Sunday, December 12, 2010


Doyle Potenteau put up the second issue of DubNation on the website Sunday afternoon. That’s the front cover above. . . . Check it out right here. Click on MAGAZINE, download it  and enjoy!
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Brad Gardner has his doubts as to whether Tom Gaglardi is out of the bidding to purchase the NHL’s Dallas Stars. Kevin Paul Dupont mentioned in Sunday’s Boston Globe that Gaglardi, the majority owner of the Kamloops Blazers, was out. However, Gardner, over at Defending Big D, takes issue with that report right here.
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This is for the benefit of the Anonymous poster from last week who had me hating on his/her Spokane Chiefs. . . . As you no doubt are aware, the Kamloops Blazers lost 10-5 in Spokane on Saturday night. . . . Changes were made to three Kamloops goals long after the game was over. . . . F Dalibor Bortnak came out of it with two assists, not one. . . . F Ryan Hanes had a goal and an assist, not just an assist. . . . F JC Lipon ended up with two assists, not one. . . . F Shayne Neigum wound up with a goal and an assist, not a goal and two assists. . . . F Logan McVeigh had one assist, not two. . . . I’m also told that Spokane D Brendan Kichton received a major penalty for fighting, not high-sticking. But that change has yet to be made. . . . I don’t know whether there will be any scoring changes made to Chiefs’ goals. . . . The point is that the online scoresheets oftentimes are as reliable as a long-term weather forecast.
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In case you missed it, the Michigan Wolverines and Michigan Spartans played an outdoor hockey game on Saturday. They played it at Michigan Stadium — aka the Big House — in front 113,411 fans. Yes, that is the largest crowd ever to watch a hockey game. It also is more fans than five WHL teams drew all of last season. . . .
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Some highlights from Sunday’s WHL games . . .
In Brandon, G Liam Liston stopped 42 shots to help the Wheat Kings to a 6-2 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders. . . .. Brandon halted an 11-game losing streak. . . . Brandon got two goals from F Jason Swyripa, who now has eight. . . . Brandon F Michael Ferland drew three assists, while F David Toews and F Hampus Gustafsson each had two. . . . F Jonathan Parker scored his team-leading 18th goal for the Raiders. . . . Attendance was 4,231. . . . The Raiders were without F Igor Revenko (knee), who isn’t expected to play again until after Christmas. . . .
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In Lethbridge, the Hurricanes didn’t trail until the very end as they dropped a 6-5 shootout decision to the Medicine Hat Tigers. . . . The Hurricanes led 3-1 after one period and 5-3 after two. . . . Medicine Hat F Tyler Pitlick forced OT with his 13th goal at 17:45 of the third period, and then scored the winner in the shootout. . . . Pitlick also had three assists. . . . F Austin Fyten had a goal and two helpers for Lethbridge. . . . D Jace Coyle added two assists for the Tigers. . . . Lethbridge F Brody Sutter had a goal, his first, and an assist. . . . Attendance was 2,570. . . . Lethbridge G Brandon Anderson stopped 38 shots. . . .
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In Saskatoon, F Brent Benson had a goal, his sixth, and an assist to help the Blades to a 4-2 victory over the Kootenay Ice. . . . The Blades stretched their Eastern Conference-leading point total to 49, four more than the Ice. . . . Saskatoon erased a 1-0 deficity with goals from each of its Elliotts. . . . D Stefan Elliott scored his 12th goal at 17:49 of the first period and F Alex Elliott got his first WHL goal in 22 games at 6:19 of the second. . . . Saskatoon D Teigan Zahn had two assists. . . .. The Ice got a goal, his 17th, and an assist from F Max Reinhart. . . . Ice G Nathan Lieuwen stopped 41 shots, 16more than Saskatoon’s Steven Stanford. . . . Attendance was 4,709. . . . Jennifer Hedger, one of TSN’s SportsCentre anchors, dropped the puck for the ceremonial faceoff as the Blades celebrated “Girls Rock Night.” . . .
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In Calgary, F Cody Sylvester scored the Teddy Bear goal and G Michael Snider pitched the shutout as the Hitmen dumped the Red Deer Rebels, 2-0. . . . Snider stopped 27 shots for his and the team’s first shutout of the season and the third of his career. . . . Sylvester got his 10th goal at 3:49 of the first period and the 16,844 fans tossed 23,096 stuffed toys. . . . The Hitmen hold the record (26,919) from 2007. . . . The Hitmen have won six straight Teddy Bear games. . . . Calgary F Kris Foucault added insurance with his 12th goal on the PP at 12:49 of the second. . . . Red Deer G Darcy Kuemper stopped 20 shots. . . . Calgary (9-21-2) has won two straight times for the first time since it won Games 3 and 4 to start the season.
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SUNDAY’S CHECKING-FROM-BEHIND COUNT:
None.

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