THE MacBETH REPORT:
F Martin Hohenberger (Victoria/Prince George, Lethbridge, 1993-97) has come out of retirement to sign a one-year contract with ATSE Graz (Austria Nationalliga). Hohenberger also is the assistant coach for ATSE. . . . Hohenberger was the first overall pick in the WHL's 1993 draft, taken by the Vicoria Cougars. . . .
F Zdenek Blatny (Seattle, Kootenay, 1998-2001) signed a four-game tryout contract with the Hannover Indians (Germany 2.Bundesliga). He had seven goals and eight assists in 50 games for Liberec (Czech Republic Extraliga) last season.
CH-CH-CHING: The host Prince Albert Raiders and Swift Current Broncos engaged in some fisticuffs on Friday night. The Broncos won the game, 5-1, but the late-game line brawl cost each team in the pocketbook. The Raiders got touched for $500 because it was their second such incident this season. It was the first line brawl for the Broncos so only cost them $250.
THE WHL AND JEWELLERY: Matthew Gourlie of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald posted his on his blog after the Warriors had beaten the visiting Regina Pats on Saturday night . . .
“Call it the game within the game . . . with 2:58 left in a 5-3 game, the Warriors iced the puck. (Moose Jaw head coach Dave) Hunchak had already used his timeout and had no way of changing his tired skaters. The Pats put out their top line of Jordan Weal, Carter Ashton and Garrett Mitchell. However, Hunchak had taken note of the fact that Ashton and Weal were both wearing chains around their necks. That goes against WHL rules. Hunchak called over referee Devin Klein, pointed out the jewellery and as a result, two-thirds of the Pats top line had to leave the ice for a crucial offensive zone faceoff.
“That shift ended with the three-fight altercation that put the Warriors on the power play and effectively ended the game.”
By the way, that blog is right here.
JUST NOTES: G Jacob DeSerres stopped 13 of 15 shots over two periods Friday as the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs scored a 7-2 victory over the visiting Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. DeSerres left after the second period with a groin pull. You’ll recall that DeSerres lost out in the 20-year-old game as the Brandon Wheat Kings released him. He cleared WHL waivers and joined the Sea Dogs in mid-October. Yes, he is still wearing his Wheat Kings-coloured goal pads. . . . (It actually was a reunion of sorts. G Andrew Hayes, another 20-year-old who was waived by Brandon, is with the Screaming Eagles but he backed up in this one.) . . . That victory left the Sea Dogs at 16-3-1, including 9-0-0 at home. It also put them in first place overall, a point ahead of the Quebec Remparts. . . . DeSerres was on the bench Saturday as the Sea Dogs were beaten at home, 4-3 in a shootout, by the Chicoutimi Sagueneens. . . . The Remparts lost 3-2 to the visiting Montreal Juniors on Saturday, so the Sea Dogs were left in first place. . . .
The WHL’s player of the week is F Mitchell (Dirty Harry) Callahan of the Kelowna Rockets. Actually, the WHL won’t made a decision until Monday. However, Callahan put up 12 points as the Rockets went 4-0-0, winning four straight games from B.C. Division opponents. On Saturday, Callahan had a goal and two assists as the host Rockets dumped the Chilliwack Bruins, 9-3. Kelowna D Tyson Barrie helped out with a goal and three assists, while G Geordie Wudrick scored three times in the 296th regular-season game of his career. . . . The Bruins tied a franchise record for most goals-against in a regular-season game. . . . Brandon D Darren Bestland and D Ryley Miller each was plus-3 as the Wheat Kings beat the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds, 3-2. This was Seattle’s first game on an East Division swing. . . . Seattle G Calvin Pickard stopped 37 shots. . . .
The Calgary Hitmen, the WHL’s defending champions, saw their losing streak reach nine games as they dropped a 5-2 decision to the Kootenay Ice in Cranbrook. . . . Kootenay lost F Drew Czerwonka (right shoulder) in the first period. He is questionable for the rematch in Calgary on Thursday. . . . Ice G Nathan Lieuwen already had shut out the Hitmen twice this season. . . . D Collin Bowman had three assists to lead the host Moose Jaw Warriors to a 5-3 victory over the Regina Pats, who blew a 3-0 first-period lead by giving up four goals before the frame ended. The Warriors had won 3-1 in Regina on Friday night. . . . The Crushed Can also was home to a third-period line brawl. There were six fighting majors handed out. . . . Ch-ch-ching!!! . . . There were 2,830 fans in the 2,705-seat Crushed Can. . . . The Warriors also got two goals and an assist from F Brendan Rowinski, 20, who was playing his first game since having offseason knee surgery. The Warriors now have two weeks to declare their three 20-year-olds. They also are carrying G Thomas Heemskerk, F Dylan Hood and F Spencer Edwards. Hood was the odd-man out in this one. . . .
The Lethbridge Hurricanes scored three goals in a 4:13 stretch of the third period to erase a 4-2 deficit and beat the visiting Kamloops Blazers, 5-4. The first two of those goals came via the PP. The Blazers, who had a six-game road winning streak snapped, got three goals from F Brendan Ranford. He has 17 goals but has yet to be named to the WHL team that will a touring Russian side in Kamloops on Nov. 17. . . . Kamloops F Jordan DePape had a four-game goal-scoring streak snapped but did get three assists. . . . In Portland, the Winterhawks scored the game’s last two goals in a 4-2 victory over the Everett Silvertips. F Brad Ross broke a 2-2 tie at 16:38 of the third period and F Ryan Johansen added an empty-netter. Portland forwards Ty Rattie and Sven Bartschi both extended their point streaks to 10 games. . . . Portland has won eight in a row, the franchise’s longest run of success it won 15 in a row in 1997-98. . . . The Winterhawks open a six-game East Division swing in Swift Current on Tuesday. . . .
G Jon Groenheyde stopped 32 shots in his first with Edmonton and the Oil Kings stopped a nine-game losing skid with a 7-3 victory over the Cougars 7-3 in Prince George. F Jordan Hickmott had two goals for the Oil Kings, who lost 6-3 to the Cougars on Friday. . . . The Spokane Chiefs unleashed a 50-shot barrage at Swift Current G Adam Smith and beat the host Broncos, 3-1. The Chiefs went 3-2-1 on their East Division swing. . . . In Richland, Wash., F Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored twice and set up another while F Byron Froese was one and two, leading the Red Deer Rebels to a 5-3 victory over the Tri-City Americans. F Kruise Reddick, the Americans’ captain, returned after being out since Oct. 9 with a concussion.
CHECKING-FROM-BEHIND COUNT FOR SATURDAY:
Calgary F Trevor Cheek
Calgary F Rob Trzonkowski
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