Wednesday, October 12, 2011

F Jakub Rumpel (Medicine Hat, 2006-07) signed a one-month tryout
contract with Frederikshavn (Denmark, AL-Bank Ligaen). He had 14 goals and eight assists in 49 games with Banska Bystrica (Slovakia, Extraliga) last season.
In Saskatoon, F Darian Dziurzynski scored with 38.7 seconds left in OT to give the Blades a 4-3 victory over the Moose Jaw Warriors. . . . F Brett Lyon forced OT when he scored a power-play goal for Moose Jaw with 11 seconds left in the third period. . . . The Warriors opened the third period by taking five straight minor penalties. However, the Blazers were able to score only once on the ensuing power plays. . . . Lyon leads the Warriors with five goals in eight games. Last season, he totalled five goals in 56 games split between the Vancouver Giants and Moose Jaw. . . . Warriors F Cody Beach completed his seven-game suspension and will be eligible to return Friday when the Warriors play host to the Swift Current Broncos. . . .
In Lethbridge, the Edmonton Oil Kings got a goal and two assists from F Rhett Rachinski as they defeated the Hurricanes, 5-1. . . . The teams combined for 124 penalty minutes, with Lethbridge taking 67 of those. . . . All told, there were 10 fighting majors. . . . The Oil Kings have won three of four on a five-game swing that wraps up tonight against the Kootenay Ice in Cranbrook.
In Everett, F Mark McNeill had a goal and an assist to help the Prince Albert Raiders to a 3-2 victory over the Silvertips. . . . Prince Albert F Jonas Knutsen scored a third-period goal to give his side a 3-1 lead. . . . Everett D Ryan Murray cut that to one goal at 18:39 of the third period. . . . Everett F Tyler Maxwell scored his fourth goal of the season, giving him 100 regular-season career goals. He now shares the Everett franchise career record with Shane Harper (2005-10).
JUST NOTES: The Vancouver Giants have assigned D Dalton Olsen to the AJHL’s Canmore Eagles. Olsen, 18, had one goal and six penalty minutes in four games with the Giants, whose roster now is down to 26 players. . . . F Emerson Etem of the Medicine Hat Tigers is the WHL’s player of the week. He had seven points, six of them goals, in three games last week. . . . Andrey Makarov of the Saskatoon Blades is the WHL’s goaltender of the week. He was 2-0-0, 1.00, .967 last week. . . . The Brandon Wheat Kings open a seven-game, 11-day road swing against the Spokane Chiefs tonight. The trip will include a date with the Tigers in Medicine Hat on Oct. 21 that will feature the Clouston brothers, Cory of the Wheat Kings and Shaun of the Tigers, as the head coaches. . . . The Kamloops Blazers’ weekly report lists RW Jordan DePape as being out for at least a month with an “upper body” injury. DePape left Monday’s 5-4 loss to the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers with a banged up left shoulder following a scrap with RW Emerson Etem. DePape first injured the shoulder while playing for the Winnipeg Jets at the NHL Young Guns tournament in Penticton, B.C. . . .
According to the Kootenay Ice, F Brendan Hurley will be out six to eight weeks with a knee injury suffered Oct. 5 in Edmonton. Oil Kings D Griffin Reinhart is serving a five-game suspension for the hit — he was given a kneeing major and game misconduct — on which Hurley was injured. . . . The Prince George Cougars have added F Austin Daae, 18, to their roster. The 6-foot-0, 194-pounder is from Estevan and had six assists and 17 penalty minutes in five games with the SJHL’s Bruins this season. Last season, he had two assists and 11 penalty minutes in 12 games with the Saskatoon Blades. . . . He is not believed to be related to Christine Daae. . . .
F Carter Ashton, who played in the WHL with the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Regina Pats and Tri-City Americans, is the AHL’s player of the week. He had three goals and an assist in helping the Norfolk Admirals to two victories in as many games. . . . Spokane Chiefs F Darren Kramer is going to get some air time tonight on TSN as he sits down with Dave Naylor. According to a TSN news release: As part of TSN’s timely investigative series on violence in professional sports, TSN’s Dave Naylor profiles Darren Kramer, one of hockey’s most prolific fighters, on Thursday, Oct. 13 during the NHL ON TSN pre-game show at 8 p.m. ET on TSN. With twice as many fights as any other player in the WHL and more fights than any other player in the world, Naylor examines how Kramer, a 19-year old forward from Peace River, Alta., reinvented himself from scorer to enforcer to get noticed by NHL scouts.”
The WHL website was back up and running sometime Tuesday morning after a night of server-related problems.
And the embellishment penalty that had been indicated as belonging to F Kellan Tochkin of the Medicine Hat Tigers was changed to roughing. I have been told that the mixup may have been the result of a communication error between the penalty box and the online scorekeeper.
On the play in question, D Josh Caron of the Kamloops Blazers felled Tochkin with a punch to a temple.
Earlier in the game between the Tigers and host Blazers, Kamloops D Austin Madaisky received a penalty for a check to the head when he rode F Curtis Valk into the boards and made accidental contact with his head.
Which raises this question: If accidental contact with an opponent’s head draws a check-to-the-head penalty, why doesn’t an intentional punch to the noggin?
Gary Pearson of the Prince Albert Daily Herald had a piece in Tuesday’s paper on the future of the Raiders and how it all depends on support from the community. And he is so, so right.
That column is right here.
For our good read today, we bring you one more piece on Montreal Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo. This one is from Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times and it explores Calvillo’s background and how it was he didn’t end up in a gang in East L.A.
This is an excellent piece and it’s right here.
And as a bonus good read, here’s Bob Hohler of the Boston Globe with a look into the season that was for the Boston Red Sox. It is right here. If you are a Red Sox fan, you may want to have Kleenex handy.
From old friend Brad Hornung:
“Sorry I missed the 2 Regina Pats games on the weekend, let's just say that I am day-to-day with a lower body injury. LOL”
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