start tonight against the visiting Kootenay Ice. . . . Moose Jaw D Dallas Ehrhardt (knee) is skating but isn’t quite ready. Gourlie also writes that F Brendan Rowinski, 20, who had offseason knee surgery, is to arrive in Moose Jaw today from his home in Winnipeg. He is to be evaluated in Moose Jaw and is expected to be on skates soon. . . . If you’ve been following the Mandi Schwartz story, Joe Couture of the Regina Leader-Post has the lastest right here.
D Dave Van Drunen (Prince Albert, 1993-94) was badly injured during a brawl in a Central league game Sunday in Loveland, Colo. Van Drunen was with the Odessa Jackalopes when things got ugly in a game with the Colorado Eagles. There’s more -- a whole lot more -- right here.
KOOTENAY 2 at REGINA 0: G Nathan Lieuwen stopped 14 shots to earn his second shutout of the season. There have been nine shutouts in the league this season, with Lieuwen and Mark Friesen of the Swift Current Broncos each owning two. . . . F Drew Czerwonka, with his fourth, at 12:10 of the second period, and F Christian Magnus, with his second, at 11:45 of the third, had the goals. . . . The Ice was bound to win, considering that it won its first game of the season and had alternated wins and losses through its first six games.. . . The Ice is 4-2-0-1 and has three shutouts, including a 1-0 shootout loss in Swift Current on Monday. . . . Regina slipped to 1-6-1-0. . . . The Pats have lost five straight and allowed 27 goals in the process. . . . Regina G Matt Hewitt stopped 34 shots. . . . Each team was 0-for-5 on the PP. . . . Attendance was 3,216. . . . Checking-from-behind count: Zero. . . . The Ice was without D Brayden McNabb, who is out with what is believed to be a shoulder injury. . . . Regina lost F Dane Muench in the first period with a leg injury. . . . The Ice didn’t have G Todd Mathews in the lineup. He is one of four 20-year-olds and Kootenay chose to go with forwards Steele Boomer, Matt Fraser and Kevin King. . . . Each of the WHL’s 22 teams will have to declare a maximum of three 20-year-olds by Thursday.
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