Monday, November 5, 2012

The Brandon Wheat Kings held their skills competition on Sunday. D Ryan Pulock had the hardest shot at 101 miles per hour. I’m thinking WHL goaltenders already knew that.
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SUNDAY’S GAMES:
In Moose Jaw, F Jaynen Rissling scored at 2:13 of overtime to give the Calgary Hitmen a 2-1 victory over the Warriors. . . . The Hitmen went 3-0 as they played three games in as many nights. They also won in Regina and Brandon. . . . Calgary (11-4-3) also moved into first place in the Central Division, one point ahead of the Edmonton Oil Kings. . . . The Oil Kings spent Sunday in Banff. They are en route to Kamloops and a Tuesday night date with the Blazers. . . . Moose Jaw F Andrew Johnson forced OT with a goal at 18:23 of the third period. A centring attempt by F Torrin White hit Johnson in the chest and beat G Mack Shields. . . . F Sam Fioretti, who leads the Warriors in goals (14) and points (24) was taken to hospital in the first period after blocking a shot that struck him high. He didn’t return to the game. . . .

F Hunter Shinkaruk had a goal and two assists to help the Medicine Hat Tigers to a 3-1 victory over the visiting Kootenay Ice. . . . Shinkaruk has 13 goals. He has 15 points in his last six games. . . . F Curtis Valk, who plays on a line with Shinkaruk, had three assists. . . . The Tigers have won six of their last seven games. . . . The Ice has lost seven in a row. . . . Medicine Hat got a goal from F Elgin Pearce, who was acquired from the Ice earlier in the season when he got caught up in the 20-year-old numbers game. . . .

In Kennewick, Wash., F Justin Feser had three goals and an assist as the Tri-City Americans bounced the Vancouver Giants, 9-1. . . . F Brian Williams added two goals and an assist for the Americans, while F Marcus Messier also scored twice. . . . Feser, 20, has five WHL hat tricks — one in each of his seasons with the Americans. . . . Feser has 13 goals this season. . . . According to the terrific 25th anniversary Tri-City record book and guide that arrived on my desk last week, Feser has 270 career points, one fewer than Bill Lindsday (1989-92), who is 10th on the franchise’s all-time list. . . . Tri-City G Brenden Fiebelkorn stopped 14 shots in posting his first WHL victory in his first start of the season. . . . F Trevor Cheek, who scored Vancouver’s lone goal with the score 8-0 at 4:55 of the third period, hit a post on a second-period penalty shot. . . . Tri-City was 2-6 on the PP; the Giants were, uhh, 0-0. . . . The Americans (12-6-2) won their third game in as many nights and moved atop the U.S. Division. But they have played four more games than the second-place Portland Winterhawks (12-3-1). . . . The Giants went 2-3-0 on the five-game trip. . . . Vancouver D Wes Vannieuwenhuizen took a puck to the mouth in this one and may have lost a tooth or two. . . . Giants F Kale Kessy needed 10 stitches to close a cut over his left eyebrow after scrapping with Tri-City F Lukas Walter.
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CHECKING-FROM-BEHIND COUNT:
F Tanner Eberle, Moose Jaw

CHECKING-TO-THE-HEAD COUNT:
None.
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TWEET OF THE DAY:
From Sportstalk (@DanRussellCKNW): “And mercifully for the Giants their worst loss of the year is now over. 9-1 final. 3 losses and 3 trades on the road trip.”
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TWEET OF THE DAY II:
From Calgary Hitmen G Chris Driedger (@ChrisDriedger): “Playing Paul Brandt’s Alberta Bound on the bus after a 6 point weekend feels pretty damn good #successfulroady”

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