Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Left over from Monday . . . The RCMP announced that charges won’t be laid after that hazing incident involving the MJHL’s Neepawa Natives. The mother of one of the victims has told CBC News that she isn’t happy and that the family is considering filing a lawsuit.
There is more right here.
Going into Tuesday’s games, the Prince Albert Raiders were 6-20-2 and 16 points out of a playoff spot. The reality is that the Raiders won’t be in the playoffs in the spring.
On Tuesday, then, they dealt D Tyler Vanscourt, 19, to the Moose Jaw Warriors for fourth- and fifth-round selections in the 2013 bantam draft.
The Raiders had acquired Vanscourt, who is from Corona, Calif., from the Spokane Chiefs on Sept. 15, giving up G Luke Lee-Knight and a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2013 draft in the exchange. Vanscourt, who was in Moose Jaw’s lineup against the visiting Vancouver Giants on Tuesday night, had 17 points and 25 penalty minutes in 26 games.
Vanscourt was one of four 19-year-old defencemen on the Raiders’ roster and that is too many considering the way things have gone south in Prince Albert. Vanscourt’s departure means more playing time for Sawyer Lange, 17, and Josh Morrissey, 16.
Also on Tuesday, the Raiders added F Luke Mahura, 16, to their roster. He had been with the midget AAA St. Albert, Alta., Raiders. He was sixth in the AMHL scoring race, with 21 points in 21 games. He was the 28th overall selection in the 2010 bantam draft.
There are less than three weeks left before the WHL goes into its pre-Christmas roster freeze, which lasts through Dec. 26. It will be interesting to see if Raiders GM Bruno Campese is busy between now and then.
One thing we know for sure — his phone is ringing.
The Warriors, meanwhile, are hoping Vanscourt can provide some depth to a back end that has lost Morgan Rielly (knee, perhaps for the season) and also has done without Joel Edmundson, Kendall McFaull and Dylan McIlrath at various times due to injuries and suspensions.
JUST NOTES: The Portland Winterhawks have signed D Zach Paterson and F Tyler Sandhu, their two second-round 2011 bantam picks. Paterson, taken 34th overall, is from Edmonton. Sandhu, the 42nd selection, is from B.C.’s Lower Mainland. . . .
The Seattle Thunderbirds have launched a free mobile app for iPhone and Android devices. It was developed by NewSport Media. According to a Thunderbirds’ news release: “The Official Seattle Thunderbirds iPhone and Android Apps incorporate the latest team headlines and news, scores and schedule, stats, standings and roster. The apps will connect fans to the team's social media platforms, website and promotions calendar. The new app will also let fans purchase tickets through their mobile browser. . . . If you want it, go to the Thunderbirds website and scan the appropriate QR code. Or search for Thunderbirds in the App Store or Android Marketplace. . . .
In Moose Jaw, F Matt Bellerive scored the only goal of a five-round shootout to g ive the Vancouver Giants a 4-3 victory over the Warriors. . . .
In Edmonton, the Oil Kings won their fourth straight game, beating the Spokane Chiefs, 4-1. . . . F Dylan Wruck had two goals, with F Michael St. Croix scoring once and setting up two others. F Tyler Maxwell, the third player on the line, had an assist. . . .
In Lethbridge, F Brody Sutter had two goals and an assist as the Hurricanes beat the Red Deer Rebels, 3-1. . . . Lethbridge has won four of six and has taken three in a row from the Rebels. . . . The  Rebels, already down a few bodies, lost D Alex Petrovic at 16:20 of the first period when he took a major and game misconduct for a check to a head. . . . The Rebels, who have lost six straight, already were without D Aaron Borejko, F Daulton Siwak and F Adam Kambeitz, with injuries, while F John Persson was ill and F Turner Elson is suspended. . . . The Rebels dressed F Scott Feser from the midget AAA Red Deer Optimist Rebels. He also may play tonight against the visiting Spokane Chiefs. . . .
In Kent, Wash., the Seattle Thunderbirds scored three goals in a span of 2:48 late in the third period and beat the Swift Current Broncos, 4-2. . . . The Broncos led 2-1 when D Shea Theodore pulled Seattle even at 17:11. . . . F Chance Lund got the winner 35 seconds later. . . . The Broncos went 1-4-0 on their U.S. Division tour. Gotta think they were able to get some breaks on Black Friday sales, though.
D Martin Gernat, Edmonton
F Daniel Dale, Swift Current
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