|Charles Inglis of the Prince George Cougars drew a charging major|
for this hit on Josh Birkholz (10)
of the host Everett Silvertips on Saturday night.(Photo by Christopher Mast / mastimages.com)
In Cranbrook, goaltender Andrey Makarov stopped 36 shots to lead the Blades to a 2-1 victory over the Kootenay Ice. . . . The Blades have won five in a row and now are atop the Eastern Conference. . . . F Brent Benson’s fourth goal, on the PP, broke a 1-1 tie at 15:49 of the third period. . . . D Darren Dietz had given Saskatoon a 1-0 lead with a PP goal at 2:56 of the first period. . . . Kootenay’s Max Reinhart tied it with his ninth goal of the season, on the PP, at 19:13 of the first. . . . The Ice will play its next nine games on the road. . . .
In Vancouver, F James Henry’s shootout goal gave the Giants a 4-3 victory over the Prince George Cougars. . . . Henry, who scored the shootout’s only goal, also had a goal and an assist in regulation time. He is 3-for-3 in shootouts this season. . . . Vancouver F Brendan Gallagher forced OT with a goal at 18:47 of the third period. . . . Vancouver has won four straight. . . . Prince George was without F Charles Inglis, who has drawn a ‘tbd’ suspension after taking a charging major and game misconduct for a hit on F Josh Birkholz of the Silvertips in Everett on Saturday night. Check out the dynamite photo by Chris Mast of the moment of impact. . . . Also missing from the Cougars’ lineup was D Jesse Forsberg and F Brock Hirsche, both of whom suffered injuries on Saturday. . . . Vancouver was without F Nathan Burns (ankle). He was injured in Saturday’s 3-2 OT victory over the visiting Kelowna Rockets. . . .
In Victoria, F Robin Soudek and F Logan Nelson had shootout goals as the Royals got past the Red Deer Rebels, 4-3. . . . Victoria F Steven Hodges tied the score 3-3 at 19:24 of the third period. . . . The Rebels, who are 5-0-1 on a road trip, had five shots in OT and hit four posts during the game. . . . The Royals had lost three games in a row on home ice. They finished a seven-game homestand at 3-3-1. . . . The Royals were without F Kevin Sundher (undisclosed) but he is expected to return to practice today. . . . The Rebels picked up seven points on their four-game swing into the B.C. Division.
SUNDAY’S CHECKING-FROM-BEHIND COUNT:
One night after there were 10 minor penalties called, there weren’t any handed out. Well done!
Michael Russo, in the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
“In a neat thing, the Wild recalled goalie prospect Darcy Kuemper from ECHL Ontario (Calif.) so he can take the ice during the Wild's optional morning skate Sunday at Anaheim's Honda Center. That means Kuemper, 21, the Western Hockey League's Player and Goalie of the Year last season, will earn his first NHL paycheck and a day's per diem before being reassigned — likely Monday.”
Kuemper was the Red Deer Rebels’ starter last season in what was his 20-year-old season.
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