Sunday, April 24, 2011

In Medicine Hat, G Nathan Lieuwen earned the shutout and F Cody Eakin had three points as the Kootenay Ice dumped the Tigers, 3-0. . . . The Ice leads the series 2-0 as the teams head to Cranbrook for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Wednesday. . . . Lieuwen stopped 25 shots for his franchise-record third shutout of these playoffs. He and Dan Blackburn share the career record with three shutouts. . . . Lieuwen, a 19-year-old from Abbotsford, B.C., has three shutouts in 12 games in this postseason after putting up three in 55 regular-season games. . . . Eakin opened the scoring at 3:57 of the first period, then drew assists on goals by F Kevin King, his first, at 14:32 of the second, and F Joe Antilla, his seventh, into an empty net, at 18:41 of the third. . . . Eakin had 13 points, including five goals, in 12 playoff games. . . . Medicine Hat G Tyler Bunz stopped 37 shots. . . . Attendance was 4,006. . . . The Ice was 0-for-5 on the PP; the Tigers were 0-for-3. . . .
The Tigers were without G Cole Grbavac, who drew a ‘tbd’ suspension for a hit on Ice F Steele Boomer late in the third period of Game 1. Boomer, who is believed to have a concussion, isn’t expected to play in Games 3 and 4 in Cranbrook on Tuesday and Wednesday. . . . F Sam Reinhart, who has been playing in the Telus Cup in Newfoundland, will be joining the Ice on Monday. Reinhart was the 15th overall pick in the 2010 bantam draft.
Marc Habscheid was in the house Friday when the Victoria Salmon Kings beat the visiting Utah Grizzlies 2-1 in double overtime to advance to the third round of the ECHL playoffs. Habscheid met with the Victoria media on Saturday. Habscheid spent the last two seasons as the GM/head coach of the Chilliwack Bruins, who have been sold and are relocating to Victoria. And, although there hasn’t been an announcement made as regards Habscheid future, he will run the team’s table at the bantam draft and sure sounds like he’ll be moving to the B.C. Capital.
Cleve Dheensaw of the Victoria Times Colonist has that story right here.
The Salmon Kings, the Western Conference’s seventh seed, now will meet the Anchorage Aces, who had the ECHL’s best regular-season record. . . . . They’ll open with the best-of-seven series with games Wednesday and Thursday at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, then head for Victoria and Games 3 and 4 on April 30 and May 2. A fifth game, if necessary, is scheduled for May 4 in Victoria. If needed, Games 6 and 7 will be played in Anchorage on May 7 and 8.
Derek Spalding of the Nanaimo Daily News takes a look at the situation in that city in terms of the WHL and a new arena. He also mentions  that the “Nanaimo Clippers' owners have the first right of refusal to any incoming franchise.” . . . According to Tourism B.C., Nanaimo has a population of more than 84,000. There are more than 138,000 people in the regional district.
That story is right here.
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