Sunday, May 6, 2012

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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