Sunday, October 16, 2011

Goaltender Ty Rimmer of the Tri-City Americans, sporting new pads and a new paint job
on his mask, is focused — check out the eyes — on the puck as he works
on his second shutout this season.

(Photo courtesy John Allen/AridAcres.com)
THE MacBETH REPORT:
The Straubing Tigers (Germany, DEL) announced that F Richard Mueller (Brandon, Saskatoon, Calgary, 1998-2003) won’t be offered a contract extension once his try-out contract ends on Oct. 23. Mueller is pointless in seven games with the Tigers, who have two
players returning from injury this weekend.
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Here’s one from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal:
“Best nickname in hockey these days? The Fish Line of Dany Heatley, Devin Setoguchi and centre Mikko Koivu of the Minnesota Wild. Two Sharks and a Finn.”
Matty also wrote:
“If Vancouver businessman Tom Gaglardi buys the Stars for well over $200 million, he’s got a huge marketing campaign ahead of them to get fans back in the building. They announced a crowd of 6,300 on Columbus Day (Thanksgiving Monday) against Phoenix, but observers said there might have been 3,000 fans in the 18,532 American Airlines Arena. Then the Stars said they sold 7,499 tickets for the Blues game on Thursday, but they must have been counting both hands and feet.”
Check out Matty’s Hockey World right here.
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JUST NOTES: The Seattle Thunderbirds have won three straight games after doubling the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds 4-2 on Saturday night. . . . Seattle had lost three in a row before winning three straight. . . . The host Red Deer Rebels beat the Regina Pats, 4-1. Regina was without F Dyson Stevenson, who was stretchered off the ice during a 6-3 victory over the Oil Kings in Edmonton on Friday. X-rays of an ankle were negative and he is shown as day-to-day. . . .
G Ty Rimmer, wearing new pads and a new stylized mask, posted his second shutout of the season and sixth of his career as the Tri-City Americans bounced the visiting Vancouver Giants, 5-0. Rimmer stopped 26 shots. . . . G Cole Cheveldave stopped 26 shots in his third WHL start to lead the Blazers to a 3-0 victory over the Prince George Cougars in Kamloops. Cheveldave, who is 3-0-0, recorded his first WHL shutout. The Cougars concluded a seven-game road trip at 2-5-0. That includes a 2-4-0 swing through the East Division. . . . The Cougars lost F Jordan Tkatch with what appeared to be an injury to his left knee. He will be re-evaluated first thing in the week. . . . Kamloops D Bronson Maschmeyer played in his 200th regular-season game. . . .
F Kevin Sundher had a goal and three assists as the host Victoria Royals got past the Kelowna Rockets, 4-3, in OT. D Jesse Zgraggen got the winner, 35 seconds into OT. It was Zgraggen’s first goal in nine games; last season, he had one goal in 62 games. . . . The Rockets have lost five straight after opening the season with three victories. . . . In Portland, F Sven Bartschi had two goals and two assists as the Winterhawks bounced the Brandon Wheat Kings, 6-1. Brandon F Mark Stone picked up one assist, to run his season-opening point streak to nine games. . . .
In Spokane, the Chiefs erased a 1-0 deficit with three third-period goals and beat the Everett Silvertips, 3-1. F Darren Kramer had a goal, his sixth, and an assist for the Chiefs. . . . Everett has lost four in a row and has just one victory in eight games this season. . . . F Taylor Vause scored three times — he has nine in 10 games — as the Swift Current Broncos beat the Hurricanes 9-3 in Lethbridge. Vause, 20, has two hat tricks already this season. . . . During the game in Lethbridge, the buzz throughout the league was that the Hurricanes had dealt G Brandon Anderson, 19, to the Spokane Chiefs. Anderson, who has signed with the NHL’s Washington Capitals, was scratched last night, as he was Friday as the Hurricanes lost 2-1 to the host Kootenay ice. However, Lethbridge G Damien Ketlo, 20, left last night’s game after five minutes with a groin injury. After the game, Anderson was told that he was going anywhere. . . . I have been told that there were two teams, Spokane and one other, in the chase for Anderson. . . .
In Cranbrook, F Max Reinhart drew three assists as the Kootenay Ice dumped the Prince Albert Raiders, 3-1. . . . The Raiders wound up 2-3-1 on a six-game road trip than included five games in the U.S. Division. They lost one game in OT, two others by one goal and last night’s by two. . . . In Medicine Hat, G Tyler Bunz stopped 26 shots for his first shutout this season and the sixth of his career, 5-0 over the Calgary Hitmen. F Hunter Shinkaruk had two goals for the Tigers and, at one point, had nine goals and zero assists this season. However, he drew an assist on the Tigers’ last goal so is 9-1—10. Tigers F Emerson Etem didn’t score but he did set up four goals, leaving him at 13-8—21. . . . Etem, Victoria F Kevin Sundher and Brandon F Mark Stone are tied for the WHL scoring lead, each with 21 points. . . .
Keith Gretzky, once an assistant coach with the Tri-City Americans, now is scouting for the NHL’s Boston Bruins. That comes after a stint as the Phoenix Coyotes’ director of amateur scouting. . . . F Ryan Johansen, who played the last two seasons with the Portland Winterhawks, was a healthy scratch by the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night. That has been the case in three of the Blue Jackets’ five games. The fourth overall pick in the 2010 NHL draft, he has played 17 minutes 12 seconds in total this season. . . .
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F Brett Connolly hs to play with the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning or the Prince George Cougars this season. So far, he has played five games with the Lightning, the last two on a line with Marty St. Louis and Steven Stamkos.
Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune has more right here.

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