Monday, October 8, 2012

Apparently, pigs can fly.
That’s what you think when you hear that the Seattle Thunderbirds have made a trade with their fiercest rivals, the Everett Silvertips.
But that’s what happened Sunday when the Thunderbirds dealt G Daniel Cotton, 18, to Everett for a 2014 sixth-round bantam draft pick. (The Seattle news release had the deal for a sixth-round pick; Everett’s news release reported it is a “conditional” sixth-rounder.)
Cotton, 0-8-0 in 18 appearances with the Thunderbirds while backing up Calvin Pickard over the last two seasons, had yet to play for Seattle this season. Last season, he was 0-8-0, 4.91, .876.
But it has been obvious for a while that Seattle will go with Brandon Glover, 20, as its starter, with Justin Myles, 17, in a support role.
The 6-foot-5 Cotton, who is from Vancouver, had not appeared in a Seattle game yet this season.
Everett lost G Austin Lotz, 17, to a groin injury during the second period of a 5-2 loss to the host Thunderbirds on Saturday night.
Cotton joined the Silvertips immediately and was on the bench, backing up Cole Holowenko, as Everett played host to the Tr-City Americans on Sunday night. Cotton came on in relief to stop 14 shots as Everett dropped a 5-3 decision to Tri-City.
The Silvertips now head out on a six-game swing into the East Division that opens Friday in Brandon.
Interestingly, the Silvertips, as Nick Patterson of the Everett Herald points out, have traded for three goaltenders since July.
On July 23, Everett dealt F Geordie Maguire to the Brandon Wheat Kings for G Brandon Anderson and a 2013 fifth-round bantam draft pick. Anderson, 20, is with the ECHL's Reading Royals at the moment.
Then, on Sept. 17, Everett got Cole Holowenko from the Prince Albert Raiders for G Andy Desautels and D Evan Morden.
F Nicolas Kerdiles had 48 points, including 22 goals, with the U.S. NTDP U-18 team last season. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder was a second-round selection, 36th overall, by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2012 NHL draft. This season, the Irvine, Calif., native was going to play with the U of Wisconsin Badgers. . . . But somethine has gone awry and he was declared ineligible for a game the Badgers played Saturday. . . . No one seems quite sure what is going on, but Kerdiles’ WHL rights are owned by the Kelowna Rockets. . . . Kelly Friesen of Yahoo! Sports has more right here.
G Spencer Tremblay, 18, who was released last month by the Moose Jaw Warriors, is joining the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats. Tremblay, from Winnipeg, got into 20 games with the Warriors last season. He was 7-4-3, 3.62, .896.
D Spencer Humphries scored on the PP at 4:11 of OT to give the host Calgary Hitmen a 6-5 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings. . . . That ruined a terrific game by Edmonton F T.J. Foster, who scored his side’s first four goals. . . . This was Foster’s first four-game game but the third hat trick of his career. It also was the first four-goal game in the modern day history of the Oil Kings, who came into the WHL in 2007-08. . . . The Hitmen are 2-0-0 versus Edmonton this season. . . . Edmonton F Michael St. Croix forced OT with a PP goal at 19:20 of the third. . . . Calgary D Alex Roach, who had four goals in each of his first two seasons, had two goals and and an assist, and was plus-4. . . .

F Austin Carroll’s PP goal at 6:15 of the second period broke a 1-1 tie and the Victoria Royals went on to a 2-1 victory over the host Vancouver Giants. . . . Victoria G Patrik Polivka got the victory with a 29-save performance. . . . Vancouver F Cain Franson came up empty on a penalty shot at 18:29 of the third period. . . . The Royals went 2-1-0 in a three-in-three road swing. They are back on the road Wednesday, against the Blazers in Kamloops, before enjoying a four-game homestand. The Royals then will play seven in a row on the road and then return for six straight at home. . . .

The Prince Albert Raiders continue to tear it up, scoring the first four goals and going on to beat the Kootenay Ice, 5-3, in Cranbrook. . . . The Raiders now are 6-0-1 and have the WHL’s best winning percentage (.929). . . . The Raiders are 3-0-0 on a four-game swing into the Central Division that wraps up Tuesday in Lethbridge. . . . F Shane Danyluk scored his first two goals of the season and added an assist for the Raiders. . . . F Sam Reinhart drew three assists for the Ice. He has eight points in five games. . . . D Davis Vandane scored Prince Albert’s second goal in his first game since being acquired from the Spokane Chiefs. . . . F Leon Draisaitl, the Raiders’ exciting German freshman, scored his first goal and added an assist. . . . G Andy Desautels, in his first appearance with the Raiders since being acquired from the Everett Silvertips, stopped 26 shots for the victory. . . . An 18-year-old from White City, Sask., Desautels hadn’t appeared in a WHL game since March 20, 2011, when he played 9:37 for the Everett Silvertips in a 5-0 loss to the Giants in Vancouver. He came on in relief of Luke Siemens in that one. . . . Siemens now is the Raiders’ starter, with Desautels in a backup role. . . .

F Matt Bellerive scored the only goal of the shootout as the visiting Red Deer Rebels dumped the Moose Jaw Warriors, 4-3. . . . F Cory Millette, who is from Storthoaks, Sask., and played for the midget AAA Moose Jaw Generals, forced OT with a goal at 19:11 of the third. . . . F Sam Fioretti scored his seventh goal of the season for Moose Jaw. He has 12 points and a share of the WHL scoring lead. . . . However, Fioretti, Moose Jaw’s third shooter in the circus, hit the crossbar. . . . The Warriors had won 19 straight regular-season home games. . . .

The Tri-City Americans jumped out to a 4-0 lead and then hung on for a 5-3 victory over the host Everett Silvertips. . . . Tri-City scored four goals on 16 shots to drive Everett starter Cole Holowenko to the bench at 6:03 of the second period. . . . G Daniel Cotton, acquired earlier in the day from Seattle, came on to stop all 14 shots he faced. . . . The Americans are 4-3-1 with three of those victories over Everett. . . . The Americans open their six-game East Division swing in Brandon on Saturday.
D Wes Vannieuwenhuizen, Vancouver
From Jonathan Filewich (@jonfilewich), who played four seasons (2000-04) with the Prince George Cougars: “This Thanksgiving I can’t help but think of the Fogolin family feeding the @PGCougars a decade ago. I’m thankful I met Michael Fogolin.”

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