Thursday, October 7, 2010

Wednesday . . .

THE MacBETH REPORT: D Steve McCarthy (Edmonton/Kootenay, 1996-2000) signed a one-year contract with TPS Turku (Finland SM-Liiga). He had two goals and five assists in 25 games for Chicago Wolves (AHL) last season.
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Hope everyone enjoyed the entertainment provided by the comments, most of which were entirely predictable, here yesterday. If you’re interested, John MacNeil, who did such a tremendous job of reporting the Marc Mackenzie story from start to trade, continues to ply his trade with the Prince Albert Daily Herald. In fact, he has a fine story today on Kelowna D Brendon Wall, who was acquired from the Raiders over the summer. The Raiders will play in Kelowna on Saturday. MacNeil’s story is right here. . . . F David Killip, the captain of the BCHL’s Salmon Arm SilverBacks, has committed to attend Western Michigan for 2011-12. Killip, 19, is from Kelowna and was selected by the Kelowna Rockets in the ninth round of the 2006 bantam draft. . . . D Art Bidlevskii, who was traded by the Prince George Cougars to the Regina Pats on Wednesday, has yet to play this season. He fractured a thumb in a preseason fight and is wearing a cast. He told Greg Harder of the Regina Leader-Post that the cast should be removed on Oct. 17 and he hopes to play shortly thereafter.
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WEDNESDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:
SWIFT CURRENT 2 at MOOSE JAW 4: Moose Jaw F Dylan Hood broke a 2-2 tie at 10:21 of the second period. . . . Moose Jaw F Nathan MacMaster, who had a goal and two assists, added insurance at 1:01 of the third. . . . The Warriors (2-4-0-0) had lost three in a row. . . . The Broncos (1-5-0-0) have lost five straight. . . . Moose Jaw G Thomas Heemskerk stopped 21 shots, five fewer than Swift Current’s Mark Friesen. . . . Moose Jaw D Connor Cox didn’t earn a point but was plus-3. . . . F Justin Dowling had two assists for the Broncos, while F Stepan Novotny had a goal, his sixth, and an assist. . . . Swift Current F Cody Eakin scored his first goal of the season. . . . The Broncos were 1-for-6 on the PP; the Warriors were 1-for-2. . . . Attendance was 2,505.
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RED DEER 6 at REGINA 5 (OT): The Rebels scored the game’s last four goals, three of them in the third period and one in the overtime. . . . F Adam Kambeitz got the winner, 1:52 into extra time. . . . F Thomas Frazee scored his first three goals of the season for Regina (1-4-1-0), the third one giving the home team a 5-2 lead at 9:53 of the second period. . . . Frazee also had an assist. . . . F Byron Froese started Red Deer’s comeback with his second goal of the game, at 7:12 of the third period. . . . F Andrej Kudrna, with his seventh of the season, scored at 13:54, on the PP, and D Alex Petrovic forced OT with a goal at 16:24. . . . Petrovic also had two assists, as did D Colin Archer. . . . Red Deer F Ryan Nugent-Hopkins drew three assists for the second straight game. He has 13 points and is tied for the league points lead with F Brendan Shinnimin of the Tri-City Americans. . . . The Rebels now are 5-2-0-0. . . . G Darcy Kuemper came on in relief of Bolton Pouliot with Regina leading 4-2. Kuemper stopped 14 of 15 shots to get the victory. . . . Regina G Dawson Guhle stopped 28 shots. . . . The Pats were 2-for-7 on the PP, and now are 2-for-28 on the season. . . . Red Deer was 2-for-8. . . . Attendance was 3,458.
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TRI-CITY 3 at SASKATOON 5: The Blades scored the game’s first two goals, in the first nine minutes of the first period, and then alternated scores after that. . . . Saskatoon (5-1-0-0) is 4-0 at home. . . . The Americans (4-2-1-0) have lost three in a row, two of them in the East Division. . . . The Blades got two goals from each of FJosh Nicholls, who has five, and F Darian Dziurzynski, who has four. . . . F Marek Viedensky got his fifth for the Blades. . . . F Brent Benson and F Curtis Hamilton each had two assists for the Blades. . . . The Americans got two goals from D Tyler Schmidt, while F Adam Hughesman had two assists. . . . Tri-City G Drew Owsley made 42 saves, while Saskatoon’s Adam Morrision stopped 24 shots. . . . Tri-City was 2-for-5 on the PP; Saskatoon was 1-for-5. . . . Attendance was 3,026. . . . Tri-City F Brendan Shinnimin was ejected with a boarding major at 18:04 of the third period. He is tied for the WHL scoring lead with F Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Red Deer Rebels. . . . In their history, the Americans are 1-13-1-0 (with two ties) in Saskatoon.
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MEDICINE HAT 2 at CALGARY 5: F Jimmy Bubnick had two goals and an assist, and finished plus-4, to lead the Hitmen (2-2-0-0). . . . The Tigers (2-1-0-0) had won two in a row. . . . Calgary D Matt MacKenzie was plus-5. . . . Medicine Hat got two goals from F Emerson Etem, both via the PP. . . . Etem scored the game’s first and fifth goals. . . . Tigers D Jace Coyle had two assists but wound up minus-4. . . . Medicine Hat was 2-for-5 on the PP; the Hitmen were 0-for-4. . . . Calgary went in having scored six of its nine goals on the power play. . . . Medicine Hat G Tyler Bunz stopped 25 shots, as did Calgary G Michael Snider. . . . Attendance was 6,894.
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PRINCE GEORGE 6 at KOOTENAY 3: F Brett Connolly set up three goals for the Cougars, who scored the game’s last three goals. . . . The Cougars (2-3-0-0) scored the game’s first two goals, with F Spencer Asuchak and F Charles Inglish each scoring one and drawing an assist. . . . The Ice (2-2-0-0) tied it in the second period, with F Drew Czerwonka and F Joe Antilla getting the goals. . . . F Troy Bourke gave the visitors a 3-2 lead at 17:22, only to have F Max Reinhart tie it just 15 seconds later. . . . F Taylor Makin got the eventual winner at 8:35 of the third, on the PP. . . . The Cougars, with five 20-year-olds on the their roster,didn't dress F Parker Stanfield or G Morgan Clark. Last night, they played F Taylor Stefishen, F James Dobrowolski and D Sena Acolatse. . . . Stefishen, who joined the Cougars this week from Ohio State, had an empty-net goal and an assist. . . . Prince George G James Priestner stopped 17 shots. . . . Tyler Santos, 16, backed up Priestner. Santos, from Sherwood Park, Alta., was a second-round pick by the Saskatoon Blades in the WHL’s 2009 bantam draft. He came over in the January deal in which F Marek Viedensky was sent to the Blades. . . . Ice G Brett Teskey stopped 24 shots in his WHL debut. . . . Each team was 1-for-5 on the power play. . . . The Ice now is 1-for-20 on the PP in four games. . . . Attendance was 2,281, the smallest crowd ever to see a regular-season game at the RecPlex which opened prior to the 2000-01 season.
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PORTLAND 5 at EVERETT 3: The Winterhawks erased a 3-2 deficit in the third period to hand the Silvertips (4-1-0-0) their first loss. . . . Everett is five games into an eight-game season-opening homestand. . . . The Winterhawks (4-1-0-1) scored three times in the third period, with F Ryan Johansen in on all three goals. He scored his first of the season at 8:44 and assist on F Spencer Bennett’s fourth at 12:36 and F Brad Ross’s sixth at 18:13. . . . Johansen’s goal came as he stepped out of the penalty box and fired a shot that caused the net to move, but play continued for four minutes. When play finally stopped, a video review awarded the goal to Johansen and the Winterhawks. . . . F Gabriel Oliver had a goal and two assists for Portland, while D Brett Ponich had two assists. . . . D Brennan Yadlowski, in his first game with Everett since being acquired from the Lethbridge Hurricanes, had a goal. His score, at 19:59 of the first period, gave the home team a 2-0 lead. . . . Everett F Scott McDonald celebrated his 19th birthday with two assists. . . . Portland G Keith Hamilton stopped 32 shots, 11 more than Everett’s Kent Simpson. . . . Portland was 1-for-2 on the PP, while Everett was 1-for-9. . . . Attendance was 3,977. Must be a lot of baseball fans in the area.
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SPOKANE 4 at KAMLOOPS 3 (SO): F Mitch Holmberg scored the only goal of the shootout. . . . It was his goal in overtime that gave Spokane (2-3-0-0) a 6-5 victory over the visiting Tri-City Americans on Saturday. . . . Holmberg, the Chiefs’ first pick in the 2008 draft, also had two assists. . . . Kamloops (1-3-1-0) has lost four straight games. . . . The Blazers were 0-for-5 on the PP and now are 2-for-30 on the season. . . . F Darren Kramer, who joined the Chiefs from the AJHL’s Grande Prairie Storm, scored in his first WHL game. He turns 19 on Nov. 19. He had 311 penalty minutes, along with 19 goals, in 58 games with the Storm last season. . . . Kramer’s goal at 11:41 of the third period forced OT. . . . The Blazers had come back from a 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 lead on F Brendan Ranford’s fourth goal at 5:11 of the third. . . . Spokane was 0-for-5 on the PP. . . . Spokane G James Reid stopped 43 shots, including seven in OT. . . . Kamloops G Jon Groenheyde stopped 29. . . . Attendance was 3,656, the eighth-smallest crowd in the historyof Interior Savings Centre. The facility opened for the 1992-93 season.
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