THE MacBETH REPORT:
F Jakub Sindel (Brandon, 2004-05) signed a one-year contract with Dinamo Riga (Latvia, KHL). He had one assist in four games during a one month tryout with Kloten (Switzerland, NL A) that ended last week. Sindel missed two weeks during the tryout with a broken jaw. Dinamo's press release notes that Sindel was offered a contract for the rest of the season by Kloten but the offer was declined; Sindel had already decided to move to Dinamo. Last season, Sindel had 15 goals and 18 assists in 59 games for Pelicans Lahti (Finland, SM-Liiga).
Two more suspensions came out of the WHL’s justice department, which apparently no longer takes weekends off — or long weekends, for that matter.
F Kale Kessy of the Medicine Hat Tigers and D Griffin Reinhart of the Edmonton Oil Kings each drew five-game suspensions.
Kessy took a double minor for a check from behind on D Zach Habscheid of the host Victoria Royals on Thursday. Habscheid is believed to have suffered a concussion.
Reinhart took a kneeing major and game misconduct against the visiting Kootenay Ice on Wednesday. Ice F Brendan Hurley hasn’t played since taking that hit.
Jeff Hollick, the radio voice of the Ice, reported Sunday on his blog: “Brendan Hurley will be seeing the team doctor to determine the extent of the knee injury.
The early feeling is he could be out 4-6 weeks but that is just a guess.”
SOME SUNDAY HIGHLIGHTS:
In Portland, G Ty Rimmer stopped 43 shots to lead the Tri-City Americans to a 4-0 victory over the Winterhawks. . . . The Americans (5-2-0) have beaten Portland three times in as many tries this season. They won’t meet again for six weeks. . . . F Adam Hughesman had two goals, giving him six on the season. . . . Rimmer has one shutout this season and five in his career. . . . G Mac Carruth stopped 18 shots for Portland. . . . Attendance was 2,400. . . . The Winterhawks were playing their third game in as many nights; the Americans didn’t play on Saturday.
In Swift Current, G Laurent Brossoit made 28 saves to help the Edmonton Oil Kings to a 4-1 victory over the Broncos. . . . F Stephane Legault scored twice for the Oil Kings, although teammates after the game were congratulating on scoring three times. Perhaps a change to the online scoresheet on the WHL website will appear Monday. . . . Attendance was 2,022. . . . Broncos G Jon Groenheyde, acquired last week from the Oil Kings, turned aside 29 shots. . . . Edmonton (4-2-2) won two games on a three-game weekend trip into the East Division.
JUST NOTES: The Regina Pats had F Nils Moser back Saturday night for the first time this season. He had knee surgery over the summer. . . . The Pats, who lost 2-0 to the visiting Prince George Cougars, were without D Colton Jobke, who has a sore foot after blocking a shot on Friday. Regina head coach Pat Conacher told Greg Harder of the Regina Leader-Post that X-rays on Jobke’s foot were negative.
Got a note on Sunday:
“Hey Gregg, you should check out the PIJHL standings on their website. The Richmond Sockeyes are 6-0 to start the season.... WITH SIX SHUT-OUTS!!!! What!??”
So I took a look. Yikes! The question in the junior B Pacific International league isn’t who will be the first team to beat the Sockeyes. No, the question is: Who will score the first goal against the Sockeyes.
To date, the Sockeyes have beaten the Mission Icebreakers 6-0, North Vancouver Wolf Pack 10-0, Ridge Meadows Flames 7-0, Mission again (8-0), North Delta Devils 4-0, and Port Moody Black Panthers, 9-0.
The Sockeyes are at home to the Delta Ice Hawks, who are 5-1-0, on Thursday night. Both teams play in the Tom Shaw Conference.
Goaltender Jonah Imoo, the son of former WHL G Dusty Imoo, has put up four of the Sockeye’s six shutouts. Dusty is the Seattle Thunderbirds’ goaltending coach.
Jack Todd, who long has columnized in the pages of the Montreal Gazette, has never been one to pull his punches . . . or his words. Today is no different.
“Just when we thought that we knew how low our national buffoon could sink (and our estimate of him is pretty much bottomless),” Todd writes, “we were stunned last Thursday evening when Don Cherry plumbed the depths with a vicious attack on the very gladiators who have made him rich and famous.”
Todd’s complete column is right here.
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