Thursday, February 2, 2012

THE MacBETH REPORT:
F Ondrej Fiala (Everett, Saskatoon, 2005-08) was recalled from loan to Kadan (Czech Republic, 1.Liga) by Pirati Chomutov (Czech Republic, 1.Liga). He has two goals and two assists in 15 games for Chomutov this season. While on loan to Kadan, Fiala had 13 goals and 10 assists in 23 games. . . .
F Martin Stepan (Calgary, 2007-08) was recalled from loan by Skalica (Slovakia, Extraliga) from Povazska Bystrica (Slovakia, 1.Liga) and loaned to Hodonin (Czech Republic, 2.Liga). He had no points in nine games with Skalica and five goals and 10 assists in 16 games with Povazska Bystrica. . . .
F Adrian Foster (Saskatoon, Brandon, 1999-2002) signed a contract for the rest of this season with Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg (Germany, DEL). Foster had three goals and one assist in eight games with the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL) this season.
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ASK THE COMMISSIONER:
A couple of questions from readers of this blog . . .
1. Why does the league allow for the one-man reffing crew on nights when it is divisional rivals? Shouldn't those games be the closest watched by the officials?
2. Why don't the backup goaltenders wear helmets on the benches? Aren't we in a hockey world obsessed with head injuries? Didn't Tyler Bunz's injury at the Subway Super Series push this along?
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WEDNESDAY’S GAMES:
In Prince Albert, the Raiders opened up a 3-0 lead early in the second period and went on to a 4-2 victory over the Regina Pats. . . . F Anthony Bardaro scored twice and added an assist for the Raiders. He’s got 24 goals. . . . Regina F Jordan Weal was held pointless as he was stopped on two breakaways. He had his point streak snapped at 13 games. . . . Prince Albert G Cole Holowenko turned aside 40 shots. . . . The Raiders have won three in a row gut are 14 points out of a playoff spot. . . . Regina has lost three straight and six of its last seven outings. The Pats are seventh in the Eastern Conference, four points behind the Kootenay Ice and five ahead of the Brandon Wheat Kings. . . .

In Swift Current, D Richard Nedomlel scored twice and added an assist to help the Broncos to a 6-4 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes. . . . Nedomlel has six goals. He also has 30 points in 52 games; last season he finished with 10 points, all assists, in 66 games. . . . He broke a 3-3 tie at 7:31 of the third period with an unassisted PP goal. He then broke a 4-4 tie at 9:34 with another unassited goal. . . . Lethbridge F Juraj Bezuch had pulled his side into a 4-4 tie at 7:51 with his fifth of the season. . . . Swift Current G Jon Groenheyde, who stopped 34 shots, apparently attempted a shot at an empty Lethbridge net late in the third period but had it blocked. . . . The Hurricanes had D Ryan Pilon, a first-round selection in the 2011 bantam draft, in their lineup last night. . . . They also have G Jonny Hogue with them on this trip. Hogue, an eighth-round pick in the 2011 draft, is playing midget AAA in Lethbridge. He backed up Liam Liston last night. . . . The Broncos are eight points out of a playoff spot. . . .

In Victoria, F Ben Walker scored two goals and set up another as the Royals dumped the Prince George Cougars, 5-1. . . . The Cougars had beaten the Royals 4-2 on Tuesday. . . . F Chase Witala gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead at 3:45 of the first period last night. . . . Walker scored twice to give his side a 2-1 lead. . . . Witala has three goals; Walker has six. . . . F Brandon Magee drew an assist on each of Victoria’s first three goals. . . . The Royals moved into seventh in the Western Conference, one point ahead of the Seattle Thunderbirds. . . . The Cougars are four points behind Seattle, with the Everett Silvertips a point behind Prince George. . . .

In Kamloops, the Blazers scored the game’s last three goals and beat the Spokane Chiefs, 4-1. . . . Referees Steve Papp and Matt Thurston called the game at 19:53 of the third period after having dealt with three fights in the last minute of play. . . . The first started after Spokane F Darren Kramer skated through the Kamloops crease and made contact with G Cole Cheveldave. Kamloops D Tyler Hansen scrapped with Kramer for the second time this season. . . . Then, with seven seconds left, Spokane’s Dylan Walchuk and Dominik Uher fought with Kamloops’ Aspen Sterzer and Chase Schaber. . . . The Chiefs ended up with 59 of 109 penalty minutes. . . . Kamoops was 1-for-7 on the PP; the Chiefs were 0-for-1. . . . This game was 1-1 when Spokane D Corbin Baldwin was given a major and game misconduct for a headshot on Kamloops F Dylan Willick. Kamloops F Matt Needham picked up an instigator penalty for the ensuing scrap, so the teams played 4-on-4. The Blazers promptly scored twice, with F Brandon Herrod and F Brendan Ranford getting the goals. D Austin Madaisky then scored on a 5-on-3. . . . The victory allowed the Blazers to take a four-point lead atop the overall standings, over the idle Tri-City Americans and Edmonton Oil Kings. . . . Herrod’s goal was his 250th career point.
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WEDNESDAY’S CHECKING-FROM-BEHIND COUNT:
F Troy Bourke, Prince George.
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TWEET OF THE NIGHT:
Ed Willes, a sports columnist with the Vancouver Province, tweeted this from the Top Prospects Game in Kelowna: “Love the music here. Let's see. They've played Black Betty, My Sharona, Raise a Little Hell. It's a time portal and this is 1983.”
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Neate Sager of Yahoo! Sports was in Kelowna and filed a piece on F Branden Troock of the Seattle Thunderbirds, who has had more than his share of medical problems but still was able to score the winning goal in the Top Prospects Game. That story is right here.

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