Wednesday, October 24, 2012

THE MacBETH REPORT:
F Clarke MacArthur (Medicine Hat, 2002-05) signed a lockout contract with Eispiraten Crimmitschau (Germany, 2. Bundesliga). He had 20 goals and 23 assists in 73 games with Toronto Maple Leafs last season. . . .
F Eric Fehr (Brandon, 2000-05) signed a one-year contract with HPK Hämeenlinna (Finland, SM-Liiga). He had two goals and one assist in 35 games with the Winnipeg Jets last season. Fehr is an unrestricted free agent so he is not technically locked out. However, his contract with HPK does have an NHL opt-out clause should the lockout end and Fehr sign with an NHL team. Fehr was expected to arrive in Finland on Tuesday evening and is to be in HPK's lineup Saturday. . . .
F Gilbert Brulé (Vancouver, 2002-06) was granted his release by the ZSC Lions Zurich (Switzerland, NL A) for reasons the club said were "private and personal". He had six assists in 14 games for the Lions this season.
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G Austin Lotz is back on the ice with the Everett Silvertips, after sitting out seven games with a groin injury. That, of course, makes the Silvertips’ goaltending situation awfully interesting, what with Daniel Cotton and Cole Holowenko also healthy. . . . Nick Patterson of the Everett Herald has  look at things right here.
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TUESDAY’S GAMES:
G Ty Rimmer stopped 31 shots to lead the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes to a 4-0 victory over the Swift Current Broncos. . . . It was Rimmer’s first shutout this season and the 10th of his career. . . . He had four with the Prince George Cougars in 2010-11 and five with the Tri-City Americans in 2011-12. . . . The Hurricanes have won two in a row for the first time this season and are 6-6-1. . . . F Russell Maxwell, who had 15 goals in 72 games last season, got his ninth in 13 games this time around. . . .

F Charles Inglis scored twice, giving him 11, as the host Red Deer Rebels got past the Regina Pats, 3-2. . . . Inglis scored 10 goals in 36 games after Red Deer acquired him from the Prince George Cougars last season; he has 11 goals in 16 games this season. . . . Regina was without F Chandler Stephenson (ankle), who will be out for up to six weeks. He was injured late in a 6-3 loss to the visiting Tri-City Americans on Friday. . . . Regina, which plays tonight in Cranbrook against the Kootenay Ice, is in a stretch of four games in five nights and had six players scratched with illness/injuries — Stephenson, F Patrick D’Amico (foot), D Kyle Burroughs (illness), F Braden Christoffer (foot), D Tye Hand (leg) and F Dryden Hunt (concussion). . . .

D Brenden Kichton drew three assists as the Spokane Chiefs scored five third-period goals and beat the host Prince George Cougars, 6-1. . . . The Chiefs scored the game’s last six goals. . . . F Mitch Holmberg scored his 11th goal and drew two assists for Spokane. . . . These teams are in a stretch of playing each other in three straight games. The Chiefs won at home 3-2 on Saturday night and they’ll play again tonight in P.G. . . . G Mac Engel, acquired last week from the Chiefs, stopped 17 shots for the Cougars. . . . The announced attendance was 1,382. . . .

F Alex Gogolev put up three points, including the OT winner, as the Victoria Royals got past the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings, 4-3. . . . Gogolev scored his second goal of the game, and seventh of the season, on a PP at 1:58 of OT. Brandon D Tyler Yaworski had been penalized for a headshot just 27 seconds into OT. . . . Victoria was 3-for-9 on the PP; the Wheat Kings were 1-for-6. . . . The Royals have won nine games this season and have come from behind in six of them. . . . F Alessio Bertaggia scored his ninth goal of the season on a penalty shot at 2:02 of the second period. . . . Brandon later held a 2-0 lead, but trailed 3-2 in the third period. . . . Brandon F Tim McGauley forced OT with his fourth goal at 14:16 of the third. . . . The Wheat Kings hadn’t played in Victoria since 1993. . . . D Tyler Stahl, named the Royals’ captain earlier in the week, sat out with an undisclosed injury. . . . Brandon F Jack Palmer is the son of former Victoria Cougars sniper Brad Palmer. Brad had 214 points, including 97 goals, in 185 games with the Cougars (1978-81). He was selected by the Minnesota North Stars with the 16th overall pick of the NHL’s 1980 draft.
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CHECKING-FROM-BEHIND COUNT:
F Reid Duke, Lethbridge
F Collin Valcourt, Spokane
D Keegan Kanzig, Victoria

CHECKING-TO-THE-HEAD COUNT:
D Keegan Kanzig, Victoria
D Tyler Yaworski, Brandon
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TWEET OF THE DAY:
From F Graham Black (@GrahamBlack9) of the Swift Current Broncos: “Vicks vapor rub is not meant for some parts of your body . . . Can someone please help me”

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