Monday, September 26, 2011
THE MacBETH REPORT:
F Mark Santorelli (Chilliwack, 2006-08) signed a one-year contract with Tingsryd (Sweden, Allsvenskan). He had eight goals and 13 assists in 64 games with Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) last season. . . . Santorelli won the WHL scoring title with 101 points in 2007-08.
The Los Angeles Kings have assigned F Linden Vey, 20, the WHL’s defending scoring champion, to the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs. . . . Vey could still be returned to the Medicine Hat Tigers. . . . Meanwhile, the Tigers got F Emerson Etem, 19, back from the Anaheim Ducks. . . . The St. Louis Blues have sent D Brett Ponich, 20, to the AHL’s Peoria Rivermen. He is signed but could still be returned to the Portland Winterhawks.
The host Tri-City Americans built up a 5-0 lead and hung on to beat the Portland Winterhawks, 6-5. . . . Tri-City F Connor Rankin turned a 2-0 lead into 5-0 when he scored three times in the space of 1:53 in the first three minutes of the second period. . . . Rankin also had an assist, while Tri-City F Adam Hughesman had four helpers. . . . Portland F Ty Rattie had two goals and an assist and now has six points in two games. . . . G Eric Comrie went the distance for the Americans. He stopped 32 shots, including 12 of 13 in the third period. . . . The Winterhawks, playing their third game in as many nights, opened with Brendan Burke in goal. Mac Carruth came on at 2:16 of the second period with his side trailing 4-0. . . .
In Red Deer, F Adam Kambeitz, the team captain, scored the game’s last two goals as the Rebels erased a 3-1 second-period deficit and beat the Edmonton Oil Kings, 4-3 in OT. . . . Kambeitz scored his third goal of the season at 1:24 of extra time. . . . The Oil Kings held a 3-1 lead early in the second period when they were handed six straight minor penalties — they faced three 5-on-3s. The Rebels scored two PP goals, 1:01 apart, to tie the game. . . . Red Deer D Alex Petrovic, just back from the camp of the Florida Panthers, had three assists. . . . Red Deer F Turner Elson (upper body) didn’t play. . . . Yes, it’s the first week of the regular season and we’re into upper- and lower-body injuries. . . . By the way, Wayne Gretzky spent some time in Edmonton last week and left a note for the Oil Kings before he left. That’s it in the above photo.
Last week, the BCHL suspended a player for 20 games for a hit that resulted in another player suffering a broken jaw.
So it will be interesting to see how it handles a line brawl that broke out Friday in a game between the Cowichan Valley Capitals and Victoria Grizzlies.
Now normally I wouldn’t write a word on something like this, but it happened to involve battling goaltenders -- Jamie Tucker, a former WHLer who is with the Grizzlies, and Derek Dun of the Capitals.
Dun’s post-fight comments to Don Bodger of the Cowichan News Leader Pictorial are just too good to ignore.
“That’s my first one,” Dun told Bodger. “It was on my bucket list.
“I’ve always wanted to do it. I never thought it was going to happen.”
If Dun spelled his surname Dunn, you might think he was related to Dickie Dunn.
“I heard (Tucker) broke his hand,” Dun continued. “He was hitting the ice most of the time. He got a couple of good shots, nothing too drastic.”
Conversation from a recent night:
Reporter to WHL team owner: What’s it cost to take a bus over to Vancouver Island?
Owner: It used to be $150, so it might be about $300 now.
Reporter to WHL team general manager: How much does it cost to take you bus over to Vancouver Island?
GM: Oh, likely about $1,200 or $1,300.
Mario Annicchiarico of the Victoria Times Colonist has some observations right here on the Victoria Royals’ home-opener in which they beat the Vancouver Giants, 5-3, on Saturday.
For today’s good read, we bring you Jack Todd in the Montreal Gazette. You won’t agree with everything he writes, but his Monday column always is an interesting read. It’s right here.
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