THE MacBETH REPORT:
F Ned Lukacevic (Spokane, Swift Current, 2001-06) has been released from his try-out contract by Eispiraten Crimmitschau (Germany, 2. Bundesliga). He was pointless in two games with the Ice Pirates.
The Vancouver Giants have dealt sophomore F Austin Vetterl, 18, to the Kootenay Ice for a pair of 17-year-old prospects — F Douglas Morris and D Kyle Krabben.
This was a deal the Ice felt it had to make as it is desperately short of forwards heading into a three-game weekend.
“With our injuries and the departure of our captain, our line up is very depleted heading in to the three games this weekend,” Ice general manager Jeff Chynoweth said in a news release. “Austin will bring much needed experience to a roster that is currently the youngest in the WHL. We are hoping for him to play significant minutes in all key situations.”
Vetterl had 17 points in 60 games as a freshman last season. This season, he had gotten into seven of Vancouver’s 14 games and had two assists.
F Drew Czerwonka, the Ice captain, announced his retirement late last week, leaving the club without one of its three 20-year-old players.
As well, the WHL injury list shows the Ice missing F Luke Philp with a lower-body injury (he had his appendix removed) and F Collin Shirley (undisclosed).
The Ice is at home to the Saskatoon Blades tonight.
Morris is with the AJHL’s Spruce Grove Saints and has 12 points, 10 of them goals, in 15 game. Krabben, a sixth-round bantam draft pick in 2010, has two points in six games with the AJHL’s Okotoks Oilers.
Tyler King, the radio voice of the AJHL’s Fort McMurray Oil Barons, reported via Twitter on Thursday afternoon that the AJHL’s Brooks Bandits have added G Devon Fordyce, 18, from the Prince George Cougars. . . . The Bandits, with a 17-0 record, are the top-ranked team in the Canadian Junior A Hockey League. . . . Fordyce will share time with Michael Fredrick, 18, who is 16-0-0, 2.31, .891.
Here’s another example of how silly the WHL’s system of reporting injuries as upper or lower body really is.
F Josh Winquist of the Everett Silvertips didn’t play the other night.
Well, the WHL’s weekly injury report shows Winquist as being day-to-day with a lower body injury.
Winquist actually had what he thought was strep throat, the second time he had it this season.
On Thursday, the Silvertips revealed that Winquist has mononucleosis and is expected to miss at least three weeks.
Not sure if mononucleosis is an upper- or lower-body injury.
Meanwhile, the Silvertips have added F Brandon Bruce, a 19-year-old from Cranbrook who had been with the BCHL’s Merritt Centennials. He had five points in 15 games with Merritt. Bruce has WHL experience with the 2010-11 Swift Current Broncos for whom he had one assist in 34 games.
In Medicine Hat, F Elgin Pearce broke a 1-1 tie at 4:44 of the second period and the Tigers went on to a 5-1 victory over the Vancouver Giants. . . . The Tigers have won five in a row. . . . Medicine Hat is 9-8-1 as 16 of the WHL’s 22 teams are playing at least .500 hockey. Thanks to the loser point, of course. . . . F Hunter Shinkaruk scored twice for Medicine Hat, giving him 11 on the season. . . . Former Tigers F Kale Kessy, who was traded to Vancouver last month, scored the Giants’ goal. . . . Cam Lanigan, the WHL’s goaltender of the month, stopped 37 shots for the Tigers. . . . Vancouver starter Liam Liston left with an injury after Pearce’s goal. Tyler Fuhr came on in relief. . . . Payton Lee, 16, who played a couple of games last week with the Giants before returning to the junior B Richmnd Sockeyes, was scheduled to join Vancouver in today even before Liston’s injury. The Giants (4-11-0) play Saturday in Cranbrook against the Kootenay Ice (4-9-0) and then travel to Kennewick, Wash., for a Sunday date with the Tri-City Americans (9-6-2). . . .
G Jordon Cooke stopped 19 shots to lead the host Kelowna Rockets to a 3-0 victory over Kamloops, ending the Blazers’ franchise-record winning streak at 14 games. . . . The Blazers (16-1-1) are the last of the CHL’s 60 teams to lose in regulation time. . . . Kamloops F Colin Smith had his 17-game point streak end. . . . F Cody Fowlie, 20, scored twice for Kelowna, his first goals in five games with the Rockets since joining them last month. . . . F Tyrell Goulbourne scored the game’s first goal, his first snipe in 29 games. . . . Cooke has a WHL-leading three shutouts.
F Marek Tvrdon, Vancouver
TWEET OF THE DAY:
Former Regina Pats D Brandon Davidson (@bdavy3): “Thanks to all my family, friends, fans and everyone for all the love and support. It goes a long way. I appreciate everyone who has reached out and given me t he support. I wll be back and I will battle through this.”
Earlier in the day, the AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons revealed that Davidson is being treated for testicular cancer.
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