THE MacBETH REPORT:
D Tomas Fojtik (Portland, 2003-04) was released by the Basingstoke Bison (England, Premier). He had four assists in 11 games with the Bison this season. . . .
F Adam Courchaine (Medicine Hat, Vancouver, 2001-05) signed a one-year plus option contract with Krefeld Pinguine (Germany, DEL). Courchaine signed a one-year contract with Duisburg (Germany, Oberliga) on Oct. 11 and Krefeld says he will remain with Duisburg until Nov. 11, when he will report to Krefeld.
Kurtis Mucha (Portland, Kamloops, 2005-10) became the first goaltender in Canada West history to be credited with a goal on Friday as his Alberta Golden Bears dumped the host Lethbridge Pronghorns, 7-1.
Yes, he was the last Alberta player to touch the puck before Lethbridge scored an own goal during a delayed penalty.
“I couldn’t even see what was going on and to be honest it ended up going in and our guys were cheering and I didn’t even know we scored,” Mucha told Evan Daum of the Edmonton Journal. “From my view there was five, or six bodies in the way and I guess the ref went up to the boys and he was like ‘give me a number. Who scored? I don’t even know.’
“(Bears forward Sean) Ringrose said ‘I think Mucha was the last guy to touch it.’ So that’s basically how it happened.”
Daum’s complete piece on Mucha is right here.
F Anthony Bardaro, 20, is expected back in the Prince Albert Raiders’ lineup tonight when they meet the visiting Swift Current Broncos. Bardaro missed two weekend games while attending a family funeral. . . . The Raiders continue to be without F Reid Gardiner, who is expected to sit for another couple of weeks with one of those horrible upper-body injuries. . . . The Raiders are 2-2-1 on what is a seven-game homestand, their longest of the season. . . .
D Dalton Thrower of the Saskatoon Blades will play his 200th career regular-season game tonight in Regina against the Pats. . . . D Darren Dietz (lower body) hasn’t played or practised since Oct. 20 nd is questionable for tonight. . . . This will be the Blades first game in 10 days. . . . The host team for the 2013 Memorial Cup has a 5-9-0 record. . . .
If you’re in the Portland area on Nov. 3, you should know that the 2012 Golden Skate Charity Game is scheduled for the Rose Garden at 2 p.m. It will feature the Portland Firefighters Hockey Club against the Boise Fire Devils. Proceeds are to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society. . . . For more, click right here. . . .
The Kootenay Ice will be without F Luke Philp, who will turn 17 on Nov. 6, for an indefinite period. He had his appendix removed on Saturday. . . . The Ice is at home to the Saskatoon Blades on Friday. . . .
A few of the WHL’s on-ice officials have drawn IIHF assignments for this season. . . . Referee Devin Klein, who is from Medicine Hat, will work a men’s Group J Olympic prequalification event in Nikko Japan. . . . Referee Steve Papp, who works out of Kelowna, will be in Sochi, Russia, for the World U-18 championship. . . . Pat Smith of Vancouver will work the World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia. . . . Linesman Justin Hull of Burnaby has been assigned to the Division 1 Group A World Championship in Budapest, Hungary. . . .
D Tyler Yaworski of the Brandon Wheat Kings has had his suspension set at three games. That’s for a headshot major he incurred for a hit in a 3-2 victory over the host Vancouver Giants on Wednesday. Yaworski has missed two games and won’t play Friday against the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors. . . .
The Kamloops Blazers put their 13-game winning streak on the line tonight when they meet the Silvertips in Everett. . . . The Blazers, at 15-0-1, are the only team in the 60-team CHL not to have lost in regulation time this season. . . . Kamloops F Colin Smith has a WHL-high 16-game point streak on the go. . . . A victory tonight would allow the Blazers to set a franchise for the longest winning streak in one season. . . . You should know, thought, that Everett head coach Mark Ferner has devised a strategy to stop the Blazers. "Hopefully they come down with a flu bug or get some food poisoning," a chuckling Ferner told Nick Patterson of the Everett Herald. . . . The Silvertips will be without D Nick Walters, who has been suspended for three games for a high hit on Spokane Chiefs F Mitch Holmberg on Friday. Walters wasn’t penalized for the hit and was suspended under supplemental discipline.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
From former Medicine Hat Tigers G Tyler Bunz (@tylerbunz): “Just saw that the kamloops blazers are 15-0-0-1 on the year . . . is that some sort of record? my god #beastmode #doubletake”
It was one of the ‘big’ games of Saturday’s U.S. college football schedule. The USC Trojans at the Arizona Wildcats. And it’s one we are going to be hearing about for a while.
That’s because Arizona quarterback Matt Scott suffered a head injury that caused vomiting. Despite that, he wasn’t immediately taken out of the game. In fact, he stayed in, took another hit and then threw a touchdown pass.
There’s more right here, including comments from some neanderthals who perhaps took similar shots back in the day.
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