Monday, October 29, 2012

SUNDAY’S GAMES:
F Zach Franko had two goals and an assist to help the Kelowna Rockets to a 4-1 victory over the Hitmen in Calgary. . . . The Rockets went 2-1-1 on a four-game swing into Alberta. . . . Calgary has lost three in a row and four of its last five. . . . Calgary F Greg Chase was a healthy scratch. Here’s Scott Fisher in the Calgary Sun: “(Hitmen head coach Mike) Williamson refused to discuss his reasons for putting the power forward in the pressbox, but said it was not performance-related.” . . .

The host Edmonton Oil Kings took out the Vancouver Giants, 5-1. . . . Edmonton F Michael St. Croix, who scored his 100th career goal on Saturday, picked up his 250th point in this one as he scored and drew one assist. He has played 223 regular-season games, all of them with the Oil Kings. . . . Edmonton now has won four in a row. . . . Vancouver F Marek Tvrdon scored once to run his point streak to eight games. . . . This was Edmonton’s second victory in 11 games against Vancouver since the Oil Kings entered the WHL for the 2007-08 season. . . . Vancouver G Liam Liston stopped 26 shots as his club slipped to 3-10-0. . . .

In Moose Jaw, F Dylan Bredo scored his second goal of the game at 1:13 of OT as the Medicine Hat Tigers got past the Warriors, 3-2. . . . The goals gave Bredo five this season. Last season, he had five goals in 72 games. When last season ended, he had nine goals in 197 career regular-season games. . . . Tigers F Curtis Valk scored to run his point streak to seven games. It was his 14th goal of the season and his 10th in his last seven games. . . . G Cam Lanigan started for the Tigers after sitting out the third period on Saturday night. He apparently had taken a hit in the second period and was held out for precautionary reasons. Lanigan finished with 28 saves. . . . Moose Jaw F Sam Fioretti tied the score 2-2 with his 13th goal, via the PP, at 12:25 of the third period. . . .

In Portland, the Winterhawks scored three times in the game’s first 9:14 and went on to beat the Tri-City Americans, 6-0. . . . This was the first game played at Veterans Memorial Coliseum since the ice surface was enlarged to make it regulation size. . . . Portland G Mac Carruth stopped 15 shots, including just two in the third period, for his second shutout this season. He has made four starts and allowed only three goals. . . . Carruth has six career shutouts. . . . Tri-City G Eric Comrie made his 17th start in as many games but didn’t get out of the first period. Brenden Fielbelkorn came on in relief to make his WHL debut. . . . Portland F Ty Rattie had four assists, giving him 17 points in his last seven games. . . . Portland F Brendan Leipsic had two goals and an assist. He has 100 career points, including 49 goals, in 143 regular-season games. . . .

In Kent, Wash., F Colin Smith scored 25 seconds into OT as the Kamloops Blazers beat the Seattle Thunderbirds, 4-3. . . . The Blazers are 15-0-1 and remain the only CHL team not to have lost in regulation time. . . . Kamloops tied a franchise record with its 13th straight victory. The Blazers first won 13 in a row in 1986-87 and did it again in 1989-90. . . . Kamloops stays in the Seattle area until Tuesday when it is to play the Silvertips in Everett. . . . Everett head coach Mark Ferner is a former Kamloops player and coach. . . . The Thunderbirds had one three in a row at home. . . . The teams played scoreless first and third periods, with all six regulation-time goals coming in the second. . . . Both teams were playing their third game in three nights. Each team had won the first two games of the weekend. . . . Smith also had two assists, for his ninth straight multi-point game. JC Lipon scored twice and Tim Bozon had two assists. The linemates now have 106 points in 16 games. . . . Bozon leads the WHL in goals (15) and points (39). Smith is second, with 38 points, and Bozon is third with 29. . . . Smith has points in each of his club’s 16 games. . . . Lipon’s assists streak was snapped at 12 games. . . . Bozon has 100 points — 50 goals, 50 assists — in 87 career games. . . . D Sam Grist had one of the Blazers’ goal. It was his second in eight games since being acquired from the Tri-City Americans. He had three goals in 119 games with Tri-City. . . . Seattle D Shea Theodore went coast-to-coast for his fourth goal of the season. Last season, as a freshman, he had four in 69 games. . . . The Blazers are 3-0 in OT and 1-1 in the circus.
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CHECKING-FROM-BEHIND COUNT:
None

CHECKING-TO-THE-HEAD COUNT:
F Tyson Dallman, Tri-City
F Keegan Iverson, Portland
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TWEET OF THE DAY:
From Kaylyn Kyle (@KaylynKyle): “The lockout has to stop, because i’m sick of TSN replaying our semifinal match.”
Kyle, the daughter of former WHLer Doug Kyle, plays on the Canadian women’s national soccer team.


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