Sunday, November 21, 2010

F Kyle St. Denis apparently has told the BCHL’s Victoria Grizzlies that he won’t report to them. . . . St. Denis, 20, spent the last three seasons with the Kelowna Rockets. But after playing in 64 games his first season, he played just 22 and 26 each of the last two seasons as he ran into concussion problems. The Rockets placed him on the injury list to begin this season and apparently released him from that list recently. . . . His junior A rights belonged to the Vernon Vipers, who dealt him to the Grizzlies. . . . However, St. Denis has said he would like to play with his hometown Trail Smoke Eaters, whose roster includes his younger brother, Travis. . . . A source indicated last night that it “looks like (Kyle) St. Denis may wait out the Dec. 1st deadline for teams to have their final rosters in and if Victoria does not make a deal with Trail he will not play hockey for the remainder of the season.” . . .
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Some highlights from Saturday WHL games:
In Chilliwack, F Colin Reddin’s shootout goal gave the Regina Pats a 3-2 victory over the Bruins. . . . Chilliwack has never beaten Regina in five meetings since coming into the WHL. . . . Regina F Thomas Frazee has an eight-game point streak after picking up two assists. . . . The Pats had lost five straight. They now are 1-1-0 on their B.C. Division swing that continues Tuesday in Kamloops. . . . F Kevin Sundher had a goal and an assist for the Bruins. He had a goal and two assists Friday in a 4-3 victory over the visiting Tri-City Americans. . . . Regina G Damien Ketlo stopped 45 shots. . . . Chilliwack G Lucas Gore turned aside 39 shots. . . .
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In Cranbrook, the Kootenay Ice scored three shorthanded goals, tying a franchise record in the process, as they dropped the Prince Albert Raiders, 6-1. . . . The three shorthanded goals actually were scored consecutively, by F Max Reinhart, D Jagger Dirk and F Kevin King. . . . The Ice also scored twice on the PP as it improved to 16-5-2. . . . Kootenay had a 17-1 edge in shots in the third period. . . . The Raiders got their goal from F Jonathan Parker in the second period. That goal halted Ice G Brett Teskey’s shutout string at 124:47. . . .
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In Portland, F Nino Niederreiter scored twice to lead the Winterhawks to a 6-4 victory over the Kamloops Blazers. . . . The Winterhawks have won 14 of their last 15. . . . This was their first home game since they went 5-1-0 on an East Division swing. . . . This game was marred by a multi-fight situation at the end of the second period that involved battling goaltenders. Jeff Bosch of the Blazers and Portland’s Mac Carruth were ejected after the melee that included all the players from both teams on the ice and mostly milling around. . . . But there were three fights so it will be ch-ch-ching time. . . . Teams will be fined for battling goaltenders and for the multi-fight situation. . . . Just in time for Christmas shopping, too. . . . Kamloops ended up taking 101 of the 166 penalty minutes handed out. . . . Portland D Taylor Aronson had a goal and two helpers. . . . The Winterhawks now are 20-3-1. . . . Kamloops F Brendan Ranford got his 21st goal of the season and also had two assists. . . . Kamloops F Chase Schaber had a goal and an assist, as he ran his point streak to 10 games before getting tossed in that mess at the end of the second period. . . . F Sven Bartschi had two assists for Portland. . . .
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In Brandon, the Moose Jaw Warriors staged a late rally and beat the Wheat Kings, 4-2. . . . F Quinton Howden broke a 2-2 tie with 1:12 left in the third period as the Warriors scored three times in the last 3:07. . . . Moose Jaw F Cody Beach, who was acquired Tuesday from the Calgary Hitmen in a five-player deal, had a scrap with Brandon D Ryley Miller. . . . Big deal, you say. . . . Each of the last three teams these guys have met, they have scrapped. . . . Brandon has lost three in a row. . . . Moose Jaw F Mackenzie Royer got the rally started with his first goal since moving to the Warriors in that deal with Calgary. . . . Yes, the Hitmen are scheduled to play in Moose Jaw tonight. . . . Yes, the Crushed Can will be hopping. . . .
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In Edmonton, G Laurent Brossoit earned his first WHL shutout as the Oil Kings beat the Red Deer Rebels, 3-0. . . . Brossoit, 17, stopped 33 shots. . . . F Dylan Wruck scored twice for the Oil Kings. . . . Red Deer G Dawson Guhle, in his first start since being acquired earlier in the week from the Regina Pats, stopped 30 shots. . . . Edmonton F Josh Lazowski had two assists. . . .
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In Lethbridge, the Saskatoon Blades improved to 16-6-1 with a 5-3 victory over the Hurricanes. . . . Saskatoon fell behind 2-0 early and then got goals from five different players. . . . According to the online game sheet, Lethbridge GM/head coach Rich Preston was dismissed from the proceedings at 16:09 of the third period by referees Trent Knorr and Brent Montsion. . . . The Hurricanes ended up taking 83 of the game’s 96 penalty minutes.
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In Medicine Hat, F Linden Vey scored his club’s first three goals and the Tigers went on to a 7-2 victory over the Swift Current Broncos. . . . F Tyler Pitlick added two Medicine Hat goals. . . . Vey also had an assist. . . . The Broncos got two goals from F Justin Dowling. . . . The Tigers have won three in a row and are at home to Prince Albert tonight. . . .
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In Prince George, the Kelowna Rockets beat the Cougars 2-1 in overtime to complete a weekend doubleheader sweep. . . . The Rockets had won 4-2 on Friday night. . . . F Evan Bloodoff scored the winner at 1:13 of OT. It was his third goal of the season and ended an 18-game drought. . . . Kelowna’s other goal came from F Andreas Stene, his first of the season, just 15 seconds into the game. . . . D Tyson Barrie assisted on both Kelowna goals. . . . F Brett Connolly got his 18th of the season for the Cougars. He scored all three of their goals in the two games. . . . Kelowna G Adam Brown, who had something of a sore knee earlier in the week and didn’t play Friday, stopped 28 shots. . . .
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At Kent, Wash., F Tyler Maxwell’s two goals helped the Silvertips to a 3-2 victory over the host Seattle Thunderbirds. . . . Maxwell scored 27 seconds apart as Everett took a 3-0 lead in the first period. He has 16 goals this season. . . . F Kellan Tochkin, who had three goals in Everett’s 4-2 victory over visiting Kamloops on Friday, drew assists on both Maxwell goals. . . . Maxwell also assisted on the game’s first goal, by F Josh Winquist. . . . The game featured the two goaltenders who played for the WHL in the Subway Super Series. . . . Seattle G Calvin Pickard stopped 30 shots, one more than Everett’s Kent Simpson. . . . Attendance was 5,143. . . .
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At Kennewick, Wash., the host Tri-City Americans whipped the Spokane Chiefs, 8-3. . . . F Brendan Shinnimin and F Mason Wilgosh both scored twice for the winners. . . . F Patrick Holland added a goal and two assists for the Americans, with F Adam Hughesman getting three assists. . . . The Americans snapped a five-game losing streak before 5,818 fans. . . . The teams have split their first four meetings this season. They won’t face each other again until the annual New Year’s Eve gala at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.
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SATURDAY’S CHECKING-FROM-BEHIND COUNT:
Two minors:
Both to Kootenay F Brock Montgomery.

 

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