The Kelowna Rockets take a shutout streak of 175:21 into tonight’s game against the visiting Edmonton Oilers. . . . The Rockets aren’t saying whether Jordon Cooke will be back in goal tonight. He was injured in a late-week practice and is listed as day-to-day. . . . If he can’t go, Jackson Whistle will get the start. He blanked the visiting Prince George Cougars 5-0 on Saturday.
The Victoria Royals may have D Tyler Stahl, their captain, back as they play the Hurricanes in Lethbridge. Stahl has missed five games with an undisclosed injury. . . . Lethbridge G Ty Rimmer has started all 19 of his club’s games this season. . . . The Royals go in on a five-game losing streak, while Lethbridge is 7-1-2 in its last 10.
The Moose Jaw Warriors are expected to have F Colton McCarthy in their lineup tonight when they meet the Hitmen in Calgary. . . . McCarthy is from Sicamous, B.C., and plays for the junior B Nelson Leafs of the Kootenay International Junior League. . . . McCarthy, 16, has 23 points, incouding 15 goals, with Nelson. Bob Hall of the Nelson Star reports that McCarthy is expected to stay with the Warriors for two weekend games and then return to the Leafs.
D Alex Theriau, 20, came off the injured list Monday and was released by the Medicine Hat Tigers. Theriau had offseason hip surgery and has yet to play this season. . . . By releasing Theriau, the Tigers got down to three 20-year-olds — G Cam Lanigan, F Elgin Pearce and D Derek Ryckman. . . . Theriau was the sixth overall selection in the 2007 bantam draft, taken by the Lethbridge Hurricanes. He also has played for the Everett Silvertips.
Steve Ewen of the Vancouver Province has a good read right here on D Mason Geertsen, who was acquired by the Vancouver Giants last week from the Edmonton Oil Kings. Geertsen family holds 12 Oil Kings season tickets and also had been billeting an Edmonton player.
The OHL’s Brampton Battalion has served notice that it intends to operate in North Bay, Ont., next season. Dave Pollard of QMI Agency has a good look at the Brampton situation right here. If you have ever purchased a Trivial Pursuit game, you might feel that you own a small piece of the Battalion. That’s because Scott Abbott, one of that game’s inventors, owns the franchise.
In Spokane, G Garret Hughson posted his first WHL shutout in his third start as the Chiefs blanked the Everett Silvertips, 4-0. . . . Hughson, a 17-year-old freshman from Foremost, Alta., stopped 22 shots. . . . The teams had played in Spokane on Saturday, with the Chiefs winning, 5-0, behind G Eric Williams’ 26 saves. . . . Last night, Spokane scored once in the first period and three times in the third period. . . . F Connor Chartier and F Adam Helewka each had a goal and and assist for Spokane. . . . Everett has lost six in a row. . . .
The Portland Winterhawks won their ninth straight game, beating the visiting Red Deer Rebels, 5-1. . . . The number with the most meaning may have been the attendance — 5,201 in the Rose Garden on election night. . . . Portland outshot the Rebels 17-5 in each of the first two periods and took the lead with three second-period goals. . . . Portland F Ty Rattie ran his point streak to 11 games with his 12th goal and an assist. . . . Portland F Brendan Leipsic, who got his ninth goal, has goals in each of his last five games. . . . Portland D Derrick Pouliot had his fifth goal and two helpers. . . . Portland D Seth Jones scored his fifth goal of the season. . . . The Rebels are 1-2 on a five-game swing that continues tonight in Everett. . . .
G Curtis Honey stopped 38 shots as the host Brandon Wheat Kings beat the Seattle Thunderbirds, 5-3. . . . That gives Honey, the game’s first star, bragging rights in his family. His twin brother, Connor, is a forward with the Thunderbirds. Both are 18, with Curtis being 20 minutes older. (Although according to the WHL Guide and the rosters on the WHL website, Connor was born on April 1, 1994, with Curtis entering our world on April 4, 1994. . . . For more on the Honey boys, see this story right here by Neate Sager of Yahoo! Sports. . . . Seattle D Jared Hauf may be looking at a suspension after taking an interference major and game misconduct for a hit on Brandon F Jayce Hawryluk at 19:15 of the third period. Hawryluk was down for a bit but did skate off under his own power. . . . Brandon F Jason Swyripa (wrist) returned from an eight-game absence. . . . Brandon F Jens Meilleur was unsuccessful on a first-period penalty shot against G Brandon Glover. . . .
In Kamloops, the Edmonton Oil Kings scored two first-period goals and went on to a 2-1 victory over the Blazers. . . . Edmonton F Mitchell Moroz scored 21 seconds into the game and F Henrik Samuelsson counted on the PP at 12:58. . . . Kamloops F Brendan Ranford scored at 12:53 of the third period. . . . Edmonton G Laurent Brossoit was sharp in making 31 saves. . . . The Edmonton penalty killers, who are No. 1 in the WHL, were 5-for-5 against the league’s second-best PP. . . . Kamloops F Tim Bozon was given a game misconduct following an altercation with Edmonton D Keegan Lowe at the buzzer. The game misconduct apparently followed a spitting incident that is certain to be looked at by the WHL office.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
From former WHL D Ricard Blidstrand (@RicBlidstrand): “worst thing about getting traded from regina was i didnt get to keep the track suit, damn they were good! goodnight”
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