Monday, December 10, 2012

F Cory Millette of the Red Deer Rebels will be out until after Christmas after being cut for 60 stitches during a 5-1 victory over the Pats in Regina on Wednesday. . . . The Rebels also were without F Filip Vasko (knee sprain) and D Brandon Underwood (wrist) when the lost 5-4 in OT to the host Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday. Greg Meachem of the Red Deer Advocate reports that the Rebels hope Vasko and Underwood are ready for a Wednesday game with the visiting Calgary Hitmen. . . .
G J.P. Anderson of the Sarnia Sting has broken the OHL record for career regular-season victories. Anderson got No. 115 as the Sting beat the visiting Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, 4-1. . . . Kyle Gajewski, a former Greyhounds goaltender who completes his career in 2008, had held the previous record. . . . Unfortunately, the WHL Official Guide doesn’t include a category for goaltending victories. . . .
F Colton McCarthy has been added to the Moose Jaw Warriors’ roster and is to remain with the club for the remainder of the season. A list player, McCarthy, 16, had 30 points, including 20 goals, for the junior B Nelson, B.C., Leafs of the Kootenay International Junior League. He is expected to join the Warriors today.
No one has a better feel for the inside workings of the NHL than Eric Duhatschek of The Globe and Mail. Right here is one of the best pieces written since the NHL lockout began. If you are wondering who will win this thing, give this a read, because Duhatschek is exactly right.
In Regina, the Saskatoon Blades scored three times in the first period and went on to a 7-0 victory over the Pats. . . . The Blades had beaten the visiting Pats 9-0 on Saturday. There was a quick turnaround and the teams met in Regina at 2 p.m. . . . It also was the Pats’ Teddy Bear Game. . . . F Brenden Walker had two goals and two assists for the Blades. . . . Regina has lost seven in a row. . . . The Blades are 4-0-0 against Regina this season and Blades F Josh Nicholls has two goals in each game. . . . Saskatoon G Andrey Makarov stopped 22 shots. He leads the WHL with four shutouts. . . . Makarov leaves today to join the Russian national junior team, the host club for the 2013 World Junior Championship that opens Dec. 26 in Ufa. . . . The Blades were without F Brett Stovin, who was injured in a fight with D Tye Hand on Saturday. Stovin, who missed eight games with a shoulder injury already this season, was favouring his right shoulder when he left. . . . On Sunday, Saskatoon F Nick Zajac didn’t return after taking a first-period check from F Emil Sylvegard. . . .

In Vancouver, the Kamloops Blazers scored two PP goals early in the third period and beat the Giants, 4-1. . . . F Tim Bozon broke a 1-1 tie just 18 seconds into the third period on a 5-on-3 PP. . . . F Brendan Ranford added another PP goal 13 seconds later. . . . Kamloops F Colin Smith had two assists and took over the WHL scoring lead with 59 points, two more than linemate JC Lipon, who is two points back. . . . Lipon flies to Calgary today for the national junior team’s selection camp. . . . Kamloops D Joel Edmundson left early in the second period due to illness. . . . Vancouver lost three games on the weekend and has just one victory to show for its last 11 games. . . . Among the Giants scratches were F Dalton Sward and F Anthony Ast, both of whom were ill. . . .

In Kennewick, Wash., F Nic Petan had two goals and an assist as the Portland Winterhawks dumped the Tri-City Americans, 4-1. . . . D Derrick Pouliot had a goal and two assists for Portland. . . . Portland F Brendan Leipsic had his 18-game scoring streak halted. . . . Portland D Seth Jones had a goal and an assist. He’s on a nine-game point streak. . . . The Winterhawks were 3-for-4 on the PP.
F Connor Rankin, Tri-City
D Griffin Mumby, Regina (double minor)


From Portland F Presten Kopeck (@Kopeck12): “Christmas carols on the bus #JingleBellRock #HappyBus”

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