On the eve of Game 3 of the WHL’s championship final, Edmonton Oil Kings head coach Derek Laxdal has let it be known — ch-ch-ching! — that he has some beefs with the on-ice officials.
Laxdal on officials.
Chris O’Leary of the Edmonton Journal has more right here.
Kris Anderson of the Portland Tribune writes that there is no news on the status of Winterhawks F Ty Rattie, who didn’t play in Game 2 of the WHL final. Anderson also takes a look at how F Nic Petan performed in Rattie’s spot alongside Sven Baertschi and Marcel Noebels. Anderson’s story is right here.
G Nathan Lieuwen, who completed his junior eligibility this season with the Kootenay Ice, has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres. Lieuwen, who backstopped the Ice to the WHL title a year ago, went 27-20-8, 2.50, .914 this season. . . . Lieuwen was a sixth-round selection by the Sabres in the 2011 NHL draft.
Jim Matheson’s weekly Hockey World from the pages of the Edmonton Journal leads with news on D Ryan Murray of the Everett Silvertips, who is excelling with Team Canada at the world championship. Matty's Hockey World is right here.
Game 3 of the WHL final goes tonight in Portland’s Rose Garden. Early Saturday afternoon, the Winterhawks announced the game had been sold out.
Here is the schedule for the WHL’s championship final for the Ed Chynoweth Cup (all times local):
Thursday, May 3: Portland 2 at Edmonton 3 (7,466)
Friday, May 4: Portland 5 at Edmonton 1 (10,720)
Sunday, May 6: at Portland (Rose Garden), 6 p.m.
Tuesday, May 8: at Portland (Rose Garden), 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 10: at Edmonton, 7 p.m.
x-Saturday, May 12: at Portland (Rose Garden), 6 p.m.
x-Sunday, May 13: at Edmonton, 6 p.m.
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