Thursday, January 26, 2012

F Kirill Starkov (Red Deer, 2006-07) was released by Rögle Ängelholm (Sweden, Allsvenskan). He had three goals and 12 assists in 39 games for Rögle this season. . . .
F Petr Kalus (Regina, 2005-06) signed a contract for the rest of this season with MoDo Örnsköldsvik (Sweden, Elitserien). He had three goals and four assists in 30 games with Slavia Prague (Czech Republic, Extraliga) this season.
The Regina Pats will honour the memory of the late Rick Rypien on Friday night as they play host to the Swift Current Broncos.
It will be Rick Rypien Bobblehead Night, with a limited quantity of bobbleheads available for fans to purchase with a minimum donation of $2. All proceeds will go to KidSport, and there is a limit of one bobblehead per customer.
Rypien spent his entire WHL career with the Pats, serving as captain in 2004-05.
The Saskatoon Blades have signed D Nelson Nogier, a hometown boy who was a fourth-round selection in the 2011 WHL bantam draft. Nogier, the son of former WHL G Pat Nogier, has 14 points in 35 games with the midget AAA Saskatoon Contacts this season. . . .
D Tyler Stahl, who suffered a concussion on Oct. 1, is back on skates, although there is no timetable for his return to the Victoria Royals’ lineup. Stahl was injured on a hit from F Charles Inglis, then with the Prince George Cougars. Inglis drew a 10-game suspension for the hit. . . . Stahl, who turns 21 on Sunday, was back on the ice Tuesday, although he isn’t yet ready for contact. . . . He won’t play Friday and Saturday against the visiting Kamloops Blazers. . . .
In the BCHL, the Penticton Vees ran their winning streak to 26 games with a 9-0 victory over the Centennials in Merritt. The Vees are 38-3-2; the Centennials have the BCHL’s second-best record, at 26-13-7. Penticton G Michael Garteig (32-4, 1.97, .929) has put up three shutouts over his last four starts. . . . The Vees next play Friday against the visiting Salmon Arm SilverBacks.
In Calgary, F Brooks Macek scored three straight goals to help the Hitmen to a 7-2 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings. . . . Macek, who also had an assist, has 14 goals. His first career hat trick came in his 238th game. . . . The Hitmen have won nine of 10 and are tiede with the Saskatoon Blades for fifth in the Eastern Conference, one point behind the Kootenay Ice. . . . Calgary F Victor Rask had a goal, his 21st, and two assists. . . . Brandon G Corbin Boes made his first start since breaking a hand in a 7-3 loss to the host Edmonton Oil Kings on Dec. 8. . . . Boes was gone at 12:18 of the second, having given up five goals on 21 shots. . . . Bruce Luebke, the radio voice of the Wheat Kings on CKLQ, notes that it was “Brandon’s fifth loss by four or more goals in the last month.” . . . The Wheat Kings had beaten the Kootenay Ice 1-0 in Cranbrook on Tuesday night. . . .

In Lethbridge, the Hurricanes scored the game’s last three goals and beat the Kootenay Ice, 5-4. . . . Ice F Jesse Ismond scored shorthanded to give his side a 4-2 lead at 15:11 of the second period. . . . Lethbridge F Jaimen Yakubowski got the home side to within one at 17:47 of the second. . . . F Brody Sutter, with his 21st, tied it at 7:34 of the third and F Phil Tot won it, with his 10th, at 15:02. . . . The last two goals came via the PP as Lethbridge went 2-for-6. . . . Lethbridge G Liam Liston stopped 23 shots. . . . Ice F Sam Reinhart scored his 17th goal, which was his 41st point and set a franchise single-season record for a 16-year-old. The previous record had been held by D Steve McCarthy (1997-98). . . . The Ice was without F Max Reinhart, who blocked a shot Tuesday night against Brandon and is expected to be out at least a week. . . .

In Medicine Hat, F Hunter Shinkaruk struck for three goals to help the Tigers to a 6-5 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders. . . . Shinkaruk, who has 35 goals, also had an assist. . . . The Tigers were without F Emerson Etem, who is at home in California. He hadn’t had any time off since playing for the U.S. in the World Junior Championship. Etem left Sunday and should be back for a Friday game against the host Lethbridge Hurricanes. . . . F Mark McNeill had four goals and an assist for the Raiders. He’s got 22 goals. . . . Prince Albert F Justin Maylan drew four assists, while F Logan McVeigh had three. . . . The Raiders have lost six straight. . . .

In Edmonton, F Brendan Shinnimin scored with 32.2 seconds left in OT to give the Tri-City Americans a 5-4 victory over the Oil Kings. . . . The goal was the second of the game for Shinnimin, who has 29 this season. . . . The outcome left the Americans second in the overall standings, one point ahead of the Oil Kings and one behind the Kamloops Blazers. Kamloops dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to the Rockets in Kelowna, but the loser point kept them in top spot. . . . The Oil Kings, who had won three straight, took a 3-2 lead into the third period. . . . The Americans then got goals from Shinnimin and F Malte Stromwall in the period’s first five minutes. . . . D Martin Gernat of Edmonton forced OT with his eighth goal at 7:35. . . . Edmonton took three of the game’s five minor penalties. . . . The Americans were 1-for-3 on the PP; Edmonton was 0-for-2. . . . Oil Kings D Griffin Reinhart was back after having been out since Jan. 8 with an undisclosed injury. He scored back-to-back second-period goals, giving him 11. . . . Americans G Ty Rimmer stopped 42 shots, including 18 of 19 in the first period. Rimmer just happens to be from Edmonton. . . . Oil Kings G Laurent Brossoit stopped 39 shots. . . .

In Red Deer, F Charles Inglis had a goal and two assists as the Rebels doubled the Vancouver Giants, 4-2. . . . D Mathew Dumba added two assists for Red Deer. . . . Inglis broke a 2-2 tie at 9:22 of the second period. . . . Red Deer G Deven Dubyk stopped 29 shots. . . . Vancouver started Payton Lee, a 15-year-old from Cranbrook who had won his last two starts. But he gave up four goals on 30 shots through two periods and was replaced by Jackson Whistle, who stopped all 11 shots in faced in the third. . . . The Giants had F Brendan Gallagher (shoulder) and D David Musil (wrist) back after 10-day absences. . . .

In Everett, F Steven Kuhn had two goals and an assist as the Spokane Chiefs beat the Silvertips, 4-2. . . . F Josh Birkholz got Everett to within one at 3-2 at 15:58 of the third period. He’s got 21 goals. . . . Kuhn provided insurance with his 12th goal into an empty net at 19:59. . . . Spokane was 2-for-7 on the PP; Everett was 0-for-2. . . . The Chiefs have won four in a row to close to within a point of fourth-place Vancouver in the Western Conference. . . . Spokane and Everett have completed their season series, with the Chiefs holding an 8-1-1 edge. . . . The Silvertips now head for Prince George and a Friday-Saturday doubleheader with the Cougars. . . .

In Kelowna, the Rockets scored a 3-2 shootout victory over Kamloops, ending the Blazers’ nine-game winning streak. . . . F Brett Bulmer pulled the Rockets even at 11:10 of the third period. . . . F Zach Franko and D Myles Bell scored for Kelowna in the shootout. . . . Kamloops F Brandon Ranford scored his 25th goal of the season and the 100th of his career in the second period. . . . Kamloops G Cole Cheveldave stopped 34 shots, 11 more than Kelowna’s Adam Brown.
F Jordyn Boyd, Everett (double minor).
FCurtis Lazar, Edmonton.
The Under-20 Emirates Hockey League has dropped the puck on its first season. There are four teams, including the Dubai Mighty Camels. There’s more right here.

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